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Worst 'American Idol' Finalists Ever -- The Full List

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 26th 2010 11:30AM
Sanjaya MalakarWe teamed with Vote for the Worst to name the 12 worst 'American Idol' finalists ever. Check back out our full list below.

John Stevens
Season: 3
Worst Performance: 'Crocodile Rock'
Why We Loved to Hate Him: When crafting our list of the Worst 'American Idol' finalists ever, we knew right away that only one contestant could top it. That person, of course, was Sanjaya Malakar, the hair-raising trainwreck from season 6 who made us yell, cringe and, in the case of one specific girl, cry.

Indeed, Sanjaya was the ultimate 'Idol' trainwreck. From missing notes to flubbing lyrics, he did it all, launching a kind of hysteria that had not been seen on 'American Idol' since the days of William Hung.

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Worst 'American Idol' Finalists Ever: #2 -- John Stevens

by Andrew Scott, posted May 25th 2010 1:00PM
John StevensWe're teaming with Vote for the Worst to name the 12 worst 'American Idol' finalists ever. Check back tomorrow to see their pick for number one.

John Stevens
Season: 3
Worst Performance: 'Crocodile Rock'
Why We Loved to Hate Him: Of all the 'American Idol' contestants, none affected me as personally as John Stevens. Though I hate to admit it, we went to high school together at the time of his meteoric rise (and subsequent fall) on season 3, and six years later, it remains one of the most bizarre experiences of my life.

It all started innocently enough: I had heard through a friend that summer that John had made it to Hollywood, and though my stomach churned a little, I thought very little of it. By that point, John was, to me, simply that really tall, red-headed sophomore who looked a heckuva lot like Conan O'Brien.

I felt the same way when John officially appeared at the New York City auditions and gave a pleasant, albeit weak, rendition of 'The Way You Look Tonight.' Though he seemed like a really nice kid, I assumed that, like most things from Buffalo, NY, John wouldn't make it very far.

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'American Idol' - '4 Finalists Eliminated' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 26th 2010 12:05AM
american idol top 24
It's the first elimination show of the year! Generally, it feels like a huge loss when four contestants are eliminated all at once, but based on the lackluster performances by both the girls and the guys, I have a feeling that unless there's some huge shakeup, few tears will be shed.

But before we get to all that, we have a (lip-synced?) Top 24 performance, and 'Idol' winner Kris Allen makes an appearance, along with runner-up Allison Iraheta. We also get to see Kara's husband and one of the contestants in a bathrobe, so let's get started!

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Worst 'American Idol' Performances Ever

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jan 7th 2008 6:00AM
Bad performances on 'American Idol' aren't just limited to the audition room.

In just seven seasons, we've seen over a handful of performances bad enough to shut down any karaoke bar in the country -- everything from Carmen Rasmusen's 'Can't Fight the Moonlight' to Jon Peter Lewis' 'A Little Less Conversation.'

The members of Votefortheworst.com (VFTW) recently narrowed down the performances and compiled a definitive list of the top 20 guiltiest 'Idol' pleasures of them all.

Click through the gallery to see their picks. Just don't forget to bring your earplugs.

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Biggest Post-'American Idol' Flops

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jan 3rd 2008 3:05PM
blake lewisFor every 'American Idol' success story, there are many, many fallen Idols.

Votefortheworst.com asked its readers to vote for their list of the 10 biggest post-'American Idol' failures. They factored in how far each contestant got on the show, post-'Idol' success and how much promotion went into each career.

Who will be the No. 1 biggest 'AI' flop, according to VFTW readers? Read on to find out.

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Top TV Stories of 2007: Sanjaya

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Dec 26th 2007 8:00AM
Sanjaya MalakarIf you're scratching your head and asking "Sanjaya Who?" then you probably don't own a TV, or a computer for that matter. For two months, Sanjaya-hysteria ruled our television airwaves (sometimes three times a week). Thanks to a little show called American Idol, Sanjaya became one of the breakout reality TV stars of 2007.

Like many breakout reality TV stars, Sanjaya Malakar was able to successfully steal the spotlight from his more worthy opponents, gliding by on personality and charisma. He's living proof that a winning grin and luscious locks can sometimes take you a lot farther than actual talent.


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American Idol semifinalists to record CD together

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Aug 1st 2007 11:42AM
Sabrina Sloan and Sundance HeadTheir American Idol experience may have ended early, but being booted from season six before the Top 12 apparently did not truly signify the end of the road for semifinalists Sabrina Sloan or Sundance Head. In fact, according to an Entertainment Weekly exclusive, both of them have signed a contract with Universal Motown to record a CD of duets together.

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Idol gossip: Phil Stacey chosen by 'Vote for Worst' and other odds and ends

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Apr 23rd 2007 3:13PM
Phil StaceyVote for the Worst may have lost Sanjaya, but after polling their fans, they've decided to throw their support behind Phil Stacey.

