American Idol defines the word "hit." You can't stand around the water cooler at work without hearing conversations about last night’s episode. You can't pick up a tabloid magazine or look at an entertainment website without seeing an article about something outrageous that one of the hosts of the show said or did this week.
When its sixth season debuted last week, Idol delivered its highest-rated premiere ever. More than 57 million viewers saw that show, outperforming even last years record. Idol is back and better than ever, with more talented singers, more insane moments, and even more amazing performances.
MeeVee cornered Idol's triumvirate of celebrity judges — Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson — at the TCA Tour to dish the dirt on Idol Season Six..
MeeVee - You couldn’t have gone anywhere recently without hearing all the hoopla surrounding those satellite interviews you did. Millions of people around the world saw them before they were taken off YouTube. Paula, can you, for the record, explain what really happened?
Okay, what a lot of you may not know is that when you do the satellite media tours, you’re in a small room. You get up really early, 3:30 in the morning. You go and all there is is one camera that you’re looking into. You don’t see anyone; you don’t have a monitor that shows you; but you’re being broadcast out to different morning shows, news shows.
I did three hours of them. There were a couple of glitches throughout, but the very last one that I did after three hours had tremendous technical difficulty. What happened was there were split cities in my ear, but I thought it was all one group of people that were talking over [each other]. That’s what I was hearing in my ear. I’m going, “Oh, you’re having like a party there?” I had no idea that there were two completely different cities. So when they started to have technical difficulty, I was holding on, waiting. And I’m in a swivel chair and I’m swiveling and I’m very animated with my hands. Had I known that, you know, it’s cropped here, and that I’m actually answering questions… It was very weird, because what you’re hearing is not exactly who I was answering questions to.