14 items from 2015
American Idol is about to back that thing up.
TVLine has learned exclusively that next Wednesday’s Top 12 performance telecast (8/7c on Fox) will find the remaining Season 14 hopefuls revisiting their audition songs as they fight for a spot in a special Thursday sing-off.
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Here’s how the next couple weeks will play out in the House That Made Katharine McPhee an Unlikely TV Star:
On Wednesday, March 11, Ryan Seacrest will reveal the five guys and five women who advanced from this week’s Top 16 performances based on the public vote. »
My smile is my makeup
I wear since my break up with you
So Idol, take a good look at my face
You’ll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it’s easy to trace
The tracks of my tears
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My name is not Smokey Robinson, and yet tonight, I feel his pain.
And Yes I Know I Am Being Melodramatic.
After all, on Wednesday’s American Idol Season 14 Top 8 Guys Performance Night, there was only one terrible, »
Last week, the "American Idol" Top 24 performed over two chaotically edited nights. This week, we're going to apparently be eliminating eight people, while also showcasing eight performances per night leading up to eliminations next week. And Aretha Franklin's going to be involved in some way. Click through and follow along! 7:59 p.m. Et. Per Ryan Seacrest's twitter, eight guys will get called to perform. If you don't get called, you're eliminated. This is, of course, utterly vicious to the last few performers, who will be stressed out balls of adrenaline. But who cares! 8:00 p.m. Oh Snap! It's Aretha! She's doing "I Will Survive." A couple years ago, we were really concerned about Aretha's health and it seemed like we might not have her for long, but she looks and sounds spectacular. What an absolutely terrific turn of events. I'm just plain happy. 8:03 p.m. »
- Daniel Fienberg
They’re singing oldies, but will they be goodies?
American Idol‘s Season 14 semifinalists are gearing up for a second week of performances from Detroit — tonight and Thursday (8/7c on Fox) — and TVLine’s got the exclusive scoop on their Motown-themed song choices.
We’ve got the entire 24-track set list — but while all of last week’s performers prepped tunes and received some mentoring from living legend Aretha Franklin, only 16 of ‘em will take the stage.
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It might be a man's man's man's world, but this time on American Idol, it's the Top 12 ladies who get their shot to wow the votes out of viewers. The Top 12 guys already hit the stage in the Motor City with varying degrees of success and acclaim (would you believe I actually found a mainstream blogger who went with the headline "Daniel Seavey Wows" and thought Adam Ezegalian was "ears bleeding bad"?).
But for normal people with functioning ears, there is pretty much a consensus that Nick Fradiani won the round, followed in no particular order by Quentin Alexander, Qaasim Middleton and Ezegalian. »
Tonight’s one-hour telecast — which featured Season 14’s Top 12 guys performing for only eight available slots next Wednesday — was paced so frenetically it made Usain Bolt look like a three-legged tortoise.
Actually, it might’ve been better had Auntie Trish (Aka exec producer Trish Kinane — read my juicy Q&A with her here) simply cut the fat from the telecast — and no, I’m not referring to 15-year-old Daniel Seavey, »
The auditions are over. Hollywood Week is over. Finally we get to start voting on "American Idol," or at least you get to start voting if you happen to vote on "American Idol." And for me, that means a transition to a live-blog, even if the shows currently aren't Actually live, since there's no way the "Idol" production is prepared to do 12 performances in an hour-long live show. But anyway... Follow along and comment below. Commenting has been slow so far, but perhaps now it's time for people to being to have real preferences? 8:01 p.m. Et. Ah. We're in Detroit for this round. That's fun. And you can tell when this was shot based on Ryan Seacrest's beard compared to where it was on Oscars night. Or... Not. Singer: Adam Ezigalian Song: "I Wanna Rock" My Take: Wow. This episode is way too tightly cut. With almost no preamble, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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Instead, as you’ll see on this week’s Reality Check, my co-host Melinda Doolittle and I are wondering whether an incredibly deep talent pool could lead to a Top 12 in which every single elimination becomes a painful one.
