Reality Check: Is American Idol Season 13 in Trouble? Plus: Defending 'Harsh Harry' and Questioning Randy Jackson's 'Mentoring'

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American Idol‘s Season 13 Top 12 performance night wasn’t exactly a memorable one — not for the right reasons, anyhow — and it’s causing even long-time fans of Fox’s reality singing competition to wonder if the rewards of viewership are worth the investment of every Wednesday and Thursday from now through late May. READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO

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

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

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

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

Reality Check: Biggest Injustices of Idol's Top 30! Plus: Four Singers Who Must Advance This Week

It’s “Rush Week” on American Idol — which is quite possibly just a nice way of saying “brace for a bloodbath.”

Indeed, while J.Lo, Harry and Keith whittled the Season 13 field to just 30 hopefuls last Thursday, the next three episodes will find them slashing the roster to 20 — with the voting public then cutting those numbers …READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO

Reality Check: Is J.Lo Likable or Lightweight? Plus: Nepotism, #Lazaro and a Criminal Snub!

Baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low: American Idol‘s Season 13 auditions are in the books, and it’s time for the nightmare that is Hollywood Week.

But before Reality Check can launch into a discussion about those Holding Rooms of Doom — seriously, my cohost Melinda Doolittle is still traumatized by her Season 6 experiences — we’ve got to dish the highs and lows of …READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO

Reality Check: Celebrating Harry Connick, Jr. and Week 1 Standouts! Plus: Can J.Lo Be Trusted?

It takes a village (of talented contestants) to create a memorable American Idol season, but hilarious, insightful new judge Harry Connick, Jr. is already positioning himself as its mayor.

On the season premiere of Reality Check — yes, we’ve placed Idology beneath a broader umbrella! — my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I weigh in on …READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO

The Voice Champ Tessanne Chin on Reggae-fied Beatles Tunes, the Drama of 'I Have Nothing' and the Heart & Adam Lambert Songs She Skipped!

“Do you trust me?” That’s a question Tessanne Chin found herself frequently answering (in the affirmative) in conversations with coach Adam Levine during her winning run on Season 5 of The Voice.

Indeed, in her freewheeling TVLine interview, the Jamaican powerhouse reveals she was initially reluctant about her mentor’s choices on everything from …READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO