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Idol Season 9: Top 20 -- The Men

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

A good improvement for a number of men this week on American Idol ... but then, so many of them had so much room for improvement.

Idol Season 9: Top 24 -- The First Elimination

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

American Idol contestants faced their first possible elimination on Thursday night and no wonder so many of them looked freaked: very, very few of them have given performances that stand out.

Idol Season 9: Top 24 -- The Men

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The judges touted the women but the men on American Idol offered a little more positive news in their first live performances.

Idol Season 9: Top 24 -- The Women

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Crystal Bowersox was an instant standout from the moment she began singing. She was her own woman, and there was a harmonica break!

Howard Stern & American Idol: Can They Handle the Truth?

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lee Stranahan

Following recent rumors, many are questioning whether Howard Stern has what it takes to be a judge on American Idol; but they've all got the question wrong. The real issue is whether American Idol deserves him.

American Idol - Judgment Week

Ken Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ken Levine

Instead of a potentially gangbusters show for American Idol's Judgment Week, we were treated to two tiresome hours of trumped up emotion and boredom.

American Idol Season 9: Top 24 Named, Part 2

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

One storyline is clear in this season of American Idol: happy thoughts. In the midst of a recession, the producers clearly believe people want to hear good news.

Idol Season 9: Top 24 Named, Part 1

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

It remains frustrating how little of the performances we actually see. If Lost can launch an entire university online devoted to its backstory, why can't Idol post every single audition that snags a golden ticket?

Idol Season 9: Hollywood Week Day One

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Ellen. That was the big event of the day for me. How would Ellen Degeneres fit in? Would she get along with the other judges

Idol Season 9: Auditions -- Finale

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The auditions finale for American Idol was both the most entertaining and enjoyable show so far... and the lowest rated at just 20.8 million viewers.

Idol Season 9: Auditions -- Denver

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

A brisk, well-edited show with 26 winners heard or glimpsed but not one that excited me. Did you think any of the people headed to Hollywood had what it takes to go all the way?

Which Were The Best Denver American Idol Contestants? (VIDEO, VOTE)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

American Idol's Denver auditions aired Tuesday night, and city didn't disappoint. From bizarre characters like bikini boy to Italians who traveled 14...

Idol Season 9: Auditions -- Dallas

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

American Idol finally has a breakout star this season. Unfortunately, it's not an unknown talent but the very popular TV, movie and Broadway star Neil Patrick Harris.

Idol Season 9: Auditions -- Los Angeles

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Just barely more than one good audition every 15 minutes made this show drag on. And since about 22 people got through to Hollywood, why did so few of them make the cut for air time?

Idol Season 9: Auditions -- Orlando

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

I thought Tuesday might have been a fluke, so I held off on trumpeting it. But it happened again Wednesday. Idol scored 26.1 million viewers on Tuesday and 26.7 million viewers on Wednesday.

Idol Season 9: Auditions -- Chicago

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

One hour felt like two hours in Chicago where talent was thin on the ground. As a result, the judges were so relieved to hear people that didn't suck, they let some through that didn't deserve it.

Idol Season 9: Auditions -- Boston

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The ratings are in and according to the Hollywood Reporter, Idol is still incredibly strong. Idol reached 30 million viewers and even went up a bit in the 18-49 year old demographic.

Michael Jackson, Supernova

Brian Oxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brian Oxman

Everyone in the Great Mausoleum was sad to see Michael go, and it was as if no one wanted to say a final farewell.

The Paula Abdul Negotiations

Ken Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ken Levine

From what I could piece together, here's how Paula Abdul's departure from American Idol went down.

Elliott Yamin Fights For Love; Parties in the Back

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

There are times when you sort of need to fight for your artistry, but there's no better gig in the world.

American Idol -- Top 3 Showdown

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

So is this the finale? Is Simon right when he says Adam Lambert is fated to win? Or could Kris Allen or Danny Gokey surprise everyone the way David Cook did last year?

Entertainment Weekly's Gay Idol Cover: Where's the Controversy?

Mark Pasetsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Pasetsky

EW took an inventive step in noting Adam's sexuality by making it a "footnote." This move is quite symbolic.

American Idol -- Top 4 Slashed By Rock; Only Adam Escapes Unscathed

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

After everyone delivered a solid performance on Big Band Night last week, the Top 4 tackled rock 'n roll Tuesday...and came up short.

Real Good Pop Singing, American Idol-Style

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Something to remember about this year's singing is that it's only part of an evolving notion of what popular singing is.

American Idol -- Top 7 (Again): Disco Suits Kris

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The show began briskly with the producers finally deciding they didn't need to pad the Top 7 performances and judge critiques with video intros and other nonsense every single time. So let's follow suit.