Chatter on twitter indicates that the emails to viewers selected for this week’s Idol audience have gone out, and that the Top 13 Idol episode will be taped ahead of time on Tuesday March 8 to air on Wednesday March 9.
I guess Nigel still feels there are a few technical kinks to work out. I’ve been poking around my archives, and I am pretty sure taping the first couple of weeks for “live” broadcast is not unprecedented.
The years Nigel has been in charge–every season but 8 and 9-the first week of “live” shows have always been taped.
At any rate, if you’re going to Tuesday’s taping and would like to help me post song spoilers, contact me at mjsbigblog at gmail dot com.
UPDATE: Now that I think about it, I wonder if it has more to do with the new judges’ panel than, say, manipulating the contestants? There may be some concern that the panel isn’t quite ready for prime time yet.
UPDATE2: Nigel has been reading your tweets! “There is a load of crap being discussed all the contestants sing ‘live.’ The show has always been recorded to the West Coast…We are pre-taping for 2 weeks as we have a new Director & new judges. It has nothing to do with manipulation you morons.”