American Idol

Wednesday 8:00 PM on FOX Premiered Jun 11, 2002 Returning January 15th, 2014



User Score: 5729


American Idol Fan Reviews (1183)

out of 10
8,145 votes
  • Sam needs to put guitar down!

    In order for Sam to do what judges CONTINUALLY tell him to do which is to "emote" more and get more personal with his audience, he must PUT DOWN the guitar which he is using as a crutch and safety shield and actually get close to and actually "touch" some of those screaming girls he is singing to!!!
  • Creepy Sh*t last night...

    I have been watching American Idol since the first season, and look forward to it every year. When they announced Harry Connick was going to be a judge i was giddy with excitement because he has been one of my favorite artists for as long as i can remember... That doesn't really matter anymore though because my problem is with what the judges expect from these kids. Keith, while a talent in his on right, and an interesting person, expects these kids to bleed on the stage for him. I am here to say this... THE KIDS ON THIS SHOW LACK THE LIFE EXPERIENCE TO SHOW THE RANGE OF EMOTIONS HE WANTS TO SEE... AND being that these are young adults on the show they should not be focused on showing Keith and harry, and hell jennifer sometimes their emotional range, but I believe they should be showing the joy of being on the show and singing happy songs, songs that they can relate to, and not all this nonsense they are forced by the idol machine to perform. If Keith says one more thing about a "release" i don't know what i will do. He made me so uncomfortable last night with his weird chair dancing and unnatural facial experssions that it was difficult to watch. I know harry is there to judge, and that is why he doesn't ever clap or show any emotion, but COME ON we are down to the top six. Give these kids some credit. I'm not sure what happens after the show, but now knowing that Harry hasn't actually met any of these kids i imagine him running out of the studio as fast as possible insisting that no one make eye contact with him. I do NOT get it. I don't want to get it. I only know that it makes me like Harry less because he is so freakin' ridgid about his "rules". I mean i can't imagine the idol contract says anything about not getting to know the contestants. RIDICULOUS! Harry as mentor blew me away last year even though NONE of the kids listened to him. It seems unbalanced and odd this season. Not only with the judges, the host, but also with the talent... I'm not sure what is missing, but the fact that the stage is all X-factored up bothers me to NO end. American Idol has never been about pyro, and special effects, it has been about talent, and a love of music. It makes me sad to see so much of the show lost in a mess of crazy light shows, and camera tricks that make me motion sick more than anything.

    The talent this year is passable.

    I really like Alex, and i thought last night with the country song he KILLED it. I was moved almost to tears.

    Sam is cute, but again... i do not believe telling him over and over again that he has to learn to connect with the audience, and the song, and the lyrics is helping. They need to find a new and better way to get him to understand how to express and convey feeling through music. Clearly he has improved so much from the first few weeks, but still... i think he should try singing a song about being young, and being happy.

    Jess is good. Her voice is interesting, and has a lot of depth. She is another one that keith wants to bleed for him on the stage and drip with emotion. I'm not so much interested in that. I would rather see her enjoy herself, be giddy with happiness over how far she has come, and stop thinking so hard about this being her only option in life. If i have to hear her say "i'm either going to be a successful musician or a broke one" one more time... just ugghhhh...

    CJ. I like i think he has made it a tad further than he probably should. He is talented...

    Jena is great. She doesn't need much polishing... being one of the younger in the contest i think she has done well to not be completely chewed up by the idol machine. I like her and i think she has a good chance at making it to top 4.

    Caleb is a power house rocker. But he chooses songs that i don't know. Not to say that's bad. I only wish he would pick something I can rock out along with. I would love to see him sing Bon Jovi, or even Areosmith....

    SO I say judges to being creepy, this means you Keith! I say talent, do your thing, and leave it all on the stage. You have made it this far, do what feels right and good to you! and if they try to put you in crazy stupid clothes, say NO!

  • judges

    I am very disappointed in Keith & J lo. They judge based on their feeling and show favortism. They are constantly criticial of Jessica's performance. She besides Caleb are their two best singers.

    I'm very disappointed in this year. Randy Jackson may be nice but he is no mentor. The only good judge is Harry. He understands what it takes.

    We have watched Idol for many years. You need help if its going to make it.
  • American Woman - CJ, Are you kidding? REALLY?

    I don't understand how in the world the Judges can say that CJ did a good job with American Woman. IT SUCKED! If you don't believe me, listen to the Guess Who release of the song. That song is supposed to "ROCK" not "SUCK". It didn't even come close! NOT EVEN CLOSE! Judges give your heads a shake. CJ's version would be great if you are looking for a song to put you to sleep. COME ON JUDGES WAKE UP! You must have fallen asleep during CJ's performance of American Woman.
  • Bored

    Horrible just horrible! where's the talent.... what happened to the talent like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood... these kids are not only unattractive but they're just not talented! No more Idol for me the Voice showcases real talent!




    ON THEIR WAY ????


