Howard Stern labels Idol judges "selfish"

Submitted by brad on Fri, 2012-05-11 05:50

Incoming America’s Got Talent judge Howard Stern has taken a jab at the judges on American Idol, calling them “selfish”.

The radio personality said that this year’s AGT will bring something new to the talent show format.

"I think what you'll find is that we have a panel that unlike these other judging shows, you know, I watch 'American Idol' sometimes, and those three judges, they don't have a word of criticism," Stern said. "And I think that's selfish. I think you owe it to the contestants to offer criticism."

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Who is going home? Top 4 elimination

Submitted by The Critic on Thu, 2012-05-10 18:33

70 million votes later and we've got the results.  Tonight the top 4 become the top 3 and the remaining contestants will be getting a bit of time off to jet to their home towns for a visit.

Before we get to the official part of the evening there are some songs to be sung.  First up, the final four perform California Dreaming.
California Dreaming - The Mamas And The Papas Live

And it's performance recap time.  Phillip Phillips is up first but he's not getting a verdict.  Neither is Hollie Cavanagh.

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Top 4 Elimination prediction

Submitted by The Critic on Thu, 2012-05-10 15:43

We're about to learn who our Top 3 are for American Idol 2012.  With only four contestants remaining, the results are much closer than I'd have imagined they would be which does suggest that the result is going to be a real battle.

This week, it looks as though it is Hollie Cavanagh's turn to leave the show.  Jessica Sanchez is the overall favorite with 35% of the vote while Joshua Ledet has just edged Phillip Phillips out for second place with 24 and 23% respectively.

As far as who you want to go home, Hollie has topped that poll with 34% of the vote while Joshua Ledet is your least preferred contestant to be eliminated.

Your favorite song of the night was And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going by JEssica Sanchez while Joshua Ledet's It's a Man's World was second and Phillip Phillips version of Volcano came in third.

Who is going home tonight? Results. Live. Soon.

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American Idol Top 4 live show - live blog

Submitted by The Critic on Wed, 2012-05-09 18:10

After months of grueling competition, in only 2 weeks we'll be crowning the next American Idol.

It's another duel round of competition tonight.  First up is California Dreaming with songs either from or about the golden state and then songs that each of the contestants wish that they'd written.

Here's how the show played out:

Phillip Phillips
Song choice: Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits

My thoughts: That was a tad boring for me and a little pitchy in places.

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Rihanna performing on Idol's grand finale show

Submitted by brad on Wed, 2012-05-09 03:12

Rihanna has been confirmed to feature on the American Idol grand finale later this month.

The singer will perform her new single ‘Where Have You Been’ on the Wednesday, May 23 episode of the Fox show.

Jennifer Lopez will take to the stage this week for Thursday night’s results show.

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James Durbin picked Skylar Laine to win Idol this season

Submitted by brad on Tue, 2012-05-08 05:41

Former Idol finalist James Durbin has praised Skylar Laine, saying she was his pick to win the show this year.

Durbin, who was a surprise elimination from the show last year, said he is surprised Laine didn't make it further.

"I'm disappointed. She was my pick to win," he said. "She actually has stage presence. She puts on a show. That's what I try to do as much as possible, that's what I evoke, and that's what inspires me. And that was cool to see for her genre. She loves Miranda [Lambert], and she loves Reba [McEntire] and she loves Jason Aldean, and that's perfect for her, that's her audience that she's aiming at, and that's the kind of music I could see her making."

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Top 5 Elimination: Live Blog

Submitted by The Critic on Thu, 2012-05-03 18:06

Tonight we've got Carrie Underwood and Coldplay in the house.  Meanwhile, someone else is leaving us.  The polls suggest it might be Skylar Laine.

Here's how the elimination went down.

First up is Joshua Ledet.  He is safe.

Next up, Hollie Cavanagh and Phillip Phillips.  Hollie is in the bottom 2 tonight while Phillip will be back next week.

Finally, Skylar Laine and Jessica Sanchez.  Skylar is bottom 2 while Jessica is safe!

After 60 million votes were cast, going home this week? Skylar Laine!

Safe:
Joshua Ledet
Phillip Phillips
Jessica Sanchez

Bottom 2:
Hollie Cavanagh
Skylar Laine

Eliminated:
Skylar Laine

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American Idol Top 5: live blog

Submitted by The Critic on Wed, 2012-05-02 18:13

We're down to 5.  It's 60's night and I'm semi excited.  Hollie is going to have to really step it up tonight as I think she could be the next to go.  Here's how it played out.

Hollie Cavanagh
Song choice: River Deep, Mountain High
River Deep Mountain High - River Deep-Mountain High

Voting Information

My thoughts: This wasn't too bad for Hollie.  It wasn't too oversung and she actually made a fairly decent job of a seriously over sung song.

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Duets promo pokes fun at American Idol

Submitted by brad on Wed, 2012-05-02 09:10

The promo for the all-new ABC singing series Duets pokes fun at the likes of American Idol and The Voice.

The new show, which has former Idol winner Kelly Clarkson on the judging panel, is set to premiere the day after Idol ends later this month.

The 45-second advert, which is based on the Ridley Scott-directed “1984” Apple commercial, pokes at fun at Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson in particular.

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American Idol bullies

Submitted by The Critic on Mon, 2012-04-30 01:59

When the American Idol contestants got to "comment" on each other last week I wondered what the deal was with some of the things they were saying behind each others backs and then broadcast for the world to see.

Perhaps it was all in good fun and far more edited and staged than it appeared but some of the comments did seem a little hurtful with some of the responses being that of shock.

One commenter emailed with the following observation.

I just watched the Idol where they made fun of each other; I thought of the some statements were cruel. In my opinion, they were verbal bullying; which is not a good thing to project to the young viewers. Bullying is a big enough problem without IDOL approving  of it.

Was it bullying?  What did you make of it all?

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