CARLY SIMON isn't the first name you'd expect to find on a list of classic-rock superstars who keep tabs on " American Idol." "I tune in whenever I get a chance," she says in that signature dusky voice. "How could I not, when this season...
In the third part of this four-part interview, "American Idol" finalist Allison Iraheta talks about her experience on the show. Read Part One here. Read Part Two here. You mentioned connecting with songs and it seems to me that you always connect with whatever
In the second part of this four-part interview, "American Idol" finalist Allison Iraheta discusses her first "Idol" audition in San Francisco and the beginning of her "Idol" journey. Read Part One here. Even though your family was very supportive of your music
Didn't make the cut on 'American Idol'? Perhaps judge Kara DioGuardi can still help. While 'Idol' has seen its share of major label cast-offs -- recent hopefuls Carly Smithson and Michael Johns come to mind -- DioGuardi is offering yet ...
Song selection. It's what the judges love to mention, the first true or false step any "Idol" striver makes, before she even opens her well-glossed lips. Sometimes, in truth, it doesn't matter that much: The singer's presence, tone, or sheer power shines throu
Season 7 winner David Cook returns to the "American Idol" stage on Wednesday, much to this writer's delight. The 27-year-old Missouri native, who recently moved to L.A. but insists he still has one foot in his home state, is currently working on the follow-up
Like many longtime music journalists, I mourned the death of power pop pioneer Alex Chilton last week. He was the frontman of Big Star, one of the most underappreciated bands of the 1970s whose musical legacy far outlasted their album-making years. Anyone who
All sorts of "American Idol" alumni are hitting the road in the coming months. On Wednesday's show, Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard announced a co-headlining tour with his runner-up, Clay Aiken, to kick off July 23 in Clay's home state of North Carolina. The to
As contestants go, few females in âAmerican Idolâ history were as bombastic as Carly Smithson. The Season 7 rocker, one of three in that yearâs Top 12 if you include David Cook and Michael Johns, brought all the grit she could muster into the competition
"Idol" producers, ex-contestants and the show's host Ryan Seacrest are all hinting at "big surprises" for Wednesday night's Season 9 finale. Thanks to various tweets and Facebook messages, we already know that Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson and Season 3's Fant
It's often been said that "American Idol" is really just a popularity contest. Sure, singing and showmanship is important, as is a contestant's back-story and TV persona, but when it comes to advancing in the competition, many an inferior vocalist have managed
In recent days, âAmerican Idolâ came to resemble one of those 1970s disaster movies in which half the horror â and, letâs face it, most of the fun â came from betting on which star would be picked off next ... .