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'American Idol' Recap: Elise Testone Goes Home + Final 5 Power Rankings

April 27th, 2012 9:10am EDT
Elise Testone is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
It’s rare that a contestant commits the three mortal sins of ‘Idol’. In the world of shilling for America’s votes, there are three ways to fall into the doghouse. Three separate kisses of death that have seen many an ‘Idol’ contestant along their melancholy way to the strains of whatever former contestant the producers have chosen for that season.

They are:

Talk back to the judges – Time and time again we’ve seen those that complain go home. It’s always best to just smile and nod.

Pick the wrong song – A surefire way to get voted off. Picking an obscure song, one that doesn’t match your ...
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Sick Ryan Seacrest Almost Missed First 'American Idol' In 11 Years

April 26th, 2012 2:03pm EDT
Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest is a professional, so viewers probably didn't realize he was sick as a dog last night while hosting American Idol. There was talk that Ryan could miss his first American Idol show in eleven years!

Seacrest reportedly came down with a stomach bug two days ago and had been throwing up ever since. In fact, sources tell TMZ that the host was sporting an IV in his arm. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe was prepared to step in as host, and even led the dress rehearsal earlier in the day. There was also word that they told Cat Deeley to be on call if they needed her.

That said, Seac...
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'American Idol' Recap: Joshua Ledet Brings His 'A' Game On Queen Night

April 26th, 2012 11:00am EDT
Josh Ledet performs on AMERICAN IDOL
Wither Jimmy? If there’s one thing about this ‘Idol’ season that’s been universally great, it’s been anything involving Jimmy Iovine. He may have been getting his sealegs ready last year, but this year he can almost walk on water with his insightful criticisms, the boffo mentoring segments and his ability to make everybody better.

So why take him out? Why leave him off the show in favor of the ‘Idols’ cracking on each other? I don’t understand it at all. Maybe we’ll find out tomorrow that he was previously committed. And if not, I think the producers need to be committed for taking him off...
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Seacrest In - Ryan Seacrest Signs On To Host 'American Idol' For Two More Years

April 24th, 2012 6:28pm EDT
Ryan Seacrest
Despite judging panel shake-ups over the past few seasons of "American Idol" at least one thing (other than Randy Jackson) remains a constant on the show - Ryan Seacrest.

The show's host has signed a reported $30 million contract to host TV's top talent show for another two years.

"For the last 11 seasons, I've had the privilege to be a part of one of television's most iconic shows," he said in a press release. "It's been a wild ride, and I'm excited for my journey with AMERICAN IDOL to continue.

"The legions of fans, amazingly talented contestants, judges, and producers, along with the ...
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Kim Kardashian: 'I Am An Internet Celebrity'

April 24th, 2012 6:07pm EDT
Kim Kardashian Instagram
In an interview in Paper, Kim Kardashian says that she wouldn't be a celebrity without the Internet. The reality TV star has created a second following online, with almost 14.5 million followers receiving her every tweet.

When asked "Do you think you guys would have become famous without the Internet?" by interviewer Mickey Boardman, Kim says, "I don't think so. I think a lot of our fanbase, and a lot of our connection with people is Internet-based. I think that the Internet has brought on a different kind of celebrity. We are very well aware of who we are, and what our place is. We are so...
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Selena Gomez Named Ambassador For Ryan Seacrest's Kids Charity

April 21st, 2012 6:00pm EDT
Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez has been appointed an ambassador of "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest's charity foundation.

Seacrest announced the news on his Los Angeles radio show on Friday, revealing the singer/actress will join him in highlighting the plight of seriously ill and injured children.

Last July, Gomez made a special appearance at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, joining Seacrest as he hosted the first broadcast from the hospital's multimedia center, which had been installed by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

As ambassador, she will continue her work with the foundation in an official...
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Fergie, Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg & More Pay Tribute To Dick Clark

April 19th, 2012 11:17am EDT
Dick Clark
Janet Jackson, Fergie, Goldie Hawn, and Snoop Dogg have paid their respects to Dick Clark, who suffered a fatal heart attack on Wednesday.

The veteran broadcaster passed away in a Santa Monica, Dalif., hospital aged 82, and stars around the world have been paying tribute to the man behind TV classics such as "American Bandstand" and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" shows.

Joining the salutes to the TV and radio icon, Jackson took to Twitter and writes, "Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bles...
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'American Idol' Recap: Some Ups And Downs As Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez And Phillip Phillips Standout

April 19th, 2012 7:16am EDT
Hollie Cavanaugh performs on AMERICAN IDOL
14 songs. 14 songs! By my count, that’s a record for ‘Idol’. Granted, my count includes no research, no basis and really no thought. Just Ryan’s telling me that it’s so.

Still. 14 songs! Not even time for a guest mentor. Not even time for any pre-packaged videos. Not much time for anything other than singing and a cool ‘Soul Train’ tribute. Thankfully.

