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Blogcritics On American Idol: The Offseason

Season 4 of American Idol is over but that doesn’t mean Idol activity has slowed much: there’s the summer tour, new records from Idols new and old, offseason machinations, and the like:

American Idol: Simon Cowell: You Oughta Be In Pictures?
I last wrote about American Idol as the (not so little) engine that could [here]. While critics while away their days bashing AI as the root cause of everything that’s cheap, vulgar and boring in pop culture, The Phenom chugs…
Posted to Video by Sticker on September 16, 2005 05:50 AM

Wayward American Idol Finalist Mario Vazquez Signs Recording Contract
The American Idol wheels keep turning in unexpected ways as Mario Vazquez, who “withdrew from the competition for personal reasons” just before the ’05 finals began in March, has remained within the Idol family, at least according to them. Yesterday,…
Posted to Music by Eric Olsen on September 7, 2005 06:34 PM

Who Needs a Constitution – We’ve got Iraq Star!
If American Idol is popular in Iraq can the rest of western culture be far behind?
Posted to Politics by Dave Nalle on August 30, 2005 11:10 PM

American Idol: Mario Vazquez, Palace Intrigue, and The Clive Davis Clone Army
Oh, this is rich in palace intrigue. Very rich. The Fox News story goes like this: You may recall the story about Mario Vazquez, the kid who bolted mid-season from “American Idol” last winter. He’d been convinced by his lawyer — the…
Posted to Music by Sticker on August 16, 2005 09:18 PM

American Idol: Clay Aiken and The Mystery of Credible Pop Radio
photo by RCA Records Monday night found me sitting in a tropical downpour at the fabled Wolf-Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in…
Posted to Music by Sticker on August 12, 2005 06:25 AM

American Idol: Carrie of the Wayside
Recent American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, 22, was returning to her home state of Oklahoma with the “Pop Tarts Presents American Idols Live! Tour 2005” for a concert last night in Norman, so yesterday Governor…
Posted to Music by Eric Olsen on August 11, 2005 03:19 PM

American Idol: Bo Bice’s Injury Won’t Sideline this Powerful “Vehicle”
The Detroit A. I. Live! concert provided Bo Bice fans powerful proof this Rising Star is destined for greatness. I Bo-Lieve!
Posted to Music by Jewels Richardson on August 9, 2005 01:01 PM

Whitney Houston To Replace Paula Abdul on American Idol?
American Idol may be trading a dancer for a diva. According to Star Magazine, Whitney Houston may be replacing Paula Abdul as an Idol judge. The website says Abdul may be poised to take over hosting duties for So…
Posted to Video by sunoftheskye on August 1, 2005 05:39 PM

Clarkson Gives The Finger To Sophomore Slump
Any artist coming off a successful debut album fears the notorious sophomore slump, but when you’re the product of a hit reality series the pressure to prove yourself as a serious contender is even more daunting. That’s why Kelly Clarkson’s second…
Posted to Music by sunoftheskye on July 31, 2005 10:57 AM

American Idol: Alleged Abdul Affair Scrutinized
Allegations probed for probity and judicatory ramifications. FoxTV and the producers of American Idol, Fremantle Media and 19 Television, have hired an independent counsel, experienced in “this type of inquiry,” to look into allegations that judge Paula Abdul had an affair…
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on July 29, 2005 01:26 PM

American Idol: Bo Bice and The Musical Spaghetti Factory
While no doubt Carrie Underwood will bring a smile to the face with her rendition of the “sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t” jingle, otherwise you…
Posted to Video by Sticker on July 25, 2005 07:47 PM

UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken Visits Uganda
Conflict in northern Uganda has displaced approximately 1.4 million people, 80% of them children and women, as the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) seeks to overthrow the Ugandan government. UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken traveled to the conflict region of northern…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on July 25, 2005 06:17 PM

American Idol: Carrie Underwood Fills Some Big Shoes
Carrie Underwood—yes, the first country artist in Billboard chart history to bow at number one on the Hot 100 chart (“Inside Your Heaven”) and the recipient of the continued praise of fellow country warbler, Rascal Flatts frontman, Gary LeVox—…
Posted to Music by Sticker on July 13, 2005 08:20 PM

The 10 Best Contestants Ever On American Idol
There have been four seasons of the ratings phenomenon, American Idol–some better than others. But over the course of this #1 show’s four seasons, there have definitely been standout performers–winners or losers.
Posted to Video by sunoftheskye on July 13, 2005 09:38 AM

