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American Idol 2014: Top 13 Power Rankings

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Ben Briley
America and the judges decided who the American Idol 2014 Top 13 should be Thursday night, and while there were some surprises, it’s a pretty solid Top 13. Let’s get to this week’s power rankings. American Idol 2014 Top 13 Power Rankings (In descending order) 13. Kristen O’Connor. I’m putting [...]




American Idol 2014 Top 13 Results Show Recap: Some Surprising Cuts Made

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American Idol 2014 Rush Week came to a dramatic close as we learned who America wanted in their Season 13 Top 13. And just like the judges’ decisions earlier in the week, America threw us a few shockers. Ryan started off the results show right away. The first person to [...]




American Idol 2014 Top 10 Guys Performance Show Recap: More Surprising Judges’ Picks

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Sam Woolf on American Idol 2014
The American Idol 2014 boys took to the stage Wednesday night, so that means we now know the Top 10 guys chosen by the judges. And once again, there were some quite surprising cuts from the Top 15. As always, I’ll be reviewing each performance and assigning the letter grade [...]




American Idol 2014: Ranking The Top 10 Girls

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The American Idol 2014 Top 10 girls performed for America’s votes Tuesday night and there were some hits and misses and some highs and lows. Most of the girls were victims of nerves as “Rush Week” found 15 of them waiting to be called to perform in only 10 spots. [...]




American Idol 2014 Top 10 Girls Performance Show Recap: A Night Of Nerves And Surprising Judges’ Picks

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American Idol 2014 Top 15 Girls
The American Idol 2014 live performances kicked off Tuesday night as the Top 10 girls took to the new idol stage to sing for America’s votes. That means before the live performances, the judges decided which 10 of the Top 15 girls got to perform and which five would be [...]




American Idol 2014 Top 10 We’d Like To See (Op-ed)

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The American Idol 2014 Top 30 will be complete this week, but I can’t help but look ahead. I tolerate the showl through the audition process and the cuts that follow, but I don’t start loving it until around the American Idol Top 10. By then we know who everyone [...]




American Idol 2014 Hollywood Week Episode 4 Recap: America Gets A Say

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Marrialle Sellars - American Idol 2014
American Idol 2014 Hollywood Week wrapped up Thursday night and ended with a face-off between two contestants that will have America deciding who gets that last spot in the Top 30. The show opened on Wednesday night’s cliffhanger between C.J. Harris and Casey Thrasher. They both find out that they’re [...]




American Idol 2014 Hollywood Week Part 3 Recap: The Top 30 Are Named

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American Idol 2014 sure did the final Hollywood Round performances differently this season. I’ll try not to complain too much, but it made the whole thing really hard to recap. We got a mixture of final performances and final judgment in front of the judges. So my recap reflects that. [...]




American Idol 2014: Las Vegas Round Now Randy Jackson Boot Camp

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American Idol 2012 judge Randy Jackson
American Idol 2014 Hollywood Week continues this week with the final solo performances and The Green Mile episode, but what comes next? For the past few seasons, it’s been the Las Vegas Round, but that part of the show is no more. We’ll see another one of the seasons’s changes [...]




American Idol’s Elise Testone Releases Video For ‘I Will Not Break’

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American Idol Season 11 Elise Testone
American Idol Season 11 alum Elise Testone has released the video for her single “I Will Not Break” just ahead of her debut album set to be released Feb. 11. It’s kind of a weird song with way too many runs. She makes the one-syllable word “not” five syllables. That’s [...]






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