Tuesday, February 7, 2006

‘American Idol’ Producers Really Do Care

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – American Idol producers admit they have an affection for deluded people who think they can sing, but even they have standards.

Executive producer Ken Warwick says that even though the awful auditions are often the most entertaining, they don’t always air the best of the worst.

Case in point: Warwick says he and other producers nixed “two of the most entertaining and funniest auditions I’ve ever seen” because there was evidence the aspiring singers suffered from mental disabilities.

As he puts it, “It wasn’t illegal. It wasn’t unwholesome. It just didn’t seem right once we found out. If a kid genuinely has mental problems, we will not put it on the air.”

But while making fun of mental illness is a no no, Warwick has no problems with poking fun at gays and lesbians. In his words, “If it’s funny, we’ll put it in there, despite sexual orientation.”

He admits that, as a result, some people have called him a homophobe, but he defends his position by pointing out that he used to be a professional dancer.

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