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Kara DioGuardi Will Not Be Outdone

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American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi was responsible for penning the universally loathed season 8 finale song “No Boundaries.” We’ve spent countless hours thinking about how bad this song was, and we clearly weren’t alone — even Kris Allen opted to cut it from his set list during the Idol Summer Tour. Seems like Kara isn’t willing to let us forget the craptastic ballad though, she has re-recorded it on her own and released it on YouTube so America will have yet another version to deal with.

To be fair, her version sounds better than either Kris Allen or Adam Lambert‘s renditions. However, let’s face it, it’s still a pretty sucky song. What say you, does her rendition give the song the respect it deserves, or is it superfluous and pointless to release this three months after the fact? [Photo: Getty Images]

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Simon Cowell’s Idol Salary May Rise To $144 Million

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Most people in the world would be fine, elated even, to earn a $36 million salary, which is what Simon Cowell made this past season for American Idol. But when it came time to renegotiate his contract this year, rumor has it that Cowell knows the show would be lost without him and he’s gunning for more money, to the tune of up to $144 million a season.

Information about the contract negotiations has leaked, and Cowell reportedly has asked for three to four times what he made this year. Considering Idol rakes in about $900 million in revenue each season, what Cowell is asking for is just a drop in the giant, money-filled bucket. We assume the rest of that revenue this year, at least, went to Adam Lambert‘s costumes and fog machines. (We could be wrong.) If the Idol salary isn’t mind blowing enough, remember that is only one of Cowell’s jobs, he’s also a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and The X-Factor. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Gene Simmons To Adam Lambert: “Shut Up”

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Gene Simmons says Adam Lambert is “great and has a lot of talent,” but the Kiss bassist is clearly tired of talking about the American Idol runner-up. Plugging Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels on FOX Philadelphia, Simmons got annoyed when the newscaster asked how it felt to perform with Lambert on the show’s finale. “How it felt for him to perform with us, you mean?”

You just have to realize who the governor is and who the little puppy is. This kid’s great he’s a got a lot of talent. He doesn’t really have a rock’n’roll voice…he should be the singer in Queen or be on Broadway, but mostly he should shut up about his sexual preferences. Me, America and the rest of the world doesn’t really care. I mean if the story becomes “I prefer farm animals to…”, who cares? Be quiet about what you do indoors and go out there and sing.

Seeing as how Simmons has written a sex-filled autobiography, stars in a reality show and never hesitates to remind us how many women he’s screwed, it’s more than a little hypocritical for him to complain about Adam’s recent openness. Is he homophobic or just jealous?

Watch the clip of Simmons discussing Lambert after the jump.

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Did AT&T Help Kris Allen Win Idol?

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Angry Adam Lambert fans, here’s your conspiracy theory. AT&T representatives in Arkansas apparently gave lessons in “power texting” (sending multiple texts at once) to Kris Allen supporters at viewing parties, despite the show’s claim that votes created by “technical enhancements” would be thrown out. Since AT&T users are the only ones that can send votes by text, some frustrated Idol viewers are frothing at the contradiction.

While the hypocrisy is obvious, it’s hard to believe that a few rotten apples in Arkansas could have swayed the vote (which apparently wasn’t close enough for Ryan Seacrest to acknowledge on air). After all, DialIdol had Allen ahead by phone votes as well. But the company may have to make a sacrificial offering of a few local reps if the calls for blood continue.

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Clay Aiken Not A Fan Of Adam Lambert

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Whoever said Clay Aiken wanted to tour with Adam Lambert was wrong, wrong, wrong. The season 2 runner-up revealed to his fan club today that he is not a fan of the raven-haired shriek machine.

I only turn the show on once a season, and only to see what the set looks like each year. This year, I happened to turn it during the minute that Adam Lambert was singing “Ring of Fire” and, at that moment, thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful, and slightly frightening! I wasn’t really a fan and found myself surprised whenever folks told me that they liked him. Granted, I never saw another performance (and many folks who I trust said that he was great) but I can’t imagine I would have enjoyed it. Just not my cup of tea at all. To each his own.

He then went on to explain the victory of underdog Kris Allen over Lambert as “a battle between David and Goliath—my money is on David!”

Those votes for Kris were also votes to return the show to its roots of finding “real” contestants with undiscovered talent and giving them the chance to grow and shine. They were votes that said “we’re tired of seeing contestants who already seem to know it all.”

Is Clay right, or is he just sore that Glambert won’t make that album of duets?

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Kris Allen Wins Idol! No One Can Believe It!

