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May 17, 2007
NEW YORK (AP) - Most observers thought she was a lock to go on to the "American Idol" finale, but Melinda Doolittle was eliminated Wednesday night. The result was a real surprise, considering Doolittle - hands down the best singer there - had the blessing of Simon Cowell. Her departure clears the way for a final showdown between Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis. "Congratulations to you two. My commiserations, Melinda, 'cause you are one heck of a singer," said a glum Cowell, who covered his face with his hands upon hearing the news.
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by BOB MAGINNIS | May 21, 2006
The phenomenon known as "American Idol" has captured America's attention like nothing I can remember. There have been talent shows before - "Star Search" and "Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour" are two of the ones I recall. But in its fifth season, "Idol" has become fodder for morning-after water-cooler conversation - and impassioned arguments - in thousands of workplaces across the nation. How successful has the show been? Variety, the show-business daily newspaper, on May 7 reported that the show draws from 27 million to 34 million per episode.
NEWS
March 24, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) - Three wrong numbers and an extra day simply delayed the inevitable for one of the 11 remaining "American Idol" contestants. The nation's favorite talent contest held a second vote Wednesday after the week's telephone tally on who gets booted from the show was thrown out because incorrect call-in numbers were listed for three of the contestants. A special 30-minute edition of the show was held Thursday to announce the latest cast-off. During the first voting Tuesday night, Fox displayed incorrect call-in numbers for viewers who wished to support contestants Mikalah Gordon, Anwar Robinson and Jessica Sierra.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | February 10, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.VA. - Simon Cowell, the famously notorious judge on "American Idol," had good news and bad news for local contestant Rod Snyder back in November. The bad news was that Snyder was not named one of the 24 semifinalists on the popular Fox television show. And the good news, Cowell said, was that Snyder can now return to politics. Snyder, 24, of Shenandoah Junction, was not shown singing on Tuesday night's episode, but he was shown in the beginning trying to convince his roommate to leave their shared bathroom.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | February 6, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.VA. - At 6-foot-6, lanky Rod Snyder tends to stand out in a crowd. But will he be able to rise above the hundreds of thousands of other wannabe stars who auditioned for "American Idol"? Snyder's not saying. "That is all still confidential," said Snyder, 24, who lives in Shenandoah Junction and works as a lobbyist in Washington. In a conversation filled with laughter, Snyder recently recounted his experience connected with the popular television show on Fox, in which amateur singers compete to be named the next "American Idol.
NEWS
January 18, 2005
Tuesday, Jan. 18 8 p.m. on Fox "American Idol" New season, new contestants, and the same old reliable judges - Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. As the show's fourth season begins tonight, we'll get to see some of the best and the worst of the auditions that were held in seven cities across the nation. 8 p.m. on Pax "World Cup Comedy" Executive producer Kelsey Grammer joins hosts Mary Gallagher and Dan O'Connor for the finale of the first round of another reality series; this one's a comedy-improv competition.
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by Zap2it.com | December 3, 2004
Fantasia's debut album "Free Yourself" was never going to beat new releases by U2 or Gwen Stefani and it probably never could have topped strong-selling recordings by the likes of Eminem or Shania Twain. Expectations weren't that high. Still, the third "American Idol" winner became the first victor from the Fox talent show not to take the top spot on the Billboard sales list, moving fewer units than any of the show's previous champs. "Free Yourself" sold around 240,000 copies for the week ending Nov. 28, taking the No. 8 position on the Billboard chart.
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by DAN KAUFFMAN | April 1, 2004
Thoughts from a guy scrambling four hours before deadline ... The difference between baseball in early May and baseball in late March is this: Had Wednesday's pitcher's duel between Williamsport's Nick Adenhart and North Hagerstown's T.J. Hose happened in early May, my thoughts would have been, "What a great game. " Instead, my thoughts were, "Brrrrrrrrrrr. " (This coming from a guy who once covered a football game in below-freezing temperatures in shorts and short sleeves.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | October 27, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com It was a follow-up call: A talent scout from the New York International Music Festival asked applicant Jonathan Tart when he planned to send in his demo tape to be considered for the festival's annual contest. Tart had another idea. "I'll sing for you," he said and put the phone down on his foyer table. Standing a few feet back from the mouthpiece, the Hagerstown businessman belted "Bring 'em Home" from the musical "Les Miserables. " A minute and a half later, he picked up the phone.
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