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15 Unforgettable TV Moments From 'American Idol'

Like the awkward last guest at a party that should have ended hours ago, American Idol is finally calling it quits after a 15-season run. The show famously sputtered in its later seasons as drama from a revolving panel of judges stole attention away from mostly bland finalists, and competitors like The Voice siphoned ratings. But AI became a cultural touchstone, changing the music industry and creating a path for TV shows like Glee and even Empire . And it remains the only U.S. reality program that produced global music superstars. So allow us to look back at 15 incredible moments from FOX's American Idol .   The (Bad) Auditions William Hung Of course the point of the show was to find superstar performers (and we'll get to them in a bit), but what drew so many to the early episodes of American Idol were the horrible auditions from delusional fame-seekers. Arguably the most endearing of the tone-deaf wannabes was William Hung, who banged his way into our hearts with his remarkably awkward cover of Ricky Martin's already-suspect "She Bangs" during Season 3. James Lewis James Lewis' performance of "Go Down Moses (Let My People Go)" was too much for judges Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul, who covered their faces and turned their chairs to hide their teary laughter during this Season 7 audition. It was bad for Lewis' self-esteem, but it made great TV. Larry Platt Someone named Lee DeWyze apparently won Season 9, but has he ever crafted a song as memorable as General Larry Platt's "Pants on the Ground"? Even Simon Cowell knew the truth: "I have a horrible feeling that song could be a hit," he said. Alas, that didn't turn out to be true, and at 62, Platt wasn't even within the show's age range, but his song is a legit earworm.   The Judges Kara DioGuardi vs. Bikini Girl No one really needed to hear Katrina Darrell sing again, nor was there viewer demand for DioGuardi to disrobe. But that's where Idol was during Season 8. Ellen vs. Common Sense Remember when Ellen DeGeneres was an Idol judge for a minute? LOL. Mariah vs. Nicki Overshadowing all other judging drama, of course, is the rollercoaster ride that was Season 12. What seemed like a dream — a legendary, record-breaking vocalist and a hip-hop superstar adding a from-the-trenches perspective to the mix — quickly became a nightmare. Not because of the constant clashes, but because they never translated into ratings.   The Performances Carrie Underwood, "Alone" It's easy to forget how green and small-town she was during her early Idol days, but country's reigning queen quickly learned how to perform. And this inspired song choice proved that she was out for the win. Fantasia Barrino, "Summertime" It was obvious that this lady had a story to tell (seriously, it eventually became a Lifetime movie), in part because of the emotion she was able to put into her performances. This one immediately became one of the series' most magical moments. Adam Lambert, "Mad World" With a seemingly limitless vocal range, Lambert was a surprise runner-up during Season 8. But he delivered the year's most memorable performance. And not just because he didn't miss a note. This was a masterclass in how to own an audience. Kelly Clarkson, "Stuff Like That There" After weeks of singing dated Burt Bacharach and Motown songs, a big band theme seemed like a step in the wrong direction for Idol . But then Clarkson took the stage. She already had proven that she could not just sing, but saaang . But this was proof that Clarkson was a performer. From her look to her delivery, she was flawless. She was natural, playful, and charming as hell as she nailed the big notes and stole America's heart. Katharine McPhee, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Maybe it's her recent focus on TV work, but for some reason people seem to forget that McPhee is a powerhouse singer. She inexplicably fell short to Taylor Freaking Hicks during Season 5 ( Idol 's highest-rated), but McPhee guaranteed herself a career with this star-making song.   The (Shocking) Eliminations Tamyra Gray Everyone expected a battle of big voices in the first season's finale, pitting early favorite Gray against the increasingly attention-grabbing Clarkson. So it would have been shocking enough if Gray had placed third behind Clarkson and Justin Guarini. But fourth? The fact that America voted Nikki McKibbin into the top three was a serious warning that no one was safe and confirmation that Americans make terrible decisions. Jennifer Hudson When it comes to J-Hud, two questions keep me awake at night: She really has an Oscar? And more relevant to this piece, she only finished seventh on Idol ?! I don't think very highly of her acting skills, but no one can deny her supernatural vocal ability. Except the lunatics who voted (or didn't) during Season 3. Chris Daughtry The white dude with a guitar became a whole crazy thing on American Idol , but during Season 5 Chris Daughtry was kind of refreshing. He was one of those rare rock singers who could really, as Randy Jackson said, blow. Fellow judge Paula Abdul actually said, "See you in the finals" after one of his performances the week he was booted. Of course, he went on to fill arenas around the country and is behind only Clarkson and Underwood on the list of AI 's best-selling contestants. Honorable mention to Pia Toscano , who also was robbed.   The Coronations Season 1 Face it, there's only one that matters. Yes, there were nail-biters (Ruben Studdard beat Clay Aiken by a crazy-slim margin) and shock victories (Kris Allen over Adam Lambert?). But If Kelly Clarkson hadn't won the inaugural season of American Idol , not only would pop music have missed out on one of this generation's defining voices, but the show never would have reached the same heights. From the teary Clarkson's squeaky delivery to the other shrieky finalists' misguided-yet-hysterical attempts to help fill in the gaps, that final "Moment" was the perfect way to end the season and set a cultural phenomenon in motion. The very last episode of American Idol airs Thursday at 8 p.m. Idol out! div.post p { text-align: justify; }

Is 'American Idol' Really Ending After Season 15?

