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The Great Idol Reunion

I will provide images, but could people please help me to identify the returning Idol contestants on the benches during "The Great Idol Reunion"


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Curious Poker Chip Curious Poker Chip 13 February 2021

Season 19 Protocol

Season 19 is starting tomorrow, and like always, I would prefer it if I would make the new contestant pages. I would usually get them fully prepared the day after, so please bare with me. As always, only contestants that are televised and with a contestant marquee are documented. You are free to correct info and misspellings after I create the pages. Keep the info about the contestant to a minimum as only the info that pertains to American Idol is going on the page. If they make the live shows/are prominent in another way, then a separate [Contestant Name]/Personal page can be made. If you want to discuss anything about the season or the contestants, use the talk pages. I am never more than a couple of hours away (unless I am sleeping).


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Curious Poker Chip Curious Poker Chip 24 March 2020

American Idol ~ Top 40 (Season 18)

Here are the Top 40 that I was able to figure out from my notes that I took during the telecast. I will update this list whenever American Idol officially releases the full list.

  1. Bilaal Avaz
  2. Franklin Boone
  3. Makayla Brownlee
  4. DeWayne Crocker Jr.
  5. Cyniah Elise
  6. Travis Finlay
  7. Kimmy Gabriella
  8. Julia Gargano
  9. Geena
  10. Shannon Gibbons
  11. Arthur Gunn
  12. Dillon James
  13. Aliana Jester
  14. Jordan Jones
  15. Just Sam
  16. Louis Knight
  17. Francisco Martin
  18. Lauren Mascitti
  19. Nick Merico
  20. Makayla Phillips
  21. Demi Rae
  22. Camryn Leigh Smith
  23. Robert Taylor
  24. Jeb Vonderbruegge
  25. Sophia Wackerman
  26. Jovin Webb
  27. Jonny West
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Kristiegirl Kristiegirl 3 July 2019

Future of season 18

As of right now, I haven't heard anything on whether Ryan Seacrest, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, & Lionel Richie will returning for Season 18 of Idol next year. I have heard stories of possible changes being made by ABC for money reasons even though I did read an interview where Luke said that he hoped that he, Katy, & Lionel do return. As for Ryan, I haven't heard anything from him that I know of so please understand that this upcoming season is right now filled with uncertainty.

Let's all be patient. The news on whether all 4 will be coming back will happen when it happens.

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RyanL181095 RyanL181095 6 May 2018

Ryan Long (American Idol Judge)

Ryan Long (born April 12, 2001) is an Judge, Director, Producer, Actor, Nintendo Producer, and Dancer who is best known in both the UK and the United States as a talent judge on TV shows such as America's Got Talent, American Idol, Britain's Got Talent, and The X-Factor.

Ryan decided to leave the Britain shows after Series 12 of Britain's Got Talent, and start fresh to hopefully become a new judge member of American Idol. Ryan has been judging America's Got Talent for 6 seasons and is hoping to reach up to 8 seasons.

Ryan is wanting to join American Idol Season 17 because he just left 2 shows from Britain and only has America's Got Talent in progress planned till 2020, but instead 2018.

But after America's Got Talent Season 13 ended, Ryan confirme…

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Kristiegirl Kristiegirl 16 May 2017

Idol coming back; Katy Perry now a judge

As we all know, Idol is coming back on ABC, and Katy Perry was announced as a judge today. Let's just say that I am very excited about this.

As for who the host will be and who will join Katy on the judging panel, I would suggest taking a wait-&-see approach to this. There are a lot of rumors going around so I would take those with a grain of salt until the person in question comfirms or denies the rumors involving them. I just think that this may be the best way to do this.

So get ready, folks. Idol is back!! :D

Kristiegirl (talk) 23:04, May 16, 2017 (UTC)

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Alwaysmore2hear Alwaysmore2hear 11 May 2015

American Idol Cancelled - what's your take?

Hey everyone! By now you've probably heard that American Idol will have no more seasons. What's your take? Understandably the show has had an INCREDIBLE run for over a decade and 15 Seasons and has produced hundreds of successful musicians, catapulting careers into so many different directions.

What's your favorite success Idol story? Of course there have been those  major top 40 stars like Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert. And there have also been so many folks who have found their niche like Diana DeGarmo, Constantine Maroulis and Taylor Hicks who made their way into musical theater.

One of my favorite American Idol success stories is Jasmine Trias who has a great amount of success in the Philippines.

