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'American Idol' - '11 Finalists Perform' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 24th 2010 1:20AM
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Thank God 'American Idol' is still two hours long. If it weren't, we would have had to cut down the horrendously awkward intro in which Ryan chats with all of the judges. Between Ryan commenting on Simon's v-neck shirt, and his kissing Ellen, I half expect them to just go ahead and get naked. Luckily, they managed to control themselves, and we were actually able to see some performances.

The mentoring thing is always a little weird on this show, but Miley Cyrus? That's certainly an interesting choice. I understand that she's highly successful and good at what she does, but how much guidance can she really give to these contestants? I have a feeling that a lot of their mentoring sessions consisted of them nodding politely at her and then doing whatever they were going to do in the first place. Fortunately, even though she's the mentor, it's not Miley Cyrus night. Instead, the contestants just have to pick a song that was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Kara DioGuardi Dishes on 'Idol' Contestant Casey James (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 23rd 2010 3:30PM
On 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Kara DioGuardi dished on 'American Idol' contestant Casey James, whose good looks have been a hot topic for her ever since she asked him to remove his shirt during auditions.

"He's definitely a cute guy," DioGuardi said. "I didn't think that that was a problem to say to him, 'You know, you're a really cute guy.' That's something that's important. Women look at that."

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - 'One of 12 Voted Off' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 17th 2010 11:52PM
american idol top 12I don't know why, but I was thinking up until this show started that we were still losing one guy and one girl; but the days of the competition being split evenly are over. We're only losing one tonight, so one of the genders is going to be completely safe. It's hard for me to guess who's going home, though, as last night's episode was one of those nights in which I questioned what show I was watching as compared to the judges.

They, apparently, were watching some sort of star-studded tribute to The Rolling Stones, while I was watching a hot mess. The contestants seemed way over-praised, in general, while the one who wouldn't have made Mick Jagger question all of his career choices, Crystal Bowersox, was unduly criticized. It was crazy-town last night, so I'm really interested to see who America ultimately thinks should go.

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Kara DioGuardi Explains Why Simon Sits So Close (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 16th 2010 3:38AM
The Tonight Show, Kara DioGuardiForget the contestants and the singing competition. Apparently, all anyone cares about is how close Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi are getting at the judge's table on 'American Idol.'

DioGuardi seems to think it's separation anxiety for Simon because he has a girlfriend now. Or maybe she just has that effect on every guy who sits next to her, because Terry Bradshaw did the same thing on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

Nah, we're with Jay Leno on that. Bradshaw was just dozing off.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Norman Gentle Dishes on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 11th 2010 4:00PM
So, this is where former 'American Idol' contestant Norman Gentle has disappeared to. Gentle appeared today on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated) and dished on the singing competition this season.

Gentle speculated on the relationship between judges Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi's incessant flirting with Cowell and her crying jag after Michael Lynche's performance last night, and the difficulty in getting face time with Cowell.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - 'Top 8 Boys Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 10th 2010 11:23PM
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Quick! Someone explain to Simon what a "binky" is. After a weird show opening on Tuesday involving Ellen sitting on his lap, Ryan starts the show on Wednesday asking why Kara and Simon are sitting so close together this season. He then calls Kara Simon's "binky," which confuses Simon greatly. All in all, the lady judges cannot get enough of Mr. Cowell this week.

Tonight's episode is really exciting, because for the first time so far, it's going to be kind of difficult to find two contestants to eliminate. Overall it's a strong night of performances, with a couple of pleasant surprises. I definitely have my favorite, how about you?

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'American Idol' - 'Top 8 Girls Compete' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 9th 2010 10:12PM
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We start things out with an awkward scene of Ellen sitting on Simon's lap and making out with him. But as Ryan said, Ellen's taken. And so is Simon, apparently. Oh, and I really like Kara's straight hair, and whoa! We jump right into performances. Follow me after the jump...

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'American Idol' - 'Four Finalists Eliminated' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 5th 2010 12:38AM
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We're getting rid of another four people this week, getting us ever closer to a Top 12. Are we going to lose who you think we are, or is Vote for the Worst going to come in again and skew the results? These are the questions we have to answer. Well, they're some of the questions we have to answer. We also need to find out if Danny Gokey still has a career, and if we can have more than 70% of the contestants not look completely dead inside during the group sing.

