American Idol 5
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American Idol 5: Best Results Show Ever , by Betsy Wasser: The finale of American Idol was approximately one hour, 59 minutes, and 30 seconds of filler before they were finally able to get around to the 30 seconds it took to say “Taylor Hicks.” But for once, that filler left viewers feeling… well, full.
American Idol 5, the Grand Finale: And the Winner Is…, by Donna Reynolds: It’s all on the line for Taylor and Katharine, and we are about to find out the winner of American Idol 5. Will Katharine prevail, or will the Soul Patrol pull off a Taylor victory? We are about to find out. Read on for all the details of the spectacular that is an American Idol finale!
American Idol 5, May 23: Dream Come True , by Betsy Wasser: This is the moment we’ve been working towards since January- the finale of American Idol. Will America catch the McPheever, or join the Soul Patrol?
American Idol 5 Showdown – The Tale of the Tape!, by Donna Reynolds: It’s finals week on American Idol 5 and we are ready for the big showdown. It’s boy vs. girl for the second year in a row and both Taylor and Katharine are ready to win this thing. Donna has done her research, and has put together a background on both contestants for your consideration.
American Idol 5, May 17: Triumph and Tears for the Final Three , by Donna Reynolds: The songs have been sung, the votes have been cast, and we are about to find out who will be in the finals of American Idol 5 and who will be crushed by disappointment. No matter who is eliminated, it is going to be very, very emotional. Read on for the full recap.
American Idol 5, May 16: Good Things Happen in Threes, by Betsy Wasser: Three performers. Three songs. Three categories. Three numbers to call. On American Idol, good things come in threes this week.
Chris Daughtry Offered Gig with Fuel , by Donna Reynolds: Chris Daughtry may have been shocked at his elimination on Wednesday, but he didn’t have to wait too long for the offers to begin rolling in. Read on to find out how Chris learned about his first job offer and for a bit of background about the band that wants Chris as its lead singer.
American Idol: The Top 50 Performances , by Sting7: In five seasons of American Idol, we have seen hundreds of weekly performances. Some are competition-changing, others are simply very nice moments from those who had little chance of winning, and all places in between. But some performances seem to transcend time, regardless of who actually won! Here is a look at the 50 greatest performances in the first four seasons of American Idol.
American Idol 5: Was Chris’ Loss the Shock of the Season?, by David Bloomberg: Chris Daughtry’s exit certainly seems to be the shock of the season. But is it? Does it qualify as the shocker David predicted at the beginning of the year? And if it does, does that therefore mean it isn’t really surprising?
American Idol 5, May 10: Top Four Results – Next Stop, Heartbreak Hotel , by Donna Reynolds: The top four took on Elvis Presley this week, complete with a tour of Graceland. But only three can advance, and someone will be feeling a whole mess of blues. Is Elliott’s dream only make believe? Is Katharine in double trouble? Did Chris’ fans decide he’ll have to go? Will Taylor have to take his blue suede shoes back to Birmingham? It’s now or never.
American Idol 5, May 9: All Shook Up, by Betsy Wasser: It’s time for the Idols to play King For A Day as they pay tribute to the one and only Elvis Presley. Katharine McPhee is the only woman left in the competition. Is she at a disadvantage?
American Idol 5: May 3 – Five Faces, Four Places , by Donna Reynolds: We’re down to five, and there is no one left who really deserves to go home. Will singing about going home sink Elliott? Can Katharine survive against all odds? Will Chris’ voice recover for the group number? Read on for the answers to these burning questions and much more.
American Idol 5, May 2: A Bit Erratic, by Betsy Wasser: Now that there are only five Idols left, each of them will sing two songs. The results are, as Simon says, a bit erratic. Will any of the singers stand out from the crowd?
American Idol 5: The Case for Elliott , by Stephanie Bissell: This season has produced the most talented top five ever. Now Idol fans are left in an unenviable position. We’ve been asked to choose a winner from a group without clear losers. How will we choose the best when every contestant deserves to win? Stephanie says it’s easy: We can vote for Elliott.
American Idol 5: A Pickler Post-Mortem , by Jack Brooks: Kellie Pickler, the latest Idol contestant to be sent home, had become the target of a fair amount of vitriol. Why was so much of it thrown her way? And why would a conservative preacher defend her? You’ll just have to read on to find out!
American Idol 5, April 26: I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing!, by Donna Reynolds: This week, the top six crooned classic love songs. They were given stern lectures by David Foster only to be blasted by the judges. The evening wasn’t a total disaster, but some definitely did better than others. Donna thinks Kellie’s time is up. Has she finally gotten one right? Read on to find out.
American Idol 5, April 25: Just An Old-Fashioned Love Song , by Betsy Wasser: Cuddle up to someone special, because the American Idol contestants are performing love songs. Can they live up to the high standards they set last week with standards?
American Idol 5, April 19: I’ll Be Seeing You!, by Donna Reynolds: Rod Stewart helped the top seven take their performances to a new level. It was a great show, but only six can go on. Who will it be? Are we in for a shocker, or will Ace sing his final song? Read on for all the details.