What's your take? Is it…

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Nerdy Arianator Nerdy Arianator 19 April 2015

Tori Kelly

Hi! I just wanted to write this post to let you all know that I have started a wiki for Tori Kelly! I am looking for help adding content, so if you are interested, visit this page. As you can see, I just started, so any help would be appreciated. Since she was on American Idol, I thought that some of you might know a thing or two about her. For those of you who would be interested in becoming an administrator, I am looking for a few, so just let me know on my talk page (after, of course, contributing to the wiki). This will add another wiki administrator title under the belts of some, and it may be the first time for others, so there are no prerequisites needed. Thanks for reading and please help!

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Nerdy Arianator Nerdy Arianator 19 April 2015

Tori Kelly Wiki

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Americanidoljudges Americanidoljudges 17 June 2014

American Idol Judges

Americanidoljudges (talk) 18:51, June 17, 2014 (UTC)

The judges for 2014 are Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. as well as Ryan Seacrest has been the host of the show since the first season.

Jennifer Lopez was first seen as an American Idol judge in 2011 but stepped down in 2013 because she wanted to spend more time with her family.  But she soon came back to American Idol in 2014 as one of the three leading judges.

Jennifer Lopez- Is a famous New York born Latina singer, actor, and fashion designer. She became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry following a minor role in the 1986 film My Little Girl, to the dismay of her Puerto Rican parents who believed it was a foolish career idea.  Lopez gained he…

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Lauren.bridges21 Lauren.bridges21 24 February 2014

American Idol

I'm really loving Sam Woolf on American Idol this season!

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 21 February 2014












and i leave you with some actual talent, the 2012 company of the book of mormon at the tony awards

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Kristiegirl Kristiegirl 20 August 2013

Judging panel update

There are now reports out there saying that a songwriter and producer who calls himself Dr. Luke may be joining the panel. Like before, I think it would be best to hear it straight from him or from the network before putting it on the season 13 page. Also I wouldn't put too much stock into what Casper Smart says regarding his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez returning. Until she or the network say so, I would take what he says with a grain of salt.

Now another issue has come up. I have been noticing that someone keeps putting Cher Lloyd's name as a possible Idol judge on the season 13 page. From all the Google searches I do to all of the stuff I read online, this isn't true. Yes, she is a British pop star like Cheryl Cole, whose name has been ment…

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Kristiegirl Kristiegirl 6 August 2013

New judges

OK, folks, here's the thing. I know that there have been reports that Jennifer Lopez & are to be joining Keith Urban on the judging panel for season 13, but I think it would be better to hear it straight from Jennifer & Will themselves before mentioning them as judges on the season 13 page. I know that people are excited for this to happen, but until they say that they are a part of the show, please be patient. I hope everyone understands. Thank you. 

Kristiegirl (talk) 04:37, August 6, 2013 (UTC)

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 17 May 2013

THE END IS HERE - Finale Results Show

I'll be tossing in some favorite Idol moments in here because reasons. Let's start with:

And FINALLY, the results. Candice wins. Watch her not sell any albums. That would be funny.

Solid effort, Vote For the Worst. imo, this was a losing battle when the producers stacked the guys with fuggos less talented than the girls. Fuck them, you guys are awesome. Good for you for sticking it out for nine seasons of this swill. Best of luck to everyone there. You will be missed.

And so ends the (most likely) last and most boring season of American Idol. Well done, producers, you've succeeded in running the show into the ground. And as for the two people on here who've been reading my blog posts, I think it's time you knew that I made these blog posts to se…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 16 May 2013

Hakuna Matata, It Means DROP THE BASS - Finale

BWUY YOH wohhhh widdle da widdle do woodley widdledy wawww weeeeh gritchlew WEUUUUW, GWAAH GWOOH GRAW GRIH GRIH GRIH GREUUUUW GWEEE nyee nyee nyee nyee nyee nyee nyee nyee nyee REHHH sheww

Furious Face Candice - "I (Who Have Nothing)" by Shirley Bassey
Candice started a capella but gave pretty much the same performance as last time, misinterpreting the song to be angry and oversinging it to the point where she actually gave me a headache.
Grade: FAIL. Not the best song to reprise, especially if she interpreted it wrongly again.

Instead of giving a short recap of the finale results, I'm going to recap the whole finale results show.

One last video. Let's end where we started, shall we?

See you tonight.

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 10 May 2013

Not a Blogger, a Khaleesi - Top 3

One final down, two more to go.

