American Idol

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    February 21, 2013

    Killing Firefly was Fox's biggest fail ever

    Fuck Fox. Not for FoxNews or American Idol or any of the other questionable shit the network has thrown out there in the name of entertainment over the years. People like what people like, however inexplicable that may be, so I couldn't care less about any of that. No, Fox earned my everlasting ire ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012
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    May 24, 2012

    And the season 11 winner of American Idol is...

    Five months of auditions, live performances and rounds and rounds of voting led to last night's big moment. Who would be crowned the American Idol champion after so much anticipation? Who deserved to win? Phillip Phillips. Beating Jessica Sanchez, the season's runner-up, in a record-breaking 132 m ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012
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    May 10, 2012

    Idol recap: Phillip Phillips stays consistent, Jessica Sanchez and Hollie Cavanagh thaw out

    It's down to the wire on American Idol now. On last night's show, each of the four remaining contestants brought out everything they had to be considered for the final three. No longer are any of the contestants resting on their laurels, except Phillip Phillips who stuck with his tried-and-true form ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Idol's Top 7: DeAndre Brackensick eliminated

    No surprises last night on American Idol. The bottom three, Elise Testone, Hollie Cavanaugh and DeAndre Brackensick, deserved to be on the chopping block following their poor performances on Wednesday. Cavanaugh, the sure-fire one to go home, made it through to the next round -- a second chance. Bra ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    American Idol Top 9: Heejun Han gets an attitude adjustment and is sent home

    After he spent all season with a bad attitude, Heejun Han was finally sent home during last night's elimination round on American Idol. It's not that Han was a poor singer -- in fact, he performed well throughout his time on the show -- it's that he just didn't seem committed to the Idol concept o ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    American Idol recap: Jermaine Jones booted when producers discover his criminal past

    Even before the contestants performed last night, one had been eliminated. Jermaine Jones, the "gentle giant" of this season's American Idol, was forced to leave the show after Idol staff's discovery of his criminal activity -- oh, and him lying to Idol producers about the whole thing didn't help th ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    American Idol: From 25 to the Top 13

    After weeks of anticipation, the top thirteen contestants of American Idol were revealed. Last night's episode, however seemingly straightforward, wasn't short of Adele-drenched drama, though. Spoilers: Jen Hirsh, Reed Grimm and Brielle Von Hugel all had to sing for their lives -- and all fell flat ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012

    American Idol Live Show: 3 of 13 men shine during the first live round

    The first of the live rounds, last night's episode of American Idol was a welcomed return to true form. We saw all of the male contestants in the Top 24 perform, including the thirteenth contender who was brought back to compete live, Jermaine Jones, the appropriately dubbed "gentle giant" with a st ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    American Idol Top 24: Steven Tyler takes his clothes off to welcome the Top 23

    Of all the American Idol judges in the show's history to dive off the deep end, we didn't expect it from Steven Tyler so early in his tenure -- and we're not talking figuratively, either. During last night's episode, the second in a two-episode reveal of the Top 24 contestants, Tyler stripped down t ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    American Idol Top 24: Stop toying with us, Randy Jackson

    Fourteen of the 24 semifinalists were revealed last night on American Idol. For most of these, it was fairly predictable whom was going to be sent on and whom was going to be cut, but that didn't stop Randy Jackson from again having his fun with the contestants' emotions. The format to last night's ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    American Idol Hollywood Round 3: fear and illness hit the groups hard

    American Idol is really coming down to the wire now. As last night marked the last episode of Hollywood week, we saw many contestants fold under the pressure -- a pressure which plagued the episode as either stage fright or actual illness. And while the judges managed to stay clear of the contagion, ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    American Idol Hollywood round two: Symone Black is okay, but the show is limping along

    Symone Black's plummet from the stage doesn't compare to the decline in viewers Idol will see next week if it doesn't focus more on singing and less on drama.​Listen here, American Idol producers: Spending a large majority of last night's show, the second part of the Hollywood round, on anythi ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    American Idol in St. Louis: When the contestants are good, they're really good

    Ah, the last of the auditions round of American Idol . With mediocre expectations of the talent going into the Hollywood round, there aren't more than ten contestants who truly blew us away thus far in the competition. However, in last night's St. Louis episode, a few contestants managed to at least ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    America Idol in Portland: The judges were spot on, but the contestants were a mixed bag

