FOX will expand American Idol‘s already-tedious results shows to one hour on April 11, “continuing April 18 and 25, as well as May 2,” Variety reports. Those episodes will air at 9 p.m. ET.
“Fox said the expansion comes at the request of ‘Idol’ producers, who have been looking to cram more content into the results shows,” according to Variety.
Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said, apparently seriously, that there is too much content to contain in just 30 minutes. “I love the results show because that’s when we really get to produce. There’s so much content there, it’s not just about who’s going home. You’re frequently promising a star like Diana Ross that you’ll give her time to perform and talk about her tour and album,” he told Variety. Don’t forget the time needed for the Ford commercial to butcher another song.
Speaking of expanding shows, tonight “Fox will expand by seven minutes the allegedly one-hour ‘Idol’ performance show … — meaning it will go head-to-head with the first seven minutes of the first results show on this edition of ‘Dancing,’” The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes reports. She says producers said they needed more time because Gwen Stefani is appearing, but that makes little sense because she “is not going to perform her single ‘The Sweet Escape’ until Wednesday’s results show — the traditional night for the guest mentors to sing and plug whatever it is they’re selling.”
And, of course, there is one less contestant to perform tonight, meaning if anything, the show actually needs less time. Thus, the seven minutes seem designed to crush Dancing with the Stars. de Moraes notes, “Outside Fox, the talk was of Fox’s ‘kill-it-in-the-cradle school’ of counterprogramming. Airing ‘Idol’ against the first results show of this “Dancing” edition smells like more of same, the grumbling went.”