December 19, 2012 01:04 PM PST
The X Factor: The Inside Story on Season 2′s Wildest Production Numbers
As Creative Director for The X Factor, Brian Friedman has to keep a lot of people happy: the show’s quartet of mentors, their various contestants and a demanding viewing audience. The key to his success, he says, is picking his battles.
“I feel like I’m editing myself every 30 minutes of the day. But you have to know whether an element of a performance is really important to the overall vision,” he says. “And if I know an act especially wants something, then I will do a little extra fighting.”
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Friedman took time out of his schedule to give TVLine an inside look at five of Season 2′s most lavish production numbers — outlining everything from sets and backdrops to choreography and safety supervision. Click through the gallery below to get the full scoop, and for all my reality TV recaps, news and interviews, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!
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Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" (Top 13 Week)
With a Movie Week theme and a song from the Top Gun soundtrack, Friedman says he wanted a concept that suggested aviation without being too literal. That brainstorm eventually led to an idea of Paige being plane-wrecked on a deserted island with a beautiful man. "And what better way to have her enter than by parachuting into the scene?" he asks.
There was some initial hesitation among the production staff -- being strapped into a harness "definitely affects your breathing because it's really tight around your body," says Friedman -- but Paige herself had no hesitation or complaints. "This is what she had dreamed of for so long," he explains. "There was never any sort of coaxing that had to be done to get her onboard with any of my plans."