American Idol Recap: A Shock in the Mire

Part one of the season eleven of American Idol finale begins in its usual ponderous way: a quill pen writing our finalists’ stories on parchment, as each one says: "I can’t let this opportunity slip through my fingers." This would be more effective if every single show this season hadn’t begun with such seriousness. American Idol is the show that cried importance. 

But tonight does have the potential to be interesting, and the thrills start right away. They’re at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live, and the stage is equipped with steeper-than-usual stairs that absolutely everyone looks like they’re afraid to trip down. Listen: Tonight’s outcome is a foregone conclusion, can you blame Nigel Lythgoe for adding a last-minute Wipeout element? Read More...


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