Last week, I found myself wondering how Idol would get through twelve performances in an hour, as we reached the House of Blues portion of the show. The answer turned out to be “We didn’t.” Instead we got a clip show.
This week, in the new setting of Detroit’s Fillmore stage, we once again had only an hour, and twelve boys to get through. Even weirder, tonight started voting. So, a clip show wasn’t possible, was it? We had to actually see the full performances, right? Though this was pretaped, so the producers still held the editing control, they had to at least show us the full performances, in order for us to vote, right?
So how do we get through twelve performances in an hour? The answer, it turned out, was simple: “cut the judge’s worthless, useless comments.” There was only one problem. The show didn’t figure that out. What followed instead was the most frantically paced hour of Idol in a very long time. Also? Still didn’t get full performances either. (Though the editing hid that well.) We’ve seen Ryan do the micromachine man act before–mostly when there were four judges. Tonight, he might as well be bringing us our contestants auctioneer style.
Let’s see how the boys did. Like the judges, I’ll be pithy.