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May 1, 2008 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday night saw a tearful end to the "American Idol" journey of singer/songwriter Brooke White. The husky-voiced songstress broke the traditional "American Idol" mold by being the first performer in a low-key, Carly Simon-inspired vein to reach the top ranks of the competition, ultimately finishing in the fifth-place spot. Pared for elimination with Syesha Mercado, White was perhaps best known for her hyper-emotional reactions on past elimination nights. She stayed true to form, breaking into tears during her farewell song -- Neil Diamond's "I Am I Said" -- and retreating to the rear of the stage.
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July 1, 2008 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
For months, as the entertainment world revolved around them, as desperate fans speed-dialed voting lines, as celebrity-driven tabloids and websites fought in mortal combat for every scrap of information about them, as television, music and Broadway rebuilt their firmaments in their wake, the contestants of "American Idol" toiled in the show's protective cocoon-like bubble. "We were in a white room for three months," said Irish songstress Carly Smithson. But now, at last, their duties on the show over, America's Top 10 gladiators of competitive singing are leaving the bubble and taking their songs directly to the millions of "Idol" fans as they prepare for the 49-city "American Idols Live!"
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May 15, 2008 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
The finale of "American Idol," the nation's most popular television show, was determined Wednesday night, setting the stage for a David vs. David showdown. David Cook, 25, of Blue Springs, Mo., will compete against David Archuleta, 17, of Murray, Utah, for the show's coveted singing crown. After more than 56 million votes were cast by viewers, the two advanced to the final round with the ouster of jazz singer Syesha Mercado on Wednesday night's results show. The 21-year-old from Sarasota, Fla., had struggled through much of the season, often occupying its weekly bottom tier, before surging in the final weeks and outlasting 11 other female contestants.
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May 16, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Music Critic
Sometimes, things turn out just like you thought they would. That new program manager you thought was flirting with you over at the water cooler asks you out. You cut out carbs and lose 5 pounds. And the two "American Idol" finalists everyone was betting on, at least since the moody and glorious Carly Smithson felt the blade last month, are indeed battling for the crown next week. David Archuleta and David Cook -- the clean teen versus the Bed Head by TIGI-coiffed rocker -- should make for a final round marked by big notes and bitten lips.
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February 22, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
Well, that was painful. Girls' night on "Idol" suffered from a traveling flu, and a bigger case of almost everybody trying too hard. This year's women performers have great buzz -- in some karaoke universe, anyway, where personality is defined by the number of notes "blown" (to use Randy Jackson's phrase) and qualities such as rhythmic sense or emotional nuance have no weight. But in the real world -- even the Plasticine corner where "Idol" takes place -- nervous imitation, however cheerily executed, doesn't get you far. That's what I saw from the ladies Wednesday night -- and by the time you read this, two of them will be gone.
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May 16, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Music Critic
Sometimes, things turn out just like you thought they would. That new program manager you thought was flirting with you over at the water cooler asks you out. You cut out carbs and lose 5 pounds. And the two "American Idol" finalists everyone was betting on, at least since the moody and glorious Carly Smithson felt the blade last month, are indeed battling for the crown next week. David Archuleta and David Cook -- the clean teen versus the Bed Head by TIGI-coiffed rocker -- should make for a final round marked by big notes and bitten lips.
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May 1, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Pop Music Critic
I never thought I would have occasion to feel sorry for Neil Diamond, but "American Idol" always seems to introduce me to new and uninvited emotions. Tuesday's show, devoted to the songbook of the estimable Tin Pan Alley rocker, did him a great injustice -- and it didn't do much for the tremulous Top Five Idols, either. Maybe they're still processing the slaying of Carly last week, or perhaps they'd gotten into whatever made Paula render judgment on Jason Castro's second song before he sang it -- but with one exception, the contenders seemed a little, well, glazed.
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May 9, 2008 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
And now, at last, the final lap. In the Idoldome on Wednesday night, where the faithful gathered for the ritual execution of Jason Castro, the room seemed dominated by an unstable mixture of euphoria and exhaustion as we enter the last phases before the anointing at the Nokia in a mere two weeks. From what promised just three months ago to be a sure and predictable season, a final three has emerged that not a pundit alive would have prophesied. That from the ashes of the promised Johns-Smithson-Archuleta clash should have emerged this group would have been unthinkable when the Top 24 appeared.
