To be fair to the other judges on the show, Bice does say that if they got rid of either Randy or Simon it would be equally devastating. I don't quite think this is true of Jackson, Paula and Simon really are the heart of the show (along with Ryan Seacrest).
They may all own the title of 'American Idol,' but winning is one thing -- turning in one of the show's most memorable performances is something else entirely.
We scoured through the past seven seasons to come up with the 16 best. Then YOU, the fans, voted for the No. 1 greatest 'Idol' performance of all time. See who topped the list.
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:
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).
These are just some of the clichés that have dominated the 'American Idol' airwaves from the beginning.
We're counting down the 11 biggest clichés ever. Check them out ... after the jump.
Now Bo's out promoting See the Light, his latest album which is more true to his southern rock roots. But that doesn't mean he's not willing to take a break from his touring schedule to spend some quality time with the kids down at American Idol Camp this summer. The program, which began last year, is for 10-15 year olds and runs in five two-week sessions throughout the summer.
There, kids can go to learn about the music industry and hone their craft as musicians, as well as experiencing all the traditional things that make summer camps fun, just with the added bonus of hanging out with and learning from Idol alumni like Bo. For more on Idol Camp check out the official American Idol Camp website. For more on my chat with Bo Bice, follow me after the jump.
Some winners have found great success (hello, Kelly!), some have been dumped by their labels (so sorry, Ruben and Taylor), while some also-rans have gone on to bigger and better things.
We check in on 30 'AI' alums and fill you in on which ones are in trouble with the law, which are still giving it their best shot ... and which have fallen off the radar.
In just seven seasons, 'Idol' has had its fair share of juicy gossip items: nude photos; arrests; wrong numbers -- not to mention Corey Clark's alleged affair with Paula Abdul.
We've compiled a list of the biggest 'Idol' scandals ever. After the jump, click through our gallery to relive moments every 'Idol' wants you to forget.
This sounds like a game for the pre-teen set at slumber parties or their very first boy-girl parties. I can see it now: an 11-year-old girl's night is ruined when Simon tells her she's the worst singer ever.
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American Idol coverage
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- Ace gets eliminated; Chris moves to bottom 3.
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- Good songs, bad clothes abound during performance show.
- USA Today article examine's AI's show-killer status.
- Bucky says that Simon Cowell is useless.
- Kelly Clarkson launches summer concert tour.
- Starbuck reveals some BSG secrets for the next season.
- Henderson Forsythe dead at 88.
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- Denise Richards gets restraining order against Charlie Sheen.
- Scrubs renewed; so was 7th Heaven (wha?)
- Watros signs on to Tom Cavanagh pilot.
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- NBC is wooing Mike Wallace, according to Page Six.
- Smigel defends "Disney vault" cartoon.
- J.J. Abrams will direct the next Star Trek movie.
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- Vanna White gets a star on the Walk of Fame.
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- Now you can watch TV while pumping that $3 gas.
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- Scott Brazil dead at 50.
- Katie Holmes gives birth to an already-brainwashed girl.
- A new reality show will pick the new Elvira.
- Adult Swim to air Saved by the Bell reruns.
- Listen to our tenth APB podcast.
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- Christopher Gorham talks to me about the shelving of Out of Practice.
- Bob's all-time favorite TV lineups.
- Ways we've mishandled The Unit.
- Characters Bob would like to see come back.
- Best TV shows about TV shows.
- Saturday night... ABC... Pretty Woman?
- Adam considers a Cartoon Network with live-action shows.
- I don't think the Gilmore creators' departure is such a bad thing.
- Adam comes up with a new "naming scheme" for celebrity babies.
- Those VW safety ads freak Anna out.
- Survivor: Exile Island: "Medical Emergency"
- MythBusters: "Bullets Fired Up"
- South Park: "A Million Little Fibers"
- Alias: "S.O.S." / "Maternal Instinct"
- Gilmore Girls: "I Get a Sidekick Out of You"
- Veronica Mars: "Never Mind the Buttocks"
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- The West Wing: "Requiem"
- The Sopranos: "Live Free or Die"
According to everyone's favorite column, Page Six in the New York Post, Bo Bice got into a drunken scrape with a fan the other night at a midtown Manhattan pub. But this wasn't just any fan, it was Glenn Parker, who at one time was an NFL offensive lineman (he played on my favorite team, the New York Giants, the last time they went to the Super Bowl).
The article states that Parker approached the Idol reject, asking him if he was indeed Bo Bice. Bice denied it; when Parker came back to Bo to apologize for bothering him, Bo started flailing his arms, grazing Parker under the chin with one swing. Instead of crushing him like a bug, Parker called for a bartender, who helped him throw the long-haired crooner out of the bar.
Parker needs to be commended for his restraint; at 6'5" and 300 pounds, he could have really gone to town on Bice. As for Bo... well... he should be grateful his face is still intact. The next time he grows beer muscles, he may not be so lucky.
Being in the Final 12 means that you get to perform on the big stage, in front of the big crowd, with the big fancy lights. This is the AI equivalent of getting to sit at the adult table at Thanksgiving. No more of that kids' table crap. It's the big show with the bigger band and the souped-up sound system.
But there was no souped-up sound system in my apartment tonight.
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- Taylor becomes a windmill.
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- McDermott, Malick in new ABC pilots.
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- Joey's out -- again.
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- Osama's niece gets a reality show.
- House gets renewed.
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- The shows that are on the bubble for a fall return.
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- Huzzah! Bonnie Hunt to star in a new pilot.
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- George Peppard talks to Adam from
beyond the grave; apparently Cheez-Its are plentiful in the afterlife.
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- Shows I don't see in reruns anymore.
- Shows George
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- Adam notices a Shining connection on Everybody Hates Chris.
- Bob reviews NewsRadio Season 3 on DVD.
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- What life is like for Adam, The Man Who Doesn't Like Scrubs.
- Joe Rogan fights with a MySpace user half his age. How mature.
- What the hell were critics expecting from Jon Stewart's Oscar performance?
- Sarah's night watching the Oscars.
- SNL: Matt Dillon / Arctic Monkeys
- Monk: "Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist"
- Battlestar Galactica: "Lay Down Your Burdens (Part Two)"
- Survivor: Panama: Episode 6
- Invasion: "The Fittest"
- Project Runway: Finale
- The Unit: "First Responders"
- Sons & Daughters: "Anniversary Party" / "Bowling Night"
- 24: "5:00pm - 6:00pm" / "6:00pm - 7:00pm"
I timed it -- it lasted 6.3 seconds. That's how long Ace Young and Will Makar hugged when Will got eliminated. And...I saw some eye closing on Ace's part. Now, I'm not implying anything by The 6.3 Second Hug (that's what I've dubbed it), I just mention it because some of you have brought Ace's sexuality into question. Now, an extended hug (with eye closing) does not imply homosexuality, but it does give us more material to gossip with. Personally, I don't care whether he's straight or gay in the real world... because in my fantasies, he's a straight man who loves to give lady bloggers intimate backrubs by candlelight. Ahhhhhh.
But you're right, Bob, I thought Bo sounded like crap too. His throat was all scratchy like he needed some herbal tea or something. Or...maybe a closed eye hug from Ace. Who knows?
Kinnik and Will were no surprise, but I was absolutely shocked by Ayla and Gedeon going home. I don't care about either one of them, but how did Kevin make it to the big stage and not them? It's an American tragedy. I'm somewhat speechless...psych! I'm still thinking about that backrub from Ace.
But, I'm (moderately) happy with the Final 12. What about you?
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