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American Idol

by Paula Paige

January 17, 2007:

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EDIT: ok who is the wise guy that thought it was funny to not tell me I posted in the wrong forum???!!!

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American Idol

by Paula Paige

January 23, 2007: Memphis

The word of the day: Confidentiality.

Highlights

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American Idol

by Paula Paige

January 24, 2007: New York

Start spreading the news. The word of the day: Interpretated.

These two-hour shows are killers. Tonight

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Courtney Love will guest on Idol, could

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American Idol

by Paula Paige

January 30, 2007: The Tears of David Hasselhoff

Word of the day: Overwhell. No, not overwhelm, just overwhell

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Non-shocker! Idol Boss "Did Not Call Courtney Love"

This just in.... A statement from exeuctive producer Nigel Lythgoe, refuting an USmagazine.com report that Courtney Love is being courted by American Idol:

"I did not call Courtney Love, and am afraid someone may have misrepresented me. Courtney Love is a very talented artist, but the judges for American Idol are Paula, Randy and Simon. We have no plans to add to or replace any of them."

That settles that. (Told ya it was crazy talk.)

Posted by Matt Mitovich 01/31/07 1:46 PM

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American Idol

by Paula Paige

January 31, 2007: Fluctuate and Reverberate

Word of the day: Xcentric

Animal of the day: Panther

Job title of the day: actor/model/author/singer-songwriter/rapper/composer/producer (did I get them all?)

The

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'Idol' plans a midseason bang

Event 'will blow America away'

By RICHARD HUFF

DAILY NEWS TV EDITOR

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What would Simon say? "Idol" hopefuls at tryouts in L.A. recently.

"American Idol" executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz promises a big event midway through the coming season of the red-hot talent show - but she won't say what it is.

"If there's one thing that makes 'American Idol' so big, it's a huge event," she told the Daily News.

"Something we're working on is a big-event show, sometime in the middle of the season, something that will blow America away," she added.

Hard to believe the folks behind "American Idol" can get the show any bigger than it already is. When it's on - and it's only around 19 weeks a year - the show is the biggest thing on the small screen, generating huge Nielsen ratings and daily water-cooler buzz.

Each season the show rolls around, there are gentle warnings that the audience level will drop. And, each year, the show does better.

Last season, the Tuesday edition of "American Idol" was watched by an average of 31.02 million people to rank No. 1 for the season. That's up 3 million from the 27.44 million the season before.

Moreover, the show has launched the careers of music superstars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and "Dreamgirls" star Jennifer Hudson.

"American Idol" returns with two-hour editions on Jan. 16 and 17 at 8 p.m.

Few shows have had the run "American Idol" has and remained as strong. But Frot-Coutaz said a drop is not out of the realm of possibility.

"Look," she said, "it's always in the back of your mind. The only thing we can do is make the best show we can and find the best talent as possible. The rest, some of it is up to Fox and how they promoted it. The rest is the competitive landscape. If we keep giving [viewers] something entertaining, it will be fine."

Fox's competitors, however, treat the show like it's radioactive. For instance, ABC recently announced it would move "Lost" to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays to get it away from "Idol" at 9 p.m.

While most of the world goes into a slow-down mode this holiday season, the folks at 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America, which produce "Idol," are in overdrive preparing the early editions of the show.

"We're in production pretty much year-round," Frot-Coutaz said. "We start our casting in August."

This time of year, she admitted, gets a bit tense.

"It's that time when you get apprehensive about how it's going to launch," she said. "We keep our fingers crossed."

The early episodes are "great" she said, with some of the best audition shows ever. They key, she said, is mixing the good people with the truly bad ones, like, say, William Hung.

"There's some great talent out there," she said. "But there's also some people who are delusional about their talent, too. That's the beauty of an open call - everybody comes. Everybody thinks they've got a great voice."

