There are all kinds of blogs, articles, exposes, and websites dedicated to the Fox hit television show American Idol, its contestants, its hopefuls, and its alumni. Of all the myriad information outlets, certainly there has to be some better than others and there are. You just have to know where to look to assuage your casual curiosity or, for the more dedicated, your American Idol fix.
American Idol Blogs
By far the best of the American Idol blogs is “Idol Chatter,” which can be found on USAToday.com. Brian Mansfield posts constant American Idol updates on a seemingly hourly basis (at least a daily basis). And why not? There are plenty of stories connected to the American Idol experience after nine full seasons, thousands and thousands of contestants (the truly hopeful to the truly hopeless), the soap opera socializations, and the overly hyped gear-up to Season 10 (and all the seasons since Season 1). Mansfield covers everything from auditions to album releases to the factual news of singles and album sales. “Idol Chatter” is extensive.
One site that shows dedication to the show is “Joe’s Place Blog.” The motto, “I love American Idol,” says it all. “Joe’s Place Blog” prides itself on giving out the details of all things connected with American Idol. The information is extensive, the news fresh, and it is a great source of information for the American Idol zealot.
Another good source of American Idol gossip and news is MJsBigBlog.com. Although “MJ’s Big Blog” spreads its coverage a bit to include other happening shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Glee, it keeps a good running account of all things Idol as well.
TVGuide.com also keeps a running update on all things relevant to American Idol. However, TV Guide does their best blog work in season, especially when they release their Power Rankings.
For those who like a bit of fun with their news, the best blog to drop onto is “Vote For The Worst.” Dedicated to wreaking havoc with the American Idol contestants and their chances of winning, this blog is not only loaded with information and gossip, it is simply fun to read. “Vote For The Worst” is not for the thin-skinned and can be hard on many of the favorites, but they keep a running poll on who is worst on the show and encourage everyone to vote for that person. They also keep everyone updated on American Idol goings-on and peripherals (like Britain’s X Factor, which is judged and produced by former Idol judge Simon Cowell).
American Idol Websites
Besides the blogs that have their own websites, like “Vote For The Worst” or “Joe’s Place Blog,” the best websites to go to for news and updates are the official American Idol websites. Actually, AmericanIdol.com is the only official website of the Fox show, but, allowing for a little association license for the purposes of this article, we will include the official websites of each of the contestants, judges, and those connected with the show. The official website keeps fans updated on what’s happening with the show, the judges, rules and rule-changes, and is a treasure trove of video clips and interviews.
One can also follow one’s favorites alumni or American Idol-related personality via Internet (for the most part), keeping up-to-date on what they’re currently working on and planning on their official website or websites (some have Fan Club sites and sites dedicated to following them created by avid fans). For example, Adam Lambert not only has an official website (AdamOfficial.com), he also has an official Fan Club website (AdamLambertFans.com). Some can even be found on Twitter (and, to date, Adam Lambert has the most Twitter followers of all the American Idol alumni), for those who want a more downsized and personal information system.
The information is out there and it is easy to find. All one has to do is google a particular artist, judge, or producer’s name — or simply type in “American Idol” — and thousands to millions of results appear. For those that can do with a lot less American Idol news but enjoy the show, new episodes (Season 10) are scheduled to begin airing on January 12, 2011.
“Joe’s Place Blog,” JoesPlaceBlog.com
“Idol Chatter,” USAToday.com
“MJ’s Big Blog,” MJsBigBlog.com
“American Idol on Fox,” TVGuide.com
“Adam Lambert,” Twitter.com