We're going to look at the poll results from the last two episodes and see if who you guys think are going home are actually the ones to leave, or if we're going to get some curveballs thrown at us. Personally, I have faith in your ability to predict the future, so let's see how you do!

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'American Idol' - 'Top 10 Girls Perform' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2010 12:36AM
crystal bowersoxWe start the show off with an update on Crystal Bowersox: still no word on what landed her in the hospital yesterday, but she's back and ready to sing. We then transition into an awkward joke from Ellen about her dead grandmother, and even more awkward pseudo-flirting between Kara and Simon. It's gonna be that kind of night, I guess.

In general, the girls show a marked improvement from last week, and there are really very few horrific performances, so that's definitely a step up. I was getting a little worried about this competition, but after tonight, I feel a lot better about the whole thing.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Criticizes Kara DioGuardi for 'Necktitude' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 3rd 2010 2:30PM
Elisabeth Hasselbeck of 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated) may be a fan of Kara DioGuardi, but she's got a serious problem with how DioGuardi bobbed and wagged her head constantly throughout last night's 'American Idol.'

"I do actually like what she has to say most days, because I feel like she has a musical background, but last night she had an acute case of necktitude," Hasselbeck said, rolling her head in a close approximation of DioGuardi from last night.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - 'Top 10 Guys Perform' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 2nd 2010 11:36PM
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Ok, a little change-up to start the show off. The ladies were scheduled to perform tonight, but Crystal Bowersox was taken to the hospital this morning (no word on what the deal is), so the top ten guys will be performing. I hope Crystal's doing alright, and that she'll be back on track to sing tomorrow night.

This spurs Ellen DeGeneres to reminisce about the time her back went out and she did her show from a bed. Ryan Seacrest remembers that, and says he actually was in the bed with her at one point. That's just interesting all the way around.

So far, both the guys and girls have been lackluster in my book, but Simon Cowell thinks the girls have the edge. Either way, the two guys and two girls with the lowest number of votes will be out on Thursday night. So vote for your favorites! Let's move on and see if the guys kick it up a notch tonight. Let's hope so.

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'American Idol' - '4 Finalists Eliminated' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 26th 2010 12:05AM
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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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'American Idol' - 'Top 12 Boys Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 24th 2010 11:25PM
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I don't know about you all, but I was severely underwhelmed by the girls' first performance, so my main hope going into the Top 12 guys' performance is that it won't bore me to death. I also hope that I can get back in sync with the judges a little more tonight, because my opinions differed wildly from theirs.

Two hours later, one of these things happened. While the guys had more high points than the girls, they were generally underwhelming. However, the night was not without its funny moments and mini-heartbreaks, and at the end of it, Kara DioGuardi realized she needed to hire a lawyer.

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'American Idol' - 'Top 12 Girls Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 24th 2010 12:13AM
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Finally! We get the live show and our first chance to vote. How has everyone changed since Hollywood week? Are they already jaded Hollywood types? Can they sing in front of a television audience of nearly 30 million people? These are all things we'll find out tonight during the real beginning of 'American Idol.'

Other things we find out? This season's contestants really like The Beatles, and I may or may not be completely drunk right now, as my critiques match up with the judges way less than they usually do. So let's continue to see who your opinions match up with!

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'American Idol' - 'Hollywood Round #4' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 18th 2010 12:45AM
didi benamiLast night, we had roughly 30 minutes of content spread out over two hours, so for this hour-long episode of 'American Idol,' 15 minutes of actual stuff sounds about right. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the pace with which we sped through the remaining contestants. There wasn't a lot of hullabaloo, just people sitting in chairs and discovering their fates.

There were a few surprises, but for the most part, the people you thought were going to make it did. What really worked for me in this episode is that the focus was on the people who got in, with a relatively short amount of time devoted to watching the rejected contestants cry. 'Idol' has a tendency to linger on peoples' pain a little bit too much, so it was nice to see that they refrained here, for the most part.

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