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American Idol 8: Top 9 Perform, Live Thoughts

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 18:38:14 -0800

I love me some Motown, I can handle old-school country, and there isn't a rational human I know who can't get down to classic Michael Jackson.  American Idol chose well in its first three theme weeks of the season.  This...



American Idol 8: Michael Sarver Bids Goodbye to the Oil Rig

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 06:30:00 -0800

Eliminated American Idol finalist Michael Sarver began his trip to the top—yeah, we all know this already—as an oil rig worker somewhere in Texas, who dropped by to audition.  The rest, as we all say, is history—he went to the...



Will 'American Idol' Let Adam Lambert Be Gay?

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 05:34:54 -0800

A few weeks back, pictures emerged on the internet showing American Idol contestant Adam Lambert making out with anonymous men.  There wasn't much uproar.  Sure, a handful of people were put off, because two dudes making out is still bothersome...



American Idol 8: Fantasy TV Top 9 Predictions

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 04:16:41 -0800

Every week BuddyTV offers expert analysis on who will be eliminated on American Idol.  See who BuddyTV users and our own experts think will get booted this week, then make your own picks at American Idol Fantasy TV. American Idol...



American Idol 8: Top 9 Preview, and a Results Show Conspiracy

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:50:15 -0800

There have been a lot of theme weeks in American Idol's long and prosperous life.  Some are difficult, painting the singers into uncomfortable and unfair corners.  Some are wide-ranging, allowing for a diverse group of contestants to sing a diverse...



American Idol 8: It's David Cook's Turn to Return to the Stage

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 06:30:00 -0800

American Idol this year has seen former contestants return to the stage every results night—we've seen Kelly Clarkson on week one, Carrie Underwood on (predictably) week two, and (still sweaty) Ruben Studdard on week three.  This week, it's the turn...



American Idol 8: Top 10, Live Results (Page 1/3)

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 18:32:11 -0800

It is rare to enter into an American Idol results show knowing exactly who the bottom three are going to be.  But, that is the case this evening, as there is a 99.9% chance that Megan Corkrey, Scott MacIntyre and...



American Idol 8: John vs. Oscar Podcast - Top 10 Elimination Predictions

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 09:52:09 -0800

Last week, my colleague John "The Truth" Kubicek took the American Idol Fantasy TV lead on me by correctly predicting Alexis Grace to go home.  I will admit that it was a very shrewd prediction, and I should have seen...



American Idol 8: Idol Thoughts - Motown Week's Failed Potential and an Appraisal of the Front-Runners

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 09:33:35 -0800

American Idol disappoints me sometimes.  Really a lot.  They are the biggest moneymaker on television.  They have the means to purchase the rights to any song they want.  And, yet, it's not difficult to figure out that the list of...



American Idol 8: Much Ado About Group Performances--Or Whether They're Sung Live In The First Place

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 06:30:00 -0800

To be honest, I don't really care much about group performances on American Idol.  I get the point, but I didn't tune in to watch ten-something people sing around awkward choreography—besides, the show isn't about multiple winners, right?  There can...



American Idol 8: Top 10 Perform, Live Thoughts (Page 1/4)

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 19:30:34 -0800

The Top 10 of American Idol were flown to Detroit, Michigan a few days back to get a taste of Motown, for this week is Motown Week.  I don't care what the judges say (the hypocrisy of Simon telling singers...



American Idol 8: Motown Week Song Spoilers!!!

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 17:15:51 -0800

Well, here are the song spoilers for tonight, if this is something you're interested in.  Big ups to the crafty spies over at Joes Place Blog, who had a reader infiltrate tonight's dress rehearsal.  You guys rock.  Anyway, the spoilers...



American Idol 8: Motown Week Story-Lines

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 11:32:53 -0800

American Idol 8 heads to the mean streets of Motown tonight.  As opposed to Grand Ole Opry week, in which significant portions of the American populace were unfamiliar with the songs being sung, Motown Week should be saturated with golden...



American Idol 8: Jennifer Hudson To Return, But Could Simon Cowell Bring In The President?

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 05:30:00 -0800

This week's American Idol only starts tonight, thanks to Fox covering yet another press conference President Obama has called.   It's been the second time this year, and while I understand the need for the media to cover what the...