This week the girls sang three songs. There has not been a single performance night that lasted only an hour. I miss the one hour shows. They didn't make me wish for sweet death.

I'm on a Game of Thrones high, so there will be random quotes here and there.

Kree the Janitor
Jimmy Iovine's Choice: "Fuckin' Perfect" by P!nk
This was such a fucking weird song choice for Kree, especially since I knew she wouldn't swear. I honestly feel that the version with the swearing is a lot more heartfelt and sincere. Kree seemed very nasally and flat, and she fudged up the words twice. Overall, the performance was lackluster. P!nk sings the shit out of this song every time. I feel like Kree didn't even try.
Nicki said the quality o…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 3 May 2013

Don't Worry, I'm NOT Leaving - Top 4 (Again)

Sorry for the confusion. Apparently, I made it seem in my last sign-off that I would not be returning to recap this week. Fear not, readers. I am here and I have my opinions ready.

So this week's theme is "Songs From Now and Then", which means one hit song from this year and one standard song from the Great American Songbook. I looked up what exactly the Great American Songbook was and it's mostly ballads. UGH.

What will probably be sung:

  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Over the Rainbow
  • You'll Never Walk Alone
  • Call Me Irresponsible
  • Night and Day
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Moon River
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  • Stormy Weather
  • It Had to Be You - if someone fucking sings this, I'm gonna throw something

What I hope will be sung but probably won't …

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 26 April 2013

I'm Sorry You Don't Have Enough of a Sense of Humor to Enjoy VFTW - Top 4

You know what's awesome about Vote For The Worst? The fact that they don't care. They will act how they want, deal with all the hate mail they get, and they've stuck around for nine seasons of Idol. They get attacked for being honest and having an opinion (kind of like my posts on here) but they don't give a shit (and neither do I). And they're actually really funny and make the show more entertaining for me. Plenty of people have spoken up about Idol since they've been on the show and VFTW has always backed them up. Hell, they even had Sanjaya on their radio show once. Sanjaya is awesome, I don't care what anyone says. He had personality and he was entertaining.

Another thing about VFTW that I like is that they don't come up with random bullsh…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 19 April 2013

Sorry No Top 5 Recap This Week

Sorry for the inconvenience but I will not be watching and recapping the Top 5 this week. Instead I will provide random thoughts from the song spoilers I saw before the show and some interesting info I got off Vote for the Worst.

  • This week's themes were Divas and Songs From the Year You Were Born. I was actually a little excited for the "year you were born" songs, because some choices can be entertaining. I saw that Candice sang "Straight Up" by Paula Adbul, which sounds kind of awesome and entertaining in a funny way. Imagining Candice trying to be sassy and sexy with her furious face singing almost made me want to watch the show.
  • The Divas theme I wasn't liking too much. The Idol contestant's definition of diva songs are dreary, done to dea…
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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 12 April 2013

I Put This Off For As Long As I Could - Top 6

So apparently, calling someone who stutters a "stutterer" is considered an insult. Who knew?

In the cold open, Idol whined about losing Burnell, which I found funny because he wasn't even that good.

After seeing the song spoilers for this week, I was not looking forward to watching the performances. Nothing looked funny or trainwreck worthy. It looked like another damn snoozefest. And it didn't help that they were doing two songs this week.

Now, here's something you probably don't know about me: I have an excellent memory. It's not photographic, but it's pretty close. For example, my family will ask me random trivia about Friends, and I can give them the exact answer followed by what season it was from, the episode number, and episode title (tru…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 5 April 2013

Less Guys = Lower Ratings - Top 7

Last Thursday, Idol's ratings dropped to an all time low. Why? Because Idol is sending all the guys home. It could not be more obvious that the powers that be want a girl to win this year. At least in past seasons, they would alternate who got kicked off (guy, girl, guy, girl, and so on until about the top 6 or 5). There are two guys left on the show, the rest are all girls.

So this week is Rock Week. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I love rock music (my iTunes is full of Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin, Staind, Three Days Grace, Green Day, Black Veil Brides, Within Temptation, etc.), but usually when Idol does Rock Week, people don't do well (except the WGWG). They tend to sing a lot of classic stuff too, rather than someth…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 29 March 2013

I May Not Agree With Your Opinions, But You Don't See Me Trying to Tape Your Mouth Shut - Top 8

You know what I love about being an American? The fact that I have freedom of speech and the press. You don't always have to agree with me, and you can criticize my opinions all you want, but you do not have the right to shut me up.


