I watched “American Idol” this week and the lack of talent made me mad.

It wasnt even the lack of singing talent that bothered me because, lets be real, some of our favorite pop-stars (Rihanna!) are not fabulous vocalists. But the fact is you cant be a star if you dont have presence, because a stars job is to make an empty stage feel full with presence. So stars need to be able to work: work the room, work a note, work the stage, w



Some people’s futures are determined by popular vote: American Idol contestants, class presidents, and people who want to get gay married in California.

But what if every aspect of our lives was determined by our reputation and popularity? Would our futures be better, or would the tyranny of the popular spin us into dystopia?


American Idol judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler tells why AI and X-Factor are different.

Besides about 15 million viewers.


Scotty McCreery misses his cue.

Brad Pitt wasn’t always a tragically overweight, dumpy-looking urchin with a comb-over. Kim Kardashian exposes herself to The Poors and learns the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

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There have been many singing competition shows.

And some have served up talented singers. But lately, the judging panels seem to be boasting more and more unqualified talking heads. Ellen Degeneres on American Idol, anyone?


American Idol isnt quite the cultural juggernaut it once was, especially with 2/3 of the original judging cast now replaced with sort of bizarre choices, but theres something American Idol is still good for: extremely hot contestants.


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