‘Idol’ Director Touts Mix of Bad and Good Singers

Feb 2, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Fox’s “American Idol” this week returned to Birmingham, Alabama, and the show’s director explained the mix of talent the show puts on display.

Could viewers have seen the next “American Idol” this week? In TVWeek.com’s exclusive podcast, executive producer and director Ken Warwick points out that every Idol so far has appeared in episodes covering the audition stages.

He also answers the show’s critics, arguing for a mix of good and bad performances in the early shows.

“Our mandate is to show it the way it is,” Warwick told TelevisionWeek Editorial Director Chuck Ross. “If the predominance of singers that walk through that door are bad, then the predominance of singers you see on the show are bad. We try to keep it to look relatively proportional to what we actually see.”

For the full interview, including the scoop on an “American Idol” controversy involving Courtney Love, go to TVWeek.com’s Backlot Talk for the podcast and a full transcript.

(Editor: Baumann)