News for American Idol

Idol's Matt Was "Definitely Surprised" to See Adam Nearly Eliminated

If you did not expect to see season-long front runner Adam Lambert in American Idol 's bottom two this week, know that the singer who ultimately got sent home shares in your astonishment. "I was definitely surprised that Adam was there with me," Matt Giraud said in a Thursday press conference call. "He didn't really like his performance [of "Feeling Good"], but I thought he was great." Prior to landing in the bottom two, Adam was asked by host Ryan Seacrest to ally himself with either of two pairs of fellow singers - essentially declaring whether he thought he was safe this week as well as share his opinion on who wasn't. "It was a cruel twist," said Matt, who (paired with Kris Allen) failed to court Adam's favor. "We kind of played with him backstage [afterward] ... but it felt kind of uncomfortable." And what would Matt have done had he been put in that sticky sitch? Alluding to how a similar "choice" played out this time a year ago, he said, "I would have pulled an Archuleta, and just sat down!" Even though he eventually was ordered to Rat Pack his bags, Giraud put the best spin on his performance of "My Funny Valentine," which earned raves by no less than Mr. Cowell. "Going out with Simon calling you 'brilliant' and comparing you to Nat King Cole ... is certainly better than, 'That is the worst you've ever done. Have a good day!'" Source Here

Idol Takes On Rock Week with Slash, Daughtry and No Doubt

Put up your devil horns - American Idol 's Top 4 are about to rock. Legendary Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash will guide the crooners through all things rock 'n' roll as the week's celebrity mentor. Slash, who's sold 100 million albums and earned seven Grammy nods for his various projects, is currently working on a solo album and with his current band, Velvet Revolver. Once the Top 4 have put their spin on some rock classics, No Doubt and Daughtry will grace the stage to keep the fist-pumping energy going on results night. No Doubt is gearing up for a summer tour and putting the finishing touches on an album planned for 2010. Season 5 Idol contestant Chris Daughtry and his band will perform "No Surprise," the first single from their upcoming sophomore album. Are you excited for rock week? Which performance are you looking forward to most? For the latest on American Idol, tune into TV Guide Network's Idol Tonight every Wednesday at 8 pm/ET and Idol Wrap every Friday at 8 pm/ET with co-hosts Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini. Plus get more on your favorite Idols every Friday with American Idol Rewind at 7 pm/ET. Source Here

Ratings: A Nearly Three-Month High Is in Order

Wednesday's ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET President Barack Obama's 100-day touch-base drew 19 million total viewers across ABC, CBS and NBC. That's down 39 percent from his previous prime-time address, though one must remember that Fox was not carrying the POTUS this go-round. Fox instead went with Lie to Me , which matched last week's 7.88 mil. Similarly, Top Model held steady at 4 mil. * 9 pm American Idol 's reveal of the Top 4 played to 21.85 million viewers, down 6 percent week-to-week. Criminal Minds claimed second with 13.27 mil, dipping 280K. Lost found 8.81 mil celebrating its 100th episode, down 200 thou from its last fresh episode. * 10 pm CSI: NY topped the hour with 12.47 mil, on par with its last new episode. Law & Order followed with 7.7 mil, its largest audience since Feb. 4. ABC's The Unusuals was flat with 5.08 mil. Source Here

Matt Giraud Eliminated From 'American Idol', Adam Lambert in Bottom 3

It was a surprising line up of the bottom three this week in " American Idol ". Many have predicted that either Matt Giraud or Allison Iraheta will be the least voted but they only got one right. Matt was in the bottom three along with Kris Allen and surprisingly, fan and judges favorite, Adam Lambert. Ryan Seacrest announced that there were 47 million votes cast on the Rat Pack night. Then later he started dividing the top 5 into two groups. Matt was grouped with Kris and Adam on right side of the stage while Allison and Danny Gokey stood on the left side. The host then announced that Matt's group belonged to the bottom three. Kris was first to be declared safe, leaving Adam and Matt for the climax toward the end of the show. Seacrest finally said that Matt, who was saved by judges two weeks prior, is not in the top 4. The result night on Wednesday, April 29 invited several guest performers including Jamie Foxx that became the mentor of the week. Others were Natalie Cole and former "Idol" champion Taylor Hicks. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - Featured

* American Idol (9 pm/ET Fox) There was Vegas swing and sway last night when the Top 5 interpreted standards popularized by the Rat Pack, the 1960s clique of cool crooners that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. All this happened sans Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds, who lacked disco fever the week before and fell victim to a double gonging. Now the lasting quintet - Kris Allen, Matt Giraud, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert - anxiously await viewers' verdicts on last night's performances, with one of them ultimately heading home. And alert the Soul Patrol: Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks returns to Idol to perform "Seven Mile Breakdown." * Lost (9 pm/ET ABC) Now that we know about Miles - he talks to dead people, his dad is Dr. Pierre Chang, etc. - we can move on to the other surviving member of the Widmore island expedition (other than pilot Frank Lapidus): Daniel Faraday, who was just alighting from the sub in 1977 as the last episode ended. It appears that the time-defying physicist has arrived just in time for Dharma's hostilities with the hostiles to heat up. In fact, don't be surprised if his presence has something to do with triggering them. * Legacy of War (10 pm/ET PBS) Legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, who covered the aftermath of World War II in Europe some 60 years ago, revisits such locales as London, where he reported on its postwar rebuilding initiative; the Nuremberg courtroom where he witnessed the trials of war criminals; and Berlin, which quickly became a Cold War symbol. Along the way, he details the long-term implications of that era, from fueling the baby boom to leading to the emergent U.S. role as a superpower. * CSI: NY (10 pm/ET CBS) Edward Asner guest stars as Abraham Klein, a clockmaker who survived Auschwitz, in an emotion-charged episode that includes brutal images of the Holocaust. The mystery begins when a jewelry appraiser is murdered during a lucrative auction. The routine case suddenly gets complicated when it's discovered that the victim was both knifed and shot in the same place on his body, and that the bullet that killed him is German-made and dates back to the 1940s. * Criminal Minds (9 pm/ET CBS) Fans of the canceled drama Moonlight will be happy to see actor Alex O'Loughlin return to the network, if only for one night. O'Loughlin plays a serial killer who sends a video documenting one of his crimes to the BAU team, but it's not to taunt them - or even part of his twisted MO. The agents learn that the man is sending them a message to help him stop his murderous spree. Source Here

