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American Idol

  • Season 16
  • Episode 19
  • Grand Finale

American Idol Finale Recap: We Have a Winner (and Some Thoughts!)

Is it Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett, or Maddie Poppe?

  • S.13
  • Ep.31
  • 'Top 6 Results'

Ryan Seacrest is really knocking it out of the park when it comes to weird show-opening lines this season. 

  • S.13
  • Ep.23
  • 'Top 9 Results'

Are we so afraid of our need for acceptance that we can’t even beg for acceptance on a show that is a literal plea for acceptance? 

  • S.13
  • Ep.18
  • '11 Finalists Perform'

It was movie night and not one person sang Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." Miracles happen. 

  • S.13
  • Ep.14
  • 'Top 13 Perform'

The Idols got to pick any song that defined them as artists. Someone picked Coldplay's "The Scientist." 

  • S.12
  • Ep.23
  • 'Top Eight Results'

The results shows have basically turned into an hour-long variety show in which the action takes place in the last fifteen seconds. 

  • S.12
  • Ep.20
  • 'Top Nine Compete'

Can we please retire Beatles Night before an entire generation grows up thinking this is how Beatles songs sound? 

  • S.11
  • Ep.37
  • '3 Finalists Compete'

Idol, you can tell that your top three isn’t making much of an emotional impact when most of the signs are for Ryan Seacrest. 

  • S.10
  • Ep.20
  • 'Final 11 Perform; Motown Week'

Motown classics are undeniable works of art, the result of concentrated greatness, and they will live forever in the pantheon of songwriting. But many of these treasured songs I never, ever want to hear again, ever in my life, hear me God. 

  • S.09
  • Ep.29
  • 'Week 6 Eliminations'

For once, the judges seem to really deliberate on whether or not to use their Judges' Save, as opposed to just be talking about where to have dinner after the show. 

  • S.09
  • Ep.18
  • 'Week 2 Eliminations'

Though all four of the ousted contestants were minorities, you could only blame their talent for their elimination, not their race. 

  • S.08
  • Ep.38
  • 'Top Three Elimination'

So sure were we yesterday that Kris Allen would be voted off this week that we Photoshopped him into a coffin. Oops! 

  • S.08
  • Ep.36
  • 'Top Four Elimination'

Even after all the other awful things that happened on last night's 'American Idol,' Allison Iraheta's premature elimination was still a bummer. 

  • S.08
  • Ep.33
  • 'Top Five Perform'

Apart from a couple of performances, last night's episode was easily the most boring, skippable one of the season so far. 

  • S.08
  • Ep.13
  • 'Group One Eliminations'

When yesterday we called for the immediate dismissal of the worst-ever 'Idol' contestant, we didn't want it to be like this. 

  • S.07
  • Ep.24
  • 'Top Ten Finalists Perform'

Last night, contestants picked songs released the year they were born. Also, Paula Abdul wore this on television. 

  • S.07
  • Ep.18
  • 'Top Eight Female Singers Perform'

Last night on American Idol, the female half of this year's top 16 performed songs of the 1980s. Sadly, all singers were struck by the very same problem that affected seven of Tuesday's male contestants: none of them are David Archuleta. 

  • S.07
  • Ep.11
  • 'Top 12 Male Singers Perform'

Last night, with this season's freeloading rejects now thankfully returned to obscurity, American Idol weighed the talents of the top twelve male contestants. 

  • S.07
  • Ep.09
  • 'Hollywood Round One'

Last night, American Idol flew successful contestants from eight previous episodes to Hollywood, California, ostensibly to pick the best singers, though really to weed out the ones who looked bad under real TV lighting. 

  • S.07
  • Ep.08
  • 'Best of the Rest Auditions'

Last night's episode of American Idol featured leftover contestants from the previous seven audition shows, presumably because Fox executives think they can air whatever they want these days and still top their strike-addled competition in the ratings. 

  • S.07
  • Ep.04
  • 'Charleston Auditions'

Last night, Ryan Seacrest & Co. rolled into Charleston, South Carolina, to audition 10,000 American Idol hopefuls, none of whom will likely end up in the finals, or even the Top Twelve. 

  • S.07
  • Ep.02
  • 'Dallas Auditions'

American Idol was back again last night, this time on a hunch that there might be talent somewhere in Dallas, Texas — the producers probably won't be making that mistake again! 

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