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In many ways, watching an American Idol finale in the flesh can end up being a lot like watching it at home: just like the previous night’s show, if you have a seat closer to the ZZ row than the A row, your eyes are going to be fixed mostly on the big screens instead of on the tiny people occupying the stage far away.
But there are still parts of the taping at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre that you probably didn’t catch on TV, like some fun off-camera moments from the judges and the truly loud and dominant crowd of Phillip Phillips fans. Yes, even 20 minutes before the show started, love for the Georgia guitar man was in the air, as one eager audience member shouted, “There’s Phillip!” – and that was just for one of his many appearances on-screen as moments from past episodes played. Here are a few other things you may have missed as you watched this year’s American Idol finale:
On the scene at 'American Idol' finale: The audience at Nokia Theatre clearly liked Phillip Phillips better than Jessica Sanchez
Watching American Idol is so much more satisfying on a television. So thank your lucky stars that that’s where you got to watch it.
That fact that Idol is better on TV became abundantly clear last night, as I was sitting in the audience of the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, where the show’s performance finale was shot and telecast live to the East Coast and the Midwest in front of 7,000 screaming fans. My seat was in the very back row, all but assuring that I had to watch what was playing out just a few hundred feet in front of me on the jumbo projection screens plastered on either side of the stage. Think of the situation as something like how you might experience a Britney Spears concert in a huge arena today and — even though she’d be on stage right in front of you — you’d still end up watching most everything on the screens provided. Sure, it was something to simply exist in the same space as Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips, as they tried to convince America to vote for them one final time, but just like, say, the Grammys or the Oscars, American Idol is a show that’s made to be watched from the comfort of your own home.
When NBC’s rival singing competition The Voice returned in February, I felt like I was the only Idol fan left in America. Media outlets championed NBC’s chair-spinning competition, with its flashy format — an audition style that’s admittedly superior to Idol‘s — and sass-spewing judges, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. “The Voice is more relevant, more meaningful, more compelling and more entertaining right now,” said Alex Strachan of the Montreal Gazette. “After a decade, we no longer believe in the Idol factory,” wrote EW’s Mark Harris. Those barbs stung me (an American Idol junkie) personally — these critics’ concerns had me worried that the freight train of Idol might be chugging to a stop. The Voice briefly legitimized this fear by pulling ahead in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic and beating the Fox stalwart in the ratings race.
Still, I stuck with Idol this season, and I’m glad I did. After three months of watching, I remain convinced that American Idol is a viable singing competition — with the best vocals of any show on TV. American Idol kept its focus on the contestants and their singing, and over the course of the spring, it reclaimed its title as the highest-rated television show on television.
Here’s why Idol reigns supreme:
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