Analyzing Idol: Is Adam the Show's Most Unique Performer Ever?

Throughout American Idol 's final weeks, as each sing-off signs off, will be checking in with TV Guide Network hosts/Idol alums Justin Guarini and Kimberly Caldwell for their particularly qualified takes on who soared, who stumbled, and which judge's review most rang true. This week, Guarini shares his thoughts on who Rat-Packed a punch as they tackled jazz standards. To Read Click here .

Ratings: 9021-Oh, No! Renewed Show Hits All-Time Low - Featured

Tuesday's tallies: * 8 pm/ET American Idol Rat-Packed in an audience of 22.54 million total viewers, dipping 700K week-to-week. Part 1 of NCIS ' spin-off set-up scored second with 16.32 mil, a drop of 7 percent. The Biggest Loser averaged 9.43 mil over its two-hour run, its largest audience since Feb. 3. Lagging far behind ABC's According to Jim , Reaper plunged 26 percent, to 1.82 mil. * 9 pm The Mentalist topped the hour with 16.9 million viewers, up 155 thou from its last fresh outing. Dancing with the Stars ' results show followed with14.27 mil. At 10.6 mil, Fringe was up a hair from last week. 90210 , meanwhile, sank 19 percent to hit an all-time low of 1.8 mil. That's right, 90210 got a Season 2 pick-up in February, yet Privileged is on the bubble. Join me in some head-scratching. * 10 pm Without a Trace was No. 1 with an audience of 12.35 million (down 800K), but SVU (10.5 mil, surging 16 percent) dominated in the demos. In fact, Stabler and Benson copped their best 18-49 numbers since Jan. 6, and their second-best such demos of the season. ABC's Cupid targeted 6.16 mil, down 440K and suffering significant tune-out over the hour. Source Here

Kara DioGuardi Opens Up About Eating Disorder

American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi revealed for the first time her treatment for an eating disorder. "I've never spoken about this.... I had kind of a binge eating disorder where instead of dealing with my emotions, I would stuff them down with food," she told Extra. "I never threw up or starved myself." DioGuardi said she went to a treatment center to help her with her illness, which stemmed in part from insecurity. "It was definitely that excess eating to ... just stuff all the emotions down.... I really was a creative kid who didn't know she was creative and didn't have those outlets because I was always afraid to join the theater group," she explained. Later, DioGuardi's professional pursuits helped her move on from the disorder and find her niche. "The moment I started doing music, the moment I did what I loved to do in my life and committed to it, I don't have those problems anymore," she said. "I have my outlet. I have that form of expression." DioGuardi is now helping others find their outlet. The songwriter built a recording studio at Phoenix House, a Los Angeles area treatment center for young, recovering addicts. "It's really therapeutic," she said. Source Here

Another Article on Simon and Paula Considering Their Futures

Yes, yes, call this a slight non-issue, all right, but someone's got to talk about this, right? We did mention before, Simon Cowell's interview with a British tabloid about his plans to leave American Idol soon, partly because of his involvement with a couple of other reality talent shows across the pond, which is keeping him busier than he expected, it seems. Of course, folks are quick to speculate that it could be his tactic to get an advantage when his contract--which ends this year, by the way--gets renegotiated with the folks at Fox. What's a better way to increase your salary, right? Or, at the very least, it was him pandering to the Brits when he said it. Look like he's serious, though. "When I signed the latest extension on Idol through next season, it felt like that was going to be the right amount of time," he told The New York Times. "It still feels right." And he says whoever out there is saying he's just playing the cards to get the upper hand doesn't know him well. "I have as good a relationship with the people from Fox as you possibly can have," he said. "They've become friends. I don't bull them. I don't want to get bored, and I don't want the audience to get bored." To Read More Click Here .

Video: David Archuleta Singing 'Touch My Hand' at 'American Idol'

David Archuleta appeared on " American Idol " stage on April 22, singing "Touch My Hand" at the result show of the Fox's reality singing competition. He took the stage near the end of the show before Anoop Desai was eliminated. Other musical guests at the result show were Freda Payne, Thelma Houston and Harry Wayne Casey of KC & The Sunshine Band. During the night, Freda sang a medley of several songs, which included "Band of Gold", Thelma delivered "Don't Leave Me This Way", and Harry performed "Get Down Tonight". In addition to the live appearances from those stars, the Idol stage was also glittered with a performance from the 5 remaining contestants, Matt Giraud, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Danny Gokey, as well as 2 just-booted contestants, Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds. They were dancing and singing to Jackson Five's 1979 hit single "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)". Source & Video