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'American Idol' recap: Alex Preston leads Top 7

Alex Preston performs The Police's "Every Breath You

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Usually “American Idol” producers get what they want.

Last season, they wanted a female winner and they did everything in their power to make it happen. This season, they want teen heartthrob Sam Woolf to happen, a tall order considering his inexperience. Barring that, they clearly want a showdown between Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene, the two power singers.

The thing is Alex Preston...

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'American Idol' tour set for Nassau Coliseum

"American Idol" top 10 contestants, clockwise from left:

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While this season of “American Idol” is still pretty much up for grabs, the “American Idol Live” tour featuring the Top 10 finalists is already set, including a July 11 stop at Nassau Coliseum.

The Season 13 tour kicks off in Binghamton, N.Y., on June 24 and runs through Aug. 23 in Redmond, Wash. Tickets go on sale May 9 through americanidol.com/tour.

Will a star emerge from this year’s...

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'American Idol' recap: Caleb Johnson dominates '80s Week

AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Contestant Caleb Johnson

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After last week’s “American Idol” results show, the conspiracy theorists were out in force.

Did teenage heartthrob Sam Woolf really get the fewest votes last week? Or did producers say that he did so that he’d be saved by the judges to energize his tween-heavy fanbase? I’m not usually one for conspiracy theories, but considering Wednesday night’s opening for ’80s Week, they sure did need Sam...

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'American Idol' recap: Alex Preston takes Top 8 his way

Alex Preston is first to perform with his

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As theme weeks go, “Back to the Start Week” is pretty good for “American Idol.”

It lets the finalists return to a song they know well and use it to show off their skills. It also allows them to get more of their personal stories out to their fans.

Here’s how the night shook out:

1. Alex Preston, “Fairytales”: This is why they should let the finalists sing their own songs. It’s...

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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: Top 13 finalists chosen

"AMERICAN IDOL XIII." Malaya Watson performs "Hard Times"

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 “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...

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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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