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Report: Victoria Beckham To Replace Paula Abdul

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Dry your tears, people. With lightning speed, Paula Abdul is said to have been replaced on American Idol by … drum roll … Victoria Beckham! Huh? According to the British tabs, the world-class singer (ahem) is going to take up the vacant judge’s seat for a few upcoming episodes.

“Victoria is hugely flattered as this is one of the highest profile gigs in America…Network bosses would love to give her the job full-time and it looks like it’s there for her if she wants it,” reports the Mirror.

How will this work? Maybe Victoria’s famous “gay man”  trapped inside of her will come out and deliver some waspish humor. Maybe she’ll announce that she’ll debut her smile if someone sings well enough? You gotta have a gimmick, and we’re not sure being super super thin is enough. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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R.I.P. Paula Abdul on American Idol: June 11, 2002 – Aug 5, 2009

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Take a good look at Paula Abdul sitting at that judges’ table, because she won’t be returning to it for season 9 of American Idol. After weeks of contract disputes, Abdul finally confirmed our biggest fear last night on her Twitter, thus giving Kara DioGuardi way more screen time than we see fit.

Paula wrote (tearfully, we assume): “With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to Idol. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day 1 become an international phenomenon. What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month I do without any doubt have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all.”

Honestly, we will miss Paula more than we care to admit, and not just because it means more Kara (we’d blame her for everything if we could) – Paula’s rapport with Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson was sweet and unpredictable even while being contentious, and was reason enough to watch the show. We will miss her glitter makeup and high necklines, her nonsensical, free-form poetic critiques, the palm clapping, the forgetfulness, the mustache Simon drew on her face last season, but most of all, we will miss not being able to reference MC Skat Kat in any of our future Idol recaps. ‘Tis a sad day indeed. [Photo: GettyImages]

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Lambert Pelted With Sex Toys On Stage

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We have never been the type to throw things onstage at a concert, mostly because underwear is expensive. But Adam Lambert fans aren’t so cheap (or shy) and these days, they’re throwing underwear, bras, and a whole lot of toys from babeland up on stage during his American Idol tour.

Lambert tells E! Online that he’s starting quite a collection of sex toys, thanks to his fans. “Somebody threw onstage a red-leather tasseled whip. . .And then the next night, I got one that was made out of, like, purple fur. It’s getting really S&M.” While he appreciates the fan fervor, he says it’s also a bit distracting while he’s trying to do his job. (We’d sure be distracted if people threw sex toys into our cubicle.) “Somebody threw a bra on during ‘Starlight,’ and, literally, it missed my face by three inches. Yeah, I am going to be a little bit more passive-aggressive, so I decided not to even acknowledge the bra that got thrown on stage, because I didn’t want to condone the behavior.”

Also, we get the whips and handcuffs that people throw, clearly Lambert can take these home for personal use. A bra though? That just seems like a waste on many levels.[Photo: GettyImages]

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DioGuardi Confirmed For Next Season Of Idol

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Kara DioGuardi isn’t letting contracts and salary disputes hold her back the way fellow American Idol judge Paula Abdul is – she’s just been confirmed for season 9. We give this development a sarcastic hand clap. Yay. No, seriously. Woo. A whole new season of Kara expounding on the difference between being an “artist” versus being a lowly “singer.” GREAT.

Last season we found Kara to be superfluous at best (other words that come to mind are “grating,” “needlessly argumentative,” and “excessively arm-wavy”). She  was a nice foe for Bikini Girl, but that’s about the only enthusiasm for her that we could muster. Let’s hope she doesn’t feel the need to write next season’s finale song like the epic fail of last season’s “No Boundaries.” Perhaps producers will realize it’s nice to set boundaries sometimes. [Photo: GettyImages]

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Paula Abdul Not Making Any Idol Deals

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If you were Paula Abdul, you’d probably be playing hardball with your salary too. With the recent news that Simon Cowell will be making $45 million per year and Ryan Seacrest will make $15 million a year, Abdul has also requested a raise for the 2010 season of American Idol.  Currently she makes $4 million a year and has requested $20 million. Sure, it all seems ridiculous in the real world, but in terms of equality, we’re with Paula – she certainly deserves as much, if not more than Seacrest. Cowell on the other hand, is obviously the driving force of the show and despite the fact that they are both judges, Paula’s salary would never match his. Unfortunately her offer was not met and even though she reduced her asking price to $12 million things are at a standstill, despite the fact that auditions begin in two weeks.

