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'Idol' Top 5 Revealed

April 23rd, 2015 3:07pm EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 5 Revealed-Did Your Favorite Make the
Last night, American Idol 2015 calmed from its previous explosive episode. The final six contestants brought out their best arena anthems to gain voters. The most shocking thing about Idol's newest episode was the interesting definition of arena anthems.

American Idol now has their five finalists, with only a few more weeks to the finals. There are some contestants who continuously push themselves, while others ride the middle. Now is the time to start pushing harder to make the finals. Did the top 5 performers do that last night?

Top Six Performances

Jax

"Are You Gonna Be My Girl...
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One 'Idol' Goes Home While Connick Jr. And Alexander Have Face Off

April 16th, 2015 9:21am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Harry Connick Jr. And Quentin Alexander C
Last night, The Top 7 (who became six) American Idols sang American Classics. The audience finally got to pick what songs the contestants sang. The results were the best night of American Idol 2015 performances. Everyone really showed their versatility and heart.

The night wasn't completely filled with great performances, because things got intense. Last night's results led to one of the most awkward moments on Idol ever (see video below in article). Quentin Alexander got very emotional over the possibility of Joey Cook or Rayvon Owens leaving. After being prompt by Ryan Seacrest, he expre...
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'Idol' Top 8 Perform

April 9th, 2015 2:05pm EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 8 Perform Billboard Hits
Last night on American Idol 2015, the contestants took on Billboard hits. Jason Derulo and Florida Georgia Line came to mentor the top 8. It was a country versus pop battle. The Idol fan save also came back into play as it became a battle of vocals versus performance skills.

Top 8 Performances

Jax

"Pokerface" by Lady Gaga

Judges' Comments: Keith Urban said it was an interesting arrangement. He loves Jax's artistry. He praised her for making a song her own each week. Jennifer Lopez said that Jax is clearly a favorite to win, but she needs to caution herself from rearranging a song ...
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'American Idol' Does A Time Warp, Two Go Home

March 26th, 2015 9:25am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 9 Perform 80s Songs, Two Eliminated
American Idol 2015 did a time warp. On last night's Idol, the top 9 performers sang 80s songs. Idol also got 80s icons to help with the show. Boy George mentored and Salt-N-Pepa performed. The departure of two contestants stopped the party.

Last week the American Idol judges decided to save Qaasim Middleton. This meant two would have to go home this week to compensate for the save. These weren't shocking eliminations but definitely sad ones: two contestants who were just starting to find their place left.

Top 9 Performances

Daniel Seavey

"You Make My Dreams Come True" by Hall and Oats...
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'American Idol' 2015: Contestants Go To The Movies

March 20th, 2015 9:01am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Perform Movie Theme Songs, Judges
Last night, American Idol 2015 went to the movies. Yes, the theme of this week's American Idol was songs from the movies. Surprisingly, this crop of singers didn't pick the usual songs we've heard done a million times during movie week. We got to hear a lot of unique choices. Some of those choices brought the performers to new heights, and others dragged them down.

The top eleven contestants were also joined by rock legend Nile Rodgers, who gave them his expert advice. Also last night the top eleven contestants were supposed to become the top ten. However, did the judges already use their ...
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'American Idol' Top 11 Perform, Who Survived?

March 13th, 2015 8:39am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 11 Perform, Did The Judges Use Their
Last night, American Idol 2015 finally started their two hour live shows. This allowed us to hear more in depth criticisms from Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez. The theme of this week's Idol was party songs. The final 11 contestants performed for votes, while one tried to get the judges' save.

Every season American Idol has one really big surprise elimination. Usually, that one happens towards the middle half of the top 12. Last night, we got an early surprise elimination. This one informed us just how vulnerable every contestant is this year. A single bad performance co...
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Did 'American Idol' Top 12 Impress Us Last Night?

