Wednesday’s well-hyped “American Idol” webcast was lacking something. Well, in addition to any shockers (hey, who didn’t know Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and singer-actress Jennifer Lopez were joining "Idol"?). The real missing element was sound.
Nice going, music show.
“Idol’s” attempt to reach the plugged-in masses via a live online video stream turned into an almost entirely audio-free experience. In fact, other than a quote or two about finding “the next Michael Jackson” from J.Lo (good luck with that) and Tyler’s promise to “bring some rock to this roller coaster," the only other sound was a high-pitched beep guaranteed to drive web dogs mad.
If the powers-that-be had any questions about how the big announcement fail went over with fans, all they had to do was glance at the scrolling list of heckles that they managed to correctly embed on the site.
Eventually, a full 50 minutes after the originally scheduled event and long after everyone knew what to expect on the televised talent show’s 10th season, the no-longer-live event replayed with a somewhat successful audio do-over.