What do you get when you ask recording legends to bestow advice on inexperienced wannabes? Cringe-worthy TV!
From the overplayed ''I Have Nothing,'' to the always unsuccessful ''Heat Wave'' -- please, no more!
Find out who's pregnant, who's getting naked (in public!), and who just filmed a part in a Farrelly Bros. movie
Big Mike's dance moves. Crystal's stoicism. Lacey's Boca-seniors chic. Our advice to help finalists stick around
Fox's hit gifts a big audience to shows after it; see what hit (''Glee''!) and made viewers flee (''Life on a Stick''?!)
We've had it with disco, Motown, and ''Songs from the Year You Were Born''! See new ideas, vote for your fave!
Season 9 has come down to two dozen singers trying to claim Kris Allen's crown and sash. Get to know 'em all before voting begins on Tuesday night!
''Idol'' alums have made some great music that's still under the radar; stream these hits-in-waiting!
Counting down the unforgettable stories that have made the show's ''Hell Week'' downright heavenly
Cluelessly tuneless or knowingly outrageous -- here are the tryouts you say left you howling with laughter
Irreplaceable? Pshaw. When we asked you who could fill Mr. Cowell's chair, possibilities seemed endless
Our playlist pulls together awesome songs recorded by favorites from the show's first eight seasons
Bonus setups from EW photo shoot! Plus: He talks coming out, tour, and HIS entertainer and TV show of the year
Michael Slezak's take on the peaks (''Music Again'') and some missteps (''Aftermath'') of ''Idol'' fave's debut
What are Elliott Yamin, Bo Bice, and Melinda Doolittle up to? The scoop on 14 contestants' post-show lives
Our playlist of 25 ace performances from Adam, Allison, Kris, Danny, Anoop, Jesse (naturally!), and more
In tribute to departing ''Idol'' judge, we remember some of her best sound bites as inspirational free verse
From audition ''eek!'' to finals chic, we look at 10 ''Idol'' fashion ''journeys'' with decidedly happy endings
From Clay Aiken to Carrie Underwood, 12 big fashion hits and 12 wildly off-key misses from seasons 1 to 7
What do you get when legendary recording artists meet aspiring American Idols? Cringe-worthy TV!
We eye strengths and weaknesses of season 8's contenders -- and suggest songs we'd love to hear 'em try
Would-be front-runners who tripped up on wonky song choices, fashion missteps, and vocal deficiencies