History YMMV / AmericanIdol

8th Feb '16 9:44:45 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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* BLAMEpisode: Season 6's Top 10 episode which was mentored by GwenStefani. It had no real theme since only three contestants sang Gwen Stefani songs. It seems like it was just an excuse to get her on the show.
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* BLAMEpisode: Season 6's Top 10 episode which was mentored by GwenStefani.[[Music/NoDoubt Gwen Stefani]]. It had no real theme since only three contestants sang Gwen Stefani songs. It seems like it was just an excuse to get her on the show.
20th Nov '15 10:39:52 PM SPBurke
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** Quite literally with losing the Coke sponsorship, as the final season of the show was announced shortly afterwards.
21st Aug '15 10:52:01 AM singing30
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**Season 12 had Angie Miller, but considering it was the top 3 YMMV whether it was truly shocking **Early in Season 13 the audience pegged Majesty and Sam tone the final two, only to both be in the bottom 2 by top 11,. it was justified by their poor performances that week. **Adanna in Season 14 because of performing excellently the week before elimination
20th Apr '15 9:26:14 AM ChaoticNovelist
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The second bullet to Romantic Plot Tumor was natter and redundant.
** [[FanPreferredCouple Your mileage will most definitely vary]]...

* StrawmanHasAPoint: Simon took a lot of flack for being caustic and brutally honest in his assessments of the hopefuls, but...well, it needs to be said: some of them are just ''terrible'', and need to be told that. ** With Simon gone, Randy has now been saddled with this. In Season 10 (and to a slightly lesser extent in Season 11), Steven and Jennifer have often seemed afraid of criticizing the contestants too harshly, with Steven telling virtually ''everyone'' "Your voice is beautiful!" and J-Lo openly weeping at every elimination, which leaves Randy to play the bad cop role and give the contestants some constructive criticism. Predictably, every time Randy begins giving some constructive criticism, the people in the audience start booing Randy and shouting "We love you, [Insert Name of Contestant Here]!!!" Randy then has to explain--apparently to no avail--that he's just trying to be honest and give some helpful feedback to the contestants. *** However, Randy is still guilty of some of the ridiculously positive feedback that Steven and J-Lo are known for. Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine has served as an in-house mentor to the contestants from season 10 on, and on the results shows, he gives his feedback, which is always more "harsh"--in other words, ''honest''--than anything the official judges have to say. Needless to say, he's become the show's resident JerkAss...for telling the truth. * TearJerker: Creator/DickClark died within hours of a live episode, leaving Ryan scrambling to compose himself. He barely held together.
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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Simon StrawmanHasAPoint: **Simon took a lot of flack for being caustic and brutally honest in his assessments of the hopefuls, but...well, it needs to be said: but some of them are just ''terrible'', and need to be told that. ** With Simon gone, Randy has now been saddled with this. In Season 10 (and to a slightly lesser extent in Season 11), Steven and Jennifer have often seemed afraid of criticizing the contestants too harshly, with Steven telling virtually ''everyone'' "Your voice is beautiful!" and J-Lo openly weeping at every elimination, which leaves Randy to play the bad cop role and give the contestants some constructive criticism. Predictably, every time Randy begins giving some constructive criticism, the people in the audience start booing Randy and shouting "We love you, [Insert Name of Contestant Here]!!!" Randy then has to explain--apparently to no avail--that explain that he's just trying to be honest and give some helpful feedback to the contestants. *** contestants. However, Randy is still guilty of some of the ridiculously positive feedback that Steven and J-Lo are known for. Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine has served as an in-house mentor to the contestants from season 10 on, and on the results shows, he gives his feedback, which is always more "harsh"--in other words, ''honest''--than anything the official judges have to say. Needless to say, he's become the show's resident JerkAss...for telling the truth. * TearJerker: Creator/DickClark TearJerker: **Creator/DickClark died within hours of a live episode, leaving Ryan scrambling to compose himself. He barely held together.
27th Mar '15 2:28:51 PM rianasalvatore
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** In Season 7, after putting David Cook and Kristy Lee Cook in the same group, Ryan declared there were "Too many Cooks in the kitchen". This became funny after a viral video in 2014.
12th Mar '15 4:33:50 AM jormis29
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* FanCommunityNicknames: Generated by the forums on the official site, ranging from the simplistic (Archies, shortened from Arch Angels) to the creative (Word Nerds, after David Cook identified himself as a [[OneOfUs crossword puzzle fanatic]] with this exact phrase in an early interview) to the just plain weird (Season 7's Ramiele Malubay's fans called themselves the [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu Posse]] -- seriously). For the record, Cook was very accommodating of the Word Nerds, dropping random words (including [[HeadOfTheClass "plethora"]]) into interviews on the requisite TV talk show circuit after he won as a ShoutOut to his fans (they suggested words for him to work into the interviews, and he obliged). Of course, they first realized that he read what they were writing when one of the Word Nerds mentioned something they thought he'd look good in and he wore it on the show shortly afterwards.
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* FanCommunityNicknames: Generated by the forums on the official site, ranging from the simplistic (Archies, shortened from Arch Angels) to the creative (Word Nerds, after David Cook identified himself as a [[OneOfUs crossword puzzle fanatic]] with this exact phrase in an early interview) to the just plain weird (Season 7's Ramiele Malubay's fans called themselves the [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu Posse]] -- seriously). For the record, Cook was very accommodating of the Word Nerds, dropping random words (including [[HeadOfTheClass [[Series/HeadOfTheClass "plethora"]]) into interviews on the requisite TV talk show circuit after he won as a ShoutOut to his fans (they suggested words for him to work into the interviews, and he obliged). Of course, they first realized that he read what they were writing when one of the Word Nerds mentioned something they thought he'd look good in and he wore it on the show shortly afterwards.
17th Feb '15 3:46:08 PM rianasalvatore
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* CriticalResearchFailure: One contestant decided to impress Simon by singing a song that he co-wrote, but as Simon quickly pointed out, she got the title wrong.
10th Feb '15 8:12:41 PM rianasalvatore
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* BLAMEpisode: Season 6's Top 10 episode which was mentored by GwenStefani. It had no real theme since only three contestants sang Gwen Stefani songs. It seems like it was just an excuse to get her on the show.
8th Feb '15 9:42:53 PM MrShotgun
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**** Vote Splitting would only explain it if each person was allowed one vote. American Idol lets you vote for multiple contestants if you choose to do so.
26th Jan '15 10:18:02 AM maxwellsilver
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** The very next week Skylar Laine sang CreedenceClearwaterRevival 's "Fortunate Son," known for its chorus of "It ain't me", and was also eliminated, meaning that the winner wasn't her.
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** The very next week Skylar Laine sang CreedenceClearwaterRevival Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival 's "Fortunate Son," known for its chorus of "It ain't me", and was also eliminated, meaning that the winner wasn't her.

