Idoloonies: Cheering Idol's Top 13, and Cooking Up Season 11 Fixes (Hint: Fire the Judges!)

With American Idol‘s weird and wonderful tenth season in the books, it seemed like a good time for Season 6 MVP Melinda Doolittle and me to conduct a freewheeling post-mortem on the last five months of stellar singing, infuriating judging, and bulked-up producer manipulation that led to the Scotty McCreery-Lauren Alaina finale.

Among the topics we’re covering: Nigel Lythgoe’s parting gifts to “doped-up racehorse” Lauren (one of which was outfitted by Idol‘s costume department in a pair of black hospital scrubs); “I Love You This Big” and “The Mom Song” (aka the respective “radio-ready” “singles” foisted on Scotty and Lauren); the oft-repeated catchphrases Randy and J.Lo used to hammer home a pre-spun narrative regarding their favored contestants; and the gloriously cathartic release we got from watching the Wednesday night results-show finale. If that’s not enough for you, Melinda and I tackle a Twitter Question of the Week about which judges (if any) deserve to stick around for Season 11, and debate the one change we’d like to see enacted when Idol returns next January. (Spoiler alert: Melinda’s request is that Uncle Nigel “quit treating us like we’re dumb.” Oh snap!) Oh, and what’s more, Season 10 semifinalist Lauren Turner drops by for one final look at Haley’s victory on behalf of underdogs everywhere, and executive producer Jason Averett serves you clips from Sleeping Beauty, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Grit, Doctor Who, and more!

Finally, before you press play below on all five parts of the Idoloonies season wrap-up, keep in mind that our work isn’t quite over. We’ll be interviewing Scotty, Lauren, and Haley this week in New York City, so to get up-to-the minute alerts on when those Q&As post, sign up to follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV! And when you’re done watching the show, hit the comments with your own thoughts and feelings on Idol‘s tenth season.

[p.s. Thanks to all you Idoloonies who contributed questions and ideas via Twitter and email, and who volunteered to cohost the show these last five months. Even if I didn’t get to reply to all of your missives, I read and appreciated every one of them. So again, my deepest appreciation to you! I hope we’ll take the journey together for Season 11, and spend the ensuing months dishing So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice, The X Factor, and more!]

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