March 12th, 2015 8:57am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: The Top 12 Perform, Did They Impress?
Last night, American Idol 2015 revealed the top 12 contestants. They also had them sing their audition songs to show their progression. Overall, this American Idol season is proving to be one of the strongest ones.

America voted in their top ten favorite finalists. Then the Idol judges had to pick two more from the remaining six. By the end of the night four were eliminated. Tonight's episode of American Idol 2015 sends another person home.

Here's our recap of the top 12 performances.

America's Picks:

Sarina Joi Crowe

"Love Runs Out" by One Republic

Judges Comments: Keith Urban c...
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'American Idol' Recap: Which Of The Top 8 Girls Wore #TheDress

March 6th, 2015 9:04am EST
'American Idol' Recap: Top 8 Girls Perform, 4 Eliminated - One W
Wednesday, American Idol 2015's top twelve guys became eight. Idol kept it's journey to the top 12 in Detroit. In honor of the Motor City, Motown music reigned supreme. We saw some beautifully sung performances, along with some questionable arrangements.

Last night, the top eight women got their chance to shine. And some of them shined bright like a diamond. It was a strong night of American Idol performances. Here's our recap and reveal of American Idol 2015's top eight women finalists.

Top 8 Girls

Tyanna Jones

"Rockin' Robin" by Michael Jackson

Judges Comments: Keith Urban said...
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'American Idol': How Did The Top 8 Guys Perform?

March 5th, 2015 8:25am EST
'American Idol' Recap: Top 8 Guys Perform, 4 Eliminated
Last night on American Idol 2015, the top 12 guys turned into the top 8. The results produced some surprise eliminations, with some even bigger surprise advancements. Besides Idol eliminations, we got treated to some Motown.

American Idol Motown week usually gets us extremely excited. We love Motown but we also love seeing how different artists interpret it. American Idol 2015's contestants definitely aren't afraid to experiment with the classics. Some experiments deserved standing ovations, while others did not. Here's the run down of last night's top 8 guy performances, and a reveal of t...
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'American Idol' Recap: Top 12 Girls Perform

February 27th, 2015 9:47am EST
'American Idol' Recap: Top 12 Girls Perform
Last night, American Idol 2015 concluded its first week of live performances. Wednesday night the top 12 Idol guys gave a nice round bowl of talent. Unfortunately, the top 12 girls didn't quite live up to the standards the guys set the previous night.

Some of the top 12 girls did produce some stellar American Idol performances. A handful of the performers on Thursday blew us a way. So anyone of those top ladies could make it a season for a woman winner. Here's our run through of the top 12 girls.

Top 12 Girls

Lovey James

"Love Runs Out" by One Republic

Judges Comments: Harry Connic...
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'American Idol' Recap: Top 12 Guys Perform

February 26th, 2015 9:04am EST
'American Idol' Recap: The Top 12 Guys Perform
Finally, American Idol 2015 reached the voting element of the series. Last night, the top 12 men and boys took the stage to showcase their talent. Detroit became the lucky place for Idol 2015 to start its real journey for the next big superstar.

Last night's American Idol 2015 highlighted the contestants ready for the spotlight and the ones who need more development time. Overall, we were impressed by the guys. This just might be one of the best year of Idol contestants. Here's our run through of last night's performances.

Top 12 Guys

Adam Ezegelian

"I Wanna Rock" by Twisted Sister
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'American Idol' Recap: Meet The Top 24 Part 2

February 20th, 2015 8:35am EST
'American Idol' Recap: Meet The Top 24 Part 2
Last night's American Idol 2015 episode brought viewers one step closer to live shows. Idol revealed the final half of the top 24 contestants. Now seeing all of them, we're more excited than ever for this season.

American Idol 2015 episode 14 finished up the House of Blues showcases. It also re-aired that segment we saw at the opening of season 14. Originally, the segment gave us a glimpse of the finalist, but blacked out their faces. Now we saw them as Ryan Seacrest read out a list of the top 24.

