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'American Idol' Recap: Alex Preston Exits, Plus A Preview Next Week's Finale

May 16th, 2014 8:57am EDT
 Alex Preston is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
For the third straight season, number three is actually number one.

It's become an odd trend in recent years that the most talented contestant ends up missing out on the finale by one spot. It started two seasons ago when Joshua Ledet, the best contestant in the history of 'Idol' not named Kelly Clarkson, ended up third as Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez moved on to the finale. Last year, the choice was even more confounding when surefire winner and clear best contestant Angie Miller inexplicably went home in third.

The dubious trend continued last night when Alex Preston took the br...

'American Idol' Recap: The Final Three Get Three Shots At the Finals

May 15th, 2014 8:46am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: The Final Three Get Three Shots At the Fi
Last night ‘American Idol’ celebrated its 500th episode. I’m celebrating too by counting down the top 500 moments in the history of ‘American Idol’!

Just kidding. Let’s recap the performances, shall we?

Caleb Johnson sang "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS

Keith Said: Really good job tonight. You’re such a pro.

J-Lo Said: You on your worst night are better than people on their best night.

Harry Said: Don’t oversing and hurt yourself.

The Verdict:

This a bit outside the typical Caleb gear as he injects some real blues into the proceedings for a toned-down version of this song. He doesn’t c...

'American Idol' Gets Renewed - And Downsized

May 12th, 2014 3:03pm EDT
'American Idol' Gets Renewed - And Downsized
American Idol will return to television once more, but it won't be the same.

Following flagging ratings and an aging demographic (Nielsen reports idol the average age of Idol viewers is over 50), FOX is planning to give the show only one night a week instead of two.

The show already cut down the results episode to half an hour this season, but now its apparent the show's ratings no longer merit a second night.

Fox executive Kevin Reilly said in a conference call this morning, as reported by E!, "I think you'll see a two-night format, at least initially during the audition phase. It's qui...

'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Meuse Goes Home + The Top 3 Power Ranking

May 9th, 2014 8:39am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Meuse Goes Home + The Top 3 Power
Last night’s ‘American Idol’ was much more about the talking than it was the singing.

As the show’s results show has been mercifully cut to a half-hour (not any longer – RIP Surviving Jack), the music on this show has completely disappeared on Thursday nights. After initial teases of the judges’ bringing emerging acts to the results show, the show became nothing but a 30-minute chatfest as quickly as it was reduced.

Last night, the gabs reached their apex with not one, but two ‘Idol’ meals. First, the typical family-style dinner where the contestants talk about how great they all are and ...

'American Idol' Recap: The Final Four Get Three Shots At Glory

May 8th, 2014 10:40am EDT
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It’s a night of good news for ‘American Idol’ as it became official that the show will be back next year for another season despite its dwindling ratings.

That also means that all you Starpulsers will get another season of me writing way too many words about mediocre singers attempting to look like superstars. My fingers are already getting tired just thinking about it – so let’s give them a rest with a lightning round recap of last night’s show.

It’s three for four as there are no duets and each contestant takes on love, breakups and makeups with a trio of performances. Again. Fingers. T...

'American Idol' Recap: Sam Woolf Sent Home + Power Ranking The Final 4

May 2nd, 2014 8:23am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Sam Woolf Sent Home + Power Ranking The F
Another year, another wasted judges’ save.

A few weeks after getting a nonsense save, Sam Woolf finally went home last night after his embarrassing combination of bad that was last week’s watered down funk song and then actually made a song by The Fray more boring just a short hour later.

This kid just wasn’t going to win. He doesn’t have the chops. He’s worse than every cute guy with a guitar that ever came before him and even though the producers clearly wanted him to stay around as long as possible, America knew much better than to let him stay around longer than he deserved.

It’s obn...

'American Idol' Recap: Top 5 Perform Fan Selections, Who Stood Out?

May 1st, 2014 8:56am EDT
American Idol Top 5 Perform
America provided the song choices for our ‘Idols’ last night and Jason Mraz provided the mentorship to, I suppose, teach the kids how to wear weird hats and write terrible songs.

