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“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 »

The Roast Of Justin Bieber was tough to sit through — almost as tough as the transition from teen idol to grownup pop star Bieber is trying to pull off. For every Justin Timberlake there are many Jordan Knights, and Bieber risks becoming the next Aaron Carter if he can’t get back to making headline… More »

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Clay Aiken Covers Mr. Mister

Speaking of the ’80s, can someone punch Clay Aiken in the throat for what he’s done to our favorite Mr. Mister song? Listen to “Broken Wings” here (Win Media), along with really atrocious versions of other rock ballads.

Think Bryan Adams’s “Everything I Do” is cheesy? Wait ’til you hear Clay’s cover. Via MySpace:If… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 12, 2006 - 12:35 pm

Justin Timberlake Vs. American Idol

JT tells Vanity Fair’s Fashion Rocks supplement that Taylor Hicks is not the shit.?People think he looks so normal, and he?s so sweet and he?s so earnest, but he can?t carry a tune in a bucket. … If he has any skeletons whatsoever, if God forbid, he?s gay, and if all these people in Mississippi… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 16, 2006 - 1:05 pm

Six Degrees Of Jeff “Skunk” Baxter

I think Steely Dan has gotten more press for their cheeky letter to Luke Wilson than they did for Two Against Nature. I saw it last week while Stereogum was down, and figured I missed my window to blog about it. But you know what? I’m opening a new window. ‘Cause I love me someMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 26, 2006 - 3:39 pm

David Spade Trains For American Idol

With a little help from Anthony Kiedis. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2006 - 12:36 pm

OMG! Will Chris Daughtry Join Fuel?

I’ve already admitted I don’t watch American Idol, so I missed contestant Chris Daughtry’s supposedly SHOCKING boot from the competition. But I do find today’s headlines hilarious. Rock band Fuel, in need of a lead singer since Brett Scallions quit in February, wants Chris to fill the role. Desperately.

Bassist Jeff Abercrombie and guitarist… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 12, 2006 - 7:05 pm

American Idol — The Fun, Sucky Part — Returns

American Idol Season 327 premiered tonight, and you know what that means: that possibility of seeing the next William Hung. Not many worthy candidates in this episode, but we did get barefoot “Crazy Dave,” who communicates with animals, and my personal favorite Jessica Nelson of Peotone, IL. “You can kiss my white asshole,” she threatened… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 17, 2006 - 10:30 pm

America’s Sweetheart

I don’t watch American Idol (shocker!) but I assume some of you do, so here’s your forum.

Reader Ed writes in…Did you see the American Idol pre-show on E! … Courtney Love was on the red carpet with Frances Bean.

They both said they wanted Bo to win and Courtney said something… More »

By: Stereogum / May 26, 2005 - 12:46 pm

Paulatics (And Steve Perry Hearts Ben Gibbard)

Did you see ABC’s Fallen Idol special? It had JAW-DROPPING reveleations about one of the judges of Americal Idol.

Randy Jackson played bass on Steve’s bathetic ’84 solo jawn “Foolish Heart.” Did not realize, dawg. Shit is bananas.

Steve Perry hasn’t updated his blog in a few weeks, but here’s hi… More »

By: Stereogum / May 5, 2005 - 9:08 am

Chris Wylde, False Idol

Did you catch this guy on American Idol last night?

He performed a clever rap, Simon rolled his eyes, and we were on to the next reject. But was that not Chris Wylde, the actor who has appeared in numerous TV shows and commercials … and HAD HIS OWN SHOW on Comedy… More »

By: Stereogum / February 3, 2005 - 9:21 am

“All My Friends Told Me I Was An Awesome Singer”

She feels the earth move and hears voices in her head, but Mary Roach is not the next American Idol. Watch here. Contains Mark McGrath. More »

By: Stereogum / January 28, 2005 - 8:59 am

The Second To Last Post About William Hung

I’m loathe to devote any more of this site to the William Hung mania. However, these are just a few of the Googling search times that continue to deliver readers to…

wiliam hung
william hung retarded
william hung snl
william chung american idol
william hung retard
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is william hung… More »

By: Stereogum / April 4, 2004 - 2:10 pm

You’re Ruining My Life

American Idol wannabe Donnie Williams was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk Monday after he allegedly raced by a marked police car at over 100 mph, returning from a party his friends threw to celebrate his making the latest cut the show. Williams was stopped at 2:15 a.m. and cops said he was initially cooperative… More »

By: Stereogum / February 25, 2004 - 12:58 pm

Last Night’s American Idol

Wasn’t it sweet how they let a retarded kid audition?

Really, it warms the heart.

Yes, I realize William Hung is not developmentally disabled! I was being playfully jocular, you crazy kids! More »

By: Stereogum / January 28, 2004 - 5:03 pm

Who Are These Zealous Clay Fans? Can We Neuter Them Too?

The Daily News reports that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has hit a brick wall with a provocative new ad – ostensibly against dog and cat overpopulation – that features Triumph the Insult Comic Dog pooping on American Idol runnerup Clay Aiken. Yesterday PETA said it’s delaying and possibly killing the ad (which… More »

By: Stereogum / November 18, 2003 - 11:37 am
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