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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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Katharine McPhee: weather girl - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 8th 2007 7:02PM

katherine mcpheeHave you ever wondered what it would be like if American Idol's Katharine McPhee decided to give up her dreams of stardom and just settle into weather reporting?

Of course you haven't, but that's what happened at a St. Louis news station when McPhee, before her interview, decided to jump into the middle of the weather report to give the weatherman a hard time for being a Taylor Hicks fan, and to try her hand at reporting the weather. It turns out it's not that easy: you have to know where to point, and you have to ad lib.

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Ugly Betty: I'm Coming Out

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 2nd 2007 1:38AM
I'm Coming Out Ugly Betty(S01E14) Next week's episode is called "Brothers," but we'll go ahead and call this one the unofficial sibling episode. Anyone who's had to live in the shadow of a brother, sister or post-op transsexual knows Betty and Daniel's pain. Ugly Betty is proof positive that if you can keep the emotions real, even in the midst of over-the-top farce, then you're liable to have a hit on your hands. As a matter of fact it's because we buy Daniel's emotional reaction to finding out Alex is still alive and a woman that keeps the show from becoming a outright cartoon that we can't invest in beyond the laughs. But, yes, there were laughs, and everyone was on hand.

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Katharine McPhee will promote album release all over TV

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Jan 20th 2007 4:48PM
Katherine McPhee Album CoverAmerican Idol's Season Five runner-up, Katharine McPhee, is going to be sharing her very special McPheever all over the TV in the upcoming weeks while promoting the January 30th release of her self-titled debut album. So McPhee Phans, set your TIVOs:

January 29 -- Tonight Show With Jay Leno
January 31 -- The Today Show
February 1 -- Live With Regis & Kelly
February 1 -- A guest appearance on Ugly Betty
February 5 -- TRL
February 6 -- The Early Show
Februay 7 -- Jimmy Kimmel Live
February 8 -- Larry King Live


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Fox considers moving Idol to Thursdays

by Brett Love, posted Sep 19th 2006 1:04PM
Katherine McPheeIn a move that is surprising to some, and sure to cause sleepless nights for execs at the other networks, Fox is considering moving American Idol to Thursday nights. You may recall the scrambling that took place prior to this season as the networks tried to figure out what to do with Thursday night. At one point it looked like we were going to have C.S.I, Grey's Anatomy, and Studio 60 all fighting for viewers at 9PM. NBC eventually backed down and moved Studio 60 out of the fray, but what would happen if Fox was to drop Idol in that spot?

It's unclear whether Fox is eying that 9PM slot for the show, or if they would stay with the traditional 8PM airing. However, Fox president Peter Liguori does hint at the possibility of the 9PM showdown in the LA Times article. The decision could be held off until as late as Christmas. And, there is always the chance that this is just grandstanding by Fox, hoping to cause some turmoil with the other networks while getting more publicity for their number one show.

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Katharine McPhee fractures her foot

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 3rd 2006 7:28PM
katharine mcpheeWhat did Katharine McPhee do to tip the balance in the universe so bad things happen to her? Maybe it's because she continues to sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow as if she wrote the song herself. Earlier this week, she broke her foot during a performance. Her wranglers say she tripped on something backstage at the Idols concert in Charlotte, North Carolina. She sang two songs wearing "slipper sandals" (huh?) and then went directly to the hospital for x-rays, which revealed a broken left foot. She had just rejoined the tour last Friday after suffering from bronchitis and laryngitis. This mishap, however, is not enough for her to leave the tour.

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Are American Idol fans old enough to drive?

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 15th 2006 1:11PM
taylor hicks; katharine mcphee; american idol; fordToday, Ford launches a new line of commercials featuring American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. He'll be singing 'Possibilities' to promote what Ford is calling its "year-end" sales event even though it's only June. This press release includes a statement from Taylor Hicks that makes me think he has suddenly become a tool, "I'm thrilled to be given a chance to perform it [Possibilities] as part of the Ford family." Hmmm... I wonder who gets more money out of that deal: American Idol or Taylor?

