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Nigel Lythgoe calls critics of Idol’s pre-taping “morons”; new band leader blames contestants for sound

As American Idol 10 prepares to pre-tape its first performance episode of the finals today, executive producer and band leader have responded to criticism over the live performances in interesting ways: by calling fans morons and blaming contestants for technical problems.

First, MJ’s Big Blog reported that tomorrow night’s performance episode will be pre-taped, but points out that “the first week of ‘live’ shows have always been taped.” Nigel Lythgoe confirmed the pre-taping on Twitter, where he got even angrier at fans who criticized that: “…we have a new Director & new judges. It has nothing to do with manipulation you morons.”

Yesterday, Nigel admitted that they’ve had “a tough day trying to get the sound right.” The awkward sound mix for some performances on last week’s episode has been blamed on the contestants.

New musical director Ray Chew told TV Guide, “What happens, especially during a live show, is that a lot of the contestants don’t have a lot of experience when it comes to mike technique. And so they will change the level themselves. But we will make sure that we pay attention to that, because we want to make sure that America can hear them. I’m gonna go in and make sure they turn those vocals up.”

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