More On Rickey Minor and The Invisible Band

I got an email from somebody who claims to know Idol bandleader Rickey Minor.   He says a 5 piece band WAS there last Tuesday, but they were hidden behind the American Idol screen.   According to friend-of-Rickey, the 5 piece band consists of:

Rickey Minor – bass, Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar, Herman Jackson – piano/keyboard 1, Dave Delhomme – keyboard/guitar 2, Teddy Campbell – Drums.

Apparently, Dave Delhomme wasn’t there last week, and the three backup singers weren’t the usual 3 either.   Apparently, Ken Warwick wants the focus for the semis to be all about the contestants. Since we only have a short time to some of them, he didn’t want any distractions.

Also, TMZ spoilers from Tuesdays dress rehearsal mention Anoop Desai having to start over a couple of times because of problems with the band.

As I said in my post here, the invisible band makes the entire enterprise seem cheap. Not allowing contestants to play instruments in the semis? Completely baffling.   I don’t understand how stepping the show back to 2004 is supposed to reverse Idol’s ratings decline.

ETA:   Commenters are wondering if invisible band members cost less.   If so, the set up could be all about FOX imposed budget cuts for the current TV season…

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