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  • 'The Voice' Recap: The First Battle Round

    'The Voice' Recap: The First Battle Round | ARTICLE

    Coming off The Voice's pitch-perfect first two weeks, last night was definitely the hangover, stumbling around in a mild haze of how great things used to be. In this round, the judges let out two singers from...

    May 11, 2011 12:20 PM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: Someone Tells Ryan 'No'

    'American Idol' Recap: Someone Tells Ryan 'No' | ARTICLE

    Last night, Jennifer came out with her eyes done up like a tiger's to shout the names of places that never fail to get strung together in club songs like her single “On the Floor”: Brazil...

    May 6, 2011 11:35 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: Who's in It to Win It?

    'American Idol' Recap: Who's in It to Win It? | ARTICLE

    Randy posed the same question to our Top Five he's been asking all season: "Who's in it to win it?" "Songs from then and now" was the theme (Idol is definitely running out of theme ideas), and...

    May 5, 2011 11:55 AM ET
  • 'The Voice' Recap: The End of a Two-Week-Long Era

    'The Voice' Recap: The End of a Two-Week-Long Era | ARTICLE

    Our country's latest televised sociology experiment closed out its first round of tryouts yet again with something more like class and good taste than manufactured drama. Do we dare to expect more of this? Even Carson...

    May 4, 2011 11:15 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: The Top Six Perform

    'American Idol' Recap: The Top Six Perform | ARTICLE

    Last night, Idol went all Carole King, and the show was slower and more soporific than any so far. There were still surprises afoot, with Babyface taking over Will.i.am's job (definite improvement), and Miley Cyrus stopping...

    April 28, 2011 11:30 AM ET
  • 'The Voice' Recap: The Shtick Succeeded

    'The Voice' Recap: The Shtick Succeeded | ARTICLE

    On American Idol, looks matter. Take the Idol crop this season: No bald ladies made it to Hollywood. During the premiere of The Voice last night, however, the bald, the "tall" (the show's euphemism-of-choice for overweight) and the...

    April 27, 2011 11:45 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: Where Have You Been All Our Lives, Stefano?

    'American Idol' Recap: Where Have You Been All Our Lives, Stefano? | ARTICLE

    A week ago, Stefano seemed primed for the chopping block. His voice was jerky, his English sounded like a made-up language when he sang, and he was so quiet it was easy to forget he existed until...

    April 22, 2011 11:05 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: A Real Show

    'American Idol' Recap: A Real Show | ARTICLE

    Because the pursuit of fame isn't cruel enough, the contestants were tasked with insulting one another in video montages last night that revolved around agreed-upon quirks. There were a few softballs ("Casey Has a Beard!!!"), but mostly...

    April 21, 2011 9:25 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: Oh, Right – Paul

    'American Idol' Recap: Oh, Right – Paul | ARTICLE

    Paul McDonald – prancing, smiley, warbley-voiced Paul McDonald – has left the building. His personality didn't take, but he was, in the words of the Prez, likeable enough. Now at least he has the kind of scar...

    April 15, 2011 8:55 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: The Right Song

    'American Idol' Recap: The Right Song | ARTICLE

    During last night's installment of Kids Sing While Three Adults Cheer, Jennifer gave a defense of the non-judging that's been going down: "Everyone wants us to be tough with you guys, but the truth is you guys...

    April 14, 2011 11:45 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: Nothing Makes Sense

    'American Idol' Recap: Nothing Makes Sense | ARTICLE

    What the hell is going on? Are people actually calling in and voting, or is Ryan just picking the most dramatic losers and having his way with them? Last night Pia Toscano was the one to go,...

    April 8, 2011 8:34 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: On the Upswing

    'American Idol' Recap: On the Upswing | ARTICLE

    Last night, Jacob insisted his decision to switch "Let's Get It On" for "Man In The Mirror" was a make-or-break career move. "If I end up in the bottom three it won't be because I sang the...

    April 7, 2011 8:40 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: Girls Overboard

    'American Idol' Recap: Girls Overboard | ARTICLE

    If you thought the cozy drama of last week's elimination round would have no consequences, you were livin' in a reality TV show dream, kid. As with every silver lining, there was a hulking grey cloud at...

    April 1, 2011 11:00 AM ET
  •  'American Idol' Recap: Stuck In the Middle

    'American Idol' Recap: Stuck In the Middle | ARTICLE

    Last night the judges had nothing but praise for the makeovers the tykes all underwent. Apparently these makeovers were superior to the first makeovers or something? Dunno. Only Naima looked at all different – bridled maybe? Less...

    March 31, 2011 10:45 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: Casey at Bat

    'American Idol' Recap: Casey at Bat | ARTICLE

    There was a time when Casey Abrams was nothing but a charming creature with shaggy hair and a trusty melodica. Blessed with serious skills, he was the kind of brilliant goof everyone automatically had a place...

    March 25, 2011 8:55 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: It's Anyone’s Game

    'American Idol' Recap: It's Anyone’s Game | ARTICLE

    A wail went up from the audience at the first mention of Steven's name last night - a distinctly feminine wail. Steven's daughter and guitarist happened to be sitting amidst the wailers, but they probably opted out....

    March 24, 2011 4:30 PM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: The Dirty Dozen Loses One

    'American Idol' Recap: The Dirty Dozen Loses One | ARTICLE

    Even though it's Friday, Karen Rodriguez's questions are probably darker than whether to take the front or back seat of her 13-year-old friend's car. Like: how did it all go so wrong? One minute she was the dark horse...

    March 18, 2011 8:27 AM ET
  • ‘American Idol’ Recap: I Love the Nineties

    ‘American Idol’ Recap: I Love the Nineties | ARTICLE

    The kids took us on a ride through a time they are too young to know anything about. For pretty much anyone older than the era of New Kids On The Block, last night was a haze of...

    March 17, 2011 9:35 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: Goodbyes Are Hard

    'American Idol' Recap: Goodbyes Are Hard | ARTICLE

    If you caught last night's Idol without seeing Wednesday's, you probably labored under the fear that you missed one hell of a scene....

    March 11, 2011 9:01 AM ET
  • 'American Idol' Recap: The Kids Are All Right

    'American Idol' Recap: The Kids Are All Right | ARTICLE

    Last night J. Lo admitted she'd never heard of Ryan Adams, proving that Paul McDonald, who chose to sing Adams' "Come Pick Me Up," really is as "quirky" by Idol standards as the judges keep insisting. Paul...

    March 10, 2011 9:00 AM ET
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