American Idol: Stay Away, David Cook Pleads To Aggressive Fans

Tue, 24 Mar 2009 05:30:00 -0800

Here's what I think is the life of a very famous rock star: write songs, get them recorded, go on tour, connect with fans, and perhaps deal with those who have stepped the line.  They do say it's part of...



American Idol 8: Looking Forward to Motown Week, Power Rankings and an Early Prediction

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 14:49:12 -0800

Motown is awesome.  Anyone who complains about American Idol once again going back to the well for Motown Week is no friend of mine.  As I stated oh so presciently and oh so brilliantly above, Motown is awesome.  Much of...



Who Doesn't Think Adam Lambert Will be the Next 'American Idol'?

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 14:15:34 -0800

That’s right. Even after country week stormed on thru, Adam Lambert still remains top dog (no offense Anoop). If you ask any casual viewer to name the contestants, every single one of them could tell you Adam’s full name. With...



American Idol 8: Top 11, Live Results (Page 1/3)

Wed, 18 Mar 2009 20:24:12 -0800

Who will it be tonight, friends?  American Idol is down to eleven contestants, and after tonight we will almost certainly be down to ten (the judges could conceivably use their Save tonight, but we all know that's highly unlikely).  The...



American Idol 8: John vs. Oscar Podcast - Top 11 Elimination Predictions

Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:48:01 -0800

The Grand Ole Opry theme proved a mild success in a lot of ways.  It gave us a good feel for how creative the Top 11 on American Idol can be with their song choices and arrangements.  It allowed a...



American Idol 8: Top 11 Perform, Live Thoughts (Page 1/4)

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 19:33:31 -0800

American Idol almost has as much to do with adapting as it does with actual singing, especially in the position the Top 11 find themselves in now.  Though I find this group of singers both more interesting and more talented...



Does Being Gay or Married Hurt Your 'American Idol' Chances?

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 15:05:17 -0800

Editor's Note: This is a weekly guest post from the TV staff at Film.com. Check back here on Wednesdays for more Film.com stories about your favorite shows: Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, American Idol and...



American Idol 8: Top 11 Song Choice Predictions, Plus Leaked Song List

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 13:34:46 -0800

Going from Michael Jackson to country music is quite a leap, but that's what the Top 11 of American Idol will be doing tonight.  This week's theme is Grand Ole Opry (Randy Travis will act as the mentor), which means...



American Idol 8: Has the Top 4 Already Been Chosen? How Cynical Are We?

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:59:16 -0800

The NY Daily News published a story today in which a supposed American Idol “insider” - a female who works on the show – claims that the American Idol producers have already decided on who the final four contestants will...



American Idol: Will Kelly Clarkson Score Her Second No. 1 Album?

Fri, 13 Mar 2009 17:14:21 -0800

Billboard.com reported that Kelly Clarkson’s fourth album "All I Ever Wanted” led Nielsen SoundScan's March 11 Building chart. That sets her on track to debut the album at the number one spot. Her lead-off single “My Life Would Suck Without...



American Idol 8: Idol Thoughts - Jasmine Murray, Paula's Cleavage and Random Annoyances

Thu, 12 Mar 2009 11:37:34 -0800

It's the pointlessness of it all, the protracted futility of the entire process. It must be devastating for the first two eliminated singers from the big stage.  Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez will not be famous, they will not get...



American Idol 8: Top 13, Live Results (Page 1/2)

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 19:37:45 -0800

Simon Cowell, when alluding to the big shiny new twist that will be unveiled tonight, admitted that America might not be happy with the change in format, because it gives more power to the judges.  American Idol has, for all...



American Idol 8: John vs. Oscar Podcast - Top 13 Elimination Predictions

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 12:19:20 -0800

John Kubicek, you will be vanquished this season.  You are the Washington Generals and I am the Harlem Globetrotters.  You are eyes and I am mace.  You are cookies and I am the Cookie Monster.  Our American Idol 8 Elimination...



American Idol 8: Top 13 Perform, Live Thoughts (Page 1/4)

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 19:33:40 -0800

Why, hello, everyone.  It is once again that time of year, the time of year when American Idol becomes exciting, when viewers start to form their rooting interests, trends begin to emerge, singers get comfortable and put on great performances,...



Test your 'American Idol' Knowledge in Our Fantasy TV Leagues

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 10:59:12 -0800

Do you consider yourself an American Idol expert? Do you think you have a grasp on the will of the American public? Are you a master at predicting the eliminated contestant? Luckily for you, BuddyTV has the perfect place for...



