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Casey Abrams and James Durbin were obvious standouts on "American Idol" last night, with judges praising them for taking risks with their song choices. In the movie-themed episode, Abrams sang Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy" from 'The Boy with Green Hair,' while Durbin performed "Heavy Metal" from the 1981 movie of the same name. Who do you think will be sent home tonight? »
- Emily James
The popcorn is popped! The 40 lb box of Junior Mints, opened! Turn off your cell phones, make a donation to the Will Rogers Institute and shush the giggly teenager behind you, because Wednesday night was "Songs of the Cinema" on "American Idol X: No Girls Allowed!"
With Pia Toscano off gallivanting with Ellen DeGeneres and record labels (so says the rumor mill!), the top eight faced even more scrutiny than usual. From viewers, that is. We all know the judges cheerleaders would give the contestants a standing ovation even if they just belched the alphabet. Unless that contestant's name rhymes with Paley Fineheart. (More on that later.)
But by the time the final note was shouted, the last "amazing" critique was uttered and the phone numbers were recapped, not one "Idol" stood out as being the next biggest thing in pop music. Nor jazz music, for that matter, regardless of »
- Jim Cantiello
As you’ve come to expect each week here on PopWatch, American Idol vocal coach and arranger Debra Byrd and associate music director and arranger Michael Orland sat down with EW to discuss Wednesday night’s Top 8 performance show right after the music ended. For a decade, Byrd and Orland have been on the front lines with the contestants, from Hollywood Week to the grand finale in May. The two work with the contestants on their respective songs, helping them shine on the Idol stage and in front of a national TV audience. Click through to read their take on »
- Tanner Stransky
After the "American Idol" travesty that was Pia Toscano getting sent home last week, the Top 6 men and the two girls America has let tag along are singing songs from the movies. The show starts off with a dramatic re-living of the Pia debacle, complete with People's Most Beautiful Person Jennifer Lopez in tears. Oh, the humanity.
So let's see how the cinema songs treated the "American Idol" contestants. Here are the Top 8 Idols, from best to worst:
Casey's rockin' the upright bass and old-timey microphone. This is a very weird choice for this show - at least do the "Moulin Rouge" version. Casey is really chewing his words and notes, it's atonal and strange. It's like Caesy is jamming on stage at a jazz club. $10 will get you $20 Simon would call this "self-indulgent." The viewers will not »
St. Patrick’s Day is on Thursday, March 17, that wonderful celebration of green clovers, green beer and anything else green. So, to get us in the mood, the Disc Dish Today’s Special column is celebrating with a couple of St. Paddy’s Day features this week.
In this first one, test your knowledge of movies containing the word “green.” Match the right movie (on the left below) to the right film quote (on the right below). If you have the luck of the Irish, you’ll get all 12 and can call yourself Paddy. If not, don’t worry, you can get the answers here.
Wishing one and all a happy pre-St. Patrick’s Day! Now, start matching…
5 items from 2011
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