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American Idol Backstage Report: The Surprising Coin Toss

Haley Reinhart

Every season, right after the results show that determines American Idol's finalists, the last two contestants standing toss a coin with their faces pasted on each side. The winner gets to choose whether he or she wants to sing first or second for their last night of competition. According to Idol associate musical director Michael Orland, the order is not only strategically important, it can be decisive to winning the whole enchilada.

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Watercooler: The Idol Dilemma

Lauren Alaina

As much as we hate to quote Randy Jackson (because most of his stuff is repetitive b.s.), America really does have its work cut out after last night's Idol.

In the Musical Mediocrity Olympics this season has deteriorated into, the choice between Scotty, Lauren and Haley got even trickier, since they were all un-awful...
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American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 3 Revealed

Ryan Seacrest

A record-setting 72 million votes were cast to determine which three American Idol singers would be become hometown heroes and which singer would, in the immortal words of Ryan Seacrest, "just be going home." But that poor, non-heroic person was a bit of a shock. So, who is headed home as the shame of his or her hometown? (Seriously, producers, let's not pretend that all of these kids aren't famous, OK? ) Let's find out... read more

American Idol Backstage Report: James Durbin's Not Gaga for Gaga

James Durbin

It was a night of hot tempers and one very uncomfortable close encounter: James Durbin, who was less than thrilled at being man-handled by Lady Gaga.

Preparing at the recording ...
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American Idol Episode Recap: The Final Four Perform

Hayley Reinhart

Wednesday's American Idol reminds us that this week's vote will decide which singers get to go "home as heroes." I personally think they'll all go home pretty famous, but I won't get into that now. In any case, to win those all-important votes, the singers must sing songs that inspire them before diving into the songbook of Leiber and Stoller, who wrote many hits in the post-World War II era. And who is the best person to guide the wannabes through that classic song book? Lady Gaga! Yeah, I don't get the connection either, but Gaga is in the house. So, who was the best? Let's find out.... read more

Lady Gaga to Mentor Idol's Final Four

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga will mentor the remaining four American Idol finalists next week, Fox announced Friday.

Gaga will join Jimmy Iovine in the studio to help Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart prepare to sing songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Reinhart performed the singer's unreleased track "You and Me" on Wednesday.

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VIDEO: American Idol's Casey Says He and Haley Are Just "Really, Really Close Friends"

American Idol, Casey Abrams

Why does American Idol's Casey Abrams think that so many people relate to him? Because he's a slacker

"A lot of people would come up to me and say, 'You remind me of my slacker son that dropped out of college.' That's exactly what I am — I like sleeping on couches, watching TV, eating cereal in the daytime," he tells TVGuide.com.  "[I'm a] regular dude doing what he wants to do and I hope that inspired people to do this show and try other things.

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American Idol Top 6 to Duet on Performance Night — Our Dream Pairings!

American Idol

Although American Idol has waited until the Top 4 to pair up the finalists for the last two seasons, but this year the remaining six finalists will duet on Carole King night, Entertainment Weekly reports. After weeks of Scotty sticking closely to his country roots and Jacob refusing to restrain himself on any of the high notes, it's about time these Idol hopefuls paired up and learned a little something from each other (especially since the judges remain so tight-lipped on giving any advice whatsoever).  We provide our dream pairings and what the final six will hopefully take away from having to... read more

What the American Idol Judges Could Learn from America's Next Great Restaurant

Jennifer Lopez, Bobby Flay

Many TV critics have already harped on the American Idol judges this season. Their refrain: J.Lo, Steven and Randy are nothing more than paid cheerleaders, incapable of criticism. In their eyes, all of the Top 13 contestants were winners, and their performances have deserved nothing worse than a "that was kind of pitchy."

American Idol: What do the girls need to do to survive?

We agree, and would like to offer some advice by pointing to lesser-seen TV competition America's Next Great Restaurant, the NBC show in which the winner gets to open a new fast-casual restaurant chain. Seems to us, the Idol panel could learn a lot from the show's four judges Curtis Stone, Bobby Flay, Lorena Garcia and Steve Ells.

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American Idol Backstage Report: The Simon Factor

Jimmy Iovine

It's taken five weeks, but the studio audience is finally starting to drop the "S" bomb: Simon. He was gone like a puff of black smoke. And in the hoopla surrounding the two new judges — glamour goddess Jennifer Lopez and rock god Steven Tyler — he was almost forgotten.

But that was before Pia Toscano was booted off the show, making it only to ninth place. And the fans, still touchy on the subject, are now trying to place blame. Eavesdrop on their conversations ...
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