What You DIDN’T See On TV: I Went Behind-The-Scenes At ‘American Idol’ Last Night!

Thu, April 15, 2010 1:55pm EST by 6 Comments

You all saw last night’s double elimination and Adam Lambert’s laser show — but I was there for the Idol taping and can dish everything you missed!

April 14 was a HUGE night for American Idol – double elimination night – and I was there to catch all the action! So get ready, BFF’s — here’s what you definitely didn’t see on TV!

• Put all those Simon Cowell/Ellen DeGeneres enemy stories to rest: these two judges actually like each other! In fact, when Simon, 50, came on stage, he hugged Ellen, 52, and wrapped his arm around her until the show started!

• Simon literally BOOKS it every time there’s a commercial break. Why? As host Ryan Seacrest says, it’s so Simon can take a much-needed cigarette break. I counted six ciggies in the hour-long show alone!

• Ellen DeGeneres is really the most lovely human being on television. She took the time to console both Katie Stevens AND Andrew Garcia for a lengthy time after they got the boot last night. What a sweetheart. I’m obsessed.

Casey James is a loner. Surprised? The super-tall (and super sexy) 27-year-old singer kept mostly to himself and looked broody. So hot – in a very Robert Pattinson kind of way.

Lee DeWyze was so upset that BFF Andrew Garcia was kicked off the show that he literally didn’t speak – and sat there during commercial breaks looking emotional.

• Yes, Tim Urban DOES stop smiling – sometimes. But only when he’s really, really focusing.

Adam Lambert and Crystal Bowersox seem like besties already. After his kick-butt performance of “What Do You Want From Me” (with lasers!) the two reunited like long lost lovers. But who wouldn’t like Mama Sox?

• Former Idol Elliot Yamin wore sunglasses. Throughout THE ENTIRE PERFORMANCE. Er – so rock star? Or not.

• The Idol stage is SMALL. You’d be surprised at how intimate the performances can be — not at all the huge set-up you see on TV!

Siobhan Magnus REALLY thought she was getting kicked off last night! After being announced as ‘safe’, she ran over to the couches and put her head in her hands to collect herself.

Adam Lambert , 28, was wearing bejeweled ear pieces. For real. But who’s really all that surprised?


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Posted at 9:32 PM on April 29, 2010  


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Laura Schreffler

Posted at 11:07 AM on April 16, 2010  

Hey guys! In response to your comments…CJ – I hope so!
Karen – you are so welcome :) And Linda… the audience LOVES it, no matter how bad the contestants are. They’re just excited to be there (and I’m not too proud to admit I felt the same way)!

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Posted at 9:03 AM on April 16, 2010  

kinda figured that out with casey. In all his interviews the living thing he usually hangs out with are his dogs. And now the person he like to hang out with (andrew) is gone, what now?

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Posted at 3:52 AM on April 16, 2010  

I love these behind the scene stuff. Will you be doing this every week?

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Posted at 4:13 PM on April 15, 2010  

I went to an Idol dress rehearsal during season 7 – the stage and the studio really is so small!

I felt bad for Lee when Andrew was eliminated. Those two sure have a true blue friendship. Maybe Andrew can come by to the tapings for the rest of the season to cheer Lee on.

Love hearing about all the behind-the-scenes going on’s at the Idol shows! Thanks for sharing, Laura.

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Posted at 2:39 PM on April 15, 2010  

Laura, do you think it’s torture for the listners to hear the people, who obviously got the least amount of votes, to make them listen to them sing again? I mean Katie was the worst i ever heard her sing & maybe it was because she was emotional but it was so off key I wanted to usher her out the door myself. And Andrew sounded bad too. Kind of justifies why they got booted but I still think Katie is better than Tim. Love that Mama Sox.

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