While American Idol has never aired live episodes until the very end, typically when it comes time for the Top 24, some viewers were a little thrown off by a message that kept popping up during Sunday's episode and in various tweets throughout the evening. The competition moved its set to Disney's Aulani resort in Hawaii as the Top 40 competed for spots in the next round. Following this round, the series' future will likely find itself delayed when it comes to film the live shows.
As seen in the prior episode during the promotional segment for the upcoming airing, ABC made it pretty clear that all shots of the contestants on the island were previously recorded. The message was seen throughout the episode and after an assortment of tweets on the show's official account and even in some of the judges' posts, such as Bobby Bones. The reason for ABC's decision to attach the note was due to the coronavirus pandemic. It also had to do with Aulani currently being shut down along with all of Disney's parks and resorts in the states.
love that super subtle
on #americanidol. Aulani is not open for business ICYMI— Andrew Pass (@AndrewPass) March 24, 2020
Other viewers were a bit deterred at the constant reminder of the episode being previously recorded.
"It said 'Previously recorded'," the tweet read. "We know, but thanks! Interesting!"
Honestly can’t wait it’s for @AmericanIdol on Sunday because I got the most perfect tweet for @LukeBryanOnline as their in (previously recorded) Hawaii at @DisneyAulani, so hurry up Sunday 😂😁, #AmericanIdol #LukeBryan— Kate V (@kateevd1) March 28, 2020
American Idol has yet to make any official announcement as to what their contingency plan is if the live episodes are to be delayed. With President Donald Trump pushing the social distancing plan through April 30, it seems inevitable that the singing competition will be impacted, as will many other television shows.0comments
American Idol will not air on Monday on ABC at 8 p.m. ET as originally scheduled. The second half of the Hawaii Round wraps up the following Sunday on April 5.
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