'American Idol' Mansion Haunted or Contestants Just High Maintenance?

by Hilary Rothing, posted Mar 25th 2011 1:00PM
Flickering lights, a leaky roof and spiders, oh my!

After the season 10 'American Idol' contestants claimed living in the plush 'Idol' mansion was turning into 'Paranormal Activity 3,'on Monday night the show's producers moved the 11 'Idols' into less spooky digs.

After TMZ broke the story earlier this week, 'Idol' producers turned the whole to-do into a silly segment on the local news here in New York, after last night's insane results show. In fact, when Nigel Lythgoe and Ryan Seacrest took to Twitter to hype the "shocking" elimination hour, many feared it was the "haunted mansion" nonsense we'd be subjected to, not one of the best 'Idol' episodes ever!

Aside from the spider "infestation," flickering lights and the roof leak (caused by a recent rainstorm), the Idols claim they saw a bed sheet float down a hallway!

And this isn't the first time contestants have insisted the house is haunted. Season 8 contestant, Anoop Desi, told People that Alison Iraheta claimed to have contact with a friendly but mischievous spirit inhabiting the mansion whom she referred to as "Phyliss."

However, word among 'Idol' insiders is that the only scary thing about living in the $100K-a-month Beverly Hills mansion for the season 10 contestants was that the girls all had to share one bathroom (though the mansion boasts nine of 'em). That, the spider problem and the leaky roof are the real reasons the kids hightailed it out of there, apparently holed up in a hotel for the time being.

So was it an arachnid invasion, floating bedsheets or the fact that Lauren Alaina needs at least an hour in the bathroom to get "pageant face" on? Who knows, but we'd love to hear your theories in the comments!

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

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Simon who? I forgot about him.. hes outta there!

April 02 2011 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think NeverMind is right. Bring Simon back. I don't thing he would see screaming as singing and dancing around on the stage in some sort of monkey mating dance as Idol winning material. Simon must be screaming at the TV cause these judges are killing this show. These judges are congratulating ppl who I would never spend good money to see and picking on the really talented ppl. I think Pia has the most singing talent of the show even tho she isnt monkey dancing on the stage.

March 27 2011 at 6:02 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to DMan's comment

DMan, Adam Lambert was pretty wild and crazy and Simon loved him.

April 02 2011 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bring back Simon because these contestants need to hear the truth and they aren't getting it.....

March 27 2011 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I bet the spider would know which one to bite to send them back home !

March 27 2011 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is a nice old mansion, looks like it could use some tender loving care along with an insect exterminator. If the sheets are heading down the hall by themselves it sounds like it is time for a good washing in hot water and bleach I have heard that bed bugs are on a rise all over the country.

March 27 2011 at 2:17 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Donald Stapp

It's a good show this year and even the judges are great. I do feel that Casey should haved gone. My pick for the bottom three are Stefano, Jacob and Casey. I think there is favoritism for Jacob. He's not that good, yet Randy and Steve are all over him how good he is. He's more of a Church singer. Randy was all over Fantasia and Ruben when they won and where are they now?

March 27 2011 at 2:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Donald Stapp's comment

Donald, Jacob is a PERFECT singer--perfect pitch, perfect style, he's amazing. Are you serious, he's "not that good??" I'm amazed at what other people "hear" sometimes....

April 02 2011 at 11:18 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Evidently it isn't hurting anyone. Seems it's been there for quite a while; previous Idol's.
I've never seen one, & hopefully never do as I'm skittish at anything that jumps out at me. I do have a lot of moaning & creeking in my house. I have to wear ear plugs as I can hear an ant crawling on a blade of grass.
Ghosts are nothing new & should maybe be considered as returning messengers of history.

March 27 2011 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was so happy when Casey was voted off!..I was shocked they saved him.! America voted and said GET HIM OFF THIS SHOW!...Not fair..They should have saved that save for a really good singer in danger. Casey is sooo UGLY..He creeps me out! I hated him..bad ugly teeth ugly face..ugly beard..I hated him and was glad he was going like the rest of America...I bet he goes again next week. He is NOT a star material..Too UGLY and CANT sing!

March 27 2011 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The one who should have been voted out is the Rod Stewart wannabe. I can't understand what the fascination with that one is. Maybe next week?

March 27 2011 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Matt Rief

Totally agree. Why are they so in love with him. Paul Mcdonald had a farm please please please go home.

March 31 2011 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Laura, I seriously agree. Paul is okay, but we already have Rod Stewart, ya know??

April 02 2011 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think this season is overrated. So far, I have not been impressed by it at all. First, we have singers who sound the same, week after week, such as Pia, Scotty, James, Paul, Jacob and Stefano. I think the reason they sound the same is due to poor song choices. I mean, are Pia, Scotty, Paul, et al, actually picking songs to challenge them or just to get by? I think it's the latter. Second, the judges' comment have been very inconsistent. Although Jennifer Lopez may be giving excellent advice to Stefano, why haven't any of the judges called Casey out on his growling and screaming the past couple weeks? If they had, then maybe he wouldn't have come so close to going home. Why haven't the judges called out Naima and Jacob for singing out of key? Why haven't the judges told Pia and Jacob to stop screaming so much?: Say what you want about Simon but at least he kept the singers on track. A perfect example of this was Anoop Desai from Season 8. Simon called Anoop out on his horrible performance of "Beat It." So what did Anoop do? The following week he turned in one of his best performances of the season: "Always On My Mind." That was because of Simon's constructive criticism. Third, we have already gone through 3 weeks of the finals and so far, I do not think we have had anything that qualifies as a "moment" unlike last season which had Siobhan's "Paint It Black," Crystal's "Me and Bobby McGee" and Lee's "Treat Her Like A Lady", Say what you will about last season, but I feel the performances were better. I'm not saying the singers were better--but the performances definitely were!

March 27 2011 at 1:48 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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