American Idol: Coverage by Andrew Rogers

Our editor and staff writer, Andrew Rogers takes an exclusive look at this season’s American Idol. Since the Top 10 were announced, his weekly pieces cover the contestants’ performances, while predicting who will stay and who will go, and looks ahead at what’s in-store for the remaining hopefuls. His pieces have garnered much attention on how accurate he is. Have you agreed with our Idol expert so far?

March 11, 2013: Idol Top 10 Announced – May The Odds Be Ever In Your…Range?
For the 1st time since Season 1, American Idol has restrained itself. “Wildcards be damn’d!” CONTINUE READING…


March 13, 2013: Idol Top 10 Performances – The Winner Takes It All
Well, producer Nigel Lythgoe heard our cry. “We want new themes! More music!” We’ve cried after hearing the same songs over and over again on the show. This week’s theme had the potential to open the doors to new, creative song choices. CONTINUE READING…

March 15, 2013: Idol Top 10 Results – Please Stop Believing
Last night’s results show was an interesting one for a lot of reasons. First, in the weeks prior to Season 12’s debut, Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe made several comments about wanting to do what X Factor did in it’s 2nd season and reveal the actualities about how the votes played out. CONTINUE READING…

March 21, 2013: Idol Top 9 Performances – Beatle Juice, Beatle Juice, Beatle Juice
I’m going to open with this disclaimer: I don’t have any strong feelings about the Beatles. What I mean is, I don’t worship them as God’s gift to music, like some people, but I don’t hate them either. CONTINUE READING…

March 22, 2013: Idol Top 9 Results – I Never Really Cared Until You Left Us
After a promising Top 10 results show featuring statistics and a detailed breakdown of the votes, that promise was revoked this week and Nigel withheld the details of which contestants landed in the Top 3. CONTINUE READING…

March 28, 2013: Idol Top 8 Performances – Motown
Well, once again Idol kind of dropped the ball on the theme week. The theme was “Motor City Music” or artists who recorded in Detroit, yet only one of the songs was not from the show’s recycled Motown Catalog. CONTINUE READING…

April 1, 2013: Idol Top 8 Results: Boys at the Bottom
Thursday night’s results show was jam-packed with some great guest performances, but the most interesting part of the night was, for once, the results themselves. CONTINUE READING…

April 4, 2013: Idol Top 7 Performances – We Will, We Will Rock…Someone?
I have to give Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe credit for trying. He’s realized, by now, that the fuel for the Idol Machine, so to speak, is audience participation. CONTINUE READING…

Credit: Fox/19 EntertainmentApril 9, 2013: Idol Top 7 Results – Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
Ryan milked the results for all their worth, so before he cut to the chase we got three performances, two of which actually worked for me. CONTINUE READING…

April 11, 2013: Idol Top 6 Performances – Which Girl’s Getting The Save?
We all know that this show is just leading up to the big save that’s going to be used come Thursday night when, inevitably, one of these five talented ladies (channeling my inner Tyra Banks here…) gets the boot over Lazaro. CONTINUE READING…

April 17, 2013: Idol Top 6 Results: Save on Standby
Going into Thursday, I think 90% of the Idolverse expected the judges to have to use their one and only save to maintain the status quo of the five talented ladies this season. CONTINUE READING…

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April 18, 2013: Idol Top 5 Performances: Binders Full of Women
Multiple times this evening the judges declared these five girls “the best top five ever”. First of all, only Randy is qualified to say that and even that’s questionable. CONTINUE READING…

April 24, 2013: Idol 5 Results – Five For Fighting
I’m going to pull a Quentin Tarantino and spoil the ending on this one: Once again, we went into Thursday’s result show expecting the judges to swoop in dramatically and use their save to keep our squad of five talented ladies vying for the title in tact… CONTINUE READING…

April 25, 2013: Idol Top 4 Performances – One-Hit or Wonder?
I didn’t know what to expect coming into this week. I had high expectations because this is, without a doubt, one of the most talented Top 4’s we’ve had in many seasons. CONTINUE READING…

top 4 and drakeApril 27, 2013: Idol Top 4 Results – Twist and Out
As I’ve said in previous articles, the results shows with the save/non-eliminations are always the most anti-climatic because you can generally see them coming from a mile away. Subtlety was never really a part of the Idol Machine’s vocabulary. CONTINUE READING…

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May 2, 2013: Idol Top 4 – Part 2: This One’s Four The Girls
Well, I have to say that keeping these for girls around for another night of performances made for an interesting show. The content of the judging was slightly better than last week but their antics had me cringing all night. CONTINUE READING…

May 4, 2013: Idol Top 4.2 Results: Suspense Four Nothing
Well thank God someone was actually eliminated because I’m seriously out of “four” puns for this season. That said, Thursday’s results show wasn’t without plenty of suspense as Ryan withheld any results until the very end of the telecast. CONTINUE READING…

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May 9, 2013: Idol Top 3 Performances: It’s A Sad, Sad Situation
You’ll notice this is the first title to not contain a pun and it’s because I’m in a very somber mood. The reality is just setting in for me that I have to lose one of these girls tomorrow night and, also, I just realized that I actually do want one of them more than the other two. CONTINUE READING…

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May 10, 2013: Idol Top 3 Results: Finale Shocker
As I said last week, this is the Top 3 I wanted. I’d be happy if any one of them won in the end. That said, I don’t think I had clued in to the reality that, holy heck, one of them has to go home before the finale and, not only that, it could…CONTINUE READING…

May 16, 2013: Idol Top 2 Performances: What’s Sweeter: Candi or Kreedom?
That question (and those nicknames) have haunted us all season. This was the finale I was rooting for and let me just say that if you haven’t seen the last 12 seasons of Idol…CONTINUE READING…

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