American Idol 3
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American Idol 3: Why Fantasia Won, by David Bloomberg: Fantasia experienced both the highs and the lows of American Idol. She had some great performances and some that received rather harsh critiques. She had her fans, but there were those who thought she shouldn’t be the Idol. But she made it all the way to the end and took home the title. Why did Fantasia win?
American Idol 3: Why Diana Lost, by David Bloomberg: Diana made it all the way to the finale, despite some early bumps. But once she got there, she couldn’t quite close the deal, and Fantasia took home the title. What did Diana do right to make it so far? But what happened at the end? Why did Diana lose?
American Idol 3, May 26: The Coronation, by Sting7: It wouldn’t have been right for the finale of this season to be without controversy. Did the judges anoint Fantasia too soon? What was up with Diana and the technical problems? Could Fantasia have slam-dunked so hard in the last song that Diana could win on sympathy? Let’s find out who is the American Idol!
American Idol 3, May 25: The Singer vs. The Entertainer, by Sting7: Out of 70,000 people, it has come done to two. One learned to just have fun and enjoy herself to break through the glass. Another realized her mouth was hitting the notes, but sending a bad message. They’ve come a long way, but the campaign is almost over. Tonight’s performances will determine the new American Idol!
American Idol: The Phenomenon - Looking Back, Looking Forward, by Sting7: Once upon a time, there was this little summer show on Fox called American Idol. Have a bunch of pretty young people (like Nikki McKibbin, Justin Guarini, and Kelly Clarkson sing in front of some judges, have America vote each week. That was the beginning of the great machine called American Idol. Higher ratings than ever, bigger stakes, bigger criticisms. All are discussed.
American Idol 3, May 19: You Almost Had It All, by Sting7: Judges’ Choice Night turned the pressure up on the three remaining ladies. The prize is looming on the horizon for two of them. The pride of Hawaii, Jasmine Trias, had another rough night of critiques. In fact, Simon bluntly said her campaign “must end.” Does America agree?
American Idol 3, May 18: What's Your Pleasure?, by Sting7: Tonight, it’s Judges’ Choice Week. The remaining trio of ladies have one last chance to make the finals. Add the pressure of singing in front of Clive Davis and you have a tense night of Idol! Jasmine Trias and Diana DeGarmo were once longshots to make the final – can they keep their roll going?
American Idol 3, May 17: The Final Three Special, by Donna Reynolds: With only two weeks left, it’s time to once again have a special visit with the Top 3 – plus the three judges as well! What do the judges think of this year’s group? And what does each of the finalists think about herself? Read on as Donna lets us know!
American Idol 3, May 12: Last Dance, by Sting7: Last night, the remaining four finalists did their best to earn a spot in the final three. Tonight, results, performances from Donna Summer, Clay Aiken, and the ghost of an old controversy visits. LaToya London may have absently made a critical mistake implying she doesn't care if she wins. What does America say?
American Idol 3, May 11: Meeting in the Ladies Room, by Sting7: It’s Ladies Night at the disco! Disco Week gives the four remaining contestants, all women for the first time in Idol history, a chance to show they can handle the disco beat as well as they can lay down a ballad. Disco Week seems like a natural for Fantasia Barrino! What will the judges say?
American Idol 3, May 5: …And the Band Played On, by Sting7: The night after a fun-filled episode of big band music, the last five finalists are about to be reduced to four. It’s hard to say goodbye to anyone now, this is when it gets tough! George Huff was accused of playing it safe last night. Did he impress America enough to keep his campaign alive?
American Idol 3, May 4: I'm With a Band!, by Sting7: Strike it up! The five remaining contestants take a crack at performing with a big band, hoping for a big result. One judge makes a bold proclamation about the contestants that is sure to affect the voting! Can Jasmine Trias step up her game to make it to the final four?
American Idol 3, May 3: The Final Five Special, by Donna Reynolds: It’s a special night for Idol as we just get to chat with the final five and hear them sing without having the pressure of judges and voting and all of that. Each one pulls out a nice performance and we get to learn about them as well.
American Idol 3, April 28: Coming Out of the Dark, by Sting7: Latin-pop week, featuring Gloria Estefan, gave us a brilliant band that didn’t seem to realize the contestants were the stars. As a result, almost everyone was a bit off their games. How will this shake out? Simon said LaToya London is the best singer in the competition. He also said she was “boring.” What does America think?
American Idol 3, April 27: Chocolate Ice Cream and Onions, by Sting7: A week after Idol’s stormiest week, in comes Gloria Estefan like a warm Cuban breeze. Can the Idols handle the particular rigors of the latin rhythms and vocally demanding ballads Estefan is known for? John Stevens has a rewarding night, but not for his singing, so much. It’ll make sense to you later.
