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'American Idol' Recap: Caleb Johnson Crowned Season 13 Winner

5/22/2014 5:53am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Caleb Johnson Crowned Season 13 Winner
Last night, what used to be one of the biggest moments on the pop culture calendar essentially became the proverbial tree falling in the forest.

Yes, it's basically over for 'American Idol' at this point. The show is coming back next season, but it comes on the heels of the series' lowest rating ever - a 1.6 for the final performance show - and less buzz than a dead bee. It was damn near impossible to find Caleb trending on any form of social media. This is not what 'Idol' is supposed to be.

So Caleb won in near-obscurity. It was inevitable once Alex started to bore the judges that Caleb ...

'American Idol' Recap: Caleb And Jena In The Final Showdown

5/21/2014 9:50am EDT
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Caleb vs. Jena isn't exactly the best of 'American Idol' finales, but it certainly promised to be one of the most compelling with two very similar singers competing and neither having established themselves as the clear favorite.

So who got the better of this close matchup? Read on to find out.

Jena Irene sang "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence + The Machine

Keith Said: The way that you owned the stage is a sign of a true pro.

J-Lo Said: It was a really good start. I could see the heebie-jeebies, but you loosened up.

Harry Said: That was fantastic. I hope you put that song on your record....

'American Idol' Recap: Alex Preston Exits, Plus A Preview Next Week's Finale

5/16/2014 8:57am EDT
 Alex Preston is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
For the third straight season, number three is actually number one.

It's become an odd trend in recent years that the most talented contestant ends up missing out on the finale by one spot. It started two seasons ago when Joshua Ledet, the best contestant in the history of 'Idol' not named Kelly Clarkson, ended up third as Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez moved on to the finale. Last year, the choice was even more confounding when surefire winner and clear best contestant Angie Miller inexplicably went home in third.

The dubious trend continued last night when Alex Preston took the br...

'American Idol' Recap: The Final Three Get Three Shots At the Finals

5/15/2014 8:46am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: The Final Three Get Three Shots At the Fi
Last night ‘American Idol’ celebrated its 500th episode. I’m celebrating too by counting down the top 500 moments in the history of ‘American Idol’!

Just kidding. Let’s recap the performances, shall we?

Caleb Johnson sang "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS

Keith Said: Really good job tonight. You’re such a pro.

J-Lo Said: You on your worst night are better than people on their best night.

Harry Said: Don’t oversing and hurt yourself.

The Verdict:

This a bit outside the typical Caleb gear as he injects some real blues into the proceedings for a toned-down version of this song. He doesn’t c...

'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Meuse Goes Home + The Top 3 Power Ranking

5/9/2014 8:39am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Meuse Goes Home + The Top 3 Power
Last night’s ‘American Idol’ was much more about the talking than it was the singing.

As the show’s results show has been mercifully cut to a half-hour (not any longer – RIP Surviving Jack), the music on this show has completely disappeared on Thursday nights. After initial teases of the judges’ bringing emerging acts to the results show, the show became nothing but a 30-minute chatfest as quickly as it was reduced.

Last night, the gabs reached their apex with not one, but two ‘Idol’ meals. First, the typical family-style dinner where the contestants talk about how great they all are and ...

'American Idol' Recap: The Final Four Get Three Shots At Glory

5/8/2014 10:40am EDT
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It’s a night of good news for ‘American Idol’ as it became official that the show will be back next year for another season despite its dwindling ratings.

That also means that all you Starpulsers will get another season of me writing way too many words about mediocre singers attempting to look like superstars. My fingers are already getting tired just thinking about it – so let’s give them a rest with a lightning round recap of last night’s show.

It’s three for four as there are no duets and each contestant takes on love, breakups and makeups with a trio of performances. Again. Fingers. T...

'American Idol' Recap: Sam Woolf Sent Home + Power Ranking The Final 4

5/2/2014 8:23am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Sam Woolf Sent Home + Power Ranking The F
Another year, another wasted judges’ save.

A few weeks after getting a nonsense save, Sam Woolf finally went home last night after his embarrassing combination of bad that was last week’s watered down funk song and then actually made a song by The Fray more boring just a short hour later.

This kid just wasn’t going to win. He doesn’t have the chops. He’s worse than every cute guy with a guitar that ever came before him and even though the producers clearly wanted him to stay around as long as possible, America knew much better than to let him stay around longer than he deserved.

It’s obn...

'American Idol' Recap: Top 5 Perform Fan Selections, Who Stood Out?

5/1/2014 8:56am EDT
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America provided the song choices for our ‘Idols’ last night and Jason Mraz provided the mentorship to, I suppose, teach the kids how to wear weird hats and write terrible songs.

Needless to say, I didn’t watch any of the mentor sessions, nor was I particularly floored by the song choices for the contestants. At least they brought back the duets and group performances that I didn’t watch while they rushed judgment of the actual performances.

No. That’s a bad thing too, isn’t it?

Let’s break down the actual performances.

Alex Preston sang "Sweater Weather" by The Neighbourhood

Keith Sai...

'American Idol' Recap: CJ Harris Goes Home + Power Rankings

4/25/2014 8:24am EDT
C.J. Harris is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
It happens every year, and this year an annual dubious honor falls to CJ Harris.

CJ's unique archetype is quite simple: The performer who seems insanely talented in the early running and then ends up boring, repetitive, disappointing and out before the top five.

The best example ever of this was Andrew Garcia who, on season nine, delivered a version of 'Straight Up' by Paula Abdul that was so good he seemed like the winner after Hollywood Week. After that, he got lost in a string of bad covers, boring performances and the judges continuing to bring up his one great performance.

CJ is thi...

'American Idol' Recap: Contestants Take On Country And Rock

4/24/2014 9:04am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Contestants Take On Country And Rock
It's one of the biggest weeks of the season on 'Idol' as the contestants finally get to stop singing those atrocious duets and group numbers and, instead, get two solo shots to wow the judges and the audience.

In the first night of doubles, the contestants took on two different genres: First rock and then country.


Jena Irene sang "Barracuda" by Heart

Keith Said: You set the bar really high.

J-Lo Said: Anything extra you can do to really complete your performance is what's going to help you win.

Harry Said: You have such a strong voice and it's such a perfect match for that song.

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