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'American Idol' Recap: A Few Standouts On A Mediocre Performance Night

March 6th, 2014 10:15am EST
Jena Irene performs on AMERICAN IDOL
For my thirtieth birthday, the only present I wanted was a non-sucky night of 'Idol'. Did my b-day wishes come true? Read on to find out...

Jena Irene sang "Suddenly I See" by KT Tunstall

Keith Said: I'm not mad about that song choice for you, but I like the way you're starting to move around.

J-Lo Said: You're right on the precipice of starting to blossom onstage.

Harry Said: I was waiting for you to bust out.

The Verdict:

There's a lot of weird stuff going on in this performance. The weird paper cutout neighborhood behind, the calypso snapping while singing, tying a shirt around her...
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'American Idol' Recap: Kristen Goes Home Plus The Top 12 Power Rankings

February 28th, 2014 8:50am EST
Kristen O'Connor eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
Last night's 'Idol' results show was, well...and 'Idol' results show.

Yes, it doesn't seem that in a season of change the producers want to do much to the results show. We still have stools, we still have Seacrest and we still have plenty of time to fill.

Last night we got a few musical acts. First, there was Candice Glover singing a "Medley of Her Hits" - I'm amazed that was said with a straight face. I'd never heard either of these songs before and I don't think I ever will again.

Then it was Jake Bugg. Cheer up, dude, you're on 'American Idol'. Nice of him to put on a smile or any sor...
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Candice Glover's Troubling Album Sales Numbers

February 27th, 2014 9:03am EST
 Candice Glover - Music Speaks
I don’t blame her in the least – Not even an ounce! Candice Glover, like millions of others, went into American Idol with the dream of being a superstar. And the thing is, Glover has superstar talent, sporting one of the better voices to win the competition. But as has been proven time and time again, it takes more than talent to win over America… and I’m not talking about the American Idol viewing audience. By win over America, I’m referring to those near-extinct, extremely archaic things called album sales. Judging by the title, you can tell my girl’s sales are… “U-G-LY/ you ain’t go...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Top 13 Go Live!

February 27th, 2014 8:42am EST
'American Idol' Recap: The Top 13 Go Live!
It's thirteen Singers. It's three Judges. It's one Seacrest. It's one Dawg. Yes, it's the first 'American Idol' live show and there's no sense waiting around. Let's get to the recap!

Dexter Roberts sang "Aw Naw" by Chris Young

Keith Said: Figure out how to make it a Dexter Roberts performance.

J-Lo Said: Figure out how to take it to the next level.

Harry Said: You're singing out of tune. Use your personality more.

The Verdict:

There's a rumor going around that Dexter was singing during this performance.

That rumor remains aurally unsubstantiated as it was impossible to hear Dexter ov...
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'American Idol' Recap: Ranking The Top 13 Set To Compete

February 21st, 2014 10:41am EST
American Idol Top 13
The Cute Guy with a Guitar was back in a big way on 'American Idol' last night after being forced out by producers last year.

Four of the five dudes who passed America's test strummed their guitars for their performance show. Sam, Ben, Alex, Dexter, they're all minstrels. This archetype is just catnip for voters and it appears to be a fight between dudes with a dreadnought to ultimately win this show. That's just what American prefers.

But what about me? What about your humble 'Idol' recapper? Who do I prefer on this year's competition?

Yes, it's time once more for The Molly DeWolf Swens...
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Review: Candice Glover, 'Music Speaks'

February 20th, 2014 10:55am EST
 Candice Glover - Music Speaks
After much delay, Candice Glover finally delivers her debut album

Honestly, it seemed like an urban-sounding artist might never win American Idol again, let alone a female contestant after a string of victorious males. Candice Glover became the first female victor since Jordin Sparks, though bad timing kind of killed her vibe. Glover was brilliant throughout a season where everything seemed dead WRONG. The judges’ panel lacked chemistry (and sometimes tact) while many of the contestants seemed, um, blasé. The ratings were down and despite a set summer 2013 release for Glover’s debut, i...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Guys Take The Stage On Rush Week

February 20th, 2014 8:39am EST
'American Idol' Recap: The Guys Take The Stage On Rush Week
It was Rush Week, Part Two last night on 'Idol' as the boys hit the stage to complete in what's been a pretty cool innovation for this season.

The best feature of this Rush Week parade is definitely the cruelty: how devious it was of 'Idol' to make a total of ten kids prepare this week without ever getting a chance to sing or knowing if they would sing. It was a total departure for the show to do something like this and added double drama each performance night as the audience got to play along with the contestants as they were called out like the NFL Draft.

