TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 12 – “2nd 10 Semifinalists Perform”

Charlie Askew performs on AMERICAN IDOL | (c) 2013 Michael Becker/FOX

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Network: Airs on Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm Original Telecast: March 6, 2013 After an up and down battle between the ladies in the first part of the Top 20 performing on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, the biggest question about tonight is will Keith Urban love every single performance and will Mariah Carey actually say anything worthwhile. It appears as if I might have been wrong about Nicki Minaj. If last night is any indication as to how things are going to be with […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 12 – “1st 10 Semifinalists Perform”

Breanna Steer performs on AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 | (c) 2013 Michael Becker/FOX

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Network: Airs on Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm Original Telecast: Feb. 27, 2013 Finally, America gets involved on the world’ greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, as we are down to the Top 10 chicks and Top 10 dudes that make up the finals. Does anyone care is a good question to ask given the bottoming out of the ratings but we’ll just put that on the back burner for the duration. First up is the ladies of the competition, the next night will be the dudes and […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 12 – “Semifinalist Round 3”

Breanna Steer in the Sudden Death Round of AMERICAN IDOL | (c) 2013 Michael Becker / FOX

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Network: Airs on Fox, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm Original Telecast: Feb. 27, 2013 It was more of the live performances to decide who would make up the Top 20 on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. Admittedly, I have watched only bits and pieces of this year’s show, as it turns out I’m not the only one that isn’t tuning in. IDOL is at its lowest point in terms of ratings in more than a decade (when the show was just into its second year run). […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 12 – “Audition No. 1” – Season Premiere

Gurprett Singh Sarin auditions on AMERICAN IDOL "Audition #1" | (c) 2013 Michael Becker / FOX

Stars: Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Maria Carey, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest Airs: Wednesday and Thursdays on Fox @ 8 pm Original Telecast: Jan. 16, 2013 This is the worst time of the year for me. Football is slowly coming to an end. We have at least another two months of winter. All the major holidays are far away. And, yes, the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, is back on the air. Yes, time for the most popular of the talent shows to once again give us a healthy dose of overexposure, bad auditions and not enough actual good singing. […]Read On »

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News: New AMERICAN IDOL judge Nicki Minaj says she’s not looking for a rap IDOL – TCA 2012

AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 judge Nicki Minaj | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

With AMERICAN IDOL adding new judges for Season 12 with diva Mariah Carey, country crooner Keith Urban and rap-pop princess Nicki Minaj, the show is going to be more eclectic than ever. At today’s Fox’s Winter TCA 2013 session, Minaj even discussed what being a judge on IDOL means to her and how serious she takes it. “Even up until the last day, before I had to sign the contract, I was still not a 100 percent sold,” says Minaj. “AMERICAN IDOL is so big, you can’t do this unless you commit fully. I realized I made a lot of […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Jennifer Lopez is 100% gone from AMERICAN IDOL says Fox Entertainment President – TCA 2012

Jennifer Lopez performs on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 - Final 5 Elimination Night | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Early in the day at Fox’s 2012 Summer TCA Press Tour, AMERICAN IDOL producer Nigel Lythgoe spoke about the judge turnover on the show with Steven Tyler out and Jennifer Lopez saying he hoped Lopez would stay. “I was really upset to hear of Steven leaving us and the possibility of Jennifer leaving us,” says Lythgoe. “She did say 99 percent she was leaving. It’s a strange thing to say 99 percent – you’re either leaving or not leaving. I’m hoping that one percent she’s not leaving. Two hours later and that 99% turned into 100% confirmation from Fox Entertainment […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Mariah Carey officially joins AMERICAN IDOL as judge – TCA 2012

Mariah Carey joins AMERICAN IDOL as judge for Season 12 | ©2012 Fox/Mark Cant

One of the biggest surprises to come out of the Fox Summer TCA Press Tour was the announcement by Kevin Reilly, President of Fox Entertainment, that superstar singer Mariah Carey will be joining the judging panel on AMERICAN IDOL when it returns for Season 12 in January. “With all the speculation around show, I can’t confirm anything except for one thing which is we do in fact have one judge whose deal has closed very, very recently,” says Reilly. “She’s the biggest recording artist any of these show have had. She’s an artist many contestants have tried to emulate and […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL recap: Phillip Phillips Wins Season 11 – Season Finale

Phillip Phillips wins AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 | (c) 2012 Michael Becker / FOX

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: May 23, 2012 So we are mercifully at the finale of the 11th season of the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. I missed last week because I had a serious case of IDOLitis, meaning I simply could not watch the show last week it was something in my blood. This is roughly the 40th review I have done this year and so yes it grates on you after many, many weeks. Anyway, just to get this out of the […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Recap: Phillip Phillips slays Jessica Sanchez to become the frontrunner for the Season 11 victory

Phillip Phillips in the AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 finale | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

AMERICAN IDOL has become more predictable as it ages. And if anyone thinks Jessica Sanchez is going to win over Phillip Phillips is seriously mistaken. The Tween girls rule IDOL, which is why cute guys tend to win the show over cute girls. This year however, if you compare the two finalists and the songs they sang, it was obvious, one was the clear winner. And your winner, though not yet crowned, is Phillip Phillips. Yes, there could be some producer trickery and Sanchez could pull an upset, but it would be insincere to say the least. The rundown of […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Recap: Joshua Ledet kicked off with Phillips and Sanchez the Final 2

Joshua Ledet is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 | ©2012 Fox/Frank Micelotta

In what has become one of the most boring AMERICAN IDOL competitions since Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox battled it out on Season 9, the reality show competition whittled down the contestants from three to two with Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez. That meant the powerhouse singer with the golden Gospel voice Joshua Ledet was eliminated. Jennifer Lopez was in tears as Ledet sang his swan song, “It’s A Man’s, Man’s World” and brought his mom up on stage. Meanwhile, Phillips and Sanchez breathed a sigh of relief going into next week which, not surprising, will see Phillips take the […]Read On »

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