1. Lady Gaga To Mentor 'American Idol' Finalists

    May 06, 2011 12:35 PM EDT L ady Gaga is coming to "American Idol." The Grammy-winning singer will mentor the final four contestants on the May 11 episode. James Durbin, Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina will perform songs written by Leiber and Stoller, who wrote most of Elvis Presley 's…

  2. Jacob Lusk Voted Off 'American Idol,' J.Lo & Lady Antebellum Perform

    May 05, 2011 10:44 PM EDT On tonight's (May 5) "American Idol," gospel and R&B singer Jacob Lusk was eliminated from the competition, which is now down to its top four contestants. Lusk was eliminated following his performances of Nazareth's "Love Hurts" and Jordin Sparks and Chris…

  3. Ask Billboard: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

    April 29, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SISTERS ARE DOIN&…

  4. Casey Abrams Denies Dating Fellow 'Idol' Singer Haley Reinhart

    April 29, 2011 2:45 PM EDT "American Idol" lost one of its most unique voices during the elimination episode last night (Apr. 28), as Casey Abrams received the least votes and was sent packing. After the judges used their only save of the season on the growl-happy jazz musician five weeks earlier, Abrams bid…

  5. Casey Abrams Voted Off 'American Idol,' Bruno Mars Performs

    April 28, 2011 9:50 PM EDT After being dramatically saved by the judges five weeks ago, Casey Abrams was voted off "American Idol" on the elimination episode tonight (Apr. 28). Season 10's Top 5 contestants -- Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk, Haley Reinhart and James Durbin -- remain and will…

  6. 'American Idol' Season 10 Tour Dates Announced

    April 28, 2011 1:35 PM EDT "American Idol" season 10 is gearing up to take the show on the road this summer. The "American Idols Live!" tour kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah and will hit 45 dates before wrapping up September 9, in Rochester, N.Y., it was announced today (Apr. 28). Featured…

  7. 'American Idol': James Durbin, Scotty McCreery Spring Forward on Carole King Night

    April 27, 2011 11:30 PM EDT "American Idol" claimed its relevancy last week with a "Songs from the 21st Century" theme, but tonight, the show decided to hop back in the Delorean and dig into the catalog of classic pop songwriter Carole King . Now, don't get me wrong -- I love Carole King's…

  8. 'American Idol': 25 Things You Didn't See on TV

    April 22, 2011 11:27 AM EDT The Top 7 elimination episode was an emotional roller coaster if ever there was one -- from the exuberance that comes with hearing a Coldplay song on the "American Idol" stage to the highly anticipated debut of David Cook 's new single (score!) to the sad reality that somebody…

  9. 'American Idol': Lauren Alaina Flies, Casey Abrams Kisses J.Lo

    April 21, 2011 1:04 AM EDT There's a common complaint lobbied by "American Idol" junkies over the years, and it goes something like this: why, oh why, must the contestants often perform songs that were hits when our grandparents were in high school? Or in other words, not exactly what's hot on Top…

  10. Ask Billboard: From 'S&M' To Disney Acts

    April 15, 2011 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. RIH-GARDING RIH…

  11. Paul McDonald: 'Guys Definitely Have An Advantage' On 'Idol'

    April 15, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Although he was eliminated from "American Idol's" season 10 competition last night (Apr. 14), Paul McDonald is still smiling (and showing off those perfect white teeth) a day later. After performing Bob Seger 's "Old Time Rock 'N' Roll" on Wednesday&…

  12. Paul McDonald Voted Off 'American Idol,' Kelly Clarkson Returns

    April 14, 2011 10:09 PM EDT On tonight's (Apr. 14) "American Idol," Nashville-based rock singer-songwriter Paul McDonald became the first male contestant eliminated from show's tenth season since fan voting began last month. 'American Idol': Jacob Lusk Stays Out of Trouble, Lauren Alaina…

  13. 'American Idol' Accused of Weight Bias; Show Denies Claim

    April 13, 2011 8:35 AM EDT A 19-year-old "American Idol" studio audience member claims that she was barred from a front-row seat and told it was because of her weight, an allegation denied by the show's production company. Ashley Kauffman, of Riverside, Calif., had complained to an audience coordinator…

  14. 'American Idol's' Pia Toscano: 5 Theories Behind Her Elimination

    April 08, 2011 11:17 AM EDT I know what you're thinking: how did this happen? Why did Pia Toscano, the frontrunner of all "American Idol" frontrunners, get sent home in ninth place? And how is it that Ryan Seacrest didn't better prepare us for the outcome? Where was the buzz of a "shocker you…

  15. 'American Idol': Paul McDonald Goes Crazy for Johnny Cash on Rock Night

    April 07, 2011 12:30 AM EDT The tone for this oh-so-strange, rock-themed "American Idol" performance night was set from minute one by Steven Tyler , who kissed his own wax bust in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and alluded, we assume, to smoking purple haze. (After he told the god-awful "Band on the Run…

  16. Naima Adedapo, Thia Megia Voted Off 'American Idol'

    March 31, 2011 9:56 PM EDT While last week's "American Idol" elimination saw Casey Abrams saved by the judges , tonight's (Mar. 31) episode sent two contestants packing, with nine remaining. 'American Idol': Hailey Reinhart, Stefano Langone Nail Elton John Classics The show's pattern…

  17. Ask Billboard: They Write The Songs (And Sing Them, Too)

    March 25, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. THEY WRITE THE…

  18. 'American Idol': Jacob Lusk, Pia Toscano Go for the Glory on Motown Night

    March 23, 2011 11:55 PM EDT The stakes are always high on "American Idol," but when Top 11 week rolls around, there's an added layer of pressure. Why? Because everyone knows that the next-best prize to winning is up for grabs -- make the top 10, and you get to go on tour. This season, Top 11 week also…

  19. Karen Rodriguez Voted Off 'American Idol,' Top 11 Remain

    March 17, 2011 9:50 PM EDT After once again being voted into the "American Idol" bottom three alongside two female singers, Karen Rodriguez could not survive this week's competition and was voted off during the elimination episode on Fox tonight (Mar. 17). Haley Reinhart and Naima Adedapo joined…

  20. 'American Idol': Scotty McCreery Gives His 'Heart,' Casey Abrams' 'Spirit' Low

    March 17, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Oh how the mighty have fallen! On last night's (Mar. 16) "American Idol," fan favorites including Casey Abrams and Paul McDonald delivered less-than thrilling performances of, respectively, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Elton John's "I Guess…

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