That was great, and as an adde...
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Eric Church Gets It Done At No. 1 Once More

February 20th, 2014 5:00am EST
Eric Church
Let the “Church” say yes… Corny, I know. But one of country’s rising stars, Eric Church, just continues to rise. The Outsiders gives Church his second no. 1 album, selling a healthy 288,000 copies. Sub 100K weeks are done, at least this week. How does The Outsiders’ numbers compare to the numbers that greeted Chief? Well ole boy “Doubled Up”… or nearly doubled up (145,000 copies). In a slow weak for new releases, well, Church was the bright spot. Compilations continue to do soundly though, as Frozen Soundtrack sold another 100,000 (no. 2) and Now 49 sold 77,000 copies after a no. 1 de...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Girls Face Rush Week

February 19th, 2014 10:42am EST
'American Idol' Recap: The Girls Face Rush Week
'Idol' kicked off its first "Rush Week" last night with several cool twists on the normal girls' night/boys' night format.

More on that tomorrow, right now, let's just rush to the recap.

Majesty Rose sang "Happy" by Pharrell

Keith Said: There were moments of your vocal range. That was great.

J-Lo Said: That's the way to come out here. Your voice sounds amazing.

Harry Said: You did a fantastic job.

The Verdict:

Fun and spunky little girl with a great personality. Enough to make you wish she could actually sing.

Majesty just doesn't have the voice. She got absolutely lost in the gym a...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Top 30 Is Set...Almost

February 14th, 2014 7:06am EST
American Idol Top 30
Last night's 'Idol' started with an anti-climax and ended with an even bigger one.

On Wednesday's episode, a cliffhanger ended the show as CJ and Caleb awaited the fate of their little singing battle. Both were good enough to go through, so this proved to be a surprise no matter who the judges selected.

Except, the judges didn't make a choice: they selected both of them to go through, a conclusion that made the first season of 'The Killing' seem satisfying.

After that non-resolution, the show went on as normal with hopefuls being kicked out and kicked through in turn, until the final mom...
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M.K. Nobilette Becomes The First Openly-Gay ‘American Idol’ Contestant

February 13th, 2014 7:03pm EST
American Idol
20 year-old M.K. Nobilette did something no other American Idol contestant has done before when she revealed she was gay on-air.

American Idol has had gay contestants before, such as Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert, but they all revealed their sexuality after their respective seasons ended. Either that, or any talk of their sexuality was pulled from episodes prior to air.

The revelation came when Nobilette was being interviewed by the judges for a possible spot in the Top 30. While talking about not fitting in, she said, "I’m very obviously gay, and there are always gonna be people in Ameri...
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Mariah Carey Laments Being A Judge On 'American Idol'

February 13th, 2014 3:00pm EST
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey thinks it was a mistake to be a judge on "American Idol" instead of a mentor. The singer served on the reality show for just one season and famously clashed with her co-star Nicki Minaj.

She told New York radio station Z100: "I should've been a mentor on the show and that's it. I should've been the Jimmy Iovine."

Iovine, the boss of Interscope Records, was a mentor for the competitors from 2011 until 2013, and frequently gave the aspiring singers constructive criticism.

Carey explained, "There needed to be that person that was brutally honest, but the brutality didn't have t...
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'American Idol' Recap: Selecting The Final 30

February 13th, 2014 8:22am EST
'American Idol' Selecting the Final 30
Last night, we finally got to really get to know the contestants that we'll be following for the rest of the 'Idol' season and got our first dose of the top thirty.

The producers also promised No More Mr. Nice Guy with regards to Harry as he yelled at everyone who complained about being sick. Then he went back to being nice for the whole episode. Oh well. At least we got a visit from Randy Jackson!

Thought last night's episode was really about the contestants as the judges made decisions on who would move on to the live shows and who would get sent home.

So let's go all Clash on last nig...
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Good Riddance X Factor!

February 10th, 2014 3:20pm EST
The X Factor
Opinion: A death has occurred in the reality television show family – gasp! The X Factor (USA) was kicked to the curb – CANCELLED! Dun dun dun!!! Normally, being the reality television enthusiast that I am, I might be upset by the ending of the show. However with the cancellation of X Factor, I don’t really give a flip (and yes you know what I mean instead of “flip”). I’m not the only one who does care – few others care either judging by the ratings. X Factor just didn’t connect on the level that American Idol did when it first came out and even with Idol sagging in the ratings now, it’s...
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Rumor Patrol: Selena Gomez's Rehab, 'American Idol' Feuds, More

February 8th, 2014 2:03pm EST
Rumor Patrol: Selena Gomez's Rehab, 'American Idol' Feuds, More
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Selena Gomez Left Rehab Early: This past week we were shocked to learn Selena Gomez spent two weeks in rehab in January to deal with exhaustion. However, rumors are growing that Selena skipped out early to attend the Sundance Film Festival and promote her film "Rudderless." So did Gomez leave without getting a clean bill of health?

