Jennifer Lopez has been growing on us lately now that we see her (glowing, flawless) face on our TV while we watch American Idol this season. We have genuinely come to like her as a judge and somewhat regret our previous posts about how she is anything but Jenny From The Block. But let’s face it, as much as she claims she’s still keeping it real or whatever, the woman is going to President Obama’s White House Superbowl party this Sunday, something that the rest of us don’t have the privilege of doing.
Among the 100 or so invited guests who plan to eat The Presidential Sliders and 1600 Layer Dip (Get it? Because of the address? Anyone?) are J. Lo and Marc Anthony, as well as members of Obama’s staff like Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Sounds like an eclectic bunch, but we’re pretty sure that by the end of the night there will be one thing they can all agree on: Go Daddy commercials are still mind-bogglingly bad, no matter what political party or sports team you’re loyal to.
American Idol opened with an apology for Steven Tyler‘s “outrageous behavior” last night, which begs the question: what about Steven Tyler isn’t outrageous? Turns out the hubbub was in reference to the new judge telling would-be contestant Jake Muck that his name “rhymes with something.” Woah—and Charlie Sheen‘s the one in rehab?? Actually, considering that Steven previously introduced us to the couplet “breathe fire and save matches/ f— a duck and see what hatches,” we have to assume the “apology” was a little tongue in cheek—and Steven’s certainly got cheek.
Fun aside, the real question is how Steven will handle it when the show goes live. Even with a couple seconds delay, it’s not like they can throw a logo over his mouth if a contestant inspires him to quote a bathroom wall again. The Aerosmith singer’s cunning linguistics are certainly more exciting than anything coming out of Randy Jackson‘s mouth, but last night’s “apology” might not be so funny to producers if he does something really naughty.
See the apology—and the offending meeting with Mr. Muck—after the jump.
If you’ve caught any part of the tenth season of American Idol, you’ve probably been pleasantly surprised by the positive vibes new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez give. Of course, it’s a little weird watching Tyler lip-sync to and flirt inappropriately with some contestants, but over all, they’ve proven to be solid judges, while Randy Jackson has clearly become the hard-ass with the snarky comments.
Jackson called in to Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show to respond to the comment that he was “mean” on last week’s show and in the process, declared that he’s not trying to be the next Simon Cowell, really, guys, he’s not. Jackson told Seacrest “I’m a very humble, kind, mild-mannered man and I just try to give people the honest truth. We have to feed it to them the right way…” He says the perceived meanness comes out when he’s confronted with an auditioner who isn’t a serious contender. “I think a lot of people sitting at home are probably like me, thinking, ‘Is this a serious audition or is this person just putting one over on us?'” So it’s in solidarity with the American people that Jackson takes it upon himself to shatter dreams. “I wouldn’t say I stepped into the Simon Cowell’s shoes,” Jackson continued. “I don’t think those shoes could be filled, nor would I want to be in them!” And truth be told, Simon was always far meaner than Jackson has been this season, but he’s definitely been the toughest judge this season. Maybe the change is in us. We’re so used to “You feel me, dawg?” that we haven’t become accustomed to this new, harsher Randy.
Did American Idol find this year’s Bikini Girl Katrina Darrell? Stormi Henley, 2009’s Miss Teen USA, split the judges with her rendition of “Father Can You Hear Me” last night. Steven Tyler loved it, praising her “beautiful, tight, squeaky little voice” while Jennifer Lopez said she was “gorgeous” but the voice “wasn’t strong enough” for her. When Randy Jackson joined Tyler to send Stormi to Hollywood, J. Lo lashed out. “Seriously you two? Seriously?” said yelled over their laughter. “That might be the smallest voice we’ve ever heard in five cities.” We’re on the fence ourselves—it wasn’t a dealbreaker or a dealmaker. Where do you stand on the drama?
Woah, remember this guy? Simon Cowell has done a good job staying on the down low stateside (probably a favor to his former co-workers at American Idol), but he’s still the top singing judge in England—The X Factor just won a National Television Award for Most Popular Television Show. With Idol ratings down despite the new blood, Simon’s eventual return to our TV screens for the American X Factor could prove lethal for the old show. Honestly, we miss him.
See photos of Cowell and his smoking hot fiancee, Mezhgan Hussainy, in the gallery below.
Does Ellen DeGeneres know about this? Alex Lambert got a lot of mileage from those (including Ellen) who thought he was booted far too early from last year’s American Idol season. But the singer says he’s hit hard times since appearing on the reality show, If I Can Dream. “Ever since IICD ended I’ve been kinda homeless! Sleepin on the street and behind buildings,” he tweeted. I have a choice to stay and persue my career or go back to texas and not do music! I’m usually a strong person but I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been goin to coffee shops and other stores so I can tweet to my snaf! Because to be honest! You guys are all I really have!”
