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Multi-Talented 'American Idol' Stars Show Off Their Acting Skills, Make History

August 6th, 2012 9:33am EDT
Paul McDonald
Season five “American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee is enjoying the success of her NBC television series “Smash.” Season eight "Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert recently announced that he will guest star on “Pretty Little Liars.”

Season 10 "Idol" alum Paul McDonald will also make his acting debut this upcoming season on the NBC show “Parenthood.” McDonald will portray a character he knows well - a musician trying to make it in the music business.

While McPhee, Lambert, and McDonald are working on their acting card, fellow "Idol" alum Haley Reinhart took the stage at the Chicago music fes...
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'American Idol' Finale Mega-Diary: The Blow-by-Blow Of Scotty McCreery's Big Win

May 26th, 2011 9:50am EDT
Scotty McCreery learns that he is the next American Idol
Last year, I wondered if, in the midst of Simon’s departure and one of the show’s worst seasons both from a quality and ratings standpoint, if the finale of this show was going to be worth the mega-diary treatment next year.

Well, it turns out it is, as ‘Idol’ came back better than anyone could have realistically expected. I couldn’t be happier, and here’s the mega-diary to prove it!

8:04 – 4 Minutes in and we still haven’t finished the introductions. But at least we got a Lori Loughlin sighting!

8:04 – Really? Scotty fans packed the RBC Center to do…nothing? They can’t even do that for ...
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'Idol' Finalist Lauren Alaina 'Sprained' Her Vocal Cords

May 25th, 2011 11:13am EDT
Lauren Alaina
A top doctor was called to the set of American Idol on Tuesday to save wannabe star Lauren Alaina's voice for the penultimate episode of the TV talent show.

The pressure got the better of the young singer as she rehearsed for her big night - and it cost her voice. Worried producers considered replacing Alaina with Haley Reinhart, who was voted off the show last week, as doctors attempted to make sure the country singer would be OK for the live performance show.

During the program she had to belt out a personal favorite, a tune chosen for her by former Idol winner Carrie Underwood and a ...
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'American Idol' Recap - Haley Reinhart Finally Goes Home + Special Power Rankings

May 20th, 2011 9:17am EDT
Haley Reinhart is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
Well, it wasn’t for not trying. If there’s one contestant this year who really developed and emerged over the course of the season it was Haley Reinhart. Look at where she started. A frizzy-haired oversinging novice who only got through because of the softest judging panel since the OJ Jury.

From there she barely snuck through every step of the way and had me flabbergasted that the judges selected her as a Wild Card. I was surprised she even got the chance to sing a second time.

Somehow, she finagled her way into the top 13 only to sit on the bottom of my power rankings just about every s...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Final Three Do Battle With Help From Beyonce

May 19th, 2011 9:44am EDT
Haley Reinhart performs
Raise your game. This was a favorite catchphrase of Simon’s back when he was still judging things, and something, after James Durbin’s exit, ‘Idol’ needed desperately for its contestants to do tonight.

It’s not like James was the first major shocker and big time talent to bite the dust this year, but so far the talent has been so deep that the show’s been able to brush off the loss of talent as there’s always been a transcendent contestant waiting behind.

Well that’s not really the case anymore. Scotty’s great, but we know what we’re getting from him every time. Haley’s definitely improve...
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'American Idol' Recap: James Durbin Goes Home In Another Shocker + Power Rankings

May 13th, 2011 9:23am EDT
James Durbin is eliminated
Now this one I just can’t figure out.

To me, there were three major talents on the show this year. Three performers that transcended the confines of this karaoke competition show and actually seemed like they could be recording artists. Those three were Pia, Jacob and James. And now none of them have made it to the top three.

I can understand what happened to the first two. Pia, for some reason, was overly criticized by the judges to the point that America was being told she was the worst contestant. Jacob just never seemed to connect with the audience. But James…I just didn’t get James.
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'American Idol Recap': The Final Four Square Off With Help From Lady Gaga

May 12th, 2011 9:17am EDT
AMERICAN IDOL James Durbin
Gaga! Lieber and Stoller! The chance to be celebrated at home! ‘Idol’ rushed right into last night and so will we. Let’s get right to the recap…

So who was up to the challenge? Read on to find out…

James Durbin’s First Performance: “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

Steven Said: You did it right.

J-Lo Said: It was a really really great job.

Randy Said: That was the highest degree of difficulty and you did it.

