A Top 20 ticket giveaway run by FOX reveals that the Top 20 performance shows will be taped ahead of time:
Friday, February 25 – 10 semi-finalists perform taped
Monday, February 28th – 10 semi-finalists perform taped
“Live” Results show – Thursday, March 3rd.
The semi-finalists performance shows will air on Tuesday March 1 and Wednesday March 2.
I’m not surprised by this development. The “live” shows did not go %100 live until Season 8 and 9, after Nigel Lythgoe left the show and Ken Warwick took over. The first few live shows, were technically rough, if you’ll recall, with shows often running overtime.
That crap did not happen on Nigel’s watch. Historically, the first or even second week of “live” performances were taped ahead of time to work the kinks out. Frankly, considering the technical clusterf*cks of Season 8 and 9, this was not a bad idea. Plus, we’ll get SONG SPOILERS ahead of time, which is always a good thing.
Now, if Nigel were REALLY serious about fixing things, he’d fire that nincompoop of a director, Bruce Gowers. One can dream, can’t one?