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American Idols

16 years ago by Sarah Hepola
One Thursday, not too long ago, I called Fat Ted's. "Is Nikki McKibben playing tonight?" "Yeah, at 9 p.m. Wait--didn't you call last week?" Busted. In fact, this was the third week I'd called Fat Ted's, hoping to catch the former American Idol star and single mother who finished an...
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American Idols

14 years ago by Richie Whitt
It's a hot, wind-warped day at the Dallas Cup Youth Soccer Tournament in Frisco, and a team of 13-year-old boys has just administered a 6-0 ass-kicking. As they jubilantly leave Pizza Hut Park, the group of players and their supporters happens upon a gaggle of barely legal girls. Fit, flirty...
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American Hero an American Idol?

13 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
Carly Patterson's trying to make it as a singer on Fox. We can think of worse ideas, such as...uh...wait...uh...give us a sec. You've heard of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, but the Richie Whitt Dallas Observer sports column jinx? I'm just sayin'. It almost got kick-started last night on the...
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American Idol's Freak Factor

15 years ago by Sarah Hepola
When I taught high school English, I was shocked at the number of students who planned to be rappers, singers and various other celebutantes. They imagined a future of limousines, backstage orgies and Cristal, free of nagging homework and grammar lessons. They did not question this fate, much as they...
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After Being Rejected by American Idol, Emma Oliver Finds Her Audience on YouTube

6 days ago by Malen Blackmon
One young woman from Waxahachie has gained national fame for singing cover songs in a parking garage after becoming an American Idol reject. Emma Oliver, 21, now has more clarity than ever before on what she can achieve through her music. At 16, she sang her way onto the Dallas...
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Haley Reinhart Talks Post-American Idol Life and Musical Longevity

8 months ago by Eva Raggio
Singer Haley Reinhart’s velvety vocals are highly delectable, to the point that one would hope for a case of synesthesia — a condition that often results in an ability to taste music. Her sultry, growled phrasing moves teasingly along her unpredictable arrangements, landing Reinhart in third place on Season 10...
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Dalton Rapattoni's Vocal Coach on the American Idol Contender

4 years ago by Paige Skinner
American Idol contestants have roughly 120 seconds once a week to prove to America that they deserve to be crowned the next American Idol. The show recently named the top 10 contestants for its farewell season and Dallas’ own Dalton Rapattoni, a teacher at Dallas’ School of Rock, earned a spot...
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The Top 10 Texas Performances on American Idol

4 years ago by Paige Skinner
We're always proud when Texans make their way to reality TV. OK, scratch that. We guess it just depends. But making it to the finals of American Idol, the biggest and best reality competition singing show on TV right now, is something to be proud of. The show has been...
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Local American Idol Angle...

12 years ago by Pete Freedman
His name is Jason Castro and he calls Rowlett home. You might recognize him from the MTV show Cheyenne, in which he played love interest numero uno to Frisco's Cheyenne Kimball. (This is a growing trend, apparently, that has a lot of AI viewers calling bullshit on this season--a whole...

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