American Idol: Bo Bice and The Mystery of Credible Rock Radio
My evil twin is attempting to get me to write about Paula Abdul and her tirade against nail salons, which I’m not saying was undeserved. And, believe me, as you know by now, I am an individual well aware of…
Posted to Music by Sticker on July 7, 2005 10:20 AM

Review: Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway
She has one of the greatest voices in pop music–competing with the likes of vocal powerhouses such as her contemporaries Joss Stone, and Christina Aguilera, as well as music icons like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. The reason Clarkson is…
Posted to Music by sunoftheskye on July 13, 2005 08:49 AM

American Idol: Paula Abdul Urges Legislation With Open Heart and Sore Thumb, Corey Clark Throws Food
American Idol judge and unhappy manicure consumer Paul Abdul spoke passionately yesterday in favor of legislation before the California Senate Business and Professions Committee that would establish safety standards for manicure and pedicure equipment and rewrite state regulations mandating that…
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on June 28, 2005 02:02 PM

American Idol: John Stevens: Next Chairman of the Board?
American Idol finalist John Stevens is still full of all that jazz—and big band and swing, too! The red-headed heartthrob bows next week with a rich disc from Maverick, aptly titled “Red” (and not to be confused with “Simply…
Posted to Music by Sticker on June 26, 2005 08:30 AM

American Idol: Off Its Rocker?
“Please, God, don’t let me win this thing.” Yep, those were the words coursing through Bo Bice’s brain as he stood on stage before a gazillion peeps and waited for Ryan Seacrest to open “the envelope, please.” Bo later explained…
Posted to Video by Sticker on June 23, 2005 02:33 AM

American Idol Underground and The Daily Music and Tech News
American Idol goes underground. The producers of American Idol will launch an online version of the show this fall in the form of a radio show called American Idol Underground. Contestants will be able to upload…
Posted to Music by Katharine Donelson on June 20, 2005 01:29 PM

American Idol Songbird LaToya London Bows with Life & Love
If you’re a LaToya London fan, the wait is almost over. The stunning songbird is set to bow on September 20th, with a 14-track disc called Love & Life. After her stint on American Idol (Season 3), LaToya signed with…
Posted to Music by Sticker on June 16, 2005 11:15 PM

American Idol: Come Fly With Me!
In the midst of a pretty big news day—“Michael Jackson Decides No More Sleepovers!”—over here in my own little lane, I had a bunch of American Idol cross-overs into Real Life. Freaky. First, I’m sitting in the holding pen at the doctor’s…
Posted to Video by Sticker on June 16, 2005 09:25 AM

American Idol and Fuzzy Math: How 3 + 2 = 1 (And What That Means In the AI Universe)
Is American Idol rigged? I dunno, but I do believe it sometimes ends up being based on fuzzy math. You know, like when 3 + 2 = 1. Huh? Well, it’s simple, really. According to the inimitable Ryan Seacrest—who, admittedly, during his AI tenure…
Posted to Video by Sticker on June 14, 2005 12:56 AM

American Idol: Carrie Underwood Sings With Nashville Star
I said all along that Carrie Underwood was going to be the first person to win Nashville Star without ever appearing on the show. Now, playing idolhabit catch-up, everyone is trumpeting Carrie as the new “Nashville Idol.” You know,…
Posted to Video by Sticker on June 10, 2005 04:12 PM

American Idol: How To Know When You’re Actually Famous
Carrie Underwood’s star certainly is rising fast—she’s already been the subject of a patently ridiculous tabloid story! (The title of this humdinger was something like “Carrie Had Affair With Bo AND Federov!” Not that I read it or anything.) Okay, the Anthony…
Posted to Video by Sticker on June 6, 2005 05:07 PM

American Idol: Good Signs for Carrie, Bo
Since items in the Luv department always take precedence: I was gratified to learn that I was not the only one who noticed some significant on-screen chem between the blonde ones on American Idol. Bo, in a recent…
Posted to Video by Sticker on June 1, 2005 01:17 PM

American Idol: Winning, Losing and Cher-ing
Like the never-ending Cher Farewell-Retirement-I Still Need the Money tour, I find that I keep coming back for one last gig on American Idol, Season Four. (Except that I don’t get paid for my “art” and I am not sitting…
Posted to Video by Sticker on May 30, 2005 08:27 AM

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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