And just to clarify (again), it's not a matter of whether or not I can sing better than the contestants. No one needs to be an expert to point out errors like this. For example, you do not have to be a gymnast, a gymnastics coach, or a certified judge to know when a gymnast performs a triple twist with sloppy form (I'm looking at you, Raisman and Mustafina). The same applies in this situation. It doesn't take a singer (amateur or professional) or an expert vocalist to know w…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 22 March 2013

Don't They Have Any Original Ideas? - Top 9

You know, I was having a good day. I wrote a five-page research paper in three hours, I had some devilishly good fried chicken, they had Nerds rope at the market place at school, I made some major progress in my Hunger Games fanfiction, I rediscovered how awesome CSI was, and in general I was just excited to go home for spring break.

Then, I had to watch this.

For some reason that escapes me, the producers thought it was a good idea to do Beatles week. Again. Why? It's not like the other Beatles weeks on Idol were any good. They did it twice in season seven (the first day was sucktacular, the second day was just fucking boring) and they did it again in season nine (which I didn't watch). So I knew this was gonna be bad. And there was not a single…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 15 March 2013

Hmmm, Where Have I Seen This Before? - Top 10

So instead of Seacrest doing the cold open, the show starts with this montage of the Top 10 and their road to the finale, and includes clips from past winner announcements. And what do you know, the theme for this week is "Songs by Former Idol Winners". This doesn't just restrict the contestants from picking songs from the winners' post-Idol careers, however. They can sing something that the winner sang on the show as well. So I'm expecting mostly Kelly and Carrie and at least one song by one of the WGWG winners.

Nicki is apparently late because she was stuck in traffic.

Curtis - "I Believe" by Fantasia
Jimmy Iovine said: Don't be too retro.
Better Sung on Idol By: Fantasia (duh). This was her coronation moment. Singing a former Idol winner's coronati…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 8 March 2013

They Need to Stop Making These Two Hour Shows - Top 10 Guys

No intro today, just get on with the singing.

Asian Bieber Elijah - "Stay" by Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
Elijah starts the night by boring me to death with a ballad. His high voice actually made him sound like Rihanna in places, which was funny. He and Rihanna both have about a three-note range but Elijah's only hitting about 30% of the notes in the song. His lower register is where he goes off-key the most. At least the performance was mercifully short.
The judges pimp Elijah to the moon as part of the producer's plans to let anyone besides a WGWG to win this season.
Grade: D. The 12 year old girls with iPhones will vote for him.

Cortez - "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars
As soon as I heard Cortez was singing Bruno Mars, I was like, "Great. An…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 8 March 2013

Two is Already More Than Enough - Top 10 Girls

So this is how disconnected I am with this show. I didn't know there was a Top 10 Girls Round and Top 10 Guys Round AND a results show this week. WHY? WHY MUST YOU STRETCH IT OUT THIS LONG?

And in not knowing of the gender-separated Top 10 Rounds, I missed the Top 10 Girls this week. So I'm just gonna watch both Top 10 Rounds one after the other but make separate posts. 20 reviews in one post is too much.

And of course, Ryan and Randy pimp the girls to the moon, which is part of the producer's strategy to stop the WGWG streak.

Side note: I have to stop listening to awesome singers before I watch these shows. I have "Make the World Move" still stuck in my head.

Zoanette the Awesome - "What's Love Got to Do With It" by Tina Turner
Zoanette ditch…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 1 March 2013

I Have Les Mis Stuck In My Head - Semifinals Round 4

Bear in mind that just before I watched this episode, I watched the Les Mis Oscars performance for the millionth time and it made me cry for the millionth time (you know, Anne Hathaway being flawless, Samantha Barks stealing the show from Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit and his Enjolras swagger, and the breathtaking background choir). And now I have to lower my expectations for this while I'm still singing it in my head. :P

Seacrest is out by the pool in the cold open so he obviously has to make some kind of water pun (and does). He also mentions after the guys are announced that the contestants were allowed to pick any song they wanted for the semifinals, which I know is a lie. There have been times in the history of the sh…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 28 February 2013

I'd Care If They Actually Had Talent - Semifinals Round 3

I've devised a method on how to judge each performance objectively. First I just listen to the performance so I'm not distracted by what they do or look like. Then I rewind the video and watch the performance. That's why I don't watch the episodes live, because I don't have DVR up at school.