American Idol 8: Top 13 Power Rankings

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 10:48:48 -0800

Is everyone excited for American Idol's Top 13?  The real season of American Idol kicks off tonight, with each of the Top 13 contestants performing for the first time on the big stage.  This being the case, we thought it'd...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13

Mon, 09 Mar 2009 04:19:35 -0800

American Idol 8 is about to get good.  Not that it hasn't been good so far but, really, the first two months are always about getting to where we are now - The Top 12...I mean, The Top 13.  The...



American Idol 8: And Here Goes the Top 12--Plus One, Oh Goodness

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 04:30:00 -0800

For some peculiar reason, this season of American Idol has been very, very predictable.  Sure, there were a few surprises over the past few weeks—what the heck is Michael Sarver doing there?—but all throughout, we knew who was going in. ...



American Idol 8: Wild Card Show - Live Results (Page 1/2)

Thu, 05 Mar 2009 18:24:53 -0800

If American Idol was really greedy, they could have extended this Top 36 madness one more week, allowing for a two-hour Wild Card performance episode and a one-hour Wild Card selection show.  While I wouldn't have been totally opposed to...



American Idol 8: John vs. Oscar Podcast - Predicting the Wild Cards

Thu, 05 Mar 2009 11:35:42 -0800

John Kubicek and Oscar Dahl discuss the previous night's results show and share their thoughts and predictions in anticipation of the American Idol 8 Wild Card Round. American Idol 8 will finally get on with it tonight, and name the...



American Idol 8: There's Something About Tatiana

Thu, 05 Mar 2009 08:30:00 -0800

Tatiana del Toro is annoying.  It's a given.  From the moment she was introduced to us unsuspecting viewers of American Idol, it seemed inevitable: she will be around for quite a while. How many times did they repeat her shriek-shriek-shriek...



American Idol 8: And Here Goes the Top 12--Well, Almost

Thu, 05 Mar 2009 04:30:00 -0800

Finally, we have the Top 12 for American Idol 8.  Well, not exactly—we only have nine contestants in the list so far, with the remaining three slots to be contested by eight more tonight.  And, throughout the three weeks we've...



American Idol 8: Top 36, Final 12 - Live Results (Page 1/2)

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 23:40:08 -0800

The complexities of life cannot be distilled while viewing American Idol.  It is a reflection only of our desire to be entertained, and holds no larger meaning.  American Idol is far too rigged for that.  The producers meddle, the contestants...



American Idol 8: John vs. Oscar Podcast - Top 36, Final 12

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 10:01:32 -0800

BuddyTV's John Kubicek and Oscar Dahl make their predictions for who will make the Top 12 from the final group of 36. I watched a young man wearing god-knows-what sing Meatloaf.  I watched a tentative teenage girl sing Abba.  I...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Jorge Nunez

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:41:10 -0800

Jorge Nunez gave a pretty good performance in the Top 36.  The judges liked it a lot, and that's their prerogative, but their overzealous adulation was the catalyst for the real reason that Jorge made the Top 13 – in...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Scott MacIntyre

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:41:04 -0800

This could get difficult.  Scott MacIntyre could become one of the most interesting American Idol contestants ever, and it might eventually get uncomfortable. Scott is blind, was born that way, and has gotten by swimmingly in life without his sight. ...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Lil Rounds

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:40:58 -0800

Can an early favorite win it all at this point in American Idol's career?  It'd be like a NCAA basketball team running the the table.  I suppose it's possible, but highly unlikely.  Lil Rounds has been the most highly pimped...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Adam Lambert

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:40:52 -0800

I suspect that within a month, for better or worse, Adam Lambert will become the face of American Idol 8.  He is going to be a lightning rod of controversy, and it should be fun.  Adam has an absurd rock...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Kris Allen

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:40:46 -0800

Kris Allen is going to sneak up on people.  I wasn't a big fan initially, but all it took was a little jaunt on YouTube to convince me.  Kris, in the Top 36 performance that got him voted into the...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Allison Iraheta

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:40:39 -0800

There are some people who are just born to perform, some people who are naturally comfortable on stage.  It is their domain.  Allison Iraheta, the sixteen year old with the red hair on American Idol 8, is one of these...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Jasmine Murray

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:40:34 -0800

Jasmine Murray looks like a prototypical American Idol singer.  She's young, attractive, and brings the much desired diversity to the American Idol proceedings.  She gave a very good initial audition, and the judges fell in love with her.  That first...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Danny Gokey

