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Several questions before Wednesday (April 30) night's "American Idol": 1) Why is the announced theme "America's Request" and not "America's Choice"? Is America going to make a suggestion followed by, "Pretty please?" and then Caleb Johnson's gonna be all, "Nuh-uh, America"? 2) Fox only said that the singers would be doing *a* song requested by America. What else will fill the time on Wednesday? 3) How excited do you think Alex Preston will be to have Jason Mraz as his mentor this week? On to the full recap, after the break... 8:02 p.m. Zooey Deschanel, Alex Preston's celebrity crush, makes a guest appearance to intro the show, following in Kevin Bacon's show-plugging footsteps. This is quite a week for Alex, eh? 8:04 p.m. Jennifer Lopez is wearing a short silver pillow case, it would appear. 8:05 p.m. Ah. The Finalists will honor two requests apiece this week. »
- Daniel Fienberg
The theme for "American Idol" this week is going back to the start, which means performing the song they used for their initial audition for the judges. They will also be paired up for duets, which should be interesting.
1. Jessica Meuse, "Blue Eyed Lie," original song
This might be the most emotion we've seen from Jessica since her audition, you can tell she wrote this. She sounds great, really rocking the Stevie Nicks moments on some notes, but also showing off a great growly rocker voice. The only big criticism is that when the camera pulls back, she's standing there knock-kneed. When she doesn't have pants on, she needs a better stance behind the mic. Heh.
This was ... Ok. Definitely let him show off some personality, even if he wasn't exactly on key in spots. However, I was kind of bored. It sounded »
So tonight's "American Idol" theme is basically Deja Vu? Weird. Wednesday's (April 2) "Idol" theme is officially Back to the Start and it apparently means that we're going to be hearing the Top 8 sing the songs they auditioned with. Are we really deep enough into this season to be getting repeat performances? Don't we want to hear singers do fresh things? I do. But maybe I'm wrong? To me, this feels like a theme that's intended to help sagging frontrunners like Sam Woolf, but what do I know. Click through and we'll celebrate what is sure to be a filler-filled telecast together... 8:00 p.m. We've got eight performers and two hours. Are we going to get to duos this week? Trios? Something so that this isn't just wheel-spinning for a full two hours? 8:01 p.m. The filler starts with a tribute to funny moments from the judges in the auditions, »
- Daniel Fienberg
How do you judge a singing competition when you don't sing live yourself? That's the question a lot of "American Idol" fans started asking on Twitter last night during Jennifer Lopez's performance of "I Luh Ya Papi."While she looked amazing rocking some sparkly Daisy Dukes and dancing up a storm on stage, her vocals took a back seat -- and the lip-sync criticisms started flying online.To be fair, J.Lo did start out the performance with a lovely a cappella verse, harmonizing with "Idol" alums Pia Toscano, Jessica Sanchez and Allison Iraheta before the backing track took over.But the haterade began once she started dancing -- and even included a tweet from Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern. .@americanidol Did @jlo just lip sync? I am on DVR here. Is this already a "thing" with #idol fans? This is a singing show right? — Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) March »
- tooFab Staff
It was a packed night for judges Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and especially for Jennifer Lopez, who performed her new single “I Luh Ya Papi.” Lopez took over the Idol stage with giant fake brick walls covered in graffiti that proudly declared Lopez was performing in “The Bronx.”
The number started with J-Lo sitting on the stoop with her backup singers, American Idol alums Pia Toscano, Jessica Sanchez and Allison Iraheta. They engaged in some playful banter about the male contestants on this season’s Idol before kicking off the song a cappella.
For Thursday’s Tastemakers Showcase, Harry invited Royal Teeth, a band from New Orleans, to perform their single “Wild.”
Mk Nobilette Sings For The Save
But, now onto the elimination »
Of the Bottom 3 singers in the "American Idol" Season 13 Top 10, two had sat on the stools multiple times in the past. Mk Nobilette and Majesty Rose were the veterans, while Dexter Roberts took his first spin on the silver stool. But who went home?
Ultimately, despite a strong "save me" performance, the judges declined to use their save on Mk Nobilette.
At this point in the season we're familiar with the machinations of the results show. Results, performance, more results, another performance, more results, decision time. Top 10 week was no different.
The first group called to learn their fates was Malaya, Dexter and Jessica. Dexter got a special video message from Florida Georgia Line, whose song "Cruise" he performed last night, but unfortunately that was the only good news Ryan Seacrest had for him and he was sent to the bottom. The ladies were safe.