Okay, enough of the yakking. Onto the singing.

(Side note: Why was there fire behind Seacrest in the cold open?)

Melinda Ademi Hot Pants - "Nobody's Perfect" by Jessie J
When the song starts, Melinda does this really weird walk to the middle of the stage. She also appears to be wearing leather hot pants over purple leggins (gurl, no). I think she's trying to be sexy but it's not working at all. Didn't some girl already sing this song last week? I can't rem…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 22 February 2013

They Can't Be Worse, Can They? - Semifinals Round 2

There are several types of seen-it-befores that always make up the cast of Idol.

> The token screechy diva
- see: Kimberly Locke, Jennifer Hudson, Vonzell Solomon, Lakisha Jones, Syesha Mercado, Lil Rounds
> The female who isn’t as good as she thinks she is
- see: Katharine McPhee, Gina Glocksen, Carly Smithson, Haley Reinhart
> The skinny black guy who won’t make it anywhere near the finale
- see: George Huff, Brandon Rogers, Chikezie Eze, Jacob Lusk
> The skinny, pretty (sometimes blonde) girl who never wins
- see: Jessica Sierra, Lisa Tucker, Haley Scarnato, Brooke White, Shannon Magrane
> The precocious teenager who is the least professional and doesn’t put any emotion into their songs
- see: Mikalah Gordon, Kevin Covais, David Archuleta, Aaron …

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STO12 STO12 22 February 2013

American Idol Season 12

American Idol always gives major surprises and shocking eliminations every year and with the talent involved, it's no wonder it is the most successful reality TV show in history. People all over the place think that it is rigged and that the judge "unfairly", psshhh....are you the manager of the show? Do you know how it runs? Are you a platinum album millionaire judge? I don't think so! So there will be no wining here, only my opinions and the possible fates of Season 12's contestants.

  • 1 Auditions
    • 1.1 New York City Auditions
    • 1.2 Chicago Auditions
    • 1.3 Charlotte Auditions
    • 1.4 Baton Rough Auditions

The New York City Auditions aired on January 16, the day Season 12 premiered. New York brought a lot of surprising contenders, many of them being talent less…

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 22 February 2013

Here Goes Nothing - Semifinals Round 1

So I decided to give this show another try. Wish me luck and hope I don't quit halfway through.

First, some background info on my history with American Idol.

I watched from season three to season seven. My favorites included Fantasia, Constantine, Bo, Paris, Daughtry, Sanjaya (I'll get to that later), and Archuleta. I was the typical teenage Idol viewer, completely unaware of what exactly the show was, and annoyed when the person everyone hated made it further than everyone thought they should have.

In season six, I first heard about Vote for the Worst and how they were all working to make Sanjaya win. I didn't really know much about the website, but I became a Sanjaya fan on my own. He had a decent voice and he had some really fun performances…

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Twilightsagafan Twilightsagafan 10 July 2012

Colton Dixon-Never Gone (New Song)

Colton Dixon fans,that either haven't seen the Idol tour yet (like me) but Colton sang he's new song "Never Gone" on the tour. This song is one of Bethany Hamilton's fave songs,I just know that cause one of her tweets on her twitter profile is about Colton's Never Gone.So here is a video of Colton singing Never Gone on the idol tour.

This is from someone who saw Colton on 7/7/12 I don't own the video or Colton's new song.

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NicoleeGleek NicoleeGleek 30 June 2012

Doing a lot of editing on this wiki!

Hey everyone,

My name is Nicole and I am a frequent editor over at the Glee Wiki. Well I have noticed this wiki has hardly any activity going on a lot and needs a lot of editing and stuff along those lines. So I have decided that I will be spending time on here to fix up a bunch of pages and stuff like that. So I can make the wiki a bit more organized and stuff like that. Whoever runs this wiki or something and needs a new admin to help run this place I will be glad so to help.

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Twilightsagafan Twilightsagafan 6 May 2012

All Of Skylar's perfomance!

This blog is for Skylar Laine!

This blog is for her skoutlaws (like me)!

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LexiLexi LexiLexi 12 January 2012

Main Page Changes

Hi everyone ! I'm Lexi, a Wikia staff member, currently waiting for the admin of this wiki to respond to my ideas about main page changes, so if any active editors or members here want to throw out some ideas or constructive criticism, that would be great!