Needless to say, I didn’t watch any of the mentor sessions, nor was I particularly floored by the song choices for the contestants. At least they brought back the duets and group performances that I didn’t watch while they rushed judgment of the actual performances.

No. That’s a bad thing too, isn’t it?

Let’s break down the actual performances.

Alex Preston sang "Sweater Weather" by The Neighbourhood

Keith Sai...

'American Idol' Recap: CJ Harris Goes Home + Power Rankings

April 25th, 2014 8:24am EDT
C.J. Harris is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
It happens every year, and this year an annual dubious honor falls to CJ Harris.

CJ's unique archetype is quite simple: The performer who seems insanely talented in the early running and then ends up boring, repetitive, disappointing and out before the top five.

The best example ever of this was Andrew Garcia who, on season nine, delivered a version of 'Straight Up' by Paula Abdul that was so good he seemed like the winner after Hollywood Week. After that, he got lost in a string of bad covers, boring performances and the judges continuing to bring up his one great performance.

CJ is thi...

'American Idol' Recap: Contestants Take On Country And Rock

April 24th, 2014 9:04am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Contestants Take On Country And Rock
It's one of the biggest weeks of the season on 'Idol' as the contestants finally get to stop singing those atrocious duets and group numbers and, instead, get two solo shots to wow the judges and the audience.

In the first night of doubles, the contestants took on two different genres: First rock and then country.


Jena Irene sang "Barracuda" by Heart

Keith Said: You set the bar really high.

J-Lo Said: Anything extra you can do to really complete your performance is what's going to help you win.

Harry Said: You have such a strong voice and it's such a perfect match for that song.

'American Idol' Top 7 Recap: Things Start Getting Weird

April 17th, 2014 9:55am EDT
'American Idol' Top 7 Recap: Things Start Getting Weird
It's time to recap 'American Idol' with a skull-crushing cold and about half-a-bottle of Robitussin in my belly.

Look out. Things are about to get weird. Y'know, like letting rival contestants pick which song each Idol will sing.

Caleb Johnson sang "Family Tree" by Kings of Leon

Keith Said: That was a great choice. It really highlighted your strengths.

J-Lo Said: It's dangerous to put you first in the lineup: Now everybody else has to raise their game.

Harry Said: It sounded like a song that could be on your record.

The Verdict:

Are we completely certain Caleb isn't already in Kings ...

9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits

April 15th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits
Remember what it was like when you were dedicated to one show only, you never missed an episode and hoped your favorite characters (or personalities) would get their turn in the spotlight? Well that did happen to these classic spin-offs, who found their niche in television history and rightly remain some of the most unique and diverse group of programming ever made for television.

1. "The Simpsons"

(Spun off of "The Tracey Ullman Show")

"The Simpsons" was a cartoon short utilized in the series "The Tracey Ullman Show" during its run from 1987-1990. The show took on a life of its own i...

'American Idol' Recap: Malaya Watson Goes Home + Power Rankings

April 11th, 2014 9:35am EDT
Eliminated contestant Malaya Watson
Even at 30 minutes, the results show feels like a waste of time.

Last night, the 'American Idol' results show tried to pack as little as possible into 30 minutes of live television. Spots normally reserved for musical guests and contestant backstories were eschewed in favor of...well...talking. And moving the camera around the stage. And...that's it.

It seems impossible to think that with the results show halved the producers would have trouble filling its running time, but then last night happened. A night where the Ford Commercial was the most entertaining part of the show. A night wher...

'American Idol' Recap: The Top 8 Tackle The 80's

April 10th, 2014 9:45am EDT
Jessica Meuse performs on AMERICAN IDOL
After the save, the top eight got a second crack at America's votes, this time with songs from the eighties.

So who was super-cool and tubular and all the other good eighties' slang? Read on to find out...

Jena Irene sang "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" by Joan Jett

Keith Said: I love the originality you bring to all your performances.

J-Lo Said: It languished a bit in the middle.

Harry Said: I wasn't a fan of the arrangement. It felt very choreographed.

The Verdict:

Jena picks the most excruciating of all worn-out karaoke songs and makes it about as boring and karaoke as she can.

She tries ...