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If only every American Idol episode was as good as THIS one! Is everyone as stunned as us that Adam Lambert didn’t win? (The judges sure seemed to be!) We’ve been anti-Adam all along but we always expected him to win so it was okay to feel that way. Now we’re just speechless. Except not really … Part two of the season eight finale was so jam-packed and full of entertainment, nary a moment could be called filler. Ryan Seacrest warned us on Tuesday to set our DVR’s to go overtime (Idol even showed up in our DVR as running till 10:07pm which we thought was hilarious – sorry Fox 5 news, hope there were no new swine flu developments today!) and we figured it would be loads of crappy appearances and 20 renditions of the already-hated finale song “No Boundaries.” But it was so much more. We have 10 favorite moments for you, but right now we need a moment to regroup from all this excitement. Way to keep us entertained, Idol. HOLY SHIT. Kris Allen!

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The Guy Next Door Vs. Guyliner: Who Will Win?

Ryan Seacrest‘s words, not ours! Last night on American Idol it was all about final impressions — Adam Lambert and Kris Allen needed to pick the right songs and hit the right notes to remind us why we like them. They both did a good job, but it was pretty clear that Adam did a little bit better. (God, it pains us to say that.) From his reprise of “Mad World,” which he originally sang during the “Songs From the Year You Were Born” week, to a toned down Sam Cooke song, he took a slight edge over Kris, whose jammy style felt weaker by comparison. If you joined in our live American Idol blog you would have been there for all the fun and the impromptu drinking games (more on that in a sec), but for now, here are our highlights.

Adam’s Performances

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Adam played the game smartly last night, he sang “Mad World” again, which was universally lauded the first time around and got the first-ever standing ovation from Simon Cowell. He also toned down the rock/glam aspect (okay, he sang “Mad World” while wearing a leather duster, surrounded by dry ice fog — he toned it down AFTER that) by singing “Change is Gonna Come,” a song chosen for him by show creator Simon Fuller. It was completely out of character but he handled it competently and the only way he knew how, with a few obligatory screeches. Paula loved it so much she threw an improv-mimed lasso around Adam though to rein him in and keep him locked up forever, presumably in the same dungeon where she keeps MC Skat Kat.

Kris’ Performances

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We think the judges are slightly abusive, the way they throw out their love for the contestants one minute, then they coldly rescind it the next, then are like “Baby, shh, we didn’t mean it, you’re great again.” That’s how they treated Matt Giraud and Lil Rounds for the entire show, and it’s how they’ve been treating Kris lately. After he sang “Ain’t No Sunshine,” everyone was all “Wow, awesome, you moved me,” but when he fell a little flat on his coffeehouse-ish rendition of “What’s Goin’ On?” it was like “Kris who? How did he get here?” Y’all might as well just wear “Lambert Lover” T-shirts, judges. It’s hard to keep up with your wavering, just admit you don’t give a crap about Kris.

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American Idol Finale: Live Blog Party

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Our resident American Idol expert Liz Black live-blogged the final face-off between Adam Lambert and Kris Allen. Click the play button below to get the blow-by-blow on how the show went down.

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American Idol: The Curse Of The Runner-Ups

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Whether Kris Allen or Adam Lambert wins, they’re both going to be big stars, right? Just like Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken. Like the Davids Cook and Archuleta. Like Kelly Clarkson and…Justin Guarini? More often than not, the runner-up on the show doesn’t wind up being the second biggest star. For all we know,  Jason Castro‘s upcoming album could blow Archuleta’s out of the water. Stranger things have happened—like Constantine Mouralis getting a Tony nomination.

Check out the gallery to see why—even if the winner has to sing to sing the cheesy theme song—Allen and Lambert better hope they ace tonight’s show.

Related Content: Kris Allen Vs. Adam Lambert—Who Will Win?

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Are Anoop And Megan Joy Dating?

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In a note about Adam Lambert introducing his “boyfriend” to fellow American Idol contestants at Outback Steakhouse, the New York Daily News says that Anoop Desai and Megan Joy were in attendance, and that sources claim they’re an item. Caw! Caw!

We realize that the whole Adam Lambert gay thing is taking up a lot of the collective imagination (maybe we’ll meet his friend next week!), but the idea of Anoop Dogg and the Rockin’ Robin spending sexy time together deserves more than a passing reference in a gossip tidbit. Paparazzi should be posted outside their hotels, waiting to see who goes in and out. Is it love? What does her son Ryder think? We need closure on this bombshell!

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