EW Report: No Urgency to Begin Judges’ Round “People Need to Chill” Says EW Source

A few sources close to the American  Idol production tell Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly that there’s no hurry to begin the judges’ round of American Idol 10 auditions.

“The urgency is not there. It only exists in the press, ” says one source, “People need to just chill.”

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Simon Cowell’s busy schedule determined the audition schedule in the past. But with now that the Brittle Brit has moved on to produce the US version of X Factor, the producers have wide-open scheduling options.

Slezak points out that next week’s cattle-call beginning on September 22 in  Los Angeles means the judges’ call-backs can’t begin until Sept. 27th at the earliest. Slezak  points out that last year, the Hollywood Round didn’t begin until Janurary. A source says judges’ call-backs could conceivably be pushed back to October or November with no issues, except an accelerated editing schedule.

That all sounds reasonable. They’ve done judges’ call backs as late as October before. However, Ryan Seacrest himself said on his radio show yesterday that there would be an announcement very soon, and his team were set to leave for auditions “around the 25th or 26th”.  Ryan wouldn’t make sh*t up, would he? Or would he… Hm.

Conflicting reports have been a hallmark of the Idol Season 10 waiting game. I guess we’ll just have to keep on waiting…

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  1. Zzzzz… wake me up when September ends (TM Green Day).

    Kill me now, but I’m actually looking forward to the new Idol season. If I keep following these non-news reports, I may start to change my mind. I think I’ll turn this stuff off until call-backs start in October or whenever they decide to do them.

  2. People need to just chill

    Ok.. There must be a whole other idol world out there.. because from where I sit I’m not seeing anyone ‘freaking out’ over this. Maybe the news reporters are more interested than the general public.

  3. koshka: Maybe the news reporters are more interested than the general public.

    I think what’s happening is the media is running with the every little event or leak. I wouldn’t be surprised if the JLo being officially signed were as premature as the JLo Out leak. I still think the JLo Out leak was a strategic negotiating ploy by 19 (unless it was a ploy by somebody else in the running like they said) and IMO the JLo In leak is a strategic one from the JLo camp since her single’s come out.

  4. Apparently only 4 of us posters need to “chill out” -Bwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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