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April 19, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
Regardless of which singer went home Thursday on "American Idol," we knew we'd be sad to see her go. And while Janelle Arthur was as ripe for departure as any of the women in this season's Top 5, and perhaps a bit more than some, I'll surely miss her upbeat attitude, her glow, her unfailing smile, her twang and her boots. Arthur, who has been uneven of late, had stumbled on her song choices this week, especially in the diva round, when other contenders really hit their strides. As Jimmy Iovine pointed out in his assessment Thursday night, Dolly Parton was the right diva for the diminutive country singer to tackle, but she'd picked the wrong Parton song.
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April 26, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
"American Idol" gave us a surprise this week that, in fact, wasn't that much of a surprise at all, once you think about it. Raise your hand if you'd thought maybe no one would go home Thursday night because the judges hadn't used the save this season. (It's the first time they haven't used it since it was initiated in Season 8, as it turns out.) Yeah, my hand's up, too. And if you figured they'd probably average in the votes from this week with last week's to come up with next week's loser, so that the people who voted wouldn't feel like their voices hadn't been heard?
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February 14, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
Oh, Hollywood Week, you cruel flirt. You fickle destroyer of "American Idol" dreams. You thing we have to go through twice this year. Last week we got the tempered highs and lows, the tense group dynamics, and the teary departures for the male "Idol" hopefuls as their throngs were whittled down to 28.  (Their ranks will soon be thinned further, to 20.) This week, we do Hollywood Week all over again with the girls. Sigh. "We're ready to slice and dice," Randy Jackson announced with what seemed like perverse pride on his way in for the quick-cut a cappella round.
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April 19, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
Regardless of which singer went home Thursday on "American Idol," we knew we'd be sad to see her go. And while Janelle Arthur was as ripe for departure as any of the women in this season's Top 5, and perhaps a bit more than some, I'll surely miss her upbeat attitude, her glow, her unfailing smile, her twang and her boots. Arthur, who has been uneven of late, had stumbled on her song choices this week, especially in the diva round, when other contenders really hit their strides. As Jimmy Iovine pointed out in his assessment Thursday night, Dolly Parton was the right diva for the diminutive country singer to tackle, but she'd picked the wrong Parton song.
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April 12, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
Thank you, America. You finally sent home the right guy. Yes, at long last, and after scaring many of us by mysteriously landing in the top three last week, Lazaro Arbos -- lover of bright colors, sweater of anxious sweats, forgetter of lyrics, weeper-turned-shrugger, bearer of Nicki Minaj-bestowed nicknames like "Ricky Ricardo" and "Fonzie," and certainly no judge favorite -- was sent packing Thursday on "American Idol. " That means we won't have to steel ourselves for the 22-year-old Floridian's missed notes and words -- and the judges' resulting awkward responses -- anymore.
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March 22, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
The "American Idol" voters finally had enough of Paul Jolley. No sooner had Jolley been informed that a town in Tennessee had named a day (last Saturday, March 16 -- so I guess he missed it?) after him, than he got word he'd landed in the bottom three. He was soon joined there by Devin Velez and (sadly) Amber Holcomb. But the latter two soon discovered they had survived to sing another week: It was Jolley who had come in dead last -- ending the long run of white-guy "Idol" winners. He sang for the save, though he couldn't have thought the judges, who hadn't been digging him for weeks, and in fact, back in Hollywood, almost didn't put him through to Las Vegas, would use their one and only save of the season on him. The four people who held his fate in their hands tried to make it look like they were deliberating.
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April 26, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
"American Idol" gave us a surprise this week that, in fact, wasn't that much of a surprise at all, once you think about it. Raise your hand if you'd thought maybe no one would go home Thursday night because the judges hadn't used the save this season. (It's the first time they haven't used it since it was initiated in Season 8, as it turns out.) Yeah, my hand's up, too. And if you figured they'd probably average in the votes from this week with last week's to come up with next week's loser, so that the people who voted wouldn't feel like their voices hadn't been heard?
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April 5, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
Country star and Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood and Casey James, who came in third in Season 9, returned to perform on "American Idol" Thursday night, and one of this year's contenders, Burnell Taylor, was sent packing. Not Lazaro Arbos -- not even close. Even though Arbos was clearly (just ask Jimmy Iovine) the weakest link among the top seven -- repeatedly forgetting words, singing muddily, dressing cheesily and often not handling himself well (tears, anger) -- the voters placed him in this week's top three, along with Kree Harrison and Angie Miller.
