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  • Next week's theme: Teen Idols

     
    The theme for Tuesday night's two-hour performance show is Teen Idols, a first for "American Idol" in its nine seasons on the air. Fox made the announcement following Wednesday's elimination episode, but offered no details on the criteria. Who of the 11...
  • 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...
  • The 'American Idol' Judge Power Rankings: The Top 24

     
    Simon Cowell may be out the door, but all of the "American Idol" judges have something to gain if they make a good showing this season. Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson have just one year left on their contracts, and nothing spells ka-ching! like a...
  • Ann Powers: Underconfident, the Idols overreach

     
    Hubris. Whomever remains to sing and, eventually, go on the summer tour after Wednesday's elimination round on "American Idol" should spend some time pondering that very old but suddenly relevant term. Though this season's remaining bunch is hardly...
  • ‘American Idol’: Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus do Miley Cyrus proud

     
    This week’s “American Idol” performance show seemed to be over in the first half-hour. One performance hurt so bad, and that wasn’t good. Miley Cyrus, who’s only 17, played mentor. She was positive, generous and thoughtful. I...
  • 'Idol' minute-by-minute: Save a prayer for Paige

     
    Compared to Tuesday night's snoozy episode, Wednesday's elimination, which is usually a dour affair, had a lot more energy than we anticipated. Is the Wham! group number to thank? The sweet pairing of Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato? Or were the Top 10 simply...
  • Steve Lillywhite 'incensed' over 'Idol's' top 12 guys, planning new video

     
    Steve Lillywhite says the "American Idol" judges "messed up" by choosing Season 9's current crop of guys. The award-winning producer who counts U2, Jason Mraz, Matchbox Twenty and the Dave Matthews Band among his long list of credits, tells Idol Tracker...
  • Catching up with Nick Mitchell (aka Norman Gentle)

     
    Nick Mitchell is still working up to his 15 minutes. When he ambushed the Season 8 "American Idol" auditions as his alter ego, Norman Gentle, belting "Dreamgirls'" "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" like nobody's business, he clocked in at around five....
  • Today in 'Idol': Usher mentors Soul and R&B week, Daughtry on 'Regis & Kelly'

     
    Ushering in the Top 10: With guidance from guest mentor Usher, who'll perform on Wednesday's results episode along with Diddy and Justin Bieber, the Top 10 take the stage for Soul and R&B night, the first true theme of season 9 (yes, we're still perplexed...
  • Ann Powers: Lost and found in the House of Usher

     
    When my music-obsessed friends ask me how I can stand writing about "American Idol" every week (and they do increasingly in this less-than-stellar season), I often declaim on the importance of getting the wide view of pop -- a picture with soundtrack of...
  • Ann Powers: The men, in their own world

     
    Last week, "American Idol" entered its always risky semifinal phase and plunged right into territory that made it seem like yet another remake of the "Poseidon Adventure". Our favorite television pleasure vessel sure seemed to be taking on water, and...
  • ‘American Idol’: ‘Big Mike’ Lynche, Casey James, Lee DeWyze shine on soul night

     
    Usher tonight lectured the “American Idol” contestants on performing, but the big star wasn't being altruistic. He pushed his new album with a little help from Ryan Seacrest. Then it was on to the singing. Rhythm, blues and...