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“Idol” lip-synching controversy: how bad is it?
“American Idol” bid an unsurprising farewell to Texan Michael Sarver on Thursday night, but what might have surprised fans of the popular singing competition this week was the revelation that their Idols lip-synch during their group numbers.
The admission by an “Idol” spokesman, which first appeared in a story in the New York Times on Wednesday, was sure to leave some die-hard fans scratching their heads. Isn’t this show, after all, all about the singing? And if it’s okay in the group numbers, will it one day be okay in the individual performances?
Or, are our poor Idols so overworked with rehearsals, trips to Motown, Ford commercial shoots and meetings with celebrity mentors that they can be let off the hook for a bit of singing over pre-recorded tracks? After all, the group numbers are widely regarded as little more than filler during the hour-long elimination shows and are arguably among the series’ least enthralling segments.
The contestants appeared to sing along to a recorded track again during their group “Motown medley” on Thursday, with some words seeming to not quite match up.
But lip-synching or live singing, one thing is certain: Sarver won’t be doing either on “Idol” anymore. Judge Simon Cowell effectively sealed his fate when he told Sarver on Wednesday that he had no chance of winning the competition. So, a rather unsurprising elimination, yes. But who could face the chopping block next? And will the lip-synching controversy force a move to live performances for the group numbers?