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Thread started 03/25/18 6:05pm

rogifan

Why did Prince perform on American Idol

I never understood that performance. I know he wasn’t much of a fan of those shows so why perform on them? Did he ever explain it?
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Reply #1 posted 03/25/18 6:36pm

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Reply #2 posted 03/25/18 6:37pm

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It was probably in the deal he made with Universal records.He arrived at the last minute and left immediately after the performance.I remember it being rumored that they wanted him to be a guest mentor on the show but prince declined cuz he didn't like the show.
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Reply #3 posted 03/25/18 6:41pm

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It was probably in the deal he made with Universal records.He arrived at the last minute and left immediately after the performance.I remember it being rumored that they wanted him to be a guest mentor on the show but prince declined cuz he didn't like the show.


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Reply #4 posted 03/25/18 6:44pm

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dance4me3121 said:


It was probably in the deal he made with Universal records.He arrived at the last minute and left immediately after the performance.I remember it being rumored that they wanted him to be a guest mentor on the show but prince declined cuz he didn't like the show.


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Read it on here a long time ago
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Reply #5 posted 03/26/18 6:03am

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dance4me3121 said:

It was probably in the deal he made with Universal records.He arrived at the last minute and left immediately after the performance.I remember it being rumored that they wanted him to be a guest mentor on the show but prince declined cuz he didn't like the show.

That makes sense. I figured it had to be something like that, knowing he wasn’t a fan of the show. Maybe that’s why it was just him and the twins and not the full band.
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Reply #6 posted 03/26/18 7:47am

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i guess it was good P.R. move. He was really promoting 3121 at the time. I was very pleased and surprised that night! biggrin

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Reply #7 posted 03/27/18 8:08am

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Don't know why he did it. But he came on just before the final songs... and when he finished the look on his face said to me, "Hey finalists, good luck being better than that...."

Great for the viewers and tv tating. Awful if you are the next performer.

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Reply #8 posted 03/27/18 8:43am

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Why? That question is not easy to answer, as it looks at first sight...

That performance is part of his legacy and everlasting genius that he was. I would dare to say, that performance summarizes one little history of popular entertainment. One could write a whole essay on that...but its just hard to comprehend something of that caliber.

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Reply #9 posted 03/27/18 9:59am

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Why not?

The list of performance/interview TV shows that Prince DIDN'T appear on is far shorter than the list of those he did.

I agree that PR for "3121" was probably the main driver.

I still cringe when I see Ryan Sechrest saying, "That's it. No more special guests tonight. Definitely no one else is appearing. Wait! Who's that?" or whatever lame patter he had just before Prince came on.

The best thing that night was the Org thread about Prince rumored to be appearing; stuck in traffic; etc. That was awesome!

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Reply #10 posted 03/27/18 12:55pm

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but he revoked it with that biblical post he did online

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Reply #11 posted 03/27/18 1:37pm

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luvsexy4all said:

but he revoked it with that biblical post he did online

what post?

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Reply #12 posted 03/27/18 1:40pm

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luvsexy4all said:

but he revoked it with that biblical post he did online

what post?

the day of the show he posted on, i think, npgonline.....maybe someone else can remember exactly

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luvsexy4all said:

stpaisios said:

what post?

the day of the show he posted on, i think, npgonline.....maybe someone else can remember exactly



Yeah...he posted something about false idols, right? I seem to remember an "idol" reference.

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Reply #14 posted 03/27/18 2:14pm

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RodeoSchro said:

luvsexy4all said:

the day of the show he posted on, i think, npgonline.....maybe someone else can remember exactly



Yeah...he posted something about false idols, right? I seem to remember an "idol" reference.

YES anyone know what bible post?

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Reply #15 posted 03/27/18 6:23pm

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but he revoked it with that biblical post he did online


Did anyone ever confirm that post came from Prince?
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Reply #16 posted 03/28/18 5:19pm

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rogifan said:

luvsexy4all said:

but he revoked it with that biblical post he did online

Did anyone ever confirm that post came from Prince?

of course i was online at the time

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Reply #17 posted 03/28/18 5:50pm

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I remember being totally unimpressed with that performance

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Reply #18 posted 03/28/18 8:17pm

Germanegro

Free promo, by whatever instigation. He came in at the end, did his thing, and blazed the #%@! outta' there. Whatever. He probably didn't think much about it afterward. lol

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Reply #19 posted 03/29/18 6:12am

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I remember being totally unimpressed with that performance



Good performance just bad song choice.
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Reply #20 posted 03/30/18 11:01am

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was it this:

1 Corinthians 10:14, ESV Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

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Reply #21 posted 03/30/18 12:03pm

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I remember being totally unimpressed with that performance

Yeah, I think it was a mistake appearing with no band and performing with a backing track. I recall him looking a bit disheveled like he was taking a nap on the drive over. It was the first time I remember Prince not looking impeccably sharp in a performance. He also didn't rehearse with the tv crew so a lot of the camera angles and edits looked unprofessional. This is when American Idol was at its peak and he put on a less than stellar performance. I read comments on multiple sites and a number of young people didn't get what the was the big deal about Prince. I don't think it hurt him, but it didn't help either.

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Reply #23 posted 03/30/18 2:04pm

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Wlcm2thdwn3 said:

i guess it was good P.R. move. He was really promoting 3121 at the time. I was very pleased and surprised that night! biggrin

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Yes it's pretty safe to say that he wasn't excited about doing it, but just was trying to promote his latest album. I'm sure he didn't like going on "The View" either or many other shows.

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