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American Idol Series Finale Recap: Did the Right Contestant Win? Plus: TVLine's Series Finale Awards!

American Idol Series Finale Recap: Did the Right Contestant Win? Plus: TVLine's Series Finale Awards!
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Our American Idol “journey” has come to an end, but let us not weep for what’s been cancelled, let us instead go to iTunes and download the Season 15 winner’s new single. Hey, from a songwriting vantage point, it may not be “Home,” but it definitely ranks above “No Boundaries” and “Inside Your Heaven” — and we bought those, too. And if this show can produce one more bona fide radio/touring superstar, maybe the inevitable reboot will happen sooner than expected, no?

RelatedFarewell for Now, American Idol, and Thanks for All the Memories
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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - 'Hollywood Week #1'

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - 'Hollywood Week #1'
Sorry for the three "American Idol" recaps I missed the past two weeks. The combination of film responsibilities at the Sundance Film Festival and predictably atrocious wifi at the Sundance Film Festival had me casting aside some of my TV responsibilities.  But I'm back and I'm all caught up after rushing through three "Idol" episodes in around 90 minutes over the weekend. There were some pretty good singers in New Orleans and San Francisco. I'd point to Maddy Hudson, Greyson Turner, Tyanna Jones, Rocky Peter and Hunter Larsen as just a few performers I'd be happy to see/hear again if the opportunity presents itself. Ditto with Carlos Santana's nephew and a few of the White Guys With Guitars who were better-than-generic, but not immediately nameable in my memory. We're starting Hollywood Week on Wednesday (February 4), so follow along! 8:00 p.m. Et. In case we've forgotten, in order to become American Idol,
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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 Auditions - Nashville & Kansas City

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 Auditions - Nashville & Kansas City
"American Idol" returned on Wednesday (January 7) night to somewhat tepid ratings and with a one-hour episode that was almost entirely devoid of likely breakout talent. Fox posted the first episode online for critics and then wisely posted the second, which is airing tonight. The move was wise because, as you'll soon see, Thursday's episode is much, much better. There are three or four contestants who appeared on Thursday's episode and seem like plausible Finalists. So click through and follow along as I recap the highlights and lowlights. [Key Warning: It turned out yesterday that the Fox-provided screener for the premiere wasn't exactly what aired. It was mostly what aired, but apparently I saw some singing viewers didn't get. And vice versa. So take this recap, especially the time-code, with a grain of salt. Hopefully the people I liked will make it to air.] 00:00:00 Is it my screener or are we starting with some righteous "Inception"-style bass? I guess that adds some drama to the reminder that "Idol" makes stars and that it's about the kids, not gimmicks or judges. But really, it's making me believe that "Idol" is all about the bass. 00:02:00 We're beginning again in Nashville. The judges want to find a superstar.
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'American Idol' Alum Elise Testone Debuts 'I Will Not Break' Video

'American Idol' Alum Elise Testone Debuts 'I Will Not Break' Video
Elise Testone's debut album, In This Life, hits shelves Tuesday, but the American Idol season 11 singer is giving fans an early treat with the release of her new music video for "I Will Not Break." The clip, directed by David Keller, features Testone and her love interest take a journey on a rowboat under a lush southern backdrop. Video: American Idol Hollywood Week Kicks Off With Nikki McKibbin, Son Tristen Langley Recorded in Charleston, S.C., In This Life--available for pre-order on her website--features appearances by fellow Idol alum Erika Van Pelt and Darius Rucker.  The

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You Are A Fool Not To Watch “American Idol”

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.
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The 8 Most Underrated "American Idol" Performances of Recent Seasons

I love American Idol, and therefore I can't stand when certain kickass Idol performances are forgotten years later. Here are eight you should keep close to your heart and voice box.

1. Von Smith, "You're All I Need" (season 8)

The ultra-talented Von Smith had the misfortune of auditioning for American Idol during season eight, the year when the Top 36 was slashed down to a Top 13 using a dubious voting system. It didn't help that folks like Adam Lambert and Alexis Grace (!) were endlessly touted before the Top 36, making their inclusion in the Top 13 almost inevitable compared to their little-seen competitors. Von's voice speaks -- nay, soars! -- for itself. So grand and crystal clear, and if I do say so myself, better than 99% of the vocalists we've heard on the show since.

2. Allison Iraheta and Cyndi Lauper, "Time After Time" (season 8)

I've always said that Idol's masterstroke is the season finale,
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'American Idol' Finalist Elise Testone -- Denies Being 'Other Woman' in Bitter Divorce Case

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"American Idol" finalist Elise Testone is a no-good man-thief who broke up the 6-year marriage of an 'Idol' guitarist -- at least according to the dude's wife, but Elise tells TMZ she never did the deed. Here's the deal ... Elise met Errol Cooney during Season 11 of 'Idol' -- when she made it to the top 6, and he played guitar for the band. Both Elise and Errol were on Idol's summer tour.
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'American Idol Live!' 2012 Concert Review: The Importance of Being Earnest

'American Idol Live!' 2012 Concert Review: The Importance of Being Earnest
American Idol Live!’ 2012 touched down in Newark, N.J. on Tuesday night, and while the pacing of the show suffered more stops and starts than an octogenarian trying out a stick-shift for the first time, the Season 11 Top 10 nevertheless proved they have plenty of gas in their tanks as the tour enters its final two weeks.

