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Simon Cowell in a Fight on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 23rd 2010 11:15PM
Simon Cowel in a Fight on 'The Simpsons'On 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on Fox), grouchy bartender Moe Syzslak discovers that he has an unexpected talent for judging contests. Of course, according to the logic of 'The Simpsons', this inevitably leads to Moe guest-judging an episode of 'American Idol.'

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'American Idol' - 'One of Six Eliminated' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 28th 2010 10:01PM
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Here's my deal: We need to have a Crystal/Casey finale, and Siobhan needs to go tonight. While the judges loved her, my ears told me that she sounded like a cat being mauled to death last night. I honestly do not understand the praise that is being heaped upon her. I'd be just as happy if Aaron the wedding singer left, but even I can admit that he hasn't had a bad performance in several weeks.

But no matter who actually goes tonight, one thing's for certain: there's going to be about 50 minutes of filler leading up to it. Tonight, we get Rascal Flatts, Shakira, vampires, emo violinists, and a whole lot of other things that only the evil geniuses behind 'Idol' can dream up in an effort to stretch 5 minutes of show into an hour.

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'American Idol' - 'Top Six Compete' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:24PM
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There are six contestants left on 'American Idol,' and everyone did really well tonight, which means it's anyone's guess who will go home. After noting that a whopping $45 million was raised on 'Idol Gives Back' last week, Ryan Seacrest introduced this week's mentor, Shania Twain, and we got right into the performances.

Lee DeWyze, 'You're Still the One.' Per Shania's suggestion, Lee starts the song with just voice and piano, adding in guitar later. It sounds a little forced to me, but I like the ending. Randy Jackson says it's one of his favorite songs of all time, and Lee found a way to make it his own. Ellen DeGeneres agrees, saying "you couldn't look cuter" and "all aboard the Shania Twain!" Kara DioGuardi likes that Lee cracked a smile a few times, and Simon Cowell thinks it was "absolutely the perfect song" for Lee. Then Simon and Kara started arguing about whether Lee smiled or had some other weird facial thing going on. He was smiling! He's still just a little nervous!

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Tim Urban Sings, Talks 'Idol' on 'Late Show with David Letterman' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 27th 2010 3:55AM
Tim Urban Performs on 'Late Show'"Teflon" Tim Urban didn't get his chance to sing one last time on the 'American Idol' stage following his elimination. But at least he was invited to perform on the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) and chat with David Letterman -- not your average, everyday occurrences.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - 'Idol Gives Back/1 of 7 Voted Off' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 21st 2010 11:09PM
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It's "Inspiration Week" on 'American Idol,' which means the Idols sang inspirational songs on Tuesday, and 'Idol Gives Back' was on tap for tonight. It's truly amazing how much this charitable endeavor helps people around the globe. It's not easy to see all of the suffering going on in the world -- especially the children -- but it's really easy to pick up the phone and make a small donation that could save a kid's life.

Tonight, celebrities reported on the huge malaria problem in Africa; Save the Children; a food bank in Monrovia, Calif.; and global health, among others. At the end of the show, Simon Cowell reported that $15 million had been raised during the two hours the show aired. That's awesome. For more info and to learn how you can give, check out 'Idol Gives Back.'

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'American Idol' - 'Seven Finalists Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 20th 2010 10:23PM
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This season has actually gone by pretty quickly for me. Top 7? That's completely nuts, yet here we are. Plus, we get a bitchin' mentor this week: Alicia Keys. The theme this week is the nebulous, "songs of inspiration," which could either be completely ridiculous or pretty cool.

Unfortunately, it's a little bit more of the former instead of the latter. I don't know what it is, but when left to basically their own devices, these guys aren't very good at picking songs. Just about everybody gave pretty much a "take it or leave it" performance. Of course, it wouldn't be 'Idol' if there wasn't a standout or two in the crowd.

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Do Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest Truly Not Like Each Other? (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 20th 2010 4:11AM
Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres Talk 'Idol' on 'Larry King Live'Larry King has interviewed some 40,000 politicians, athletes and entertainers -- basically every individual the culture's currently buzzing about. Last night on 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN) he spoke with 'American Idol's' judges, and it was time to get to the bottom of the Simon Cowell-Ryan Seacrest banter: Is it an act, or do they really not like each other?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Adam Lambert Should Replace Simon Cowell on 'American Idol'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 18th 2010 2:04PM
adam_lambert_fox_american_idolThis hasn't been a particularly exciting season of 'American Idol.' The addition of Ellen DeGeneres has rated a 'B-minus' at best, and that's if you're grading on a curve. The contestants have failed to create the buzz we've heard in previous seasons.

The absence of Paula Abdul as a judge has given rise to rumors that she's going to be asked back next season to bring back the 'train wreck' factor. And then there's the reality that Simon Cowell has been punching the clock, sort of sleepwalking through the competition which will be his last go round with 'Idol.'

