In years past the top 24 performances were live, but this year for Season 10 they were pre-taped. Many questioned this as they assumed it may be for 'quality-control'. Producer of American Idol, Nigel Lythgoe tweeted this repsonse.

"We are pre-taping for 2 weeks as we have a new Director & new judges. It has nothing to do with manipulation you morons."

So, in case you thought Simon Cowell was mean, the guy who produces American Idol just called you a moron. Just thought you'd like to know.