American Idol plans “a big event show” that “will blow America away,” producer says

American Idol 6 will have “a big-event show, sometime in the middle of the season, something that will blow America away,” according to one of its executive producers.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz told the New York Daily News that they’re working on this “huge event,” but refused to say what it was.

This appears to be partially in response to the possibility that ratings will drop. Frot-Coutaz says that such a drop is “always in the back of your mind. The only thing we can do is make the best show we can and find the best talent as possible. The rest, some of it is up to Fox and how they promoted it. The rest is the competitive landscape. If we keep giving [viewers] something entertaining, it will be fine.”

Again, though, she doesn’t say what this entertaining “huge event” will be. Maybe Paula Abdul will do a shot of NyQuil every time Simon uses a superlative? The finalists will travel to karaoke bars around the country and perform live from there? The eliminated contestant will be fed to rabid wolves, or, worse, the studio audience?

‘Idol’ plans a midseason bang [New York Daily News]

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