Originally published on December 19, 2006

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American Idol

by Paula Paige

February 6, 2007: Simon Says

There may have been some insanely good vino imbibed before I got a chance to view this ep. So I was hoping that it would be all fun and games. Unfortunately, no one really stood out tonight. It lacked the excitement of the last several episodes and also missed out on the delusional factor. Frankly, it felt like we were all just going through the motions. Simon arrived jet-lagged, and the day started on a sour note. But this was the show where we really saw that whatever Simon says, goes.

Ashlyn Carter was beaten up in high school for singing. She sang

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'Idol' Producer Hopes To Bring All-Stars Back

Lythgoe hopes to pair potential finale songs with past 'Idol' contestants

By Daniel Fienberg

February 9, 2007

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"American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe has proposed a way to bring back a number of favorites from past seasons of the FOX reality hit.

Talking to reporters on Thursday (Feb. 8), Lythgoe gave pat answers to the usual "Idol" hot-button issues -- Paula Abdul? Neither high nor crazy. The judges? Not crueler than usual. The ratings? A testimony to the divine space occupied by "Idol" in the popular culture firmament.

Lythgoe did, however, offer the piece of news that he's proposed augmenting the show's previously announced songwriting competition with a few popular non-winners and possibly milking a special episode out of the stunt.

"They're talking about doing a song competition on the web and have people write songs for the next 'American Idol' finale, because whenever they come out and sing the song at the American finale, the only bloody criticism Randy Jackson can do is 'Oh, I don't like that song.' Well, that's not very helpful. They're gonna be putting it out next week and trying to sell it and there's you saying 'I don't like the song,'" Lythgoe explains.

He continues, "My idea was: OK, give me 10 songs and I will bring back 10 'Idol' finalists to sing them on a special and then America can really see them. Rather than just have them on the web and download them or whatever, let's see Constantine Maroulis again. Let's see Ace Young. Let's see Vonzell and Tamyra Gray and all the great people we voted for over the years. I'd love to do that and with good reason at the end of the day for doing it, which is to produce the song that the next American Idol's gonna sing."

Lythgoe says that while he's pitched the network on the idea, he has yet to hear back.

The veteran "Idol" producer also briefly touched on the variety of controversies involving contestants -- like Akron Watson -- who were highlighted in the audition episodes but denied access to the Hollywood round for "unknown reasons."

"The fact is that we do do background checks," Lythgoe says. "I think it's very essential. We're putting these kids together in a very close environment and we're working them very hard and it's essential that we know that we've got the right people together. So FOX got on with this, along with this private security firm and after that I can't give you any other information, because I don't want to know."

Lythgoe defended the decision to keep Watson and others on the audition shows even knowing that they weren't going to be going any further.

"I cannot show you 174 people's stories," he notes. "As far as I'm concerned, investing in that boy at that point was what I'd like you to do, but I would have liked you to have done that with a lot of other people that are going to disappear in Hollywood week. That's just the way the show goes and it's been like that for six seasons."

In short, just stop your whining and enjoy the "Idol" ride.

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American Idol Age Limit Might Be Raised To Thirty Next Season

The American Idol age limit is a constant source of debate among fans of the show. Reality TV Magazine recently reported on how this controversial topic was once again resurfacing because of sixty-four year old contestant Sherman Pore who was allowed to sing in front of the judges but was not allowed to advance to the Hollywood round of the competition.

American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe recently commented on what allowing older people (referring to when the age limit was raised to twenty-eight) on American Idol had done for the show in the past. Lythgoe said

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American Idol

by Paula Paige

February 7, 2007: Do It, Do It to Ya

Word of the day: "Bocalize."

So it

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American Idol

by Paula Paige

February 14, 2007: "The One in Which Down Is Up and Left Is Right"

And they couldn

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American Idol Goes Californian

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For five years, the South has dominated American Idol, but it looks like the American Idol judges have decided to give the rest of the country a chance with the selection of the top twenty-four for American Idol 6. In particular, the state of California is very well represented in the twenty-four semi-finalist.

