Thursday outside the Frank Erwin Center, a horde of zombies attacked the "American Idol" auditions....
The pop-star wannabes were largely unimpressed. "I don't get it," said Jacob Gandia, a singer.
Muntean organized the zombie horde using the online forum Craigslist. He posted an ad soliciting people who would like to "raise awareness about the brain-melting nature of television by pretending ... to be a zombie, and terrorizing throngs of vapid pop-star hopefuls at the 'American Idol' auditions."
Muntean says that the event, although meant to be subversive, was mostly for fun.
Little did the zombies know that the "American Idol" organizers had seen the Craigslist ad.
"We've been on 24-hour zombie watch," said coordinating producer Patrick Lynn. "We thought it would be fun to have them on the show."
And that is how the zombies ended up squatting down on the concrete of the Erwin Center's second level, signing release forms to allow their images to be broadcast by Fox TV.
they got co-opted
The zombies - all except for Plan II senior Mike Ferstenfeld - signed release forms to appear on Fox TV.
"We've turned into prostitutes for 'American Idol,'" Ferstenfeld said.
When asked why he decided not to be filmed by the "Idol" crew, he said, "Oh, I don't know."