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Randy Jackson has left the judges' table and become a mentor. Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban have returned to judge and Harry Connick Jr. has joined them. Will these shake-ups help American Idol's ratings or will they continue to fall? We'll see.
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Ellen DeGeneres' record-breaking Oscars selfie is going to be pretty hard to top, but props to Ryan Seacrest for trying! The American Idol host turned the camera back on himself Thursday night, taking and tweeting a picture with judges Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and returning season 11 winner Phillip Phillips all in frame, too! Notably absent from the selfie, though? Harry Connick Jr., who somehow didn't sneak his way into the pic! From a quick glance, though, it doesn't seem this New Orleans crooner is a fan of the selfie craze. He hasn't shared too many (if any) snaps taken from that awkward angle on his social media accounts. He even joked about our collective cultural »
Okay, I’m going to acknowledge it: American Idol season 13 has gone off the rails a little bit. It’s not the judges: They have chemistry with one another, they’re smart, they make forceful and succinct points. It’s not the production itself: These results shows, once a gruesome time-suck of group numbers and Ford music videos, have become a zippy hour of smart bookings and occasional suspense. It’s not even Randy Jackson: He’s barely there. (It’s probably partially Randy Jackson.)The problem is the finalists. What was a promising group a few weeks ago has boiled down to a dull top 12. Appealing oddballs Alex Preston and Mk Nobillette are suddenly nervous performers. Potential dreamboats Ben Briley and Sam Woolf are failing to develop. None of the girls can sing in tune. It’s getting grim. Last night, now that I’ve had a day to think about it, »
- Dave Holmes
Scandal turned up the heat in tonight's jam-packed hour, while Grey's Anatomy broke hearts everywhere with a very sudden and heart-wrenching breakup. Plus, We've got all the best moments from The Vampire Diaries, Parks and Recreation, the Gif of the Night and more! But be warned… There are spoilers ahead! American Idol: Did you see that [Spoiler!] was voted off of American Idol? Or that Harry Connick Jr. threw some subtle shade at Randy Jackson? Check out our Idol recap for everything you may have missed, and let us know if you think that Harry should switch shows and become a mentor on The Voice. Scandal: According to tonight's episode title, you're not supposed to touch the »
American Idol Recap
At the start of the episode, the judges – more specifically, Harry Connick Jr. – were put under the microscope for possibly judging too harshly on Wednesday night. Randy Jackson, looking a bit bitter from his mentoring spot, made a joke about Connick suffering from some indigestion. Throwing some bile back Jackson’s way, Connick stated, “ I was not hired as a mentor; I was hired as a judge.”
In a lighter bit of ribbing, Connick received a message from the quarterback of his favorite football team – Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. After the teasing from Brees, Connick laughed with some humility before turning to the contestants to use Brees' job as an athelete to explain their relationship.
"I promise you this, »
There's tension in the house, dawg! Tonight on American Idol, 12 singers took the stage in hopes of becoming the next singing sensation, but only 11 were allowed to continue their journey. Although it was sad to see one of our talented finalists leave the competition, the real entertainment in tonight's episode were Harry Connick Jr.'s subtle jabs at "mentor" Randy Jackson. (Team Harry Ftw!) At the top of the hour, Connick took a moment to address fans' concerns that he was being overly harsh with his criticisms on Wednesday night. "I'm not going to belabor the fact that you're great," he said. The dashing crooner explained that, unlike Randy, Harry has a very limited time to »
On a week where the theme was "Home," another singer was sent packing as the Top 11 was revealed on Thursday night's elimination episode of American Idol. Before host Ryan Seacrest began calling the contestants over one-by-one to announce their fates, the show had a group therapy session, as the contestants pondered whether the judges -- Harry Connick Jr. in particular -- were being too harsh. Randy Jackson accused the New Orleans crooner of having "indigestion," and even New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees joined the intervention, telling Connick to calm down. "I was not hired as a
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
American Idol 2014 eliminated Emily Pritz tonight,March 6th. Tonight's elimination show, kicked off with another agonizing group performance from the top 12 contestants. They also showed some other annoying filler stuff with judge Harry Connick Jr. , and what not. Then they finally got down to business when host,Ryan Seacrest, revealed that Sam Woolf, Jessica Meuse, and Ben Briley were safe tonight, and that poor Emily Priz landed in the bottom 3. After a break, the 2012 American Idol champ ,Phillip Phillips, hit the stage to sing his new song, called, "Raging Fire." Next, Ryan revealed that Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, and Alex Preston were all safe, and that poor Jena Irene landed in the bottom 3 this week. After another break, mentor,Randy Jackson, introduced a band, named Kodaline to the stage to sing their song called, "All I Want." Next, Ryan revealed that Caleb Johnson, Cj Harris, and Malaya Watson were all safe, »
Would the judges use their one save of the season on the least popular singer of the Top 12?
