History YMMV / AmericanIdol

4th Dec '16 12:02:53 PM Angeldeb82
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* BLAMEpisode: Season 6's Top 10 episode which was mentored by [[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.

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* BLAMEpisode: BizarroEpisode: Season 6's Top 10 episode which was mentored by [[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.



* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Jermaine Jones was nicknamed the GentleGiant. However, [[spoiler: when he was disqualified for having a criminal record,]] this name became somewhat ironic...

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Jermaine Jones was nicknamed the GentleGiant. However, [[spoiler: when he was disqualified for having a criminal record,]] this name became somewhat ironic... [[spoiler:Following his disqualification, clips of his rehearsal performance of "[[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Somewhere Out There]]" interspersed with the scenes of his arrest, which was more ironic now that his dreams of being "the next American Idol" would not "come true".]]



** During Beatles week in Season 7, Michael Johns sang "A Day In The Life" about a man who dies. Six years later, he would become the first finalist to die at age 35.

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** During Beatles week in Season 7, Michael Johns sang "A Day In The Life" about a man who dies.dies by "[blowing] his mind out in a car". Six years later, he would become the first finalist to die at age 35.



** 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". Depending on how a certain AdultSwim [[Series/TooManyCooks infomercial/viral video]] affected you, this has either become funnier or just [[NightmareFuel cringe-inducing]].

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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". Depending on how a certain AdultSwim Creator/AdultSwim [[Series/TooManyCooks infomercial/viral video]] affected you, this has either become funnier or just [[NightmareFuel cringe-inducing]].



** Bikini Boy as well. FanDisservice nonetheless, but also a CrowningMomentofFunny.

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** Bikini Boy as well. FanDisservice nonetheless, but also a CrowningMomentofFunny.SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}.



** Also, A ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' RERUN beat it out as well

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** Also, A ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' RERUN beat it out as wellwell.



** On a far more serious note, fans are ''still'' angry at Simon for the infamous eye-roll incident from 2007. For those who either don't know or don't remember what happened, during season 6, the Virginia Tech Shootings occurred and contestant [[MrFanservice Chris Richardson]], a Virginia native and VT alumni, made an impassioned plea for America to keep the victims and their families in their prayers, and at that exact moment, the camera cut to Simon, whose apparent reaction was to roll his eyes. He later said that he was rolling his eyes an unrelated statement that Paula was saying and ''not'' in reaction to Chris' words, and even though he, as well as the rest of the staff and producers, are sensitive to the tragedy and sorry for both it and the misunderstanding/poor timing, it still left a bitter taste in many fans mouths and cemented his reputation as a unfeeling and smug JerkAss. (Plus, it looks extra bad that seemingly neither he '''nor''' Paula were paying attention to a very serious, earnest moment.)

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** On a far more serious note, fans are ''still'' angry at Simon for the infamous eye-roll incident from 2007. For those who either don't know or don't remember what happened, during season 6, the Virginia Tech Shootings occurred and contestant [[MrFanservice Chris Richardson]], a Virginia native and VT alumni, made an impassioned plea for America to keep the victims and their families in their prayers, and at that exact moment, the camera cut to Simon, whose apparent reaction was to roll his eyes. He later said that he was rolling his eyes an unrelated statement that Paula was saying and ''not'' in reaction to Chris' words, and even though he, as well as the rest of the staff and producers, are sensitive to the tragedy and sorry for both it and the misunderstanding/poor timing, it still left a bitter taste in many fans mouths and cemented his reputation as a unfeeling and smug JerkAss.{{Jerkass}}. (Plus, it looks extra bad that seemingly neither he '''nor''' Paula were paying attention to a very serious, earnest moment.)



* RomanticPlotTumor: The [[StrangledByTheRedString unconvincing]] {{UST}} between Simon and Paula, complete with badly-done skits on this subject (see the Season 2 finale)

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* RomanticPlotTumor: The [[StrangledByTheRedString unconvincing]] {{UST}} UnresolvedSexualTension between Simon and Paula, complete with badly-done skits on this subject (see the Season 2 finale)



** The wins of five straight [=WGWGs=], short for White Guys With Guitars (though some people count out Scotty [=McCreery=] [[{{Misblamed}} since he only played the guitar a few times]]. He's also not 100% percent, being Puerto Rican on his grandmother's side.) in the last five seasons.

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** The wins of five straight [=WGWGs=], short for White Guys With Guitars (though some people count out Scotty [=McCreery=] [[{{Misblamed}} [[MisBlamed since he only played the guitar a few times]]. He's also not 100% percent, being Puerto Rican on his grandmother's side.) in the last five seasons.



*** At the season finale, the contestants poked fun at this themselves: James and Casey argued with each other over whose elimination was more shocking, when Pia walked over to them, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny holding a scepter and wearing a tiara and a sash that read "Most Shocking"]]. The guys instantly stopped arguing, realizing they couldn't compete with her (or, technically, ''she'' couldn't compete with ''them''...).

