Adele has sold approximately ninety zillion (give or take) copies of her instant classic 21 this year, so it’s no surprise that she’s playing to sold out venues all over the world. Some of her more famous fans were spotted attending her concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles last night! Dianna Agron looked stunning and see-throughy in a mildly scando sheer top, while Glee-mate Amber Riley took a more wrapped up approach in a colorful flowery blouse. Some stars made a romantic evening out of it, as Jessica Simpson showed up with fiance Eric Johnson on her arm, and America Ferrera brought along her hubby, Mr. America Ferrera (sorry, we mean Ryan Piers William). Fellow world-shaking Brit Robert Pattinson was rumored to have attended, but sadly gave the paps the slip. But many other celebs didn’t! Check out the gallery below to see what other stars came out to groove to Adele.
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Two of our favorite blonds are teaming up for NBC’s new show Fashion Star. Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos will act as mentors — a la The Voice — to wannabee fashion designers. Elle MacPherson is set to host the show, which will also offer up contestants’ designs for purchase each week. Says executive producer Ben Silverman, “Jessica, Nicole, John and Elle make the most exciting team we have ever worked with on a reality television show and we are thrilled to feature such an extraordinary group of mentors and designers.”
Yes yes yes and more yes! We’ve already witnessed Nicole and Jessica make TV (and fashion) magic on their own, so we can’t wait to see them in action together. NBC — find a way to work in Chicken of the Sea, woncha please?
We giggled a bit after reading that Jessica Simpson declared herself a “businesswoman.” After all, this is the woman who will forever be burned in our brain as someone who thought Chicken of the Sea tuna fish was actually chicken. But then we read how much her brand has raked in – $750 million worldwide!!! – and we almost keeled over and passed out in a pile of our credit card bills. Pardon us for ever doubting you, Jess. What you lack in commonsense you clearly make up for in fancy business lady knowledge. Would you be interested in maybe buying us lunch and paying off our Visa card?
Jessica told Us Magazine that, “This year, I’ve taken time for myself to enjoy being engaged and in love and being a businesswoman instead of an entertainer.” She also apparently spends a decent amount of time actually working on her designs (clothes, shoes, bags, etc). “I’m in the workroom in [L.A.'s] Westwood a few times a week from 11 to 7 at night,” she says. Jess was recently Paris, seeking inspiration for her line. We’d be annoyed, but are so impressed by her actual work ethic that we don’t really mind. “Nothing goes out without me seeing it or my mom [Tina Simpson, cocreative director] seeing it,” says Jess.
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We’re so psyched for Simon Cowell to come back to TV that we keep forgetting that other judges have to sit up there on The X Factor with him. Jessica Simpson doesn’t have that problem, though, since she really wants to be one. “They have definitely talked to me about X Factor,” Jessica told WWD. “I think it would be a lot of fun. It’s definitely my life. To be a mentor for up-and-coming artists is right up my alley. I would have loved to have a mentor. I love watching people’s dreams come true.” Hey, if Papa Joe Simpson wasn’t a mentor, what was he?
If Jessica did manage to get a spot next to Simon, she’d have to know she was a second choice—Simon made clear to TV Guide that he wants Nicole Scherzinger on The X Factor. “I want her to do it, but we’ve got to get the deal done and find someone she has chemistry with. But I absolutely adore her. She was fantastic on the U.K. X Factor and I’m hopeful it will happen.” It might be ironic for Nicole to push new talent into record deals when it took her four years to get her own solo album out (Killer Love finally dropped this month), but a high profile gig like this certainly couldn’t hurt her singing career. At least Jessica Simpson can console herself with being a billionaire—in the eyes of people who don’t understand how “fashion empires” work.
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Imagine you’re a young singer just trying to make it in the entertainment world, when all of a sudden someone tells you that you can make a fortune if only you star in a video where you’re scantily clad and writhing around, all sweaty, grunty and short of breath. Of course you’d say yes, this is L.A. But then you’d come to regret it, and try to prevent the public release of this tape years later. That’s exactly what Jessica Simpson is doing with an exercise tape she filmed in 2005. Wait, you didn’t think it was a sex tape did you? Get your mind out of the gutter.
Simpson made a workout video six years ago for a company called Speedfit, but once it was finished, she blocked the release of said tape because she felt it “was not good enough to be sold.” This led to a long court case which only just ruled in Simpson’s favor in 2010. What could possibly be caught on film that Simpson was willing to spend five years in court battling over? We aren’t sure, but you may get a chance to see because a man named Ed Meyer bought the rights to the tape from Speedfit and is threatening to release it. Simpson’s lawyers have warned him saying “You have no enforceable rights of any sort in the so-called Jessica Simpson exercise video From Speedfit,” and they plan legal action against him if he makes it public, but we have to admit, this only makes us want to see this mysterious exercise tape even more.
