I might not fit into what is now the stereotypical American Idol fangirl demographic, but growing up on the show that changed the face of television keeps me tuning in. So on Wednesday, for the first time, I got to experience the singing competition live.
Some 500 people got to enjoy American Idol '80s week in all its fluorescent glory from inside the Idol-dome. Among those in the audience: yours truly, who returns with this report on the six things you didn’t see on TV ...
GAINING NEW GROUND: Released in advance of his sophomore album, Phillip Phillips' single "Raging Fire" continues to heat up, with improved rankings on three Billboard charts and one international survey.
"Raging Fire" ranks highest on Adult Top 40, where the single advances from No. 17 to No. 14 and earns Billboard's "Greatest Gainer" designation. That means "Raging Fire" makes the biggest gain in airplay of any song on the chart.
American Idol prepared to send another contestant packing this week, but an exciting turn of events left all eight finalists in the game for another week.
After Chris Daughtry took the stage to perform his band's latest hit, "Waiting For Superman," Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban decided to finally use their judges' save on Thursday night, keeping Sam Woolf in the game for another week.
AmericanIdol’s Top 10 singers were cut down to nine after the contestants' performed selections from the Billboard Top 10 the night before.
Not every performance on the show's hits themed episode -- which featured songs by Florida Georgia Line, Foster the People, Avicii and Zedd -- made it to the top of the pops. Some faltered all the way to the bottom. So who was a hit -- and who was a stiff?