Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 189: Female Villains, Profiling 2016 Films, and True Crime Dramas

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. On the agenda: Circuit Madness results – Any upsets? We talk about some of this year’s anticipated films that have been given the Awards Profile treatment including: “Indignation,” “Keanu,” “A United Kingdom,” “Snowden,” […]

American Idol XV Recap: Top 8 Perform

Last night, the Idol XV Top 8 were announced and with the exception of one individual, I couldn’t be happier with the final outcome. Unfortunately, we ended the night with an early frontrunner given the unfortunate boot while an underdog sang for their life and made us all sit up and take note. Ladies and […]

FOX’s “American Idol” to Pull the Plug after Next Season!

Approaching the end of its fourteenth season, FOX’s one-time hit show “American Idol” will close its doors after next season.  While not shocking considering the downward spiral the ratings have taken over the past few years, I still believe that “Idol” is a one of a kind talent show that paved the way for a […]

American Idol XIV Recap: Top 8 Perform

This past week, the Idol XIV Top 8 took on Billboard Hits to try and prove their relevancy in this competitive business. Did they succeed? Surprisingly, several favorites played it safe while those on the bottom rungs of the competition stepped up their games. Someone did eventually head home…but was it the right decision? Find […]

American Idol XIV Recap: Top 9 Perform

Last night, the remaining nine contestants tackled the songbook of inaugural winner Kelly Clarkson. Usually when people sing Clarkson songs on this show, the trapdoor to hell opens up and the contestants fall right through. Surprisingly, aside from one or two individuals, there were no glaring embarrassments made that would dishonor their successful and ridiculously […]

American Idol Season 14 Recap: Clark Beckham Shines and the Wardrobe of Quentin Alexander

Tonight was the first set of performances for the fourteenth season of “American Idol.”  Host Ryan Seacrest, along with judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr. introduced the Top 12 Boys to America.  Overall, the group was lackluster, especially the earlier group of contestants. With the ratings for FOX’s former #1 show plummeting, this […]

‘American Idol’ Season 7 Alum Michael Johns – Dead at 35

Even the people that have abandoned “American Idol” might remember the Australian from back in Season 7, Michael Johns.  The 35-year-old singer has died from a reported blood clot in his ankle.  Johns was married and released a debut album back in 2009 called “Hold Back my Heart.” Johns garnered much success following his departure […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 96: TV Talk, Movie News, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. We’re back this week with a list of interesting discussions.   After taking some of your questions, we have some news from the week including talking new images and trailers released. Right before we […]

American Idol and Survivor – Too Much Power with the Producers

Awards Circuit Staff Writer Joseph Braverman has done an incredible job this year of weighing with the “American Idol” recaps while Mark Johnson has been bringing “Survivor” thoughts just moments after the credits roll.  Both shows I watch religiously (thanks to the power of DVR), but both have taken on new realms of uncomfortable traits that’s […]

American Idol Top 7 Song Spoilers and Power Rankings

We got our hands on some American Idol Top 7 spoilers for tonight’s show courtesy of MJsBigBlog.  The theme for tonight is Competitor’s Pick where the seven contestants chose the songs for each other.  This would yield an opportunity for sabotage if they wanted to be clever and knock someone out of the running however, […]

American Idol XIII Recap: Reviewing the Top 8

Just as America was about to walk away from Idol XIII for good, the production team reminded us why we were so excited about this season to begin with: those incredible auditions! Yes, this week the Top 8 finalists were asked to perform the song they had initially introduced themselves with, and boy was it worth the […]

American Idol Season 13 Contestants – 1st Set of Power Rankings Revealed

The thirteenth season of American Idol is firmly underway with returning judge Keith Urban along with Jennifer Lopez (former judge) and newcomer Harry Connick, Jr..  With previous producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick out of the equation and FOX’s show attempting a full-on reboot and save for their former #1 show, things are looking very […]

2014 Oscar Predictions – Gearing Up for the Original Song Race

By: Donovan Warren Adele handily won the Best Original Song Oscar for “Skyfall” earlier this year, but the “Rolling in the Deep” chanteuse was hardly the only major music artist hoping for Oscar gold. Taylor Swift co-wrote and performed “Safe and Sound” for The Hunger Games alongside The Civil Wars. Jon Bon Jovi and Keith […]

Jimmy Iovine Leaves ‘American Idol’ as Mentor, Randy Jackson Steps In!

