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3/26: Mid-day report with Idol grudgingly admitting to lip syncing, ratings up!

After Justin Guarini said he thought the group singers were using pre-recorded backing tracks, “Idol” producers have grudgingly admitted that this is the case to the New York Times.

Manfred Westphal, a spokesman for FremantleMedia North America, which produces “American Idol” for Fox, at first denied the charge, saying on Tuesday: “The Idols don’t lip-sync, period.” But on Wednesday, in an e-mail message, Mr. Westphal said: “Due to extensive choreography and to balance their voices with open mikes against a screaming audience, the Idols do sing along to their own prerecorded vocal track during the group performances only.”

Personally, I don’t really care one way or another but it’s another excuse to hate on the show.

The reporter also provided visual/audio proof of lip syncing:

The visual evidence in recent weeks has indicated that the group vocals are recorded. Two weeks ago, as the Top 13 contestants performed a medley of Jackson 5 hits, Jasmine Murray seemed to be at least a half-beat behind the music during the song “ABC.” During last week’s performance of “Trouble,” Megan Joy held the microphone well away from her face as she appeared to struggle to remember the choreography. Several contestants dropped their microphones to their sides last week at the song’s end, even as their final note continued to soar through the speakers

-Ratings, compared to the Tuesday top 10 episode a year ago, were actually up, only the second time this season that has happened. Early estimates are around 25.3 million viewers vs. 24 million a year ago. This is an unfair comparison in one sense since “Idol” had to move back a day after Obama’s speech. This season, “Idol’ ratings have tended to be better this year on Wednesdays than Tuesdays, when the competition has been tougher (e.g. “NCIS” and “Biggest Loser”). Thursday ratings tend to be less so far but at least tonight, the competition isn’t quite a tough with no “Survivor.” Then again, the NCAA might pull away some viewers anyway.

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March 26th, 2009
2:37 pm

Can’t wait until 8 p.m.! :)


March 26th, 2009
2:41 pm

Ratings up? So much for the early demise of Idol. Granted ratings have steadily been declining for several years, but it is nice to see a bounce here and there.

Group sing lip synching… yawn. I will still enjoy watching them.


March 26th, 2009
2:42 pm

So the group sings are like going to a Brittney Spears concert? LOL!


March 26th, 2009
2:53 pm

Only better because it doesn’t involve Brittney Spears.


March 26th, 2009
2:58 pm

LOL! I hear ya JT. :-)


March 26th, 2009
3:08 pm

Where is the All-Knowing, All-Seeing Neg? I’m worried.

Plus I miss reading his pithy comments.

Can’t wait till Idol tonight. Also can’t wait to hear from y’all about who gets voted off….long before the show airs out here.

And Nana, thanks for your back-up on “Ooh, Baby, Baby.” Keep your elbows out.


March 26th, 2009
3:56 pm

I was thinking the other day (don’t usually do that) about all the singers / groups I’ve seen in concert in my time and I thought it was impressive if I say so myself. Of course most of these (if not all) were FREE cause I was working security at the time. Here are the ones I can remember:
Allmond Bros
Simon and Garfunkel
Three Dog Night
White Witch
Sly and the Family Stone
Charlie Daniels Band
Hank, Jr.
Credence Clearwater Revival
Tina Turner
Elton John
Celiene Deon
Michael Bolton
The Commodores
Billy Joel
1/2 of the Righteous Bros.
And more as I think of em.
Anybody else got a list?


March 26th, 2009
4:25 pm

This is fun Woodpappy!!! :)

Here’s my list:

The Commodores
Trisha Yearwood
Rascal Flatts
The Judds
Jason Aldean
Vince Gill
Patty Loveless
George Strait
Roger Daltry
The O’Kanes
Hall & Oates
T.G. Shepard
Earth, Wind and Fire
Steve Warner
Mother’s Finest
Clay Aiken
Kelly Clarkson


March 26th, 2009
4:31 pm

Oh, I’ve got a list:

Beatles 1964 in Gator Bown, Jax, during Hurricane Dora
Beatles 1965 in Atlanta Stadium – first even held there
Beatles 1966 in Memphis Coliseum – afternoon show and evening show
Wings 1976 in Omni
Paul McCartney 1989 in NYC 2 shows at Mad Square
Paul McCartney 1990 in Atlanta 2 shows at Omni, Tampa stadium, Raleigh,


March 26th, 2009
4:32 pm

That’s an impressive list as well ! I see Country is your cup of tea so to speak.


March 26th, 2009
4:35 pm

Hey CLwood, how could I have forgotten. Sorry Paul ! But I’ve seen Paul McCartney twice at the OMNI and have seen Neil Diamond several times there too. A friend I used to work with was the only one I’ve ever met that went to see the Beatles at Atlanta Fulton Co. Stadium in 64. What a great memory that must be.


March 26th, 2009
4:35 pm

Thanks! Yes, I LOVE country music!!! :)


March 26th, 2009
4:38 pm

& 4th of July in RFK Stadium in DC
1993 Ga Dome & Orlando Stadium
2002 (?) and 2005 in Phillips
Also, various Dick Clark Calvacade of Stars, ie Mary Wells, Crystals,as well as Spinners, Temps & Tops, Herman’s Hermits, Animals (Burdon awesome!), Peter & Gordon, Neil Diamond, Elton several times, Kelly Clarkson, and waaaaaay back, Dion & Belmonts, Fabian, Johnny Tillotson, Bobby Vee, Bobby Rydell – too many (and too old) to9 remember!


