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'American Idol' Season 13 recap: top 7 choice songs predictable as Jena Irene, Alex Preston break out [WATCH]

After two weeks in the top eight, American Idol is finally down to seven contestants this week and decided to let the remaining singers show their real stuff (yet again) with their own choice of song. Thus, the picks were pretty predictable and ...

American Idol Summer Tour will hit fewer dates during 2014

Plans were laid out last night for the annual American Idol Summer Tour. The series will be shorter than usual-probably due to less demand in recent years-but will still find its way around to 41 cities, opening on the East coast and working its way ...

'American Idol' Season 13 recap: Malaya Watson goes home after wasted Sam Woolf save [VIDEO]

Last week, American Idol used its one season save on Sam Woolf... a decision that was definitely going to have consequences when a more talented singer, before the top six, got the boot. And it only took one week for a big take down. Last night ...

'American Idol' Season 13 recap: Top 8 (again) time travel to the '80s, with Alex Preston, Caleb Johnson on top

With past Idol favorite David Cook as this week's mentor, the cream of this year's crop rose to the top with some super solid performances. As this point, though, we know who is going to be consistently good and who's going to be a little shaky. So, ...

'American Idol' season 13 commentary: judges use save on Sam Woolf... was it the right decision? [VIDEO]

The Top 8 on American Idol remain intact, though they're much less safe than before. For the third week in a row, last night 17-year-old Floridian babyface Sam Woolf found himself in the dreaded Idol bottom three, but this week, he was spared from ...

'American Idol' Season 13 recap: Top 9 show growth during rock-themed week as Caleb Johnson nails Led Zeppelin

"I'm with the band!" is something each of the American Idol season 13 contestants have had to say before they were plucked from obscurity, thus, it is the theme of the top 9 week this year. A month into the Hollywood rounds, none of these performers ...

UPDATE: New York Mag's Pop Critic Jody Rosen Responds with Shelfie to Tongue-Tied Ted Gioa's Daily Beast Column

UPDATE: Like ex-SPIN scribe Charles Aaron tweeted at the start of the fracas, the best way to get another critic to recognize your work is to simply slag them off. And so, Jody Rosen of New York magazine's Vulture blog did just that...with a shelfie. ...

'American Idol' Season 13 recap: MK Nobilette (finally) goes home after flubbing P!nk's 'Perfect'

Last night, the Top 10 contestants on American Idol continued to try and prove themselves by tackling some of the biggest hits. After some really solid performances (and some less than awesome performances), it was finally an Idol goodbye to MK ...

Music Criticism Is Tongue-Tied, Says Daily Beast's Ted Gioia

A very interesting piece comes to us from Ted Gioia at The Daily Beast about music criticism, or rather its death, or rather its inability or unwillingness to use technical language or display, you know, any kind of actual knowledge. It's especially ...

'American Idol' Season 13 recap: Top 10 take Billboard hits as Alex Preston nails One Direction and MK Nobilette flubs words

With the top 10 contestants on American Idol being established, this week they took on the Billboard top 10 hits between 2011 and now. With rockers like Caleb Johnson and Jessica Meuse and indie guys like Sam Woolf and Alex Preston, it was sure to be ...

'American Idol' Season 13 recap: Ben Briley sent packing after faltering on 'Bennie and the Jets,' narrowly missing Top 10 tour

Even though Songs from the Cinema was far and away American Idol's best live show this season, relatively strong performances weren't enough to keep all 11 contestants around. After faltering with a take on Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets" last ...

'American Idol' season 13 recap: Top 11 show they're 'in it to win it' during cinema week

Last week, American Idol had one of its flattest weeks in a long time, so the show had a lot to prove for its trip to the cinema this week. Luckily for the contestants of the Top 11, they nailed it. Even the bad performances weren't so bad, and there ...

'American Idol' season 13 recap: Top 11 won't include Emily Piriz after so-so performance

For two weeks in a row, American Idol has sent home one of its female contestants. After a "Home" themed live show last night (March 5) full of largely so-so performances, Latina Emily Piriz was sent back to Florida.

'American Idol' Season 13 recap: Top 12 go 'Home' as Dexter Roberts stands out, MK Nobilette sinks

It's the second week of live shows on American Idol, and to further get fans to know the contestants, producers picked the theme of "Home," which basically means the singers can choose anything they have a vocal connection to.

'American Idol' Season 13 Recap: Kristen O'Connor goes home as competition moves to Top 12

For once, one of American Idol's weakest singers actually went home on the first night of the show. After season 13's inaugural live show Wednesday night (Feb. 26), the top 13 was whittled down to 12 and wildcard pick Kristen O'Connor was sent ...

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