“You get down to this point, and it’s always going to be hard, but I was
surprised,” Bergeron tells Zap2it. “I would have thought she was going to the
Bergeron generally knows about the eliminations beforehand — other than during the finale, when he wants to be surprised — and this was no exception. But that didn’t prepare him for how the news was received in the studio.
“I don’t think I’ve ever done this at the end of the show,” says
Bergeron. “I just said ‘I need a hug.’ Everyone was just standing
around. No one knew what to do.”
Contributing a bit to the awkward quotient was the judges’ offer for Brandy to return to the finals to perform her freestyle… for fun.
“That kind of landed with a thud,” says Bergeron. “I suppose it was meant with all good intention, but if I had just been stunned and found out I wasn’t going to make it to the final, the prospect of busting my butt to do a freestyle wouldn’t have much appeal. I would fully understand if they politely decline.”
Brandy didn’t comment on whether or not she was interested in returning with a freestyle, but it was clear during the broadcast that she was still digesting the news.
“I thought Brandy wanted it more than anything, quite frankly” says Bergeron, “which made it very hard.”
We’ll have more from Bergeron between now and the Nov. 22 finale.
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