There are a total of six American Idol contestants from California among the semi-finalist. The Californians are Alaina Alexander, Brandon Rogers, Rudy Cardenas, A.J. Tabaldo, Sabrina Sloan, and Paul Kim. Also well represented is the state of Washington which claims three semi-finalists: Sanjaya Malakar, Blake Lewis, and Amy Krebs. The only other states with more than one American Idol 6 semi-finalist are Illinois and Texas, which both have two.

As a whole, the Western United States dominates with ten semi-finalists, followed by the Southern United States with seven semi-finalists. The Northern United Stated is next with five semi-finalists, while the Midwestern United States is last with only two semi-finalists.

The complete list of the Top Twenty-Four American Idol semi-finalists, and their home states is listed below.

10 Western U.S. American Idol Semi-Finalists

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Thanks for the well-organized run down of the 24 contestants, Dade. You do a great job! :D

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Dade, you sure do, and I have no idea how you keep track of all the names!!

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lol I love copy/paste!!!

I am proud to say that Mortys had the Top 24 posted 2 minutes before Reality TV Magazine did!!!

I would like to Thank the people in chat that helped me with the names as they were being put though or eliminated. It was a collective effort. :)

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Dade, I was in Chat for a while when you were trying to get the names. I think the fact that I kept distracting you by talking about the weather, or hockey scores, or whatever, was a HUGE help...er, uh, yah, that's right; it helped you work on multi-tasking...???

You're welcome, lol.

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:animated_rotfl::animated_bouncy:

Lots of help Yath

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American Idol 4 Finalist Scott Savol Reveals Details On Idol Background Check Process

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In an exclusive interview with Reality TV Magazine, American Idol 4 finalist Scott Savol talked about his American Idol background check that involved a sit down with private investigators, how Idol handled his arrest record, and about life since Idol. Shortly after Scott Savol became one of the top twelve finalists for American Idol 4, the Smoking Gun revealed information about an arrest record in Savol

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I'm hoping I'm wrong, but I'm bracing for a big letdown this year with AI. There was so much talent last year. For instance, 8 of the final 12 from last year have signed legitimate recording contracts. That won't come close to happening this year.

Taylor, Katharine, and Chris have all debuted at #2 on the Billboard album charts. Those 3 all sold over 100,000 copies their first week. In fact, Chris sold 340,000 in his first week. Kat's album just came out last week, and it's a great listen if you like pop/r&b. RIAA certified Kellie Pickler gold, and she's had two hit singles.Elliott's album is due out in March. Even Bucky has been signed and he's working on an album. Mandisa signed with Sony's gospel division.Katharine is gorgeous and is all over the tube. She's done everything from the Internet soap Lonelygirl15 to hosting TRL. She's doing TRL again next week.Hell, Kellie's even got a sitcom in development for Fox. These people aren't going away anytime soon.

That type of success hasn't happened in any other year of AI, and I doubt it will happen this year. Based on what I've heard so far, it's hard to pick anybody that really stands out from the rest. I'm hoping a couple of them will develop during the competition, but I've set the bar lower this year so I won't be disappointed.

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I don't know....didn't watch much of it, but I did see the last show. It appears that they may have chosen personality over talent. It was clear that some that were not chosen, had better voices than some that were. IMO,they had it all wrong with the last pairs-they sent the wrong people home. (btw that is a really mean thing to do, choosing one over the other while both are in the room.)

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Idol contestants have one hour to select a song

The American Idol judges love to complain about song choice, but contestants on the show have only one hour to select their song for the week.

In a story looking at the contestants

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Thanks Dade that was terrific all the information!!!!

Now we get to the best part of Idol. we get to hear them sing and perform

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Twelve Men Enter...

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Finally, we get to the real talent on "American Idol." The Top 24 contestants are split, with the Top 12 men singing on tonight's two-hour episode.

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Yup, I'm looking forward to it. But I still object to dividing them on sex lines--12 and 12. Can't possible be fair--would be very unlikely that the top 24 would break down into 12 men and 12 women. I guess the producers thought it would be better received if there were an equal number of each at the beginning.

Still...looking forward to it!!

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