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Branden, a pop culture junky, has covered entertainment for newspapers and magazines for the past 10 years. He thinks of “American Idol” like one might think of a skeezy uncle. He loves it but never trusts it. Join Branden on Google+.

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Who Will Win American Idol 2016? [Predictions Update]

Back on February 2, I cranked out a fun little predictions post about how I thought American Idol 2016 would play out. Here we are at Top 5, and I must say, I didn’t do too badly. I have three of the Top 5 correct, in fact. That’s pretty good, [...]

American Idol 2016 Top 5 Power Rankings

Last week on American Idol 2016 the Top 5 was announced and who is actually the front runner got more muddled. I know it seems like La’Porsha is leading the pack along with Trent, but if you look at other factors, it gets really confusing. Trent wins all of our [...]

American Idol 2016 Top 5 Report Card

Last night on American Idol 2016 we had America to partially thank for the Top 5 performances and let me just say that America shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions any longer. Some of the songs chosen for the contestants were just bad. Luckily each person got to sing two [...]

American Idol Recap: Top 5 Perform ‘America’s Choice’

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La'Porsha Renae sings on American Idol 2016
With just a few weeks to go on American Idol 2016 the final season’s Top 6 contestants took the stage tonight to await their fate as the Top 5 would be performing songs of your choosing as part of double performances with a single elimination. Judges are set to decide [...]

American Idol 2016 Top 6 Power Rankings

Last week’s American Idol 2016 results were very telling. It showed us that just because we might think we know what’s going on, we don’t always. Don’t get me wrong, you guys are often right and have been great prognosticators, but last week we all got it wrong. That being [...]

American Idol 2016 Top 6 Report Card

Last night on American Idol 2016 we said goodbye to Avalon Young and Lee Jean. So now we’re down to six and it’s time to look at how that six did last night with this week’s report card. We’ve got two rounds to report: solo and duets. And since the [...]

American Idol Recap: Top 6 Perform As Two More Leave

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American Idol's Top 8 contestants on Season 15
American Idol’s final eight singers perform tonight with more solos and duets as each hope to be part of the few moving on to next week’s Top 6 round with results coming by the end of the night here on FOX. The Judges’ Save is back and that means the [...]

American Idol News: Kelly Clarkson First Alum To Reach 100 No. 1s

American Idol’s first winner Kelly Clarkson has officially become the first Idol alum to get 100 No. 1 songs on the Billboard charts. And it’s all thanks to American Idol 2016. Clarkson’s emotional version of her autobiographical song “Piece by Piece” that she performed on the Feb. 25 episode of [...]

American Idol 2016 Top 8 Power Rankings

This week we’ll be meeting our Top 6 American Idol 2016 contestants after another double elimination, but before we get there, it’s time to take a look back at Top 8 and factor in everything to decide the Power Rankings for the week. Last week’s rankings nailed the bottom 3, [...]

American Idol 2016 Top 8 Report Card

Last night on American Idol 2016, we said goodbye to Gianna Isabella and Olivia Rox, leaving us with the Top 8. We got to see all 10 perform, but we’re only grading the Top 8 and those eight performances as a whole weren’t that great. There were some standouts, but [...]

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