WIP Producer Gets On 'American Idol'
January 25, 2007 at 2:15 PM (PT)
That guy wearing a space suit to his audition on "AMERICAN IDOL" WEDNESDAY night? That was CBS Sports WIP-A/PHILADELPHIA producer MARC FARZETTA, who made it all the way to being allowed to perform for RANDY, PAULA, and SIMON before getting rejected. The show, however, only featured him in blink-and-you-missed-it clips, one of which provided WIP morning host ANGELO CATALDI endless amusement with repeated airings THURSDAY morning of the 1.7-second appearance.
FARZETTA, who works on CATALDI's show as well as HOWARD ESKIN's afternoon show, was urged by the morning show crew to try out after showing off his SINATRA-style singing prowess. The space suit? That was morning co-host/WING BOWL impresario AL MORGANTI's idea, to guarantee FARZETTA would get onto the show with a crazy gimmick (while appropriately singing "Fly Me To The Moon"). While the actual audition portion didn't make it to the air, FARZETTA told CATALDI that the judges were impressed with his singing while ultimately deciding not to send him to HOLLYWOOD.