"Teddy bear," "sweetheart," "supporter" -- those are just some of the words used to describe Randy Jackson by American Idol graduates. Since 2002, when he first sat alongside then-judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, the affable music industry veteran has become a pop culture icon thanks to his signature catch-phrases and less-is-more critiques.
Angie Miller's American Idol exit came as a shock on Thursday night, as the top 3 finalist, and presumptive frontrunner cleared the way for Kree Harrison and Candice Glover to duke it out on the season 12 finale.
Perhaps equally surprising: how the 19-year-old Beverly, Mass. native managed to maintain her composure following the show.
Kree Harrison is somewhat of an anomaly among American Idol finalists. Hardly one to lean on bubblegum pop for song picks, she sings from the heart -- blues, authentic “country & western” -- with a focused maturity that you rarely see.
So it really should come as no surprise that the Woodville, Texas 22-year-old would make it to the final two on season 12. Yet, the odds were against her.
After 11 years on the air, American Idol continues to surprise: In an upset that few saw coming, Angie Miller -- piano player, power singer and bright-eyed Miley Cyrus doppelganger -- lost a spot in next week's finale to rivals Kree Harrison and Candice Glover.
It was Groundhog’s Day in May at American Idol on Wednesday night, as the final four girls faced off for a second time in a battle of the ballads. You saw all the action (or lack of it) and you head the runs and big notes, but what didn’t you see? Read on for a view from inside…
1. He’s often in attendance but not always seen among the throngs of exciting audience members, but Idol creator and XIX Entertainment founder Simon Fuller was most certainly in the house for the final four, part deux.
It was a big week for alumni on American Idol, as season nine winner Lee DeWyze returned to the show along with season 10's Stefano Langone.
Both premiered new singles on April 25 -- DeWyze's "Silver Lining," from his forthcoming album on Vanguard Records, and Langone's "Yes to Love," from his debut for Hollywood Records -- and got to take a quick, if stressful, stroll down memory lane.
One thing you can always say about American Idol -- despite any behind-the-scenes drama, the judges and ever reliable host Ryan Seacrest always show up with their game face on and professionalism in check.
Certainly that was the case for Wednesday’s top 4 show, when finalists Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Candice Glover and Angie Miller hit the stage for two solo numbers and one duet.
The first moments of Thursday's American Idol made me want to turn off the TV: the final five, forced by the increasingly out-of-touch producers to perform another unwatchable and dated medley of '70s elevator music, moved awkwardly onstage as a pack of hyper-caffeinated back-up dancers writhed around them to a soundtrack of "Last Dance" (and other songs you never, ever, ever want to hear again, not in your lifetime, not at a wedding, not at an office Christmas party, not ever).
With the final five women remaining in the competition, AmericanIdol went full-on diva with a nod to strong female icons for half its theme and what host RyanSeacrest called “an Idol favorite” -- songs from the year the singers were born -- to round it out.
Despite an energetic and enthusiastic audience response on Wednesday night’s performance show, Seacrest took a moment to address the nation’s grief after the Boston Marathon bombing.