American Idol XIV: Weekly Recaps by Andrew Rogers

Our Editor and Staff Writer, Andrew Rogers is back for the ground-breaking fourteenth season of American Idol. Rogers has covered the reality music competition for the last few years to much favor and adoration. By examining performances and giving accurate predictions of the contestants’ performances, Rogers provides a look ahead to readers of just what’s in-store for the remaining hopefuls each week. This year, he delivers the very best every week with his charm and wit, and most of all, in-depth coverage of the very latest!

January 08: Auditions #1 – Nashville, TNSeason 14 started with a bang. After a summer filled with discussions of a slimmed budget, personnel changes (goodbye, Randy Jackson) and a potentially different format than last year, we knew little of what to expect… CONTINUE READING…

January 09: Auditions #2 – Nashville, TN & Kansas City, MO: Tonight we had two hours of Idol with a smattering of great auditions. I’ll jump right into the highlights of those, since there wasn’t much filler tonight (thankfully). CONTINUE READING…

January 15: Auditions #3 – Kansas City, MO: After the American Idol bus rounded up some of the best talent in several other states across America, we got to see the end result, the best of the best. There were, arguably, some diamonds in the rough during… CONTINUE READING…

January 16: Auditions #4 – New York City, NY: The American Idol audition tour stopped in JLo’s hometown—down one judge but up one new judge taken directly from Idol’s uber-talented alumni pool: Mr. Adam Lambert. CONTINUE READING…

January 22: Auditions #5 – Minneapolis, MN: After tonight, only 3 more audition episodes remain and I’m intrigued to see what talent will get added to the mix from the previous audition stops. Will someone in the next few days take over as my favorite going into the live rounds? CONTINUE READING…

January 23: Auditions #6 – New Orleans, LA: Ah yes, New Orleans. Harry Connick Jr’s hometown and one of my favorite places in the world. It truly is a musical city, so I can see why the episode opened with Harry and Ryan Seacrest… CONTINUE READING…

January 29: Auditions #7 – San Francisco, CA: The final audition city (and the final week of American Idol auditions) has arrived. As much as I love seeing the potential of the auditions, I always find the process a bit tedious considering… CONTINUE READING…

January 30: Auditions #8 – San Francisco, CA: Night two in San Francisco, and the final night of auditions for this season, boasted some interesting talent. Great voices came from the most unexpected places and, as usual… CONTINUE READING…

February 5: Hollywood Week #1Hollywood Week started off with a bang as the cold open before the credits reminded us of past Idol success stories: Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Phillip Phillips. CONTINUE READING…

February 6: Hollywood Week #2: After last night’s cliffhanger with Gaby Z’s mind blank, I can’t say I expected tonight’s episode to start the way it did–-with Harry taking Gaby aside backstage… CONTINUE READING…

February 12: Hollywood Week #3: Tonight, Idol’s group night came to a close and, with it, the hopes and dreams of some of the early Idol hopefuls who showed promise. But, at the same time, we saw some talent emerge from… CONTINUE READING…

February 13: Hollywood Week #4: Tonight, it was do or die for the remaining Idol hopefuls as the judges narrowed it down to just 48 who would advance and sing at the House of Blues next week. CONTINUE READING…

February 19: Showcase #1This year the producers decided to do things a bit differently with the Top 24 reveal. The Top 48 would perform on the House of Blues stage in LA and then, one by one, we’d see a little snippet of that performance… CONTINUE READING…

February 20: Showcase #2: Tonight, the Top 24 Reveal continued as 12 more contestants were added to the 12 from last night. I may go and watch them all before next week’s show to decide on my own favorites and figure out who really has a shot at the title. CONTINUE READING…

February 26: Top 12 Guys: In Wednesday’s telecast, the first where America will get the chance to vote on the remaining contestants, we found out that Idol was coming at us live from Detroit’s Fillmore Theater.  CONTINUE READING…

February 27: Top 12 Girls: On Thursday night, the girls got the chance to take the stage in the Motor City and show America what they had to offer with their minute-and-a-half set. CONTINUE READING…

March 5: Top 8 Guys Sing Motown: Going into tonight, we weren’t entirely sure how this season was going to handle the eliminations, but we quickly found out.  CONTINUE READING…

March 6: Top 8 Girls Sing Motown: After the guys gave a good show last night with results that I (mostly) approved of, I had high hopes that the girls’ performances and results would not disappoint. CONTINUE READING…

March 12: Top 12 Perform “Back to the Start”: The theme from tonight’s show was that each contestant who made it through to the Top 12 would take us “back to the start” and perform their audition song all over again. CONTINUE READING…

March 13: Ain’t No Party Like a Top 11 Party: On Thursday night, we got our first glimpse of how America would vote with only one eliminee and let’s just say, it was scary but not entirely unexpected. CONTINUE READING…

March 20: Top 10…at the Box Office? Tonight we finally saw a shift that I, personally, have been waiting for since about Season 9. The focus seemed to shift back on the contestants, giving them a chance to act out imaginary movies and give us a bit of their personality. CONTINUE READING…

March 26: Top 9 Performances – 80s Night: After the dramatic finish to last week’s episode where the judges chose to save Qaasim for his performance potential, we came into tonight knowing two of our contestants would be going home and with a talent pool as deep as we have this season… CONTINUE READING…

April 2: Top 8 – Kelly Clarkson Week: Last week, Ryan teased us with a potential added twist to Idol‘s show this week and, throughout the week, the contestants themselves revealed more about the “Idol Fan Save” that would be coming into play on Wednesday night. CONTINUE READING…

April 9: Top 7 – Billboard Hot 100 Night: A common complaint on Idol is that some contestants (like this season’s front-runner, Clark Beckham) are too quick to delve into the oldest years of the Idol catalog for some inspiration. CONTINUE READING…

April 16: Top 7 – American Classics: I get a little antsy when we get to the point in the competition where contestants are singing multiple songs in a week because I feel like Idol history has shown that we are guaranteed to get at least one less-than-stellar performance from each of them… CONTINUE READING…

April 23: Top 6 – Arena Anthems: On Wednesday night’s Idol show the theme wasn’t the only thing misleading as a grand total of two of the performances seemed to actually fit within its confines. But worse yet was the distinct lack of viable feedback from the judges… CONTINUE READING…

April 30: Top 5 – Judges’ Hometowns and Your Souls: When we found out the theme’s for this week’s show, I had no idea what to expect, song choice was from the contestants which, in my books, usually doesn’t bode well for the night’s proceedings. CONTINUE READING…

May 7: Top 4 – Hometown Glory: The defining feature of Season 14 seems to be that the contestants are all unique in their own right and the remaining four are no exception to that rule. Rayvon brings his almost spot-on buttery tone every week… CONTINUE READING…

May 13: Top 2 Battle It Out: A lot has happened since last week’s Idol telecast, where Season 14’s Top 4 treated us to a rather good show before we finally said goodbye to Rayvon Owen. CONTINUE READING…

May 14: Finale Results: As the traditional Idol montage the played during tonight’s episode reminded us, the last four months of auditions, performances and eliminations have all led to tonight’s show where someone… CONTINUE READING…

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