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This is Xtina’s world. But The Voice wouldn’t be nothin’ — no nothin’ — without Season 10’s boys and girls.
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Can someone go to Web MD and look up whether or not it’s possible to experience the five stages of grief simultaneously?
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I may not have grown up under the Common Core Standards, but I know enough math to figure out the following simple equation: There are six weeks left of American Idol’s Season 15. There are s…
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TVLine's Michael Slezak and American Idol grad Melinda Doolittle dish the Season 15 Top 24.
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We may have gotten past the side-eye-inducing drama of American Idol's Group Rounds, but rest assured, executive producer Trish Kinane and her mischievous band of editors aren't going to let this F...
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The biggest challenge for any remake/reboot/reimagining is putting some distance between itself and its beloved source material. And so while Fox's Grease: Live
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Like a gaggle of indignant gay men using a rainbow of flip-flops and a reworked hip-hop jam to shame their favorite out star for allegedly sleeping with a woman, this week’s Empire was every …
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Sometimes, I wonder if The Voice’s coaching panel is a little too quick on the trigger.
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Michael Slezak and Melinda Doolittle discuss the Farewell Season Top 24 announcement.
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You won't find it on the show's IMDb page, but cocaine plays such a major role in HBO's new '70s drama Vinyl (premiering Feb. 14 at 9/8c) that its name ought to be wedged into the credits somewhere...
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We don't have a ton of background information about Lucca Quinn, Alicia Florrick's plucky law partner on The Good Wife, but I wouldn't be shocked to learn she's a graduate of Hogwarts School of Wit...
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"Back to the middle and around again," sings Crystal Waters in "100% Pure Love" — one of my favorite radio hits of the 1990s. And yowza, do those lyrics ever apply to this week's installment of The...
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Reality-show recapper and Idoloonie extraordinaire.
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Obsessive Idoloonie, reality TV junkie, and Senior Editor/reality recapper for TVLine.com
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Michael Slezak has exhaustively covered the past seven seasons of American Idol, recapping hundreds of episodes, conducting in-depth interviews with the show’s finalists, and hosting the popular Web series Idoloonies, Idolatry, and Realité. In the process, he has become one of the nation’s leading Idol experts, appearing on Good Morning America, Today, CBS' Early Show, NPR and Fox News, and even writing an essay for the New York Times (titled “Worshipping at the ‘Idol’ Church"). Since joining TVLine in January 2011, Slezak has dug deeper into the reality genre, also providing morning-after commentary on The X Factor, The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, Survivor, The Next Food Network Star, So You Think You Can Dance, The Glee Project, and Glee, to name a few. He has also helped launch a series of popular bracket tournaments at TVLine, including the Ultimate Law-Enforcement Crush, 'Glee' All-Time Best Musical Number, and 'Renew Our Show' 2011.

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