American Idol 3, April 21: I Can't Smile Without You, by Sting7: Prepare yourselves. Tonight’s results are – mind-boggling! If you had any indication as to who was safe when you turned your television off last night, you were probably very, very wrong. A very undeserving contestant is sent home from Idol tonight. There’s no way it could be electrifying Fantasia Barrino, could it? Could it?
American Idol 3, April 20: He Wrote the Songs…, by Sting7: ...that made the Idols sing! Barry Manilow is the special guest and his updated songs are the featured attraction for the seven remaining Idol hopefuls. Most managed to pull off the best performances they've had in a while, and one faltered who you wouldn't expect to falter. It couldn't be Diana DeGarmo, could it?
American Idol 3, April 15: From the Jailhouse to the Outhouse, by Donna Reynolds: Last night, the Idols took us to the movies. JPL danced, Fantasia impressed, and Simon complained about the youth of some of the contestants. How would all that affect the voting? Who will be sent home tonight?
American Idol 3, April 14: Cinematic Drama, by Sting7: It's movie night on Idol, and things are getting a certain cinematic drama! The Idols get to sing their favorite movie songs, and while a few were at their apex, a couple were downright anti-climactic – and not the two you might think. Has Jon Peter Lewis finally found his groove?
American Idol Postponed a Day Due to President Bush, by David Bloomberg: The president’s press conference has caused Fox to change their AI schedule. Read on to find out what this means to the viewer.
American Idol 3, April 7: Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, by Sting7: Last night was a night of peaks and valleys, the highest of highs and some snake-belly lows. Elton John Week was a revelation in a number of ways. Tonight’s vote will be even more revealing. Not always in a good way. Poor Jasmine Trias had laryngitis, but they didn’t tell us that! Will the sun go down for her tonight?
American Idol 3, April 6: Elton’s Songs Say So Much, by Sting7: The Idols get a surprise visit from Sir Elton John, and it galvanizes some of them, and unnerves others. The competition is beginning to come into focus. It’s not a horse race for all of them anymore. Did the pressure of performing an icon’s song undo reliably excellent LaToya London?
American Idol 3, March 31: The Motown Factory Defect, by Sting7: Last night, the remaining ten served up a little Motown for our perusal. Some passed inspection with flying colors, while others found themselves stalled at the gate. Jennifer Hudson seems to have found her groove, but the votes don’t seem to come for her. How will she fare tonight?
American Idol 3, March 30: The Motown Experience, by Sting7: It’s Motown Week, and it promises a good time for all. But, don’t be fooled. There is a reason why Motown Week happens every year: it demands performance quality. Some will show they have it, others will be exposed. On paper, this should be George Huff’s week. Will he rise to the
occasion or will the Huffers have reason for concern?
American Idol 3, March 24: Serious Business, by Sting7: The prevailing theme of this season seems to be “you think you know, but you have no idea.” Two-thirds of the bottom three tonight are shocking. Shocking! Tonight’s eliminated contestant may break your heart. And, it’s only the beginning. It couldn’t be sassy Fantasia Barrino, could it?
American Idol 3, March 23: Country Cooking, by Sting7: For your entertainment dollar, the Idols are put the paces in Country Week. No, the American Idol is not expected to crossover to the country airwaves. It’s just fun to make them sweat! Hawaii is known for a lot of things, country music is not one of them. How will hip-hop friendly Camile Velasco fare?
American Idol 3, March 17: I Love You, I Love You Not, by Sting7: Just 24 hours ago, the best Top 12 ever gave us an excellent night of performances. Some were shades better than others. Now, one of them has to go home. Warning: those you thought were safe may not have been! The performance from John Stevens caused a fight between Randy and Simon. Whose side is America on?
American Idol 3, March 16: Soulful: Version 12, by Sting7: It’s game time. Everything counts now, every note could be the difference between being the American Idol and a trivia question. The newly minted Top 12 take on soul music in the first week of competition. Soulful is not usually an adjective pink-haired wonder Amy Adams hears much. Can she pull it off?
American Idol 3, March 10: We Have Our Final 12, by Sting7: After an hourlong show featuring Ruben Studdard singing and plenty of filler, we finally find out who our twelve finalists for American Idol 3 will be. Each judge picks one and America picks another. Did you favorite make it? Read on to find out!
American Idol 3, March 9: Twelve Will Get You Eight, by Sting7: The pressure cooker that is the Wildcard round was jacked up another notch this year. Of the 12, only eight will actually get to perform! One person cut will shock you. A few who get to stay may anger you! Chances are, half of the eight will be in the Top 12. Will Jon Peter Lewis’ huge gamble pay off?
American Idol 3, March 3: Pick a Wildcard, Any Wildcard, by Sting7: A busy, busy night on Idol. After Group 4 incurred the wrath of the judges, two will advance to the Top 12. But, there are also Wildcard contenders to announce. Some of them could be on the couch tonight. What does the future hold for 16-year-old crooner John Stevens?