'American Idol' Recap: The Judges Save Sam Woolf + Power Rankings

April 4th, 2014 8:33am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: The Judges Save Sam Woolf + Power Ranking
Last night brought 'American Idol's' now-traditional once-a-season anti-climax when nobody was eliminated from the show.

Poor little Sam Woolf got the lowest vote total, but the judges foolishly exercised their save on him when they should have kept it in their collective pocket in the insane chance that Alex ever end up singing for his life. Sam simply isn't going to win as evidenced by his limited talent and frequent trips to the bottom three. He's not the guitar guy the girls are looking for and the time had come for the judges to just let him amble down his dough-eyed road.

It was alm...

'American Idol' Recap: The Top 8 Audition Again

April 3rd, 2014 9:45am EDT
Last night, 'American Idol' went back to where it started from with a new theme: contestants singing their initial audition songs again for the judges.

So who passed the test? Read on to find out...

Pink Hair sang "Blue-Eyed Lie" by Jessica Meuse

Keith Said: That was a great start to the show, but you need to work on getting your full body into it.

J-Lo Said: I thought it was really perfect. I love it.

Harry Said: It reminded me of Cher or Nancy Sinatra from the 70s.

The Verdict:

I definitely had to Google the original artist for this song. Never heard of her. A little research finds...

'American Idol' Recap: Majesty Rose Goes Home + Power Rankings

March 28th, 2014 7:53am EDT
American Idol
After so many years of filler, 'American Idol' finally showed us some mercy last night with a return to the more appropriately lenghted half-hour results show.

Instead of a show filled with Ford Commercials, re-airing the previous night's episode, and Ryan moving the contestants around the stage, we got a tight little 30 minutes with the suspense of the eliminations as its showcase and a performance from Janelle Monae to boot.

With 30 minutes, 'Idol' isn't able to waste any time, eliminating the drag and pain of having to sit through an hour to see the four minutes we really care about. N...

Jennifer Lopez Drops The F-Bomb On 'American Idol'

March 27th, 2014 10:00am EDT
Jennifer Lopez Drops The F-Bomb On 'American Idol'
Jennifer Lopez stunned viewers on "American Idol" on Wednesday night when she cursed at her fellow judges Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban while critiquing a contestant.

Lopez was praising contestant Jena Irene for her performance and encouraging her to be more spontaneous on stage when Connick and Urban began jokingly attempting to persuade Lopez to demonstrate a "hair flip."

"Hair flip! Hair flip!" Connick chanted, the audience joined in the goading, and Lopez either said "f**k you" or "f**k off." Producers quickly moved the camera away from Lopez to censor the moment, and she was cle...

'American Idol' Recap: The Top 9 Rock Out As They Sing With The Band

March 27th, 2014 9:55am EDT
Jena Irene performs on AMERICAN IDOL
'American Idol' brought the musicians out from the shadows last night and put them right next to the contestants in a night called 'I'm with the Band'.

It's an interesting concept. At least it would be if it didn't make any difference whatsoever where the band was located. Moving them five feet forward doesn't exactly make for a whole new 'Idol'.

Though it did result in some pretty good performances...

Alex Preston sang "Don't Speak" by No Doubt

Keith Said: I wish you'd give it a little more edge.

J-Lo Said: That was the soft version of the song. It kind of sucked the energy out of i...

Watch Jennifer Lopez's Explosive 'I Luh Ya Papi' Performance On 'American Idol'

March 21st, 2014 5:00pm EDT
Watch Jennifer Lopez's Explosive 'I Luh Ya Papi' Performance On
"American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez blew the roof off of the Idol stage on Thursday night. First, she impressed Ryan Seacrest with her really short, gold mini dress, and then she hit the stage in sparkly denim cut-offs.

She was super hot!

Check out Lopez's explosive performance of her new hit "I Luh Ya Papi," featuring rapper French Montana and "Idol" alums Pia Toscano, Jessica Sanchez, and Allison Iraheta.

"I Luh Ya Papi" is the lead single off Lopez's upcoming eighth studio album. Her music video, released last week, made headlines because it "objectifies" men.

