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'American Idol 13' recap: Alex Preston leads Top 10 week

"American Idol" season 13 contestant Alex Preston.

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Harry Connick Jr., is admirably trying to educate viewers of “American Idol” on the basics of music theory.

On “Top 10 Night,” where the Top 10 finalists picked songs that reached the Top 10 from the last four years, Connick even sang sharp to show C.J. Harris what he was doing wrong. (C.J. was doing much more than that wrong, though.)

The problem, though, is that Connick sometimes overreaches...

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'American Idol 13' recap: Jena Irene leads strong Top 11 week

"American Idol" Season 13 contestant Jena Irene completely

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It was a turnaround so complete that it was almost worthy of the big screen.

“American Idol” was truly terrible last week, but the Top 11 turned “Songs from the Cinema” week into something special.

Maybe it was because those who survive this week get to go on tour with the show this summer. Maybe there was some extra pressure as the show continues to struggle ratings-wise. After all,...

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'American Idol' recap: Malaya Watson leads wobbly Top 12

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Contestant Malaya Watson

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“Home Week” gave the “American Idol” producers the chance to shape the debate around its favorite contestants.

Dexter Roberts’ dog just had puppies! Emily Piriz is dating a Marine! MK has four moms and step-moms! Sam Woolf lives with his grandparents!

However, the debate between the judges quickly became about how they should talk about the contestants, especially when they weren’t doing...

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'American Idol 13' recap: Emily Piriz sparkles on Top 13 night

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Contestant Emily Piriz

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“This Is Me” week on “American Idol” proved to be a little more difficult than expected, as some of the Top 13 struggled to express themselves clearly.

Luckily, judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban are getting better at their own self-expression. Their criticisms and suggestions – even when contradictory – make sense for the most part, and seem aimed to help the finalists...

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'American Idol' Season 13: Alex Preston shines in Rush Week

Alex Preston, 20, delivers the best performance of

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Night Two of “American Idol” Rush Week was just as ridiculously rushed as the first. But because the guys knew what was coming, they handled it better than the gals did.

Of course, that isn’t saying too much. While there is a lot of talent in this season’s class of semifinalists, there isn’t a lot of experience. It’s where “The Voice” has shifted the expectations of singing competitions. On...

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'American Idol' Season 13: Malaya Watson charms on Rush Week

"American Idol 13" semifinalist Malaya Watson, 16, of

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In case there was any doubt whether “American Idol” meant it when they said the focus of this season would be on having the singers do their best, um, we got the first Rush Week.

Rush Week is all about trying to make “good TV,” having the 15 semi-finalists sit in a room not knowing whether they were going to get a chance to sing until minutes before they had to go on. It succeeds in creating...

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'American Idol 13': Top 31 semi-finalists start battling Tuesday

'AMERICAN IDOL XIII': Left to right, Keith Urban,

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Right now, “American Idol” feels broken – not smashed beyond repair the way it seemed destined to be after the failed Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj experiment, but still pretty messed up.

Though the lengthy audition process, which wrapped up last week when they selected the 30 – well, 31 – finalists, was much more streamlined than in the past, they ended up with new problems. There were many singers...

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Intro 1.27.14: Videos from Bruno Mars, Billy Joel, Fray and more

Bruno Mars performs during the 2012 Victoria's Secret

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Welcome to Super Bowl Week. Wonder what surprises Bruno Mars has planned for his Halftime Show Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.

THE LIST

BRUNO MARS, “Treasure.”...

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