Phil gave one of his best performances during last week's country week. But other than that, his singing has been consistently uneven. He's also hampered by his pale looks, and is often compared to Nosferatu or Bat Boy. Phil, no stranger to the bottom three, might just hang on a bit longer with VFTW's support.
  • Simon Cowell's London home was ransacked, with thieves making off with jewelry, silver, and electronic equipment. Simon left his house keys with building contractors who were working on his home, which the police called "unwise." Apparently, someone copied the keys and gained access to the house.

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MySpacer ends 'Starvation for Sanjaya' hunger strike

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Apr 2nd 2007 8:11PM
Sanjaya MalakarAt her doctor's urging, MySpacer 'J' has ended her "Starvation for Sanjaya" hunger strike after 16 days. In her latest YouTube video, J urges others to give up their hunger strikes too, as it can end "badly."

However, Sanjaya-hating J is not giving up on her fight, and informs us that she will be organizing a voting strategy for the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile, fellow protester, "Matt," continues his hunger strike, which he is also documenting (naturally) on YouTube.

I think J and Matt are really STARVING FOR ATTENTION, and that 's what these pathetic "YouTube protests" are really about. Come on, people, we're at war in Iraq, and you've got your panties in a bunch over a TV show! Get a grip. And a life. And find something useful to do with all of that misdirected energy.

[via tvtattle.com]

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Idol gossip: Howard Stern wants to 'kill' Idol, and other odds and ends

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Apr 2nd 2007 10:43AM
Howard SternThe self-proclaimed "King of All Media," Howard Stern, wants to "kill" American Idol, and Eric the Midget isn't happy about that at all. When Stern first joined Vote for the Worst to support Sanjaya, I really thought it was a one-time bit. But Stern seems committed to disrupting Idol's game and destroying the show's credibility. How far will Sanjaya get? I'm thinking Top 5. If Stern continues to rally his fans, Sanjaya could go all the way.

American Idol wins FAVORITE TV SHOW! At the Nickelodeon's annual Kids' Choice Awards. Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul showed up this weekend to accept the award, but Simon Cowell was a no-show. Too bad, if ever anyone needed to get slimed . . .

According to the Nielsens, the Kids' Choice Awards show was watched by more 6-to-11-year-olds than American Idol. Who says kids today watch too much TV?

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Idol conspiracy: Was Chris Sligh booted for shout-out to Vote for the Worst?

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Mar 29th 2007 6:21PM
Chris SlighLast night on American Idol, we all said "Bye Bye Curly." Did curly-haired Chris Sligh deserve to go home so soon? Or was there some vast conspiracy to oust Sligh for his on-air shout-out last week to Vote for the Worst?

At the end of last week's performance, Chris reportedly said, "Hi Dave." David Della Terza is the man behind VFTW, a snarky website he founded in 2004. Dave was thrilled by Sligh's on-air acknowledgement. But the Idol producers were not amused. According to Dave, the producers edited out the "Hi Dave" when the show aired in England.

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How much Idol is too much Idol?

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Mar 28th 2007 3:23PM
The Idol judgesWell, Yippee. Just when I thought we were half way through the season, and my job would be getting slightly easier (Yay for half hour results shows!) the Idol producers decide to see just how much they can push their baby, by adding even more one-hour shows to the schedule.

The producers claim that they are making the switch to one-hour results shows a month earlier than expected because there hasn't even been enough time for the booted singers to perform their farewell songs on air during the crammed 30-minute editions.

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American Idol: Live Results Show #5

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Mar 21st 2007 10:30PM
Stephanie Edwards and Chris Richardson(S06E23) So, 30 million votes were cast last night. And here's what we're told:
  • Phil, Melinda, and Blake ARE NOT the bottom three.
  • Chris S, LaKisha, Jordin ARE also NOT in the bottom three.
  • Sanjaya, Haley, Gina? Nope, NOT the bottom three.
Which only means one thing:
  • Chris R and Stephanie ARE the bottom two.
It also means that Sanjaya IS in the Top 10 and will join the Idols on tour. Is this a victory for Vote for the Worst and Howard Stern? Or is it really a victory for the Idol producers who can now count on Sanjaya's teenybopper fans shelling out loads of cash to see him live and in concert?

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In Defense of: Sanjaya and his teenybopper fans

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Mar 19th 2007 11:58AM
Sanjaya MalakarBefore you start throwing rotten tomatoes, please hear me out. I'm not saying I think Sanjaya should win this thing. Not even close. Those of you who've read my recaps, know I'm not a fan of Sanjaya.

But as much as I've disliked his performances, I'm actually going to defend Sanjaya. Mostly, because I feel sorry for him. He's a young kid thrown in the deep end of the pool, and sometimes he looks like he's drowning in front of 33 million viewers. The judges, critics, and viewers have been really, really cruel. And I'm not a fan of big bullies (ahem, Simon) who beat up on the younger, weaker kids just for sport.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Mar 16th 2007 4:07PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can download the file directly (Quicktime required). You can also subscribe to this podcast via our feed.

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