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

Silly me.

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

What do Tom Hanks and Snooki have in common?

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 03/30/2011
American Idol blog: Fake accents and hissing will send two contestants home
Updated: March 31, 2011 - 5:31 pm

The American Idol contestants had the opportunity to pull from songs of one of the greatest songwriting duos ever - Elton John and Bernie Taupin - on Wednesday night.

Thursday 03/24/2011
American Idol blog: Even Hulk Hogan can't stop the Idol judges from making bad decisions
Updated: March 26, 2011 - 11:40 am

Well Thursday night's American Idol results show taught us three things...

American Idol blog: Naima should go home despite judges' praise
Updated: March 24, 2011 - 8:08 am

I've had enough of the American Idol judges wasting our time being unapologetic cheerleaders for their hand-picked performers and not even making an effort to "judge" them.

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

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

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

Ok, so I was wrong.

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

Spoiler alert... Thia Megia is going home.

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Welcome back!

Rob Spahr
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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.