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Blake Lewis: 'Lauren Has My Vote But Scotty Will Take It Home'

by Blake Lewis, posted May 25th 2011 1:00PM
The Nokia Theater was crazy yesterday. As an 'Idol' returning to the finale show, it is always so much fun to see past contestants, friends, and producers we have all had the pleasure to know and work with. I love the AI family vibe when there's a finale.

My day started at 9am doing the radio remotes with all the major pop radio stations in the nation. Good times!!! When I arrived at the Nokia Theater, I got in the elevator with Gordon Ramsay. He is exactly the same as he is a on TV - haha. Very into what he is doing.

After the radio remotes, I had a performance with a couple other past Idols for an AT&T pre-show event outside, followed by a television interview and finally to the finale performance show.

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Blake Lewis: 'Scotty Slayed It, Haley Sang From Her Soul'

by Blake Lewis, posted May 19th 2011 1:30PM
Holy Top 3 'American Idol!!!'

I remember when I went home for my "homecoming celebration" during the Top 3. It was nuts! It was super intense coming home - seeing all these fans you reached week in and week out and finally getting the chance to meet them. Very surreal and exciting.

It looked pretty crazy for the contestants this year, too, but they really didn't show much of them going home. They barely showed anything at all. Oh well.

Last night's show featured Beyonce mentoring the contestants on the songs they picked. It was cool to see such a big vocalist give them critiques. She seemed genuinely excited to be there with Lauren, Scotty and Haley.

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Blake Lewis: 'J.Lo and Randy Were Unnecessarily Harsh With Haley Reinhart'

by Blake Lewis, posted May 12th 2011 1:00PM
The night started out nice. People usually arrive at my place around 8:30–9PM and we get the party started. This time my DVR box really didn't want us to watch 'Idol.' I was pissed! It kept glitching out every two seconds during some of the performances. Oh well! We set the computer on a stool and plugged it into my stereo system as a quick fix.

We only got to watch the performances and a couple of the Gaga critiques. Kind of interesting not hearing the judges;usually that's a contestant's dream when on stage, and I have to admit, it was nice not hearing them. On that note ...

The night's performances were pretty good. I thought Haley and James were the best out of the four. James started the night off strong with Journey, but I thought the performance was just all right. Pyro in the first song? The production is crazy on this show!

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Blake Lewis: 'I Don't Want to Talk About Anyone But Haley'

by Blake Lewis, posted May 5th 2011 1:30PM
Last night was the first time I actually had to rewind a performance and watch it over and over again. Haley killed it on 'Idol!!!' I don't really even want to talk about anybody else. Her journey from the beginning of the show to now has been fantastic.

I wasn't a huge fan when the season began, but within the last four weeks Haley's completely changed my mind, as she continues bringing her A game! Her performance of "The House Of The Rising Sun" must be one of the best arrangements and performances I've seen this season. I now want to see her take it to the finish line. I think Haley and James in the finale would be a great show to see.

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Blake Lewis: 'Haley and Casey Have Great Chemistry, James Has My Vote'

by Blake Lewis, posted Apr 28th 2011 2:30PM
Top 6 Whaaat?! (Said in a Randy Jackson tone).

Last night's show was a Carole King sing along. Ms. King has an incredible songbook and the Idols tore down the house with some of them.

I was really impressed with three people -- James, Haley and Casey. Each of their performances was unique.

James got my vote, last night, singing "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." It was beautiful and J.Lo said it best: He is consistent every week. The arrangement of this piece was just amazing! I really liked hearing his tone by itself at the beginning. It was heartfelt and really showed the sensitivity of his voice.

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Blake Lewis: 'Haley Reinhart Has My Vote' on 'American Idol'

by Blake Lewis, posted Apr 21st 2011 4:18PM
Last night, I had a bunch of fellow Idols over for the show. My girl, Jordin Sparks made her way over, Kim Caldwell, Brandon Rogers, Didi Benami, Todrick Hall, Antonella Barba, Paul Kim, Alex Lambert and Michael Johns. We all had a blast watching the show. We were loud, fighting over which performances we liked (most of the time it wasn't a fight, as we all agreed). It was awesome!

Some past Idols from earlier this season came out and rocked a group number at the top of the show. Seeing Pia for just one glimpse made me happy. She should be out in front rocking it. America really got it wrong with that girl.

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Blake Lewis: 'Lauren Alaina Is a Firecracker, Pia Toscano Brought the Goods!'

by Blake Lewis, posted Apr 7th 2011 1:00PM
It was a night of rock and roll on 'Idol,' and I was pumped for it. I really enjoyed last week and now that it's down to nine contestants, the show is starting to have a better flow. will.i.am was mentoring all of the contestant's rehearsals and he was funny and had some great suggestions for most of them.

Jacob Lusk started the night singing "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson (rest in peace). He did his thing to it, but it was no M.J. Some of these arrangements the contestants are getting aren't helping them reach their full potential as performers. Jacob killed it last week, but this week was just all right. I don't think it was the best song choice for him, but he is always good.

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Blake Lewis: 'Casey Abrams Killed It, I'm Over Scotty McCreery'

by Blake Lewis, posted Mar 31st 2011 12:20PM
Casey is back on top.

Last night, the Idols performed the music of Elton John and I was really looking forward to it, as my friends and some former contestants came over to watch.

