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April 08, 2016
Carrie Underwood Celebrates the Power of Baptism on “American Idol” Finale
(Artwork/Photo property of Fox) On last night's series finale of "American Idol" (yes, it pains...
April 06, 2016
As “American Idol” Says Farewell, A Look Back at the God Factor in Contestants’ Lives
(Photo property of Fox) If God were a regular TV watcher, I suspect "American Idol"...
March 18, 2016
Could a Catholic School Graduate Win the Farewell Season of “American Idol”?
(Photo property of Fox) On last night's "American Idol," viewers got to see videos featuring...
March 04, 2016
Go Rest High on That Mountain
One of the things the TV landscape will be losing when "American Idol" ends its...
February 26, 2016
Kelly Clarkson Makes “American Idol” a Family Affair, Calls on Men to Be Devoted Dads
A seven-months-pregnant Kelly Clarkson served as a guest judge on "American Idol" last night and...
March 24, 2015
Blue Hair Ain’t Just for Old Ladies Anymore (& Other “American Idol” Musings)
(All photos property of Fox and American Idol) One of the noveltys on "American Idol"...
March 04, 2015
UPDATE: Kelly Clarkson on Sexual Imagery, Curt Schilling on Bullies, & “House of Cards” on Jesus
A few quick observations on topics in the news today: 1. Since winning "American Idol"...
January 15, 2015
Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban Duet on “Beverly Hillbillies” Theme
Last night's "American Idol" included an accordion player, a banjo player, yodeling, and Harry Connick...
November 18, 2014
Look to Him for Your Sight and Find Something Divine Inside
Two-time "Christopher Closeup" guest and "American Idol" alum Brooke White posted a new song online...
August 03, 2014
UPDATE: Michael Johns Brought Soul to “American Idol.” Now May His Soul Rest in Peace
There's no shortage of stories that make you realize how fragile life is. That fact...
June 16, 2014
Superstars Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman Duet on “Amazing Grace” at Children’s Hospital
Keith Urban has always come across as a genuinely nice guy during his two judging...
February 24, 2014
Harry Connick Jr. Kicks Into ‘Dad Mode’ Again After Contestant’s Sexually Suggestive Song
Since I've been watching the Olympics for the past two weeks, my "American Idol" viewing...
January 27, 2014
UPDATE: Overcoming Troubles Leads to Life, Hope and a Grammy Award
I just read that former "Christopher Closeup" guest Mandisa won her first ever Grammy Award...
January 23, 2014
Harry Connick Jr. Goes to Confession
In a previous blog post, I looked at the Catholic backgrounds of 2014 "American Idol"...
January 17, 2014
“American Idol’s” Catholic Judging Panel
It's well-known that the United States Supreme Court includes a number of Catholic judges. But...
January 16, 2014
“American Idol” 2014 Creates Sibling-esque Judging Panel – and It Works!
After an "American Idol" season with a judging panel that seemed like a five-month-long Thanksgiving...
October 17, 2013
The Condition of Our Hearts Affects the Way We See: An Interview with Danny Gokey
“Fear and faith have one thing in common: they both ask you to believe in...
May 17, 2013
“American Idol” winner Candice Glover and Other Women Who Derive Their Self-Worth from God
Candice Glover was crowned the winner of "American Idol" season 12 last night - and...
December 11, 2012
Two “Idols” Celebrate the Savior: Christmas Music & Conversation with Scotty McCreery and Brooke White
Christopher Closeup Podcast - Guests: 1) Scotty McCreery, 2) Brooke White, Part 1 Christopher Closeup...
October 18, 2012
Realizing I’m Broken Gives God Room to Work: A Conversation with American Idol’s Colton Dixon
There’s a short list of people who can say that Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and...
March 29, 2012
Brief Thoughts on “American Idol” and “Touch”
1. There was an interesting emotional moment on "American Idol" last night during Stevie Nicks'...
March 28, 2012
David Archuleta’s Farewell
Though we practice different faiths, I can't help but admire David Archuleta's decision to step...
March 01, 2012
The Harmony of ‘Jack and White’
Harmony in modern music - as in modern life - can sometimes be elusive. Thankfully,...
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