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The American Idol Mansion Sucks

April 4, 2009

I came across this interesting blog post today. Doesn’t seem too off-the-wall to be true, does it?

From Pop on the Pop:

I call this the Papa Spears effect. During the previous seasons ofAmerican Idol, contestants would sneak out of the Idol mansion and go drinking at L.A. clubs. They would reportedly  gotten into “all sorts of trouble” and producers are taking no risks this year. All of the show’s season 8 finalists are under security camera surveillance in the Bel-Air mansion and they are complaining about their heavy restrictions.

An unnamed finalist said he feels like “a bird in a gilded cage.” He also added that the house is “gorgeous” but that they have “no privacy.” 

The $30 million mansion has a staggering 20 bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool and spa and a huge 20-seat theater, where the contestants can practice their performances. There is also a basketball court, a bowling alley, an outside pool, a gym and loads of other amenities.

From the moment a contestant enters the home until the aspiring artist falls asleep, they are shadowed by security guards. On the occasions that a bulky chaperon is not present, there are “Big Brother” style cameras rolling, recording them constantly. The cameras are set up in every room with the exception of the bathrooms and bedrooms. Awwww! There goes the leaked American Idol sex tape story that we’ve been waiting for. 

Producers also assign drivers to all of the contestants and they are not allowed to drive their own cars. A strict curfew of 10 p.m. is in place and no overnight guests are allowed. Allison Iraheta, 16, is the exception; her mother accompanies her because she is underage. 

“It’s like a pricey prison,” said the insider. “The producers aren’t taking any chances.”

Sounds dreadful, sure, but I’m sure some of the contestants, (i.e., Casper) have managed to have some super-fun private times. And learning that there are no cameras in the bed and bathrooms is likely to send those Kradam nutters into a tailspin of squee.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan permalink
    April 16, 2009 1:35 am

    I need to write Adam Lambert a note…have a great idea for him on “Discteque Week”! Does anyone know how to send an email or a letter to Adam Lambert right now? Thanks

  2. Ren permalink
    April 7, 2009 8:09 pm

    I don’t know if all that is exactly true. Some of the guys went out to the bars the other night after the show. My brother is a friend of one of them and was out with three of the guys. So obviously they aren’t always in lockdown.

    • TopIdol permalink
      April 7, 2009 8:23 pm

      I think I can tell by your email, Ren, which contestant your brother may be friends with 🙂 Tell me more! I’m a big fan of your brother’s friend. (You can email me if you want)

  3. AIFan permalink
    April 5, 2009 1:48 pm

    Well, if he was interested in AI at all, he would probably be a fan of your blog. He loves a good snark, lol.

  4. AIFan permalink
    April 5, 2009 12:27 pm

    Ugh…. I did not know my son was already logged on, so I accidentally posted under his name. He would not appreciate it since he has zero interest in American Idol.

    • TopIdol permalink
      April 5, 2009 12:48 pm

      Damn! I was hoping I had a family of fans. HA HA HA.

  5. Steven IN Stone permalink
    April 4, 2009 9:25 pm

    release some vids

  6. Jennifer permalink
    April 4, 2009 7:28 pm

    She must have hooked up with Matt, the Unicorn. I can totally see that.

    • TopIdol permalink
      April 4, 2009 7:31 pm

      Was the mole there when the show started?

      • Jennifer permalink
        April 4, 2009 7:38 pm

        All I know is that it is fucking distracting and he needs to take a visit to SJP’s plastic surgeon. Or, given that he’s a bible beater, maybe he can exorcise it or some shit with Jokey and Fundy.

        • AIFan permalink
          April 5, 2009 12:21 pm

          Matt is probably keeping the mole because it’s the most interesting thing about him.

  7. Sarah permalink
    April 4, 2009 7:25 pm

    So who did Casper supposedly hook up with?!?! Is it on this blog somewhere? I’ve tried searching- if you haven’t told us, you should spill!!!

  8. Jennifer permalink
    April 4, 2009 7:21 pm

    When is the Hokey-Grace sex tape going to hit?

    • TopIdol permalink
      April 4, 2009 7:26 pm

      I don’t know if Hokey took part in that one, but…

      Quick! Someone get one of the camera people to be my nameless source!

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