'American Idol Results: MK Goes Home + Power Rankings

March 21st, 2014 8:41am EDT
'American Idol Results: MK Goes Home + Power Rankings
In showbiz, it's all about confidence.

MK Nobilette had one of the most unique and wonderful voices ever on this show. A deep near-lady-baritone was something out of New Wave heaven with remarkable purity. Vocally, she had the chops of a winner.

But singing only gets you so far.

Clearly out of her element in front of a massive audience, MK never seemed comfortable onstage. She was hesitant and nearly bashful as she ambled around the proscenium like a baby kitten first greeting light.

That mess of borderline stage fright rendered her vocal talents moot as she was unable to truly harness ...

'American Idol' Recap: The Top Ten Takes On The Top Ten

March 20th, 2014 9:37am EDT
MK Nobillette peforms on AMERICAN IDOL
Last night, it was the Idols turn to get modern as they took on top ten hits released since 2010?

So did any of the top ten give a performance worthy of the charts? Read on to find out...

MK Nobilette sang "Perfect" by Pink

Keith Said: I think you need to work on opening up and owning it more.

J-Lo Said: At the beginning of the song was great, but when you got thrown you didn't recover.

Harry Said: I did not think that was one of your stronger performances.

The Verdict:

An odd change for MK here: For once she doesn't see petrified to take the stage, but her newfound confidence appea...

Kimberly Caldwell Inspired By The 80's For 'On The Weekend' Video

March 19th, 2014 4:11pm EDT
Kimberly Caldwell Inspired By The 80's For 'On The Weekend' Vide
Since we spoke to her last August, Kimberly Caldwell still hasn't slowed down. The stylish singer has released a video for her most recent single "On The Weekend," is expanding her Stage Presents by Kimberly Caldwell fashion line (she's wearing one of the hair accessories in the photo above), and even gotten engaged! With all that going on, BFTV just had to check in with Kimberly to get the dish on her many happenings.

Like the song it's made for, her video for "On The Weekend" is a fun, playful nod to 80's music; its makeover scene takes a cue from the video for "Legs" by ZZ Top.

"In the...

'American Idol' Recap: Ben Goes Home & Power Rankings

March 14th, 2014 11:00am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Ben Goes Home & Power Rankings
For the last few weeks, Ben Briley showed himself to be 'American Idol's' chameleon. He vacillated between country, pop, rock and blues with complete ease. It seemed every genre came naturally to Ben as he made such a variety of songs his own.

This was his downfall.

On 'Idol', we've seen it's far better to stay in a specific lane. Lock down a niche of voters and help to absorb a rival's as the competition grows shallower. Briley had a great chance to lock down the country/frat boy crowd and take it away from the less talented Dexter early on. He could have become this year's cute guy with...

'American Idol' Recap: Top 11 Contestants Tackle Movie Night

March 13th, 2014 9:07am EDT
American Idol
Last night's 'American Idol' finally answered the question what do the songs "Come Together," "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Bennie and the Jets" have in common? They're all from movies, of course!

Yes, movie night struck as loosely as possible on 'Idol' last night. Luckily, the contestants were up to the vague challenge...

Sam Woolf sang "Come Together" by The Beatles

Keith Said: You can loosen it up a little bit.

J-Lo Said: It's like baby rock star. We need big rock star.

Harry Said: It was an average performance, but you're on the way.

The Verdict:

Sam ditches the guitar, puts on a gre...

'American Idol' Recap: Emily Goes Home + Top 11 Power Rankings

March 7th, 2014 8:48am EST
'American Idol' Recap: Emily Goes Home + Top 11 Power Rankings
Just like her doppelganger's show 'The Middleman,' Emily Pirize is gone too soon from 'American Idol.'

Emily's early exit is a testament to the importance of song choice. She in no way deserved to go home before several of the contestants still remaining - she's got better pipes that almost all of them and seemed more comfortable onstage than even more of them. She was undone though, by a miserable song choice at the worst time - when the field is crowded you have to wow the voters, and a J-Lo rhythm track isn't going to make you stand out.

Emily's failure to create a moment with her song...

'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...

'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...

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...

'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...

'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...