Play List: “American Idol” Season 14’s 20 Best Performances

Once again I’ve taken a bit too long to make a post I teased, but now I’m (finally?) bringing a close to my coverage of this past season of “American Idol” with a list of 20 standout performances from Season 14. After all, it’s never too late to reminisce about some great music, right? I’ve…

American Idol Finale Recap: Cool Kids

“American Idol” has its Season 14 winner. Since I’m actually posting this the night of the show for once, I’ll play coy about who that winner is until the end of this (likely somewhat short) recap. All I’ll say is, I’m happy with who won. (Since I stated in my recap earlier today that I would…

American Idol Top 2 Recap: I Won’t Give Up

A funny thing happened last night on “American Idol.” Yes, my favorite got eliminated for the umpteenth time this season (and who knows how many times in my five seasons watching “Idol”). Yes, we were once again left with two guys fighting for the title (the first time since season 8, I know, but it seems…

American Idol Top 4 Recap: Back Home

Before I start this (slightly overdue) recap, a bit of sad news for anyone that actually still watches “American Idol”…Fox has announced that the show will end after its 15th season in 2016. It’s weird to think that the show, such a force of nature in the past, will be gone after next year…even though I…

American Idol Recap: Playing Catch-Up & Handicapping The Top 4

This season of “American Idol” has been an interesting one for sure. I still maintain that the group of finalists we ended up with is one of the strongest in recent memory, but there have been quite a few ups and downs lately, and looking at the ghastly ratings, it’s kind of sad to see…

American Idol Top 8 Recap: Stronger

Wednesday night’s installment of “American Idol” went back to the beginning, quite literally, for a night of Kelly Clarkson tunes. It’s a sign of how far the very first “Idol” winner has come when you can easily fill an evening of standout covers of hers, and it ended up being one of the strongest nights…

American Idol Top 9 Recap: In The Air Tonight

Last night while watching “American Idol,” I was admittedly very tired. I was running on precious little sleep due to a paper I had to do the night before, etc. Thus I can be forgiven in thinking that the following things that began last night’s “Idol” 80s Week telecast were just a very, very bad dream:…

American Idol Top 10 Recap: Stayin’ Alive

In a 2-hour telecast of “American Idol,” many things can happen. Quite a few things, really. And when said telecast includes results as well, as will be the case for every episode this season, even more stuff can happen. Thursday night’s outing included Jeff Gordon, dripping ice cream cones, a dress whose size and scope comes…

American Idol Top 11 Recap: Blank Space

Oh, “American Idol.” It giveth and it taketh away. Last night’s Top 11 show, built around a (fairly tenuous) “Let’s Get This Party Started” theme, was full of some really great moments. However, at the same time, there were a few not-so-great moments, culminating in quite possibly the most devastating first elimination we’ve had in…

American Idol Top 12 Recap: Royals

For quite some time now, I’ve been considering expanding my recapping game. My experience doing recaps for the third season of a cappella competition “The Sing-Off,” back in 2011, was extremely positive, and since this past outing of the show was only one episode, I’ve been wanting to try out another full season of recapping…

Cover Stories: “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

How about I skip the usual “aaah, I haven’t posted in a long time” nonsense and just skip to a new feature I’ve been meaning to debut? Yeah? Here we go. I’m calling this one “Cover Stories”…every so often, I’ll highlight a well-known song, and share a few choice covers of said song. I’ve always…

Sketches: Yellow

My first Sketches (AKA the part where I blog about something random and music-related, in an informal fashion) post in a while, beginning with a video: As I might have stated on this blog before, I’m a HUGE covers guy. One of my favorite types of music to look for is that of one artist…