American Idol News




American_Idol news RSS feedSubscribe to American Idol RSS news feed!

Mariah Carey Just Blasted 'American Idol' -- Read What She Said!

May 29th, 2015 3:12pm EDT
Mariah Carey
It was pretty obvious back in 2013 that Mariah Carey wasn't enjoying her single-season stint as a judge on American Idol's 12th season, and now the singer has opened up about it, calling it the "worst experience" of her life.

Mimi was joined on the panel by longtime Idol judge Randy Jackson and current judge, along with another first-timer: Nicki Minaj.

Carey and Minaj got along like oil and water on the set, and a highly publicized feud between the veteran singer and the rookie rapper only made things worse.

Appearing on an Australian radio show on Thursday, Mariah was asked if she'd co...
READ MORE

'American Idol' Alum To Be First-Time Mom!

May 21st, 2015 8:21am EDT
Kimberly Caldwell Is Pregnant, And She's Got A Baby Name Picked
Kimberly Caldwell has a baby on the way! The former "American Idol" star announced to People that she and husband Jordan Harvey (a professional soccer player) are pregnant and that her due date is this October.

More than that, the couple's already picked out a baby name (that was fast, wasn't it?). “At 18 weeks along we are so overjoyed to be preparing for the arrival of our baby girl, Harlow Monroe Harvey,” the singer confirmed to People.

“Every day feels like a gift and is filled with overwhelming support and love from our family. We are so grateful to finally be past that grueling firs...
READ MORE

'American Idol' Crowns Its New Winner!

May 14th, 2015 8:22am EDT
Nick Wins Idol
Last night, American Idol finalists Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani waited to find out who won the Idol season 14 crown. It's been a long journey for both men. Idol ensured that the series' fans got one heck of a show, while praising Clark and Nick's journeys.

American Idol gave us a stellar finale with great performances, great special guests, and a deserving winner. We really enjoyed this year of American Idol, and last night's big finale ensured that we're going to miss it after 2016. So let's not dwell and dig right into all the action.

Fall Out Boy, along with Nick and Clark, opene...
READ MORE

Do You Remember These 'Idol' Hit Songs?

May 13th, 2015 5:03pm EDT
10 Of The Biggest Hits From 'American Idol' Contestants
Say it ain’t so! The popular singing competition, ‘American Idol,’ will be ending after its 15th season in 2016, and honestly, it’s a little hard to believe. Since its inception in 2002, American Idol has been a staple in not only reality shows, but pop music as a whole, and it’s just not going to be the same once it’s gone.

This is no time for sadness, though -- it isn’t gone just yet. So, in the meantime, we should celebrate some of the biggest hits that have spawned from the show’s contestants. There’s been a lot of them, and they’re all fantastic for a ton of different reasons.

Kell...
READ MORE

Nick Or Clark, Who Will Win Tonight?

May 13th, 2015 11:45am EDT
'American Idol' Prediction: Who Will Be Crowned Season XIV Champ
Last night on American Idol, Nick Fradiani and Clark Beckham went head to head for the American Idol crown. The result was one of the most evenly matched Idol finales we've ever seen.

Earlier this week, American Idol announced its cancellation after next year. More than ever, the American Idol music team needs to crown a marketable winner. We haven't really seen many American Idols reach Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood levels of musical success, so Idol should not put too much pressure on Clark or Nick for post-Idol huge record sells.

However, Nick's "Beautiful Life" single has potent...
READ MORE

'American Idol' Is Down To Final 2 - Who Went Home?

May 13th, 2015 8:40am EDT
'American Idol' Finale Recap: Top 2 Revealed, 'Champion' Or 'Bea
Last night, American Idol narrowed down its final 3. Jax, Nick Fradiani, and Clark Beckham all hungered for the Idol title. Sadly, American Idol opened with the elimination of one of them. It was American Idol 2015's most shocking exit.

The final two contenders then had to work their hardest to get those crucial votes. The season seemed so skewed towards a Jax and Clark final two, with a Clark victory. But tonight's Idol results might just have changed the outcome of the season.

Eliminated:

Jax

Top 2 Performances:

Round 1: Flashback Pick's

Clark Beckham

"Georgia on My Mind" by Ra...
READ MORE

'American Idol's' 15th Season Will Be Its Last

May 11th, 2015 1:21pm EDT
Fox Chairman Says Ending 'American Idol' Was 'Not An Easy Decisi
"American Idol" has run its course. The singing competition is coming to an end after the 15th season airs in 2016, the Fox network announced today.

Gary Newman, Fox's chairman and CEO, revealed on Monday, "It was not an easy decision. Idol has even such vital part of Fox for its run. And we spent a lot of time talking with producers about the future of American Idol and collectively all of us arrived at the conclusion that it was time to bring the show to an end."

The network announced the news after unveiling its programming slate for the 2015-16 season.

"Idol" was launched in 2002 and...
READ MORE

'Idol' Top 3 Heading To Finale - Who Made It?

May 7th, 2015 8:54am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 3 Revealed & The Idols' Hometown Visi
Last night on American Idol 2015, the final four swiftly became the final three. Before eliminations, all four finalists got to perform. The Idols also returned home. It was a night filled with emotions, talent, and more emotions. It was one of the best nights of performances on American Idol 2015.

Each of the top four contestants performed three songs. The first song was selected by mentor Scott Borchetta. The second one was their hometown dedication songs, and they finished with judges' picks. It was a great night of American Idol performances, but an even better night for song selection...
READ MORE

'Idol' Top 4 Emerge And Impress With Performances

April 30th, 2015 8:44am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Top 4 Revealed, Does A New Front Runner E
American Idol season 14 has been a bit of a weird one. The new format rushes the show, and also leads to some awkward moments due to emotions running high. It also interferes with the Idol's performances. It seemed like the new format might hurt American Idol.

Last night, Idol quickly got the bad news out of the way by telling Tyanna Jones that she placed fifth. Tyanna's elimination saddened the night a bit. However, it seems like the remaining four Idol contestants finally figured out how to work with what they've been given. Almost all of the top 4 American Idols gave their best performa...
READ MORE

'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...
READ MORE

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...
READ MORE

'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 ...
READ MORE

'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...
READ MORE

'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 ...
READ MORE

'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...
READ MORE

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...
READ MORE

'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...
READ MORE

'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...
READ MORE

'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...
READ MORE

'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
...
READ MORE

'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 ...
READ MORE

'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 ...
READ MORE

'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...
READ MORE

'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. ...
READ MORE

'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...
READ MORE

'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...
READ MORE

'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 ...
READ MORE

'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...
READ MORE

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 ...
READ MORE

'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...
READ MORE