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A former American Idol contestant just revealed a dirty secret about the show!

AI reject from season one, Justin Guarini, isn't too happy with this year's group performances. Guarini is currently the co-host of Idol Wrap on the TV Guide Network. And what he said recently has some fans in an uproar.

Justin told everyone, “Every single year we can’t stand the group performances. I know they can’t stand it either. And I think what makes them even worse now is that they’re lip-synched. They’re really prerecorded now.”

So whats Idol to do? Deny, deny, deny!

On Tuesday, a rep for show producers FremantleMedia North America, Manfred Westphal, said “The Idols don’t lip-sync, period.”

However, things quickly changed on Wednesday, when via email Westphal confessed to the New York Times, “Due to extensive choreography and to balance their voices with open mikes against a screaming audience, the Idols do sing along to their own prerecorded vocal track during the group performances only.”

So Idol is FAKE!!!

Though he was quick to add that the contestants never lip-synch during their solo performances.

Riiiiiight!

What do U think? Still like the show even though they're not singing live 100% of the time?

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75 comments to “Idols Lipsynch!”



  1. 1

    American Idol fake? next thing you know you'll say that Clay Aiken is gay…

    wait.. what?



  2. 2

    Perez finally updated!
    Give som time off promowhoring la gaga.. and listen this girl Tara McDonald, I heard her yesterday 26 at fashion designer Svingholm, I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO HER SHE’S SOO ADDICTIVE www.myspace.com/taramcdonald



  3. 3

    frist frist frist you fuckkers!!! haha dat dudes got a pointiest nose for sho! i' like to jam his nose in my sweaty bung



  4. 4

    You could clearly see that they were lip-synching last nite. As long as their individual performances are live, that's ok with me.



  5. 5

    THAT STUPID MEDIOCRE TALENT SHOW JUMPED THE SHARK AFTER SEASON 3. COWELL IS AN ARROGANT MONEY HUNGRY BUFFOON FOR LETTING THE SHOW GO ON THIS LONG. JACKASSES ALL OF THEM - INCLUDING KELLY CLARKSON, CARRIE UNDERWOOD WHO WOULD HAVE DONE NOTHING ON THEIR OWN. THANK GOODNESS CLARKSON WILL DISAPPEAR AS SHE GETS FATTER AND UNDERWOOD AS SHE IS ONLY RELEGATED TO THE COUNTRY CHARTS.

    WHO CARESSS!!!



  6. 6

    I'm stunned, stunned I say to hear this…

    I mean, what a great show…

    gak!

  7. Pibb says – reply to this


    7

    I've only watched American Idol one season… and I remember some blonde haired chick named Brooke started over like 3 times during a performance. You could clearly tell that wasn't rehearsed!



  8. 8

    no one cares about the group performances ;)



  9. 9

    The show is getting BLAH! And 4 judges all givng their input is just too long and bor-ing.



  10. 10

    Re: Major Dude salutes Harry – What!!! He's gay?????



  11. 11

    It was very obviously lip synched last night…..lame lame lame…..
    .
    Idol really has lost it



  12. 12

    We all knew it was fake…but thank god Mike got sent home last night…now the blind guy needs to go!



  13. 13

    Re: LaDiva – can you believe it?



  14. 14

    The solo performance is what counts. It doesn't matter to me if the group one is lip-synched. They gotta save their best for the solo in other to stay in it. Stevie Wonder was awesome last night!



  15. 15

    *order



  16. 16

    Re: Major Dude – morning



  17. 17

    Re: DikinCider – aye lad!



  18. 18

    i already knew this. it really isnt a big deal

  19. Klas says – reply to this


    19

    Wow…such a shocker. The fact that their mouths are off from the music isn't a dead give away!!



  20. 20

    If you do not believe this, just watch last night's performance. There is no continuity between the close-ups and the group shots, which proves not only that they are prerecorded, but that they are a mash-up of multiple takes. Keep your eyes on Adam the entire time, in far away shots he in nowhere near a microphone, and in his close-up (in the very next frame) shows him clutching a microphone very close. This is simply not possible in a live broadcast.



  21. 21

    Oh, come on. Who didn't realize the group numbers were lipsynched from the outset? They are way more polished and in tune then they ever have been before, and its not because this group miraculously has it together more than any other previous season (cuz they dont). Lipsynching is work experience, they'll have to do it at some point in their careers. Bravo for a well rounded experience and for making these performances far less painful to watch.



  22. 22

    You sould totally tell they were lip syncing last night. It's no surprise



  23. 23

    You could def tell the group performance last night was recorded. I dont think they lip sync during the solos though



  24. 24

    Re: Major Dude – I'm stunned… Absolutely speechless… NOT!!!!



