In a move that is bound to cause stress, Top 5 contestant Ben Hazlewood, has had his song choice for Pop week, an original that he had written himself, vetoed by the powers that be at 19 Entertainment one day before the show is to be recorded. It is our understanding that 19 didn't want an original sung until the Grand Final.
This late change has meant that Ben will only have one day to rehearse a song already cleared by 19 for use in the show - Teddy Gaiger's For You I Will (Confidence).
This has put Ben in a most disadvantaged position being 3 days behind the rest of the other contestants just because he put himself out there and if he goes this week then that will be an absolute crime.
However, the producers of the show, South Pacific Pictures, did go in to bat for Ben but were unsuccessful in convincing 19 that it would be a good move considering all the recent publicity surrounding comments from some of the NZ Music industry's heavy weights.
On a side note, the sixth season of American Idol which is currently in auditions is supposed to have a songwriting/original element to it this year.