nigel lythgoe american idol emmys 'American Idol': Top 20 not performing live on TV in semi finalsFOX has announced a ticket giveaway for its first “American Idol” semi-final round and in the process let us know that the first performances by the Top 20 will be taped prior to the nights they actually air.

The giveaway says: “There will be a taping on Friday, February 25, a taping on Monday, February 28th, and the “Live on TV” performance Thursday, March 3rd.”

What this means is whichever gender is performing on the “live” Tuesday show will (presumably) tape Friday, Feb. 25, the other gender will tape their show on Monday, Feb. 28. The Thursday, March 3 results show seems to be an actual live show.

It’s not a huge surprise that this is happening. As MJ’s Big Blog points out, the show didn’t start having actual live semi-final shows until seasons 8 and 9, which is coincidentally when Nigel Lythgoe left the show. Now that he is back, he won’t have any of those shenanigans where the show runs super-long from being live on TV.

What do you think, “Idol” fans? Disappointed? We kind of like the live show shenanigans. But on the other hand, maybe this is to ease Steven Tyler into live TV, where he can’t just blurt out “f*** a duck and see what hatches.”

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."