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Steven Tyler Announces His American Idol Exit: Five Characteristics His Replacement Must Have

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In a move certain to delight fans of eloquent, carefully considered critique, but likely to shatter admirers of the adjective “beautiful,” Steven Tyler has announced his decision to exit the American Idol judges’ table. READ MORE


J.Lo, Randy, Steven, & Ryan Officially Returning to Idol: What Changes Do You Want to See?

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In what amounts to a very high-profile dotting of the i’s and crossing of the t’s, Fox announced this afternoon that Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, and Ryan Seacrest will all be back when American Idol‘s eleventh season kicks off Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. …READ MORE


TVLine Items: Aerosmith Does Idol, Daily Show Eyes Larry King, and Other TV News to Know

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American Idol is known for trotting out big-name guest performers, but one of this season’s might take the cake: Aerosmith will hit the Idol stage this season, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe tells xfinityTV.com. But wait, didn’t the band kinda badmouth the show when Steven Tyler joined the judges table…? …READ MORE


Idoloonies: Randy Gets Nasty, New Favorites Emerge, and the Pimping Begins on Idol

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It’s only week two of American Idol‘s tenth season, but the show’s producers are already commissioning full symphonies and setting off fireworks displays to alert us to their personal favorite contestants. That’s okay, though, because Idol without viewer outrage/irritation/consternation would only be half the fun. …READ MORE


American Idol Recap: Milwaukee's Best!

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Tonight’s episode of American Idol — straight from the cheesehead state of Wisconsin (city of Milwaukee, to be specific) — played out like a light and breezy Jennifer Lopez rom-com with 15 minutes of harrowing emotional drama (think Requiem for a Dream or Precious or Winter’s Bone) grafted on at the end.

Yeah, okay, as Michael Stipe (and yes, reality TV scholars/Idoloonies, Lee DeWyze) would have us believe, everybody hurts. But not all pain is equal, as we learned from meeting 26-year-old Chris Medina, …READ MORE


Steven Tyler Hitting On Teenage Idol Contestants: Revolting, Not Amusing

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When a 62-year-old man openly hits on a 16-year-old girl — in any context — it’s disturbing. When he does it smack in the middle of one of the few family-friendly hits on primetime network TV, it’s downright disgraceful. And that’s precisely why I’m hoping that …READ MORE


American Idol New Orleans Auditions: Who Was Your Favorite?

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Talent, 2; Trainwrecks, 0. That’s how the score is shaping up now that the first two episodes of American Idol‘s tenth season are in the books. …READ MORE


American Idol Season 10 Premiere Recap: These Kids Are All Right!

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If you’ve turned on a television since the end of the Holiday Eating Season, chances are you’ve seen Jennifer Hudson belting the message that “it’s a new dawn, a new day, a new life.” And while the newly svelte American Idol alum’s rendition of “Feeling Good” is part of a nifty ad campaign for Weight Watchers, J.Hud could just as easily be shilling for Idol itself, which returned tonight for its tenth season with new judges, a new positive outlook, and a new obsession with vocalists who were just finishing up second grade when Kelly Clarkson was learning the lyrics to “A Moment Like This.” …READ MORE


American Idol Season 10 Premiere: What Did You Think?

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It’s a beautiful daaaaaay! Those were the lyrics that closed out Lee DeWyze’s season 9 victory march on American Idol, but they’re also mighty applicable at this very moment, given that the nation’s most popular reality competition returned to the airwaves in fine form tonight after a seven-and-a-half month hiatus. …READ MORE


American Idol Returns Wednesday: Six Ways We'd Improve Season 10!

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The premiere of American Idol‘s hotly anticipated/anxiety-inducing tenth season is only a day away, and like a contestant on Bridalplasty, the show will be debuting a radically different face when its veil gets lifted this Wednesday at 8/7c.

It remains to be seen whether or not all the widely reported changes will ultimately reinvigorate or eviscerate Fox’s veteran ratings juggernaut, but regardless, I’ve got a little extra advice that I think will boost the chances that 2011 will be remembered as the year Idol got its groove back. Without further ado… …READ MORE