1. Why Crystal Bowersox Will Win 'American Idol'

    May 24, 2010 12:00 PM EDT There are those seasons of "American Idol" when one contestant develops over the course of the show, has a breakthrough performance midway through and grows into a worthy champion by the finale. Kelly Clarkson and David Cook , I'm looking at you. Photos: Crystal Bowersox's…

  2. Can 'American Idol' Be Saved?

    May 21, 2010 4:15 PM EDT 'American Idol' Ratings Are At Their Lowest Since 2004, And Simon Cowell Is Moving On. As The Season-Nine Finale Approaches, Can TV's Talent Show Behemoth Stay Dominant And Turn Its Winners Into Stars Again? "Alright, so listen, man. I don't know what's quite…

  3. Chart Beat Thursday: Fox-TV's Lee & "Glee"

    May 20, 2010 4:05 PM EDT LEE: Fox's Tuesday night lineup continues to impact Billboard charts. The "American Idol Season 9" soundtrack marks the ninth compilation from the series to reach the Billboard 200 . Such collections were released each year from 2002 through 2006, followed by a two-year break…

  4. 'Idol' Boots Casey James, Lee DeWyze & Crystal Bowersox Set for Finale

    May 19, 2010 10:28 PM EDT Casey James was eliminated from "American Idol" on Wednesday night (May 18), leaving Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox as the final two contestants standing. DeWyze and Bowersox will face off next Tuesday for the season nine "Idol" crown. "I'm so thankful for the…

  5. 'American Idol' Recap: 'Hallelujah!' The Judges Love Lee DeWyze

    May 18, 2010 9:16 PM EDT It's the final three, which means singer's and judges' choice and hometown visits, which always make me a little teary. (Shut up! It's been a long season!) For all the knocks the show has taken this year, I can say in all honesty that I really don't know who is going…

  6. Crystal Bowersox Gets 'Idol' Homecoming in Ohio

    May 14, 2010 2:26 PM EDT The last time Crystal Bowersox appeared on stage near her hometown, she was singing to empty bar stools and playing for tips. Those days are over. Thousands lined streets and packed into a square on Friday waiting to see the bluesy, dreadlocked singer as she made a hero's visit to her…

  7. Michael Lynche Voted Off 'American Idol,' Top 3 Remains

    May 12, 2010 10:31 PM EDT Michael Lynche couldn't be saved by the "American Idol" judges this time. The burly R&B crooner known as Big Mike was eliminated from "Idol" on Wednesday night (May 12), leaving Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Casey James in the top three. AMERICAN IDOL'S…

  8. 'American Idol' Recap: Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze Soar on 'Falling Slowly' Duet

    May 12, 2010 12:21 AM EDT With Oscar winner and R&B crooner Jamie Foxx as their mentor, the "American Idol" top 4 tackled songs from the movies tonight. Sadly, no one picked the awesome "Ghostbusters" theme that was on the list of cleared songs, but there were still plenty of eyebrow-raising…

  9. 'American Idol' Cuts Aaron Kelly, Lady Gaga Performs 'Alejandro'

    May 05, 2010 10:25 PM EDT Shooting for the moon didn't turn out so well for "American Idol" finalist Aaron Kelly, who was eliminated from the singing competition on Wednesday (May 5), leaving Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox, Casey James, and Michael Lynche as the four finalists standing. Kelly performed …

  10. 'American Idol' Recap: Clouds Gather For Casey James After "Blue Skies"

    May 04, 2010 9:20 PM EDT I'm looking forward to Frank Sinatra night -- not just because it's mentored by the awesome Harry Connick Jr. , but because the retro/big band theme nights generally give someone unexpected a chance to shine. (Howdy, Kelly Clarkson !) I also will try to make it through this entire…

  11. 'American Idols Live! 2010' Tour Dates Announced

    April 28, 2010 1:45 PM EDT By the time the tour kicks off this summer, one of the 10 "American Idol" finalists will have been crowned the winner, but the entire bunch will hit the road on the "American Idols Live! 2010" tour, it was announced today (Apr. 28). The 49-city tour will debut on July 1 in…

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: Big Mike Shines on Shania Twain Night

    April 28, 2010 1:00 AM EDT S hania Twain returns as a mentor and specifically to console me that John Park chose such a woofy group of songs in the early rounds, thereby hastening his exit. The Top 6 will perform Shania's catalogue in a twist on country night, presenting us with the mindblowing option of either…

  13. Elton John, Black Eyed Peas Perform on Star-Studded 'Idol Gives Back

    April 22, 2010 9:46 AM EDT E lton John , Alici a Keys , Carrie Underwood , the Black Eyed Peas and other music stars took the stage for Wednesday night's "Idol Gives Back" (Apr. 21), a fund-raising special benefiting children's, hunger and health charities. The more-than two hour special edition of …

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze Inspire; The Rest Backfire

    April 20, 2010 7:57 PM EDT It's "Idol Gives Back" week, and it appears as though they're going to do the bootings this week as part of the ginormo charity extravaganza Wednesday night. Because there's nothing like comparing heart-rending scenes of actual suffering in the world with some kid…

  15. 'Idol' Eliminates Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens As Lambert Performs

    April 15, 2010 9:38 AM EDT Andrew Garcia didn't have to sweat his fate long on Wednesday's "American Idol" when he was voted off the top-rated singing competition just 15 minutes into the live television broadcast. In a double elimination that capped the contest's "Elvis" week,…

  16. 'American Idol' Recap: Lee Dewyze, Tim Urban Shine On Subdued Elvis Night

    April 14, 2010 12:05 AM EDT It's Elvis Week! "American Idol's" Top 9 set out to prove that they're not all shook up by the king. And for added amusement, we have a fellow fan of black hair dye and sneering, Adam Lambert, as the mentor. Let's play a side game of how many times they show the …

  17. 'American Idol' Eliminates Didi Benami, Top 9 To Perform Lennon & McCartney Hits

    March 31, 2010 10:14 PM EDT Didi Benami has a reason to be brokenhearted on "American Idol." The 23-year-old waitress from Los Angeles was eliminated from the ninth season of the Fox singing competition Wednesday. Benami, who was panned for her overdramatic rendition of Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes…

  18. 'American Idol' Recap: Idols Take on Billboard No. 1s

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wooo! Billboard No. 1s is the theme this week! The "AI" behind-the-scenes people have been running around our offices this week -- alas, no Miley Cyrus sightings, though. Let's get to it. Oh wait, let's get to it after 10 minutes of inane chatter between the judges. First…

  19. Lacey Brown First to Go on 'American Idol'

    March 17, 2010 10:43 PM EDT Lacey Brown is down and out on "American Idol." The 24-year-old event coordinator from Amarillo, Texas, was the first finalist eliminated from the ninth season of the Fox singing competition Wednesday. Brown, who turned in a lackluster rendition of the Rolling Stones ' "…

  20. 'American Idol' Recap: Aaron Kelly Brings It With the Rolling Stones' 'Angie'

    March 16, 2010 11:00 PM EDT First off, let me get my predictions out of the way before the show starts so you can come back and cheer me or mock me afterwards. If you want to see my psychic link with Simon Cowell informed opinions on how the remaining "Idol" contestants are going to do this season, check out…

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