If you were watching American Idol at home Wednesday night, you saw the top nine finalists sing the songs of the Beatles. But you had to be in the studio audience to see all the action off-camera. As always, The Hollywood Reporter was there and taking notes. Read on for a front-row view of 10 things TV viewers didn't see on the March 20 show.
When I heard American Idol was doing Beatles Night, the side of me that loves to hate-watch the show kicked in: grab the popcorn this could end in total disaster!
However, most of the remaining nine finalists proved me oh-so-wrong on Wednesday -- in particular, Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur, who gained back some frontrunner buzz with her sweet and soothing performance of "I Will."
It was performance night Wednesday on American Idol, and the first live show of the season produced some surprises that you didn’t see at home -- at least one of which had the producers in the dark (we're looking at you, tardy-for-the-party Nicki Minaj). Here are five noteworthy sights from the Idol-Dome on top 10 night, when the finalists had to sing songs by winners from the series’ first 11 seasons:
After three weeks in Las Vegas, American Idol returned to its home turf of Los Angeles on Thursday, just in time for the first live show of season 12. You saw the big results reveal, but what didn't make the broadcast? Read on …
After weeks of highs and lows in which the girls outsang the guys, prompting predictions that a female winner might finally prevail this year, American Idol has revealed the top 10 finalists for season 12.
For the first time this week, the two gender-divided performance nights in Vegas were open to viewer voting. The show returned to L.A. for Thursday's results round, with Ryan Seacrest announcing that almost 39 million votes had been cast to determine the lineup.
Say goodbye to Vegas, boys, and hello to Hollywood! For real this time -- not that NORAD-like structure in the seemingly always-overcast Northridge, Calif. No, this was it. The Top 20 and last stop until America decides the touring 10.
Still, some of us found ourselves asking, where’s the sizzle? This was Sin City, after all. Why such doom and gloom in the guys’ song choices? Did someone’s grandparent die? Were they all unceremoniously dumped by their significant others in the same week? Are they feeling lonely? Homesick? Not knowing if they want the world to see them because they don’t think that they’d understand?
During rehearsals for American Idol at the Mirage Hotel’s Love Theatre, home to Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles show Love in Las Vegas, season 12's top 10 guys took some time backstage to hang with The Hollywood Reporter. Among the topics discussed: their road to the finals, influences and brushes with Idols past.
During rehearsals for American Idol at the Mirage Hotel’s Love Theatre, home to Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles show Love in Las Vegas, season 12's top 10 girls took some time backstage to hang withThe Hollywood Reporter. Among the topics discussed: their lifelong passions for music and Idol, influences and what it's like to be recognized in public.
American Idol continues its “field trip” this week, originating at Las Vegas' Love Theatre inside the Mirage hotel on the nights when Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles show Love is dark. Among the Idol loyalists in the audience? The Hollywood Reporter, keeping eyes and ears peeled to bring you these eight behind-the-scenes things you didn't see on the broadcast: