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Historically, American Idol has had trouble producing American idols. The pioneering series was a ratings juggernaut and cultural phenomenon, but you can finish rattling off the number of superstar music careers launched by Ryan Seacrest and friends before you run out of fingers. There’s a case to be made that the show paved the way… More »

“Broke,” the last song teased from Jason Derulo’s new Everything Is 4 before the album’s release this week, both encapsulates and subverts the approach that has made Derulo one of pop radio’s most unavoidable sub-superstars. Ever since the former industry songwriter broke through as a solo artist with 2009’s Imogen Heap-sampling #1 smash “Whatcha Say,”… More »

Last year, during this column’s infancy, I expressed what by then had become conventional wisdom: American Idol is washed up. My primary evidence was subjective — season 13 winner Candice Glover was releasing her debut album, and up until then I had never heard of her, a failure of cultural saturation that never would have… More »

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Green Day Cover John Lennon On American Idol

After a deep fit of soul searching, we decided to forgo the big American Idol finalé last night in favor of having dinner with Ma…
Stereogum | May 24, 2007 - 1:22 pm
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(Beat)Box Jovi

By now you’ve realized that we’re probably the only people in America not watching Idol. Not ’cause we’re too good for it (we’ve seen that…
Stereogum | May 3, 2007 - 10:12 am
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American Idol, Give Back Our Two Hours

There were two good reasons to tune in to last night's very special American Idol Gives Back telethon: (1) to secure the relevant telephone number…
Stereogum | April 26, 2007 - 12:27 pm
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New Bo Bice Video – “Blades Of Glory”

Right, as in that Blades Of Glory. Is Bo in on the joke? We’re guessing it’s not intended to be a serious song from a…
Stereogum | April 2, 2007 - 5:00 pm
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Good Bye-a, Sanjaya

We’ve been been silent on the Idol insanity to date, but it’s time for the obligatory Sanjaya post. A new tee for your wardrobe?
Stereogum | March 30, 2007 - 11:12 am
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American Idol Gets Its “Float On”

Post Puppet Show, we waited on line with the rest of Austin for Blonde Redhead at Emo’s. Things were looking dire, until we got word…
Stereogum | March 15, 2007 - 12:40 pm
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Jim Carrey On Idol, Gnarls, Britney’s New ‘Do

As part of a nauseatingly comprehensive press push for the new thriller The Number 23, Jim Carrey is at present in the TRL studios, pimping…
Stereogum | February 20, 2007 - 3:58 pm
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New Kelly Clarkson – “One Minute”

Stereogum’s never been too proud to say it: We love Kelly Clarkson (who doesn’t?), despite the Idol not knowing from blogs nor deodorant. But Ted
Stereogum | February 19, 2007 - 10:20 am
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Reports Of A Thriller for Idol

American Idol fans will be shown no Love this season, but this totally unsubstantiated report promises to bring even more crazy to the judges’ table.
Stereogum | February 13, 2007 - 4:00 pm
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Idol Weeds Out A Pot Smoker

Count us among the 350 billion people that can’t seem to stop watching American Idol. Last night’s San Antonio episode was the final audition edition,…
Stereogum | February 7, 2007 - 5:30 pm
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Love Your American Idol Judge

While you’re watching Birmingham get blasted tonight by “It Was A Little Flat For Me” Jackson, “I’ve Never Been Drunk” Abdul, and the British guy,…
Stereogum | January 30, 2007 - 6:20 pm
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Sundance Head’s Dad: Mr. Head

Did you tune in for last night’s American Idol? Hell you know even W. was sneaking a peek before he walked the corridor and congratulated…
Stereogum | January 24, 2007 - 3:52 pm
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Let’s Have One More Laugh At The American Idol Rejects

The season premiere of American Idol did crazy numbers (37.3 million viewers) and was the second highest rated episode of the show ever. Laughing at…
Stereogum | January 18, 2007 - 10:36 am

American Idol Rejects’ MySpace Pages

We had no intention of watching AI’s season premiere, but because (1) nothing else was on, and (2) were we hoping for a drugged-out Paula…
Stereogum | January 17, 2007 - 10:23 am
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Ever Hear Of Jennifer Hudson?

The threshold to overexposure was crossed by about, oh, 9AM this morning for the Dreamgirls breakout star when we tried (in vain) to avoid a…
Stereogum | January 16, 2007 - 10:05 am
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Melissa Joan Hart Explains It All About Daughtry

Silly former actress. Sabrina the thirty-year-old mother takes to MySpace to expose former American Idoler Daughtry and claim songwriting credit for her husband, comes off…
Stereogum | January 15, 2007 - 5:39 pm
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New Paula Abdul Video – “Straight Up (Smashed)”

Finally, a legitimate reason to watch American Idol. Big-screen Brat Paul Abdul had yet another DeVito moment during a satellite interview with Seattle’s Q13 Fox…
Stereogum | January 12, 2007 - 1:35 pm
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Clay Chokin

Stereogum reader Joe send us a YouTube that appears to have been deleted (by Team Clay?), but thankfully there’s more than one person with a…
Stereogum | December 4, 2006 - 9:40 am
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New Fantasia Video – “Hood Boy” (Feat. Big Boi)

It’s a sordid affair, keeping track of American Idol alum; one day you’re impressed by Kelly’s choice of bassist, next thing you know the Clay-gagging-Ripa
Stereogum | November 30, 2006 - 5:43 pm
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Who Knows Where That Hand Has Been?

Big week for former American Idol contestants. First Kelly Clarkson comes out and ups her cool by nabbing Mike Watt for her next record, and…
Stereogum | November 22, 2006 - 12:23 pm
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