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Features

Wednesday, August 8 2012

Idol Innovation: An Interview With Casey Abrams

Casey Abrams didn’t win American Idol during the show’s tenth-season run, but he revived the idea that the show could be more than simply a staging-ground for cookie-cutter, by-the-numbers pop drivel.


Monday, January 3 2011

The Guilty Pleasure Television of 2010

As if it wasn't already a lamentable leisure time suck, here are ten more reasons why TV rules our daily routine - perhaps more than it should.


Reviews

Wednesday, May 26 2010

'American Idol': Doesn't America Have Better Taste Than This?

If you still need proof that American Idol lacks any and all credibility, Lee Dewyze's win over Crystal Bowersox would be Exhibit A.


Monday, January 21 2008

American Idol

The transvestite sequence? Considering that not one of the cross-dressers -- save the belly-dancer -- was shown giving a full audition, I'd say it put another notch in the Idol-goes-too-far column.


Monday, May 30 2005

American Idol

How did a longhaired 29-year-old rocker in vinyl pants make it to the Idol finale stage? Was somebody reading my dream journal?


Saturday, December 31 1994

American Idol

When the potential Idol whined he was Season Five's Aiken, Simon Cowell responded acerbically, 'But Clay Aiken could sing.' With this one line, he perfectly encapsulated the problem with Idol.


Blogs

Wednesday, August 6 2014

Remembering Michael Johns

PopMatters takes a look back on the music of the all-too-soon departed Michael Johns, an Idol in the truest sense of the word.


Friday, September 21 2012

Catching Up with Former American Idols: Season Ten

It was the year Idol went country, but what happened to all of the top five?


Wednesday, May 2 2012

Catching Up with Former American Idols: Season Three

Despite a record-breaking amount of phone-in votes, American Idol’s third season is most notable for who didn’t get enough votes. A look back at Season Three’s most-loved contestants and what they are currently up to.


Wednesday, April 11 2012

Catching Up with Former American Idols: Season One

A look back at American Idol Season One’s most-loved contestants and what they're currently up to.


Thursday, May 27 2010

American Idol: The Season Finale

Season 9 comes to end as a sweet, shy kid from Chicago takes the crown. But it was Crystal Bowersox who kept American Idol from going down in flames.


American Idol: The Top Three (Channel Surfing) [19.May.10]
American Idol: The Final Four (Channel Surfing) [12.May.10]
American Idol: Week #10, The Top Five (Channel Surfing) [5.May.10]
American Idol: Week #9, The Top Six (Channel Surfing) [28.Apr.10]
American Idol: Week #8, The Top Seven (Channel Surfing) [21.Apr.10]
American Idol: Week #7, The Top 9 (Again) (Channel Surfing) [14.Apr.10]
American Idol: Week #6, The Top 9 (Channel Surfing) [7.Apr.10]
American Idol: Week #5, The Top Ten (Channel Surfing) [31.Mar.10]
American Idol: Week #4, The Top 11 (Channel Surfing) [24.Mar.10]
American Idol: Week #3, The Top 12 (Channel Surfing) [17.Mar.10]
American Idol: Week #3, Top 8 Boys (Channel Surfing) [11.Mar.10]
American Idol: Week #3, Top 8 Girls (Channel Surfing) [10.Mar.10]
American Idol: Week #2, Top Ten Girls (Channel Surfing) [4.Mar.10]
American Idol: Week #2, Top Ten Boys (Channel Surfing) [3.Mar.10]
American Idol: Week #1, Top 12 Boys (Channel Surfing) [25.Feb.10]
American Idol: Week #1, Top 12 Girls (Channel Surfing) [24.Feb.10]
American Idol: The Top 24 Is Revealed at Last (Channel Surfing) [18.Feb.10]
American Idol: Hollywood Week - Group Day (Channel Surfing) [11.Feb.10]
American Idol: Hollywood Week, Round One (Channel Surfing) [10.Feb.10]
American Idol: The Road to Hollywood (Channel Surfing) [4.Feb.10]
American Idol: Denver Auditions (Channel Surfing) [2.Feb.10]
American Idol: Dallas Auditions (Channel Surfing) [28.Jan.10]
American Idol: Los Angeles Auditions (Channel Surfing) [27.Jan.10]
American Idol: Orlando Auditions (Channel Surfing) [21.Jan.10]
American Idol: Chicago Auditions (Channel Surfing) [19.Jan.10]
American Idol: Atlanta Auditions (Channel Surfing) [13.Jan.10]
American Idol: Boston Auditions (Channel Surfing) [13.Jan.10]

News

Monday, May 7 2012

Despite ‘Voice’ challenge, ‘American Idol’ is still music show to beat

CHICAGO — Despite mounting evidence that it had been eclipsed by “The Voice” in the network television sing-off sweepstakes earlier this year, “American Idol” remains the


Monday, February 6 2012

‘American Idol’ vs. ‘The Voice’: Who wins the battle rounds?

Well, it had to happen sometime. Now in its 11th season, the prime-time juggernaut known as “American Idol” has become a little less juggernaut-y. Early “


Friday, February 3 2012

Declining ratings a sour note for ‘American Idol’

PHILADELPHIA — TV shows live by the numbers and they die by the numbers. At the moment, “American Idol” is being gashed with the Nielsen sabre.


Thursday, February 2 2012

‘American Idol’s’ powerful voice shows signs of cracking

LOS ANGELES — Long the nation’s most popular television series, “American Idol” has suddenly started to hit some flat notes — and it’s threatening the


Tuesday, January 17 2012

‘American Idol’ returns, but this time there’s a ‘Voice’ coming from t

LOS ANGELES — The current “American Idol” team will maintain its softer and gentler approach for Season 11 — unless you mention any other singing competition shows. Executive


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