OMG Ha ha. Nigel Lythgoe is so funny. He explains to MTV why James Durbin went both first and last in the performance line up last week:
“James opened the week before,” he said. “He opened it again [last] week, which is not the great spot to be in, and then we changed him to the last [for the second song], so it was fairer. So when Standards and Practices said to us, ‘Why is he opening twice?’ Well he’s opening twice because there are four songs in that first genre, he’s the uptempo one. You don’t want to open the show with a ballad, so you start with an uptempo song. And he’s last because he’s due to be last, because he’s opened the show for two weeks now.
“That was all it was,” he continued. “God forbid logic comes into a megalomaniac fan that just wants their #1 to win and everything else is: The world’s against them!”
I’m a little confused about the role of a network’s “Standards and Practices”. Doesn’t making sure Steven Tyler keeps his potty mouth in check keep S&P too busy to worry about who goes 1st or last on Idol? Heh.
About the conspiracy theorists, Nigel says, “I always end up having to go, ‘You morons out there …’ or something like that, and realize that I’m arguing with 7- or 8-year-olds from Wisconsin.
Oh Nigel. NEVER EVER CHANGE!