A Top 20 ticket giveaway run by FOX reveals that the Top 20 performance shows will be taped ahead of time:

Friday, February 25 – 10 semi-finalists perform taped
Monday, February 28th – 10 semi-finalists perform taped
“Live” Results show – Thursday, March 3rd.

The semi-finalists performance shows will air on Tuesday March 1 and Wednesday March 2.

I’m not surprised by this development. The “live” shows did not go %100 live until Season 8 and 9, after Nigel Lythgoe left the show and Ken Warwick took over. The first few live shows, were technically rough, if you’ll recall, with shows often running overtime.

That crap did not happen on Nigel’s watch. Historically, the first or even second week of “live” performances were taped ahead of time to work the kinks out. Frankly, considering the technical clusterf*cks of Season 8 and 9, this was not a bad idea. Plus, we’ll get SONG SPOILERS ahead of time, which is always a good thing.

Now, if Nigel were REALLY serious about fixing things, he’d fire that nincompoop of a director, Bruce Gowers. One can dream, can’t one?

 
  • Valentin432

    I don’t think it’s a big deal other than getting spoilers ahead of time.

    It’s strange tough since Nigel made the move to go live with So You Think You Can Dance shows this year.

  • chessguy99

    This will make for an interesting build-up to the first voting shows. It kind of sucked the past two seasons getting spoilers barely before the show started in the semis.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    It’s strange tough since Nigel made the move to go live with So You Think You Can Dance shows this year.

    I can’t remember if he went live right off the bat or took a week to practice. Maybe Nigel feels more comfortable with his tech crew at SYTYCD.

    With all the problems Idol has had technically the last couple of years, I’m not surprised Nigel is erring on the side of caution.

  • girlygirl

    Well I hope they don’t promote these shows as “live”, then, because that would be BS.

    I’d rather they just do the shows fully live, a la S8 and S9, although I understand Nigel doesn’t want to deal with potential problems with the show not ending on time or having to cut a performance short. Maybe they should put a time limit on the judges’ comments — that’s usually a big reason for the show’s timing problems. And get rid of the crap filler…that would help too…

  • tripp_ncwy

    Well I hope they don’t promote these shows as “live”, then, because that would be BS.

    The show will have the regular disclaimer, “This show is taped before a live studio audience”.

  • Incipit

    Now, if Nigel were REALLY serious about fixing things, he’d fire that nincompoop of a director, Bruce Gowers. One can dream, can’t one?

    That’s near the top of the list for fixes – and one I wouldn’t be surprised to see eventually. Obviously, not this yr, so I hope someone is eyes-on there. Last two years, it often felt as if they were broadcasting a tech rehearsal, and it didn’t go well. Slapdash sound, camera work and timing were obvious. Do they even have time for a tech rehearsal? If not, all the more reason to have a better director and a tighter crew. But maybe Gowers got himself a stopwatch along with another chance?

  • larc

    Valentin432:
    I don’t think it’s a big deal other than getting spoilers ahead of time.

    We could get impressions of the performances as well as names of songs. I hope MJ will have spies in both audiences.

    But I’m thinking this probably means at least 10 of the Top 20 will learn before Thursday night the 24th that they have been chosen. They would need time to rehearse before performances on the 25th. And if they know, there will be a chance for leaks.

  • larc

    Incipit:
    But maybe Gowers got himself a stopwatch along with another chance?

    We don’t know what kind of ultimatum he may have already been given.

  • Kirsten

    Now, if Nigel were REALLY serious about fixing things, he’d fire that nincompoop of a director, Bruce Gowers. One can dream, can’t one?

    Yes, one can.

    But maybe Gowers got himself a stopwatch along with another chance?

    Hopefully, he was also given a clue.

  • Incipit

    True enough, larc, but we’ll find out how serious they are soon enough.

    Timing out a show with no one there who had the balls to put parameters on the length of the judges comments meant they were one thing that couldn’t be timed. When they talked longer than the contestant sang, who told ‘them’ to shape up? The judges worked for the show too.

    Maybe, in the tech area, we will see more professionalism. (I’m not touching the verdamnit sob stories and filler – which, yeah.)

  • Montavilla

    I didn’t realize that the shows were only fully live in Seasons 8 and 9. But I remember dimly that in Season 3, the semi-finals were pre-taped, because there was some TV interview with Clay Aiken after one of the tapings where the interviewer asked him who he thought would get through that night and he snickered and said, “No one.”

    Kind of pissed me off at the time, as it meant I’d be watching the show knowing that everyone was going to suck.

    You’d think they’d have gone less live in Season 8, following the “Paula-gate” moment in Season 7.

    Oh well, it’s never live on the West Coast anyway.

    I wonder… are they worried about dealing with Steven Tyler in a live situation?

  • geekygirl

    Hmmm when I read this the first thing that came to my mind was they are worried about Steven Tyler’s bleepers!

  • sma11ie

    I mentioned this is the headlines thread, but I’ll reiterate here. I hope now that Nigel’s back, we can go back to live mics for the pointy pose numbers. They’re cheesy to begin with, but when lip synched, they’re rendered cheesy AND utterly useless. YMMV, but I kind of enjoyed hearing the little solos in S7′s cheesy group numbers. It was a chance to hear the contestants singing stuff in other contexts, genres, sometimes even harmonizing, etc.

  • Ratna12

    Hmmm when I read this the first thing that came to my mind was they are worried about Steven Tyler’s bleepers!

    And, didn’t Steven say in one of his interviews that he has to go to the bathroom every 20 minutes ? or was that just a joke ?

    As long as the result show is “live” it’s Ok , because I can just avoid this site for 3 hours until it’s aired in my area.

  • SybilTrelawney

    Two words on why the shows get running late during seasons 8 and 9: four judges.

    Now that they’ve fixed that problem — in addition to getting rid of the verbose Ms. DioGuardi — they should have an easier time of getting the show done on schedule. It still pisses me off that Adam Lambert’s entire Mad World” performance got cut off DVR recordings of the show.

  • Buffynut

    Can we dare to hope that Nigel might also remove the “swaybots” when we get to the big stage?!

  • Incipit

    I don’t think so, Buffynut- Nigel Freaking Lurves the swaybots. Nigel thinks other people lurve them too.

    If anything could tempt me to go on Twitter, it would be so I could tweet him once a day (at least) – “Nuke the Swaybots!” and “Shut Up & Sing!”

    They are beyond aggravating. Oh well, maybe they were his idea. Maybe the sob stories were too. Our happy little manipulator will just keep on doing his thing. Just make the trains run on time, Nigel – I don’t expect anything else.

  • sma11ie

    My wish list/expectation for AI now that Nigel is back:

    1- No more overtimes
    2- More songs: two songs apiece starting top5 night, three songs apiece starting top3 night.
    3- No more lip-synching group numbers.

    I’ll probably come up with more =P

  • Grammie Kari

    Excellent list you have there sma1 1ie. I also loved the group tributes, sang live in Season 7. The Neil Diamond tribute remains my favorite, with Jason Castro leading off.