March 26th, 2009
4:38 pm

One time my wife and I sat in the nosebleed seats behind the stage for a Garth Brooks concert too. He turned around and applauded us and asked if we were crazy for paying money to watch his backside all night long ! LOL It was worth it.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

March 26th, 2009
4:45 pm

ow. well i’ll try:

Jefferson Airplane, numerous times
Jefferson Starship
Hot Tuna ANY time i can
Shawn Phillips
Jethro Tull – 2 or 3 times
Stevie Ray Vaughn and George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Mountain with Leslie West (live and free in Piedmont Park)
Allman Brothers BEFORE Dwayne died
Allman Brother(s) afterwards
Chuck Leavell (Live in a small oyster bar in Athens)
Randall Bramlett (same, plus many other times)
The Other Ones (remnants of the Grateful Dead) and various combinations of Dead personnel over the years
Captain Beyond
Deep Purple
Beck, Bogart & Appice
**Missed the Rolling Stones – could have seen them in 1967 for $2.00 a person at Georgia Southern, but didn’t have a ride**
unfortunately, Maroon 5 (Ga Theatre, they sucked imho)
same with John Mayer – totally blah show
Widespread Panic
B52s (or portions thereof)
REM (or portions thereof)
Leonard Cohen (AWESOME!)
Zac Brown

more i can’t think of at the moment…


March 26th, 2009
4:50 pm

Fun! I will talk to y’all tonight. Time to wrap it up here.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

March 26th, 2009
4:52 pm

CLWood — you sound like you’re around my vintage!!!

Bobby Darin–ok so i was only 14 but… i met him, LOL
Oakridge Boys
Animals (YES! Burdon is great!)
Elton John in the early years
Oh yeah — the “Steve Martin Mull” show (Steve Martin and Martin Mull)
Ravi Shankar (awwwwesooome!)
Papa John Creach

other old blues guitarist/singers i can’t remember which ones right now, but it’ll come to me…


March 26th, 2009
5:02 pm

WP here’s my list:

Elvis 8 times
The Judds
Hank Jr
Loretta Lynn
Conway Twitty
George Jones
Tammy Wynette
Barbara Mandrell
The Oakridge Boys
The Statlers
Cher 2 times
Wayne Newton
Alan Jackson 3 times
George Strait 4 times
Martina McBride
Vince Gill
Gene Watson
Mac Davis
Rolling Stones
Otis Redding
Marvin Gaye
Little Texas
Leonard Skinnard

There’s more, but I will have to think of them.


March 26th, 2009
5:03 pm

My Darn list wont post and I am not doing it over!


March 26th, 2009
5:06 pm

I like your list Nana! You obviously like country music too! :)


March 26th, 2009
5:29 pm

I am a country music freak!!!!

Oh, here’s more:

Willie Nelson
Waylon Jennings
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
Jeannie Pruitt
Sarah Evans

I have seen others that aren’t country, but country is my fave.


March 26th, 2009
5:32 pm

OMG, almost forgot, The Eagles. What a show they do. Absolutely love them.


March 26th, 2009
5:49 pm

what’s so funny is there are a lot of people out there looking at our lists and going … ok, ok, ok…um, who’s THAT, ok, who?, ok ok ok…


March 26th, 2009
5:51 pm

anyone else here remember the old Great Southeast Music Hall at Lindberg? In the corner…. where they didn’t have seats, just cushions on the floor? gawd i saw some awesome awesome stuff there!!!


March 26th, 2009
6:06 pm

I know tomorrow is OSF but I just read that Dan Seals (England Dan) died of cancer. I wanted to post some of his lyrics.

England Dan & John Ford Coley

I’d Really Love To See You Tonight

Hello, yeah, it’s been a while.
Not much, how about you?
I’m not sure why I called.
I guess I really just wanted to talk to you.

And I was thinking maybe later on.
We could get together for a while.
It’s been such a long time.
And I really do miss your smile.

*I’m not talking about moving in.
And I don’t want to change your life.
But there’s a warm wind blowing the stars around.
And I’d really love to see you tonight.

We could go walking through a windy park.
Or take a drive along the beach.
Or stay at home and watch TV.
You see it really doesn’t matter much to me.

I won’t ask for promises.
So you don’t have to lie.
We’ve both played that game before.
Say I love you and say goodbye.


March 26th, 2009
6:43 pm

Thanks for the memory Cadre. I always liked Dan Seals. I liked his duet with Marie Osborne “Meet me in Montana”.

linny – You know you are right. I can just see a generation or two younger than me scratching their hands and saying, “They saw WHO?”


March 26th, 2009
7:02 pm

LOL Nana. One of these days you and Harriett and I need to get together with pictures from our old days in atlanta, because we probably crossed paths a few times!!!

anyway DEIRDRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i just finished watching Lost online….O. M. G. well…. imho, the one shot didn’t die, someone finds him and heals him (Richard maybe?) but at any rate, it certainly puts a real twist in the timeline (um…. time spiral?)

see you guys later, if i can get the computer!