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Mount Prospect had to cut audio for DeWyze song, officials say
By Sheila Ahern | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 5/27/2010 12:48 PM

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If you're a Chicago music fan, one of the best parts of Wednesday's "American Idol" finale was when Lee DeWyze took the stage with the band Chicago.

But if you were at the Mount Prospect viewing party, you couldn't hear a thing.

That's because Mount Prospect had to cut sound for two to three minutes so Idol Correspondent Matt Rogers could speak from inside the crowd, said Howard Kleinstein, Mount Prospect's Cable Production Coordinator.

"If the speakers had been live, the tape delay or feedback would have been a big problem," he said. "This is a similar situation for someone who calls into a radio show and doesn't turn down their radio."

When the Jumbotron showed Chicago band members and DeWyze singing without sound, some in the crowd started to boo.

"I know it must seem like forever when you're just sitting there," Kleinstein said. "I know some people were mad."

The audio also was cut for a few minutes at the beginning of the show.

Mount Prospect officials told the crowd about the audio delay a few minutes before the show began at 7 p.m.

Rogers was supposed to do another live shot at the end of the show, but it was cut and just a crowd shot was shown instead.

"This is a part of the challenge of live television," Kleinstein said.