Once again we're giving you a run down of our favorite House of Blues showcases from last ...
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'American Idol' Recap: Meet The Top 24 Part 1

February 19th, 2015 9:25am EST
'American Idol': Meet The Top 24 Part 1
The American Idol 2015 House of Blues showcases narrowed downed the top 48 to 24 contestants. Next week, Idol fans take back control. We'll witness our favorites singing live (and completely) for the first time this season, and then we vote for them. So last night the American Idol 2015 contestants really felt the pressure to standout.

Surprisingly, the Idol House of Blues showcases didn't live up to expectations. Some of the performers didn't really convince us they deserved their place in the top 24. As the live performances start, we reserve the right to change our opinions. Instead of ...
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'American Idol' Recap: Best Of The Hollywood Solo Performances

February 13th, 2015 9:26am EST
'American Idol' 2015 Episode 12 Recap: Best Of The Hollywood Sol
Last night, American Idol 2015 narrowed down their contestants to the top 48. Each remaining one sang a solo song to the Idol judges. The night had a few standouts, but it was mainly an episode of cutthroat eliminations.

Some of the American Idol 2015 front-runners said goodbye. For some, we may have screamed "no!" but overall we were pleased with the results. Five American Idol hopefuls really brought their A game tonight. Here are those contestants:

Listed in no particular order.

Quentin Alexander

For us, a pop cover works best when it changes the arrangement and more accurately c...
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'American Idol' Recap: Hollywood Group Round Concludes

February 12th, 2015 10:04am EST
'American Idol' 2015 Episode 11 Recap: Hollywood Group Round Con
America Idol 2015's second week of Hollywood came fast and furious. The Idol producers decided to cram a lot into their Wednesday hour. We saw many group performances, not all were ear friendly.

The Idol editors focused their attentions on the most star potential contestants. They even chose not to identify (to viewers) many group members. This could either lead to a fun game of "guess that contestant," or make people wonder, the less than favorable, odds for these contestants.

This American Idol 2015 recap will run through as many of the highlighted groups from last night as possible. ...
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'American Idol' Recap: Hollywood Week-Groups Round Part 1

February 6th, 2015 10:03am EST
'American Idol' Recap: Hollywood Week-Groups Round Part 1
Last night, American Idol 2015 continued their first set of Hollywood episodes. Once again, Idol treated us to some beautiful singers, and a minimal of drama fillers. American Idol 2015 keeps getting better and better.

This episode introduced our favorite part of Hollywood week: group rounds. We finished up the solo performances, and then headed straight to the group rounds. These rounds usually contain intensity, because artists who are used to singing solo have to learn to coordinate. It can bring out the divas and the saints. Group rounds often crush the weak hearted.

American Idol 2...
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'American Idol' Recap: Hollywood Week Starts

February 5th, 2015 9:19am EST
'American Idol' 2015 Episode 9 Recap: Hollywood Week Starts
American Idol 2015 auditions ended last week. Now we begin Hollywood week. From past Idol seasons, we know this week will be full of high volume drama, and high volume performances. Refreshingly, the first episode of Hollywood week kept the drama down and the knock-out vocals up.

So far in Hollywood, American Idol 2015 had no shortage of engaging performances. We were filled with anxiety worrying about which one of our favorites would continue on to the next round. Luckily, most of them were kept. The Idol judges chose well this season, because the talent has reached a new level.

The fi...
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'American Idol' Recap: San Francisco Auditions Part 2

January 30th, 2015 8:30am EST
'American Idol' 2015 Episode 8 Recap: San Francisco Auditions Pa
Last night, American Idol 2015 showed the final auditions. We saw a lot of San Francisco talent on Wednesday and Thursday night. These contestants might create memorable Idol Hollywood round battles.

The final day of American Idol 2015 auditions highlighted soulful singers, future pop superstars, and everything in between. We really cannot wait to see what the audition standouts bring to Hollywood. But before we jump ahead, let's look at the top five best from San Fran (part 2).

