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Live on “Idol,” Seacrest brushes “Paulagate” under the rug

May 1, 2008

judges.jpgIs there something rotten in the state of “Idol”?

Not if you ask host Ryan Seacrest.

The night after the show faced perhaps its biggest controversy so far this season, Seacrest just seemed to brush it all under the rug. Since Tuesday night’s performances episode, the show was tarnished with accusations that Abdul unfairly used pre-written notes to judge a performance by contestant Jason Castro BEFORE he even sang one of the songs she referred to. For a full rundown of the debacle, click here.

While Abdul herself explained the gaffe on Seacrest’s radio show Wednesday morning as confusion and misunderstanding , the incident was barely hinted at on Wednesday’s “Idol”  broadcast.

The moment was left out of the recap of the previous night’s show, and Seacrest took a brief moment to defend Abdul by only cryptically referring to the “gossip” he had read on the Internet.

“For the record, the rumors, they’re not true,” Seacrest said. “She’s part of our family, and we love her.”

So what “rumors” was Seacrest referring to? That Abdul might have based her notes on the rehearsal instead of the live show? Or that someone wrote her notes for her? Or, even more sinister, that the producers vet the judges’ comments to try to sway the competition in a certain direction?

There was a lot of buzz out there, and Seacrest wasn’t specific about what is and isn’t true.

On the “Idol” forums, the debate is still raging. Some fans say the issue should be dropped:

“no scandal, case closed! Top 4 here we go!!!”

Others feel shortchanged:

“Paula got caught in an obvious lie to the AI viewers, and they handled it as if she was the victim.”

How do you think “Idol” has handled “Paulagate” so far?


Whats the problem? Simon Cowell has said quite openly that he often doesnt even hear much of the live performance, and judges based on the dress rehearsal. Plus, if that was the “rumor”, who cares if we “love her” or not? The rumor was probably that she is going to be kicked off the show for her pattern of incompetency….

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