And We don’t have any time to waste. Let’s just get right to it, shall we?

Hollie Cavanagh’s First Song: “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele

Steven Said: You finally did what all of America wanted you to do.

J-Lo Said: You felt every word of ...
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Ryan Seacrest Responds To Dick Clark's Death

April 18th, 2012 10:03pm EDT
Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest, host of American Idol and co-host to Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve since 2005, has offered his thoughts on the venerable TV host's passing.

He writes, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life."

It's assumed that Seacrest will take over for Clark's hosting duties, having joined the host after he suffered a stroke prior to 2004's special. That year, Regis Philbin filled in for the only countdown Clark missed since the show's inception in 1974.

Dick Clark died this morning due to a massive heart at...
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'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Sanchez Gets The Judges' Save

April 13th, 2012 9:19am EDT
Jessica Sanchez get saved by judges
This is the reason the judges’ save was invented. I’ve been piping all year that big-voiced singers like Jessica Sanchez always go home in a “shocker.” Every single year we have some major contender who ostensibly steals most shows only to go home early. It always happens and Jessica was the prime candidate in this age of young texting girls not voting for young singing girls.

She was spared though. Gloriously spared. She barely had to sing a note. Now we all get to wait for that moment where she goes home too early again, thanks to the texting girls.

Yes, Jessica’s unfair ouster was the ...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Idols Shine With Songs From The Last 3 Years

April 12th, 2012 9:39am EDT
Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez
Let’s get one thing straight. I can’t stand these duets and trios and whatever it is they’re doing. ‘Idol’ is bloated enough with its pre-taped packages, product placements and other nonsense that two hours is becoming drudgery. Now that they’ve added these non-judged little showcases to what is supposed to be a singing competition is a bit of a bloat too far.

So here’s the deal: We’re not talking about them anymore. We’re not mentioning them. Not discussing them. Not spending any time on them.

No, we’re not going to mention Phillip and Elise tarnishing that Gotye song we all love. We’re ...
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Betty White Opens Twitter Account, Pranks 'Hot In Cleveland' Co-Star Valerie Bertinelli

April 11th, 2012 4:29pm EDT
Betty White
Betty White did what she said she would never do - open a Twitter account. Of course, this being Betty, she couldn't start a feed on the social networking site without having some fun.

After gaining over 140,000 followers and getting verified by the Twitter powers that be, the veracity of Betty's account was put to task by none other than her Hot in Cleveland co-star, Valerie Bertinelli.

"Just spoke with Betty and she is VERY upset! @BettyMWhite is NOT her. Don't know how they got verified, but it is not Betty. Please RT!" sobbed Bertinelli on her feed. How could this be? How could Twitt...
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'American Idol' Recap: DeAndre Goes Home + Power Rankings

April 6th, 2012 9:00am EDT
DeAndre Brackensick eliminated
When I don’t predict it, I get it right. All year I’ve been saying that each results show would be DeAndre’s last. He never seemed to get traction, he was never very good, and he just didn’t stand out. I never saw him sticking around, yet, every week, he kept surviving.

Well, no more.

Fake Terence Trent D’Arby is finally hitting the road. Which means we no longer have to struggle to understand why J-Lo loves him so much and the other judges tolerate him. I never got DeAndre. I thought he was too young. Too inexperienced. Like he was a kid impersonating a soul singer. Because that’s what h...
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'American Idol' Recap: 80s Night Is All About Song Choice

April 5th, 2012 9:56am EDT
AMERICAN IDOL: Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet
Tonight the theme seemed to be song selection. Steve hammered it home. Jimmy was very concerned with it. It was on everybody’s minds. You’d think with the entire decade of the 80s to choose a song from, it’d be pretty easy to come up with the correct song.

Yet, it never seems to happen. It just never seems to happen. And when it does, it’s an exception to what should be a rule. I’m going to offer an easy primer on how to pick the right song.

It’s very simple. Listen to the track. Does the vocal stand out? Is it ever more about the rhythm, the instruments or anything like that than it is t...
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Nicki Minaj Denies Jennifer Lopez Feud On 'American Idol'

March 30th, 2012 2:23pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
A feud appears to be brewing between Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez after the Super Bass pop star announced a bid to join the American Idol judging panel on TV on Thursday night.

Minaj performed her new hit Starships on the TV talent contest's results show and then revealed she wanted to be a guest judge next week. She told host Ryan Seacrest, "I was hoping maybe I could come back and be a guest judge."

Then looking straight at J.Lo, she added, "Can you scoot over a little bit?"

