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Probs on "A.I." Set -- Release the Contestants!

3/11/2008 6:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The "Idol" rehearsals are on, and we're told the new set is amazing -- but it's got some big problems!

We hear the computers that control the doors to release the contestants at the beginning of the show are not working. Sources say come hell or high water, the contestants are coming out, but it may not be the way they planned.

We're also told there are two gyroscopes on the stage but only one is working. They are re-bolting portions of the set right now because it hasn't totally come together.

And here's the biggest problem. Did you ever buy a sofa that didn't fit in your apartment? We'll that's the problem they're having now, only on a much bigger scale. The set is too big for the small studio, so it has to be wedged in. We're told producers are freaked because even if they get it in they need to get it out for the finals in a three-day period -- the finals are held at the new Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A. That could be a big problemo.

We hear the set is amazing, but will it work tonight?!!!

Stay tuned ...

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raggedy    

boring

2356 days ago
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ME    

No accidents please!

2379 days ago
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Kelli    

WHO CARES! LAME AGAIN!

2379 days ago
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carmen    

stop ruining american idol for me :(

2379 days ago
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ME    

I hope they all trip and fall!

2379 days ago
6.

Ali    

boring....................

2379 days ago
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Ali    

come on give us a celeb picking their nose or something..........

2379 days ago
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diana degarmo    

can i bum a cig?

2379 days ago
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The Future Mrs. Archuleta    

I don't care about the set... I wanna know who hates who on A.I., what they are singing and more about DAVID ARCHULETA!!!


DONT FORGET TO VOTE FOR DAVID ARCHULETA TONIGHT!!!!!
GO DAVID!

2379 days ago
10.

T    

I am on the edge of my seat

2379 days ago
11.

Carie    

Lame is right...WHO CARES!

2379 days ago
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glasshalffull@att.net    

I used to love A.I., but it seems as though the last 2 or 3 seasons it's been s-o-o-o borning and predictable. This year I watched the first few episodes,.....but after that it got stale real fast. The powers that be even decided to cut back on the whacky audtion viewing,........that's too bad, because that, so far was the only thing that appeared to be interesting. In my humble opinion A.I. seems to have gotten stale.

2379 days ago
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Liz    

TMZ, you sound as though you have worked yourselves up over some problems AI is having..................Settle down, it will all work out!

2379 days ago
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Mrs Joe Jackson    

this is NOT bulletin worthy... go back to the Ivy to look for Harvey Levin and the salad in his crotch.. it's much more interesting.

2379 days ago
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April Fouels    

There are several ideas being discussed....A replaceable paper that the contestants break-through as entering, and manually opening the doors, because computer-operated doors are a fire-code violation, the gyroscpoe is /are being concidered for replacement by laser-optics /mirrors, this one is the best, one idea was to chain-saw the opening larger, another idea was to hoist the couch over the top of the studio wall. NONE of these have been agreed on as of yet.

2379 days ago
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