Despite the alarm, Lambert clarified that he hasn’t thrown in the towel yet. “There’s no way I’ll ever stop making music as long as i live.. I didn’t mean it like that! I just want yall to know the truth!” Ironically, Lambert just won $5,000 for charity when he appeared on Don’t Forget The Lyrics late last year. Unless he’s been dropped by 19 Entertainment, the production company that runs both Idol and If I Can Dream, you’d like to think they could set him up with an apartment!
Tyler jokes about how ridiculous it all sounds to Letterman and how his Lunesta-snorting led to him falling off a stage at a show in 2009. Tyler says “It’s not any news here about my drug use in the past…So a couple years ago, I was doing Lunesta because of some problems with my feet. I was snorting that, I fell off the stage.” DOING Lunesta! Hilarious. He continued “That shows you what kind of a drug addict I was…only the finest for me…I was looking for any excuse to get high.” An incredulous Letterman laughs throughout, asking the questions on all our minds “Is Lunesta good for your feet?” and “When you snort it does it have some kind of different reaction with the body chemistry than when you swallow it?” (Answers: No and Yes.) We assume that now that Tyler is going to be on American Idol twice a week now, he’s got a reason to stay sober—if he falls off the Idol stage he has a much bigger audience watching.
We predict there will be tight t-shirts a-ripping and clumps of chest hair a-flying after Ryan Seacrest accused Simon Cowell of jealousy. The American Idol host claims that while a judge Cowell was “just so jealous of me… from Day One, he was envious of my career at such a young age.” Apparently now that Cowell is off AI and heading up The X-Factor, Ryan is under the impression Simon can’t physically hear the insults he says about him. Heads up to Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Who knows if Seacrest will take out his claws once you’re gone too?
Now that Cowell is off the American Idol set,Ã‚Â “There are less clouds of smoke. We start earlier. There’s less — what’s that English dish he always ordered for lunch? — Shepherd’s Pie,” snarks Seacrest. Hey! Shepard’s pie is delicious! Though Seacrest and Cowell were famously at each other’s throats the entire time AI was on air, last season seemed particularly tense between the two. After one extremely awkward encounter last March, Simon called Ryan Ã¢â‚¬Å“aggressiveÃ¢â‚¬Â on air, even asking him, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Do you want my job?Ã¢â‚¬Â Both tried to play the insults off as playful banter, but by the end of Season 9 we knew that dislike was genuine. Maybe this explains whyÃ‚Â Cowell locked horns with Ellen Degeneres when was on AI too.Ã‚Â He was just jealous of her sweet sexy dance moves.
While “head judge” Randy Jackson will undoubtedly still separate contestants into the “fire” and the “pitchy,” American Idol execs confirmed to the Hollywood Reporterthat much will change when the show returns with Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez later this month. While many of the Idol alterations were rumored by the same magazine last month (coincidence?), it’s now official that the Top 24 will likely be reduced to the Top 12 or 15, online voting is in the works, and contestants will no longer have to leave their genre of choice. “We’re not going to ask a country singer to sing an R&B song, or an R&B singer to do Led Zeppelin,” said new contestant mentor Jimmy Iovine.
While the contestants will indeed be living in a mansion together, it’s not clear whether American Idol will go full Real World on us as suggested. Other big news: a revamped set (shock!) and contestants singing more original songs—songs that will be released during the run of the show. Seems the producers have realized that, by the time a contestant gets an album together after the show, no one actually cares. “The sands of time are slipping through the hour glass and you want to capitalize while the public is so engaged in the story of winning or losing,” said Ron Fair. Only two more weeks before we find out how much sand American Idol has left!
As anyone who has seen Paula Abdul on TV can attest, the former American Idol judge has, at times, appeared to hit the bottle—booze or pill, take your pick. But in an interview with CBS this weekend, Paula opened up about her loopiness, defending herself against claims that she’s a drunk or a dummy. Paula says that it’s the misconception that she’s not intelligent that hurts the most. She says “Having a brain—that’s a concept, yes, with Paula Abdul. I have a brain.” She then discusses the fact that she isn’t a user or abuser, saying “I’ve never been drunk in my life. I don’t use recreational drugs.” See, she is smart. A dumb person wouldn’t qualify what kind of substances they use, so at least she’s open to admitting that she uses other kinds of non-recreational drugs. Check out the video and tell us what you think: is Paula just naturally “goofy”, or is she artificially enhanced?