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American Idol 10

American Idol, X Factor made more money than any other shows last year

Despite lower-than-expected ratings, Fox’s music competition series were the top two money-making series on television last year. In 2011, American Idol made $6.64 million per half hour, while X Factor made $5.55 million per half hour, according to a Forbes report that used estimates from Kantar Media. The only other reality show in the top …

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Taylor Lautner is “really into American Idol,” wants credit for Nikki Reed meeting Paul McDonald

Twilight star Nikki Reed and American Idol 10 finalist Paul McDonald married a few months ago, having met at the premiere of Red Riding Hood, a moment broadcast on the show. But the romantic narrative of meeting as part of one of the Fox show’s egregious and time-wasting product-placement segments is being challenged by Twilight …

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Scotty McCreery’s first album sets records, does better than previous two Idols combined

American Idol 10 winner Scotty McCreery has done something no country singer has ever done and no winner of the show has done since season two: topping the Billboard 200 chart with his debut album in its first week of release. He also sold more copies than the combined first-week sales totals of both Lee …

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Idol semi-finalist imprisoning himself to illustrate the show’s restrictive contract, promote his album

American Idol 10 semi-finalist Tim Halperin will lock himself in a fake jail cell for the final 28 hours of the restriction placed on him by the show’s contract that prevented him from releasing music. A press release hilariously declares that Tim “has been sentenced to prison — American Idol prison” because “of the contract …

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Lee DeWyze responds to Nigel Lythgoe’s slam by revealing he wasn’t asked to be on finale

A minor controversy arose today when Nigel Lythgoe slammed American Idol 9 winner Lee DeWyze for not presenting the trophy to Scotty McCreery on last night’s finale, but Lee has responded by calling out Nigel on his lousy producing of the show’s final moments, saying that Nigel only decided at the last second to ask …

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American Idol 10 finale live blog: join me tonight and we’ll get through this together

Join me tonight for a live blog at 8 p.m. ET as we celebrate the end of another season of American Idol, watching/mocking/suffering together through two hours of awesomeness. This year, we’ll have trivia and betting for bragging rights, woo. (West coast people: Show up at 8 PT to see a replay and follow along …

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Steeler upsets Disney Channel star on DWTS; Idol finale starts with Lauren, without judges

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward won Dancing with the Stars 12 last night, giving his professional partner, Kym Johnson, her second win. Meanwhile, American Idol 10 aired its final performance episode, with Lauren Alaina performing despite a report that she might be replaced by Haley at the last minute. The show’s judges, however, seemed …

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Lauren Alaina out, Haley Reinhart back on Idol finale? Or just a last-minute publicity stunt?

A report suggests that American Idol 10 finalist Lauren Alaina has lost her voice and will be forced to drop out of the finale, replaced by last week’s eliminated contestant, Haley Reinhart. TMZ reports, citing its usual, vague “spies,” that during rehearsal, Lauren “got through the first [song], struggled through the second and was unable …

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James Durbin’s exit helps American Idol march toward an even more mediocre finale

James Durbin was voted out of American Idol 10 last night in what has been compared to a shocker on the level of Chris Daughtry’s elimination, but is really just the elimination that elicited the biggest shrug. James’ exit leaves bland Scotty McCreery, bland Lauren Alaina, and bland Haley Reinhart, who received some of the …

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