It hasn’t received much attention, but during Thursday night’s ‘American Idol’ semi-final elimination show, the audio cut out when Tyler Grady was eliminated from the hit FOX show and Alex Lambert was safe. Lambert, a 19-year-old high school student from North Richland Hills, Texas, had been told by Simon Cowell his performance was “the most uncomfortable performance of the night” the prior evening. A Fox spokeswoman did not immediately respond to the Associated Press to clarify why the audio was apparently censored.
Surprisingly little traffic about the incident was posted on Twitter when searching for “Idol censored” or other word combinations related to the muted audio.
Update: A posting at Vote For The Worst’s message board says Lambert’s words were, “You’ve gotta be fu**in’ shi**in’ me.”
Update 2: A Fox spokesperson confirmed to E! that “the audio was dropped by broadcast standards due to language.” No word yet on whether this will prompt ‘Idol’ from dumping Lambert.
Positive Reviews Roll In For Ellen DeGeneres After ‘American Idol’ Debut
February 12, 2010 – Does America think Ellen DeGeneres was worth the wait as a judge on Idol? Brooke Anderson discussed how the ratings and reviews for Ellen suggest that the answer is yes on ‘Showbiz Tonight’. Watch the segment via CNN.com below the cut.
Scott Brown Asks Simon Cowell To Bring Ayla Back On ‘American Idol’
January 31, 2010 – In an interview aired on ABC’s ‘This Week’ this morning, Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown told Barbara Walters that he hopes Simon Cowell will have his daughter, Ayla Brown, back on ‘American Idol’. Brown suggested it would be good for Ayla and good for the hit FOX show, buttering up Cowell in the process. “Ayla actually respects Simon greatly about his critiquing even though he’s kind of harsh, what he says – if you actually listen to what he says, it was right,” Brown explained. Watch the highlight clip below.
Randy Jackson On “General” Larry Platt, Ellen & ‘Idol’ Being Girls’ Year
January 20, 2010 – Randy Jackson talked to ‘Late Night’ host Jimmy Fallon in New York City last night about “General” Larry Platt, the addition of Ellen DeGeneres, and made a prediction that this season’s ‘American Idol’ will be the year of the girl. The pair also joined The Roots to perform Platt’s new hit with “a deep message” called ‘Pants On The Ground’. Video of the interview and performance at NBC.com has since been removed.
Jimmy Fallon (As Neil Young) Covers ‘Pants On The Ground’
January 16, 2010 – Jimmy Fallon again took on the role of Neil Young on Thursday night’s ‘Late Night’, performing the ‘American Idol’ song sensation ‘Pants On The Ground’ by “General” Larry Platt. Watch it at ebaumsworld.com.