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‘Idol’ Producer: Latino Night Leveled Playing Field

Apr 11, 2007  •  Post A Comment

In this week’s exclusive Backlot Talk, “American Idol” executive producer Ken Warwick talked about how the playing fields were leveled on Tuesday as contestants tried to wrap their vocal chords around a Latino-themed night.

“Latin is always difficult,” Mr. Warwick said. “I remember a couple of seasons ago we did a Gloria Estefan night … but it’s very difficult for anybody else to do it, and it was a testing night for a few of them.”

Simon seemed to almost breathe a sigh of relief at a reason to criticize top-runner Melinda Doolittle, who Mr. Warwick said should’ve reassessed her attire to embrace “the fun that Latino generates.”

However the night wasn’t a total loss with Blake Lewis earning top honors from the judges for his “I Need to Know” performance and Sanjaya working his tween heartthrob magic with “Bésame Mucho.”

“The slow, romantic song with the eyes into the camera … he’s starting to learn how to use the camera,” the producer laughed.

Wednesday’s results show will have a couple new elements to it to fill the one-hour block, including the charity event guest list announcement.

Next week the contestants will bring a little bit of country to their rock-and-roll with the help of Martina McBride.

For the full interview with Mr. Warwick, go to TVWeek.com’s Backlot Talk to listen to the full podcast.

(Editor: Romanelli)