Spare us the numbers because we’ve already heard the bad news ad nauseam: not only is American Idol viewership down this year, the ratings have basically jumped off a cliff. Those who thought it couldn’t get worse after season 12’s precipitous drop -- in the double digits, as it is again in 2014 -- were sorely mistaken. The latest episode of season 13 only pulled a 6-share, a smidgen short of the 10 million mark at 9.83 million viewers.
After her elimination from American Idol, MK Nobilette’s first stop outside of Stage 36 at CBS Televison City was the press tent just outside the large building that houses the Idol set. Before she had a chance to speak with her family or check her cellphone for messages, she sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss her exit.
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?
The top 10 contestants sang Billboard top 10 hits on Wednesday night’s American Idol, so it’s only appropriate to reveal the top 10 things you didn’t see in the studio -- or if you were one of the millions of viewers who watched the live performance show at home. Fortunately for you, fellow Idol worshipers, The Hollywood Reporter had eyes inside Stage 36 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.
While American Idol fans were curled up on the sofa munching popcorn and enjoying a night at the movies -- musically speaking -- The Hollywood Reporter was peering behind-the-scenes inside Stage 36 at CBS Television City to see how the movie magic was made. Seven of our on-the-scene observations below...
With this week’s AmericanIdol theme of “Home” the Idols chose songs representing their home towns.
While the contestants made some unique song choices, would it have killed any of them to try “Sweet Home Alabama” or even Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long”--which pays homage to both Michigan and Alabama? Or even “Home” by Idol champ, PhillipPhillips?
Ten girls sang and five girls were never called to perform at the first live show of season 13 of American Idol. That's what you saw on TV. The view from inside Stage 36 at CBS Television City offered another picture.
When American Idol broadcasts its first live show of season 13 on Tuesday night, viewers will experience what the top 31 contestants saw this afternoon for the first time -- a brand-new set featuring many new elements, including a second stage directly in front of the seated audience, a lounge area where contestants will watch their co-competitors perform and gantries on two upper levels where even more members of the audience will stand as they surround the stage and become part of the 360-degree environment.
Adding Harry Connick, Jr. to the panel means not only adding a seasoned musician, but also an accomplished actor in his own right. So after entertaining on the big screen with P.S. I Love You, Hope Floats and Independence Day -- plus a long run on Will & Grace -- he aggravated all the nail-biting auditionees with a ton of well-acted fake-outs during American Idol's Final Judgment round on Thursday.
After seven cities of auditions, the best and brightest of American Idol hopefuls are ready to face the dreaded rigors of Hollywood Week.
However, in a new twist, the show introduced a wrinkle with a new round: competitors that received shaky Golden Tickets to Hollywood were shuttled straight to an abandoned airplane hangar not long after arriving at LAX.
From the first frame of AmericanIdol's season-13 premiere, it already feels like a very different show, as a nervous MarialleSellars entered the program’s brand-new "chamber," a holding room just before going in front of the judges.