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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, February 14, 2007

Don't Look For Robert Hatcher Tonight on "American Idol"

Don't look for Robert Hatcher of Westwood on "American Idol" tonight, because he was eliminated in last night's episode. And true to form, you didn't see it on Fox. In fact, you barely saw Hatcher on the nation's No. 1 TV series this season.

Fox didn't show his Memphis audition on the Jan. 30 show. During the "Hollywood Round" last night, he was really hard to find. Hatcher tells me he was in the first group of 6 guys singing, wearing black on the left end. He flashed by on the screen for about 1.5 seconds. He actually made it through to the next round, with singing and dancing, but Fox didn't show him perform again.

And you didn't see him in the hotel room at the end of the show, when Simon, Paula and Randy sent the 20 singers home.

As I've written before, Fox folks edit these shows knowing which singers make the top 24, and they decide which singers can be ignored. But Hatcher doesn't have a bad thing to say about his experience.

"I made it to the top 30 guys this season, and then I got cut. I had a good run on "American Idol." I'm absolutely positive somebody will see me from this... and if nothing happens, I'll be right back on the road next year auditioning again."

He's already working on a new TV gig -- auditioning for P. Diddy's "Making the Band 4," a boy band for MTV. So maybe a national TV audience will get to see him sing some day....


at 2/15/2007 1:13 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

I was a little frustrated watching this week's episodes. They drug out the good, the bad and the ugly (mostly the last two) rounds so much. Then they seemed to rush through the rounds that really counted. There were some.. a lot of people that we didn't even get to hear sing.

at 2/15/2007 1:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was really upset that we didnt get to see Hatcher at all. He sounded really good on the Fox morning show and for the show not to show none of his performances was dissapointing. And I dont understand why they let all the good singers that they did show not move on, Hopefully this season is not as boring as the past seasons. To Hatcher keep striving man, dont give up!!!

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