    If you're going to take on Freddie Mercury's vocal prowess on "Somebody To Love" and use it as an audition piece for American Idol, you better be able to hit those notes. Unfortunately for the baby-faced Ben Harrison, 28, none of the judges loved his take. The falsetto, on blast, would have made Mer ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    American Idol in Pittsburgh: Judges still too soft

    American Idol glided through Pittsburgh last night without blemish. There weren't any major breakdowns, nor letdowns, nor catty digs at Steven Tyler's wacky facial expressions. No, the Steel City produced a cornucopia of talented, Hollywood-bound contestants -- a whopping 38 in total, with big ambit ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    American Idol is back, with a new host of hopefuls

    If the hat Steven Tyler wore during last night's premiere of American Idol is anything to go by, it's going to be an interesting season.​Nearly eight months since Scotty McCreery became America's latest Idol in May 2011, it's good to have the cast of American Idol 2.0 back in action. To wit, R ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    American Idol returns tonight on Fox

    And so it begins. Another edition of American Idol is upon us. Idol's eleventh season arrives tonight on Fox with a two-hour episode featuring scenes from Savannah, which served as the callback for the South Carolina auditions. Back in July, we were on hand when the Idol makers came to the Mile High ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Reader: Leave Taylor Hicks out of this!

    ​If there's anything we've learned in our hundreds of years blogging, it's that American Idol fans are nothing if not loyal, passionate, outspoken and quick to defend the honor of whatever idol they happen to have a Google alert set for at the expense of disparaging any fellow alums they may b ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Scotty McCreery breaks a few Billboard records, plus a breakdown of this week's charts

    Scotty McCreery​Scotty McCreery's new album, Clear As Day, broke records this week by debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, proving that American Idol can still produce stars, even if it's been a while. Clear As Day is the first debut release from an American Idol winner to catapult to ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    American Idol wannabes in Denver did more before noon than you will do all day

    4:30 a.m. today.​To cynics, American Idol is passé by this point. Season 10's Scotty McCreery only just won back in May. But auditions for Season 11 began weeks ago around the country, and this morning in the pre-dawn black around Invesco Field, wannabes were already lined up.

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    July 29, 2011

    Video: American Idol takes over Invesco

    One of the best parts about living in America is freedom. The freedom to sing, dance, play in the streets, wear duct-tape skirts, paint your face for televised events and, most importantly, worship false idols. That's right, American Idol has invaded Denver yet again in search of that one voice, th ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Constantine Maroulis and Jim Breuer at Rock of Ages party tonight at Rockaway

    ​As the musical Rock of Ages wraps up its Denver run, the Rockaway Tavern (2036 Broadway) is hosting an "Impromtu" closing night party tonight with American Idol contestant and Rock of Ages star and Constantine Maroulis and comedian Jim Breuer. Jerri Theil, who is hosting the party with Lynn ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Five better things for JLo to cry about than American Idol

    ​JLo couldn't handle the dream crushing on last week's American Idol. Apparently, she was under the impression that this show consisted of judges telling people how inspiring their life stories are. She shed some tears and questioned her future on the show, but despite the manufactured drama, ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Amerian Idol, Julie Zorrilla: another homegrown hopeful from Colorado

    ​Look out, Denver. Apparently, we have another American Idol contestant in our midst. And this one fits the title of American Idol better than anybody we've seen thus far. This is the second year in a row that we've had two ladies in the contest hailing from Colorado. You've already seen Emma ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    American Idol is dead. What's next?