* HilariousInHindsight: Season 10 runner up Lauren Alaina's song "Georgia Peaches" uses the line "from AlanJackson to Aldean." Lauren was later announced as Jason Aldean's opening act.
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* HilariousInHindsight: Season 10 runner up Lauren Alaina's song "Georgia Peaches" uses the line "from AlanJackson Creator/AlanJackson to Aldean." Lauren was later announced as Jason Aldean's opening act.

* IKnewIt / TransparentCloset: Season 8's flamboyant runner-up AdamLambert. While the show was still running, he never outright admitted that he was gay, but he didn't deny it either. At times, he seemed to be ''daring'' interviewers to ask about his sexuality, knowing that they couldn't bring themselves to do it. It was... quite amusing, at times. When he finally came out in an interview with ''Rolling Stone'' after the show ended, he said that he didn't think people should be surprised that he was gay, and that his parents knew about his sexuality since his early teen years.
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* IKnewIt / TransparentCloset: Season 8's flamboyant runner-up AdamLambert.Creator/AdamLambert. While the show was still running, he never outright admitted that he was gay, but he didn't deny it either. At times, he seemed to be ''daring'' interviewers to ask about his sexuality, knowing that they couldn't bring themselves to do it. It was... quite amusing, at times. When he finally came out in an interview with ''Rolling Stone'' after the show ended, he said that he didn't think people should be surprised that he was gay, and that his parents knew about his sexuality since his early teen years.

** Season 2's runner-up Clay Aiken, who finally came out after adopting a child, saying that he didn't want to raise a child with a lie. Nobody was surprised, mainly because the guy was in ''{{Spamalot}}''.
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** Season 2's runner-up Clay Aiken, who finally came out after adopting a child, saying that he didn't want to raise a child with a lie. Nobody was surprised, mainly because the guy was in ''{{Spamalot}}''.''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}''.

** Also, A [[BigBangTheory Big Bang Theory]]RERUN beat it out as well
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** Also, A [[BigBangTheory Big Bang Theory]]RERUN ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' RERUN beat it out as well
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