Paired with the right material, a number of the finalists confirmed they can indeed command a stadium-sized crowd: Country gal Skylar Laine dropped charisma-bombs all the way to the cheap seats. Erika Van Pelt put on a display of vocal firepower that left me
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Phillip Phillips heads 'American Idol' tour launch in Detroit

Phillip Phillips heads 'American Idol' tour launch in Detroit
Phillip Phillips has headed the recent launch of the American Idol tour in Detroit, Michigan. The Season 11 winner of the reality show was joined by Top 10 finalists DeAndre Brackensick, Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon, Heejun Han, Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Elise Testone and Erika Van Pelt at the inaugural concert on Friday (July 6). Phillips, who made his appearance towards the end of the show, performed a four-song set, including his audition song 'Supersition' and his (more)
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'American Idol' tour will be fun but messy, says Philip Phillips

Philip Phillips has spoken of his excitement about the upcoming American Idol tour. The tour, which kicks off on Friday, July 6 in Detroit, will feature this year's Top 10 finalists DeAndre Brackensick, Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon, Heejun Han, Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Elise Testone and Erika Van Pelt. "It's going to be a lot of fun at the beginning, and then probably a few weeks into the tour - I give it about six weeks - people are probably are probably going to want (more)
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'American Idol' Top 10 sing One Direction to Phillip Phillips

The "American Idol" Season 11 summer tour doesn't officially start until July 6 in Detroit, but Zap2it caught up with the Top 10 finalists for a preview of the big extravaganza, which, as of right now, spans three hours. The cast even gave reporters a preview performance of one of the new group numbers, a cover of the One Direction hit "You Don't Know You're Beautiful."

While winner Phillip Phillips hasn't been able to rehearse too much while he recovers from major kidney surgery (he's doing "better than expected" and should be back to 100 percent soon), the rest of the gang has been putting in long hours at a North Hollywood rehearsal space.

Phillips walked in to join his castmates after they'd finished their a cappella version of the One Direction song (the real thing will feature a full band with a "sick" drummer, promises Elise Testone), and the group decided they'd
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"American Idol" Finale: Watch Phillip Phillips' Emotional Victory!

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America has voted, and Phillip Phillips is the new "American Idol!"The 21-year-old pawn shop worker from Georgia bested 16-year-old singing sensation Jessica Sanchez of California to claim the title. A record 132 million votes were cast in the finale.Phillip is the show's eleventh winner and the fifth male contestant in a row to win. His winning single, "Home," will be released this week.Phillip was consistently praised for his originality and never found himself in the bottom group. Jessica was actually the lowest vote getter among the Top 7, but got a reprieve from judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.Had she won, Jessica would have been the first saved contestant to win "American Idol" and also the youngest (Jordin Sparks, "Idol's" last female winner, was 17 when she won Season 6).The two finalists will join Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, Elise Testone, Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick,
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American Idol Results: The Season 11 Winner Is...

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The American Idol journey for Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez ends tonight. At the time the finale started, nearly 3,000 TV Fanatics had voted in our Face-Off and y'all have Jessica winning by a narrow margin.

Let's see if you got it right.

American Idol Season 11 Winner: Announced!

The 10 castoffs open the night with "Runaway Baby" by Bruno Mars. Man, there was a whole lot of talent in this season's contestants. This is easily one of the best group numbers I've ever seen on this show and I'm almost never a fan of the group sings. I even feel like there's more choreography than we've seen in years. Dare I say it, I think this tour will be a fun one.

In Phillip Phillips' first performance of the night, he's teaming up with John Fogerty from Ccr for "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Bad Moon Rising." The performances aren't spectacular,
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American Idol Season 11 Finale Recap: And the Winner Is…

American Idol Season 11 Finale Recap: And the Winner Is…
If the Phillip Phillips-vs.-Jessica Sanchez showdown of American Idol‘s eleventh season was an apples-vs-oranges kind of affair, then tonight’s season finale — featuring the inarguably terrific Top 13 12* — was a weird and occasionally wonderful smorgasbord. (*Uncle Nigel: “Jermaine Jones was just a figment of your imagination!”)

We had Season 3 champ Fantasia Barrino in a Crystal Gayle wig and, um, unfortunate spangled catsuit with side-leg cutouts (!) grabbing Joshua Ledet and turning the Nokia into a beautiful, howling messerie. We had John Fogerty, Reba McEntire, and Jordin Sparks dueting with Season 11 standouts Phillip Phillips, Skylar Laine, and Hollie Cavanagh.