  • Worst season yet

    I will not be Watching this next season, the Voice would not even turn a chair for the talent left this season. The suck up stuff coming out of the mouths of the judges is amazing. They are suppose to be helping the contestants get better!
  • Its going to be a karaoke show this year!

    What are the judges thinking! WORST singers ever! It seems that Jlo has the final decision in who continues. .They have let a grip full of AWESOME singers year will be the WORST is the only judge who seems to be accurate. .
  • critic

    This is the worst talent show on tv. AND WHY DO WE HAVE TO WATCH J. Lo. instead of the contestants? A two second shot is all that is needed for your ratings. This is supposed to be about the called talent. Harry should be sick more often. He actually proved he could act like a real grown up. The contestants act like they are in a karaoke contest. Jena and Caleb will be the two who the rest can go home now. Miss pink hair is an empty pot with a voice. Will not be returning to this show next year.
  • This year sucks!!!

    American Idol is terrible this year. Why are they paying J-Lo all this money to be a judge anyway and look at the product behind all this money she's getting paid and where did they find Keith and Harry from the toy out of a box of cracker jack. None of the contestant who remained are really good singers and Malayih was one of there best and they wasted a save on Sam really come on!!! They should take some of the money back that they paid these judges. They need to cut American Idol after this season. They should take lessons from the voice. They have some awesome singers. On a serious note American Idol "SUCKS" 1.0
  • Closed Captioning

    Would it be possible to sync the closed captioning to the song's melody/lyrics? This would greatly assist those of who are hard od hearing to better enjoy your program. Thanks, Al Tague
  • American idol sound quality

    I must say for a music based show American Idol's sound quality during their show is horrible!

    How can Malaya be voted out. She has good vocals next to Caleb. Unfortunately, the judges have used the only save for one of the worst singers in this year's idol leaving good singers like Caleb and Malaya with no saves. This years American Idol is like a horror movie and it really sucks.
  • Unbelievable! American Idol should bring Malaya back!

    While Malaya's last performance was not her best - certainly she was much better than many of the other's who are moving onto the next round.

    Malaya next to Caleb is definitely a contender for the American Idol Title this year. What an injustice that a charming, talented, entertaining and engaging Young Lady was voted off.

    I wonder what the criteria is? Viewers surely must see how much talent this 16 year old has!

    While I respect the American Public- I know of People who vote just because a person is good looking - not for their talent. Really - I think that the Judges should have more than 1 collective vote to save a contestant. Why not have 3? One for each Judge? After all - we do have individual tastes in Music.

    However, it is undeniable that this 16 year old is a powerhouse like Caleb.

    Bring Malaya Back!!!
  • Stuck up alex

    Please get stuck up alex ! OFF!!!!!!
  • #BringBackMalaya

    bring back malayal watson !!!!! your ratings are starting to go down !$

    Malaya should not have been sent home tonight. Sam cannot sing for crap, nor can . sing all that well. I am so upset with the judges saving Sam. They should have kept it for Malaya. American Idol stinks this year. Harry Connick, Jr. sucks too. Alex was not all that great either. I think Caleb & Jessica, and Jena are the top three!! Good luck everyone!!!
  • Worst talent ever

    The contestants seem to be nice people, however they are not that talented. They are average singers, they had better singers that auditioned and they almost made it to the live shows. Not sure what the judges are hearing but I wouldn't buy any of the finalists music. I stopped watching. Last years judges were a hot mess but the talent was great.
  • Malaya

    Malaya certainly isn't the best but she should not have left tonight, I just don't know what people see in Alex. I think he stinks! Even J Lo didn't like how he changed the song so much from the original. Please I just don't understand the public. Judges what in the HELL were you thinking last week using your only save on a kid that only the teenage girls adore. He's definitely not IDOL even bottom 5. Malaya should have been saved this week. I'm terribly upset!!!!!!! Go AWAY ALEX! YUCK!
  • what the hell

    I can't believe CJ is still on the show. He is a horrible singer. He is never on key and has zero talent for singing.

    I have watched the show from it's inception. As I watch this season I watch in total confusion. How can they collectively be so bad? I mean it's painful to watch! I find myself tuning in to literally watch in disbelief how bad they all can be week after week after week. I oddly feel a sense of loyalty to else have this annoying feeling? The judges are making complete fools of themselves. At least they get fat pay days for doing it because that is their price for abandoning their credibility. I was hopeful Harry wouldn't cave in and call it real, but even he has become a gushing moron giving hope to people who have ZERO shot of being music stars. Time for them to can this show for a while. I agree that THE VOICE has taken over, and in a big way! Those singers are legit and the performances leave you wanting more.
  • RIP American Idol

    This is the second crappy year of American Idol. I'll give it one more shot next year, if you they don't bring back the talent that they showcased in the first 12 seasons and some real judges that aren't making the show about themselves I wont be watching anymore. Too much changing of everything. I feel sorry for the contestants, being lied to by the judges telling them that they are the best of all the seasons or that they killed a song. I use to get all choked up and teary eyed for past contestants when they sang their hearts out. Haven't had one emotional feeling like that with this group of kids.
  • The judges suck!

