Los Angeles, CA - Last night's American Idol Finale wasn't without controversy. In fact, not long after the show started, the first of many "live" glitches occurred, and because of it, a cameraman lost his job.
If you blinked, you probably missed it, but lots of folks called in after last night's performance of Alice Cooper's "School's Out" when, near the end, Idol contestant Siobhan Magnus slid to one knee, giving America a first-hand look at what the girls were wearing under their kilts. Little did Magnus know that the cameraman in charge of that particular angle not only zoomed in on Magnus as she slid to her knee, but took his sweet time panning to something else. What resulted was a full two or three second shot, and it did not go unnoticed.
Gladys Snipple from Goshen, Georgia told us she was watching the show with her 13 and 15-year old sons, Donny and Lonny. "There we were, making a joke about school almost being out like this song said and all of a sudden, Lonny hit the TiVo. "Whoo, hoo, buddy, take a look at that," he said.
"I was mortified. I turned the show off and wouldn't watch another minute of it," said Gladys.
Similar calls lit up the switchboards of Fox affiliate stations across America, with the bulk of the calls coming from the Bible-belt states. Asked if what he did was intentional, the cameraman refused to comment.
Efforts to reach Siobhan Magnus regarding this have met without success, but there is no doubt that she has already seen the shot and now the ball is in her court as to whether or not she wants to address the issue or let it stand. Said a person who agreed to talk on behalf o Siobhan, "you know, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Huge careers have rocketed over something as tiny as a nip-slip or a wardrobe malfunction. Look how much press Janet Jackson got during Super Bowl XXXVIII. Sometimes, wink, wink, these things aren't necessarily accidents."