Verdict: Leaning True. It's not the only rumor about her recent stay at...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Pitfalls Of Group Week

February 7th, 2014 8:26am EST
'American Idol' Recap: The Pitfalls Of Group Week
Last night was the night when 'American Idol' bizarrely transforms into 'The Sing-Off'.

'American Idol' is a solo performance show, an individual competition where the judges seek to find the best contestant to become a pop star. So, of course, they make these solo artists sing together in a group in order to determine who should move on. The obvious choice.

This exercise has never made much sense. Actually, it used to make a lot of sense: It was a perfect excuse to inject the artificial reality show drama of the behind-the-scenes elements of group week into the show for a fun little dist...
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'American Idol' Recap: Who Gets To Go To Hollywood Part 1

February 6th, 2014 10:40am EST
Contestants compete in the all-new
Last night this brand new 'Idol' started to resemble its old self.

That isn't to say the show was completely without change. Of course the producers can't help but throw a few new little oddities into the mix just to show they're trying.

The first change was just a complete waste of time. Before the Hollywood Week festivities could really begin, the judges forced the contestants to sing in a giant airplane hangar while they decided if a few were worthy or if they just made a mistake.

This was ridiculous for a couple of reasons. First, the idea that the judges actually remember a single c...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Auditions Finally End - In Omaha

January 31st, 2014 1:45pm EST
Omaha Auditions: Contestant Tessa Kate
Watching 'Idol' is starting to make me feel like Regina George in 'Mean Girls': "'Idol', stop trying to make 'The Chamber' happen. It's not going to happen."

Yes, like every Thursday audition show this season, last night's episode led off with yet another reminder that contestants have to take an elevator up to the audition room as though that's such a tough task. Wouldn't having to take the stairs be a much more arduous task than standing in a box that lifts you up without walking?

Which really can't help but cause me to wonder, what would be more exciting than 'The Chamber'?

"The Raft"...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Auditions Go To New Lows In Salt Lake City

January 30th, 2014 3:09pm EST
'American Idol' Recap: The Auditions Go To New Lows In Salt Lake
"This show isn't cast like some other shows."

With that, J-Lo really shot a direct volley at the reigning champ of singing shows 'The Voice', a series that has absolutely no undiscovered talent on it despite its conceit otherwise. That's what makes 'Idol' so much different, better, and more fun than that other show.

So where did it go? Where did that fun disappear to? The talent on this show may as well all be ringers. Last night, there may have been a total of about 15 auditions in two hours. 15 full rounds of singing in as many commercial breaks. Maybe two really bad auditions, the rest...
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'American Idol' Atlanta Recap: Enter The Chamber To Nowhere

January 24th, 2014 10:11am EST
Atlanta Auditions: Contestant Majesty Rose auditions
The Chamber. The Chamber! This season 'Idol' has the Chamber! It's so exciting.

Well, actually it's an elevator. It goes up into a room. There's really nothing to it. It's not even that small. It's an elevator. Certainly not the portal to rocketship stardom or whatever Keith called it in this abbreviated show.

It's sad when you have to pretend things are entertaining and exciting to represent the idea of it. Rather than have actual fun on the show, this season, it's just an hour of bland with only a small elevator to take us up.

Speaking of small and abbreviated, let's get to this week's...
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'American Idol' Recap: Not So Real In Detroit

January 23rd, 2014 9:01am EST
Keri Lynn auditions in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL
This year, 'American Idol' is filling the lower half of its screen with the hashtag #ThisIsReal. It's unclear what that's supposed to mean. Yes, this is a reality show, but we knew that already. To me, it seems like it should be a slight at 'The Voice'. Where that NBC show isn't real at all (every single "unknown" on that show is actually pulled from a database of "undiscovered talent" of people who are nearly in the industry and everybody knows is good already), 'Idol' sets itself apart from that show by giving us the good with the bad and actual unknowns who come obscurity to chase their ...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Show Is Just One Big Commercial

January 17th, 2014 8:43am EST
American Idol - Contestant David Luning
I tuned in for an 'American Idol' commercial and suddenly a singing competition show broke out.

'American Idol', so far this season, has become way too obsessed with itself. It's a living, breathing advertisement for a show we're already watching. At this point we've come to expect the onscreen hashtags, the product placement and the logos everywhere, but why does the show have to keep incessantly talking about itself?

First, there's the promos for the chamber. Ooo...The Chamber! So scary. It's like being in an elevator for a one-story trip. Wait, that's because that's what it is. Do we r...
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'American Idol' Recap: New Judges Means A New Show

January 16th, 2014 9:06am EST
American Idol
13 Years in and suddenly 'Idol' seems like it's playing catch-up.