  25. 25

    It was very Obvious that the Motown medley preformed last night was lip synced



  26. 26

    THEY HAVE BEEN LIPSYNCHING FOR WEEKS DURING ALL THE GROUP PERFORMANCES BUT WHAT IS SOOO BAD IS THAT AFTER THE GROUP LIPSYNCH WE HAVE TO ENDURE ANOTHER LIPSYNCHED COMMERCIAL. LIKE 20 MINUTES OF LIPSYNCHING. SUCKSSS. THE BEST THING ABOUT THE SHOW WAS THAT IT WAS TOTALLY LIVE. UNFORTUNATELY SOME DUNDERHEAD THINKS PERFECT VOICES ON TRACKS ARE BETTER THAN LIVE VOICES. HE/SHE SHOULD BE FIRED.



  27. 27

    I don't think it's a big deal that they lip-sync during their group performance–all that is, is a time filler. I highly, highly, highly doubt they lip-sync during their individual performances. You can obviously hear them mess up. It would completely defeat the purpose of the show and I don't think they would want to waste money on a live band and backup singers if they didn't have to.



  28. 28

    ~~~~AH YA. SO WHAT IF THEY SING ALONG WITH A PRE-RECORDED VOICE WHILE THEY'RE DANCING???? THEY STILL SING LIVE WHEN IT COUNTS. I DON'T GET WHAT THE BIG DEAL IS????~~~~



  29. 29

    Those geeky group performances are too excruciating to watch anyway. MUTE.



  30. 30

    I doubt it they forget the words sometimes. Also, some of them are terrible and you KNOW they would not be able to perform knowing that they were going to suck ahead of time after they heard themselves. Usually after a bad review they put so much into the next performance and you can tell that is not fake. They really think they did a great job the next time they sing. Sometimes they do and most of the time they don't. But still you can tell they are all pumped up and all.



  31. 31

    You're stretching. Just because they lipsynch the stupid group songs doesn't mean the show is fake. You're so stupid.



  32. 32

    Last night's show,(Thursday results show) the contestants lipsynch'd the whole time during group performances..and they're really bad at it…you could totally see that they were doing so.



  33. 33

    The fact that Scott can't see where he is going and the seamless way that they never have mic problems etc… OF COURSE they are pre-recorded. Maybe the Idols would have better solor performances if they would let them rehearse their solo songs more instead of wasting time recording stupid group numbers and Ford Comercials.



  34. 34

    he has a big jeri curl on his head



  35. 35

    It's the group numbers… who gives a flying shit if they lipsynch during those cheesefests. They don't when they sing solo and that's all that matters.



  36. 36

    It was actually quite obvious that they lipsynch during the group performances. At least move your lips correctly, dumbasses.



  37. 37

    They ARE singing Live asswipe, just to a track…geez you are a douche



  38. 38

    Nice nose job… not.



  39. 39

    He is such a fag! Cut yo nasty jew fro!



  40. 40

    Last night you could so tell they were lyp-synching the group performance!! I was like, oh my god, mom!!! look! lol

  41. tasha says – reply to this


    41

    You are so freakin behind on thing perez it isn't even funny. Entertainment Weekly and other places with live blogs of AI have been talking about this from the beginning. EW has a person that is in the audience every single week and she's been commenting on the lipsynching of the group performances. Just like they tape alot of the live quest performances befour the show airs live. Your getting really out of touch.



  42. 42

    this one has a striking resemblance to D.J. Tanner's ex-bf VIPER



  43. 43

    No, you can tell… last night during group they were obviously lip-syncing and I got confused, but you can definitely tell when they are. Because they're bad at it. xD The solos are definitely live, though.



  44. 44

    Lip synching or not, the group performances are the stupidest part of the show. It ends up looking like really bad high school production.



  45. 45

    The group songs SUCK! They are rarely in tune and usually don't even sound good. Who cares - DWTS is almost beating AI in the ratings anyway - AI is so YESTERDAY!



  46. 46

    Duh! Who couldn't tell?



  47. 47

    Perez, you're an idiot. Of course they don't lip sync during the solo performances. If they did they would sound better.



  48. 48

    Duh Perez. Any moron could tell they were lip synching during the group thing last night. Those group numbers are soooo cheesy and stupid anyways. Makes the contestants look even dumber. After all the Britney Spears footage we have seen over the years, the public isn't stupid, we can tell when they aren't singing. Oooh, Perez such a detective.



  49. 49

    Hey, I find Idol quite entertaining, but–I mean, really–it's just a TV show…on Fox. Who cares if they do the group songs with a recording? It's not like I'm paying to see them perform live.



  50. 50

    Why is this such a surprise? This is nothing but bubblegum empty pop drivel. Ugh. Go far away AI.



  51. 51

    I CANT BELIEVE THIS SHOW exists its completely retarded, its making dumb americans more dumb and stupid. by mindlessly watching it as if it were some sort OF RELIGION. how about puting a show that HAS A PURPOSE TO BETTER SOCIETY, not worsen it.



