AMERICAN IDOL Recap: We Rank the Top 24


The Top 24 is finally set and we can finally be done with this nonsense of getting to learn about contestants’ puppies and finally get to some singing! Rejoice!

There is though one bit of housekeeping to take care of first. As has become a tradition in my column over the last half-decade, before I can rank the contestants objectively based on their weekly performances, I must first rank them subjectively based on my own set of criteria that makes up the Molly DeWolf Swenson Scale. [Read more…]

AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Going Solo!


Solo Performance night of Hollywood Week is ‘Idol’s’ first major attempt to get us to care about this season’s contestants and decide if we’re interested in seeing more of them.
The contestants get a full band, an audience and a big stage on which to perform. It’s the real crucible to see if they’re cut out to make it on the live shows and, of course, to see if they can make an impact and make us care about them going forward.
Here’s my assessment of the contestants from whom we got to see a full performance last night. [Read more…]

AMERICAN IDOL Week Ends and We’ve Got Your Best and Worst


The brilliant glorious wreck that is the group round of Hollywood Week came to an end last night with no shortage of awkwardness, in-fighting and strange illnesses. But what were the best parts? Check out round two of our Hollywood Week Awards:

“Lost in Space” Award
Back in the day, long before Matt LeBlanc attempted to be a sci-fi action movie hero, “Lost in Space” was known for ending its episodes on a cliffhanger and then starting the next week to show an anti-climactic resolution to that situation. This week, ‘Idol’ did the same with Alexis’ panic attack. Guess what? She was fine and started singing immediately! Who saw that coming as she suffered from nothing that was caused by nothing? She got through despite an inability to sing. At least there may be some more panic attacks in our future. [Read more…]

AMERICAN IDOL Season 14 Recap: We Rank the Best and Worst New Orleans Auditions


‘Idol’ strolled into the Big Easy last night and Harry predictably had very high and specific standards for the hopefuls from New Orleans.

So who lived up to the judges’ lofty expectations and who fell flat? Luckily, there was a nice mixture of both last night. [Read more…]

AMERICAN IDOL Season 14 Recap: We Continue to Rank the Best and Worst Auditions!


By now, you know the drill, ‘Idol’ has decided to become ‘The Voice’.

Despite its judges’ constant denigration of the NBC hit whenever they do press, it’s clear it’s the show they want to be. True judgment and actual auditions are being eschewed in favor of forced judge chemistry and an “everybody wins” mentality.

Get out your participation ribbons, America – that seems to be what they want to give out on this show this year. [Read more…]

AMERICAN IDOL Season 14 Premiere Recap: We Rank the Best and Worst Auditions!


‘American Idol’ is back for its fourteenth season, and I’m very happy to be back with my ‘American Idol’ column now on theTV Addict! This will be a great new home for my brand of nonsense.

This season, ‘American Idol’ is supposed to be all about positivity. So much positivity in fact, that we already know who the Top 24 are. Well, at least what a few of them sound like and how they look in silhouette.

The show’s goal appears this season is for the audience to build relationships with these contestants in hopes that the show can launch its first pop star since Phillip Phillips and (probably) help stave off cancellation.

So it’s going to be a bunch of sunshine and gumdrops this season as the show becomes a chorus of Paula Abduls rooting on all contestants to victory in hopes the audience will feel those same good vibes.

Luckily, the cynics out there still have me. There will be no such positivity from this column as I will continue to bring my same Cowell-esque snark to covering ‘American Idol’. Let’s begin again, shall we? [Read more…]

Meet Josh ‘JDA’ Davila: Former AMERICAN IDOL Contestant Transitions From Male to Female

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By: Nick Edsall

It’s the ultimate ‘American Idol’ makeover!

Jaidah Christina Davila — who competed in the “male” category under the name Josh JDA back in season 12 — has successfully completed her transition into becoming a woman.

She even has a crisp new U.S. Social Security card to prove it.

“I don’t even recognize the person that I used to be on ‘Idol,’” the singer said in an interview with

“I am not just cross-dressing anymore.”

“I am not this gay, feminine boy. I am actually now on hormone replacement therapy. I have been for a year and a half.” [Read more…]

AMERICAN IDOL Exit Interview: 10 Questions with Ashton Jones

You looked like you were in such pain when you found out that you were going home. What exactly was going through your head in that very moment?
Ashton Jones: You know what, it really was not pain. It was moreso leaving the stage and the friends that I had made, and I just had to let it out. I always hold stuff in. I’m a very, very strong person. Over the years the things that I’ve been through have made me strong, so sometimes you have to let it out. You’ve got to show your emotion. I’m a real person just like America. I’m just Ashton, and I’m from Nashville, and sometimes you can’t hold back. But I cried because of all of the things that I went through on the show—the experiences. I couldn’t believe that I had made it so far.

Do you think there is any stigma to being the first person voted off?
You know what? I think it’s not always a bad thing to be the first person. It could be a good thing because everything that I went through on the show—now I’m going to take it and put it toward my career. And I don’t think anything is going to stop me, and I feel like it was all in God’s timing. And he has something better for me. I’m not saying AMERICAN IDOL was not. But something great is what I feel in my spirit right now, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen.

What do you think America was missing about you during that Top 24 round?
I don’t know, but I’ve been thinking about that a lot. I just wanted people to see my personality, and I don’t really think that the show showed my personality as much as I wanted to. But it was okay because everything happens for a reason. But I’m kind of glad that the judges saw that personality of a diva, but I didn’t want the world to see me as diva—like I think I’m all that. I wanted them to see the confidence that I have came from God, and that’s it. I have faith and confidence in myself, and I was never timid on stage. I’ve been performing before, even back home. And I’ve always liked to engage in the crowd and dance with them and have confidence. So now I feel like America is going to see that now that I’ve moved on. And I can’t wait to perform again.

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