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July 1, 2008 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
For months, as the entertainment world revolved around them, as desperate fans speed-dialed voting lines, as celebrity-driven tabloids and websites fought in mortal combat for every scrap of information about them, as television, music and Broadway rebuilt their firmaments in their wake, the contestants of "American Idol" toiled in the show's protective cocoon-like bubble. "We were in a white room for three months," said Irish songstress Carly Smithson. But now, at last, their duties on the show over, America's Top 10 gladiators of competitive singing are leaving the bubble and taking their songs directly to the millions of "Idol" fans as they prepare for the 49-city "American Idols Live!"
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June 27, 2009 | Associated Press
"Dreamgirls" has turned to an "American Idol" alum to play one of the leads in a revival of the musical in New York City. Syesha Mercado, the second runner-up in the seventh season of the hit Fox series, will portray Deena Jones in the production, which will begin a national tour at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater, Nov. 7 through Dec. 6. Moya Angela will play the pivotal role of Effie White in the production. Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for her portrayal of Effie in the film version of the musical.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2008 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
The finale of "American Idol," the nation's most popular television show, was determined Wednesday night, setting the stage for a David vs. David showdown. David Cook, 25, of Blue Springs, Mo., will compete against David Archuleta, 17, of Murray, Utah, for the show's coveted singing crown. After more than 56 million votes were cast by viewers, the two advanced to the final round with the ouster of jazz singer Syesha Mercado on Wednesday night's results show. The 21-year-old from Sarasota, Fla., had struggled through much of the season, often occupying its weekly bottom tier, before surging in the final weeks and outlasting 11 other female contestants.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2008 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
And now, at last, the final lap. In the Idoldome on Wednesday night, where the faithful gathered for the ritual execution of Jason Castro, the room seemed dominated by an unstable mixture of euphoria and exhaustion as we enter the last phases before the anointing at the Nokia in a mere two weeks. From what promised just three months ago to be a sure and predictable season, a final three has emerged that not a pundit alive would have prophesied. That from the ashes of the promised Johns-Smithson-Archuleta clash should have emerged this group would have been unthinkable when the Top 24 appeared.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2008 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday night saw a tearful end to the "American Idol" journey of singer/songwriter Brooke White. The husky-voiced songstress broke the traditional "American Idol" mold by being the first performer in a low-key, Carly Simon-inspired vein to reach the top ranks of the competition, ultimately finishing in the fifth-place spot. Pared for elimination with Syesha Mercado, White was perhaps best known for her hyper-emotional reactions on past elimination nights. She stayed true to form, breaking into tears during her farewell song -- Neil Diamond's "I Am I Said" -- and retreating to the rear of the stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Pop Music Critic
I never thought I would have occasion to feel sorry for Neil Diamond, but "American Idol" always seems to introduce me to new and uninvited emotions. Tuesday's show, devoted to the songbook of the estimable Tin Pan Alley rocker, did him a great injustice -- and it didn't do much for the tremulous Top Five Idols, either. Maybe they're still processing the slaying of Carly last week, or perhaps they'd gotten into whatever made Paula render judgment on Jason Castro's second song before he sang it -- but with one exception, the contenders seemed a little, well, glazed.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
Well, that was painful. Girls' night on "Idol" suffered from a traveling flu, and a bigger case of almost everybody trying too hard. This year's women performers have great buzz -- in some karaoke universe, anyway, where personality is defined by the number of notes "blown" (to use Randy Jackson's phrase) and qualities such as rhythmic sense or emotional nuance have no weight. But in the real world -- even the Plasticine corner where "Idol" takes place -- nervous imitation, however cheerily executed, doesn't get you far. That's what I saw from the ladies Wednesday night -- and by the time you read this, two of them will be gone.
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May 8, 2008 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
The surprising and unlikely "American Idol" journey of Jason Castro ended Wednesday night in a week that saw nearly 51 million votes cast on television's most popular show. Falling just short of the final three, the soulful, dreadlocked crooner at first seemed far outside the typical "Idol" mold, but he quickly won over a large and hard-core following with an endearingly sweet, laid-back personality and a talent for offbeat comments.
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February 29, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
"What you brought to it was familiarity." That's a Paula-ism you just want to frame and put on a wall. "Idol's" own Yogi Berra was throwing fuzzy praise at Brooke White, whose competent rendition of Carly Simon's signature song, "You're So Vain," was the best substitute for excitement on yet another shaky Girls' Night.
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