While American Idol fans were curled up on the sofa munching popcorn and enjoying a night at the movies -- musically speaking -- The Hollywood Reporter was peering behind-the-scenes inside Stage 36 at CBS Television City to see how the movie magic was made. Seven of our on-the-scene observations below...
So you watched American Idol at home Wednesday night? No problem. The Hollywood Reporter was your eyes and ears inside Stage 36 at CBS Television City. Here are five things that happened on the stage that you didn’t see in the comfort of your living room:
Tough night on American Idol. The judges dished out more criticism than usual, most of it coming from Harry Connick, Jr., whose comments were often greeted with boos from the studio audience. A few minutes after Wednesday’s top 12 performance show ended, Sam Woolf summed up for The Hollywood Reporter what all of the contestants were thinking about the judges’ critiques. “It was a little harsh for everyone tonight.” Majesty Rose agreed: “They were harsh to everybody tonight.
With this week’s AmericanIdol theme of “Home” the Idols chose songs representing their home towns.
While the contestants made some unique song choices, would it have killed any of them to try “Sweet Home Alabama” or even Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long”--which pays homage to both Michigan and Alabama? Or even “Home” by Idol champ, PhillipPhillips?
Sure, Simon Cowell and his signature black crew-neck tees may seem ancient to American Idol viewers, now that Keith Urban is officially the singing show's reigning T-shirt king. And now, the country singer has launched his own line of graphic tees.
The first live results show of the season on Thursday revealed American Idol's top 13: ten singers selected by viewers' votes, and three selected of five by the judges after an on-the-spot solo performance. That means five didn't get a chance to sing for a spot at all – and those who did were fighting for their singing career amidst a ton of sound problems.
Ten girls sang and five girls were never called to perform at the first live show of season 13 of American Idol. That's what you saw on TV. The view from inside Stage 36 at CBS Television City offered another picture.
When American Idol broadcasts its first live show of season 13 on Tuesday night, viewers will experience what the top 31 contestants saw this afternoon for the first time -- a brand-new set featuring many new elements, including a second stage directly in front of the seated audience, a lounge area where contestants will watch their co-competitors perform and gantries on two upper levels where even more members of the audience will stand as they surround the stage and become part of the 360-degree environment.