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SomethingPitchy Backstage With the Idols: Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox (VIDEO)

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jul 30th 2010 2:30PM
CrystalyzeWe weren't exactly the biggest Lee DeWyze fans during this past season of 'American Idol,' but we'll admit that after we interviewed him last week, we're ready to call him our new BFF.

As you'll see after the jump, the interview turned out to be, as Lee might put it, amazing. (Though, as he told us, he's ready to pick a new favorite word.)

In this special SomethingPitchy interview, watch as the season 9 champ dishes on getting new tattoos, what it's like to be the star of the 'American Idol' tour and what his new album is going to sound like. (Get ready for lots of polka!)

Then, stick around for SP's favorite girl Crystal Bowersox, who told Gaby about her son's cute mispronunciations, her budding romance with TV host Jimmy Kimmel (not!) and her thoughts on the new Janis Joplin biopic. (How was she not cast, Hollywood?!)

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @somethingpitchy (or @gabydunn and @aolandy) for more 'Idol' coverage.

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Michael Lynche on Having More Kids, Going on Tour and Working With Ruben Studdard

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 22nd 2010 2:00PM
Michael LyncheMichael 'Big Mike' Lynche caught 'Idol's' radar early on in the season, when he missed the birth of his baby daughter during Hollywood Week. By the semifinals, he had brought judge Kara DioGuardi to tears with his rendition of 'This Woman's Work,' and though he was eliminated during Top 9 week, the now-famous Judges' Save revitalized his chances and propelled the 27-year-old to an impressive fourth-place finish.

Now, Michael is busy prepping for the 'Idols Live!' tour, which kicks off July 1 in Auburn Hills, MI.

In our exclusive interview, read Mike's thoughts on having more kids, working with Ruben Studdard, the Judges' Save and his upcoming tour set.

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Crystal Bowersox Signs Record Deal

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 22nd 2010 10:30AM
Crystal Bowersox signs a record deal with 19 Recordings/Jive Records'American Idol's' Crystal Bowersox has found a new home: According to E! Online, the season 9 runner-up has signed with 19 Recordings/Jive Records, a company that already includes such former contestants as Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, David Cook, Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert.

The album, which is expected to hit shelves later this year, will be Bowersox's major-label debut.

Bowersox kept a fairly consistent voice on the show, showing her folk and classic rock influences. Her go-to cover song was the Janis Joplin version of 'Me and Bobby McGee.'

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'American Idol' Contestant Aaron Kelly on Songwriting, Going Country and Becoming an Uncle

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jun 21st 2010 2:00PM
Aaron KellyAaron Kelly has certainly been working his tail off since his run on 'American Idol' ended.

The 17-year-old high school student has already been writing songs for his upcoming album, which he hopes to release in the ever-lucrative modern country genre. (The male Taylor Swift anyone?)

Kelly, who finished in fifth place this season, spoke to TV Squad about his passion for songwriting, his new baby niece and which other 'Idol' contestant he doesn't want to bunk with on tour.

(As an aside: Kelly also called this reporter "ma'am" twice during our conversation, despite an age gap of only five years. What a gentleman ... I think?)

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'American Idol' Contestant Siobhan Magnus on Meeting Hanson, Corsets and Writing Music

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jun 18th 2010 3:00PM
Siobhan MagnusSiobhan Magnus, a quirky girl from Massachusetts with a big voice, certainly brought her dramatic flair to season 9 of 'American Idol.'

Magnus was smoky and dark on Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Games,' hit an insane high note on Aretha Franklin's 'Think' and even got emotional on a cover of Whitney Houston's and Mariah Carey's 'When You Believe.'

Still, in our interview last week, Magnus kept mum on which songs she'll be singing during the Idols Live tour this summer, which officially kicks off Jul. 1 in Auburn Hills, MI.

She did, however, give her thoughts on crying when she met her favorite band, Hanson, her crazy costume changes on tour, what inspires her to write angry songs and her weird choice for who should replace exiting 'Idol' judge Simon Cowell.

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'American Idol' Contestant Tim Urban on Acting, Going on Tour and His Shirtless Photos

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 17th 2010 2:00PM
Tim UrbanHe may have been criticized by the judges and the champion of Vote for the Worst this season, but with the 'American Idol' tour just weeks away, Tim Urban is still smiling.

The 21-year-old Texan and SomethingPitchy favorite spoke to TV Squad late last week to give us an update on preparations for the Idols Live tour, which officially kicks off July 1 in Auburn Hills, MI.

In our exclusive interview, find out which song Tim will sing on tour, plus read his thoughts on his upcoming album, Vote for the Worst and those infamous shirtless pictures.

