Kelly and Michael: Oscars Behind the Scenes + Kristen O’Connor Idol


Kelly and Michael: Oscars Behind the Scenes

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan had a busy but fun weekend at the Academy Awards, and they shared a behind the scenes look at how their After Oscars show came together. Plus, American Idol‘s Kristen O’Connor performed in New York.

At 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, Michael Gelman presided over a production meeting. In the early afternoon, Michael got ready for his red carpet gig. Before long, he was rubbing elbows on the red carpet. Meanwhile, Kelly was getting into her dress before making a brief red carpet appearance.


Kelly & Michael: Oscars Backstage Live

Kelly and Michael: Oscars Behind the Scenes + Kristen O'Connor Idol

Kelly & Michael looked back on their fun whirlwind weekend in Los Angeles for the Academy Awards. (Helga Esteb /

Later backstage, Kelly talked with stars like Kevin Spacey, who joked that John Stamos is joining his show. Before she knew it, the show was over, and Kelly was ready to go out to some parties. By 9:30 p.m., Gelman was holding another production meeting.

Then at 1 a.m. Monday morning, thousands were lined up at the Dolby Theatre for the After Oscars show. Later, the hosts did a live update on Good Morning America, and then it was time for a whirlwind hour of highlights and interviews.


Kelly and Michael: After Oscar Special

The hour also included Michael’s first time ever holding an Oscar, which Lupita Nyong’o only let him borrow for three seconds. Then there was the fashion panel, featuring a team of expert guests.

It seemed like everyone in the crowd had a great time, and the Live! team posed for a photo on the Oscar stage once it was all over. What was your favorite moment from the Academy Awards this year?

Kelly & Michael: American Idol Kristen O’Connor

Kristen O’Connor did not earn the judges’ save on American Idol, but she did have the chance to perform “Turning Tables” on Live’s stage this Tuesday. The 24-year-old from Florida was shocked by the winter weather in New York. She was not completely blindsided by her elimination, but she still loves singing and intends to pursue her passion.


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