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:40:27 -0800

Danny Gokey can sing.  Sometimes, that's all you need.  American Idol saw a great story in Danny from the second he tried out and, ever since, have given Danny ample screen time to shine.  Gokey is a near flawless singer,...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Michael Sarver

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:40:21 -0800

I'm all for people being nice.  It's a good thing.  However, it shouldn't be any sort of factor in a competition like American Idol.  Michael Sarver is a family man, a working class dude, a likable guy who happens to...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Alexis Grace

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:40:15 -0800

Little blonde girl Alexis Grace hit the stage on American Idol 8's first Top 36 performance episode a relatively anonymous no-name and left a serious contender for the Idol crown.  Grace had received a fair share of screen time over...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Anoop Desai

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:40:09 -0800

Anoop Desai was bafflingly passed over by America in week one of the Top 36 in favor of Oil Rig Guy Michael Sarver.  The judges righted that wrong in the Wild Card round, though they made Noop Dog sweat it...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Megan Corkrey

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:40:03 -0800

Megan Corkrey has sneakily become perhaps the most divisive contestant on American Idol 8.  Reading her bio, she sounds like one of those overly-cutesy characters in a bad romantic comedy.  She's a quirky single mom in her mid-twenties, recently divorced. ...



American Idol 8: Analyzing the Top 13 - Matt Giraud

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:39:57 -0800

Matt Giraud owes a lot to the Wild Card system.  In previous years, his disastrous opening performance would have likely sealed his fate.  The judges kept the faith, however, and gave him another shot in last week's Wild Card show...



American Idol 8: Top 36, Final 12 - Live Thoughts (Page 1/3)

Tue, 03 Mar 2009 19:12:49 -0800

Like stink on a hobo, the week of reckoning is upon us.  By Thursday night, American Idol's Top 36 will be whittled down to an easily digestible dozen.  We already know half the Top 12's entrants (Danny Gokey, Alexis Grace,...



American Idol 8: Adam Lambert Has Photos of Him Kissing Another Guy. Errr...

Tue, 03 Mar 2009 04:30:00 -0800

This is totally distracting.  It seemed like yesterday when Adam Lambert got this much praise on American Idol, with his performance of that Rolling Stones track compelling Randy Jackson to compare him to Twilight's Robert Pattinson.  And, as he found...



BuddyTV Podcast of Glory: 'American Idol' Results, Previewing the Final 12

Fri, 27 Feb 2009 12:16:46 -0800

BuddyTV's John Kubicek and Oscar Dahl analyze American Idol's Week 2 Results, and preview next week's Final 12 and the upcoming Wild Card round.  Three more spots have been filled in American Idol 8's Top 12, and none of the...



American Idol 8: Top 36, Second 12 - Live Results (Page 1/2)

Thu, 26 Feb 2009 21:14:37 -0800

Even though I'm fundamentally opposed to some aspects of the Top 36 system being employed by American Idol this season, it does make these first few results shows exciting.  While two of last night's singers appear to be locks for...



American Idol 8: John vs. Oscar Podcast - Top 36, Second 12

Thu, 26 Feb 2009 12:46:43 -0800

BuddyTV's John Kubicek and Oscar Dahl discuss last night's American Idol performance episode and predict who will advance to the Top 12. While American Idol's 8 second performance episode wasn't stellar by any means, it was far and away an...



Paula Abdul Thinks Four 'Idol' Judges is a Mistake--Does This Mean She's On Her Way Out?

Thu, 26 Feb 2009 05:30:00 -0800

Remember when word of American Idol adding a fourth judge first went out?  The first things we were thinking that Kara DioGuardi was, ultimately, out to replace Paula Abdul.  At the end of the seventh season, Paula wasn't exactly in...



American Idol 8: Top 36, Second 12 Perform - Live Thoughts (Page 1/3)

Wed, 25 Feb 2009 20:31:54 -0800

Please let tonight's episode be better than last week's.  The debacle that was the last Tuesday's American Idol performance episode featured a wide swath of mediocrities.  There were a few impressive performances, sure, but there were far more that produced...



American Idol 8: Is Ricky Braddy in the Wild Card Round? (And Who's Hopeful?)

