As if all you Idol
worshippers didn't already know, this week's results show now airs tonight
at 9 pm/ET, due to what Fox calls "an error with the graphics shown on screen." Thanks to some techie's asinine screwup, all votes cast on Tuesday were invalidated, forcing fans to revote for their faves after last night's broadcast. We'll have to wait until this evening to learn who'll ultimately get cut. (Cough, cough
.) Meanwhile, TVGuide.com has some majorly nagging questions for American Idol
executive producer Ken Warwick
, because we know you're peeved and dammit, somebody's
got to answer for this outrage!First off, what the heck went wrong behind the scenes?
"It's down to human error," says Warwick. "We found out as it was on the air. We got a phone call from Fox, who said, 'We're getting e-mails in saying that the wrong phone numbers are going up [on screen].' We said, 'No. Ridiculous! Impossible!' Sure enough, we found out that it was true and immediately took steps to rectify the situation."
Who's responsible for the "graphics error" and was he or she fired?
"The person who did it is from an outside contractor," Warwick says. "His boss was informed. Whether he has been fired, I don't know. We probably won't see him in the building again, at this point, but it was the responsibility of his boss to take action, not us." Asked who
this outside contractor was, Warwick grumbles, "We'll keep that to ourselves. That's not fair. No."
Will Idol fans be reimbursed for the wasted text messages they paid to send on Tuesday night?
"It's not a question of reimbursing," Warwick reassures us. "Anybody who texted the show [Tuesday] night will not be charged at all for it."
To be fair, did Idol's producers ever consider kicking nobody off this week and ejecting two contestants next week?
"We discussed that, to be honest," Warwick says, "and the problem is that [the contestants] are then being voted on [based on] next week's performance. Are you with me? That might change it all again. The fact of the matter is, every kid went out there this week and performed, and that's what they should be judged on this week. This is the only way to fairly bring that to fruition [and] to make that happen."