Lopez appeared to be less than happy with the idea but she joked it off, stating, "I don't know if there's ...
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'American Idol': Heejun Han Goes Home + Power Rankings

March 30th, 2012 10:00am EDT
AMERICAN IDOL: Heejun Han
And another favorite goes home. I’ve had such a terrible run with my favorites since I picked Kelly Clarkson as my favorite contestant in the first season. It’s been nothing but disaster since.

In my wake you’ll find the Anoops, the Carly Smithsons and the Gina Glockens of the world. Of course, you’ll also find my favorite contestant of all time: Molly DeWolf Swenson, who didn’t even make the live shows.

Yes, being my favorite has been cursed since I helped Kelly to a win in the first season, and now the end has come for my favorite this year: Heejun Han.

It’s kind of odd timing really a...
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Ryan Seacrest Gets Surgery After Tearing Elbow Tendon

March 30th, 2012 9:02am EDT
Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest underwent surgery on Wednesday to treat a torn tendon in his elbow.

The media personality took time out of his hectic schedule for the outpatient procedure and he revealed all about his operation during his KIIS-FM radio show in Los Angeles on Thursday.

He told listeners, "I had a probe stuck into my right elbow. They went in with a tiny little probe and they scraped some scar tissue from the tendon, because I tore the tendon from working out."

Seacrest remained awake throughout the invasive surgery, although he "couldn't look" as his doctor poked round - and he admits he d...
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'American Idol': The Idols Pay Tribute To Their Idols

March 29th, 2012 9:39am EDT
Elise Testone performs Whole Lotta Love
Stevie Nicks. Singer. Artist. Legend. Creepiest ‘Idol’ mentor of all time. Stevie brought it all to the director’s chairs for her first stint in the ‘Idol’ mentor role. A lot of singing. Some crying. And an inate ability to make every contestants’ performance and song choice about herself. Exactly what you want from a narcissistic mentor.

But she brought an extra weird creep factor to the recording studio as well. She had the presence of a burnt-out college professor talking about how she was “there man” and the instability of that same professor’s mother.

I really didn’t know what she’d ...
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Justin Bieber & Ryan Seacrest To Host Wango Tang Festival

March 27th, 2012 9:08am EDT
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber will co-host the upcoming Wango Tango 2012 pop festival in Carson, California.

The singer will join DJ Ryan Seacrest to front the event at the Home Depot Center on May 12.

Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Maroon 5, B.o.B, J. Cole, Gym Class Heroes, Foster The People, Big Sean and The Wanted are among the big names lined up for the show.

Carly Rae Jepsen, the new signing to Bieber's record label, will also perform at Wango Tango.
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'American Idol' Recap: Erika Van Pelt Goes Home + Power Rankings

March 23rd, 2012 9:30am EDT
AMERICAN IDOL: Erika Van Pelt is eliminated
Really, it all comes down to being memorable. Erika was the most non-descript contestant in this competition. Seriously, I didn’t realize she was on the show until every time she came up. Her being announced never elicited any sort of a response other than, “Oh, her.”

It’s tough to make anything last when vague recognition is your only calling card. Her voice was solid, she chose some good songs, she was certainly never bad. None of that matters though. If you don’t make an impact you’ve got no shot in this competition.

Think of all that came before her. The Sanjayas, the Kristy Lee Cooks...
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'American Idol' Recap: A Whole Lotta Good On Billy Joel Night

March 22nd, 2012 10:00am EDT
AMERICAN IDOL: Phillip Phillips performs on Billy Joel Night
What matters more? The singing or the preparation to sing? On this show, it seems like the latter is king. What is ostensibly America’s biggest singing competition has transformed this season into America’s Biggest Prep for a Singing Competition. Between the 2-minute coaching session with Jimmy Iovine and whatever half-awake superstar he has manning the director’s chair next to him and now Tommy Hilfiger primping the contestants for no apparent reason, this show has dedicated far more energy to the warm up than it does the act.

It gets a little frustrating for a couple of reasons. One: It ...
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Jonas Brothers To Reunite For Reality TV Show

March 20th, 2012 5:32pm EDT
Jonas Brothers
TV bosses are turning pop star Kevin Jonas' upcoming reality show about married life into a real family affair - they've roped in his Jonas Brothers siblings Nick and Joe to star on the program too.

The oldest of the Lovebug hit-makers began filming footage for a new E! network show in September, documenting his day-to-day activities with his new wife Danielle Deleasa.

However, the program will now also feature Nick's turn in hit Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and cameras will follow Joe as he works on his solo career.

American Idol host Ryan Seacres...
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'American Idol' Recap: Shannon Goes Home + Power Rankings

March 16th, 2012 10:00am EDT
Shannon Magrane (center) is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
America continues to get it right. One of my big problems with ‘Idol’ is that the voters have a tendency to delay the inevitable. Like with Kristy Lee Cook, or the redheaded guy who looked like me, America seems to want to keep around people with no chance at winning.

That hasn’t been the case so far this year.

