“American Idol” might be the cleanest, most family-friendly show on TV. The performers always dress the part, but never inappropriately or with too much skin showing. There are no songs with objectionable, suggestive lyrics sung by the contestants, who invariably smile and giggle their way through the weekly lip-synched group numbers and, in general, seem to be having the time of their lives despite a grueling schedule that would break any mere mortal.
And when guest performers come on to plug their latest singles — such as former winners [artist id="1231768"]Kelly Clarkson[/artist], [artist id="3080428"]David Cook[/artist] and [artist id="1933910"]Carrie Underwood[/artist] or recent-season guests like [artist id="3288"]Jon Bon Jovi[/artist], Neil Diamond,
[artist id="976"]Mariah Carey[/artist] or Gwen Stefani — the most controversial thing they do is perhaps engage Simon Cowell in some good-natured verbal jousting.
But, following a performance by Lady Gaga of “Poker Face” last week, in which the space-age dance diva sang about Russian roulette, rough love and included the risquéé line ” ’cause I’m bluffin’ with my muffin,” it seems “Idol” might be easing into slightly edgier territory.
The Gaga performance came the same week that a reported 11 percent of Fox affiliates refused to show the new variety show from the Osbournes, “Osbournes: Reloaded,” because they said it was objectionable and not appropriate to run after the family-oriented “Idol,” which airs in the heart of prime time and is popular with everyone from small children to grandparents. Tellingly, the Osbournes’ show did not air again in its post-”Idol” spot on Tuesday night.
What will those same affiliates say when they get a load of upcoming musical guest [artist id="2583152"]Flo Rida[/artist]? The wildly popular, burly rapper has hit a home run with his latest smash, “Right Round,” a super catchy number that samples the Dead or Alive 1985 dance anthem “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).”
Here’s the thing: The chorus of the song can certainly be interpreted as a not-so-thinly veiled homage to getting oral sex from a woman, in which Rida raps, “You spin my head right rough, right round/ when you go down, when you go down down.” While much of the tune is about Flo Rida hangin’ with his boys, there are also lyrics about being in a strip club and throwing money at a dancer sliding down a stripper pole — not exactly the usual “Idol” fare.
A spokesperson for the show confirmed on Wednesday that Rida would be performing “Right Round,” but did not respond to questions about whether the more explicit scenarios in the song — such as a line in which Rida says “get dirty all night, that’s part of my thing” — would be censored or altered in any way during the show.
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