Why?!!  We were this close of being without “the DAWG” for Season 13 of FOX’s hit-show “American Idol.”  After the news broke last week that Jennifer Lopez will be returning as a judge alongside Keith Urban, former judge Randy Jackson will step in for Jimmy Iovine as the mentor for the contestants. The third judges […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 5/19)

Just as Cannes 2013 is getting underway, Editor-in-Chief Clayton Davis felt an Awards Circuit Oscar Prediction 2014 update was in order. Check out his complete list of predicted nominees in every major category. According to him, Ridley Scott and his film The Counselor are the ones to beat, along with Bruce Dern for Nebraska, Naomi […]

American Idol Season 12 Retrospective – Top 10 Performances of the Season!

The twelfth season of American Idol is getting ready to call it curtains this upcoming Wednesday with our first all-girl finale since Season 3’s Diana DeGarmo took on eventual winner, Fantasia Barrino.  This time we have the vocally masterful Candice Glover taking on the poised and humble country girl, Kree Harrison.  Staff Writer Joseph Braverman […]

American Idol Season 12 – Top 8 (Detroit Theme) Recap

The Top 8 American Idol hopefuls took the stage tonight taking on the music of Detroit with Motown legend Smokey Robinson in tow to guide them through the process.  This theme and genre has been done countless times on American Idol and hopefully Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe is getting wind of that and will bring […]

American Idol Recap: Reviewing the Top 9

I know this theme has been recycled time and time again, but how can you say “no” to The Beatles? My dad grew up with their music and had it on blast all throughout my childhood, so there’s no way I can be anything less than ecstatic whenever American Idol contestants take the stage and […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 3/10)

Hello again, Awards Circuit readers! Like most weeks here, we had news aplenty. We began with a brand new episode of Power Hour, where the staff discussed their thoughts on the Oscar ceremony — notably Seth MacFarlane’s hosting duties — and previewed the coming movie year. Also included is an exclusive interview with American Idol […]

American Idol Results – Who’s in the Top 10?

The results show tonight was a little weird.  Host Ryan Seacrest announced to the contestants backstage if they had made the Top 10 in a closed out green room where the audience and the judges could not hear.  After they were announced as a part of the Top 10, they would sing their “victory” song. […]

American Idol Top 20 Result Predictions

The boys and girls took the stage this week for the first set of LIVE shows.  Joseph B. has done a fantastic job doing a recap of the performances and ranking them accordingly.  The producers are setting this up for a girl to take the crown this year but they’ve tried these tactics once before […]

American Idol Recap: The Semifinals (Top 10 Girls)

At last, the true talent of American Idol Season 12 has arrived. The Top 10 girls performed on last night’s semifinals show, and lord have mercy if a female doesn’t win this year. There were five performances out of this group that took me to a realm I like to call musical paradise. Unfortunately, the […]

American Idol Season 12 Power Rankings and Preview

American Idol LIVE shows officially kick off next Tuesday!  The Top 20 have been chosen by the judges, with some head-scratching omissions, but does it look like a girl can finally win American Idol since Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks.  Staff Writer Joseph Braverman has done an outstanding job thus far recapping each episode and […]

American Idol Recap: Sudden Death Round, Week 2 (The Girls)

I know last night’s episode of American Idol is going to send a lot of people running to the mad house, but to me the end result wasn’t very upsetting or surprising (with one or two exceptions). Yes, I’m certain it irritates people that the “chosen” contestants automatically get a ticket to the stools of […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 2/24)

Well it happened, ladies and gents! Ben Affleck’s mega-popular Argo “Crash“-ed its way to “Best Picture” victory. Just like Paul Haggis’ come-from-behind champion in 2006, Argo took home the very same wins in the very same categories (Picture, Screenplay, and Editing), in addition to being announced the winner by Jack Nicholson yet again. The Crash […]

American Idol Recap: Sudden Death Round, Week One (The Boys)

Last night, American Idol sprung some more talent on us in the form of ten boys from Season 12’s Top 40. The men were nowhere near as stellar as Wednesday’s girl group, but the top five who sailed on through to the next round were all deserving. In an unprecedented, unexpected moment, Thursday’s show introduced us […]