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'Idol' finalists get recording contracts

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 6th 2006 8:22AM
ace young; chris daughtryShocking news from the world of American Idol. While Taylor Hicks was the first to sign his recording contract because he actually won the contest, a handful of the other finalists are right behind him with recording contracts of their own. According to TMZ.com, RCA Music Group (which signs all the Idols) has already signed runner-up Katharine McPhee and is reportedly in negotiations with Chris Daughtry and Ace Young. Third placer Elliott Yamin is reportedly being wooed by Hollywood management company The Firm.

At this point, I'd say it's a crapshoot. Who can guess which contestant will be most successful? So far, the only really successful non-winner seems to be Clay Aiken, who sued to break away from the Idol contract. And the only really successful winner is Kelly Clarkson, and that's because she split from 19 Entertainment, the management company that mis-manages all the Idol winners.

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McPhee to sing at TomKat's wedding?

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 1st 2006 5:31PM
katherine mcpheeWell, we heard about Steven Spielberg contacting her, and now apparently Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have also taken a shine to American Idol loser Katherine McPhee. Scuttlebutt in the gossip rags has it that McPhee met Holmes at the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles, and the two hit it off, swapping tips on how to smile and look cute, or whatever the hell they talked about. Anyway, the (in)famous Hollywood couple known as TomKat have apparently asked McPhee to perform at their wedding. The song she'll be singing is "Garblax, Tyranical One-Eyed Ruler of the Gleeferslock Galaxy." Or possibly, "You Light Up My Life." It's often hard to tell with this kind of ceremonies. 

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You knew this was coming: an American Idol conspiracy!

by Bob Sassone, posted May 13th 2006 12:30PM
Chris DaughtryOutraged Chris Daughtry fans are saying that not only was it hard to get through to the American Idol phone lines, but when they did get through, some of the callers were misdirected to Katherine McPhee's phone line!

And many online posters on the MSNBC boards are saying the same thing, that when they got through they heard a recording of Katherine McPhee's voice. Friends of Daughtry from North Carolina are telling the Associated Press the same thing. Still other callers reported getting through to the XXX ALL ADULT ACTION line.

OK, I'm kidding about that last part.

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The American Idol morning hangover

by Bob Sassone, posted May 11th 2006 11:24AM
So, last night, Chris Daughtry was voted off of American Idol. And judging from all the comments we're seeing on other posts, this has not set right with America.

People are up in arms that Chris, one of the strongest contestants on the show who rarely ever gave a wall to wall "bad" performance, would be sent home before Katherine (who has sounded terrible lately, even in that team Elvis medley last night), or Taylor, who makes "nice" music and seems to be a cool guy, but is more about party dancing than anything else (Simon is dead on when he says that too much of his stuff sounds like bad wedding singing or karaoke). But America voted and Chris is gone.

But fans have to remember something. It's not that Chris was voted out, it's that Elliott, Taylor, and Katherine were voted in. Because you call and vote for your favorite, and if Chris didn't have enough people voting for him, then he was going to go. And I think that's one of the problems with the show. I think that viewers should call to cast their vote for who they want out, not in. One of the reasons is that the way they have it now, fans can just flood the phone lines and vote for their "favorite," not the one who necessarily did the best. If they were made to vote for the person they wanted out, I bet a lot of people wouldn't take the time to vote twice or four times or six times. There wouldn't be this crazy concerted effort to keep someone in, and the numbers would be truer.

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American Idol: America gets it right

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 27th 2006 12:32AM
american idol logoAh, man. I thought I'd be really glad to see Kellie go, but she's so sweet and innocent that I felt really bad for her when she got voted off. But, America doesn't need any more dumb blonde singers (although, Britney doesn't seem to be doing much lately, so maybe there is an opening). Hopefully Kellie gets some professional help with her voice, because she was the amateur of amateurs in this bunch of six.

When Ryan split the final six into three groups of two, we learned that Chris and Katherine received the most votes this week. I wouldn't be surprised if those two battled it out in the final two. I think they're evenly matched-- with personality and vocal ability. Next week, Taylor, Elliott, and Paris are all in extreme danger of being sent home.

On a side note, wasn't Andrea Bocelli spectacular? The man's voice is like butter.

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