First Kaufman points out the things that make the show safe for everyone from toddlers to grannies.
The performers always dress the part, but never inappropriately or with too much skin showing. There are no songs with objectionable, suggestive lyrics sung by the contestants, who invariably smile and giggle their way through the weekly lip-synched group numbers and, in general, seem to be having the time of their lives despite a grueling schedule that would break any mere mortal.
And when guest performers come on to plug their latest singles – such as former winners Kelly Clarkson, David Cook and Carrie Underwood or recent-season guests like Jon Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Mariah Carey or Gwen Stefani – the most controversial thing they do is perhaps engage Simon Cowell in some good-natured verbal jousting.
See? Safe as can be. Until last week, when that began to change.
But, following a performance by Lady GaGa of “Poker Face” on Wednesday (April 1), in which the space-age dance diva sang about Russian roulette, rough love and included the risqué line “‘cause I’m bluffin’ with my muffin,” it seems “Idol” might be edging into slightly edgier territory.
Not exactly G-rated stuff. And there might be worse on the way. Flo Rida is set to appear on an upcoming episode of the show.
The wildly popular, burly rapper has hit a home run with his latest smash, “Right Round,” a super catchy number that samples the Dead or Alive 1985 dance anthem “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).”
Here’s the thing: The chorus of the song is a very clear and not-even-thinly veiled homage to getting oral sex from a woman, in which Rida raps, “You spin my head right rough, right round / when you go down, when you go down down.” While much of the tune is about Flo Rida hangin’ with his boys, there are also lyrics about being in a strip club and throwing money at a dancer sliding down a stripper pole – not exactlythe usual “Idol” fare.
Kaufman asked reps for “Idol” if Flo would find himself censored by the show, but wasn’t able to get an answer.
Wednesday, April 8
Bette Midler, Pink – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” – rerun
Donnell Rawlings, John Caparulo, Jen Kirkman – “Chelsea Lately”
Bell X1 – “Late Show with David Letterman” – rerun
Frank Caliendo, Prince – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” – rerun
Russell Brand, The Virgins – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” – rerun
Andy Samberg, MSTRKRFT – “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” – rerun
Diddy – “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” – rerun
N.A.S.A. – “Last Call with Carson Daly” – rerun
Thursday, April 9
Miley Cyrus, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters – “Live with Regis and Kelly”
Mariah Carey – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” – rerun
James Ingram – “The Tavis Smiley Show”
Jo Koy, Loni Love – “Chelsea Lately”
Russell Brand – “Late Show with David Letterman” – rerun
Naturally 7 – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” – rerun
Gabriela Cilmi – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” – rerun
Charlie Wilson – “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” – rerun
Robin Williams – “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”
Robin Thicke – “Last Call with Carson Daly” – rerun
Friday, April 10
Chelsea Handler, Annie Lennox – “Live with Regis and Kelly”
T.I. – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” – rerun
Heather McDonald, Jim Norton, Frank Nicotero – “Chelsea Lately”
PJ Harvey & John Parish – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” – rerun
Tracy Morgan, Trace Adkins – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” – rerun
Les Claypool – “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” – rerun
Patton Oswalt, M83 – “Last Call with Carson Daly” – rerun