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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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Watercooler: Idol May Be Out of Lusk

Jacob Lusk

Pack your bags, kid.

Last night, the final five took the American Idol stage and it became clear about 10 minutes into the night that Jacob Lusk wasn't so much in it to win it as he was out to hurt our ears.

Faced with handling two songs each—as Seacrest vaguely explained, one from ...
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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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American Idol: What Do the Girls Need to Do to Survive?

Haley Reinhart, Lauren Alaina

The two remaining American Idol girls need to step up their game if they want to end the guys' winning streak. The last time a female won, fans were still waiting for the final Harry Potter book to hit shelves and Bob Barker was still hosting The Price Is Right.

But after only four female wins in the show's past nine seasons (including hugely successful alums Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood), the men have dominated the last four seasons, including the current one. With only two women left and seven weeks to go... read more

American Idol Episode Recap: The Top 12 Perform

American Idol's Top 12 take on one of the show's longest-running themes: songs from their birth year. Despite a flu bug hitting the Idol mansion, many of the contestants took the judges' complaints from last week to heart and kicked up the energy a few notches. However, for every good performance and exciting song choice, there were still plenty of snooze-worthy moments.

So which sick singer caved under the pressure and which finalist fought the flu and rose to the occasion? Let's break down the performances:

Naima Adedapo, "What's Love Got to Do With It"
The beginning feels a little karaoke-y and almost as if she is speaking instead of singing, but it's the... read more

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