American Idol 5, April 18: Setting the Standards , by Betsy Wasser: The Idols sing American standards under the tutelage of Rod Stewart. Can the singers finally come back after several weeks of disappointing performances?
American Idol 5, April 12: Another One Bites the Dust , by Donna Reynolds: It was Idols vs. Queen this week, and surprisingly, the Idols didn’t come out too badly. But, alas, another one must indeed bite the dust. Will Bucky be able to avoid elimination once again? Is Ace’s time finally up? Or will there be yet another unexpected elimination as we narrow the field down to seven? Read on to find out.
American Idol 5, April 11: Under Pressure , by Betsy Wasser: The Idols tackle the songs of Queen this week, and they are indeed “Under Pressure.” Will they rock us?
American Idol 5: Was Mandisa’s Exit the “Shocking Result” of the Season? , by David Bloomberg: At the beginning of the Idol season, David predicted there would be a “shocking” result. Many people certainly gave a gasp when Mandisa was sent packing, but does it qualify as the shocker of the season?
American Idol 5, April 5: Country Roads Take Someone Home , by Donna Reynolds: While Tuesday’s country night left the judges and viewers bored and uninspired, eight of the Idols will have another chance to redeem themselves. But one will not be so lucky. Who is eliminated this week? Like last week, the bottom three is anyone’s guess, and Donna is wavering a bit as to who she thinks will go home. Who knows who it might be? Maybe that's what Taylor is trying to figure out.
American Idol 5, April 4: Know When to Hold ‘Em , by Betsy Wasser: It’s Simon Cowell’s least favorite theme week. That’s right- the Idols are tackling country music. Will Simon be able to find anything good to say about anyone?
American Idol 5, March 29: Votes Don't Lie , by Donna Reynolds: This week’s performances were certainly not the best, and it’s anyone’s guess as to which of the remaining top ten will be eliminated. There are some likely candidates, however, and Donna is absolutely positive she knows who’s going home. Is she right? Read on to find out.
American Idol 5, March 28: Karaoke Idol , by Betsy Wasser: In just one week of Idol time, we travel from the 1950s to the 21st century. With so many contemporary songs to choose from, why are the judges unhappy about song choice?
American Idol 5, March 22: Looks Like We Made It!, by Donna Reynolds: The top 11 made it through '50s night, but one will not make it through to the next round. Some did well, while others just so-so. Donna thinks Lisa will be headed home this week. Is she right? Read on to find out.
American Idol 5, March 21: This One Goes to Eleven, by Betsy Wasser: The final eleven Idol contestants sing songs from the 1950s with the help of Barry Manilow. Ace Young was in the bottom three last week. What will he do to try to redeem himself?
American Idol 5, March 15: I Wonder Who Will Go Home!, by Donna Reynolds: The performances are over and the votes have been cast. One Idol wannabe will be heading home, but not before Stevie Wonder has a chance to show us how it’s supposed to be done. Will Kevin survive Stevie night, or will we have our first “shocker” of the season? Read on to find out.
American Idol 5, March 14: Stevie Wonderful, by Betsy Wasser: Stevie Wonder has always been a favorite on American Idol, despite the fact that the judges are always saying that his songs are hard to sing. Well, now it’s Stevie Wonder night. Can our top twelve pull it off? What will Chris possibly find to sing?
American Idol 5, March 9: The Final Countdown, by Betsy Wasser: American Idol has gone without any especially shocking eliminations. This week, the stakes are higher than ever as the top twelve finalists are announced. Will there be any surprises?
American Idol 5, March 8: Boys Will be Boys, by Donna Reynolds: It’s all or nothing for the eight remaining guys, and they put it all out there live. America will decide who will advance, and who will go home on the basis of these performances. Here’s how it all went down.
American Idol 5, March 7: Leaving It All on the Stage, by Betsy Wasser: The stakes are high in this episode of American Idol. Eight women are performing, but only six of them will advance to the top twelve. As a result, the women do their best to leave it all on the stage.
American Idol 5, March 2: Bringing it Down To 16 , by Donna Reynolds: The guys were somewhat underwhelming last night, although there were certainly some standouts. But the voting is over, and now we will learn which four semi-finalists will be hitting the road. Donna has her picks for elimination, but anything can happen. If you were busy watching Survivor (and even if you weren’t), here’s how it all shook out.
American Idol 5, March 1: The Boys Are Back in Town , by Donna Reynolds: The top ten girls had their shot, and now it’s time for the guys to go for it. The judges weren’t kind to the ladies. Will the guys fare better? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to read on.
American Idol 5, February 28: Song Choice!, by Betsy Wasser: The judges are especially harsh on this episode of American Idol. The one criticism they keep coming back to is song choice. Who chose the best songs, and who needs improvement? And what happens when Paula and Randy switch seats?