  52. 52

    just like he said its COMPLETELY obvious they lip synch the grp songs now but they are still live performing their solo songs… its obvious bc some just dont sound great at all



  53. 53

    His nose looks weird…..



  54. 54

    As most other people said, its QUITE obvious that they lip synch during the group performances. Who cares? They already have to learn and practice their individual song- why make them sing another stupid group song live? Plus with all the stupid dancing that they have to do in the group performances it would probably sound pretty shitty live.



  55. 55

    You know whatt.. last week I said that in my head.. when everyone was singing together it sounded pre-recorded.. not every week just the past few



  56. 56

    you have to be as blind as that one contestant to not have known that they lip-synch their group performance. They are never singing on key during it. Oh, and also. I think they blind guys eyes creep me out, he should pull a Ray Charles and wear some shades…. sorry, but true…



  57. 57

    This obsession over whether performers are singing live or not has really gotten out of control. Artists have been using prerecorded tracks for decades, so why is this /still/ a topic of interest any more?
    The fact that the idols lip sync during the GROUP performances at the start of the show (the performances that do not determine whether they continue on in the show) is a shallow one. It's quite clear the contestants aren't lipsyncing during their judged performances as you can hear pitch changes and fluctuations and wrong notes all of the time.
    Stop obsessing over whether or not someone's singing live. If it's their voice, it's theirs to lipsync to.



  58. 58

    Re: SeXy StAr
    How is a show based on singing worsening society? Talk about making an ocean out of a puddle.



  59. 59

    First of all, Perez, you are taking JUSTING GUARINI'S(think about it) word for something.

    Secondly, the performances are DEFINATELY live. Remember when Brooke White had to start over last year?

    You're a dumbass sometimes. Seriously. They'd get into deep shit if the live performances were pre-recorded. Who cares about the frivoulous group sings? Of course they are pre-recorded. I've guessed this for awhile. Makes it easier to blend voices, and nobody really cares.

    I find it interesting how much you've gone off Idol. Are you no longer getting your paychecks from Cowell and Seacrest? Though you still pimp X-factor(never a faker show in existence, and you know it). Wierd.



  60. 60

    well if its only during group performances thats fine. i can understand that



  61. 61

    The group performances are, by far, the worst part of the show. I'm an AI fan, but I always hit the Mute button during those corny out-dated group acts.



  62. 62

    It's time this travesty is ended. If you are no one from Nowhere you do NOT audition in front of record execs, you do NOT audition in front of publishers, shit, you can't even get them to open your mail!! This show has made 'making it' in the music business a foolish childish fantasy. As AC/DC sang, "I tell you folks, it's harder than it looks". Damn straight!!



  63. 63

    rawr



  64. 64

    Justin has the worst nose job ever. I mean 1970s bad.



  65. 65

    Ahh! My boo is on Perez. Of course the group performances are lip synched. You'd have to be blind not to be able to tell that. It's entirely pathetic that a big deal was made out of this, really.

    But damn! Go on, Justin! Sorry you're getting shit for this.

  66. jjjj says – reply to this


    66

    Well DUH they lipsync in the group performances
    but the solo is definitely live

  67. xxx says – reply to this


    67

    pop wannabes lip-syncing? I am SHOCKED! We all knew pop stars were talentless, and now they've shown that the wannabes are talentless also. This show is a joke, anyone who has been on it or tried out for it is a joke. If you want to be a musician, WORK FOR IT.



  68. 68

    They do work for it. Face it, these days, sometimes shortcuts are necessary. The people that DON'T work for it after the show fall off the face of the earth and just go back to their day jobs. The problem is that people have such strong misconceptions about ANYONE that's been on Idol, and that's why the people who DO have talent can't get decent work.



  69. 69

    Ah, and fans in an uproar? Really? Nobody fucking cares that Justin Guarini says the group numbers are lip synched. Um, duh. The only people in an "uproar" are Fremantle.



  70. 70

    Is Justine Guarini looking to close his bank account by saying something like that about his employers?



  71. 71

    umm, just heard David Cook sing live today, and he is the real deal. obviously any lip synching doesn't matter too much!



  72. 72

    The Lip Synching is SUPER obvious! Even though they try to ife their lips with the mic.



  73. 73

    Damn that nose is FUGLYYYY



  74. 74

    He said what everyone was thinking, those group performance are super cheesy. I think they're specifically adding them in just to eat up time so that they can have as many ads as possible! After becoming accustomed to fast forwarding through DVR'd commercials and watching tv online, I get annoyed EASILY.



  75. 75

    No, Perez, no.
    Only the group numbers are pre-recorded..
    Their actual performances are 100% live.
    So please, just please.