In what it's hoping isn't its unlucky thirteenth season, 'American Idol' attempted yet another reinvention last night, veering farther away from the snide formula that made it such a breakout success all those summers ago. Gone is the ridicule, the delight at disaster and general amateur nature of the show. Instead, it's mostly good contestants and enough sob/inspiration stories to fill a week's worth of Olympics coverage.

Even worse than that, we're getting to know the contestants before they even sing a bar. Banter abound...
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Hot Legs: J. Lo Shows Hers Off In A Mini-Dress At The 'American Idol' Season 13 Premiere

January 15th, 2014 10:31pm EST
Jennifer Lopez
A very sexy and curvy Jennifer Lopez wore a skin-tight black-and-white mini-dress to the American Idol Season 13 premiere Tuesday night that's sure to please all the leg-men out there.

The 44-year-old judge, who is returning to the show after a season off, wore a just-as-sexy outfit to the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour FOX All-Star Party, where she was asked about her relationship with backup dancer Casper Smart.

"I don't know (about getting married for the fourth time)," she told People magazine. "We'll see. I don't know.

"You know, I've always believed in that ...
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Candice Glover Shines On 'Cried' – BUT Have People Heard It?

January 13th, 2014 9:45pm EST
Candice Glover
Candice Glover, the 24-year old victor of the 12th season of American Idol, sports nothing short of a fantastic instrument.  Vocally, Glover smothered the competition on the show’s least popular season.  What makes me sad about Glover’s feat to become the first woman to win the show since Jordin Sparks in 2007 (and only the fourth African-American victor) is abysmal timing – UGH! The pieces just haven’t fallen in place the way that they should have for such a talented musician as Glover.  Still, when you’ve “got it” like Candice does, you get the sense she’ll work her hardest through advers...
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Mariah Carey 'Hated' 'American Idol,' Compares It To 'Working With Satan'

November 14th, 2013 12:00pm EST
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey had such a horrible time as a judge on "American Idol," that she says the experience was like working with the devil.

The pop star worked alongside Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson last season, and she expected to have a great time. She didn't anticipate the friction she'd have with Minaj and opened up about it with New York's Hot 97 on Wednesday.

"Honestly, I hated it. I thought it was going to be a three-person panel," Care explained. "They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment, and I was just like, 'OK, Randy Jackson will be there; I've known him forever. He us...
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Album Delays Are NOT A Good Sign For 'American Idol' Winner Candice Glover

October 2nd, 2013 10:30am EDT
Candice Glover
 

Here’s what is sad to me.  After years of waiting to support a person who I legitimately desired to win American Idol (yay Candice Glover), the bottom seemed to completely fall out from underneath the show the season it occurred.  The judging panel was a hot mess, the talent was also questionable (particularly them boys), and everything seemed to overshadow some exceptional talent, particularly within the top three.

Initially, the winner’s album was scheduled overconfidently early during the summer of 2013, something that seemed like a mistake in itself.  Thankfully, for the sake of C...
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Jennifer Lopez Confirms Return To 'American Idol'

September 4th, 2013 10:28am EDT
American Idol
Jennifer Lopez confirmed recent stories that she'll be returning to her judge's chair on the upcoming season of American Idol.

The singer told show host and Los Angeles area radio show host Ryan Seacrest that she's got a lot going on right now and it's not the best time for her to add to her workload, but she's thrilled about it.

"To be honest, right now is the worst time for me to stop and do Idol," she told Seacrest. "I'm doing two movies and I have my album coming out... but I'm doing it because I want to. I love it and I've had such a good time with it.

"When things are meant to be, ...
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Harry Connick Jr. Joins 'American Idol' For Season 13

August 31st, 2013 10:16pm EDT
Harry Connick Jr.
"American Idol" has a new judge - Harry Connick Jr.  The crooner will be joining returning singers Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban on the judging panel for the show's upcoming 13th season, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The reality competition has slid in the ratings over the last couple of seasons, particularly with competition against "The Voice" and "The X Factor."

Last season, a feud between judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj overshadowed the competition.

Several American Idol alumni, such as Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken, were rumored to be considered for the open judging slot...
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Former 'American Idol' Kimberly Caldwell Going Strong With 'On The Weekend'

August 29th, 2013 2:47pm EDT
Kimberly Caldwell
Kimberly Caldwell is further proof that there is success after American Idol. The one-time contestant on the FOX singing competition is continuing to move forward, with her new single 'On The Weekend' and hard at work on her next album, which she took a break from to chat with BFTV.

"I'm still in the studio right now. We started 4-5 months ago," she explained of the forthcoming "80's inspired" record, which she calls "the best thing i've ever been a part of musically. [My collaborators] definitely inspired me and challenged me to write bigger and better and out of the box."

How did she co...
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