    The judges are responsible for the demise of this show. The judges' job is to find good contestants. The contestants' job is to entertain us. Suddenly the judges think it's their job to entertain us! I used to love this show. But without talent, it's nothing! They need to get some record producers or something on the judging panel - people who know how to pick out future stars. I used to hate Simon Cowell on this show (he's much better on X-Factor), but at least the guy knows how to pick out talent! Move over Idol... The Voice now rules the roost!
  • Idol is dead (ratings don't go below one)

    How about making the decision to flush the idol it's been in the toilet far too really stinks when even the judges have resorted to funzies, slap happy banter while watching actively disinterest, mostly talentless contestants bore the hopeful residual audience to disgust. I've watched from the beginning. The judges and the fans last year couldn't stand the tension between the two divas separated by "Jo- dog" Randy. How the heck does stressful distain make for good television? In my life oi have never written about anything on TV. Well you did majority of the remaining contestant can't carry a tune in a over for me right buttons were pushed Fox wake is only confirming your network as hopelessly unable to develop fresh new programming to replace idol who no longer is did the fox lyrics of the song make as much sense as watching just pull the lever do the American household the courtesy of at least you program Idol another season I won't even remember that Ford and Coke sponsored you don't care about your think they do!

  • Horrible Season

    I agree with other posters. They let all the good singers go during the auditions for the stupidest reasons like not liking how they look at the floor while singing. Hello, they're amateurs that can be taught! Harry is the best judge. Keith is good too. But Harry lost all credibility when he said he saw all the past seasons and declared this being the best. Caleb deserves to win. He is flat out above the rest of them. Question is if the country is willing to vote for a rocker. Just like Lambert deserved to win.
  • RIP American Idol

    This is the worst show and season of AMERICAN IDOL ever and most probably last season - as they did not deserver better. It looks like the need a reality check. Anyone Season 2012 - Haley, Casey Abrams or Joshua Ledet. Last Season was a hit compared to this one - and all the best about it JLO was there and they keep saying tis the best season ever. Well for 17 Mil. I would probably say the same. Its a shame what the show had become. I believe the judges are the worst ever. Keith keeps smiling but seriously Harry C. Jr. - .really i even did not know who the hell Jr. was before this show! This show should be entertainment and it is NOT. Looks like the smarties left the show on time. Just sad nothing less JACK BAUER IS BACK!
  • Contest

    How can it be a singing contest when you have people VOTE befor everyone sing or even the one they are voting for HOw is that fair or a vote for their talent that night ?Now they call it a sing off when your voted off WHAT they tell you to sing like you want to stay I have never heard it better than from MK it was tearful how she did just as you ask and you still let her go why should they sing you aready know which one you plan on saving and so do we The groof idot to young of a girl or the Screaming not sing Calb worst year EVER I along with many are none with it
  • American Idol or Amateur Impersonators

    Idol 2014 Worst Talent Show on TV. Mediocre singers, girls who want to be boys, girls singing boys songs, boys singing girls songs, solo singers singing groups songs. Unbelievably bad show. Too many silly staged interviews and nonsense chit chat. Judges deliberate for an excessive long time whether to save a singer with little talent who would never be an Idol. Producers need to get a grip, these young people need guidance with song choice, wardrobe, styling and attitude.
  • Harry go home

    Well,no American Idol show could be as bad as last year the way the judges picked the worst looking and worst sounding people in the male category. I miss the smiles, the laughter, the comradery that the contestants used to share. No one sheds a tear when someone is voted off nor looks happy when a rival does well. Main problem is like everyone said, they seem to want a racial balance and genre diversity. Idol takes too much stock in the judges and pays them so much the kids can't go anywhere or show us films of their days when they aren't working. It isn't just Idol, most of the television isn't worth watching anymore. I never know when a show is on or when the season starts and ends. Shows that are so good are taken off the air before you get a chance to know the characters. I said today, I hope Idol ends and Simon comes back to the states with some different ideas for a talent show.

    Harry Connick Jr. acts exactly like I thought he would, I am too much of a lady to say. He talks five minutes before you realize whether he likes someone or not. I fast forwarded through his performance, was it last week?
  • Where is the Talent?

    I love talent shows, and I've always looked forward to AI. But each year it has gotten worse. There is no talent. Can't compare AI with the talent that is on The Voice, or Australia The Voice, or Poland The Voice, or Brittain's Got Talent, or even America's Got Talent. And why doesn't AI take young people like some of the other shows. These young people have amazing talent, and they are wonderful to watch.

    I really don't understand what AI is doing. I remember during the tryouts there was one young gal who had the best voice of anyone, and they told her sorry. I knew then that something was very wrong. Don't know what it is, though.

    And the don't like how they patronize the contestants. It just sounds so phony.
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