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We also wonder about how subtle is too subtle once the live voting rounds begin, dish the rise of Qaasim Middleton and Tyanna »
“Can anybody find me somebody to love?”
I posed one of Queen’s most plaintive lyrics for most of Wednesday’s American Idol “Group Rounds” telecast — and unfortunately, only a handful of contestants answered the call. There were forgotten lyrics, cacophonous harmonies, a few instances of face-down-on-the-carpet exhaustion and a smattering of “I didn’t come here to make friends” squawking. But “Holy crap, I want to know that contestant’s 877-number so I can start voting for him/her right this second!” vocals were in short supply.
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When last we left "American Idol," they'd cut a bunch of people from Hollywood Week, albeit nobody we'd been made to care about in the slightest. And as last Thursday's episode ended, Alexis Granville was clinging to life. Or, at the very least, Alexis Granville was having a panic attack. What comes next? Follow along with my recap of Wednesday's (February 11) episode... 8:00 p.m. Et. "It's always a very telling day," J-Lo says, sitting up in the balcony with the other judges. 8:02 p.m. But back to Alexis Granville and the subsequent time-out. Recovered from her anxiety attack, Alexis made it back on the stage with Sal's Gal. Sal Valentinetti won some good faith with his kindness to Alexis and he does his Rat Pack thing. Alexis warbles uncertainly. Jax mewls and growls soulfully. There were several other people in that group we didn't hear solo. Boo. Harry Connick Jr. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Pay no attention to the girl collapsing dramatically at center stage. She is as relevant to bigger picture of American Idol‘s 14th season as Kris Jenner is to the Mideast peace process. (And 10 points to Gryffindor if you asked, “What is a Kris Jenner?“)
Instead, gather up those precious snippets of future Chris Daughtrys and Haley Reinharts singing. Because, bound together in a tightly edited Group Rounds episode, we saw 10, perhaps even 15 vocalists who reminded us not only of the past glories of The House That Made J.Hud an Oscahhh Winner, but also of its future potential.
I'm not sure how often "American Idol" has done Hollywood Week, or how often Hollywood Week has reached its climax with group performances, but the reality is that group performances have almost always been anti-climatic and low-drama, but every once in a while somebody totally freaks and the drama is tremendous. Will Thursday (February 5) night's show feature a gripping Group Round? Or a fizzle in which one or two people forget lyrics, one or two people go to bed earlier and nobody really cares? Let's find out... 8:00 p.m. Et. When we left things, Gabby Z was freaking out a little, which would have been much more exciting if I knew who Gabby Zonnenveld was or if the competition would be the poorer in her absence. Will she pull out of her tail-spin? Harry Connick Jr to the rescue! He comes up on-stage, takes Gabby aside and tells her to recover her composure. »
- Daniel Fienberg
I mean, if soulful troubadour Hollywood Anderson — who stunned the judges (and moved J.Lo to tears) with a radio-ready original called “My Best Friend” — becomes the franchise’s next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, any future contestant who shouts that phrase might sound more like they’re auditioning for CBS’ Stalker or another “this isn’t gonna end well” installment of 48 Hours: Mystery than Fox’s venerable singing competition.
Magnificent as Hollywood was, »
Welcome back for another night of "American Idol" auditions. We wrapped up Kansas City last night. And on Thursday (January 15)? We're off to New York City. Click through and follow along... 8:00 p.m. Little known fact: Jenny used to live on Da Block. She's wandering in her old neighborhood, by her old house, where the current resident has no clue who she is. She insists she lived there for a long time. 8:01 p.m. Adam Lambert is replacing Keith Urban for this set of auditions. He's the first contestant to sit on the judging panel and both Harry Connick Jr. and J-Lo are "excited" that he'll be joining them. J-Lo wants New York to represent. 8:02 p.m. "Hi, new friends!" Adam Lambert, wearing a blue suit, gushes, as Harry narrates his credentials and experience in case we weren't sure. Unafraid of being a walking, tough-talking stereotype is Sal Valentinetti, »
- Daniel Fienberg
14 items from 2015
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