Paula Abdul had got emotional trying to defend her act The Brewer Boys. The act had apologized that they had not lived up to the expectations of the judges. But Steve Jones didn’t let her finish.
“My producers were screaming, ‘We’re way over, we gotta move on, stop them,’” Steve Jones told The Hollywood Reporter.
He admitted that it was always going to be difficult to fit seventeen acts into just two and a half hours. Of course, judge Simon Cowell didn’t make the task any easier when he added an extra act into what should have been the X Factor Top 16.
Critics had blamed Steve Jones for not making time for Paula Abdul to finish what she was saying. But as the host exlained,
“I don’t want to stop these people arguing. It’s thoroughly entertaining. But we’re on limited time, so I had to stop her occasionally.”
He was just doing his job, he said. But he admitted Paula Abdul looked a little annoyed with him. He was, she said “cool” (as in, OK) with him after the incident on the first X Factor USA live show. Backstage, she said Jones’ actions were “a little awkward.”
What do you think to Paula Abdul having her words cut off by X Factor USA host Steve Jones? Was he right to abide by the timings production were giving him? Did he have a choice?