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4 items from 2011

American Idol: What Songs Should Nigel Lythgoe Ban in Season 11?

4 September 2011 10:12 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Last month, while interviewing executive producer Nigel Lythgoe for a story about possible changes to American Idol for its upcoming eleventh season, I proposed the idea that the show should introduce a list of 11 songs that would be banned from the live performance rounds on the grounds that they’ve been done to death in previous seasons. Lythgoe’s response caught me off guard: “Well, Mike, if you want to write down and send me 11 songs that you don’t want to hear again, I will put them through to the committee.”

Well, sir, you don’t have to ask me twice! »

- Michael Slezak

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Kelly Clarkson Is Returning To 'Idol,' Here's Who Should Be Next!

11 April 2011 8:42 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

By now, you're probably aware that Kelly Clarkson will return to "American Idol" this week, to perform her current Country smash "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Jason Aldean during Thursday night's results show.

Obviously, we're pumped by the news &#8212 after all, we loved Kelly's last album, 2009's All I Ever Wanted &#8212 and we're glad to see her stepping back into the spotlight to promote her still-too-far-away new album (she did a medley of her greatest hits last week on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" last week). But, to be honest, it's not like this is the first time she'll be back on the show &#8212 shoot, she was on just last year, joining other "Idol" faves in a tribute performance to departing judge Simon Cowell &#8212 so we'd like to use this opportunity to shine a light on some of Clarkson's fellow "A.I." alumni ... because, really, they could use the love.

So, »

- James Montgomery

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American Idol: The Girls Who Sang With Fire

3 March 2011 3:55 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Ever have that nightmare where you’re headed into a classroom for a huge final exam, even though you’ve only attended one class all semester? That’s pretty much the conundrum facing American Idol fans after Wednesday night’s season 10 women’s semifinal: Based on a single night of live performances, we’re being asked to toss at least half of the top 12 women onto the Idol scrap heap, where their sparkling dreams of superstardom will be violently ground down and repurposed as body shimmer for Jennifer Lopez. And inevitably, we’re bound to get some answers wrong.

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- Michael Slezak

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'American Idol' Season 4: Carrie Underwood vs. Bo Bice

15 January 2011 6:18 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The Season 10 premiere of "American Idol" is less than a week away and to make the days go by a bit faster, Zap2it decided to take a stroll down memory lane and re-evaluate the previous nine seasons.

Each day leading up to the premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 19, we will post a retrospective on each season. We're breaking it down into four categories: Best Performance, Worst Performance, Most Underrated Idol and most Overrated Idol. At the end, we will decide how the season stacks up against the rest, rating it as great, good, or not-so-good.

We've looked back at Season 1 (yay Kelly!), Season 2 (aww, Clay and Ruben!) and the black hole that was Season 3. Now it's time to take a look back at one of our favorite seasons.

Season 4 contestants in order of elimination:

Lindsey Cardinale

Mikalah Gordon

Jessica Sierra

Nikko Smith

Nadia Turner

Anwar Robinson

Constantine Maroulis

Scott Savol »


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