Emily Piriz has been eliminated. No save!
Jena Irene and M.K. Nobilette joined Emily in the official Bottom Three.
Full recap is on the way…
Last night’s Top 12 recap: Down With the Ship »
- Annie Barrett
Tonight, the top 13 becomes the top 12! Unless the judges use their save, which they absolutely would never do this early! Are you ready for someone’s Idol journey to end? Are you ready for us to quit talking about stints on reality shows as “journeys”? Me too. Television, say something else; I’m giving up on you. Okay, before we get into it, there’s something I have to say: I’m not hating Randy Jackson this year. His new “mentor” role is really just the thing for him; it allows him to dole out little tiny bits of shallow advice, and it speaks to his experience in the studio in a way his judging role never could. Plus, his major on-camera job during the live shows is to set up each performance as the singer is approaching the microphone, so he can’t holler and waste time endlessly. He »
- Dave Holmes
While "American Idol" Season 13 Rush Week was pretty brutal, the atmosphere during the show's Top 13 elimination show was still tense. Malaya Watson, Mk Nobilette and Kristen O'Connor were the first three singers sent to the bottom. Which one went home?
In the end, Kristen was sent packing. There is a save, which expires at Top 6 week, but clearly the judges weren't going to use it the very first week -- and they didn't. Here's how it went down:
The first group brought onstage to hear results was Malaya, Jena, Alex and Ben. While Ben, Alex and Jena were sent to safety, Malaya was sent to the first stool of doom. (That wasn't too shocking since her rendition of Bruno Mars' "Runaway Baby" was all over the place -- in a bad way.)
You know, I was a big Candice Glover fan last year. I was rooting for her almost from the beginning and I was pleased when she won. But when Ryan Seacrest mentioned during Wednesday's show that Candice Glover would be performing tonight, it took me way longer than it should have to remember who Candice Glover was. "American Idol" would also like you to forget that Nikki Minaj and Mariah Carey were ever judges. Things were pretty tight after Wednesday's performances. I think Malaya Watson made the biggest mess of her song, but I don't think she's going home. I'm assuming that Ben Briley, one of my four favorites last night, is safe, so he's the guy in my picture. Everything else is up in the air, so click through for my full live-blog! 8:01 p.m. Et This is new! The "Idol" Group Lip-Synch is being done as a walk-and-sing through the "Idol" backstage. »
- Daniel Fienberg
It's our first performance night for the Top 13 Finalists on Season 13 of "American Idol." Lucky 13/13! Follow along for all of the fun with the seven remaining girls and six remaining boys as they sing for Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. 8:05 p.m. Jennifer Lopez is pretty. 8:06 p.m. Our theme tonight is This Is Me. "I love this week is about them," Keith says. J-Lo is hoping we get to know this Top 13, finally. 8:06 p.m. New ways to vote! New ways to vote! Google! 8:08 p.m. Ben Briley and Sam Woolf are going to need help on commercials this season. 8:04 p.m. Our first performer appears to be Dexter Roberts, who is afraid of spiders and once played football. Just like Ryan Seacrest. Singer: Dexter Roberts My Interview Song:"Aw Naw" My Take: Dexter goes electric and he seems to »
- Daniel Fienberg
On Thursday (February 20) night, as soon as I finished recapping the "American Idol" Top 13 results, I rushed up to Fig & Olive in Beverly Hills for the season's Top 13 party. On the traditional blue carpet, I talked with all 13 of the finalists, 12 of the 13 in 1-on-1 interviews, about they challenges they're going to face this season and the challenges they've already faced. [Special kudos to Team HitFix's daring cameraman for braving the blue carpet's strange and erratic lighting system.] In addition, many of the show's decision-making bigwigs came and talked to reporters in groups of four or five. We got host Ryan Seacrest, who I asked about the season's more substantive judging panel, and mentor Randy Jackson, who I asked about the itch of watching "Idol" performances without judging for the first time. We also got Harry Connick Jr., who I asked about raising the level of the discourse on the judging panel. [Keith Urban's few minutes fell victim to the problematic lighting, while Jennifer Lopez whizzed by my side of the carpet like she was a speed skater.] Check out highlights from those three interviews above. Stay tuned for my Top 13 interviews before next Wednesday's show! »
- Daniel Fienberg
The lucky 13 finalists for season 13 of American Idol were revealed Thursday night, and immediately after, the group got to celebrate together in Hollywood. This week marked the first live shows of the new season, which has seen many format changes from previous years.
