American Idol: Here’s How the Final Weeks Will Play Out

It’s too bad the Wall Street Journal didn’t interview Nigel “loose lips” Lythgoe about what we can expect from the final two weeks of Idol shows. They were stuck with executive producer,   Ken Warwick instead, who nevertheless spilled a couple of pertinent details:

So here’s how it plays out from here. As soon as someone is eliminated tomorrow night, the remaining three will be whisked off to the airport, put on a private plane, and sent home for the weekend. They’ll do some hometown events and then at the end of the weekend, they’ll get back on a plane and into the studio to get cracking on their songs for the week ahead.

And they’ll sing three songs next week: Record Producer Jimmy Iovine’s pick, the judge’s pick and their own pick. Then it’s a quick turnaround for the final two left. The finale starts on a Tuesday, not on a Wednesday like usual so they lose a day and still they’ll have three more songs to learn.

For that finale week itself: Three songs again. One will be the song the contestant thought he or she sang the best during the season, one will be the choice of Simon Fuller, “Idol” franchise creator and one will be the song the contestant wants to record once the show is complete.

Pretty typical stuff. Ken wouldn’t confirm the Aerosmith appearance everyone has been talking about for the finale–including Nigel and Steven himself who has pretty much decided the band will sing “Walk this Way”.

The final two shows air on Tuesday May 24 and Wednesday May 25 at 8 pm. Read the rest of the story at WSJ

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