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'The X Factor' Recap: The Judges Reveal The Top 17 (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 19th 2011 3:00AM
X Factor Judges['The X Factor' - 'Season 1, Episode 9']

You've got to admire the tenacity of 'The X Factor' producers, attempting to milk two hours of TV from what basically amounts to a ten-minute announcement. I doubt that any self-respecting audience member actually appreciates these wasteful episodes (I can't recall if 'The Voice' devoted two hours to who the judges picked to advance to the voting rounds, but 'Idol' has been guilty of it for years) -- let's face it, they're the reality equivalent of a clip show and reduce most of us to teeth-gnashing, garment-rending frustration about fifteen minutes through.

All you really want to know is who the judges chose for their respective final fours, right?

In that case, I'll delay you no longer -- hit the jump and save yourselves two hours of boredom, or, if you were unfortunate enough to sit through last night's episode, hit the jump so that you can vent your frustrations about Simon Cowell's baffling life choices.

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One Steamy Dance Leads to a Judges' Kissing Frenzy on 'SYTYCD' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 30th 2011 12:33AM
'So You Think You Can Dance'It was another night of superb dancing as the Top 16 took to the stage on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX). But as Cat Deeley noted, there was also a theme on the night: A battle of the sexes, of sort.

That battle got a little steamy after a Nappytabs routine featuring Melanie Moore and Marko Germar. The story of the dance was that Marko was stood up at the altar on his wedding day. As his best friend Melanie tries to console him, he realizes she's the one he truly loves. More dramatically, he sealed that realization with a kiss.

That inspired a veritable kissapalooza on the judging panel as first Nigel Lythgoe kissed Mary Murphy, then guest judge Kristin Chenoweth laid one on Lil C, and finally Nigel came across the dais to kiss Lil C as well. It was all Deeley could do to keep control of the proceedings.

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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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Top 16 Perform '80s songs; Blake Lewis to drop by

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 3rd 2008 1:58PM
American Idol Top 16In what seems a natural progression, word has come down the line that this week's American Idol theme is hits from the '80s. I think this may prove to be our best week yet, from the contestants' perspective. Some of the contestants were even alive in the '80s and may have some real connection to and love for the music. I think it was a disconnect and unfamiliarity with the '60s and '70s tunes that hurt some of them these past two weeks.

In keeping with the '80s theme, it makes sense to bring in last season's runner up Blake Lewis to debut his new single "How Many Words" on Thursday's results show. After all, he proclaimed the sounds of the '80s a huge influence in the creation of his debut album, Audio Day Dream. And American Idol always loves to trumpet in past contestants to try and help their albums sell. And they do have an hour to fill. I think we can expect to see more Idol alumni this year than ever before.

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