One of those changes is the just-finished Rush Week, which featured a workshop with former judge Randy Jackson and the help of Idol alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry. New judge Harry Connick Jr. also got the first “boo” of the season for his song-choice critiques to some of the female contestants. EW was on the scene »
- Jake Perlman
Tonight we announce our top 13, and the real business ofAmerican Idol can truly begin. And not to get all Randy Jackson on you and say the same thing over and over again, but I truly love how we got here. The show is moving along briskly; we’re not exhausted the way we usually are at this stage; and, most important for a show of this kind, we’ve gotten to know just enough of the contestants. We have some favorites, and it’s mathematically impossible that we won’t say good-bye to at least one of them tonight.Here’s how it’s going to work: Ryan will call for the lights to be dimmed — how I have longed to hear that phrase again! — and will call out the top ten from the official voting. Then five more people will sing for the three wild card spots. It’s going to be tense! »
- Dave Holmes
'American Idol' Recap
As with the girls, the 15 male semi-finalists waited nervously to see if their names were called by Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez or Harry Connick Jr. to hit the stage and sing for America’s votes. Idol alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry were back mentoring in the workshop, as was veteran judge Randy Jackson.
Caleb Johnson, the 70s Meat Loaf lookalike, was the first name called. Singing “Stay with Me” by The Faces. Johnson carried the song by the British rock band admirably, while working the stage like a pro. Perhaps his biggest fan at the judges table, Urban, said the performance was “killer.”
Tuesday was Ladies' Night on American Idol, but on Wednesday the judges turned their attention to the guys. "We just have a new breed of musician and singer coming up," judge Jennifer Lopez told Ryan Seacrest before the performances began.
The show repeated its head-scratching formula from Tuesday, only allowing 10 of the Top 15 guys to perform on stage, with virtually no explanation for viewers as to why the remaining five got cut. Former judge Randy Jackson, as well as alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, also all returned as mentors.
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- Liz Raftery
Randy Jackson thinks Simon Cowell will return to Us TV in a ''different, new way''. The 'American Idol' star, who served on the singing competition's judging panel with Simon for nine years, is certain the music mogul will return to American screens better than ever despite the cancellation of the Us version of 'The X Factor' recently. Randy said of the rival show's axe: ''I think he's such an amazing talented guy and he helped to born what that is. I'm sure he's plotting his Us return in a different, new way. He's a real creator. Never count him »
The top 15 girls were supposed to take the stage last night on "American Idol" -- but instead, we were treated to only 10 performances.Yep, in a shocking (and kind of mean) twist, the judges secretly watched the contestants' rehearsals with Randy Jackson and picked their favorite to perform. The 5 who got the boot didn't know their fate until the end of the episode -- and were eliminated without ever getting to sing.Cruel, right?It was definitely an odd twist and one we can probably expect again when the boys hit the stage tonight.As for the ladies who actually did get to sing last night, there were only a few standouts.Check out our favorite three performances below. Do you already have an early favorite?1.) Majesty Rose, "Happy"The 21-year-old sang Pharrell's Oscar-nominated hit while strumming a guitar. She looked and sounded comfortable on stage, with Jennifer Lopez calling it an "easy, »
- tooFab Staff
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