The four seconds of dropped audio you may have heard toward the end of Thursday night’s American Idol results-show telecast was not caused by a technical glitch. A Fox spokesperson confirms that “the audio was dropped by broadcast standards due to language.”
What’s more, a source who was at the results-show taping tells EW exclusively that, in fact, it was contestant Alex Lambert whose salty language got bleeped. The gaffe came moments after Ryan Seacrest told Lambert, who was compared to an unripened banana by judge Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday, that he was safe, and that retro rocker dude Tyler Grady had been eliminated.
Check back at EW.com later today for interviews with all four Idol contestants eliminated from the competition this week.