The Verdict:

Here’s the problem with this performance and it underscores the major problem with this show in general: The time constraints forced it to be so incredibly rushed. T...
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'American Idol' Recap: Jacob Lusk Exits And J-Lo Takes The Stage

May 6th, 2011 9:21am EDT
Jacob Lusk is eliminated
After weeks of making the same prediction, I’m finally right.

It was easy to feel it coming. For some reason the audience never quite connected with Jacob. He was always in and around the bottom three, never quite got the cheers, and the judges were always very restrained in their praising him.

I’ve never understood any of this. To me, Jacob was the best contestant this year by a long shot, and the best since Adam Lambert – maybe even better. Yes, he had a tendency to veer into oversinging territory on more than one occasion and he may have been a bit too ostentatious for some people’s ta...
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'American Idol' Recap: It's Twice As Nice As The Contestants Sing Two Songs Each

May 5th, 2011 9:26am EDT
James Durbin
This is where the real competition finally begins.

I’ve long been an advocate of a different voting format than the one employed on this show: Make the voting cumulative for the first half-dozen performance shows and once we get down to the two-a-nights, make it a straight up elimination round where you vote contestants off.

That system is much more fair because now the contestants are afforded the chance to make a mistake with either a song choice or a bad few bars and still recover due to their singing two songs each night.

It also means that if a contestant is significantly better tha...
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'American Idol' Recap: Casey Abrams Goes Home + Power Rankings

April 29th, 2011 9:21am EDT
Casey Abrams Goes Home
At long last, my personal ‘Idol’ nightmare is over.

I feel a bit bad reveling in the fact that Casey’s dream died last evening. At least I would if I actually thought it was his dream. Casey’s definitely a guy more comfortable dodging smoke rings in a leatherette-festooned lounge than he is on the ‘Idol’ stage. But why wouldn’t he be on the show? No matter what your taste or style, it’s hard to deny the stage. And even if it’s not an opportunity Casey would necessarily want, I’m sure he’s disappointed.

So should I gloat? Should I pile on Casey in the wake of his being ousted from the bigg...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants Do Carole King Proud

April 28th, 2011 9:33am EDT
Jacob Lusk and James Durbin
I’ve eaten a lot of crow this year between the saying Scotty had no chance to win and proclaiming Molly Dewolf Swenson the most beautiful woman on the planet (okay, I was right about that one), but I was never as wrong about anything as I was about the restrictive theme nights.

It seems this year, the more restrictive the theme, the better the contestants have been. They blew it out on Elton John night, did a solid Motown evening and haven’t had any trouble adapting their styles to whatever song choice or genre is thrown at them.

In fact, tonight, on an evening devoted entirely to Carole ...
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'American Idol' Recap: Stefano Langone Goes Home, Katy Perry & Kanye West Perform 'ET'

April 22nd, 2011 9:19am EDT
AI Stefano Goes Home
It took awhile to do it, but America finally put Stefano out of his misery.

For weeks it seemed like Stefano was just marking time. He hit the bottom three in what seemed like every single results show and carried that weight to each performance. This caused each of his songs to transform into a desperate plea for votes as he overextended himself to no end in an attempt to win people over.

But it never seemed to work. Try as he could, Stefano never quite connected. It could have been an obsession with perfection, it might have been flirty cockiness, it may have been the fact that he simpl...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants Bring it on 21st Century Night

April 21st, 2011 9:23am EDT
James Durbin
I’ve been extremely hard on the judges all season (justifiably so, I think) but it’s caused me to overlook the show’s big bright spot: The addition of Jimmy Iovine.

While the judges have sugarcoated everything like a trio of stage parents, Iovine has worked hard to make the contestants better. He’s often harsh, extremely honest and his suggestions are normally spot on. Just look at last week when he warned Casey away from ‘Nature Boy’ and suggest Scotty stick with ‘Everybody’s Talkin’’. Scotty laid an egg with a boring George Strait song and Casey absolutely made a mockery out of all thing...
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'American Idol' Recap: Paul McDonald Goes Home On An Entertaining Results Show

April 15th, 2011 8:11am EDT
American Idol
After a year of curses, one of my favorites finally goes home.

I’ve had terrible trouble with my favorite American Idol contestants this year. First, there was my favorite contestant of all time (Molly Dewolf Swenson) being cruelly cast away before I even got a chance to see her sing again. Then there was my hastily thrown together favoritism of Tim Halperin (really, just a rebound favorite) that sent him packing the next week. With all this, I decided to keep my two favorites in the top 13 a secret, lest I doom them again. But now it doesn’t matter for one of them, as Paul is gone.