American Idol 5, February 23: The First Cut is the Deepest, by Betsy Wasser: The results of the first votes are in, and the field of 24 will be narrowed to 20. If you watched Survivor, figure skating, or Dancing With the Stars, fear not- we’ve got your Idol results right here.
American Idol 5, February 22: Let’s Hear It for the Boys!, by Donna Reynolds: The top 12 girls have had their chance, now it’s time for the boys to show us what they’ve got. It’s anyone’s guess as to who will rise to the occasion, and who will incur the wrath of the judges. Will “Sway” live up to expectations. Can Kevin Covais compete on this level? Read on for a complete recap of Wednesday’s performance show.
American Idol 5, February 21: The Diva Dozen, by Betsy Wasser: The top twelve women begin their battle to make it to the finals. Brenna Gethers decides to show her softer side. Will the judges like what they see?
American Idol 5, February 15: The Last Cut is the Deepest, by Donna Reynolds: It’s time for the remaining 44 Idol contestants to face the music! Only 24 will make it through to the next round. The rest will go home heartbroken. Did your favorite make the cut? Read on to find out all the details.
American Idol, February 14: Brittenum Idol, by Betsy Wasser: If you like American Idol drama, then the group auditions are the thing for you. And if you like histrionics from the Brittenum twins, then you are really in luck.
“To Be Honest”: An Interview with American Idol Producer Ken Warwick, by Logan Martin: American Idol producer Ken Warwick answers questions about everything from the Brittenum twin scandal, Simon’s walkout, accusations from GLAAD, and whether or not the next American Idol might be male. Read on for all the details!
American Idol 5, February 8: Hollywood Horrors and Highlights, by Donna Reynolds: The auditions are over, and the Hollywood rounds are set to begin. There will be tears, laughter, and of course, more than just a little bit of drama. Who will make it, and who will not? Read on to find out all the results from the first round.
American Idol 5, February 7: Last Chance, by Betsy Wasser: American Idol finishes its auditions in Boston. Contestants have their last chance to make it to the Hollywood round. Fear not, fans of bad auditions- there are plenty in this episode.
American Idol 5, February 1: Idol in Austin, by Donna Reynolds: The talent harvest in Las Vegas was certainly not bountiful, and the search for America’s next Idol has moved on to Austin. Will anyone wow the judges or will we find yet another assortment of oddballs and wannabes? To find out all about it, read on.
American Idol 5, January 31, 2006: A Desert of Talent, by Betsy Wasser, Donna Reynolds, and Jenn Brasler : They say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Well, when American Idol takes its auditions to Las Vegas, so few contestants impress the judges that the saying pretty well becomes true
American Idol 5, January 25: I Lost my Mind in San Francisco, by Donna Reynolds: It’s the fourth audition show, and everyone seems testy and on edge. Has Clay Aiken finally met his match? Did anyone get chosen to go to Hollywood? You can find the answers to these questions and more right here!
American Idol, 1/24: Go, Simon. It’s Your Birthday!, by Betsy Wasser: Simon Cowell celebrates his birthday during the auditions in Greensboro, North Carolina. Will the home state of Clay Aiken and Fantasia bring Simon a happy birthday? Could Kellie Pickler be that singer?
American Idol 5, January 18: Rocky Mountain Highs and Lows, by Donna Reynolds: If it’s Wednesday, it must be Denver, and Donna has all the details about this second American Idol of the season. Find out who was good, who was not good, and who was just plain confused. We identified one standout, Lisa Tucker, but were there any other surprises? Read on for more.
American Idol 5, January 17: What the Wind Blew In, by Betsy Wasser: American Idol is back! We kick things off with a round of auditions in Chicago. The Windy City blows in a pair of talented sisters, two sets of twins, some incredibly bad singing, and what may be the sexiest audition we’ve ever seen.
"It's Going to be a Very Strong Season, I Think": An Interview with American Idol Producer Nigel Lythgoe, by Logan Martin: This week, Logan took part in a conference call interview with Nigel Lythgoe, producer of FOX’s American Idol. With the season about to start, Nigel had a lot of interesting tidbits to share with us. Will there be any changes this year to the format? What about changes to the voting procedures? How about Guest judges? Will Simon, Paula, and Randy fight? Which former Idols will return to perform? And who are Nigel's favorites of all time? The answers to these and TONS more Idol questions are inside!
Settlement of the Simons Nets Big Gains for ‘American Idol’, by Sting7: The Battle of the Simons, Fuller and Cowell, is over, and there appear to be few if any casualties. In fact, the settlement has yielded big news and big dollars for American Idol (and its cast) for years and years to come! What does it all mean? The details are here.
Battle of Simons Puts ‘American Idol’ In Jeopardy, by Sting7: That sound you're not hearing is the usual American Idol publicity machine, which is usually churning by now. Why not this time? Because the future of Idol is so uncertain! Why is the battle between Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell so instrumental to American Idol's future? Why is Fox trying to renegotiate a contract with Simon Cowell, when he just signed one a couple of years ago? What does this mean for American Idol? The answers are here.
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