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*** At the season finale, the contestants poked fun at this themselves: James and Casey argued with each other over whose elimination was more shocking, when Pia walked over to them, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments holding a scepter and wearing a tiara and a sash that read "Most Shocking"]]. The guys instantly stopped arguing, realizing they couldn't compete with her (or, technically, ''she'' couldn't compete with ''them''...).



** Adanna in Season 14 because of performing excellently the week before elimination

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** Adanna in Season 14 because of performing excellently the week before eliminationelimination.



** 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 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.

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** 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 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...{{Jerkass}}...for telling the truth.
17th Nov '16 10:07:11 PM troper101
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Happens from time to time with the judges and contestants. Like Danny Gokey: genuinely NiceGuy or faking it for the cameras? (Doesn't help that behind the scenes leaves it rather ambiguous.) Another one is David Cook's behavior in the season 7 Top 2 performance: a good example of ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight? Or a case of making his opponent look like an idiot by saying "why do something I've already done before" ''just'' before Archuleta comes out to reprise "Imagine"?
** Simon didn't care about Season 9 and deliberately tried (and succeeded) to see if he could get the public to vote for someone who wouldn't sell records. His gambit ultimately failed because the first season of TheXFactor failed to produce a star.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Happens from time to time with the judges and contestants. Like Danny Gokey: genuinely NiceGuy or faking it for the cameras? (Doesn't help that behind the scenes leaves it rather ambiguous.) Another one is David Cook's behavior in the season 7 Top 2 performance: a good example of ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight? Or a case of making his opponent look like an idiot by saying "why do something I've already done before" ''just'' before Archuleta comes out to reprise "Imagine"?
** Another opinion is that Simon didn't care about Season 9 and deliberately tried (and succeeded) to see if he could get the public to vote for someone who wouldn't sell records. His gambit ultimately failed because the first season of TheXFactor failed to produce a star.
13th Nov '16 5:30:18 PM Eureka2000
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* TheCutie: Most of the younger contestants would definitely qualify.
** Season 5 was full of 'em. One notable example being [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcf4z33PvdI Will Makar]], who was often compared to Bobby Brady, and never seemed to run out of energy.
16th Jul '16 10:22:51 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Happens from time to time with the judges and contestants. Like Danny Gokey: genuinely NiceGuy or faking it for the cameras? (Doesn't help that behind the scenes leaves it rather ambiguous.) Another one is David Cook's behavior in the season 7 Top 2 performance: a good example of ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight? Or a case of DangerouslyGenreSavvy by making his opponent look like an idiot by saying "why do something I've already done before" ''just'' before Archuleta comes out to reprise "Imagine"?

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Happens from time to time with the judges and contestants. Like Danny Gokey: genuinely NiceGuy or faking it for the cameras? (Doesn't help that behind the scenes leaves it rather ambiguous.) Another one is David Cook's behavior in the season 7 Top 2 performance: a good example of ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight? Or a case of DangerouslyGenreSavvy by making his opponent look like an idiot by saying "why do something I've already done before" ''just'' before Archuleta comes out to reprise "Imagine"?
1st Jul '16 4:28:31 PM MrCandle
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* EliminationHoudini: Has it's own [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/EliminationHoudini/AmericanIdol page]]

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* EliminationHoudini: Has it's its own [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/EliminationHoudini/AmericanIdol page]]page]].
1st May '16 6:30:34 PM PerfumePreppy
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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.

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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 Depending on how a viral video in 2014.certain AdultSwim [[Series/TooManyCooks infomercial/viral video]] affected you, this has either become funnier or just [[NightmareFuel cringe-inducing]].



** Season 7's Kristy Lee Cook once made a music video with a Confederate flag hanging in the background when she was a teenager. This got her the nickname KK-Kristy from Vote for the Worst

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** Season 7's Kristy Lee Cook once made a music video with a Confederate flag hanging in the background when she was a teenager. This got her the nickname KK-Kristy from Vote for the WorstWorst.
19th Apr '16 6:20:21 AM Movienut376
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**John Stevens from season 3 qualifies. With a singing style comparable to Tony Bennett or Michael Buble, Stevens, while far from untalented, didn't really fit in with the pop-oriented nature of the show, and the judges, particularly Randy and Simon, did not hesitate to let him know it. Far from being a woobie, however, he would go out, perform, and listen to the critiques with an earnest smile and no complaints, something that Simon complemented him on. He would ultimately finish sixth.
16th Apr '16 12:16:02 AM spiritsunami
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**** It also allows you to vote an unlimited number of times for whatever contestant you're supporting. So by trying to support multiple contestants, you ''are'' splitting your votes.
4th Mar '16 4:25:05 AM PerfumePreppy
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* HilariousInHindsight: Season 10 runner up Lauren Alaina's song "Georgia Peaches" uses the line "from Creator/AlanJackson to Aldean." Lauren was later announced as Jason Aldean's opening act.
** She also later opened for Jackson.

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* HilariousInHindsight: Season 10 runner up Lauren Alaina's song "Georgia Peaches" uses the line "from Creator/AlanJackson to Aldean." Lauren was later announced as Jason Aldean's opening act.
** She also later opened
Later she went on to open for Jackson.both.
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.
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