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'Idolatry': Semifinalist missteps, the power of Bower(sox), and a Ruben-esque problem on 'American Idol'

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After six weeks of caterwauling, pants-on-the-grounding, and Mary Powers-ing, American Idol has announced the 24 semifinalists of season 9. Yes, Idoloonies, the power to name Kelly Clarkson 9.0 rests in your extremely capable hands. Before you pick up the phone to speed-dial, however, (and keeping in mind you can’t do that before 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday anyhow), why not press play below and check out this week’s Idolatry? My cohost Kristen Baldwin and I talk about that time Kara DioGuardi played horrible musical chairs with Angela Martin, we get the first official word on season 9 from Baby Baldwin, and there’s even a contro-versee-aaal conversation about Idol‘s trouble with black male contestants. All that, and a special cameo appearance by Big Bird. And, naturally, more talk about THERI! Why aren’t you watching already? (Oh, and to get all my Idol updates, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!) [Related: Everything you wanted to know about season 9’s Top 24…but were afraid to ask.)

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