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Does it Matter if "Idol" Judges Watch Rehearsals?

Last week on "Idol" Paula saw the future.

Actually, it went more like this. During a frantic episode packed so tightly it threatened to explode and launch poor David Archuleta out the nearest window, Ryan Seacrest initially told the audience that there would be no judges' comments after the first round of songs. Then the producers changed their minds and asked Seacrest to get a roundup critique from each judge at the end of the first half hour.

It turns out this change threw Paula Abdul for a loop, because when she commented on Jason Castro's songs, she reviewed two of them. Unfortunately, Jason had only performed once, thus making it look like Paula could see into the future. According to a recent New York Times article, though, the mishap revealed that Paula and the rest of the judges watch the rehearsals before the show. (Rehearsals take place two hours prior to the live broadcast.)

But the real question is, does it matter? Isn't their critique of a contestant obviously going to be based on other factors besides the actual performance? I'm guessing there's some good will thrown to contestants who hit their notes every week, which probably taints the judges' comments. So, should anyone really be worried that the judges saw a preview? If the contestant does well live, then I'm guessing it will override a bad rehearsal. And if a singer stinks up the stage during the live show, then the judges and America probably won't let them get away with it.

The New York Times article says that accidents like these could damage the credibility of the show, making it look less like a live event. But seeing as how I already thought they watched the rehearsals, it doesn't faze me. How about you? Does this news make you worried for the integrity of the show, or does it have no bearing whatsoever? Post below! –Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on May 6, 2008 6:36 PM
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simon admitted Last season that they watch the dress rehearsal. thats why he is always messing around with Paula during the live shows, because he already knows what he is gonna say. yet, when simon said it, it didnt make any headlines. Yet now when Paula admitted it, it becomes Huge controversy. that just doesnt seem fair to me and I feel bad for her. so what if they watch the dress rehearsal. as long as they write their own comments i am ok with it, and they definitely do that. There would be much more variety in all 3 judges comments if they used professional writers.

-- 1. Posted by: hey at May 6, 2008 6:57 PM

It doesn't bother me that they watch the rehearsels...but what DOES bother me is that they (primarily Simon and Paula) don't show enough respect to the contestants by giving them their undivided attention when they are performing. They could do it totally different live. Even if they have already watched them, they should act like this is the first time.

-- 2. Posted by: Mitzi at May 7, 2008 12:41 AM

i'm star i'm a great singer and can be a vocal couch.
huh. i'm trying out for this years american idol on the 8 th at the forum. a shout out I LOVE AMERICAN IDOL SO BRING IT!!!1 to life!
xoxo star.

-- 3. Posted by: star bernasconi at July 2, 2008 11:34 AM

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