After the commercial, Jennifer Lopez »
Once again, we're facing some uncertainty as Thursday (March 20) night's "American Idol" results loom. After Wednesday's variably so-so performances, I can imagine a variety of potential eliminations. However, I remain uncertain on which singers would force the judges to use their Save. Probably Alex Preston and Caleb Johnson would be guaranteed saves. But who else? Malaya? Probably. Jena "Gina" Irene? Maybe. Anybody else? I'm not so sure. I'm using a J-Lo picture, because I know she's not going home and I also know she's performing tonight. I don't, however, know how to consistently spell "I Luh Ya Papi," but I know it's J-Lo's new song about her appreciation for the postseason exploits of David Ortiz. Also performing on Thursday? Something called Royal Teeth. Click through for the full recap! 8:58 p.m. Et. This week, I remembered that "Idol" was on at 9 and not at 8. I'm the true hero. »
- Daniel Fienberg
The "American Idol" producers manage to pack a lot into each two-hour performance show, but there are plenty of things that happen behind the scenes that you don't see on your TV screens. Here's what you missed off-camera during the Season 13 Top 11 performance show:
- All the off-tempo clapping last week did have one positive effect: A CBS page told the crowd not to clap during the slow songs. (Thank God.)
- Jessica's "Sound of Silence" was pretty loud in person -- when the band kicked in, the bass drum was so loud it shook the seats in the studio. Also: The judges continued their pow-wow about the Alabama singer well into the commercial.
- Something must've been up in the Urban household on Wednesday night, because Keith was talking to someone on his phone during practically every commercial break. (That's not usual for the country superstar -- he frequently »
Breathe in, y’all. This is the real American Idol with its 70-second performances and glib-ass judge comments. (I’m already starting to grit my teeth whenever Harry brings up “intonation” in a condescending way.) The theme of this live episode’s performances was, essentially, “Be yourself!” So as you can imagine, there were tons of disasters. Being yourself + being interesting = apparently difficult. Let’s rank ‘em.
13. Kristen O’Connor, Kelly Clarkson’s “Beautiful Disaster”
Here’s my impression of Kristen O’Connor and her brilliant Moneyball-style strategizing: “I need to prove my worth since I’m a wild card. My strategy is to choose Kelly Clarkson‘s most forgettable song. See you in the finals!” Billy Beane in the hooooouse. Weirder yet, she somehow intended the song — which is very much addressed from a woman to a man — to be about herself? She’s the beautiful disaster? Or this competition is? »
- Louis Virtel
Ugh, can you believe it? American Idol is back to giving us hour-long Thursday episodes. I thought these salad days of two-hour, Ben Hur-like installments would never end, but I was wrong. Scott Savol wrong.
But girl, Harry Connick Jr. still found the time to slay us with one-liners, like an actual adult we’d actually enjoy spending time with. The adult-iness of the rapport at the Idol judges’ table can’t be underestimated. Polite puns. Knowing asides. Incisive commentary on each other’s commentary. Remember, it was only a year ago that Nicki Minaj yelled obscenities while Mariah Carey muttered Mean Girls references at no one. I like Nicki and love Mariah, but that was more painful than any Lazaro Arbos ballad. This season is like a sweet, saucy, fun-loving Allison Iraheta take on “Hot Stuff.” You know I don’t say that about everyone.
Thursday’s Atlanta auditions were solid! »
- Louis Virtel
American Idol‘s 13th season premieres tonight with a new(-ish) cast of judges including the irascible Dolphin Tale star Harry Connick Jr., budding U-Turn actress Jennifer Lopez, and grown-up Peppermint Patty Keith Urban. Maybe they’ll do a good job! I don’t know! But I’ll be there watching because American Idol is still, despite sinking (but relatively phenomenal) ratings, the greatest singing cotillion on TV. Here are five reasons why.
5. The Hollywood rounds give you the best highs and most hilarious lows.
Twelve seasons in, the Hollywood rounds of American Idol remain the most underrated part of the show and maybe the entire reality-competition genre. The bustling energy of the second tryout, where attention-starved contestants who’ve passed the city auditions jump to Hollywood and attempt group numbers in a Fanny Brice-on-roller-skates way, is often the best indicator of how truly talented and likable the auditioning contestants are. »
- Louis Virtel
11 items from 2014
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