I am hoping to put a lot of newer content on the main page and swap out the old content since it's a new season of American Idol. I was also thinking of having a portal of past winners/current contestants, and making it a little less text heavy (more pictures/VIDEOS!)

So, what do you guys think?

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LexiLexi LexiLexi 26 October 2011

Admin Needed for X Factor Wiki!

X Factor Wiki needs a new admin-- and who better to ask than fans of American Idol? If you also love X Factor and want to help that wiki grow, comment below. You can also nominate someone you know who you think would make a great admin. Good luck!

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Kate.moon Kate.moon 17 August 2011

Judging Panel Season 11

Season 11 of American Idol is just around the corner and the judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest are all coming back! This is just after J.Lo got a huge payraise and Tyler was reported as being discontent with his salary (in the millions) in comparison to Lopez's deal.

Will you be watching Season 11 with the judges in tow? Do you approve of the new judges or have you peaced out since Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul left?

TV Fanatic

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Candycoateddoom Candycoateddoom 31 May 2011

I'm Just About Done

This show is starting to wear thin on me. The talent on the show has become worse and worse since season 7. Season 6 was the show's peak. It had Melinda, Jordin, Blake, and of course Sanjaya. Sanjaya was the best part of the show just because he was fun to watch.

My main problem with the talent is that there are two niches that the contestants fill. They're either terrible or they're boring. At least Rachel Zevita was interesting. I was rooting for her to win the whole thing.

And now at the end of this season, white guy with guitar #4 has won the show. I remember first seeing Scotty and I honestly couldn't understand why he kept surviving week after week. I did find his head tilt and googly eyes funny, though. Eventually, I wanted him to win…

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4kidsOPfan 4kidsOPfan 29 May 2011


Hey everyone. So, I guess I'm just trying to contribute to the wiki and maybe catch up on some American Idol.

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Bchwood Bchwood 27 May 2011

American Idol Paydays

With the votes tallied for Season 10 of American Idol, I thought it would be a good time to tally the earnings!

As Eonline recently reported, AI winner Scotty McCreery's recording contract will pay him $250,000. But there's more gold in them there hills. Scotty is sure to see ancillary revenues from the win as he goes on the post-season Idol tour. Not to mention the first class travel and accommodations for both him and his parents.

Lauren Alaina gets less than a third as the runner-up at $87,500, which feels like it's on the low side given how vital the last two finalists are for the ratings of the finale.

These paydays will inevitably get fresh scrutiny due to Simon Cowell's new show The X Factor which boasts a $5 million dollar recording c…

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Bchwood Bchwood 26 May 2011

American Idol Finale Recap

After two hours of amazing performances from some of music's biggest names, the American Idol Season 10 finale saw 120 million votes and win a for....Scotty McCreery!

Going into Tuesday night's show, I have to say I thought Scotty McCreery was a lock, but then Lauren Alaina stunned the judges with her melodious third and final performance- and two out of the three judges predicted her the favorite to win, with Steven Tyler nearly declaring it a certainty. So I was left thinking that Idol fans would vote in line with the judges, but I was happily proved wrong.

Overall, the finale was an exciting night that saw: the Top 13 finalists performing Lady Gaga's "Born This Way", James Durbin banging it out with Judas Priest, and Casey Abrams teaming …

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Bchwood Bchwood 25 May 2011

Lady Gaga, Beyoncé to sing on tonight's finale

Last night's final performances on Season 10 of American Idol gave us pretty spectacular performances from both Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, with the judges ultimately giving a slight edge to Lauren for her heart-rending third performance. Tonight, Wednesday (May 25) somebody will be crowned the new people's champ and more details have emerged about who will perform.

Reports have it that a pair of this year's mentors will be back to celebrate the coronation. In addition to U2's Bono and the Edge performing with cast members from the troubled Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga will take the stage.

The story claimed that both pop divas, who helped mentor this year's finalists, will team up with all-time …

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L78lancer L78lancer 25 May 2011

American Idol:It Ain't Over Until It's Over

As the season winds down, there are some lessons that still have not been learned. The judges don't get that their comments do have some effect - they tend to swing the voters away from anything that they say. That means that the praise that they gave Lauren could set Scotty up to be the winner. Next, the temperature from last week seemed to indicate that people were not impressed by Haley's guitar-playing father. In fact it may have hurt her. I'm not sure how you can be an "Idol" and at the same time appear to be apron-string tied to your parents. Finally...ballads, ballads, ballads. Ballads are the key to winning American Idol. I'm joking about all the above...but not completely.

