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American Idol Top 8 Results Recap: What Did You Think of Tonight's Outcome?

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The promise of the Judges’ Save hung heavy in the air tonight on American Idol‘s Top 8 results telecast — like the smell from an exhaust fan in the alley behind a fried-chicken restaurant or the lingering rot of Randy Jackson’s mentoring.

After all, Wednesday’s performance show marked a new peak for Season 13′s contestants. Risks were taken. Original tunes were performed. Backwards baseball … READ MORE & TAKE OUR POLL


American Idol Results Recap: Luh, Actually

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Nobody ever said life was fair.” That’s a lesson I learned early on from the 1981 camp/horror classic Mommie Dearest, and a lesson that was brutally reiterated during tonight’s installment of American Idol.

Halfway through the results telecast, three of the most lovely and talented graduates ever to emerge from …READ MORE


Idol's Keith Urban on Song Deconstruction, Blunt Feedback and Guaranteed Use of 'The Save'

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There’s no such thing as being “too honest,” says American Idol judge Keith Urban. But too harsh? “That’s a whole different thing.”

As Urban and fellow panelists Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. wade deeper into Season 13, however, their challenge is to …READ MORE


The Voice Recap: Back in the Battles Again

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One of these days, I’m going to have a nightmare about The Voice Battle Rounds.

A tiny teenage diva bludgeoning a spritely, bespectacled competitor with a glory note — or a baseball bat. A twentysomething country stud choking out a musical barista with a deft bit of harmony — or his guitar strings. … READ MORE


Idol's Ben Briley Talks 'Bennie and the Jets,' Harsh Judges' Comments, His Sped-Up Johnny Cash

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Ben Briley took a gamble during Top 11 week of American Idol — and wound up paying the price. READ MORE & WATCH INTERVIEW


Dancing With the Stars Season Premiere Recap: Surprise, Surprise? Or Same Old, Same Old?

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The 18th season of Dancing With the Stars kicked off with seemingly desperate vibe to feel “new.” Oh, sure, the roster included the typically eclectic roll call of “Who’s That?” and “Her Name Sounds Familiar” including singer Cody Simpson, swimmer Diana Nyad, former sitcom sensation Candace “Full House” Cameron Bure and Hollywood legend Billie Dee Williams — not to mention …READ MORE & TAKE OUR POLL


The Voice Battle Rounds Recap: I Know Forever They'll Be Duettin', Duettin' [Updated]

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It’s time for The Voice Battle Rounds to come with a warning label: “Please ‘Steal’ Responsibly.”

Actually, maybe the show ought to consider rotating multiple kinds of cautions, like “Please Don’t Match Up Two of Your Best Singers (Then Whine About It Later).” And to the good folks at NBC, perhaps “Please Don’t Spoil for Viewers …READ MORE & TAKE OUR POLL


Reality Check: A Shakeup at the Top on American Idol! (AKA Caleb, Jena and CJ Rise, Majesty and Sam Slip) Plus: The Latest Voice Standouts!

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It’s anybody’s game on Season 13 of American Idol – as evidenced by long-standing front-runners Sam Woolf and Majesty Rose landing in last week’s Bottom 3.

On this week’s Reality Check, my cohost Melinda Doolittle (who’s performing in NYC this week at 54 Below, BTW) talk about why the aforementioned contestants deserved a good, solid …READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO


American Idol: What Should the Top 10 Sing for 'Top 10s of 2010-2014′ Night?

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This week’s American Idol performance telecast (Wednesday, 8/7c on Fox) will bring new meaning to the expression “tens across the board.” READ MORE