Paula Abdul: “Four Judges Doesn’t Work”

According to Paula Abdul, they’ve got one too many people on the American Idol set right now. “We tried four judges before and it doesn’t work,” she told OK! Magazine.

Kara [DioGuardi] and I have known each other for years and we get along great, but we tried four judges before [with Angie Martinez] and it doesn’t work. It takes up so much time for each of us to give our opinion that it slows down the pace of the show.

We think the problem is that new addition Kara, instead of giving a more technical critique, has been spouting Paula’s trademark “you look great…you’re a star” gibberish. It makes the OG more than a little redundant. Instead of fighting back, Paula may see herself as the odd one out. “It is the last season of my contract, and I have so many other things I want to do,” she said.

For instance, singlehandedly changing the music industry. “I will be releasing an album later this year, one single at a time. I am going to revolutionize the way that music is delivered.” And there’s always the chance for romance. “I look at couples like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and see what I would like to have: a beautiful, lasting relationship that doesn’t require a piece of paper…I’d love to have children with that soul mate. Adoption is definitely an option.” If she crosses “taking Simon’s shit” off her itinerary, we understand.

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Kenneth The Page Mocks Bobby Jindal With Jimmy Fallon

What a week for Bobby Jindal. Last Friday, the Louisiana Governor announced that he would decline almost $100 million in stimulus money intended for unemployment insurance coverage—not because he wants to run against Barack Obama in 2012, but because he’d have to raise taxes (if he continued the increased coverage after three years), and really, unemployed people have plenty of health insurance in Louisiana. On Tuesday, he presented the Republican response to Obama’s State Of The Union address in a goofy, condescending drawl that inspired those expecting a new Republican leader to stand up and shout “dude, you sound like Kenneth from 30 Rock.”

Many suspected Jack McBrayer, the actor who plays Kenneth, would mock Jindal on SNL a la Tina Fey‘s impression of Sarah Palin. But while SNL guest spots might help 30 Rock, there’s an NBC has a show that needs 30 Rock‘s help—Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The Conan replacement only exists in cyberspace until March, but that didn’t stop McBrayer from stopping by to give Kenneth’s take on the whole Jindal “hoo-ha.”

I just want to say I’ve been reading all the internet hoo-ha about how this is supposed to sound like me, and I just don’t get it. I sound more like an outdoorsy lumberjack or a Clark Gable. This Jindal sounds like a real Guber…natorial representative.

Jindal has yet to react to the bipartisan mockery his speech has received, or the surprise over a Hurricane Katrina witness mocking the idea that volcanoes are worth monitoring. He’s probably too self-conscious about his voice to even speak—and this clip isn’t going to help.


Kate Moss: 24 Hour Party Person

It’s exhausting being hard-partying supermodel Kate Moss! When you’ve got a reputation as the biggest boozing social butterfly of them all, keeping that image going requires commitment, endurance and a liver made of steel. Just looking at her last 24 hours makes us feel tired.

  • Go to babydaddy Jefferson Hack‘s magazine party. Bring new boyfriend Jamie Hince. Leave him apparently to fend for himself “aimlessly.”
  • Leave party at 3am. Go to Lily Allen’s ex Jay Jopling’s house party instead and leave at 5am looking totally wrecked a little worse for wear.
  • Wake up! Throw on a baggy pink jumper and still look amazing. Hook up with another friend, go shopping in Primrose Hill, not forgetting to stop off in the pub.
  • Time to go out again — see Jude Law’s ex-wife Sadie Frost perform in Madonna play in the West End. Go out for more drinks later at the Ivy Club.
  • Get home. Wonder who this small girl who looks a bit like me is. Realize is daughter.

OK, we made the last one up. But blimey, we’re still impressed by the woman’s sheer resilience.  [Photos: Splash News Online]

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Good News Day – Slumdog Millionaire Style!

The amazing Slumdog Millionaire just can’t shrug off that Oscar glow. Fresh from the news that the adorable child stars are going to get their own houses in India is the incredibly exciting announcement that Dev Patel is going to appear in the ACTUAL television show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in the UK.  He’s reported to be in negotiations to play alongside director Danny Boyle to try and win a million quid for children’s street charity Railway Children.

