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Thursday 05/26/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:13 pm
Scotty Wins! Our American Idol blogger discusses this and other predictions that went wrong

Silly me.

Tuesday 05/24/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:13 pm
Our American Idol blogger says Lauren Alaina picked the perfect time to blow out a vocal cord

Kerri Strug's injured ankle in the 1996 Olympics. Curt Schilling's bloody sock in the 2004 World Series. And now Lauren Alaina's blown vocal cord just hours before the American Idol finale could enter the discussion of conspicuously timed injuries that were "overcome" during high-profile victories.

Thursday 05/19/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:13 pm
American Idol blog: The South has risen again! But what will it mean for ratings?


Wednesday 05/18/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:13 pm
American Idol blog: The Top 3 only produced one "somewhat memorable" performance - was it Haley, Lauren, or Scotty?

If you wanted any more proof that this year's crop of American Idol talent does not match up with those of year's past, the performances of Top 3 on Wednesday night were that proof.

Thursday 05/12/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:13 pm
American Idol blog: It has all come down to two country kiddies and a screamer - but which one?

Well my "pity vote" prediction was correct, but I gave too much credit to the "rocker" voting base and not enough to the country voters.

Wednesday 05/11/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:12 pm
American Idol Blog: The judges were harsh on Haley, but our blogger thinks someone else will go home

According to Randy Jackson on Wednesday night, all four of the remaining American Idol contestants are "in it to win it" - whatever that is supposed to mean.

Thursday 05/05/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:12 pm
American Idol blog: Jacob Lusk's elimination saves this season from being the worst ever


Wednesday 05/04/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:12 pm
Our American Idol blogger says love doesn't hurt, Jacob Lusk's voice does

If Jacob Lusk doesn't get eliminated this week, I'm going to trade in my television set for a bullet-proof vest and go back to Compton myself, if that's what it takes for me not to have to hear him sing anymore.

Thursday 04/28/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:12 pm
Our American Idol blogger hopes the Idol judges are still happy they saved Casey


Wednesday 04/27/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:11 pm
American Idol blog: Watch out Scotty, it's now a three-way race

Uh oh... don't look now, but there is a competition a brewin'.

Thursday 04/21/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:11 pm
Our American Idol blogger correctly predicted this week's results - last week!


Wednesday 04/20/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:11 pm
Our American Idol blogger says Wednesday night's episode was (bleep)

Thanks in large part to Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and record producer Jimmy Iovine, Wednesday night's episode of American Idol needed to rely heavily on sensors' "bleep" button.

Thursday 04/14/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:11 pm
American Idol blog: This week's elimination means better music ahead from Paul McDonald


Wednesday 04/13/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:10 pm
American Idol blog: Snooki as the next Idol judge? At least she'd have something to say

What do Tom Hanks and Snooki have in common?

Thursday 04/07/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:10 pm
Our American Idol blogger says the judges should be "ashamed of themselves" that Pia went home

The American Idol judges and voters should be ashamed of themselves.

Wednesday 04/06/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:10 pm
Our American Idol blogger says surprise song choices help four contestants stand out

So when I saw that this week would be "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Week," I prepared myself for a night of air guitar and adrenaline-pumping performances. Steven Tyler's intro walking us back through rock and roll history with greats like Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix and - of course - Aerosmith only fueled my excitement.

Thursday 03/31/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 4:10 pm
Our American Idol blogger is happy that Thia Megia went home

 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Goodbye Norma Jean," and goodbye Naima and Thia.

Thursday 03/17/2011
Updated: March 19, 2011 - 12:17 am
American Idol Blog: Karen goes home, but it should've been Naima

Sorry Idol Viewers - Season 10 will not be the year of the Latin American Idol. America chose to send home the Selena-loving Karen Rodriguez during Thursday night's results show, and the judges decided not to save her even after her swan song of Mariah Carey's "Hero" - sung, of course, in English and Spanish.

Wednesday 03/16/2011
Updated: March 17, 2011 - 10:18 pm
Our American Idol blogger thinks everyone but Stefano, Scotty and Pia could be in trouble

Nothing makes me feel old more than when the American Idol contestants sing songs from the years they were born, especially when I was able to drive to the store to buy some of the albums when they first came out.

Thursday 03/10/2011
Updated: March 11, 2011 - 4:57 pm
American Idol blog: Voters surprisingly save Thia, send Ashthon packing

Ok, so I was wrong.