I rea...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants (& Judges) Disappoint On Movie Night

April 14th, 2011 8:10am EDT
American Idol
I just couldn’t wait to see how they did.

For once, I’m not talking about the contestants. Last night it was the judges’ performance that had me most anxious for the show to begin. After Pia’s exit, they’d been taking a ton of flak from myself and endless other ‘ American Idol’ recappers saying it was finally time for them to toughen up.

And this was the perfect night to test. After weeks and weeks of solid performances all down the line, last night we got our first really consistently bad night from the contestants. A night that totally blew out my restrictive theme theory – because last...
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'American Idol' Recap: Pia Toscano Goes Home On A Stunning Results Show

April 8th, 2011 9:14am EDT
Pia Toscano is eliminated
And once again, the judges have ruined the show.

Pia’s insane, stupid and shocking ouster last night is bound to bring forth a lot of theories: That voting is so dominated by young girls that females are at a decided disadvantage, that this is a competition dominated by guitar-voting boys and the rest is immaterial, and that the Producers rigged the voting to drive more interest. All of that will be in play, but I choose to ignore all those theories and put the blame for Pia’s leaving in one place: The judges’ table.

In the midst of a typical judging performance on a show night – that is ...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants Rock Some Hall of Famers

April 7th, 2011 9:31am EDT
Pia Toscano
It’s official: These judges stink.

At the beginning of the year, all anybody wanted to talk about was American Idol's new judging panel. After all, Simon was gone and this was one of the biggest casting shifts on a hit TV show since Darrin got replaced by Darrin on ‘Bewitched’.

On those initial shows, the judges were a breath of fresh air. Gone was the snarkiness and waiting around for Simon to speak and in was a cohesive unit that actually seemed to enjoy each other.

All was right in ‘Idol’ land and when an incredible batch of contestants (spearheaded by the wonderful Molly Dewolf Swens...
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'American Idol' Recap: Thia And Naima Go Home On A Revamped Results Show

April 1st, 2011 9:29am EDT
Naima and Thia eliminated
It only took them ten seasons, but the ‘Idol’ producers finally got it right.

Last night’s results show was the first in the show’s history that didn’t seem forced; didn’t seem like two-thirds filler, and didn’t feel like we were just sloughing through the hour while we waited for the 90 seconds we actually want to see. This was a results show that moved through swiftly with segments we actually wanted to watch.

And it was so simple: Just divide the group performances into several parts. Instead of trotting all the contestants out for one lame lip-synched choreography train, just put them...
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'American Idol' Recap: Elton John Brings Out The Contestants' Best

March 31st, 2011 9:33am EDT
Paul McDonald
I guess sometimes the music’s all that matters.

After promising us no restrictive theme nights this year, the ‘Idol’ producers follow Motown night with a night devoted to not just one musical style, but one musical artist: Elton John. But unlike Motown, this one worked almost down the line.

I think it’s a case of addition by subtraction. The contestants last night were limited to so few songs, but almost all of John’s are so good that it didn’t matter. No matter which way a contestant went, they’d be able to pick a great tune and work with the producers who really on point this week: The ...
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'American Idol' Recap: Casey Gets Saved + Power Rankings

March 25th, 2011 9:23am EDT
American Idol - Casey Abrams Gets Saved
I knew it was coming, but it still twisted my stomach when it did.

Last night, I thought my ‘Idol’ nightmare was over. I thought we were rid of the overrated self-indulgence factory that is Casey Abrams. I thought I wouldn’t have to see why having a beard makes you an artist, why being herky-jerky gives you credibility and why not picking pop songs gives you a sense of musical depth that would make James Murphy jealous. I thought I wouldn’t have to write a single word about that any longer, but I couldn’t help but think that as he sat in the bottom three that the judges would save him no m...
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'American Idol's' Secret Weapon: Marc Anthony

March 24th, 2011 1:27pm EDT
Naima Adedapo | Photo Credits: Michael Becker/FOX
Record-company executive Jimmy Iovine may be getting the lion's share of the credit for working with American Idol's Season 10 contestants. But the singers revealed after the show Wednesday nigh there is another music-industry heavyweight who's been coaching behind the scenes: Jennifer Lopez's husband, Marc Anthony.

