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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...Read more »
“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...Read more »
“American Idol” set its Top 13 Thursday night, with America picking the top five guys and top five gals and the three judges each picking a wild card contestant.
There were a few surprises, as judge Jennifer Lopez said, “Some that I was rooting for didn’t do as well.” Early favorite Emmanuel Zidor didn’t even get a chance to “sing for his life,” after last night's iffy performance of...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
Hey, “American Idol” had a good finale!
Both Candice Glover and Kree Harrison performed well and the choice is in the “Idol” voters’ hands now. (And the judges didn’t get to talk much, so it was even more enjoyable than usual.)
Who will win? Well, if this was purely a singing competition, it would be Candice, who was both bolder with her vocal choices and a stronger singer overall. But...Read more »
This is what “American Idol” does best.
Most of the show’s problems faded away last night, as the focus shifted away from the comments from outsiders and the judges’ odd bickering back to the contestants for Hometown Visit Week. When (is “if” actually possible?) producers retool “Idol” in the off-season to try to reverse its ratings collapse, they should remember this show and go back to the...Read more »
The wheels are officially coming off the “American Idol” bus.
Pretty much everyone looked bewildered during last night’s show, from the Final Four contestants to the feuding judges to even normally unflappable host Ryan Seacrest.
It was a mess. Just in time for the first show of the May ratings book! And for its first head-to-head battle of the year with “The Voice”! (“The Voice” aired...Read more »
Sometimes, the “American Idol” contestants do their best to prove the judges right.
Last night, more than usual, song choice actually became more important than the performances themselves. Nicki Minaj likes to go on about how the Final Four are all “superheroes” with their vocals. While that’s not exactly true, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison clearly have a greater mastery of singing than...Read more »