False Idols

Antony and the Johnsons meet American Idol.

By Brian McManus
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 3 | Posted Jan. 28, 2009

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Simon sez: "It was dour and depressing."

In its seventh season, American Idol has mixed it up. They've added a judge to pick up Paula's drug-fogged slack and have cut back on the number of audition shows leading off the season, those horribly painful exhibitions where Simon Cowell's barbed and cruel wit are on full display. As such, the footage of Antony Hegarty-- transgendered, soul-searching and tender leader of Antony and the Johnsons, whose new The Crying Light is currently bowling over critics with its orchestral hum and restrained beauty--ended up on the cutting room floor. PW uncovered the transcript.

Simon: "Oh, good. What's your name?"

Antony: "Antony Hegarty."

Simon: "And where are you from, Anthony?"

Antony: "Antony. I'm from ... "

Simon: "Antony?"

Antony: "Antony. No 'h.' Born in England, raised in San Jose, California. Now living in New York City."

Simon: "All right then, Antony. What are you going to sing for us today?"

Antony: "I'm going to sing an original, 'Another World.'"

Simon: "Well, that's unorthodox, but why wouldn't it be? You seem to revel in being unorthodox."

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1. elyse said... on Jan 28, 2009 at 09:18AM

“spot on! haha. loved reading this.”

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2. hey said... on Jan 30, 2009 at 02:04AM

“ive been so freakin bored with the two latest shows. for one reason. they keep edit paula out and i dont enjoy the show when shes not active. i almost hope ratings will go down so that producers learn their lesson. i also feel the new judge needs to go and almost all fans agree with me. ”

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