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Colton Dixon Gets the Boot from IDOL

Last night on the American Idol results show, the words "ANOTHER SHOCK" flashed across the screen as the opening credits rolled.  Were we really in for another surprise elimination?  Well, the producers of Idol obviously thought viewers would be blown away by last night's result.  But here at WBKR, our Idol expert Steve Thompson called it.  And Colton Dixon, Tennessee's resident spiritual rocker, was sent home.  And now, the Idol field is down to six and Steve shares his thoughts about who is currently in the lead for finale.

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IDOL's Top 7 (photo from AmericanIdol.com)
IDOL's Top 7 (photo from AmericanIdol.com)
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A Little Now and Then on AMERICAN IDOL [Video]

Last night on American Idol, our final seven contestants went to the mic twice to sing to stay.  And the themes were quite simple.  Contestants had to choose a song from NOW and one from THEN.  So, who won the night and who's in danger of elimination?  Let's turn to our American Idol expert, Steve Thompson, who ranks the performances from 7 to 1 in each category and gives his predictions about who will be packing their bags and leaving the Idol mansion.

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IDOL Shocker! Favorite Voted Off, Saved by Judges

Late yesterday afternoon, news broke on TMZ that there was going to be a SHOCKING result on the American Idol results show.  And that was quite the understatement.  After the nationwide votes were tallied, Joshua Ledet, Elise Testone and Jessica Sanchez found themselves in the bottom three.  Then, then bombshell!  Jessica, who earlier in the season, after tearing into "I Will Always Love You," established herself as this year's favorite for the crown, was told SHE was the lowest vote-getter.  What?  Are you freaking kidding me, America?  Is this real?  Or is Idol pulling our leg?  Was this a cheap ratings stunt designed to get us all in an uproar?  Let's turn to our Idol expert, Steve Thompson, who tries to make sense of the madness and mayhem.

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IDOL’s Skylar Laine Sings Kellie Pickler [Video]

Last night on American Idol, our remaining seven contestants took on hits from the current charts.  In fact, each hopeful had to choose a song from 2012 to now.  And, Idol's resident country gal, Skylar Laine, took on a big old Kellie Pickler song and swung for the fences.  How did she do?  Check it out!  Plus, read Steve Thompson's full review of last night's show and find out who WBKR's Idol expert thinks is safe and who is danger of going home.

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American Idol: And Then There Were Seven

Goodbye, DeAndre.  Last night, on the American Idol results show, DeAndre Brackensick was shown the door, despite Jennifer Lopez's campaign to save him.  See, the judges have that one-time save to use anytime before Idol narrows its field to five.  And Jennifer has been a long-time and rather vocal supporter for DeAndre.  And, after he sang for his life last night, Jennifer voted to keep him, but Randy and Steven disagreed.  With that said, the Idol field is down to seven.  Our Idol expert Steve Thompson handicaps the remaining field and tells us what to expect next!

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images
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Kellie Pickler is on American Idol Tonight

Scotty McCreery was on last week and Lauren Alaina before that and tonight, Kelli Pickler returns to the Idol stage.

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Photo courtesy of AmericanIdol.com
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Skylar, IDOL’s Country Gal, Wins the Night! [Video]

Last night was "80's Night" on American Idol and our remaining 8 contestants battled it out at the mic for your votes.  They took on Cyndi Lauper, Genesis, DeBarge, Simply Red and more.  But it was Idol's resident country gal who went back through the 80's catalog and scooped up a song that hit the charts twice in the decade:  once by country star Gary Morris, the second by movie star Bette Midler.  Yep!  As our Idol expert, Steve Thompson, explains, Skylar Laine KILLED "Wind Beneath My Wings!" and put herself square in contention for the title! 

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Heejun Leaves American Idol

Last night, my Facebook friends were cheering and Moon was mourning.  Heejun, American Idol's resident love him-or-hate him comic, was booted off the show.  And, now, we are left with our remaining contestants, the Elite Eight (if you will).  Who's gunning for the title at this stage in the competition and who is next to suffer Heejun's fate?  Let's check in with our Idol expert Steve Thompson, who has listened to the feedback, watch the shows and graded all the Idol performances . . .

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(image from AmericanIdol.com)
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Carrie Underwood & Miranda Covered on IDOL [Video]

Last night on American Idol, our 9 remaining contestants sang songs by THEIR idols.  Among the singers honored with cover songs . . . Idol 4 champion Carrie Underwood and former Nashville Star-contestant-turned megastar, Miranda Lambert.  So, how did this season's crop of hopefuls do.  Let's check in with WBKR's resident Idol critic, Steve Thompson and get his rankings from nine to numero uno!  Here's Steve's review of last night's show . . .

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Chad’s Top Ten “American Idol” Performances [Video]

I may have mentioned this on the air before and I realize it may make me a total couch potato, but I love American Idol.  In fact, I think I have seen every single episode of every single season.  Because of that, I have been along for the entire bumpy ride.  I have heard every single sour note sung, but I have also been there to witness the incredible performances that make the show what it was originally designed to be . . . a way to uncover untapped talent and find, from the depths of oscurity, America's next great singing superstars.  I decided, since we are well into Season 11 of Idol, to comb back through my memory bank and present to you . . . the Top Ten American Idol Performances of All-Time! 

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WBKR Recaps Billy Joel Night on IDOL [Video]

Last night, our Top Ten American Idol finalists took on the Billy Joel songbook.  WBKR's Idol expert. Steve Thompson, was watching and shares his thoughts about the show.  Who won the night?  And who will be fighting for their lives during tonight's elimination show?  Take a look at video highlights from last night's performances and Steve's take on the best and worst of the remaining ten hopefuls.  As Ryan Seacrest would say, "THIS is American Idol!"

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Shannon Magrane Strikes Out on American Idol

American Idol: Would You Like to Take the Grand Tour? by Steve Thompson
Just when you thought it was safe to watch American Idol again... The dreaded Judge's Save can be invoked any night before the final five. What does this mean to America? Because of the timely exit of Jermaine, the producers just happen to now have a spare week with which to manipulate the audience. When someone totally botches a theme (and they will) and it's one person the judges want to win-- the Save returns and perhaps even the Nielsen viewers.

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