American Idol Recap: You’re No Rock-and-Roll Fun

In 2013, even as American Idol’s ratings are slipping to all-time lows, its alumni are enjoying more cultural visibility than ever. Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson still turn out top-ten singles; Katharine McPhee and Jennifer Hudson are working our nerves on Smash; even non-winners like Blake Lewis and Stefano have dance hits; plus, last year’s coronation song “Home” is now officially the best-selling song by any Idol alumnus ever. These kids are defying our expectations and showing that they can create something new and relevant out there in the real world.

So obviously what we should do is trot this year’s top seven out and make them fumble through 40-year-old songs they’ve never heard, for the third week in a row. Tonight is rock night! Or, as I call it, countdown to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Ryan promises us rock classics from the likes of Queen, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, and ... Evanescence. One of these things is probably exactly like the others if you’re Angie Miller’s age. Read More...


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