It's Rock Week on American Idol! Former Guns N' Roses axman Slash has mentored the kiddies, so we'll be on the lookout for dangling cigarette butts and impeccably conditioned mountains of curly hair. I'm sure that Tuesday's proceedings will stretch the boundaries of "rock" in new and "interesting" directions, as the contestants are not all equally suited to more hard-edged songs (we're looking at you, Kris and Danny!).
Mickey O'Connor here, filling in for bona fide rocker Erin Fox, who, if Facebook is to be believed, is vacationing in Jurassic Park this week.
But let's get ready to rawk! [Insert rock and roll finger gesture here]
Seacrest reports that there was an accident during rehearsal, and that one of the flanking towers that bear the American Idol logo partially collapsed. In a statement, Fox said: "During rehearsal today, a crew member had a mishap on set and was immediately taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. We have no further information at this time." Seacrest later tweeted that stage manager Debbie Williams "is doing much better. She fell during rehearsal... she's my right hand during these shows." As a result, the contestants have not had a proper run-through, but the show must go on, Seacrest says.
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