We've been hearing all season long that season 15 (which is currently airing on FOX) will be the last for American Idol , the hugely successful reality singing competition hosted by Ryan Seacrest. As a result, we've been treated to many flashbacks and memorable moments from throughout the series all this season. However, will American Idol really be dead and buried after this season? Creator Simon Fuller recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and weighed in on the subject.   Read More... http://www.buddytv.com/articles/american-idol/is-american-idol-really-ending-59476.aspx

'American Idol' finalists won't tour this year

American Idol will truly be over with next weeks series finale and not just on TV.The tour that hasfollowed every season finale of Foxs singing competition show will not happen this year, EW confirmed. The American Idol Live Tour has historically been an integral part of...  Read More... http://feeds.ew.com/~r/entertainmentweekly/tv/coverage/~3/ZCjD_YD9Vbs/american-idol-live-tour-canceled

American Idol Alums Reveal the Best Advice the Judges Ever Gave Them

Believe it or not, but American Idol is ending NEXT WEEK. This is not a drill, people! In honor of the legendary reality competition's farewell season, E! News' Kristin Dos Santos got a...   Read More.... http://www.eonline.com/news/752777/american-idol-alums-reveal-the-best-advice-the-judges-ever-gave-them?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-tvnews&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_tvnews

The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of April 4, 2016

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   The Real Housewives of New York City (Season Premiere) Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. on Bravo Why: Bravo isn't for everyone, but it absolutely is for me. And despite my Jersey roots, the housewives who have found a permanent place on my queue are the badass ladies of New York. The hate is easy to understand — and sometimes warranted. The fabled Ramonacoaster is a rough ride; the "countess" keeps trying to make "music"; that one weirdo threw her prosthetic leg across a table. But that's also what makes this show so fun. It's bananas. And Season 8 should deliver the usual level of insanity. There's a new girl, Julianne Wainstein (Jules, obviously), so expect ruffled feathers, shit-talking, and hurt feelings. There's plenty of booze, finger-pointing, and so many opinions! So grab a bottle of Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio, a bag of Skinnygirl popcorn, and watch what happens. Prepare to talk about: Bethenny's health scare; Ramona's... upgrade; why Saint Carole Radziwill puts up with this nonsense.   American Idol (Series Finale) Thursday at 8 p.m. on FOX Why: "The series finale of American Idol ." At many points during the show's 15-season run, those words would have been music to my ears. But as the last Idol season nears its three-night finale, nostalgia is setting in. Maybe it was OG Kelly Clarkson bringing us all to tears a few weeks ago with her heart-rending performance of " Piece By Piece ," or perhaps it's been La'Porsha giving us life week after week. But Idol has corrected course just in time to say goodbye on the right note. Dozens of past finalists are expected to perform live, including reigning Country Queen Carrie Underwood. There's also a pre-taped medley from Clarkson (who's approximately 15 months pregnant). With all that star power, this celebration promises to be huge, entertaining, awkward, and messy. Just like the show itself. Seacrest out! Prepare to talk about: What would have happened if Kellegendary Clarkson hadn't won; pitchy moments; the actual winner of this season... maybe.   Catastrophe (Season Premiere) Friday at 3:00 a.m. on Amazon Why: The first season of Catastrophe was a delightful surprise. It's a wonderfully frank story of two people creating a family under really weird circumstances. Sharon Horgan had proven her writing and acting chops in the excellent Pulling , but who would've thought the comedian who became famousish because of his irreverent tweets would have such leading-man charisma? Rob Delaney is sweet and affable and a real actor. Together, he and Horgan created a show that is brutally honest and laugh-out-loud funny. So how does Season 2 compare? Really, really well, you guys. Thanks to a clever time jump and a continued willingness to show the ugly side of relationships, it's just as sharp and charming as ever. Prepare to talk about: How (wonderfully) little screen time the baby gets; scene-stealing Carrie Fisher; the lead couple's incredible chemistry and the scatological filth that comes out of their mouths.   T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel. He grew up two towns away from the New Jersey housewives, but he has never flipped a table (yet). Follow him on Twitter . div.post p { text-align: justify; }

'American Idol' Cancels Summer Tour

The summer tour has been a staple of 'Idol's' post-season since the show first launched in 2002. ...  Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/IvylYIUtzOI/story01.htm

'American Idol' series finale to include Jennifer Hudson performance

Last week, American Idol announced that the series finale would feature performances bya pair of former contestants who later won Grammys. Now you can add to that list an ex-contestant who went on to win not just a Grammy but an Oscar, too. The final installment of the hit singing...   Read More... http://feeds.ew.com/~r/entertainmentweekly/tv/coverage/~3/r3fpjsG6ezo/american-idol-finale-jennifer-hudson-performance

American Idol Alums Pick Their All-Time Favorite Performances

This is not a drill: There are only four American Idol shows left. Like, ever. As the landmark singing competition's 15th and final (well, "farewell") season draws to a close, it's...   Read More... http://www.eonline.com/news/751183/american-idol-alums-pick-their-all-time-favorite-performances?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-tvnews&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_tvnews

'American Idol': Katharine McPhee returns to sing 'Over the Rainbow'

Former American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee had herself a Throwback Thursday, returning to the shows farewell season to once again perform her signature song, Over the Rainbow. Dressed in a diaphanous pink gown and swirled in stage fog, McPhee belted out the Judy Garland tune like a...   Read More... http://feeds.ew.com/~r/entertainmentweekly/tv/coverage/~3/j66kAF0Qgzk/american-idol-katharine-mcphee-over-the-rainbow

'American Idol': Top 4 Take on Classic Rock and Sia

The farewell season said goodbye to Sonika Vaid.   Read More...   http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/p8ilXwXjMoY/story01.htm
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