Simon Cowell Says Last Tuesday’s Show “Didn’t Quite Gel” Plus, He Explains the Wildcard Round, Sorta

More clues about next Thursday’s wildcard show from Simon Cowell via USA Today:

Overall, Cowell is happy with Season 8, saying changes to the semifinal structure, including the return of judges’ wild-card picks, will yield better finalists. In next Thursday’s wild-card round, the judges bring back eight or nine singers ‘  not necessarily just from the semifinals ‘  and pick three to round out the Top 12. “I think when we put the 12 together, there will be more personality, more interest and just more diversity, ” says Cowell, who wouldn’t specify standouts.

The singers they bring back may not necessarily be from the Top 36.

That’s what I figured.   The producers are going to wring as much OMG SHOCK from the show as they can. It’s the wildcard y’all! Anything can happen!

Plus, it’s a Thursday show with no voting.   The ratings are going to suck unless the producers can hype it up in some way.

And, no mention of the highest remaining votegetter earning an automatic spot in the wildcard.

The press conference where Ken Warwick reportedly laid out the wildcard rules is over 2 months old. Plenty of time for the producers to reconsider the game.

Simon admits that last week’s performance show…kinda sucked.

Last Tuesday’s show “didn’t quite gel. There were some audio issues. The lighting felt too light, too daytime, ” the Idol judge says. “We know what went wrong and what we’re going to do to fix it.”

Hm. But, overall, he’s happy with Season 8 so far:

Overall, Cowell is happy with Season 8, saying changes to the semifinal structure, including the return of judges’ wild-card picks, will yield better finalists. In next Thursday’s wild-card round, the judges bring back eight or nine singers ‘  not necessarily just from the semifinals ‘  and pick three to round out the Top 12. “I think when we put the 12 together, there will be more personality, more interest and just more diversity, ” says Cowell, who wouldn’t specify standouts.

As if Simon would ever admit he was wrong.

Speaking of speaking, the addition of a fourth judge meant last week’s critiques went on too long. “I’d almost fallen asleep at one point because it was taking so long to get to me, ” he says. “So we’re going to have to speed things up a little bit.”

How ’bout y’all just talking less?   The Canadian Idol 4 judge panel managed to do it.

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