Thanks to Jennifer for sending this along to me. From the Pasadena Star-News:
PASADENA – A cloak of secrecy hung over the filming of an “American Idol” segment on the rainy steps of City Hall early Tuesday morning.
About 16 of the talent-show contestants – no one from Fox television would say exactly how many – were filmed emerging from their cars and going up City Hall’s steps. No one would say why.
“I can confirm that we are shooting today, but details are confidential, ” Fox publicist Jill Hudson said in an e-mail sent several hours after the 7 a.m. City Hall shoot.
Ariel Penn, who heads the city’s film office, said she believed the Fox show might have used City Hall as a substitute for the Civic Auditorium. Normally, Penn said, the finalists audition in the auditorium’s Gold Room and are filmed going up the steps outside.
CHECK OUT THE PICTURES! I’ll try to get some of them up…
ETA: Photos after the JUMP!