Mon, 23 Feb 2009 07:30:00 -0800

A quarter of American Idol 8's Top 12 has been announced, but early on, there quite a significant amount of outcry over some of the decisions made.  What is Michael Sarver doing here?  Why is Tatiana del Toro nowhere?  (Or,...



American Idol: Clay Aiken Dumped By Record Company?

Fri, 20 Feb 2009 06:30:00 -0800

Oh, Clay Aiken.  I don't know. Now, I've nothing against the runner-up of American Idol's second season; I think he's good, although lately he's been getting attention for all the wrong reasons.  Or, perhaps, it's just me who doesn't give...



BuddyTV Podcast of Glory: Analysis of 'American Idol' Week 1 Results

Thu, 19 Feb 2009 16:00:18 -0800

The first three finalists for American Idol have been chosen, and two out of three ain't bad. On today's Podcast and Glory featuring BuddyTV's Idol experts Oscar Dahl and myself, John Kubicek, we discussed the merits of Danny Gokey, the...



American Idol 8: Top 36, First 12 - Live Results (Page 1/2)

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 18:37:11 -0800

Now the fun stuff.  Usually, we only get to see one or two really disappointed faces on the American Idol Results shows.  Tonight, nine contestants will be the recipients of bad news.  I don't mean to endorse American Idol schadenfreude,...



American Idol 8: John vs. Oscar Podcast - Top 36, First 12

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:26:52 -0800

The epic competition begins once more.  John vs. Oscar, a battle of heavyweights, lords of the American Idol arena, begins today in earnest.  Today marks the release of the first John vs. Oscar podcast of the season.  We have reviewed...



The Shameful Joy of 'American Idol' Spoilers

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 04:50:32 -0800

Editor's Note: This is a weekly guest post from the TV staff at Film.com. Check back here on Wednesdays for more Film.com stories about your favorite shows: Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars ,Survivor, American Idol and...



American Idol 8: First 12 of Top 36 Perform, Live Thoughts (Page 1/3)

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 19:26:28 -0800

That's sort of an unwieldy article title, isn't it?  I thought about the best, most concise way to name tonight's American Idol episode and, unfortunately, that's the best I got.  However, we are finally here.  We made it.  We weathered...



BuddyTV Podcast of Glory: Talking 'American Idol' with Justin Guarini

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 15:10:38 -0800

BuddyTV discusses the new season of American Idol with season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini. We have our first special guest of the season on BuddyTV's Podcast of Glory!  Justin Guarini stopped by earlier today to talk about what he's up...



American Idol 8: The Pacitti/Barton Swap Post-Mortem--So What Happened?

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 05:30:00 -0800

The dust has finally settled, and the initial frenzy—not at least from me, or so I'd like to think—has died down.  Slowly, but surely, we're living with Joanna Pacitti's disqualification from American Idol, and the entry of Felicia Barton into...



BuddyTV Podcast of Glory: 'American Idol' Top 36

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 15:12:48 -0800

The Top 36 of American Idol 8 has been revealed, but has arrived with some controversy.  Joanna Pacitti, the ringer, former recording artist and judges' favorite, has been ejected from the competition under suspicious circumstances, FOX quietly explaining in a...



American Idol 8: Who Is Felicia Barton, And Why Is She In Joanna Pacitti's Top 36 Slot?

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 08:08:25 -0800

As this article was published, Fox released a statement confirming that Felicia Barton is, indeed, part of American Idol's top 36.  "It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition," it said.  Sources have told...



American Idol 8: Top 36 Revealed, Live Thoughts

Wed, 11 Feb 2009 19:57:24 -0800

A month ago, we began the over-long death march of early-season American Idol in Phoenix, Arizona.  Tonight, the drudgery ends and viewers will finally feel the joy of reaching fertile ground.  At the end of tonight's two-hour episode of American...



American Idol 8: What We Learned from Hollywood, Day 3

Wed, 11 Feb 2009 10:58:38 -0800

American Idol 8 is hours away from officially unveiling the Top 36 in what should be a particularly excruciating two-hour “Top 36 Revealed” episode.  I'll enjoy it, to some degree, but aren't we all ready to just get on with...



American Idol 8: Hollywood Auditions - Part 3, Live Thoughts

Tue, 10 Feb 2009 19:21:28 -0800

Once again, the evil warlocks sitting in FOX's executive offices have kept promotional pictures from the world.  Why they refuse to provide American Idol preview pictures is one of life's great mysteries.  This is why I have posted this here...



