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Do American Idol Contestants Lip-Sync?

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Is it live or is it Memorex? That is the question that's been plaguing American Idol fans' curious little minds these days when it comes to the group performances at the beginning of the elimination show. Ever notice how sometimes what you see in those performances doesn't exactly match what you're hearing? Kind of made us go "hmmmm."

Well, we got the answer from an Idol source who tells us, "They do prerecord the chorus stuff. And they sing live their solos and sing over the track on live TV with the band playing live as well."

That's what a set source assures us, but wait until you read how Justin Guarini, runner-up from Idol's first season, explained those performances on Friday?

When talking about the group numbers, Justin said on TV Guide Network's Idol Wrap, the weekly recap show he cohosts with Kimberly Caldwell, this: "Every single year, we cannot stand the group performances. I know they can't stand it either. And I think what makes [the group performances] even worse now is that they're lip-synced. They're really prerecorded now."

Thanks for the dirt Justin! Really, thanks! Finally, someone said it.

Justin continued, "And you see them kind of do this with the microphone [he pretends to hold a mike away from his mouth] and they're not even holding it to their face and they're laughing."

But don't get him wrong. He thinks it's, as Martha Stewart would say, a good thing. "I think it's good because you know what? It's one less thing to have to sing, one less thing to have to memorize, and it's done during the week. They don't have to worry about it."

What do you guys think of this? Fire away below.

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