When American Idol winner David Cook returned to the stage that launched his career on Thursday, the purpose was to debut a brand new song, "The Last Song I'll Write For You," and offer a sonic sneak peek at his musical future. But his appearance also prompted many viewers to look back at the past -- to season 7 when the Missouri native first wowed an unsuspecting audience of some 30 million viewers with his always memorable performances and endless charm, turning out to be one of the most beloved victors the show had ever seen.
In what was a surprising, if not entirely shocking, Thursday elimination, country hopeful Skylar Laine got the proverbial boot, leaving four finalists vying to be the next American Idol.
The 18-year-old Mississippi spitfire tops the 5 most talked about moments on Idol Hangover, the weekly webshow where THR music editor Shirley Halperin and season 9 finalist Didi Benami run down all the action from 60s-meets-Brit Pop week.
We’re months away from the next Valentine’s Day, but on this week’s special episode of Idol Hangover, American Idol power couple Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo join music editor Shirley Halperin in the THR cover lounge.
If a do-over were offered to season 11's Elise Testone, she wouldn't change a thing. So the eliminated finalist said following Thursday night's show, during which she sat in the bottom three alongside Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine but was the only one sent home.
You could blame it on song choice -- she picked a lesser-known Queen song and an even more obscure (to today's audience) Jimi Hendrix Experience track, and while she delivered both expertly, at this point in the competition, only the best will do.
Season 10 third place finalist Haley Reinhart will guest on Friday's "Idol Hangover," The Hollywood Reporter's original American Idol web show.
With her debut album, Listen Up!, set for release in less than a month, there’s certainly lots to talk about, not the least of which includes this week’s Idol elimination. Is it all about song choice? What did Haley do right that tonight’s unfortunate finalist didn’t? We’ll discuss.
Although American Idol favorite Casey Abrams grew up in Idyllwild, Calif. within an hour's drive of the site of this weekend's Coachella music festival, it was all about doing some coa-chill-ing on Friday, as the season 10 alum joined music editor Shirley Halperin for a special 4/20 episode of Idol Hangover.