American Idol: Jordin Goes All-Star While Kara Goes Singing with Nick

Tue, 10 Feb 2009 08:30:00 -0800

Errr, okay.  So Clay Aiken is appearing on America's Next Top Model, both as a mentor (of sorts) and a judge.  I've got nothing against it, but honestly this decision felt a little weird, at least for me.  Wasn't it...



American Idol: Grammy Winner Carrie Underwood All Praises For Fellow Winner Jennifer Hudson

Tue, 10 Feb 2009 06:30:00 -0800

The 51st Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles two nights ago, was something.  Yeah, at some points my attention span was dropping like a ball tossed from fifty feet, but for me, the show was about the performances.  And, in...



American Idol: Ryan Seacrest vs the Bikini Girl

Fri, 06 Feb 2009 06:30:00 -0800

Wednesday night is the night when we finally saw Katrina Darrell's fall from grace—of sorts—from American Idol.  The girl who, whether we like it or not, is better known as Bikini Girl made such a dent on the show, which...



American Idol: David Archuleta to Sing National Anthem at Pro Bowl

Fri, 06 Feb 2009 05:30:00 -0800

The NFL seems to love their American Idol contestants.  And by that, I mean a lot of love.  Early this week, Jennifer Hudson performed the national anthem during the Super Bowl's pre-game show in Florida, something equally significant since it's...



BuddyTV Podcast of Glory: Braving the Waters of 'American Idol' and 'Lost'

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 13:19:52 -0800

Another week, another excellent episode of Lost.  Another week, another two episodes of American Idol worthy of intense discussion.  Idol and Lost are the two most water-cooler appropriate series on TV these days, and it's really not even close.  While...



American Idol 8: What We Learned from Hollywood, Day 2

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 11:24:20 -0800

American Idol's insistence on focusing on the “drama” in all episodes leading up to the unveiling of the semi-finalists can be grating.  The first half hour of last night's Hollywood episode contained zero actual performances, instead focusing on the trials...



American Idol 8: Hollywood Auditions - Part 2, Live Thoughts

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 18:32:27 -0800

Night one of American Idol's Hollywood Auditions went over pretty well, with many of the familiar faces from early in the season showing up and, generally, making it through to round 2.  Only 43 of the 147 Hollywood invitees were...



American Idol 8: What We Learned from Hollywood, Day 1

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 11:11:11 -0800

(Note: FOX has yet to release any photos from last night's Hollywood episode.  Therefore, I was forced to post this picture of Barry Manilow where, presumably, The B-Man had just escaped a forest fire.  That, or I was fooled and...



American Idol: The Golden Ticket is Just the Beginning

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 05:54:09 -0800

Editor's Note: This is a weekly guest post from the TV staff at Film.com. Check back here on Wednesdays for more Film.com stories about your favorite shows: Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, American Idol and...



American Idol 8: Hollywood Auditions - Part 1, Live Thoughts

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 18:41:24 -0800

FOX has yet to release any American Idol photos from the Hollywood Auditions, so I chose this picture.  It's Ryan Seacrest sitting on new judge Kara DioGuardi's lap.  Ryan looks confused, and Kara looks amused.  He's a spritely fellow, that...



American Idol: Jennifer Hudson Lip Syncs Super Bowl Performance--So What?

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 07:30:00 -0800

So, surely, you watched the Super Bowl on Sunday, perhaps for the game itself, or perhaps for the commercials, or perhaps for the halftime show featuring Bruce Springsteen.  I was there for the halftime bit—I'm not really a football fan—as...



'American Idol 8' Spoilers: Top 36 Revealed!

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 15:49:09 -0800

Spoiler time, American Idol fans.  Read no further if you want to be surprised in two weeks, when the Top 36 is officially revealed.  Now, of course, we have to issue this disclaimer: this is by no means an official...



American Idol 8: Examining The Kara DioGuardi Experiment

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:56:34 -0800

The biggest change going into American Idol 8 was the addition of a fourth judge.  American Idol had spent seven seasons dominating ratings, content with the three-headed Randy/Paula/Simon monster which sat behind the judging table.  Sensing an air of unrest...



Experienced Singers on 'Idol'? No Biggie, Says Exec Producer

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 07:30:00 -0800

It happened before.  Carly Smithson got on board the seventh season of American Idol not exactly as untapped talent: six years prior, she's already released her album Ultimate High, under her maiden name Carly Hennesy.  It wasn't exactly the success...



