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American Idol Top 12 Performance Recap: Home Is Where the Art Is [Updated]

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“Complete Honesty” (™ pending) infected the American Idol judging panel tonight in much the same way that backwards baseball caps (AKA Satan’s Prefered Haberdashery) infected the ranks of Season 13′s Top 12 contestants. (OK, only two singers wore ‘em on stage, and another two during rehearsal, but that’s still a terrifying enough ratio to alert the CDC.) READ MORE & TAKE POLL


American Idol's Kristen O'Connor on Covering Adele and Kelly Clarkson, Not Playing Guitar, Surviving Group Rounds With Sam Woolf

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Kristen O’Connor probably didn’t want to be the first American Idol finalist eliminated from Season 13, but on the bright side, the Florida-based nurse tech has the honor of being the first subject of a TVLine Google Hangout. READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO


Fox Shake-Up: Hell's Kitchen to Push Idol Results Show Back an Hour, Rake Moving to Fridays

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Hell’s Kitchen will reopen Thursday, March 13 at 8/7c, to serve up its 12th season, Fox has announced.

As of that date, American Idol‘s results show will …READ MORE


Reality Check: Hits and Misses from Idol's Top 13! Plus: How Pro Is Too Pro on The Voice?

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Caleb Johnson’s producer-enhanced rock-god moment. Malaya Watson’s “Runaway” meltdown. Jessica Meuse’s unexpected song choice. And an opening 45 minutes punctuated by mumbled lyrics, botched notes and possibly malfunctioning in-ear monitors.

These were the headlines from American Idol Top 13 performance night — along with …READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO


American Idol Top 13 Results Recap: Exit Wounds

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We interrupt this American Idol Top 13 results night recap to give a round of applause to the quiet hero of the Season 13 judges’ panel… …READ MORE


American Idol Top 13 Performance Recap: Beautiful? Disaster? [Updated]

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I’m not gonna lie to you: I went from mildly concerned to truly and deeply vexed during the first half-hour of tonight’s American Idol Top 13 performance episode. We had Mumbles McGillicuddy, Wacky Sharpenstein, Blankity Blankerson and Speedy McCountry all hitting the stage and delivering varying degrees of the night’s opening song title: “Aw Naw.” READ MORE & TAKE OUR POLL


American Idol Launching 'Google Voting' Tonight, and 'Facebook Voting Trends' Next Week

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Speed-dialers, rest your fingers.

As American Idol‘s search for a Season 13 champ gets under way in earnest with tonight’s Top 13 performance episode (8/7c on Fox), the show is debuting a new voting methodology via Google Search. READ MORE


Reality Check: Alex, Sam, MK, Majesty and Jena's Early Season 13 Edge! Plus: Why 'Rush Week' (and Randy Jackson) Failed the Idol Audience

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American Idol‘s inaugural “Rush Week” extravaganza may be best remembered for its dreaded “Chamber of the Damned” — which devoured a full third of the Season 13 Top 30 before they’d belted a single note. Nevertheless, it also provided an opportunity for a quintet (or perhaps a sextet) of contestants to get a slight head start on the competition. READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO


American Idol Top 13 Announcement Recap: Where the Wild Cards Are [Updated]

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There’s been a decided lack of bullishness among the American Idol faithful over the last 48 hours regarding the Season 13 Top 30 — or at least the singers’ less-than-scintillating efforts during the show’s inaugural “Rush Week” festivities.

Call me a relentless optimist (who still thinks “I’m on a Roll” should/could be a Top 10 hit), but I’m not ready to …READ MORE


American Idol Top 15 Guys Performance Recap: Let's Hear It for the Boys! [Updated]

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“Intonation” is the new “pitchy.” Jennifer Lopez is suddenly astute and critical. And if you listen carefully, Season 8′s glorious, criminally underrated Allison Iraheta* is providing chill-inducing background support as part of Rickey Minor’s band. (*If you’ve never heard her providing lead vocals on Halo Circus’ “Gone,” go directly to iTunes, download it, then come back and finish this recap.)

This…is Season 13 of American Idol. READ MORE & TAKE POLLS