Last night, Patrick, Tyrell, Brian and myself were lucky enough to score tickets to American Idol’s result show. It couldn’t have been better timing since Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson were both performing. By now you probably know who was booted, so I won’t bore with details as you’ve probably seen the show. Instead, I’ll give you some insight on what went on when the cameras weren’t rolling. But for those who haven’t seen it. I’ll post a quick paragraph at the end of the post.

Let’s get a few production details out of the way. First, the venue is a lot smaller in person than on television. That wide lens really does wonders. Over the years, Simon Cowell to present day judges have commented how differently the performances sound in person from the televised version. I can honestly say, that is 100% true. Everyone sounds really good in the venue.

What You Didn’t See On Television

If you watched the show you know Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Marc Anthony, Pia Toscano and Mary Hart were all in the audience. By the time the cameras were on Chaka Khan was sitting in the row behind the judges with Anita Baker, BUT that’s now how it started. At first Chaka was about nine rows behind Anita, before Baker motioned Khan to join here. How dare the producers put Miss Chaka up in the Idol nose bleeds. Oh wait, that’s where we were. LOL. By the time Mary Hart came, there were no more prime seats, so she had to sit where Chaka was originally sitting. SCANDAL-O.

So how were the judges in person? Steven Tyler was really playful with the crowd. He responded to a few cattle calls from he rafters. Randy Jackson was animated as well. During the breaks he would leave the panel and say hi to the celebs in the audience and production staff. Jennifer Lopez… well that’s another story. Let’s get the obvious out of the way. The girl looked stunning in person. Absolutely stunning. I won’t say she was a DIVA but she never left the panel until the end of the show. She didn’t even stand up from her seat until told to pose with Rihanna for a pic. In fact, both Kelly and Rihanna had to go to J.Lo to say “Hi”, while Randy went up to them to greet them. Diva behavior or was she just lazy? You decided. Then at the end of the show, she was the first to leave the venue after quickly saying a few comments to the eliminated contestant. PS. Rihanna almost tripped on that beautiful dusty-colored dress as she exited. She eventually just took off her heels and walked barefoot out.


As you all now, I’ve taken a couple of weeks off recapping Idol while being on the road. Having said, that I haven’t lost my touch for predictions. Haha. I correctly predicted the bottom three of Paul, Stefano and Hailey and the eliminated contestant, Paul. Mind you, it wasn’t terribly difficult this week. It was pretty obvious.

What did you think of Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson’s performances. Both of these ladies sounded superb live. As annoying as the wait was to see the show, it was definitely worth it to watch them up close and in person. Where else am I going to see J. Lo, Kelly and Rihanna in the same intimate venue. Maybe we were a little spoiled from our VIP experiences at Chelsea Lately and The Fashion Police, but we were none to pleased with our all the events leading up to the the live show. I won’t do a rant in this post because I’m still on a high from last night. Instead, I’ll be writing an upcoming post on tips and suggestions if you plan on seeing the show live.

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