It especially sucks to know what your co-workers make and realize you earn less than them (even though we’d take $4 million any day), but in a gesture of solidarity, Cowell did say of Paula and the rumors that she would not star on the next season, “She’ll be on the show. I don’t get a lot of say. I’ve just made it clear that I want Paula on the show.” [Photo: GettyImages]

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Idol Contestant Killed In Hit-And-Run, Suspect Arrested

Everyone loves to make fun of the crazy American Idol contestants; the delusional and, at times, sad people who just want their slice of fame. Sadly, some of these stories end tragically. Last year it was Paula Goodspeed, the Paula Abdul-obsessed auditioner who committed suicide in front of Abdul’s home. This weekend we learned of the untimely death of one of Idol‘s more notorious wannabes, Alexis Cohen (Glitter Girl, to Idol fans), the victim of an unfortunate hit-and-run in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

Cohen auditioned at the beginning of Season 7 of Idol and famously spewed an expletive-filled rant and gave the double-bird to Simon Cowell and Co. after being told she wasn’t going to Hollywood. She reappeared at auditions for Season 8 and convinced the producers and judges that she has turned a new leaf and was a more calm and rational person, and when she still didn’t pass the first round of auditions, she went off on the judges yet again. She was ratings gold and the producers knew it, which is why they allowed her to be rejected a second time.

While her death is tragic and certainly no result of her auditions on the show, Cohen will forever be remembered for those appearances, and it makes you wonder if that first round of the show can be unnecessarily cruel. After all, Cohen, while seeking fame, ended up with infamy. She was found by pedestrians on the side of the road after suffering fatal injuries early Saturday morning. 23-year-old Daniel Bark has been arrested for reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Paula Abdul May Be Ditching American Idol

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While her singing talent may be questionable, there is no doubt that Paula Abdul is a fabulous reality TV judge. The quirky star makes American Idol interesting and enjoyable with her gushing commentary and kooky antics, and plays perfectly off of her cranky counterpart, Simon Cowell. Thus we were devastated to learn that Paula might be abandoning her judge’s seat on the show. Her manager has blabbed to the press that while producers are busy nailing down deals with the show’s other stars, they’ve yet to renew Paula’s contract. “Very sadly, it does not appear that she’s going to be back on Idol,” says David Sonenberg, adding, “…I find it kind of unconscionable and certainly rude and disrespectful that [Idol production companies Fremantle and 19 Entertainment] haven’t stepped up and said what they want to do.”

Sonenberg is clearly speaking out to rile her fans into action, and so far his plan is a hit. Fans of the show are taking their outrage to Twitter (where “KeepPaula” was a trending topic over the weekend) and even Ryan Seacrest - who recently scored a $45 million, 3 year contract -  is speaking out, tweeting, “I connected with @paulaabdul today…love u PA can’t imagine doing idol without u!!” [Photo: GettyImages]

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Anti-Gay Protesters Show Up At Idol Concert

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Apparently, limiting marriage rights in California isn’t enough for some anti-gay activists so they’re taking their message to concerts too, like this week’s American Idol concert in San Jose. A crowd of protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church (home of Fred Phelps, hatemonger to end all others) came to the Idol concert on Sunday to spew their hate and show America that listening to Adam Lambert will convert our children to homosexuality and turn us all into deviants. Clearly that’s why Lambert uses a fog machine, to confuse and disorient us all before taking us to the dark side.

Even though we will never understand what goes on in the minds of people who need to stand outside an arena and yell evil things, it warms our hearts to see that some people on tour aren’t standing for it. Fellow Top 10 performer Michael Sarver took to his Twitter to condemn the actions of the protesters, writing, “Funny how people think it’s a good idea to mess with a big Texan and his AI family. LOL Adam is just fine, shakes it off and so should we. . .We are together in this thing. You mess with one you mess with all ten. We are strong and we are 1. For those outside protesting I say do not judge less ye be judged yourself. Guys don’t mind these people, we are a strong family.”

See, now that just makes us sorry we didn’t vote for you, Michael! [Photo: GettyImages]

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Ryan Seacrest Is $45 Million Richer

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Why is Ryan Seacrest smiling so damn big? Well, he has forty-five million reasons to grin like that. Ryan has finalized a three-year, $15 million per year contract to continue hosting American Idol and develop programming for “Idol” producer 19 Entertainment. The deal, which triples Ryan’s salary, makes him the highest paid reality TV host in history.

Even though he’s got a $45 million deal, Ryan still keeps his side jobs – hosting as the face of E! and producing reality shows “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” and Denise Richards’ show, producing Jamie Oliver’s ABC reality show, and replacing Casey Kasem as the voice of “American Top 40″ radio, AND hosting ABC’s New Years Eve with Dick Clark.

When does the guy sleep? [Source: NYP; Photo: Getty Images]

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Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi Weds In Maine

American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, she of the enthusiastic waving and “Studio 57″ references, was married this past weekend in Prospect, Maine. DioGuardi and husband Mike McCuddy, got engaged in December 2008 in Mexico. McCuddy is originally from Maine and DioGuardi told People it was the only place she considered for her wedding “It’s so natural, so beautiful, so calm, so accepting. If all this went bad, I’d be on the next plane to Maine. You wouldn’t see me for a few years!” Only about 30 guests witnessed the ceremony which was held on Sunday.

Despite the serene, low-key setting, DioGuardi still managed to get a little flashy, wearing a Vera Wang dress and $250,000 worth of Neil Lane diamonds.