Wednesday 03/09/2011
Updated: March 10, 2011 - 4:56 pm
Our American Idol blogger predicts the first finalist to be eliminated

Spoiler alert... Thia Megia is going home.

Thursday 03/03/2011
Updated: March 11, 2011 - 6:37 am
American Idol blog: Voters get it right as the finals are set


Wednesday 03/02/2011
Updated: March 11, 2011 - 6:38 am
Our American Idol blogger: "I told you so!"

I don't mean to brag, but...

Tuesday 03/01/2011
Updated: December 30, 2011 - 5:26 pm
Our American Idol blogger calls the Top 12 male performances "painful"

I have been to a "death metal" concert. I watched as Ashley Simpson resorted to an impromptu Irish jig after getting caught lip syncing on Saturday Night Live. And I have listened to my tone-deaf college roommate put Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" on repeat and sing along with it at the top of his lungs, through tears, for an entire weekend after having a fight with his girlfriend.

Friday 02/25/2011
Updated: May 26, 2011 - 12:03 am
American Idol's Top 24 is finally set and our blogger makes predictions

The American Idol producers rode the Jacee Badeaux story line as long as possible. But after the chubby 15-year-old was eliminated at the end of Thursday night's episode, it meant that this season's ridiculously drawn out audition process was finally over and the American Idol viewers will now have the power to do what this season's judges could not - make good decisions.

Wednesday 02/23/2011
Updated: February 25, 2011 - 1:27 am
Our American Idol blogger compares this season's auditions to having teeth pulled


Thursday 02/17/2011
Updated: February 18, 2011 - 6:21 pm
American Idol blog: Judges' indecision sends 60 to Vegas

It seems that without Simon Cowell on the dais, the American Idol judges are reluctant to give a judgment on anything.

Wednesday 02/16/2011
Updated: March 09, 2011 - 8:53 pm
American Idol blog: One contestant sounded like she was "gargling a mouth-full of Jell-O"

The dogs in my neighborhood were barking and howling like crazy Wednesday night, as if football player Michael Vick was selling Encyclopedia Britannicas door-to-door.

Thursday 02/10/2011
Updated: February 11, 2011 - 10:44 pm
American Idol is back... and so is our blogger.

Welcome back!

Wednesday 05/26/2010
Posted: May 26, 2010 - 6:30 am
Our blogger thinks DeWyze let the “Idol” crown slip away. Take our poll and let us know who you think will win.

Tuesday night could not have gone worse for Lee DeWyze, and it could cost him the American Idol crown that he was undoubtedly already getting fitted for after slaughtering the competition last week.

Thursday 05/20/2010
Posted: May 20, 2010 - 6:45 am
American Idol is down to two, but our blogger is only rooting for one

Casey James is going to have plenty of time to personally answer all of the text messages he said he has neglected recently. Because on Wednesday night, the American Idol voters voted for what I have been saying for most of the season was inevitable - a Lee DeWyze/Crystal Bowersox final.

Wednesday 05/19/2010
Posted: May 19, 2010 - 7:15 am
Three contestants still remain, but our blogger thinks Lee DeWyze has already won the “Idol” crown

Tuesday night's episode of American Idol was probably the most meaningless of the season. But it was in that episode we received two of the best performances of the season - by the same person.

Thursday 05/13/2010
Posted: May 13, 2010 - 7:45 am
“Big Mike" gets eliminated as American Idol’s Top 3 is set

Poor Michael Lynche.

Wednesday 05/12/2010
Posted: May 12, 2010 - 7:15 am
DeWyze & Bowersox's duet is the highlight of an otherwise "alright" American Idol

The final four American Idol contestants met Jamie Foxx on Tuesday night, and all they got were some lousy t-shirts.

Thursday 05/06/2010
Posted: May 06, 2010 - 7:30 am
Our “Idol” blogger is shocked, but thankful, that voters kept Casey James

Instead of going back home to Texas to play gigs for $50 and a plate of free food, Casey James probably left the American Idol stage Wednesday night and went directly to Las Vegas.

Wednesday 05/05/2010
Posted: May 05, 2010 - 7:30 am
Our American Idol blogger thinks Casey James "screwed up" this week

As American Idol came out of commercial break prior to Casey James' performance, the microphones caught this week's mentor Harry Connick, Jr. telling James not to "screw it up."

