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American Idol Semifinalists Chosen — But There's a Twist!

Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr.

American Idol put the remaining contestants out of their misery (so to speak) by selecting the rest of the semifinalists. Sort of. Read the recap for the big twist at the end.

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American Idol: Who's Made It to the Semifinals So Far?

Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr.

American Idol brought the most painful cuts so far. On Wednesday, judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. began the process of picking their semifinalists: 15 boys and 15 girls. Read on to see who took the next step to accomplish their dreams. read more

Wednesday Review: Harry Connick Idol-atry, BBC America's Fleming

Harry Connick Jr.

Who dat? Only the best thing to happen to American Idol in this post—Simon Cowell era.

Harry Connick Jr. may not be as instantly recognizable as his fellow Idol panelists Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, but in a world where too many reality-show judges act more like cheerleaders (yes, The Voice, this even applies to you), this New Orleans crooner and accomplished cutup has what I'd call (apologies to Cowell) the X — or expert — factor. He's exceptionally entertaining, extremely knowledgeable and expansively personable — even when his explosive opinions earn him the labels  "Hatchet Harry" and "Harsh Harry" from the kinder, gentler Lopez and the occasional disgruntled contestant. But how can you not love an Idol judge who hates the word pitchy and refuses to be wowed by caterwauling vocal gymnastics?

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Ask Matt: Idol Judges, Glee, Sleepy Hollow, The Following

Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: What do you think of the 13th season of American Idol so far, Matt? read more

Macklemore, Queen Latifah and Madonna Host 33 Weddings During Grammys

Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah

The Grammy Awards shined a light on marriage equality on Sunday when 33 couples of varying sexual orientations, races and ages tied the knot during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' performance of "Same Love."

Queen Latifah joined Macklemore, Lewis and featured vocalist Mary Lambert on stage to officiate the weddings of 33 couples who... read more

American Idol: Why We're Just Wild About Harry

Harry Connick, Jr.

American Idol has recaptured its magic, and Harry Connick Jr. is responsible for casting the spell. read more

Can American Idol's Revamp Save It? 5 Reasons Why We're Optimistic About Season 13

Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr.

All signs are pointing to American Idol Season 13 being a lucky one. read more

Current Songs, a Randy Jackson Workshop and More Changes for American Idol Season 13

Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.

When the reality singing competition show returns for its 13th season Wednesday (8/7c, Fox), the basic formula will stay the same, but the show will be revitalized in key ways. "We've made a lot of small changes, nothing radical" ... read more

American Idol Heading to New York for Season Finale

Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr.

American Idol is reportedly heading to New York City for its upcoming season finale, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Season 13 finale... read more

Harsh Troublemaker: The Two Sides of New American Idol Judge Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr.

On a Wednesday afternoon in Hollywood, a group of American Idol hopefuls wait to hear their fate, but it's not music to their ears. "If this were a football game, you lost this game," new Season 13 judge Harry Connick Jr. tells them. "Technically, all four of you should be cut." read more

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