Tonight’s ‘American Idol’ Performances Will Not Be Live

Robbie Daw | March 9, 2011 8:05 am

Surprise! When you watch the Top 13 perform on American Idol tonight, it won’t be live. People reports that the performances were pre-taped last night (Tuesday) to ensure that all 13 contestants are squeezed into the two-hour show. Exec producer Nigel Lythgoe also tweeted the following on Sunday: “We are pre-taping for 2 weeks as we have a new Director & new judges. It has nothing to do with manipulation you morons.” Charming! Lythgoe followed that tweet up by posting, “I love you all getting riled up. The Tweet was directed at the MORONS who said we are pre-taping to manipulate the show. Not the TRUE fans!” Eventually he wrote, “Sorry I can’t play anymore I have to go to work. There’s manipulating to be done. xox”

Oh, that Nigel—so, so sassy. Well, while you mull over whether or not it really matters that Paul, Casey, Ashton and the gang aren’t singing live tonight, why not check out our fun gallery of the Top 13 and their look-a-likes?