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
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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
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Tracing the Oscar winner's career, from small fry (''The Professional'') to ''Your Highness'' and May's ''Thor''
Would-be front-runners who tripped up on wonky song choices, fashion missteps, and vocal deficiencies
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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'
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The Dunphys unplug, Gloria battles a barking dog, and Cam loses his wits during Lily's preschool interview