"A lot of the struggle that had been going on in prior performances was that we hadn't adjusted to the 'In Ears,'" says Naima Adedapo, referring to the custom-made earpieces that singers often use to balance out sound levels when they're singing with a live band on a big stage....
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'American Idol' Recap: The Idols Tackle (and get tackled by) Motown

March 24th, 2011 9:32am EDT
Naima Adedapo performs on AMERICAN IDOL
Lies, such miserable lies. We were promised coming into this season that the restrictive theme nights had gone the way of the dodo. That we’d no longer have to watch anybody struggle outside their comfort zone in a way that would impede their development as artists.

Well, that lasted…three shows. Because last night was Motown night on ‘Idol’ and the Detroit soul was on parade for everyone to mangle.

Yes, one week after ‘Idol’ delivered its best show in years by turning away from those thematic restrictions, it went right back to its old ways, forcing soulful pop from the likes of Scotty M...
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'American Idol' Recap: Karen Rodriguez Says Goodbye And Adios

March 18th, 2011 9:31am EDT
Karen Rodriguez American Idol
I’ll say this for America: They continue to get it right.

One week after America took down one of the few with absolutely no chance of winning, they repeat the feat with the ouster of Karen Rodriguez. I was worried about Karen. Worried that she’d found a way to ingratiate herself to voters with her unique way of switching to Spanish (Ya gotta have a gimmick, right, Ethel?) and her middle-of-the-road song choices. I was worried those voters would put her past some of the more deserving contestants like they’ve done with the Kristy Lee Cooks of the past who had a gimmick (super-overt patriot...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Best Show Of The Season, Dawg!

March 17th, 2011 10:09am EDT
Thia Megia performs on AMERICAN IDOL
And now I’m ready to ease up on this season.

Last night we got one of those vintage ‘Idol’ nights that remind us why this show became so popular in the first place. Solid performances of some of our favorite songs by kids that actually have a ton of talent.

Sure there were a few clunkers, but these were sandwiched in between the kind of transcendent performances that finally give ‘Idol’ fans the ability to scoff at people who scoff at them when they say the watch ‘Idol’. Because those who turn their nose up missed the opportunity to see Pia, Jacob, Stefano and others absolutely slay some ...
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'American Idol' Recap: Ashton Is The First To Go Home + Power Rankings

March 11th, 2011 9:45am EST
Ashton Jones is elimintaed on AMERICAN IDOL
This year – it’s really wide open.

As Ryan ran through the contestants last night, and I thought about my power rankings (which are listed below), I quickly realized something – there is absolutely no favorite this year.

You could make a case for up to 8 contestants to win this year, but I don’t think it’s because the talent is incredibly deep – I think it’s because every contestant is flawed in some way. “Idol’s” been boasting its vast talent pool all season, but I think what they’ve actually stumbled upon is a level of parity. There’s no Adam Lambert. No Lee Dewyze. No David Archuleta. ...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Top 13 Pay Tribute To Their Idols

March 10th, 2011 9:20am EST
Pia Toscano
After last night, it’s official: I miss Simon.

This week the Idols were tasked with picking their own personal Idols and singing some of their best songs. A nice theme without any restrictions that should have allowed the contestants to pick perfect songs and absolutely sing the hell out of them.

Instead, the night was incredibly uneven. Performances varied from pretty good, to mediocre to just downright desecrations of the songs for which the contestants were supposed to have extreme respect. Nobody really stood out on this easy theme night to the point that I wondered how they even got ...
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'American Idol' Recap: 13 Finalists Revealed + Power Rankings!

March 4th, 2011 9:34am EST
American Idol 13 Finalists Revealed
Last night’s “Idol” was a tale of two shows: One incredibly boring, and one that made for some of the show’s best television so far this season.

The first half can be summed up in 24 words: Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Karen Rodriguez, Lauren Alaina, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery and Thia Megia made the finals.

Yep, that’s it. All we got for more than an hour was Ryan reading those names (eight of which I got right). And there really wasn’t much drama because anybody who went down didn’t really go down, as we still had the wild card round to get to...
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'American Idol' Recap: Breaking Down the Top 24

February 25th, 2011 9:13am EST
American Idol Top 24
I’m supposed to be objective, but I can’t help it. Every year, I have an ‘Idol’ favorite. I don’t know how it happens, but once I see the contestant, I’m usually all in. Sometimes it’s about their raw talent, other times it’s just a certain aura they project. I never know how it happens, but it always does.

It also seems that every year my favorites suffer worse and worse fates. The first season, my favorite was Kelly Clarkson, and she won the damn thing. Last year, my favorite was Lilly Scott and she didn’t make it to the top 10 despite being the most talented contestant by a long shot. I...
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