Michael Slezak

Michael Slezak is a senior writer for EW.
Adam Lambert and Kris Allen wage a bloody battle -- not versus each other, but against a ghastly ''Idol'' anthem
Adam Lambert and Kris Allen wage a bloody battle -- not versus each other -- but against a ghastly ''Idol'' anthem that sullies Kara's songwriting credibility
Lining up for fab female characters, killer costumes, and a side order of camp -- no explosions necessary
As America gets ready to vote, some front-runners and also-rans are already starting to emerge
A 'stripper,' a bikini-clad dude, and a dermatological revelation show Denver's naked ambition
A sweet slate of semifinalists is announced, but some wacky decisions leave a hint of bitter aftertaste
The charming piano man gets the boot, but not before Lil makes her bottom-three debut and Flo Rida sings about oral sex (!) on the 'Idol' stage 
Season 9 gets rolling (at long last) thanks to strong showings from more than half of the top 10 ladies
Tracing the Oscar winner's career, from small fry (''The Professional'') to ''Your Highness'' and May's ''Thor''
Live It Up
Former ''American Idol'' judge finds a new home on Bravo
Claire's dream of a perfect Haunted House collapses, Mitchell channels Spider-Man, and Gloria discovers it's not 'a doggy-dog world'
The Dunphys unplug, Gloria battles a barking dog, and Cam loses his wits during Lily's preschool interview