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MAR
26
4 MOS

'American Idol' Recap: 'I'm With the Band'

'American Idol' Recap: 'I'm With the Band'

American Idol channeled the spirit of Pamela Des Barres sans the groupie element with its “I’m With the Band” theme night.

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MAR
21
4 MOS

MK Nobilette on her 'American Idol' Exit: 'I Definitely Thought I Would Go Home'

MK Nobilette on her 'American Idol' Exit: 'I Definitely Thought I Would Go Home'

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.

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MAR
20
4 MOS

'American Idol' Recap: Top 9 Finalists Revealed

'American Idol' Recap: Top 9 Finalists Revealed

American Idol’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?

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MAR
20
4 MOS

'American Idol' Battle of the Billboard Hits: What You Didn't See on TV

'American Idol' Battle of the Billboard Hits: What You Didn't See on TV

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.

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MAR
13
4 MOS

'American Idol' Goes to the Movies: 7 Things You Didn't See on TV

'American Idol' Goes to the Movies: 7 Things You Didn't See on TV

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...

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MAR
5
5 MOS

'American Idol' Recap: Top 12 Show There's No Place Like Home

'American Idol' Recap: Top 12 Show There's No Place Like Home

With this week’s American Idol 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, Phillip Phillips

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FEB
19
5 MOS

'American Idol': 8 Things You Didn't See on Ladies Night

'American Idol': 8 Things You Didn't See on Ladies Night

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.

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FEB
14
5 MOS

'American Idol' Season 13: New Set Revealed

'American Idol' Season 13: New Set Revealed

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.

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FEB
13
5 MOS

'American Idol' Recap: Viewers to Vote on Last Semi-Finalist Spot

'American Idol' Recap: Viewers to Vote on Last Semi-Finalist Spot

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.

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FEB
5
5 MOS

'American Idol' Recap: Hollywood Week Adds a Shocking Twist

'American Idol' Recap: Hollywood Week Adds a Shocking Twist

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.

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JAN
30
6 MOS

'American Idol' Recap: Clever Beggars Close Auditions in Omaha

'American Idol' Recap: Clever Beggars Close Auditions in Omaha

How do you squeeze out one of the last golden tickets of American Idol's thirteenth season? Contestants pulled out all the stops to score a trip to Hollywood on the last night of auditions in Omaha.

STORY: Danny Gokey on Making Hope 'Cool' and Possibly Returning to 'American Idol' (Q&A)

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JAN
15
6 MOS

'American Idol' Recap: Season 13 Premiere Twerks It Out

'American Idol' Recap: Season 13 Premiere Twerks It Out

From the first frame of American Idol's season-13 premiere, it already feels like a very different show, as a nervous Marialle Sellars entered the program’s brand-new "chamber," a holding room just before going in front of the judges.  

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JAN
15
6 MOS

'American Idol' Judges Address Persistent Rumors That the Show is Fixed (Q&A)

'American Idol' Judges Address Persistent Rumors That the Show is Fixed (Q&A)

What exactly is it about American Idol that keeps viewers coming back season after season? Returning judge Jennifer Lopez has a theory.

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JAN
14
6 MOS

'American Idol' Live Stream: Ryan Seacrest, Judges Host Season 13 Q&A

'American Idol' Live Stream: Ryan Seacrest, Judges Host Season 13 Q&A

The day is almost upon us -- season 13 of American Idol launches on Jan. 15 with one new judge, Harry Connick, Jr. and three returning talents, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and host Ryan Seacrest, on a mission to find the next great superstar. 

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