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Blinking... - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
I work Wednesday in the evening and miss the Wednesday AI, so I went to TWoP to get the recap, and I went to the forums.

One poster said something about "When I heard so-and-so's sob story, I just knew she got in." Um... Am I the only one to whom it's pretty obvious that they only go to people's homes to film those sob stories after they've been chosen to go? All that is filmed after the audition. They don't randomly tag people in line and say, "Hey, can we do a documentary about you?" The people who probably aren't making it in are the ones they interview in the hall or maybe out on the street outside. We didn't get a view of Rhonetta's home life, after all. So, pretty much, if there's footage from home, The Audition You Are About To See Has Been Approved.
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agnes_bean From: agnes_bean Date: January 26th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, you arn't the only one. They wouldn't waste that time on people who don't get in.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 26th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
That, and I can't see people who've been rejected saying, "Oh, sure, come on over and film my private life"! It's one thing to give up your rights to whatever idiotic thing you do in front of their cameras, and something else entirely to submit to the mini-documentary process after you've been disappointed.
sophonax From: sophonax Date: January 26th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
This would seem to be a pretty major Duh.

leapin_jot From: leapin_jot Date: January 26th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Though sometimes as I've watched those little clips and heard the contestants sing, knowing from the clip that they've been accepted, I just can't understand why they were approved at all! So I suppose I can understand why some people would get confused. They probably blocked out the last part when the person is sent on to Hollywood. Put it down to a bad hallucination! ;)
h311ybean From: h311ybean Date: January 27th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm almost afraid to wonder what Rhonetta's home life is like.
psychic_serpent From: psychic_serpent Date: January 27th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I could have sworn I saw one or two last week that looked like they were recorded during the waiting period (the people lived very nearby) and neither person was accepted. You knew they were recorded before the audition, too, because they said that they really hoped the judges would like their singing. But they didn't make it. I think the producers are trying to keep us guessing, even though most of the time the little focus pieces do seem to be on folks who get the green light. Maybe it depends on how much time they have to put these pieces together before the folks in question are called in to audition, or how close to the audition city they live.
From: myxginxblossoms Date: January 27th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also, a couple of seasons ago, they had a big, drawn-out thing on a woman auditioning. She was a single mother who was barely eking out a living and, IIRC, wrestled to support herself and her son. Something like that. Anyway, she got a dramatic, walking-the-streets-and-looking-tough thing about herself, and she didn't get in.
lazypadawan From: lazypadawan Date: January 27th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
You're right. Talk about taking away the surprise ;).
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