    ​Well, that was fun while it lasted. American Idol had its worst season premiere ever, coming off the heels of its first season where winning didn't translate to commercial pop success. Turns out J-Lo and fossilized Steven Tyler are pushovers trying to make their own careers as much as anyone ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Ten pop music paradigm shifts in 2010

    ​Teen dream Justin Bieber is arguably the biggest pop star in the country and Simon Cowell isn't doing American Idol. A lot's changed since last year in the world of pop. Institutions fell, ideas were challenged, and the Black Eyed Peas didn't have the number one song in the country at any poi ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Seven Reasons American Idol Should Be Cancelled

    ​American Idol has been around for eight years and going on ten seasons. And really, anything has a natural lifespan, and television shows, for the most part, live theirs in close to dog years. Like Great Dane years. Which means, essentially, that American Idol is long in the tooth. It's blind ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase headliners: Lilly Scott discusses her American Idol experience

    ​ By now, we're presuming you're already very familiar with Lilly Scott, the bewitching local siren who helped breathe new life into the tired American Idol franchise this year with her unique voice and unorthodox song selections. Given the other singers she was up against, we were certain sh ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    American Idol: Lilly Scott discusses her Idol experience

    ​ Lilly Scott isn't going to be the next American Idol. Not tonight. Not ever. And that's baffling. She should be. In spite of her undeniable talent, though, she wasn't even chosen to be among the final dozen contestants. Early on, before she was even cut, there was no shortage of folks (ours ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    Bikini Boy speaks!: Ty Hemmerling on his revealing American Idol performance

    Ty Hemmerling ties one on.​Last night's American Idol episode focusing on the show's Denver auditions introduced America to Fort Collins' Haeley Vaughn, who's clearly Colorado's great Idol hope. But arguably the most memorable moment came courtesy of Ty Hemmerling, dubbed "Bikini Boy" by judg ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Top Five Candidates to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol

    ​So by now you've heard that legendary curmudgeon Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol after this season. Good for him. Probably a few years too late if he were hoping to jump ship before the franchise jumped the shark, but whatever. Anyhow, his absence will all but drain Idol's talent pool ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    We miss you already, Paula!: American Idol auditions in Denver, round two

    Cheer up, Paula. You can always schedule a comeback tour. Straight up!​The American Idol auditions at Invesco Field last month attracted thousands of fame junkies, earned oodles of media attention and reportedly killed at least one dog. But today's session is the one that counts: It determines ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Another spot of genius from PETA

    Q: What's the highest rated television show in the history of everything? A: American Idol. Q: And who is the most high-profile judge on American Idol? A: Simon Cowell. That's right.  And if there's one organization in the world that knows how to exploit celebrity (even if it happen ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    American Idol auditions: It's all over but the regrets

    A Channel 31 photo of "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest being quizzed by 2/31's Chris Parente. Yesterday's American Idol auditions took place out of the view of local news cameras, in order to save the good, the bad and the ugly for the talent contest's next season of broadcasts. But that didn't s ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Fresh Breath Committee's Purpose getting his 'Idol' on

    While Fresh Breath Committee holds its breath for the results of the Westword Music Showcase, one member of the collective is participating in another contest. Purpose, aka Mykal Hudson, is a finalist in FOX 31's Denver Idol competition.Yes, he sings as well as raps. Who knew? He performed for local ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Denver Idol offers American Idol shortcut

    When I heard about the American Idol auditions set to take place here July 12-14, I began looking into flights out of town, in order to avoid being trampled to death by wannabe superstars who'd actually like to see Paula Abdul in person. (It can't be any worse than the video version. Is there any ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Boulder's Ace Young back on American Idol -- kind of, sort of, in a way

    American Idol didn't prove to be a skyrocket to fame for Boulder's Ace Young, a 2006 Westword profile subject. But three years after finishing seventh in the contest -- remember how he equated that number with the one John Elway wore? -- he's still using the show to put bread on his table. Specifica ... More >>

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    March 6, 2008

    Carrie Underwood

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    July 19, 2007
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    April 4, 2007

    Free at Last

    Although most information programs long ago adapted to the 24-hour news cycle, network morning shows continue to reach viewers in the Mountain time zone on a two-hour tape delay -- a practice whose archaic nature was put on display again on the morning of April 4. During the 7 a.m. half hour, news b ... More >>

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    February 15, 2007
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    April 13, 2006

    Cowboy Up

    We just can't quit this countrified Karaoke.

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    August 25, 2005

    American I-Dull

    Since anointing Kelly Clarkson, the star machine's been running on empty.

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    January 27, 2005

    The Beatdown

    In which yours truly auditions for Gimme the Mike.

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    December 16, 2004

    Fantasia and Ruben Studdard

    Free Yourself (J Records) I Need an Angel (J Records)

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    February 6, 2003


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