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  • American Idol: Can Steven and J-Lo avoid Sophomore Slump?

    American Idol (and Randy Jackson) is back for Season 11 but for Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler this marks their sophomore year.  Can Lopez and Tyler find continued success without novelty on their side?

  • X Factor winner? Simon Cowell votes for Melanie Amaro

    X Factor winner? Simon Cowell votes for Melanie Amaro

    X Factor winner? The three finalists sang their original audition songs Wednesday. But Melanie Amaro was Simon Cowell's "winner" to take home the $5 million X Factor prize tonight.

  • Dancing with the Stars: Can it help a career?

    Dancing with the Stars: Can it help a career?

    "Dancing with the Stars," now in its 13th season on ABC, offers its celebrity contenders a huge amount of exposure – but not much of a career boost. Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis, bounced Tuesday in the second round, is likely to go back to her preshow level of popularity, as have most of the 160 "Dancing With the Stars" contestants. But a few have bucked the trend. Using the show's extraordinary exposure – this year's premiere netted 18.6 million viewers, nearly six times the highest ratings that DWTS contestant Nancy Grace ever got on her eponymous HLN show and more than double what DWTS competitor and US soccer goalie Hope Solo got in the Women’s World Cup final this summer – these five contestants have seen their careers take off. Can you guess who was tops?

  • Does America really need 'X-Factor'? In two words, 'heck yes.'

    Does America really need 'X-Factor'? In two words, 'heck yes.'

    'The X-Factor,' another singing reality competition, debuts Wednesday. At what point will the US public hit singing TV saturation? Not yet, suggest experts and critics.

  • The reality of fall TV

    The reality of fall TV

    An upstart genre shows its influence as reality TV dominates the fall lineup and finds its techniques adopted across the TV landscape.

  • American Idol: Why Judge Jennifer Lopez will return next season

    American Idol: Why Judge Jennifer Lopez will return next season

    American Idol Season 10 judge Jennifer Lopez will return to American Idol for the 2012 show, but not without a big raise.

  • American Idol: Are youngest-ever finalists key to Idol revival strategy?

    American Idol: Are youngest-ever finalists key to Idol revival strategy?

    American Idol finalists Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery are the youngest ever. Was that part of the American Idol Season 10 makeover strategy?

  • American Idol results: Season 10's final two are revealed

    American Idol results: Season 10's final two are revealed

    American Idol reached another record number of votes in the last results show before the finale. With over 95 million votes, American Idol fans opted for a country finale and sent Haley Reinhart home.

  • A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol

    A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol

    "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi tells the public about her life, her work, and how it felt to get the cold shoulder from Simon Cowell.

  • The Voice versus American Idol

    The Voice versus American Idol

    NBC's long-promoted singing competition, The Voice, premiered to solid ratings on Tuesday night. Does Christina Aguilera have more star power than American Idol's J.Lo?