“American Idol” has definitely been drinking the DSLR Kool-Aid. I haven’t caught any of those cameras visible in the backgrounds of any shots so far, but it’s clear that the short depth of field shots they were using of contestants back stage last night were done with a DSLR. They have that look.
My only question is, were they also using a LensBaby? In some shots, the only thing that seemed to be in focus was the performer’s face. Everything else was blurry. That screams LensBaby to me, unless it’s a post trick, or that everything else in focus was so dark that it didn’t draw attention to itself.