Top 5 Auditions of San Francisco (Part 2)

5. Adanna Duru

Harry Connick Jr gave Adanna the advice she needs ...
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'American Idol' Recap: San Francisco Auditions

January 29th, 2015 10:11am EST
'American Idol' 2015 Episode 7 Recap: San Francisco Auditions
This week American Idol 2015 reached its final audition stop: San Francisco. On the first night, we saw quite a few Idol title contenders.The auditions showcased everyone from the quirky teen to the soulful student. Overall Wednesday's talent surprised and amazed. However, we picked the top 5 American Idol 2015 auditions from San Francisco part 1.

We can't wait to see how the final San Francisco auditions pan out tomorrow.

Here are our five favorite Idol 2015 San Francisco auditions from day 1.

5. Ryan Pinkston

There isn't much to say about Ryan but "wow." We just wish he chose a song...
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Which Celebrity Nephew Blew The Judges Away On 'Idol'?

January 24th, 2015 8:44am EST
American Idol
Carlos Santana's nephew wowed judges on the latest episode of "American Idol." Adam Lasher, 27, appeared at the audition with a broken hand after a skateboarding accident, but that didn't prevent him from impressing judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.

Lasher played the guitar and performed an original song called "These Shoes."

He told host Ryan Seacrest that his uncle taught him how to play the instrument, and labeled him "a Jedi with a guitar."

It appeared that the judges were unaware that Lasher's uncle was Santana even though Seacrest had discussed his family ...
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'American Idol' Recap: Best Of Minneapolis And New Orleans

January 23rd, 2015 9:45am EST
'American Idol' 2015 Episodes 5 and 6 Recap: Best Of Minneapolis
This week, American Idol 2015 traveled to Minneapolis and New Orleans to find the next big superstar. Both cities produced title contenders. However, neither city reached the level of talent seen in the New York auditions.

A few auditions from this week's American Idol 2015 became our "ones to watch in Hollywood." Here are the top 5 standout performances from Minneapolis and New Orleans.

In no particular order.

Minneapolis

Morgan Ovens

Morgan became another victim of a montage sequence. We only witnessed a brief moment of her potential but we were sold on it. Morgan's soft-rock ton...
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'American Idol' Recap: Best Of New York Auditions

January 16th, 2015 9:55am EST
'American Idol' 2015 Episode 4 Recap: Best Of New York Auditions
Our American Idol 2015 talent expectations lowered after Wednesday's episode. Last night's one elevated it again. New York introduced us to some of the best singers ever heard on Idol.

Even the Idol rejects had talent. If American Idol 2015 builds on the momentum from New York, the competition will be the toughest ever.

New York Auditions: Top 7

Adam Lambert joined Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr to judge these auditions. His presence made a wonderful night of auditions even better. The talent level on last night's American Idol episode was too high to talk about everyone. If we tr...
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'American Idol' 2015 Episode 3: Kansas City Auditions

January 15th, 2015 8:52am EST
'American Idol' 2015 Episode 3 Recap: Kansas City Auditions
American Idol 2015 premiere week introduced us to a lot of talented singers. They excited us for this season. Last night's episode of American Idol 2015 lowered our excitement levels.

This American Idol season14 episode didn't have an array of singers who couldn't hit a note, or even boring personalities. Most of them had interesting, unique voices and stories. Most of the voices just didn't elevate to a level where we'd root for them. We hope American Idol saved the auditions that give goosebumps for tonight's episode.

Kansas City Auditions

The Kansas City auditions were a bit differe...
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'American Idol' 2015 Premiere Recap: Audition 1- Nashville

January 8th, 2015 9:31am EST
'American Idol' 2015 Premiere Recap: First Stop Nashville
Last night, American Idol returned for its fourteenth season.The show that built mega stars like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood had a few major changes. One change was to introduce us to the top 24...before auditions.