American Idol 3, March 2: The Push and the Pull, by Sting7: The last Group of 8. They have a lot to live up to, after last week. Lots of unknown entities in this group. The judges set their claws on extra-sharp tonight, and few left the stage unstung. Will the return of George Huff be as triumphant as we’re hoping?
American Idol 3, March 1: Uncut, Uncensored, Untalented, But Occasionally Meaningful, by Donna Reynolds: It’s a special night for American Idol, as some of the more memorable auditioners who didn’t make it to Hollywood are revisited. We once again meet Scat Girl, Army Girl, Big Girls Rock Girl, Puppet Girl, and, of course, William Hung. Several of them sing for us live, and not only do a couple sound better than Group 2, but there might actually be some meaningful moments here.
American Idol 3, February 25: All Better Now, by Sting7: Tuesday night restored the faith in all things Idol. There was one very obvious advancee to the Top 12, and the other may be a bit of a mild surprise. The third member of the Top 3 was a surprise to everyone but me! Can Jon Peter Lewis pull a mild upset and make the Top 12?
American Idol 3, February 24: Things Can Only Get Better, by Sting7: Last week was scary. This week the ship has been righted! Another group of interesting and unique talents take the stage. Tonight a star was born. Clearly. Could it be dazzling Leah Labelle (right) who had Randy and Paula on their feet and Simon saying “superb”?
American Idol 3, February 18: The Not-So-Great Eight, by Sting7: The disappointment in last night’s performances was the talk of the water coolers today. Despite that, two contestants will advance! Votes are down, which opens the door for a huge surprise! Jesus Roman did not shine like a candle last night. Could America have sympathized him into the Top 12?
American Idol 3, February 17: And Then There Was Group Two…, by Sting7: If you were tuning in for another fun night of undiscovered talent singing for the prize, you chose the wrong night. A night of historically bad performances, and the judges left few survivors. Not including loveable lug Matt Rogers, who didn’t exactly embrace the feedback. Can his popularity carry him to the Top Two?
American Idol 3, February 11: The Great Eight, by Sting7: Tuesday night, the best group of eight ever laid it on the line. One of those nights where all of them could be Top 12, but there can only be two – and we decided. Marque Lynche is trained in the arts and sang a song for his mother. Did America feel compelled to idolize him?
American Idol 3, February 10: Let the Games Begin!, by Sting7: America, it’s your call! Eight extremely strong performances, with only two spots available! The auditions are done - it’s all up to us now. Who has proven themselves a cut above the rest. Fantasia Barrino promised to give us “something to talk about.” What did the judges think?
American Idol 3, February 4: Nobody’s Perfect, by Sting7: There are 79 contestants left to endure two more days of grueling auditions that will result in the Top 32! Some contestants come from nowhere to shine, while other odds-on favorites find themselves cut! Lots of support for Jasmine Artega, but does she make the Top 32?
American Idol 3, February 3: The First Cut Is the Deepest, by Sting7: In Hollywood, 117 hopefuls are about to begin the grueling process of paring down to the Top 32. Some contestants make huge mistakes early on. Huge. By now, you may have picked your favorites. How will they do?
American Idol 3, February 2: You’re Going to Hollywood! But…, by Sting7: Five episodes dominated by bad auditions, we get a chance to get a sneak peek at some of the contestants who are Going to Hollywood! Some with caveats. Many contestants traveled from city to city to audition. Will the persistence pay off for her?
American Idol 3, January 28: Say Aloha to Hollywood, by Sting7: The spirit of Hawaii embraces the judges, but not a great deal of talent. Today, we meet a fireman with a nose problem, a big girl with a ukelele, a sweet-voiced pen salesman, a Hawaiian rap champion, and... William Lau who sings like he looks. Ahem.
American Idol 3, January 27: Boys vs. Girls, by Sting7: Los Angeles and San Francisco are up to bat, but a prevailing theme seems to run through both cities: the girls are good, the boys are not! While Paula convalesces, will the admittedly grumpy Randy and Simon let any males through?
American Idol 3, January 21: Houston, We Have a Problem, by Sting7: The search comes to Texas, home of Kelly Clarkson! But the situation gets stormy quickly. The auditioners and the judges are on edge and do battle. Even with each other! Will there be anyone in Houston going to Hollywood?
American Idol 3, January 20: Synthesize Me!, by Sting7: Last night, we got a lot of bad. Tonight, we get a lot of good! Atlanta has been well-represented with American Idol candidates, and hopes are high for a new crop! Who gets a little solo time with Paula? Can Black Elvis advance? And who demands to be synthesized? Find out here?
American Idol 3, January 19: The Search Begins!, by Sting7: The search for the next American Idol has begun in New York City. Historically, NYC has not netted many contestants. Will the Idol judges (Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell) find any talent amongst the attitude?
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