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April 4, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The voters tried to send Sam Woolf home on "American Idol" on Thursday night, but for some reason the judges unanimously decided to use their one save of the season to snatch him back from elimination. Why? Well, who knows really? Maybe Harry Connick Jr.'s daughters, who he predicted back during Woolf's audition would have a crush on the bashful young singer, had made him promise to save Sam, should his number come up. In any case, there wasn't time for Connick, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban to explain their decision before the end of the half-hour results show, on which, incidentally, Daughtry performed.
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April 24, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The "American Idol" Top 6 made like Donny and Marie Osmond, circa 1976, and went a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll (the perfect fresh reference for pulling in that young demographic the show's been aiming hard for this season) on Wednesday night, though not in that order. It was a drawn-out, slackish evening that felt every bit of its two hours and more. Sections between performances were filled with noisy coach banter and appearances by the band R5 and a very sedate Grumpy Cat. The extremely non-frisky, permanently bemused feline was held by host Ryan Seacrest, kissed by contestant Caleb Johnson, imitated by Jennifer Lopez and awkwardly carried on for a final appearance by Randy Jackson, who exclaimed, "The dawg holding the cat!
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April 11, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
In an outcome that was not the least bit surprising - except, perhaps, to the "American Idol" judges who unconditionally love her - Malaya Watson was sent home by the voters this week. And after using their save on Sam Woolf, there was nothing those judges could do to prevent or delay the departure of the 16-year-old singer (and tuba player) from Southfield, Mich., whom Keith Urban had once said made glasses and braces "look so cool. " Having made appearances in the bottom three twice before, Watson turned in a shrill and shouty rendition of Chaka Kahn's "Through the Fire" on this week's performance show.
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April 18, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Doing the tried-and-true down-home country-anthem thang week after week carried Dexter Roberts pretty far this season on "American Idol," but not, alas, all the way to the end. The good old boy from Alabama, who may have been as passionate about duck hunting and dog training as he was about singing, finally wore out his welcome with "Idol" voters. On Thursday night's results show (which included a peculiar cameo appearance by Kevin Bacon, who for some reason kicked off the show)
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April 18, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Doing the tried-and-true down-home country-anthem thang week after week carried Dexter Roberts pretty far this season on "American Idol," but not, alas, all the way to the end. The good old boy from Alabama, who may have been as passionate about duck hunting and dog training as he was about singing, finally wore out his welcome with "Idol" voters. On Thursday night's results show (which included a peculiar cameo appearance by Kevin Bacon, who for some reason kicked off the show)
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April 10, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
With Sam Woolf back in the fold this week after last week's save, the "American Idol" top eight tackled songs of the '80s, a decade in which none of them -- nope, not one --  was actually alive. If that fact alone doesn't make "Idol" watchers over age 24 feel old, Caleb Johnson added an extra insult before stepping onto the stage to sing Journey's "Faithfully," a song guest mentor and Season 7 "Idol" winner David Cook encouraged him to approach with "reverence. "  Johnson said he planned to go out there and "make some old ladies cry. " (I trust he wasn't referring to the likes of Jennifer Lopez, who did seem moved by Johnson's performance.)
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March 28, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Raise your hand if you're going to miss Majesty Rose. Yeah, my hand is up too. The sparkly-eyed singer with the infectious gap-toothed smile was sent home by "American Idol" voters Thursday night, as the top 9 shrank to the top 8 in a lean half-hour show. Though they seemed tempted, the judges ultimately decided not to save her. "This has without doubt been the hardest deliberation from us tonight. ... But we've got to agree, and by a narrow, narrow margin, we are not going to use our save tonight," Keith Urban solemnly informed Rose after she'd sung her save-me song, a vocally shaky, physically upbeat take on Pharrell Williams' "Happy," which she'd finished with an open-armed spin across the stage.
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April 3, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The "American Idol" Top 8 took the stage to sing the songs they'd auditioned with on Wednesday night and showed how far they've come during what Ryan Seacrest likes to call their "'Idol' journey. " "I'm so proud of everyone tonight," Keith Urban said after the last singer had taken his turn. "You guys have stepped it up enormously. " It's true. Blanketed in the security of a familiar song, many of the singers displayed a new level of comfort and control, prompting Urban to spring to his feet repeatedly to bestow standing ovations.
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March 14, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Let's hear it for the "American Idol" voters. They were spot-on this week. The voters didn't care if the judges told Majesty Rose that her shouty rendition of "Let It Go" was "strong. " Nor were they willing to unquestioningly accept all that Sam Woolf-is-the-next-big-heartthrob propaganda the show has been handing them when his performances have been consistently awkward and underwhelming. And they certainly won't sit idly by when a guy who'd portrayed himself as a down-home country boy suddenly sees fit to lose the backward baseball hat, slick back his hair, groom his scraggly beard, replace his flannel shirt with a velvet jacket and make like Elton John.
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April 11, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
In an outcome that was not the least bit surprising - except, perhaps, to the "American Idol" judges who unconditionally love her - Malaya Watson was sent home by the voters this week. And after using their save on Sam Woolf, there was nothing those judges could do to prevent or delay the departure of the 16-year-old singer (and tuba player) from Southfield, Mich., whom Keith Urban had once said made glasses and braces "look so cool. " Having made appearances in the bottom three twice before, Watson turned in a shrill and shouty rendition of Chaka Kahn's "Through the Fire" on this week's performance show.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The voters tried to send Sam Woolf home on "American Idol" on Thursday night, but for some reason the judges unanimously decided to use their one save of the season to snatch him back from elimination. Why? Well, who knows really? Maybe Harry Connick Jr.'s daughters, who he predicted back during Woolf's audition would have a crush on the bashful young singer, had made him promise to save Sam, should his number come up. In any case, there wasn't time for Connick, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban to explain their decision before the end of the half-hour results show, on which, incidentally, Daughtry performed.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Raise your hand if you're going to miss Majesty Rose. Yeah, my hand is up too. The sparkly-eyed singer with the infectious gap-toothed smile was sent home by "American Idol" voters Thursday night, as the top 9 shrank to the top 8 in a lean half-hour show. Though they seemed tempted, the judges ultimately decided not to save her. "This has without doubt been the hardest deliberation from us tonight. ... But we've got to agree, and by a narrow, narrow margin, we are not going to use our save tonight," Keith Urban solemnly informed Rose after she'd sung her save-me song, a vocally shaky, physically upbeat take on Pharrell Williams' "Happy," which she'd finished with an open-armed spin across the stage.
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