American Idol Top 2 Performance Recap: Two Close for Comfort? [Updated]

Clocking in at a mere 60 minutes, American Idol‘s Top 2 performance night was tighter than JLo’s calf muscles. And yet still, there was plenty of time for Keith Urban to throw subtle (and delicious) shade at a rival singing competition, for our friendly finalists to deliver six very good-to-excellent performances and for Randy Jackson to, um… READ MORE, TAKE OUR POLLS & CHECK OUT OUR ’30 BEST IDOL PERFORMANCES’ GALLERY

American Idol Top 3 Results Recap: Heeeee's Running Out the Doo-ooo-ooo-oor!

Tears are as vital to American Idol Top 3 results night as FCC-taunting hemlines are to J.Lo’s sense of self(ie).

Indeed, the opportunity to travel back to contestants’ hometowns, to see the misty water-colored memories of the way they were (six months ago), provides endless cross-promotional opportunities with Kleenex or Puffs that have yet to be explored by the House That Is Currently Ruled By Candice Flippin’ Glover. READ MORE

Reality Check: Who Falls Short of Our Dream Final 2 on American Idol? Plus: The Voice's Top 8 Week Bloodbath -- Why We Hated It

We’re down to the penultimate weeks of American Idol and The Voice – which means the forecast calls for heightened stress, a 70 percent chance of tears and emotional storm warnings.

On this week’s Reality Check, my co-host Melinda Doolittle and I dish the complicated emotions dredged up by … READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO

American Idol EP Per Blankens on Rush Week Cruelty, Randy's Mentoring, J.Lo Close-Ups

With American Idol‘s milestone 500th episode slated for Wednesday (8/7c on Fox), it seems like a good time for reflection inside The House That Kelly Clarkson Built (and Fantasia Shook to the Rafters).

To that end, we got on the phone with executive producer Per Blankens, who left his perch at Swedish Idol and took over the U.S. franchise for Season 13, to dish the changes he’s brought to the show over the last five months. READ MORE

American Idol Top 4 Results Recap: Guess What? I'm Havin' More Fun, Now That We're Done!

You never know when an American Idol shock-bomb is about to get dropped. Oh, sure, the show can lull you into a false sense of security with its familiar patterns — Ryan Seacrest faking us out with an “after the break” misdirect, J.Lo wearing a dress with less coverage than a hospital gown, Randy burping up clichés about how “it’s fourth and goal, with one play left” (ugh) — but the show’s trail of fulfilled dreams is undeniably littered with “Wait! What?” carnage. READ MORE