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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Why Is "American Idol" Contestant Robert Hatcher So Happy?

You'd think Robert Hatcher of Westwood would be pretty bummed after "American Idol" didn't show his audition last night on Fox. All we saw of him was jumping up and down outside the door, after his audition, with his golden ticket to the Hollywood round in his hand. It aired about 50 minutes into the show. He was on screen for all of maybe 5 seconds. (The same thing happened to Forest Park's Kenny Mathis two years ago, who made it to Hollywood with hardly being seen on the audition shows.)
We saw more of actor Josh Hutcherson -- the teen-ager from Union, Ky. -- in the commercial for "Bridge to Terabithia" than we did of Hatcher. But Hatcher is happy to be seen on TV, and to be going to Hollywood.
Here's the email I just got from him:
"I'm not upset at all. I'm so grateful for the part that they did show. I am very appreciative of my local news station (Fox 19) as well. I loved the show last night, and I feel so humble from my experience in Alabama, and I can't wait for the world to see the upcoming shows. I haven't heard anything from anyone at Fox about the "Rest of the Best" show, but I would be very excited if they showed me. I'm just so grateful right now about everything that is happening."
There's still a chance we'll see Hatcher audition. "American Idol" publicists told me today that the "Rest of the Best" show next Wednesday (9-10 p.m. Feb. 7, Ch 19 & 45) will be "unseen footage, so all new auditioners." Maybe we'll see Hatcher singing -- and dancing with Paula Abdul -- next week?
Idol Thoughts
Where was Paula for the second half of the show last night? That was never explained.
You've gotta agree: Simon has been nastier this year than ever before. You getting tired of him? Is his act wearing out?
Another observation: Last night's show confirms what I hear from "American Idol" auditioners. Remember how empty the arena hallways were for most of the Ryan Seacrest interviews? That's because Paula, Randy and Simon aren't there for the big cattle calls, when thousands show up (even though the editing makes it look that way). They come to town later, after the applicants have sung several times for producers. That's what I hear.


at 2/01/2007 9:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe how the cattle line up to watch this drivel.

at 2/01/2007 9:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Simon is nastier this year. I think he's fed up with the ridiculous people that the producers keep sending in that think they can sing. If I was Simon I'd be tired of sitting there for 6 years listening to those horrible auditions. I'd rather see the good singers.

With Hatcher - has Hollywood already been filmed? The way he is acting makes me think that he might make it far - he's acting like he knows something we don't know.

at 2/01/2007 10:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK - I watched Idol on Tuesday night and made it through the first 20 mins and turned it off. What is the attraction here? I've always considered America's Funniest Home Videos as "America's Biggest Waste of Electrons." Idol certainly gives it competition. I'd rather watch paint dry - slowly.

at 2/01/2007 1:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You watch the news and see so many troop members in harms matter which side of the political fence you lean...
I try to watch these shows to see what the hype is about...and you see American citizens who are not asked to sacrifice because they're selfish and peevish and shallow and greedy. And all these shows are based on cruelty...You're fired. You're not good enough. You can't sing. Get off the island. You're not hot enough. And one has to ask...why is this first group of Americans defending the second group of Americans?

at 2/01/2007 2:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no possible way Randy, Paula and Simon can judge every applicant. Singers must be prescreened because of time.

Let's say the average audition stop has 5,000 wannabes and each audition is two minutes. That's 166 hours of judging. They don't stay in one location that long.

at 2/02/2007 6:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love american idol and i know Robert Hatcher. I just wish they'd shown him he's got a personality that should be shown.

Yeah and people on shows like american idol can't say how far they got till it heirs so he has to conceal information. Beleive me my cousin is D. Woods and i didn't know she made the band on making the band(MTV) till it was heired. She wouldn't tell anyone.

at 2/07/2007 4:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

he stopped at top 30

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