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The best and worst of American Idol 2009

American Idol switched up its format for season eight, hoping to attract more viewers. The show wound up with more contestants in the finals than ever thanks to the judges’ wild card indecision; then wound up with the season’s best singer finishing second. Along the way, we got guest appearances...

2009 Songs from the Idols: The best of the rest

Trivia time: Three songs by former Idol contestants cracked the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart in 2009. Can you name them? The answers appear below, along with a list of select Idol singles released in 2009 and their peak position on the Hot 100. First, Idol Chatter continues its...

The best Idol videos of 2009; and links to all the others

American Idols spent a lot of time in the recording studio and a lot of time in front of a camera in 2009. To go along with the 20 or so albums from former Idol contestants, I counted no fewer than 28 video releases in 2009. Links to all of those videos are provided below. So is my list of the five...

The best and worst Idol albums of 2009

In terms of album releases, 2009 was a banner year for Idol fans. We got new music from five of Idols’ first six winners — Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks and Jordin Sparks. And, unless I’m missing something 19 albums from Idol contestants all...

Idols on Best of 2009 charts — where they finished

Six Idols ranked among the top 100 artists in terms of album success and singles success in 2009, according to year-ending charts recently posted by Billboard. And leading the lists of Idols on each chart was a performer who played the York Fair in September. Kelly Clarkson was the most successful...