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American Idol Season 10 Finale: I Loved It This Big

And tonight, American Idol‘s tenth season draws to a close. It will be remembered for its shocking eliminations (Pia! Casey! James!), its eccentric Top 13, who represented a sweeping number of musical genres, and for its all-country finale, the duel between Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, ending with the down-home country crooner Scotty coming out on top.

I watched the finale with my friends Kelcie and Dut, both of whom contributed some stellar sound bites to the viewing experience. (I’ve collected some of the best gems and included them in a Witticisms section below, which you won’t regret checking out.) Thankfully, though the finale performance night was stale (enough so that I feel no compulsion to cover its activities at all), tonight’s results show was lively and jam-packed with some pretty solid performances. Because a lot took place, I’ll spend no more than 140 characters, Twitter-style, on each performance, video package, or important event in an effort to preserve some brevity. (It probably won’t work.)

Kick us off, Top 13! (Photos courtesy Rickey.org and MTV.com.) Continue reading

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Idol: Goodbye, Growler

Tonight, America chose its top two Idol finalists. Unfortunately, the fantastic Haley Reinhart was not one of them, which means that Scotty “The Body” McCreery will be squaring off against Lauren “L’il Ol’ Southern Me” Alaina in next week’s finale, which has inexplicably been moving to Tuesday and Wednesday evenings instead of the usual Wednesday/Thursday lineup. Continue reading

Idol Top 4: Haley Gets Thrown Under The Bus…Again

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, my fellow Idol obsessives. My first semester of grad school finally came to a close, and in the final few weeks, I wrote somewhere between forty and fifty pages of academic writing, which didn’t leave me a bunch of time to write about my favorite little TV singing competition on the side. It might be a good thing, actually, because my words would have been so acidic that they might have managed to burn you through the computer screen. Continue reading

The First “Moment” of Season 10

Last night’s “1 of 8 Voted Off” American Idol results show was pretty normal. A couple standard results night performances, including Kelly Clarkson’s return to the Idol stage, where she proceeded to knock it out of the park (even though Jason Aldean, her duet partner, certainly did not) and the unfortunate (though expected) ouster of Paul McDonald. We love you, Paul! Thanks for being so upbeat about getting voted off! Continue reading

Top 8: American Idol Goes To The Movies

Continuing with their overdone themes week after week, American Idol took its contestants to the movies tonight, asking them to perform “Songs of the Cinema.” Yet again, this allows every contestant to stay within their wheelhouse and sing songs that are very comfortable to them (see also: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Week and über-generic Billboard Number Ones Week). Continue reading

A Surprising Idol Ouster

This will be a short one.

Come on, America! You sent PIA home? (Check out video here.) That’s astounding. She has been one of the most consistent vocalists this season, and you reward her by giving her a ninth place finish? I’m a little dumbfounded, if I’m being honest. Continue reading

Idol’s Top 9 Rock Out

It was Rock and Roll Hall of Fame night on American Idol this evening, and while that theme seems to imply covers of classic rock songs, it actually seems to provide contestants with just another opportunity to showcase their wheelhouses. However, I’m not saying that is a bad thing. In the vein of last week and the week before, the remaining finalists delivered a solid performance show. In fact, I agree with the observation my friend Kelcie made: this was the best performance show yet this season. Honestly, ranking these covers was a nigh arduous task, because, yet again, no contestant slipped up with an unfortunate genre-switch or particularly out-of-tune vocal. Everybody sounded great, save a few janky notes here and there. So, to rank these potential Idols, I had to look beyond the vocal to the performance. Who actually performed the song convincingly instead of just singing a competent cover?  Continue reading

American Idol: Top 11 (Again) Channel Sir Elton

Tonight, Idol had its Top 11 Redux performance show, and the theme was the catchy and melodic catalog of Sir Elton John, a theme that produced some atrocious performances in Season 3, namely poor Camille Velasco with her hilariously out-of-tune cover of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” But it also gave us Jennifer Hudson’s powerhouse rendition of “Circle of Life,” so I was very curious about which extreme Season 10’s finalists would veer closer to. Continue reading

The Top 11 Remain Intact For One More Week

Well, American Idol survived Motown Week. And so did all 11 contestants! Read on, fellow Idol obsessives. Continue reading

The American Idol Top 12 Make You Feel Old

Tonight, on American Idol, the Top 12 tackled the always-entertaining “Songs From The Year You Were Born” theme (which inevitably makes me balk at how young most of them are, and I’m only 22) and thankfully, there were no casualties. There were, however, a few swervy cars on the Idol highway, and though this metaphor may be itself swervy, I’m taking it and running with it. As Randy “Yo, Yo, Dawg” Jackson is wont to say, let me break it down for you. (The links in the song titles will take you to video of the performance.) Continue reading

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