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You know those rom-coms that end with everyone getting married? Well, another member of Jessica Simpson‘s supporting cast is headed to the altar. Footballer Tony Romo, who dated Simpson from November 2007 until the summer of 2009, has announced his engagement to former Miss Missouri Candice Crawford. This news comes only a month after Jessica announced her own engagement to Eric Johnson, which happened two weeks after her ex-husband Nick Lachey revealed he was engaged to Vanessa Minnillo. You can’t make this crap up.
Though we’re sure Jessica will make the same game face Nick does when people ask him about her nuptials, we wouldn’t be surprised if she’s less than enthused. After all, Her split from Romo was blamed in part on her desire to get hitched (that and Joe Simpson‘s football advice). Hopefully Candice Bergen won’t schedule everyone for the same day and location.
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The National Enquirer says Jessica Simpson‘s plans to marry Eric Johnson have been thrown into disarray as Eric doesn’t want to sign the prenup Papa Joe Simpson is demanding. “[Joe] is insisting Jessica sign a prenup to protect her surprisingly large fortune, which is nearing a billion dollars because of her thriving fashion empire.” What the hell? A billion dollars? Maybe the government should stop borrowing from China and see if she’ll fund our education system!
Seems the Enquirer missed the news that Jessica’s nowhere near a billionaire—just because your name winds up on a billion dollars worth of clothing sold, that doesn’t mean you keep all of the cash. Still, the $20 million Forbes guesses she’s making could reasonably make Papa Joe paranoid. “Jess thinks a prenuptial agreement is unromantic and a bad omen. She doesn’t want to make Eric sign one—but her dad IS adamant.” See, if she really was a billionaire, there’d be plenty of cash to go around.
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This year, Jessica Simpson’s vegan Thanksgiving plans with fiance Eric Johnson mark the first Turkey Day the two will have spent together as a couple…as well as the first where Jessica didn’t get to tear into a warm, delicious turkey like a rabid raccoon. While on Jimmy Fallon’s show last night, Simpson complained, “After getting out of the NFL, [Eric] went to this healer and is very healthy. For Thanksgiving we have to make a Tofurkey! It doesn’t sound right! It’s gonna be jiggly and weird.” Jeez, Jessica, just suffer through one day of tofu and you can go back to normal, non-jiggly meat foods. Like hot dogs. Besides, there’s always vegan pie. Just eat 12 slices. We’ll be doing that anyway, and we’re not even vegan!
Simpson also explained that where she’s from, “veganism” actually translates into “bacon on the side, please.” While Jessica admits “when [Eric] cooks vegan, it’s good,” she explains,”I’m from Texas Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I’d fry a steak. We eat all casseroles and giblets!” We hope the happy couple has a great holiday, but even more than that we hope Jessica enjoys her first Thanksgiving meal where one of her relatives’ hearts doesn’t burst like a water balloon from a massive giblet overdose.
Jessica Simpson weathers a lot of criticism for her brains, body and, yes, even her bodily functions. Remember the time US Weekly made an actual news story out of her farting in a meeting? Poor Jessica has made the news again for something beyond her bodily control, this time for getting sick while she was in the middle of performing for the U.S. troops on board the USS Harry Truman in the Persian Gulf last week. A source said “She was dehydrated and got sick before she performed — and even got an IV. The doctor told her not to sing, but she did anyway.” After one song, Simpson vomited from the heat, which was close to 100 degrees, and from dehydration.
Clearly she didn’t let her sickness get her down, because she Tweeted later in the week after her visit ended “Feel so humbled by the sacrifice the troops and their families make to keep us safe. I’m forever changed after this last week. Thank you!”
As a hilarious, you-can’t-make-this-up epilogue to the story,Ã‚Â Simpson’s latest Tweet is actually a link to a story about how to fart less. God love this girl. Glad she’s feeling better.
Dear people who love American Idol and people who report on American Idol,
We mean no disrespect because we are one of you, but hear us out. All this speculation about who is going to replace Simon Cowell has to stop. We went through this last year when the big question was who would replace Paula Abdul, remember? And it turned out that while, yes, Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham and Avril Lavigne did indeed appear on the show last season, they were just guests, not the new Paula. So let’s cool it with the “Who’s going to replace Simon? Is it going to be Justin Timberlake? Is it going to be Harry Connick, Jr.? Well? Is it?” stuff, because we should all know by now that we’re not going to get the answer we’re looking for till at least the fall, but more likely sometime in December, weeks before the new season airs.
So far, we’ve heard that Bret Michaels could replace Simon. And Elton John. And Chris Isaak, Shania Twain, Guy Oseary, Tommy Mottola, the aforementioned Harry Connick, Jr. and Justin Timberlake The latest news today is that Jessica Simpson is in the running for the job, too. This short list, it ain’t so short anymore. In fact, it’s sort of comically long and varied and is surely going to create so much hype that when the real successor is named, it’s going to be a let-down. Let’s do ourselves a favor and channel our energy elsewhere for the time being, because on the off chance they name someone who is like, a songwriter or producer we’ve never heard of, we’re all going to be bummed out by the non-name recognition. Call it the DioGuardi Effect if you will. It’s bad enough we’ve lost Simon, let’s not make things worse by getting our hopes dashed on a daily basis false news of his replacements too.