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Funny story: My sister-in-law was watching TV with her boyfriend recently when Adele appeared, as she has been wont to do this autumn, and the boyfriend — a twentysomething high school teacher and wrestling coach from rural Ohio — said, “Who’s that?” There’s your proof that at least one person in the Western world remains… More »

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 »

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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…
Stereogum | January 12, 2007 - 1:35 pm

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

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

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

Miss Independent & Mike Watt

We scoffed at the first reports of this odd couple, but sure enough, ex-Minuteman and now Stooge Mike Watt is laying bass down on the…
Stereogum | November 21, 2006 - 9:51 am

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…
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…
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…
Scott Lapatine | July 26, 2006 - 3:39 pm

David Spade Trains For American Idol

With a little help from Anthony Kiedis. …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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. UPDATE: Yes, I realize William Hung…
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…
Stereogum | November 18, 2003 - 11:37 am
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