On Wednesday, in an e-mail message, (Manfred) Westphal (a spokesman for FremantleMedia North America, which produces “American Idol”) said: “Due to extensive choreography and to balance their voices with open mikes against a screaming audience, the Idols do sing along to their own prerecorded vocal track during the group performances only.”there's arts news for you. these guys are on it.
UPDATE 3/26/09 – re-reading that quote from westphal, it sounds like "the idols" (do we really have to call them that? ick) get together like pre-schoolers and "do sing-along," like it's a game. "c'mon idols, put away your binkies and clean up your area because it's time to do sing-along!"