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Look, we all know that The Judges' Save is a crapshoot. Yes, it got us more quirky musicality from Casey Abrams and it allowed Jessica Sanchez to make it to the Finals, but how much gratitude should we show an innovation that also prolonged the "Idol" lives of Matt Giraud and Michael Lynche? I guess we should feel lucky that Sam Woolf has survived to participate in a theme that I'm sure is near-and-dear to his heart: '80s Night. Sam isn't the only "Idol" Finalist with a sketchy connection to the '80s. Actually, the total number of remaining contestants who drew breath in the '80s is a resounding "zero." So... This is gonna be fun! 8:00 p.m. Et. We begin with a reminder of last week's "drama," which strongly suggests that if Sam had gone home, this would be '70s Week. This week featured David Cook as a mentor. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Poor Sam Woolf. He received the lowest number of votes Thursday night and wound up being saved by the "American Idol" judges in a dramatic confetti shower that's usually reserved for the season's ultimate winner. But while Sam is busy celebrating his second chance victory, it's time for a reality check: Ever since the Judges' Save was introduced in Season Eight, no one that's been saved has gone on to win the show. -Break- Prior to Sam, a total of four singers were saved from the execution chamber. In Season 8, Matt Giraud was saved in Top 7 Week and was then eliminated for good two weeks later. In Season 9, Michael Lynche was saved in Top 9 Week and wound up lasting five more weeks. In Season 10, Casey Abrams was saved in Top 11 Week and was then eliminated five weeks later. And in Season 11, Jessica Sanchez was saved in Top 7 Week and made »
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 »
And at last, we're in the single digits! The week, the top ten finalists of American Idol aimed to impress the judges with their pop-tastic choices for the Post 2011 Music theme. And although some of the performances were truly awe-inspiring, (We're looking at you Alex Preston!), it's time to start weeding out the weaklings from the season 13 pack. Tonight, Jennifer Lopez stepped heavily into the spotlight in an effort to promote her new single, "I Luh Ya Papi," and welcomed back Idol alums Pia Toscano, Jessica Sanchez, and Alison Iraheta to discuss their favorites from this season. After this blast from the past, and some truly amazing harmonizing, J-Lo rocked »
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
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
8 items from 2014
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