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'American Idol' - 'Two of 9 Voted Off' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 14th 2010 11:22PM
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After Big Mike's dramatic save last week, this show is being set up to be super-intense. Not only have the judges used their only save, but as the title indicates, two people are going home. But before that, we need a lot of filler. We have performances by Brooke White and Adam Lambert, which wow -- I enjoyed Brooke when she was on the show, but I can honestly say I haven't thought of her since.

We don't start off the show with any of this. Instead, we start off with the longest Elvis medley ever. It was so long, in fact, that I'm pretty sure they sang every single Elvis song ever written, four songs written by Elvis impersonators, and a verse from "Allison," just to round things out a little bit.

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'American Idol' - 'Top 9 Compete ... Again' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 14th 2010 4:08AM
American Idol, Casey James, Elvis Week"My tongue is not nearly as talented as yours." - Ryan Seacrest to Adam Lambert

It was an interesting night on 'American Idol,' as that statement suggests. Obviously, Ryan was talking about Adam's tongue action while singing, but when he said it, Adam's eyebrows went up. He and Ryan would make a cute couple, wouldn't they?

Anyway, Ryan's mom was in the audience, too, which made things even more interesting. That and the fact that after Big Mike's save last week -- which I'm thankful for -- the Idols are definitely feeling the pressure. Two -- count 'em, two -- people will be sent packing this week.

Based on the performances, I'm guessing they won't be the ones we predict. Meaning that Tim Urban and Andrew Garcia will still be here after tonight. Ok, maybe not Andrew.

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Didi Benami Sings, Talks Ryan Seacrest on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 7th 2010 4:29AM
Didi Benami Performs on 'Late Show with David Letterman'Now that she's off 'American Idol,' perhaps she could speak frankly on a few things about 'Idol' that appear to be bugging David Letterman. That seemed to be the premise when she visited the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) last night and performed Kara DioGuardi's "Terrified."

Dave asked her, "By the way, why is Ryan Seacrest on this show?" and "What about that Simon Cowell -- what is he sitting on?"

Didi gave some tactful answers and added that -- like other ex-'Idol' contestants this year -- she was grateful for Ellen Degeneres' presence on the judges' panel. "She added comic relief," Didi explained.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - 'Nine Finalists Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 7th 2010 12:28AM
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We're finally into the single digits tonight, but we're still going for two hours. It's Lennon/McCartney night, and Seacrest starts out by saying they have the most recognizable songs in the world. Would you agree with that? Do you think that they or Elvis were more popular worldwide? In any case, Paul McCartney gave his blessing to these contestants, so here's hoping they don't screw it up. Of course, just based on Siobhan's outfit alone, I'm a little nervous going into it.

Turns out, though, I have nothing to be nervous about. Overall, this is my favorite episode of 'Idol' so far this season. There were several performances that I enjoyed, and many that took me by surprise. Plus, 'Idol' instituted a new thing that I actually like: the interviews in which the contestants talk about each other. It was cool to hear how people are perceived in the house, but more than that, Crystal's comment about how she loves the fact that Andrew and Lee can get married and have lots of "little Danny Gokey babies" is still cracking me up.

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Ryan Seacrest on His Feud with Simon Cowell (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 6th 2010 9:20PM
Ryan Seacrest on His Feud with Simon CowellRyan Seacrest appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated) on Tuesday in order to take audience questions about 'American Idol.' Also appearing with him, as you may have guessed, was his 'Idol' co-star ... Ellen DeGeneres! A question from an audience member named Yolanda centered on Seacrest's stormy relationship with Simon Cowell. Seacrest and Cowell have recently been fighting during this past season of 'Idol.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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Randy Jackson Talks 'Idol' Flirting and Leno-Ellen Kiss on 'Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 6th 2010 7:14AM
Randy Jackson, Ellen Degeneres on 'Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Randy Jackson's visit to the 'Tonight Show' was very... enlightening. Host Jay Leno got him to talk about all the flirting that seems to go on among the 'American Idol' panel, as evidenced by some revealing flirty photos -- Simon Cowell and Ellen Degeneres, even Randy and Ryan Seacrest?! -- that the 'Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) had cued up.

Randy joked, "Behind the scenes sometimes we'll all kinda make out -- as friends."

But Jay is one to talk: He and Ellen have actually kissed, and he's got the video proof. Does he think he turned Ellen off men?

Watch the video after the jump.

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McHale vs. Seacrest - April Fool's Edition

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 2nd 2010 10:00AM
Joel McHale on Ryan Seacrest's Web siteThe feud between Joel McHale and Ryan Seacrest heated up yesterday when the 'Community' and 'The Soup' star redesigned Seacrest's web site for April Fool's Day. The site was packed with McHale-related photos, audio clips, video clips, and links. The 'American Idol' banner ads showed McHale's photo. Even the Twitter link went to McHale's account, where he disclosed Seacrest's Twitter password to be "hairlesslittlechoirboybody."

According to Entertainment Weekly's Popwatch column, the site was crippled with traffic for a portion of the day, but was available later. McHale's Facebook update, shown on the right side of the site, asked readers to help crash the site again and to keep visiting Seacrest's Twitter account.

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