I completely did not like Scotty at the beginning of the se…

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Bchwood Bchwood 19 May 2011

Carrie Underwood surpasses Kelly Clarkson as top American Idol earner

Simon Cowell actually predicted it during Season 4 and in 2011 it came true — Carrie Underwood is now officially American Idol’s top earner, surpassing Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson.

Last year, Kelly Clarkson reigned supreme on Billboard’s Top 24 Idols tally- with 10,600,000 albums and 15,900,000 digital tracks sold since 2002. As of May 16, Underwood’s album sales topped 12,296,000 and she’s moved more than 18,482,000 digital tracks since winning season 4. (Sales data provided by Nielsen SoundScan.)

While Clarkson’s international presence is stronger than Underwood’s, who plays mostly to U.S. and Canadian audiences, Kelly has devoted much of 2010 and 2011 to working on her as yet unreleased fifth album -- or spending rather than earning. F…

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L78lancer L78lancer 19 May 2011

American Idol:Winding Up For The Finish

Scotty, Lauren and Haley had an opportunity to really showcase themselves last night. They finally had the chance to do three songs and display their depth and versatility. Much to my surprise, Lauren seemed to be the best prepared and well put together. She looked good and sounded good each time. Even if she did have a slight slip in the middle of her last song, most of the public would have never taken notice if the judges had not harped on it. I say kudos to her. She has truly come a long way from the completely goofy (still sometimes slightly goofy) school girl to a somewhat polished performer who is clawing her way into contention to be in the big time.

Haley even surprised me. I wasn't altogether impressed with her first two selectio…

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Bchwood Bchwood 18 May 2011

Country Music pundits weigh in on Idol singers

So what do the country radio programmers think of American Idol Season 10 country crooner finalists Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina? Well it turns out they're not quite singing their praises. Yet.

"I'm calling in sick the day they bring Scotty by on radio tour," said Toni-Marie, music director for Bakersfield, Calif., station KUZZ, tells's Phyllis Stark in her latest Stark Country newsletter. "I wish people would quit comparing this kid to Josh Turner. He attempts to sound like him, but the only thing he is successful at is looking like the kid on MAD magazines ... Maybe Scotty does have some potential. I don't see it, but he needs someone to teach him to be who Scotty is. Quit doing JT covers and doing that weird eye thing …

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L78lancer L78lancer 13 May 2011

American Idol:Haley - You've Got To Use What You'ver Got To Get What You Want

I am so over the "shocking results" from this show that I can’t even get upset by the outcome. I enjoyed the performances, but nothing about it really comes as a surprise for me. So while I do not like Haley I say “good for her.” She has taken the expression “using what you’ve got to get what you want,” and put it into action. Last night reconfirmed for me that the voting is often more based on emotion, sentiment and whether the communications systems are working properly than the actual talent and persona of the performer (which actually are the elements of a true "idol.") And she has worked that sentiment like a pro. And for all of the conspiracy theory nuts, that’s not what this is all about so hold your horses.

Several weeks ago when th…

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Bchwood Bchwood 13 May 2011

Fallout from James Durbin's ouster

Thankfully I wasn't the only one howling with outrage when James Durbin was voted off last night on Season 10 on "American Idol."

In case you missed it, the sensitive California rocker gave an emotion-choked send-off performance (and yes, shed a few tears) after host Ryan Seacrest broke the bad news. But his many fans also gave him an even bigger tearstained goodbye, sending hundreds of messages of support to MTV News in the wake of his booting.

After being tipped to possibly face off against country favorite Scotty McCreery in the finale two weeks from now, many of his fans inundated MTV News with their howls of disbelief.

"Done with 'American Idol' that James is gone no need to watch," wrote an upset Pamela. "Can't wait for his CD!!"


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L78lancer L78lancer 12 May 2011

American Idol:Is Haley A Rising Star Or A Setting Sun?

There is a time and place for everything. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like it but the principle is still true. For those who believe in it even the Bible clarifies it for us if we refuse to understand by telling us that there is a season for everything under heaven. So often in the past the judges’ criticism has been absent, nonexistent or just plain bogus. Some of the kids seemed unfairly sent home by the public voting after listening to bad advice and silly comments. However, the statements by the judges for the most part were constructive, accurate and gently delivered (all except for Steven – he seemed to have a bug up his butt from the very beginning of the show and his attitude showed it clearly). I have been hard on Randy and Jennifer…

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