Ask Jennifer Hudson and Katharine McPhee: Getting fewer votes doesn't mean you won't be a ''Smash''
MJ Santilli picks the peaks and valleys so far for Phillip, Jessica, Joshua, and Hollie
Contenders have tackled the songs of Freddie Mercury and Co. a lot over the years -- for better and worse
Jessica Sanchez is back from the brink; she joins this memorable group who were out, then grabbed a lifeline
For 12 weeks, we've heard Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips sing; MJ Santilli scores 'em round by round
Annie Barrett's updated ranking; see who's climbing, who's sliding, and her new pick at No. 1
Annie Barrett's updated ranking; see who's climbing, who's sliding, and who's sitting at No. 1
Stevie Nicks' pitch-perfect turn this week puts her among the best pros who've stopped by to guide the Idols
The decade has been a comfort zone for contenders since season 1; see who set the bar high for this year's top 8
Annie Barrett's updated ranking; see who's climbing, who's sliding -- and who moves in as her new No. 1
Annie Barrett's updated ranking; see which guy leaps back into the top 5 -- and her new No. 1
It's been five years since a woman won; fair? We look back at ladies who deserved to go further.
From Kelly to Clay, Katharine to Carrie, 18 contestants who sharpened their style to match their talent
Add Jermaine Jones' expected DQ to these legal woes, voting controversies, risque photos, and more
Annie Barrett's updated ranking; see which woman jumps from the middle of the pack almost to the top
MJ Santilli picks star-making and trainwreck moments from shows dedicated to Rock, Disco, Country, more
Annie Barrett ranks the finalists heading into the Stevie Wonder/Whitney Houston performance round
It's Hell Week for some and Heaven for others; see who made the most of their chance to impress the judges
Vocal problems, personality clashes, tears, more stress while trying to impress; who won -- and lost
It's easy to forget many notables had close calls in auditions; see who almost got stopped before they started
Lazaro Arbos has struggled this season, but he's not the only one; revisit tales that got our eyes watering
Persistence pays: MJ Santilli looks at singers who needed multiple tries to reach the ''Idol'' stage
As a new crop of singers aims to impress, see what we wrote when we first saw Kelly, Carrie, Adam, Scotty...
''Rolling in the Deep,'' ''Over the Rainbow,'' any Whitney Houston, 12 more Ryan should just stop at the door
Boot Camp vs. Hollywood Week? Judges' facial expressions? Crucial minutiae? Simon's new show vs. his old one.
Consider yourself an expert on this year's competition? See how many of these 10 questions you can answer!
Scotty and Lauren made it to the end, but the tour showcases 'em all; a refresher before they hit the road
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