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Katie Stevens on Prepping for the 'American Idol' Tour and College

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 16th 2010 3:00PM
Katie StevensKatie Stevens wowed the judges during the early rounds of 'American Idol' season 9, and after Hollywood Week, Kara DioGuardi was ready to peg her as the "potential winner."

Unfortunately for Katie, things didn't quite work out as Kara predicted; she was eliminated during the Top 9 reboot, alongside Andrew Garcia. (Read our interview with Andrew here.)

Still, Katie made a lasting impression on America, with solid performances of songs like 'Chasing Pavements' and the Beatles' 'Let it Be,' and by the end of her run, the 17-year-old proved that age really is just a number.

Last week, Katie spoke to TV Squad about her preparations for the 'Idols Live' tour, whether her grandma will attend the show and her plans for college.

Read our interview after the jump.

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Siobhan Magnus Performs 'Paint It Black' on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 16th 2010 10:00PM
If 'American Idol' has taught us anything, it's that Siobhan Magnus can do no wrong. After weeks of performances, Magnus has yet to deliver a clunker, and tonight was no exception.

Magnus, who was a goth vision in a dark blue dress and black combat boots, gave a dramatic rendition of 'Paint It Black' by the Rolling Stones that started with strings and evolved into an up-tempo song with a piercing, sustained note at the end. For sure, it was dark and exaggerated, but we've come to expect nothing less from Magnus, and the judges ate it up.

Watch Siobhan's performance after the jump.

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Some Surprising Elminations Lead to Top 12 Reveal on 'American Idol'

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 11th 2010 10:50PM
Viewers eliminated Katelyn Epperly, Todrick Hall, Alex Lambert and Lilly Scott from 'American Idol' tonight, leaving some fans scratching their heads. While Epperly and Hall had given several uneven performances over the past few weeks, Lambert had been steadily improving his stage presence and Scott had been consistently rewarded with praise for her original style and confidence.

Watch the eliminations after the jump.

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Michael Lynche Performs 'This Woman's Work' on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 10th 2010 10:00PM
Credit goes to Michael "Big Mike" Lynche for easily providing the strongest performance on 'American Idol' tonight. Lynche belted out an emotionally-connected rendition of Maxwell's 'This Woman's Work' that drew rave reviews from the judges and even brought Kara DioGuardi to tears.

"One of my favorite songs and, oh my God, that was so beautiful and it feels like the show just began. You are the one to beat now," Ellen DeGeneres said, borrowing a comment that Simon Cowell made last night to describe Crystal Bowersox as a shoo-in to win.

Watch Michael's performance after the jump.

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Crystal Bowersox Performs 'Give Me One Reason' on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 9th 2010 9:22PM
Crystal Bowersox gave another accomplished performance on 'American Idol' tonight, effortlessly tearing through Tracy Chapman's 'Give Me One Reason' and earning high praise from Simon Cowell that she's "the one everyone has to beat" in the competition.

Bowersox, who was briefly hospitalized last week due to a pre-existing medical condition, clearly still wasn't feeling well and immediately took a seat on her amp to receive feedback from the judges.

Watch Crystal's performance after the jump.

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End of the Road for More 'American Idol' Hopefuls (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 4th 2010 11:00PM
A whopping 27 million votes decided the fate of the four unlucky contestants who got kicked off 'American Idol' tonight


Watch the video after the jump.

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Siobhan Magnus Performs 'Think' on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 3rd 2010 10:00PM
We agree with Simon Cowell that there's something decidedly strange about 'American Idol' contestant Siobhan Magnus. Perhaps it's her spacey, slow-talking manner of speech, or her peculiar job as a glass blowing apprentice. Still, there's no denying that Magnus sure can belt out a tune.

Magnus delivered a powerhouse performance of Aretha Franklin's 'Think' on 'American Idol' tonight, hitting a high note that bowled the judges over.

Watch Siobhan's performance after the jump.

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Lee Dewyze Performs 'Lips of An Angel' on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 2nd 2010 10:00PM
It was, without a doubt, a night of mostly mediocre performances as the top 10 men hit the stage on 'American Idol,' but Lee Dewyze stood out with a rendition of Hinder's 'Lips of An Angel' that earned high marks from all the judges, including a compliment from Simon Cowell that Dewyze is "the best singer" among the group of men.

"A couple little pitch problems, but it doesn't matter," Ellen DeGeneres said. "There was so much passion and intensity ... It came out as a great performance because you were just really in that song. I thought that it was great."

Watch Lee's performance after the jump.

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Four 'Idol' Contestants Get the Boot, One Blames Judges for Failure (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 25th 2010 11:09PM
Tyler Grady eliminated from American Idol, sasses judgesAfter a gender-crossing group performance of Estelle's 'American Boy' in which both the guys and gals traded verses, four contestants were eliminated from the 'American Idol' top 24. Not surprisingly, some took the news better than others.

Watch the eliminations after the jump.

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