American Idol Cancelled After 2016

 After 13 years of catapulting unknowns into the bright lights of the music world the show will end after next season. I'm sad but not surprised. The only parts of the show I enjoyed were the auditions and Hollywood Week. After that, I no longer watched and didn't care who won. On the same note (no pun intended) I really like the judges now. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. bring a lot to the table and give excellent advice and constructive criticism to the contestants. ...more

My Daughter Asks Why 'American Idol' Contestants Are Judged on Their Looks

On Saturday night I let the kids stay up a little later. We were all kind of lazy and didn't feel like playing a game so we thought we might watch a movie. But it was past 8:30 p.m. and too late to start a movie, so instead I decided to check out the DVR to see what we had waiting for us. ...more

Five Things About Me

This feels a lot like those American Idol “5 Things About You in 20 Seconds” dealies.  So… here it goes.Five Things About Me:...more

American Idol: The Trip, The Access...and Ryan Posing!

Disclosure: American Idol Productions treated me to Hollywood Week and covered my travel expenses. As many of you fans know, we are on the cusp of a new season of American Idol.  As a fellow fan, I am excited, too. This post still finds me in the shock and awe of being chosen for an experience I'll never forget....more

American Idol Recap: The Top 5. Every Night Will Be Ladies Night From Now On!

We're down to the Top Five, and for the first time in five years we know we're going to end up with a woman as the next American Idol. Yes, last night was Ladies Night. But so will next week be Ladies Night. And the week after that!! The Top Five sang two songs last night...a song from the year they were born (which you have to not think too hard about, or it will seriously depress you) and a song originally sung by a diva.It's a strong Top Five, and it was a strong night of singing. So expect a lot of nit-picking below....more
ElisaC absolutely.more

'American Idol' Recap: The Top 6 Sing Two Songs

My biggest complaint last time American Idol had four judges was that they spent WAY too much time yapping, and not enough time singing. So I was thrilled to see that we heard two songs per contestant this week, for the entire Top 6. The first song was from the Bacharach and David songbook, and the second was a song the singers wish they had written. ...more
Rooting for Angie Miller from Beverly, MA. I think she has the whole package!more

American Idol Recap: The Top 7 Rock and Roll

But we'll be the judge of that, won't we?So I'm going to dig right in.1. Burnell sang "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon JoviDid Burnell know this was the live show? He was marking it like it was rehearsal. Bo. Ring. Like the judges schooled him: Make the best of what you're given; make the most of each opportunity.  I think he's in trouble.Angie and Lazaro dueted on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"...more

American Idol Recap: The Top 8 Visit the Motor City, Musically Speaking

Welcome to the American Idol and their annual visit to the Motor City, aka Detroit, aka Motown. And their annual mentor-episode with Smokey Robinson.I think other cities must get jealous. Why doesn't American Idol visit Nashville? Or Memphis? Or the East Village? Or Liverpool?You know what else gets jealous? Keith's hair. Or at the very least his highlights got jealous of Nikki's roots and decided to make their own over-the-top appearance. Who would have predicted Mariah Carey would have the lowest-maintenance beauty routine on the judge's panel?...more
I love these recaps Elisa! I totally agree.more

America Idol Recap: The Top 9 and the Beatles: "I'm with the Bland"

A few years ago the Beatles gave in to the lure of American Idol, and allowed them to use their catalog. Each year since that milestone year, we've had a Beatles Tribute night, and last night was that night.It's a double-edged sword. Some of the best material. Some of the biggest opportunities to fall flat on your face with a sub-par performance or cheesy Muzak arrangement.So, how did our Top 9 do? Let's dig in.1. Kree sang "A Little Help From My Friends" (more of the Joe Cocker version)...more
Love Kree!!more

American Idol Recap: Season Twelve's Top Ten Take The Stage

OK, folks, I'm gonna give it a shot. I've missed my talent show recapping, and American Idol seems like a good chance to get back in the swing of things (although truth be told, it's The Voice whose return I'm awaiting most anxiously.)Image courtesy of Fox...more
ElisaC first season in years I haven't watched ... Too busy :(more