After weeks of tackling dated songs (and generally performing them poorly) all it took to give "American Idol" a shot of adrenaline was to allow the contestants to sing songs from their own musical idols.
If you were raised on a diet of 70s pop, then you know Paul Williams. Between the hit songs, the awards and all that bouncing from one talk show couch to the next, you couldn't miss him.
After a hit-and-miss night of Billy Joel performances, the "Idol" contestants have been whittled down to the Top 9.
In my mind, the show's stubborn insistence on clinging to theme nights based on "classics" like The Beatles and Elvis -- who, while groundbreaking and inspirational in terms of their impact on music as a whole, generally have no bearing on today's charts -- is what really hobbles "Idol" as a hit-making series. Tonight: Billy Joel.
So you've wanted to know what the Idol contestants wore on last Wednesday's performance night? From Jessica's sparkling pants to Colton's leather vest, these pieces have sparked some curiosity.
Joining Shannon Magrane in the bottom three were Erika Van Pelt and Elise Testone, because a pretty male face is apparently far more important than vocal range or stage presence.
Each contestant was asked to give a tear sheet, or several, of looks they loved from fashion magazines.
I feel that we should be able to celebrate weight loss or any other accomplishment without taking a jab at our former selves.
Idol producer Ken Warwick digs the knife deeper into the Jermaine Jones situation and says the Gentle Giant's rehearsal of "Somewhere Out There" was the best song he's ever done.
I used to hear a saying, which applies to business, "A mist in the pulpit is a fog in the pews." If you don't know your product inside and out, how do you expect your customers to?
The Catholic Church seems ready to codify what music lovers have known for nearly a millennium: Hildegard von Bingen is a saint. Vatican Insider repor...
The judges chose who would go home in this elimination to decide the Top 12 ... why does anyone even bother voting?
Jessica is undoubtedly the one to beat in the competition, and if one of the whiny boys beats her, there really is no justice in the world.
After two nights of diverse performances from, "American Idol" has finally revealed its Top 13 finalists, comprised of five guys, five ladies and three wildcard picks, one from each judge.
I think critics say this every year, but I truly believe that a number of these women have the talent to break the four-year streak of young, white, male winners -- we'll have to see whether America agrees.
After treading water for weeks with music-free group nights and tedious eliminations, we finally witnessed the Top 12 male vocalists -- plus the mystery 13th contestant -- taking to the stage with the song of their choice, each one vying for your vote.