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  • Ann Powers: The girls work the quirkiness, and the smarts

     
    Song selection. It's what the judges love to mention, the first true or false step any "Idol" striver makes, before she even opens her well-glossed lips. Sometimes, in truth, it doesn't matter that much: The singer's presence, tone, or sheer power...
  • Catching up with David Cook

     
    Season 7 winner David Cook returns to the "American Idol" stage on Wednesday, much to this writer's delight. The 27-year-old Missouri native, who recently moved to L.A. but insists he still has one foot in his home state, is currently working on the...
  • Fantasy 'Idol': Big Star night

     
    Like many longtime music journalists, I mourned the death of power pop pioneer Alex Chilton last week. He was the frontman of Big Star, one of the most underappreciated bands of the 1970s whose musical legacy far outlasted their album-making years. Anyone...
  • Look out for Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, and Jason Castro, too: They're going on tour

     
    All sorts of "American Idol" alumni are hitting the road in the coming months. On Wednesday's show, Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard announced a co-headlining tour with his runner-up, Clay Aiken, to kick off July 23 in Clay's home state of North Carolina....
  • Catching up with Carly Smithson

     
    As contestants go, few females in “American Idol” history were as bombastic as Carly Smithson. The Season 7 rocker, one of three in that year’s Top 12 if you include David Cook and Michael Johns, brought all the grit she could muster into the...
  • On the charts: The National, Sleigh Bells make an impact in a sloooooooow sales week

     
    Young pop sensation Justin Bieber has only so much power. He leads the U.S. pop chart this week, but he does so at a time when U.S. album sales are at a low point. A total of 5.3 million albums......
  • 'Idol' duets, former finalists, veteran rockers all part of Season 9 finale

     
    "Idol" producers, ex-contestants and the show's host Ryan Seacrest are all hinting at "big surprises" for Wednesday night's Season 9 finale. Thanks to various tweets and Facebook messages, we already know that Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson and Season 3's...
  • The ultimate 'American Idol' power ranking: 120 contestants on, Kelly Clarkson still reigns supreme

     
    It's often been said that "American Idol" is really just a popularity contest. Sure, singing and showmanship is important, as is a contestant's back-story and TV persona, but when it comes to advancing in the competition, many an inferior vocalist have...
  • 'American Idol': Listen to Carly Smithson on We Are the Fallen's 'I Am Only One'

     
    Carly Smithson, finalist on the seventh season of "American Idol," has joined the former members of Evanescence to form a new group called We Are the Fallen....
  • 'American Idol' Top 9 post-game chat with expert Richard Rushfield and guest Season 7 Carly Smithson

     
    The Season 9 "American Idol" contestants are taking on the Lennon/McCartney songbook this week -- come back here Wednesday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m. ET for a live chat about the performances....
  • American Idol: Oil rigger makes it. But what about Tatiana and Anoop-Dawg?

    ~2-18-09~        24 million votes...and the first people to make it into the Top 12 are unveiled.  There were so many good people in this group!  But poor song choices paired with mediocre performances made America's first vote a little easier.  Two were...
  • Live from the Idoldome: No more white bread

    That's the quick 411 after seeing Michael Sarver, Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud land in the bottom three. The latter two hadn't even been all bad the night before dutifully crooning Motown oldies -- it's just that the parade of well-scrubbed, comely...