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The 11 Best Performances of "American Idol" Season 11

Though Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez will surely super-sing and hyper-emote their way through tonight's Top 2 performance show, American Idol's eleventh season has already left a trail of thoroughly professional, if not legendary performances. Fortunately, we''ve counted up the 11 that really, really ruled, and I'll tell you a secret: The top two performances on this list may be the two best in the history of the series -- aside from my darling Melinda Doolittle's "My Funny Valentine," of course. They're an astonishing pair of clips, and I hope reality competition scientists study them with microscopes and applause for decades.

Let's count down the 11 best, kids! Hurl your dissent in the comments, please.

11. DeAndre Brackensick, "Master Blaster"

The revisionism begins here, because I originally rated DeAndre's Stevie Wonder cover as a middle-of-the-pack entry that week. What was I thinking? This 1980 Stevie jam is such a weird, boppy, hokey, reggae,
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The week in 'American Idol': Nigel's favorite singer this season, Idols on the charts, and more

The week in 'American Idol': Nigel's favorite singer this season, Idols on the charts, and more
Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips will battle it out for the American Idol crown next Tuesday, and the new American Idol will be revealed the following night during the big two-hour-plus finale. Make sure to set your DVR’s correctly; the episode will run over with an extra seven minutes. Current American Idol champ Scotty McCreery and pop superstar Rihanna, plus a slew of surprise guests, are set to appear.

The final performance themes, according to producer Nigel Lythgoe will be: 1. The finalist’s favorite song of the series. 2. A song chosen by Simon Fuller. 3. The finalist’s new single.
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American Idol Top 3 Results Recap: We've Got Tonight. Who Needs Tomorrow? [Updated]

American Idol Top 3 Results Recap: We've Got Tonight. Who Needs Tomorrow? [Updated]
As American Idol gets closer to the Season 11 finale, its results shows should — by the laws of reality television — get more and more suspenseful. The only problem is that with fewer dreams hanging in the balance, and fewer contestants for evil kitty Ryan Seacrest to bat about like so many trapped mice, the show’s producers have to pad the telecast with alarming amounts of pink slime to fill out the burger.

Related | American Idol Top 3 Performance Night Recap: Feeling Right at Home(town)

And thus we get multiple promos for Ice Age: Continental Drift, a Ford “Music Video” so
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Idology: Joshua's Landmark Moment! Phillip's Big Comeback! And Jessica's Underdog Status?

Idology: Joshua's Landmark Moment! Phillip's Big Comeback! And Jessica's Underdog Status?
American Idol‘s Season 11 Top 3 is in place — thanks to Joshua speaking an alien language, Phillip stripping down (musically, not literally, of course), and Jessica demanding that you’re gonna luh-uh-uh-uhhhhhh-vvee her.

Video | Idology: Elise Testone on ‘Vienna,’ ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and the Moment J.Lo ‘Crossed the Line’

On this week’s Idology, Season 6 star Melinda Doolittle and I discuss Joshua’s insanely good performance of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” while also offering the kind of constructive criticism that the Idol judges have ceased to give him; debate whether or not Phillip deserved
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American Idol: What (Unexpected) Songs Should the Top 3 Cover for Hometown Visits Week?

American Idol: What (Unexpected) Songs Should the Top 3 Cover for Hometown Visits Week?
We’ve reached that point in the American Idol season guaranteed to bring the average Idoloonie to tears. Yep, it’s Top 3 Week — Aka “Hometown Visits” — and there’ll be parades, adorable parents, throngs of adoring fans, and uncontrollable sobbing from Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, and Phillip Phillips.

Still, with each finalist performing three songs — “Judges’ Choice”; “Jimmy’s Choice”; and “Their Choice” — there’s also the possibility that we’ll be crying over unfortunate song selection.

Video | Idology: Elise Testone on ‘Vienna,’ ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and the Moment J.Lo ‘Crossed the Line’

In my mind, it’s the
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American Idol Top 4 Results Recap: Always Gonna Be an Uphill Battle [Updated]

American Idol Top 4 Results Recap: Always Gonna Be an Uphill Battle [Updated]
Body swapping came a week early to Fox. While next Tuesday’s Glee will find the fictional kids of William McKinley High waking up inside each other’s frames, tonight’s American Idol‘s Top 4 results-show telecast brought a number of surprising fliperoos, too.

Video | Idology: Elise Testone on ‘Vienna,’ ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and the Moment J.Lo ‘Crossed the Line’

Joshua Ledet admitted to channeling his inner Phillip Phillips after Ryan Seacrest asked him what language he was speaking during his astonishing Wednesday-night cover of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Hollie Cavanagh got a
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