American Idol's Randy Jackson Defends His "Broadway" Comments
American Idol judge Randy Jackson is making enemies this season. First he accidentally started a war with The Voice’s Adam Levine over which show is “better.” Now Jackson seems to have upset the Broadway community after a comment he made regarding a contestant’s performance during Hollywood Week.
Randy felt the contestant was “too Broadway” on the Feb. 2 show. Broadway star Betty Buckley went to Twitter upset over the claim. “OK, I just have to say this: I am sick & tired of Randy Jackson bashing what [he] thinks is Bway singing! It’s soo ludicrous!” She added, “With respect, ‘Dog,’ your opinion is whack & uninformed!” She continued to explain the differences tweeting at both Randy and producer Nigel Lythgoe.
Randy returned her tweets. “Just for the record; @bettybuckley I love you, I also love broadway, I am a huge broadway fan,” said Jackson via his Twitter account. “There are tons of broadway stars that are dear friends of mine. I have the [utmost] respect for all broadway actors and singers. To me the greatest thing in life is a true thespian. One who can be a great actor, singer, and great dancer. The all around performer.”
He added, “Last I checked, America is land of the free, home of the brave, and freedom of speech is still allowed. But what I was merely saying to the singer, or any singer who wishes to be in popular music is that you have to be able to have control of your vibrato and have amazing talent. A lot of people who sing broadway, do not have control of their vibrato, which does not easily lend itself to singing other styles of music. The wide open vibrato doesn’t work everywhere. Was not dissing anyone, and if you know our show carefully, we have been using the words ‘Too Broadway’ for 11 seasons now, and we have all said it.”
The good news is the feud may be over. Betty tweeted, “Dearest Randy, [with] respect U have begun 2 use ‘too bway’ as a negation… And yes, vibrato as part of an instrument requires deft manipulation & so many POP/rock stars use them. Thanks for the response. You’re a courtly dude, Dawg!”
And this is why we love Twitter. A war of words? Always.
Now we can all take a deep breath and carry on.