Abdul Rehearses Reasons For 'Idol' Critique Mixup
May 1, 2008 at 3:29 PM (PT)
After confusing practically half the free world last TUESDAY night by critiquing two songs by AMERICAN IDOL contestant JASON CASTRO -- when he and all the other contestants performed just one song each -- judge PAULA IDOL admitted that her confusion came from witnessing CASTRO's rehearsal earlier in the day.
According to the NY TIMES, ABDUL'S admission "raises questions about the credibility of the show" because it "contradicts the show's claim that each contestant’s fate hangs on the live broadcast, when anything can happen." AMERICAN IDOL Exec. Prod.CECILE FROT-COUTA downplayed the brouhaha, noting that "The judges have always acknowledged they occasionally watch rehearsals, but in the end they only comment on what happens in the live show."
Except, of course, earlier this season when ABDUL told onetime contestant MICHAEL JOHNS that his version of THE BEATLES' "A Day In The Life" wasn't as good that night as it was when he sang it in rehearsal. This time around, she claimed to have "mixed up her notes and had meant to comment on another contestant." But during a damage-control interview with AI host and KIIS/LOS ANGELES morning host RYAN SEACREST yesterday, ABDUL admitted seeing part of the dress rehearsal, which was held about two hours before the live broadcast, and had mixed up the rehearsal and the live performances.