Thursday 04/29/2010
Posted: April 29, 2010 - 7:30 am
Our "Idol" blogger was right about Magnus, but warns more difficult choices are ahead

I went two out of three on my "locks" for the Bottom 3 and, thanks to the American Idol voters, I correctly predicted that Siobhan Magnus would get eliminated.

Wednesday 04/28/2010
Posted: April 28, 2010 - 6:30 am
Our blogger fears an “Idol” favorite could be in trouble after a solid all-around week.

When Crystal Bowersox gets the worst critiques from the American Idol judges, it is a sign that the rest of the contestants stepped up their game.

Thursday 04/22/2010
Posted: April 22, 2010 - 7:00 am
"Idol Gives Back" grants our blogger's wish by sending Urban home

It is a great day and we have American Idol and, surprisingly, its voters to thank for it.

Wednesday 04/21/2010
Posted: April 21, 2010 - 7:30 am
Our Blogger thinks American Idol's "sandwich" was all bun

Tuesday night's episode of American Idol was like a sandwich where only the bun was worth eating.

Thursday 04/15/2010
Posted: April 15, 2010 - 7:30 am
Our blogger is happy that Garcia and Stevens were voted off Idol

It took the largest vote of the season - a total of more than 34 million votes cast - for the American Idol voters to finally send home two of the weakest contestants in Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens.

Wednesday 04/14/2010
Posted: April 14, 2010 - 8:15 am
Ryan Seacrest's antics highlight American Idol's Elvis Week

Someone must have slipped something into Ryan Seacrest's low-fat mocha latte Tuesday night, as the American Idol host's behavior during Elvis Week was nothing short of bizarre.

Thursday 04/08/2010
Posted: April 08, 2010 - 4:45 am
Judges save “Big Mike,” but our Idol blogger doesn’t think they should've had to

Ryan Seacrest opened Wednesday night's show by warning us to "be prepared for a surprise or two" - two was about right.

Wednesday 04/07/2010
Posted: April 07, 2010 - 7:30 am
James and DeWyze "Help!" to keep the Top 9 afloat during Lennon/McCartney Week

What is arguably the worst American Idol Top 9 in the series’ history took on the catalog of the best song writing duo of all time - John Lennon and Paul McCartney - on Tuesday night. The result… mediocrity at best.

Thursday 04/01/2010
Posted: April 01, 2010 - 7:00 am
Blogger not surprised when American Idol voters send Didi home

Have you even been right about something, but wish you had been wrong?

Wednesday 03/31/2010
Posted: March 31, 2010 - 7:00 am
The Top 10 "Idol" finalists impress during R&B Week - for the most part

Wow. Someone must have fed the American Idol contestants their Wheaties prior to their performances Tuesday night. If not a bowl of Wheaties, at least a PowerBar or a bran muffin.

Thursday 03/25/2010
Posted: March 25, 2010 - 6:00 am
American Idol’s Top 10 is set, as Paige Miles gets sent home

One bad performance.

Wednesday 03/24/2010
Posted: March 24, 2010 - 7:30 am
The “Idol” contestants hit a new low under Miley Cyrus’ tutelage

I bet that the American Idol contestants wish that it had been Hannah Montana and not her alter ego Miley Cyrus who was their mentor Tuesday night during Billboard No. 1 Hits Week. Because even if their only guidance had come from a fictional Disney character, things couldn't have gone much worse for the contestants - or viewers - than they did Tuesday night.

Thursday 03/18/2010
Posted: March 18, 2010 - 3:00 am
American Idol voters get it wrong – again

The American Idol voters better wake up soon, or this could very easily go down as the worst season in the show's tenure. And it would be a disappointing way for Simon's reign to end, because the show will never be the same once he leaves at season's end.

Wednesday 03/17/2010
Posted: March 17, 2010 - 7:00 am
The Top 12 “Idol” contestants don’t satisfy our blogger during Rolling Stones week

The Top 12 American Idol contestants got a crash course in the difficulties of performing on a large stage Tuesday night when they tackled the song catalog of the Rolling Stones and the Idol main stage for the first time.

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  • Press Staff Writer Rob Spahr is a life-long musician and fan of many different music genres. He watches American Idol for the good performances, but also enjoys being able to criticize the bad ones.