It sure looked staged or rehearsed to me. If anyone taped AJ, it was the part right after Tori performed, and Ryan went to interview Taylor(the only person in the group then), Let me take you through it, Ryan walked over to the couch to sit down next to Taylor, and he goes, "Good to see you" and she goes, "You to" now stop at this moment, the way her posture is and the amount of time she answered it shows it was more plastic, than casual. If that hasn't convinced you, check this out, it gets more suspicious.... Ryan then goes, "Well, how does it feel to be in the group?" and watch Taylor closely here, she's not even looking at Ryan, she is looking off to a distance as if she's recollecting a script that she's supposed to follow, and watch her closely, this is what gives it away even more, she goes, "I'm really really excited because all my dreams are coming true." During that sentence, watch her expression on her face. It was like robotic, like she was reading from memory, and at the ending part where she goes "......all my dreams are coming true" she looks off into the audience reluctantly as if she was wondering if the audience was buying it or something. And then she puts on this fake smirk, as if she was thinking, 'I hope I said it correctly.' Then after all this, she looks back at Ryan, smiling proudly as if she got all her lines correct. Usually kids that young (even adults), in an un-rehearsed interview, kind of stumbles between answering questions or kind of think about what they are going to say, before they say it, especially in front of a big crowd, but during the entire interview, Taylor was replying with quick precision. It looked like it was rehearsed, like she knew what the questions and her answers was going to be ahead of time.
If anyone taped it, check it out and tell me what you think.