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American Idol 10

Fake Seacrest, coded golden tickets, and other American Idol audition secrets

Late last July, a woman identified only as “Maria Saint” auditioned for American Idol 10 in New Orleans, and she has blogged the experience. It’s the most-detailed account of the audition process I’ve ever seen, and while most of it consists of specifics about things we’ve heard before, there are some fascinating revelations, from a …

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American Idol’s fake apology gets indignation from people still surprised at its insincerity

Last night, American Idol 10 opened its Austin audition episode with an on-screen apology. It said, “American Idol would like to apologize for last week’s outrageous behavior by Steven Tyler. Mr. Tyler has been warned and assures us it will never happen again.” Then the show began with an auditioner named Jake Muck, who Steven …

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American Idol drops 18 percent but has more viewers than every other network combined

American Idol lost 18 percent of its young viewers compared to last year’s debut, the first measurement about how viewers feel about the show now that Simon Cowell is gone and Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are judges. However, the Fox series was more popular than shows on all the other four broadcast networks–combined–and had …

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American Idol’s big change: it’s now about contestants as artists, not karaoke singers

With all the conversations American Idol‘s changes for its 10 seasons, the big one seems to be that season 10 will focus on developing contestants as artists, not just as karaoke singers who are part of a money-making machine. Discussion of helping them grow as artists was the refrain repeated by many of the panel …

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