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MAY
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'American Idol' Finale: 7 Things You Didn't See on TV

'American Idol' Finale: 7 Things You Didn't See on TV

 

The audience was larger than usual, as the American Idol set moved from CBS Television City in Los Angeles to the Nokia Theatre, downtown at L.A. Live for the top two performance finale. But, as always, there were things you didn’t see if you weren’t inside the venue. The Hollywood Reporter observed them for you from a reserved seat.

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MAY
15
11 MOS

'American Idol' Finale Recap: Kree Harrison Battles Candice Glover

'American Idol' Finale Recap: Kree Harrison Battles Candice Glover

If only it were possible to crown two winners.

Because in this battle of soul singers -- the first girl versus girl finale since 2004 --  Kree Harrison and Candice Glover, both wildly talented, have proven to be equally deserving of the season 12 title.

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MAY
14
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A Day in the Life of 'American Idol' Musical Director Ray Chew

A Day in the Life of 'American Idol' Musical Director Ray Chew

The Hollywood Reporter was invited to spend a day with American Idol musical director Ray Chew on the set of the Fox staple. Our vantage point was the vertigo-inducing top step of the staircase that Ryan Seacrest walks down every week to begin the show. That meant looking down at Chew in his well-designed space. For each of his three seasons on Idol, Chew has had a different location, depending on the design of the set.

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MAY
9
11 MOS

'American Idol' Recap: a Shocking Elimination Brings Tears and Heartbreak

'American Idol' Recap: a Shocking Elimination Brings Tears and Heartbreak

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.

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MAY
2
12 MOS

'American Idol' Diva Do-Over: 8 Things You Didn't See on TV

'American Idol' Diva Do-Over: 8 Things You Didn't See on TV

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.

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MAY
1
12 MOS

'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover Dominates as Finale Draws Near

'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover Dominates as Finale Draws Near

With just two weeks to go until the American Idol finale, is there any doubt about who should claim victory? 

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APR
25
12 MOS

'American Idol' 'Shocker': Who Went Home?

'American Idol' 'Shocker': Who Went Home?

At the end of Wednesday night’s performance show, Ryan Seacrest cryptically teased viewers of a major twist that would be revealed on results night.

Seacrest continued to torture us with even more allusiveness at the beginning of American Idol’s Thursday night show.

“In just a bit, I will announce some shocking news that will affect the judges and turn the competition upside down,” he said.

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APR
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12 MOS

'American Idol' Judges Get Giddy as Final Four Face Off: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

'American Idol' Judges Get Giddy as Final Four Face Off: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

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.

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APR
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1 years

'American Idol' Recap: Lazaro Arbos' Fate Decided; Burnell Taylor Tweets 'GOD IS GOOD!'

'American Idol' Recap: Lazaro Arbos' Fate Decided; Burnell Taylor Tweets 'GOD IS GOOD!'

Everyone, breathe a sigh of relief. Lazaro Arbos' improbable, Sanjaya-like run on American Idol is over: after weeks of remaining in the competition despite being talentless and tone-deaf and unprepared, the sweaty ice cream scooper was finally voted out Thursday night in an unpredictable elimination round that could have sent Amber Holcomb home instead.

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APR
11
1 years

'American Idol' Producers Try to Speed Up Mariah Carey's Comments, Get Control of Stage Smoke: What You Didn't See on TV

'American Idol' Producers Try to Speed Up Mariah Carey's Comments, Get Control of Stage Smoke: What You Didn't See on TV

When the season 12 contestants gather for breakfast on Friday, there will be one less egg to fry. But will it be five girls or four and a guy? Before we find out the results tonight, here are 15 things you didn’t see if you watched American Idol at home on Wednesday night. The Hollywood Reporter, as always, had a prime seat at Stage 36. Read on ...

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APR
10
1 years

'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover Sparkles in Best Show Performance of 'All Time'

'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover Sparkles in Best Show Performance of 'All Time'

This week, the remaining six American Idol singers each said a little prayer as they tried to deliver the goods on two themes: tunes by Burt Bacharach/Hal David and a song they wish they had written.

After an emotional cold open, host Ryan Seacrest said, “The fire inside our finalists is burning stronger than ever.”

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APR
4
1 years

'American Idol' Recap: Ugh, Lazaro Arbos Is the New Sanjaya

'American Idol' Recap: Ugh, Lazaro Arbos Is the New Sanjaya

It's official: Lazaro "I Forgot the Lyrics" Arbos is the new Sanjaya Malakar. Not only is the Florida ice cream scooper of questionable talent, but his mere presence in this self-serious competition seems like a cruel joke.

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APR
3
1 years

'American Idol' Rocks the Classics: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

'American Idol' Rocks the Classics: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

American Idol’s top 7 were ready to rock on Wednesday night, as the show kicked out some old-timely jams -- and one Evanescence song -- for its theme this week. Most handled the challenge competently, which could make Thursday’s results slightly less predictable. Until that riveting moment, 15 things you didn’t see on TV to hold you over…

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MAR
27
1 years

'American Idol' Recap: Nicki Minaj Bashes Janelle Arthur, Hits on Smokey Robinson

'American Idol' Recap: Nicki Minaj Bashes Janelle Arthur, Hits on Smokey Robinson

Drama on Detroit Music Night! 

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