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‘American Idol’ Season 11: The Good, The Bad And The WTF

May 21st, 2012 // 1 Comment
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Ahead of Wednesday night’s finale (May 23), we’re continuing our look back at American Idol Season 11, this time by revisiting all the moments that gave us “goosies”, that made us cringe or that left us scratching our heads.

We’ve seen it all this year: wannabe comedians, historic saves, criminal behavior — ALLEGEDLY! — and, um, bidets. It may not have been the most exciting run (hence the conspiracy theories surrounding Jessica Sanchez‘s bottom finish that one time), but we’ve been treated to some gifted singers and extravagant guest performances. If that means sitting through countless dramatic pauses and awkward product placements, so be it. Anyway, here’s what we think were the most memorable moments, be they good, bad or WTF…but mostly good! More »

‘American Idol’ Finalist Phillip Phillips Refuses Kidney Surgery

May 18th, 2012 // 3 Comments
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Phillip Phillips, American Idol‘s last standing male finalist of Season 11, has struck some good news this week, as he was voted into the Top 2 and will compete in next week’s finals against Jessica Sanchez. Unfortunately, the Dave Matthews-esque contestant has been suffering health issues with his kidneys all season, and doctors have urged him to undergo emergency kidney surgery as soon as possible, TMZ reports. However, Phillips has refused so he can continue competing on the show. More »

‘American Idol’: Phillip Phillips And Jessica Sanchez To Face Off In Finale, Adam Lambert Performs

May 18th, 2012 // 17 Comments
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Well, at last we have a match-up for next week’s American Idol finale — and it wasn’t quite what we expected. All three of the contestants remaining as of Wednesday night (May 16) delivered shakier-than-usual performances, and even though we viewed Joshua Ledet as the night’s winner, America felt differently. After 90 million (!) votes, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips were catapulted to the title bout. Of course, before we learned the identities of our two finalists, we had to sit through about 15 minutes worth of in-show commercials. Thank God for that Adam Lambert performance to break it up. More »

‘American Idol’: Phillip Phillips, Joshua Ledet & Jessica Sanchez Sing For A Finale Spot

May 17th, 2012 // 3 Comments
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The Top 3 had their grand homecomings on Wednesday night’s (May 16) episode of American Idol, so we got an interesting glimpse into their pre-fame lives. And we got three rounds of singing: the judges chose the songs in round one, the Idols chose their second, and Jimmy Iovine picked their final numbers. At this stage in the game you have to start thinking about marketability, and that was apparent in the choices. Joshua Ledet aimed to prove he’s not just an outdated soul crooner, that  Phillip Phillips is more than a Dave Matthews retread, and that Jessica Sanchez can give moment-less songs a moment. Read on to see if they came through. More »

‘American Idol’ Superlatives: We Crown Season 11′s Most Likely To Succeed

May 14th, 2012 // Comment

It’s that time of year again, when eager, doe-eyed adolescents get excited for the last day of school. A whole summer awaits them, a wondrous stretch offering freedom and numerous chances to see their peers in bathing suits. In the coming weeks, they’ll be signing each other’s yearbooks, hormones aflutter as they wonder “Will Johnny kiss me at the malt shop?” Or something. We don’t really remember how it works; for us, summer just means a gaping American Idol void filled with a sweatier-than-usual work commute. So before we’re hit with that reality, we wanted to reflect back on our semester with Idol. We came up with this batch of Season 11 superlatives while drawing big hearts around the Top 12′s yearbook photos. More »

‘American Idol’: Hollie Gets Voted Off, David Cook Sings And Jennifer Lopez Dances Again

May 11th, 2012 // 11 Comments
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And then there were three! Our apologies to Hollie Cavanagh, who was voted off during last night’s American Idol results show, but there was pretty much no way she had a shot at the Top 3 when pitted against the likes of Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and the pint-sized powerhouse that is Jessica Sanchez, our frontrunner to win the whole thing. Actually, maybe Jennifer Lopez should win this season of Idol? Her performance of her new single “Dance Again” (or as the bottom of our TV screen wrote it, “#DanceAgain”) was pretty on point, even if it was sorely lacking in Pitbull. She looked like she had a blast singing and dancing on stage, which is more joyful than we would have looked if we found out Britney Spears was getting $15 freaking million for The X Factor. (Oh wait, her number was pre-taped last week. That explains it!) More »

‘American Idol’ Top 4: Jessica Sanchez & Joshua Ledet Take Us To Church

May 10th, 2012 // 10 Comments
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The crowd was extra screamy on American Idol Wednesday night (May 9); they wanted a spectacle. And early in the episode we got the sense we’d get one, as the final four Idols seemed to be in that rare phase where competitors push each other to new heights. We’re not saying it was The Beatles vs. the Beach Boys, but let us enjoy the moment, ok?

We had two themes last night: songs about California or from California-based artists, and songs that the contestants wish they had written. But when the singing’s good enough, you forget about categories and rules and genres. And last night, the singing was good enough to toss that crap to the side. Both Joshua Ledet and Jessica Sanchez treated us to seething, passionate, otherworldly second performances. The kind of vocal displays that pulverize the thick leaden shell surrounding our cynical hearts and cause us to get all overwhelmed and verklempt. Let’s get to it. More »

‘American Idol’: Coldplay Cruises, Carrie Underwood Crushes, Skylar Laine Scoots

May 4th, 2012 // Comment
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We knew a tough elimination was coming on last night’s American Idol results show, but we never thought it’d be lone country holdout Skylar Laine. Isn’t this supposed to work like the presidential primaries — once it’s whittled down to one country candidate, the country fans all show up in support of the lone survivor, right? Anyway, poli sci was never our forte. But at least we got to witness two Coldplay songs and Carrie Underwood‘s triumphant return to the Idol stage before our little spark plug burned out. More »

‘American Idol’: The British Are Coming … For Joshua Ledet, Mostly

May 3rd, 2012 // 2 Comments
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Wednesday night’s (May 2) themes on American Idol were the ’60s and Britpop, which got us excited to see who pulled the lucky straw to sing Oasis‘ “Wonderwall,” and maybe even some Pulp action! (Now Jarvis Cocker is a mentor we would literally pay money to see.) Alas, by Britpop they apparently meant any British songs other than the Beatles, Stones or actual Britpop.

Steven Van Zandt of E Street Band and Sopranos fame was this week’s mentor, and he managed to dispense pretty good advice despite sitting like A.C. Slater the whole time. With only a few weeks left, the contestants can see the finish line, and it looks like they’re getting that final burst of adrenaline, which is great for us. It’s getting a lot harder to separate the contestants at this point, so read on to see who has the edge. More »

‘American Idol’: Katy Perry Gives “A Part Of Me,” Elise Testone Gets A Send-Off Salute

Apr 27th, 2012 // 5 Comments
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American Idol‘s live elimination show on Thursday night (Apr. 26) was “over the top,” as Steven Tyler would say, bursting at the seams with three performances and a field trip (the contestants descended into the second circle of Hell a/k/a the TMZ offices). Before we learned that raspy rocker Elise Testone had tallied the fewest of the week’s 58 million votes, we were treated to the debut of the Queen Extravaganza, as well as performances by Katy Perry and Season 10′s Stefano Langone. Read on to see how it all played out. More »