Caleb: The first rocker champ

May 21, 2014 0 Comments
Caleb: The first rocker champ

Well, American Idol finally has its first rocker champion in Caleb Johnson. In my mind, Caleb being named the winner was a mild upset. I thought Jena Irene was the most complete of this year’s artists, but I can certainly live with Caleb being the Idol winner much more so than, say, Lee DeWyze in […]

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Jena should be the new ‘Idol’

May 20, 2014 1 Comment
Jena should be the new ‘Idol’

This is always a bittersweet point in every American Idol season for me. It’s what we’ve worked our way through the past four months to see — the finale. Yet it also represents the end of another season of a show that we have loved so much for more than a decade. Jena and Caleb […]

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It’s Jena vs. Caleb in the finals

May 15, 2014 0 Comments
It’s Jena vs. Caleb in the finals

For the next-to-next-to-last time this season, host Ryan Seacrest told us on Thursday night, “This is American Idol.” And this is your championship matchup next week: Jena Irene vs. Caleb Johnson. (By the way, don’t forget, next week’s performance show is on Tuesday and the results will be Wednesday.) What do you think about the […]

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Make way for Jena, and probably Alex

May 14, 2014 0 Comments
Make way for Jena, and probably Alex

The big news from American Idol this week winds up being twofold. Sure, Wednesday night gave us this season’s semifinal performances — by the way, it should be Jena Irene and Alex Preston in next week’s finals — but the biggest news of the week was arguably that Fox announced the 2015 edition of the […]

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And then there were three …

May 8, 2014 0 Comments
And then there were three …

I have to admit, I was more interested in the NFL Draft on Thursday night than the American Idol results. That aside, as soon as the Cleveland Browns drafted Johnny Manziel I was ready for a little Idol. This has been one of the few years that the final four of American Idol were the […]

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Get ready to say bon voyage to Jessica

May 7, 2014 0 Comments
Get ready to say bon voyage to Jessica

For the first time — outside of the finals — in American Idol history, our wannabes sang three songs, all with love as some sort of theme. The final four used the good, bad and ugly of love as their principals. Fittingly, there were some good, bad and ugly among the performances. The good: Jena […]

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Alex has season’s top two performances

May 6, 2014 0 Comments
Alex has season’s top two performances

In recent weeks’ this corner has been tabbing Jena as the favorite to win American Idol Season XIII, but we — and by “we” I mean “me” — might want to reexamine that issue. Alex may actually be the person to beat with just three weeks remaining. Think about it. He has was never in […]

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Sayonara, Sam

May 1, 2014 0 Comments
Sayonara, Sam

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest opened Thursday’s results show by telling us there would be a “game-changer” that would affect all five singers left in Season XIII. Was he exaggerating, simply to try and prevent most of America from fast-forwarding? (Most nights I record, watch later and fast forward through the commercials and other muckity-muck.) […]

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Jason Mraz may have stolen the night

April 30, 2014 0 Comments
Jason Mraz may have stolen the night

Who stole Wednesday night’s American Idol show? That’s easy. It was guest mentor Jason Mraz, a remarkable song stylist in his own right, but an even better friend to the Idol wannabes. The first thing I noticed was how much his conversational voice resembled a combination of Andrew McCarthy and Judge Reinhold. He even looks […]

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Season performance rankings

April 29, 2014 0 Comments
Season performance rankings

Alex Preston maintains his hold on Idol Nation’s No. 1 performance of the season during American Idol XIII competition. Preston and the other four remaining contestants take to the stage Wednesday night as the season hits the home stretch — only four more weeks remain in what has arguably been the most-balanced competition in the […]

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