10 AMERICAN IDOL fixes that can save the Fox franchise

Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

With AMERICAN IDOL halfway through Season 10 with one of the best batches of vocalists in years, it’s time to take a look at what’s working with the show and what isn’t. Even though new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have added some spice to the judges tables, the lack of any real meaty criticisms have also been a detriment. That said, no matter how much IDOL feels like it’s Teflon, it will have serious competition from THE X FACTOR judged and mentored by former IDOL Simon Cowell. When people watch that show in the fall and realize what […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL recap: Stefano Langone finally gets the overdramatic boot

Stefano Langone is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 - Final 7 elimination night | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

So it was time for Stefano Langone to go home this week on Season 10 of the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. Well, I can’t say that I didn’t see this one coming given I have predicted his departure from the show for the past four weeks in a row. And, honestly, he should have been gone a long time ago before this week. No way in hell Pia Toscano should be gone and not Stefano. With his crazy eyes, weird facial expressions and wacky overdramatic nature to his performances (not to mention his singing ballad after ballad) finally […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 10 – “The Top 7 Perform”

AMERICAN IDOL: The Final 7: Clockwise from Left: Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Casey Abrams | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: April 23, 2011 Finally, we get a relevant theme night on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. After having to wade through Motown night, Beatles night, movie night and a whole slew of other craptacular themes that challenge the competitors to try and bring an old song to the current day, we finally get a night where the contestants pick songs from the 2000-on. And we got a slew of great songs that people will actually recognize and be able to compare […]Read On »

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Breaking News: The scoop on what makes THE VOICE different than AMERICAN IDOL

Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton in THE VOICE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Michael Desmond

While speaking to the press at today’s NBC Summer Press Day 2011 in Pasadena, CA, THE VOICE executive producer Mark Burnett spoke about what makes this singing competition show different than AMERICAN IDOL and other shows of its ilk. The coaches, which include Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine (of Maroon 5), are a start. “We have four superstar music performers that are at the top of their game and that was really important to me,” says Burnett. “We wanted people who are at the top of their game currently, worldwide. I think it makes a […]Read On »

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Breaking News: THE VOICE coach Cee Lo Green said “Forget You” to THE X FACTOR

Cee Lo Green in THE VOICE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Michael Desmond

Cee Lo Green said “Forget You” to THE X FACTOR and instead chose to be a “Coach” (aka Judge) on NBC’s new reality singing competition THE VOICE premiering April 26. At today’s NBC Summer Press Day 2011 in Pasadena, CA, Green revealed exactly why. “I said ‘no’ to X FACTOR because quite honestly I was unfamiliar with the concept of X FACTOR,” says Green. “I knew the name. I knew the partners involved as an enterprise. I felt too that AMERICAN IDOL and these other entities had run their course. This was a course prior to the new casting [on […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 10 – The Top 8 Perform

AMERICAN IDOL - S10 - The Final 8

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: April 13, 2011 After what I believe (and many others) was a shocking elimination of Pia Toscano last week on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, what is going to happen this week? I don’t know if I would say the competition is up for grabs at this point given Casey Abrams almost got the boot and Pia got the ax as well, but it definitely opens up a can of possibilities. Perhaps the biggest question is, will another female be eliminated […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo booted in double elimination on Season 10

Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia are voted off on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Payoff time on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, but because Casey Abrams was saved last week that means we lose two tonight. So who will it be? Last week was a total 180-degree turn from where the audience had been voting previously, so maybe anything can happen. I am saving you from a decent duet, a bad duet, a horrible quintet, another horrible Ford commercial, a miserable performance from Fantasia, a so-so performance from Jamie Foxx and that douchebag Will.i.am Instead, let’s just get to it. Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery sing first and both are safe for […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 10 – The Top 10 plus 1 Perform

AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 - Final 10 + One: Clockwise from top left: James Durbin, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery, Jacob Lusk, Stefano Langone, Lauren Alaina, Casey Abrams, Naima Adedapo, Haley Reinhart and Thia Megia. | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez Network: Fox, Airs Wednesday and Thursday Original Telecast: March 30, 2011 Last week, Casey Abrams was saved by the judges on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. While that’s good for Casey, that means we are deep-sixing two this week. Hopefully the voters will get out and vote for the right person to go home. As much as some people (especially TV critics) seem to jump all over Casey for his choices, the dude is a performer and one of the better singers on the show. We got yet another […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Casey Abrams Saved from Elimination

Casey Abrams is saved from elimination on AMERICAN IDOL | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: March 24, 2011 Elimination time on the world’ greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. And this was a shocker. Just when you think you have it figured out that the tweens are dominating the competition by putting chicks in the bottom three for the past two weeks, everything goes topsy-turvy and we have two dudes in the bottom, not to mention all three people that have not yet been in the bottom. Jacob Lusk, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina are first and […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 10 – The Top 11 Perform

Pia Toscano, Stefano Langone, Lauren Alaina, Paul McDonald, James Durbin, Scotty McCreery, Naima Adedapo, Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart and Thia Megia are the Final 11 on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez Network: Fox, Airs Wednesday and Thursday Original Telecast: March 23, 2011 With Karen Rodriguez going home last night on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, we are down to 11 “singers”. Sigh. Motown. Really? Again with Motown IDOL? How many years must we do this? Certainly we can come up with a better theme night than this right? There are so many other bands or genres that you could tackle. How about a U2 night? Or, shocker, an Aerosmith night? Not like you have the lead singer as a judge? […]Read On »

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