American Idol 8: New York/Puerto Rico Auditions, Live Thoughts

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 18:52:09 -0800

In an interesting decision, FOX has decided to cram the final two audition cities into one hour of spicy American Idol goodness.  Tonight's the night that we finally begin the transition to Hollywood, free ourselves of the now burdensome "bad"...



'American Idol': Kelly Clarkson Is Back on Top

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 17:00:27 -0800

Kelly Clarkson has, once again, made history. Her newest single, “My Life Would Suck Without You” just made the largest leap to number one in Billboard history. In all fifty years of the Billboard Top 100, no song has managed...



BuddyTV Podcast of Glory: Time-Traveling with 'Lost' and 'American Idol'

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 12:47:34 -0800

John Kubicek and Oscar Dahl from BuddyTV podcast about Lost and American Idol.  American Idol and Lost might seem like a peculiar pair, but really, they fit the same bill.  Both are shows with devoted fan bases, both are shows...



American Idol 8: Salt Lake City Auditions, Live Thoughts

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 18:43:40 -0800

Salt Lake City, land of 3% beer, the Mormon religion, Jerry Sloan, David Archuleta and the Osmonds.  American Idol brings its madness to Utah tonight in an episode that promises to be an interesting one.  The word on the street...



Exclusive Interview: Melinda Doolittle, Third-Place Finisher on 'American Idol 6'

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 11:32:35 -0800

BuddyTV talks to Melinda Doolittle, third-place finisher on American Idol 6. Melinda Doolittle, you might remember, is possibly the nicest human being the planet Earth has ever known.  The third-place finisher on American Idol 6, Melinda is the possessor of...



'American Idol' Offers Second Chance at Success

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 06:15:34 -0800

Editor's Note: This is a weekly guest post from the TV staff at Film.com. Check back here on Wednesdays for more Film.com stories about your favorite shows: Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, American Idol and...



American Idol 8: Jacksonville Auditions, Live Thoughts (Page 1/3)

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 19:04:10 -0800

Let us first take a look at the picture that resides next to us in this here article.  It is a picture from the Jacksonville, Florida American Idol audition episode which I, Oscar Dahl, will soon be live-blogging on the...



Confessions of an 'American Idol' Reject: Interview with DJ Bradley

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 11:30:03 -0800

The process of the American Idol auditions has always intrigued me.  Every city the Idol crew visits presents an unenviable challenge for the producers – they have to both find the best talent each city has to offer and make...



'American Idol' Audition Episodes? Sorry, I'd Rather Not

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 07:30:00 -0800

I was somewhat late into watching American Idol, only taking it seriously from the third season, when it became evident that it wasn't just any talent show, but the talent (reality) show.  It took me no time to get up...



Networks Reach Settlement in Reality TV Labor Suits

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:39:34 -0800

Several major U.S. TV networks have agreed to paying more than $4 million to settle two lawsuits claiming wage rule violations for workers on many popular reality shows such as Trading Spouses and The Bachelor. The suits claimed the networks...



American Idol: David Cook Deals with Break-Up by Scheduling 37-Date College Tour

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 12:32:14 -0800

David Cook is no dummy.  The season 7 champion of American Idol broke up with his girlfriend, American Idol alumnus and all-around attractive lady, Kimberly Caldwell during the Holiday season.  Question: If you're a burgeoning rock star and have recently...



American Idol 8: Joanna Pacitti is a Big Time Ringer

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 17:27:38 -0800

American Idol faced a mountain of criticism last year when they put a number of “ringers” through to Hollywood.  Ringers are singers who have had experience in the music industry and, for one reason or another, never reached a desired...



BuddyTV Podcast of Glory: John vs. Oscar, 'American Idol,' 'Lost,' Top 100 Shows

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 15:40:43 -0800

It's 2009, which means it is time to unveil the BuddyTV Podcast of Glory.  Every week, on Thursday, you the BuddyTV reader will be treated to audio goodness, in the form of BuddyTV personalities bickering and waxing poetic about your...



American Idol 8: San Francisco/Louisville Wrap-Up

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 05:23:04 -0800

The initial excitement has already worn off, and I'm ready for Hollywood.  But, alas, there is still one more week, two more hours of American Idol auditions in the offing.  I feel like this every year.  The audition episodes are,...