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The Boyle Next Door

Jonathan Tolins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Tolins

The world of opera is a mirror image of the Susan Boyle circus. Serious fans regard good-looking singers with suspicion, fearing gorgeous looks are becoming more important than gorgeous singing.

The Beauty of Susan Boyle

Hermene Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Hermene Hartman

In this day of age where looks, style and image are everything that equals up to success, every now and then, someone with real talent, raw talent com...

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.

She Had A Dream

Neil McCarthy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Neil McCarthy

Then Susan Boyle sang. She didn't just sing. She overwhelmed. She was perfect. The audience was on its feet. Simon was simply fooled and couldn't wash that "I've been had" smile off his face.

On Susan Boyle

Amitava Kumar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Amitava Kumar

At a time of losses worldwide, banks failing, jobs gone, success has become sweet and natural again.

I Just Don't Get the Big Deal with Susan Boyle

Rachel Thebault | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rachel Thebault

I JUST DON'T GET THE BIG DEAL WITH SUSAN BOYLE. I watched the video on YouTube. In case you haven't seen it (but almost everyone I know has), it's ...

Susan Boyle Superstar

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joan Z. Shore

At the risk of alienating everyone on the planet, I am going to raise my voice against the Susan Boyle phenomenon.

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.

Will Simon Cowell Really Quit 'American Idol?' | BILL CARTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Beyond his part in the Susan Boyle juggernaut, Mr. Cowell was also the central attraction on the top-rated television shows on separate continents las...

Media Literacy 101: Of Susan Boyle, Michelle's Arms and Bo the Dog

Susan Moeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susan Moeller

How do mainstream media -- on any platform -- determine what is news?

Susan Boyle: Kissed by an Angel

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Susan Corso

Susan Boyle is the exact right singer with the exact right song for our exact right time. We have to let life kill the dreams we dreamed, and let new dreams surface.

Susan Boyle: The Diamond in the Rough

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Iris Erlingsdottir

Now that the secret's out, I fear that the corporate powers will try to polish Susan up to fit into their mold.

What if Susan Boyle Couldn't Sing?

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dennis Palumbo

Would Boyle still possess that "inner beauty?" Would we still acknowledge that the derisive treatment she received before performing was callous, insensitive and cruel?

Why Susan Boyle Makes Us Cry

Letty Cottin Pogrebin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Susan Boyle steps into the spotlight and opens her mouth, and before she's sung three glorious, crystal clear notes, the audience is cheering, the judges' jaws have dropped, and I'm choking back tears.

Two Reasons Susan Boyle Means So Much to Us

Mark Blankenship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Blankenship

I have a theory on why Susan Boyle has become such an instant and inescapable internet star -- she rebukes the bitchy cynicism that often defines reality talent shows.

Susan Boyle: Talent Without Judgment

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tamar Abrams

When a beautiful, under 30-something sings like an angel, she can become an American Idol. When a dowdy, homely 47-year-old woman sings beautifully, it is headline news.

American Idol: Movie Night for the Top (Magnificent?) 7

Ken Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ken Levine

I know I can be a little rough on Paula, but I must say she looked stunning Tuesday with those bejeweled oxen reigns around her neck.

'Idol' SPOILERS: Like Nothing Else

AP | DERRIK J. LANG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — A sequel has been greenlit for Matt Giraud on "American Idol." The 23-year-old piano player from Kalamazoo, Mich., who crooned Br...

American Idol -- Top 7: Judges Silenced

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Only Idol would label Movie Theme night "historic" because they had decided to only let teams of two judges comment on the performances in order to cut down on the time. Historic? No. Stupid? Yes.

'American Idol' Switches Judging Format: FAILS

AP | ERIN CARLSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — "American Idol" tried to end on time Tuesday, implementing a format that allowed only two judges to review a singer. Host Ryan Seacr...

Simon Cowell: I'm Not Leaving 'Idol' - Yet

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Simon Cowell wants to look on the bright side concerning his future with "American Idol." The famously acerbic Cowell says he still ...

American Idol -- Top 8: Allison Gets (Some) Respect

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

On a day when photos circulated on the internet showing Adam Lambert apparently kissing a guy or two, the big news in the parallel world of TV Idol was Anoop's defensive attitude coming across too much last week.

American Idol -- Top 9: Kris Allen Shines

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Who belongs in the bottom three? Allison was treated so dismissively that I worry it'll be her. Matt Giraud was treated so roughly and seems so unhappy, it could easily be him.

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep: Celebtweets I'd Like to See

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Holly Cara Price

@Madonna (taking the kids to Kabbalah class; for the first time I'm thinking they're really not into it)

It Was Motown Week on American Idol

Ken Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ken Levine

Who hates Scott McIntyre so much that they let him walk out on stage in pink pants? I mean, that's the kind of prank you reserve for Hitler.