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2011 in Review: Special honors for the deserving and undeserving few

Over the past five days, I’ve taken a look back at the highlights and lowlights of Idol and its imitators during 2011. You’ll find a top 5 moments blog, a worst 5 moments blog, my picks for top 10 Idol songs, top 5 Idol albums and top 5 Idol videos. Now, the final blog in the series, a...

2011 in Review: Best Idol videos

A look back at the best of Idol in 2011 continues today with my picks for the top five Idol videos from the year that’s about to end. If you missed them, other blogs in the series include the best of Idol and its imitators, the worst of Idol and its imitators, the top 10 songs of 2011 and the...

2011 in Review: The best Idol albums

This is the fourth in the series of stories looking back at American Idol and imitators in 2011. Today, a look at the top Idol albums and EPs from 2011. 1. Kelly Clarkson — “Stronger” She’s at it again, belting out pop-rock tunes you just can’t get out of your head....

2011 in Review: The 10 best Idol songs

This is the third part of my look back at the best and worst of American Idol and its imitators in 2011. Monday, I picked the five best Idol occurrences/moments from the year. Yesterday, I presented the five worst. Today, my picks for 10 favorite songs from Idols — and just Idols — in...

2011 in Review: The worst of Idol (and its imitators)

On Monday, I took a look at the five best things to happen in the world of Idol and its imitators in 2011. Today, the worst. 1.  The X Factor misses the mark Simon Cowell promised us a mega-hit.  What he delivered was a mega-miss — overhyped, overproduced, like American Idol on steroids. ...

2011 in Review: The Best of Idol (and its imitators)

Over the next five days, I’ll take a look back at 2011, American Idol style. Today, my picks for five highlights among Idol and its imitators in the year that’s about to conclude. Coming up later this week, the worst of Idol (Tuesday), the top albums of 2010 (Wednesday), the top Idol songs...