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March 28, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
The "American Idol" top 8 tackled the music of Detroit on Wednesday. That turned out to mean mostly Motown, but also, incongruously, a song by Madonna -- "Michigan's own Material Girl," Ryan Seacrest reminded us - and a countrified version of it at that. Under the twinkling green eyes of Motown legend and guest mentor Smokey Robinson, it ought to have been a miraculous gem of a show, but alas, while some performers shined, others turned in woefully flawed performances. The judges' critiques too seemed a little off -- either rambling (Mariah Carey)
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March 8, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
Fine work, "American Idol" voters. You picked a pretty much perfect top 10 (which is to say a perfect top 5 women, and a perfectly fine top 5 men). "Idol" producers? You did well too -- giving us an hour-and-a-half results show devoid of fluff and tease and filled with emotion and a sense that true talent triumphs. It was also intimate, presenting a special, quiet moment backstage with each of the 10 finalists as they absorbed the potentially life-changing news, a private reveal ahead of the big one before the judges and the crowd.
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April 12, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
Thank you, America. You finally sent home the right guy. Yes, at long last, and after scaring many of us by mysteriously landing in the top three last week, Lazaro Arbos -- lover of bright colors, sweater of anxious sweats, forgetter of lyrics, weeper-turned-shrugger, bearer of Nicki Minaj-bestowed nicknames like "Ricky Ricardo" and "Fonzie," and certainly no judge favorite -- was sent packing Thursday on "American Idol. " That means we won't have to steel ourselves for the 22-year-old Floridian's missed notes and words -- and the judges' resulting awkward responses -- anymore.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
Country star and Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood and Casey James, who came in third in Season 9, returned to perform on "American Idol" Thursday night, and one of this year's contenders, Burnell Taylor, was sent packing. Not Lazaro Arbos -- not even close. Even though Arbos was clearly (just ask Jimmy Iovine) the weakest link among the top seven -- repeatedly forgetting words, singing muddily, dressing cheesily and often not handling himself well (tears, anger) -- the voters placed him in this week's top three, along with Kree Harrison and Angie Miller.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
The "American Idol" top 8 tackled the music of Detroit on Wednesday. That turned out to mean mostly Motown, but also, incongruously, a song by Madonna -- "Michigan's own Material Girl," Ryan Seacrest reminded us - and a countrified version of it at that. Under the twinkling green eyes of Motown legend and guest mentor Smokey Robinson, it ought to have been a miraculous gem of a show, but alas, while some performers shined, others turned in woefully flawed performances. The judges' critiques too seemed a little off -- either rambling (Mariah Carey)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
The "American Idol" voters finally had enough of Paul Jolley. No sooner had Jolley been informed that a town in Tennessee had named a day (last Saturday, March 16 -- so I guess he missed it?) after him, than he got word he'd landed in the bottom three. He was soon joined there by Devin Velez and (sadly) Amber Holcomb. But the latter two soon discovered they had survived to sing another week: It was Jolley who had come in dead last -- ending the long run of white-guy "Idol" winners. He sang for the save, though he couldn't have thought the judges, who hadn't been digging him for weeks, and in fact, back in Hollywood, almost didn't put him through to Las Vegas, would use their one and only save of the season on him. The four people who held his fate in their hands tried to make it look like they were deliberating.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
Oh, Hollywood Week, you cruel flirt. You fickle destroyer of "American Idol" dreams. You thing we have to go through twice this year. Last week we got the tempered highs and lows, the tense group dynamics, and the teary departures for the male "Idol" hopefuls as their throngs were whittled down to 28.  (Their ranks will soon be thinned further, to 20.) This week, we do Hollywood Week all over again with the girls. Sigh. "We're ready to slice and dice," Randy Jackson announced with what seemed like perverse pride on his way in for the quick-cut a cappella round.
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March 15, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
"American Idol" is handling its revelations differently this year - telling us a little more about the standings than simply which two singers are the bottom vote-getters and which, ultimately, came in dead last. Call me a stick-in-the-mud, unable to adapt to change, but knowing the top three PLUS the specific rankings for Nos. 4-7 is more than I'd like to know every step of the way. It's all so "X Factor"-ish: No mystery. No suspense. Relatively little drama. But no one asked me. PHOTOS: 'American Idol': Where are they now?
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