First, Jeremy Rosado, the overgrown bundle of nerves went home before he just came out and forgot to sing. This week, the girl who can’t sing, Shannon, mercifully got the boot.

This show is best when it becomes unpredictable, and the only way to do that is to start getting rid of ...
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'American Idol' Recap: Joshua Blows Them Away On Birth Year Songs Night

March 15th, 2012 9:33am EDT
AMERICAN IDOL: Josh Ledet performs
For me, the big story of last night was the ouster of Jermaine. Not his actually being voted off, but the fact that the producers decided to show his receiving the news on the show. People have been kicked off the show before, but nobody’s ever been shown getting the news on the show like it’s an episode of ‘Hard Knocks’ and they’re being cut from the team. So…weird.

As strange as that was, it’s even stranger the person who got kicked off the show because of a criminal record. Would you have ever put the gentle giant in your top ten of having a criminal record? I would have put Phillip (Mo...
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'American Idol' Recap: Jeremy Goes Home + Power Rankings

March 9th, 2012 9:16am EST
American Idol - Jeremy Goes Home
Through one show, I’m just about spot on. Maybe I’m good, or maybe it was just an easy week, but, for once, I completely called the bottom two and even this week’s castoff. Jeremy Rosado became the first finalist voted out, and it almost seemed like a mercy killing. This kid was way out of his depth here and appeared to be a nervous mess on stage. There was no reason to prolong the inevitable and America, and the judges, got this one right.

The rest of the results show was pretty much the standard results show. We got a mediocre performance from Lauren Alaina that once again underscored wh...
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'Idol' Wannabe Phillip Phillipps Fine After Kidney Stones Surgery

March 9th, 2012 8:51am EST
Phillip Phillips
A contestant on "American Idol" has undergone surgery to remove kidney stones.

Phillip Phillips complained of intense stomach pain earlier this week and was hospitalized on Thursday morning, and his father told TMZ.com he has had kidney stones removed.

However, Phillips is already out of the hospital and returned to the Idol set to hear if his rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" on Wednesday's show secured him his spot in the competition.

Host Ryan Seacrest revealed on Twitter, "In idol rehearsal now, I can tell u @PPhillipsAI11 is here and doing ok. Expect to see him on ur tv to...
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Invisible Children's Short Film 'KONY 2012' Gets Celeb Backing & Raises Awareness Of Ugandan War Criminal Joseph Kony's Atrocities (Watch The Film Here)

March 8th, 2012 11:47am EST
Joseph Kony
Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Bono and Rihanna are just a handful of the big names that are helping raise awareness of a new campaign by Invisible Children.

A new 29-minute video that hit the web on Monday called KONY 2012 is bringing attention to Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which is based in central Africa. Kony and his terrorist group got their start in northern Uganda and have since left the region but are still active in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan.

Kony is a monster and needs to be stopped. Th...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Top 13 Sing Stevie Wonder And Whitney Houston

March 8th, 2012 9:38am EST
AMERICAN IDOL: Phillip Phillips performs
Last night was ‘American Idol’s’ 400th show, and in honor of that, I’m going to list the top 400 contestants of all time. In order.

No. That’s not going to happen. But I am wondering where this cast of characters fits in with the other contestant pools from year’s past. There’s kind of a smattering of everything here. You’ve got some soul, some country, some rock/alternative, a nice mix. Normally we’ve seen a lot of pop or rock or something as a bit of a theme throughout the contestants. This year, it’s almost a clash of styles as much as it is singers. Something I think will be very inter...
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'American Idol' Recap: Breaking Down The Top 13 With Idol Power Rankings

March 2nd, 2012 10:03am EST
'American Idol' Recap: Breaking Down the Top 13
Let me just start off by saying Enough with the Adele! Enough with the Adele! Look, I like Adele as much as the next guy. She’s got some great tunes on “21”, but after Brielle Von Hugel became the fourth top 24 contestant to sing Adele in three short nights, I’m really beginning to worry that this show is going to become the Adele Hour every single week. I mean on Wednesday two girls sang the exact same Adele song.

Okay, I got that off my chest. The top 13 were chosen last night in an unnecessarily long results show that saw six different contestants sing for their lives. I always like the...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Top 12 Girls Mostly Disappoint

March 1st, 2012 10:00am EST
AMERICAN IDOL: Hallie Day performs
Welcome back judges! After last night, I was worried they were gone. Based on their commentary, there was no difference between any of the guys. If you didn’t watch the show, and just read my breakdown of the judges’ comments, you’d have sworn that Eben and Reed were every bit as good as Joshua. That’s how unopinionated the judges were on the first show.

Last night, they finally came back. It could be because the girls were so horrible. It could be because the producers said, “Hey, this isn’t ‘The X-Factor,’ start actually judging.”

Whatever the case, I’m glad to have them back, because I...
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