“We were approached by Railway Children about doing the special — and we think it would be fantastic. Danny and Dev would play together, as with all our celebrity specials, but filming depends on their availability,” a production source tells The Sun.

Reports are also swirling that producers are planning a musical version of the hit movie — just like, er, Sister Act! — with profits to be ploughed back into the slums and kids’ charities. And Freida Pinto’s been signed up by Woody Allen to be in his next movie. And look – here’s a lovely photo of the kids at LAX, before they went back to India for a heroes’ welcome. Ahhhh. Can we take anymore feelgood news? [Photo: Splash News Online]


American Idol Recap: 5 Moments We Loved, Feb. 25

“It’s too late for advice now,” Simon Cowell ominously responded when Ryan Seacrest asked if any of the judges had a nugget of wisdom for this round of contestants. This week’s performances included a couple of seasoned performers, two single mothers, two high school students, a Norman Gentle, and a guy who has Kate from Jon and Kate Plus 8′s hair, only his is black. (But seriously Adam Lambert, the good news is that dogs across the neighborhood finally got a version of “Satisfaction” that they could hear properly, so thank you, feel free to retire now.)

5. Norman Gentle Rides Again

Much as we want Norman Gentle to stick around, we don’t think he’ll be here forever. As Ryan said after Norman groped the American Idol signage, “That’s the first time a contestant has gone to second base with our logo.” We loved his performance because he basically used the song “And I Am Telling You” to tell us he was not going. We love that as soon as he sang the words “I’m not going,” he knocked on plastic too. Plastic is just as good as wood in Norman’s world. He’s quirky and weird and yes, we agree with Paula that this isn’t the right stage for him, but we’d love to get a few more performances out of the guy to see how far he can get. Also, he called Simon “Sassy-pants.”

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Alana Love: Diary From The Bunny Ranch

(Alana Love started working at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada, in November. She has shared her stories and intimate thoughts with Scandalist readers exclusively in her Scandalist Diary. Today, she shares the biggest story of all!)

Dear Diary,

I have fantastic news! My healthy baby girl was born on February 8th at 2:29 pm, and I have named her Kylie. She was 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 20 inches long at birth.

Luckily, I had quite an easy labor. From start to finish, it was about five hours. I had to have an epidural – labor is painful – wow!

She is a beautiful little girl. Her hair is brown and her eyes are sparkling blue. Luckily, she is also a really well behaved baby. She wakes up once at night but sleeps non-stop. She is really good. I feel so fortunate.

Well, that’s all for now. Gotta get back to Kylie now. She is certainly taking all my time!

Alana Love

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The saga of Octomom Nadya Suleman gets more bizarre and warped by the day. Yesterday Nadya’s father appeared on Oprah and told O he has only $100 in the bank. Today, TMZ reports that Vivid Entertainment has offered Nadya up to 1 million dollars to star in a porno. Vivid has also offered to provide full medical and dental insurance if she becomes a “contract girl” and does multiple videos. When Nadya does anything, we all know she doesn’t do it just once! She’s already starring in a real American tragedy, is an adult film that much worse? [Photo: TMZ]

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The Slum-Living Slumdog Kids Get Real Houses

This kind of stuff normally only happens to characters in movies, but in this case it’s happening to the people starring in them. The two child stars of Slumdog Millionaire who portrayed the adult leads – Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail – are being rewarded for their on-camera work with new homes. Both kids currently live in slums similar to the ones their characters escape from, but their government leaders are about to change all that.

The head of Mumbai’s housing authority said, “Since the children have made the nation proud, they must be given free houses. The chief minister of the state has approved this. Their families will receive notification in a couple of days.”

Hurray! Free houses! Their new digs may not end up being super fancy, but Ali’s dad is still pumped, telling an Indian paper: “We are happy that we will have a permanent roof over our heads.” The adorable actors also have trust funds for college set up by the film’s director, Danny Boyle.  [Photo: GettyImages]

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American Idol Group 2: Meet Your Contestants

Last week the first group of 12 contestants competed on Idol and only 3 were chosen to move on. Now it’s time to meet the next 12 contestants, including  Jeanine Vailes, Adam Lambert, and Allison Iraheta. Check out the gallery below and tell us who you think is going to move on!

[Photo: FOX]

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