Oddly, we didn't really meet them. We just saw their outlines and heard their voices. American Idol 14 also decided to let fans see more behind the scenes action. These changes will either make the series seem more human, or less. The verdict is still out on which one.

One thing that remained the same was the judges: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. T...
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Randy Jackson Is Leaving 'American Idol'

November 12th, 2014 9:14am EST
Randy Jackson Is Exiting 'American Idol' After 13 Seasons
The longest-running judge on "American Idol" is calling it quits. Randy Jackson, who joined the singing competition in 2002 alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, won't be returning for season 14.

The music producer said in a statement: "After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol. I'm proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, Idol started it all. Onto what's next."

Last May Jackson announced he would be leaving the show; howev...
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Former 'American Idol' Contestant Joanne Borgella Dead At Age 32

October 19th, 2014 8:15am EDT
Former 'Idol' Contestant  Joanne Borgella Dead At Age 32
Former 'American Idol' contestant Joanne Borgella passed away early Saturday morning of Endometrial cancer.

The 32 year old singer and model competed on American Idol in 2008 and was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer in October of 2013. Borgella didn't hide her fight with the disease and regularly shared her battle and faith with fans on social media. Her family made a final statement via her Facebook page to announce her passing.

"To God be the glory! read the statement, "With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne. On Saturday, October 18...
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Former 'American Idol' Judge Randy Jackson's Wife Files For Divorce

September 28th, 2014 2:22pm EDT
Randy and Erika Jackson
Randy Jackson's wife Erika has filed for divorce from the former "American Idol" judge after 18 years of marriage.

Jackson's wife has cited irreconcilable differences in her filing and is seeking full physical custody of the couple's son Jordan, 17, along with joint legal custody.

The two also have a daughter, Zoe, 19; and Jackson has a daughter, Taylor, with first wife Elizabeth, whom he divorced in 1990.

"Randy and Erika had a plan [of how they would file] but at the end of the day she decided to file [on Friday]," a source told People magazine. "Randy is bummed out. It's not the way h...
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Caleb Johnson Becomes The Latest Casualty Of The Diminishing 'American Idol' Franchise

August 25th, 2014 10:50am EDT
Caleb Johnson
The profitability and lucrativeness of the American Idol franchise in regards to its album sales seems to be done. It is finished people – F-I-N-I-S-H-E-D! It’s sort of like overcooking bacon…not very tasty and certainly not edible. Why this post now – well another Idol winner has fallen, epically. Technically, maybe you can’t fall before you ever ascended, but a recording career can definitely be done before it begins. Lately, this has been the disconcerting trend of American Idol.

Caleb Johnson has successfully stolen Candice Glover’s crown as the lowest selling American Idol wi...
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9 Classic Memorable Reality TV Moments: From Innocent To Cruel

August 20th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
9 Classic Memorable Reality TV Moments: From Innocent To Cruel
The one thing about reality television is that for the most part, it is completely unscripted (or so the networks would like us to believe.) What happens on camera is usually a reaction to something another cast member did and therefore, causes lots of juicy ammunition for others to keep the perpetual fires lit. Reality has become a hotbed of catcalls, catfights, bad behavior and image-wrecking scenarios. Still, there are some bright lights in the genre. Some of the best reality show moments have made us cry, held back our disbelief and ran us straight to social media to talk about it with ...
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'American Idol' Star Josh Gracin Posts Apparent Suicide Note Online

August 15th, 2014 11:32am EDT
Josh Gracin
Former "American Idol" star Josh Gracin is "safe" with his family after posting what appeared to be a suicide note on Facebook on Thursday.

The singer, who came in fourth place during the second season of the reality singing competition, left a message online seemingly directed at his wife Ann. He hinted that he was about to take his life.

Gracin, 33, wrote: "I've loved her for 17 years... I made mistakes... I admitted them, told her the truth and she turned her back on me when I needed her help the most. Please remember me as someone who gave his all in his music... Pray for my family as...
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