The night started off with Scotty McCreery doing his country thing and it was all right. I'm personally over it and I want him to go now. He did a good job, I'm just not that into him compared to the other ten contestants.

Naima did her thang and turned Elton John into a Rastafarian, giving "I'm Still Standing" a new reggae twist. I liked it, but didn't love it. I'm a huge reggae fan, but when the chorus came in, I wasn't sold. It was original, but I don't think it worked in her favor.

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Blake Lewis: 'Pia Toscano, It's Time for a Shocker'

by Blake Lewis, posted Mar 24th 2011 12:00PM
Motown, baby!!!!!

Last night on 'Idol' it was all Motown, the legend of Berry Gordy. I was really excited because this season of 'American Idol' has some of the greatest vocalists with soul! I am really, really enjoying 'Idol' this year, and last night did not disappoint.

Casey Abrams opened it up with "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." I thought it was a perfect choice, but like I say every week, I'm still missing the softer side of his vocals. I want to see the jazz come out. The cool, vibe-y side I know he has.

I think Jacob Lusk was my favorite last night. The dynamics of his performance were perfection. I loved how he listened to the judges and Jimmy Iovine. He held back and it paid off. Flawless performance and hugs from everyone.

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Blake Lewis: 'J.Lo Is the Best Thing to Happen to 'American Idol' Since Season 7'

by Blake Lewis, posted Mar 17th 2011 2:00PM
'American Idol' season 10 Top 12!!!!!

I was really happy to see that at the top of the show the judges gave a shout out to Japan and asked for our help. One of my friends just moved to Tokyo to teach English a day before the earthquake. He's fine and trying to settle in and help as much as he can. HELP if you can by donating to one of the various charities that are out there...with that said...

J.Lo!!!!! -- Cheetah print ... Grrrrrr!!! Blakey likey. I thought she was dope already and she is sexy, but last night she was on point!

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'Idol' Deja Vu: Season 9 Contestants and Their Previous 'AI' Doppelgangers

by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 19th 2010 5:05PM
Aaron Kelly and David Archuleta
When the ninth season of 'American Idol' kicked off this January, it was clear that the magic that's made 'AI' one of the highest-rated shows in TV history remained untarnished. But, of course, nearly a decade into the show's run, a few familiarities were inevitable. Some of 'AI''s nearly 28 million viewers may have had a sense of déjà vu after being introduced to season 9's new hopefuls, noting that they seemed eerily similar to past season's contestants ... and we don't mean "Bikini Boy" vs. Bikini Girl.

We've handicapped the remaining contestants' and recent castoffs' chances for pop success based on the qualities that remind us of some of our favorite past winners and wannabes.

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Worst 'American Idol' Hair Ever

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jan 13th 2009 12:00PM
From faux-hawks, to dye jobs to perms gone wild, 'American Idol' has suffered its share of truly bad hair days -- and no, we're not just talking about Sanjaya.

Despite help from professional stylists, even 'Idol' winners like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood went for looks that gave new meaning to the phrase "hair don't."

We're counting down the 16 worst 'American Idol' hairdos ever. See all of the hair-raising moments after the jump.

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AI7 Report Card: The season that was

by Jason Hughes, posted May 27th 2008 1:03PM
AI7 Top 12We scoured the earth (and the archives at various record companies for failed projects that showed vocal promise) to create the greatest assemblage of singing talent American Idol has ever seen! So what happened? After last year's virtual snooze-fest, how did a season that truly did give us perhaps the greatest depth of talent we've ever seen (an argument could be made for Season Five) give us such lackluster shows?

After Sanjaya-gate last year, the biggest controversy to come out this year was that finalist David Hernandez used to be a stripper and David Archuleta's dad might be a Mr. Meany-Pants. And we got to be pissed that Kristy Lee Cook outlasted the likes of Michael Johns. Not until we got to the finale of Davids did things get really intense.

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Which is the best American Idol finale?

by Anna Johns, posted May 21st 2008 6:06PM
david archuleta; david cook; american idolGoing into last night's finale of American Idol, I was very excited to see the Davids battle each other for the title. It was the first American Idol in a while that did not have an obvious winner at the outset. Even though it really was David Archuleta's night, I still hold out hope that David Cook might pull out a win. He's the one with the most potential and is the better performer. Little Archuleta has that killer voice, though.

Anyway, last night's epic battle got me thinking about past American Idol finales and whether any of them were this much of a contest. It seems like we've gone into most of the American Idol finales with obvious winners. Here's a breakdown of the past American Idol finales, and whether they stack up to last night's performances:

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AI Aftermath: 2nd place finishers - VIDEOS

by Jason Hughes, posted May 20th 2008 6:01PM
American Idol 2nd Place Finishers
Welcome back to "AI Aftermath," where we explore Idol's past. Each installment, as one more American Idol hopeful is eliminated from the competition, we take a look back at contestants past who were eliminated at the same point. We'll examine how they did on the show and what they've been up to since their eliminations. In honor of David Archuleta's elimination in the finale, we'll be looking at other second place finishers.

This week: 2nd place finishers, featuring featuring Justin Guarini (Season One), Clay Aiken (Season Two), Diana DeGarmo (Season Three), Bo Bice (Season Four), Katharine McPhee (Season Five) and Blake Lewis (Season Six).

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