The top 24 competition has yet to officially began and there has already been a major shake up on American Idol.
Curly-haired contestant Chris Golightly was removed from the competition this week and replaced by Tim Urban in the Top 24. Chris is the 19-year-old Texas native who spoke in the audition rounds of living in 24 different foster homes as a child.“It has been determined that Chris Golightly is ineligible to continue in the competition,” says FOX in a press release.
The show’s host Ryan Seacrest echoed the same statement on his Twitter page, where he also announced that for the first time in the show’s history, the contestants will have MySpace, Twitter and Facebook pages on the Idol hub. Ryan did not elaborate on why Golightly was booted.
However, Joes Place Blog was able to score an interview with Chris and revealed the exact reason he got booted. According to Chris, he had an old contract with a Boy Band that expired in June 2009. Chris tried out for AI in July 2009 and when asked if he was entered into any contracts, he answered no.
After making it into the top 24 in January 2010. Chris’s former manager then called Chris and American Idol and told them that he still had a valid contract. Chris denied this but couldn’t find his copy of the release. American Idol unfortunately decided to cut Chris when he couldn’t prove he wasn’t under contract. Chris’s old manager ended up finding the contract release and emailed it to American Idol, but according to Chris, the people at AI are not taking his calls.
Even worse, Chris was told by American Idol he can no longer audition for the show again because he made the top 46.
Also, no word yet on whether or not Michael “Big Mike” Lynche was dismissed from the competition. It was reported back in January that he got the axe after his father revealed to a Florida newspaper that he made the Top 24, breaking the confidentiality rule of the show. As of today, his profile is still intact on Idol’s website.
What is to come tonight? Well we get to see the continuation of the fight or argument brewing between new housewife Alexis Bellinoand original housewife Vicki Gunvalson. Part of their exchange is below:
Vicki: “Is this gang (up) on Vicki day? Leave me alone.”
Alexis: “I’m just trying to help you.”
Vicki: “You don’t need to help me. I’m good. You don’t need to help me. You don’t even know me.”
Alexis: “Hmm. But yet, one, two, three, four-all girls out of the five say …”
Vicki: “Don’t count Lynne in. Don’t count my friend Tamra in, whom you just met. OK? Let’s get that straight right now. She’s my friend. You just met her. Don’t you dare put her against me.”
Alexa: “Don’t you dare say she’s not my friend. She’s my friend. She’s friends, OK?”
Tamra: “I’m friends with everybody. Friends with everybody. I don’t want to fight with anybody.”
Vicki: “I’m out.” Proceeding to leave the table and restaurant.
As you can see from the Bravo preview clip below, Alexis doesn’t back down to Vicki, ultimately leading to all the ladies going outside. Tamra’s attempt to become the peacemaker doesn’t seem to help much.
Must say I’m actually Team Alexis on this one. Vicki loves to dish it out, but turns herself into a victim the minute somebody dishes it back to her. Yes, Vicki has been a lot more likable and tolerable this season, but every now and then, that old Vicky rears its ugly head. She was rude to Alexis at Lynne’s dinner party, and Alexis has a right to call her out on it.
TELL US – ARE YOU TEAM ALEXIS OR TEAM VICKI ON THIS FIGHT?
RealitySteve is the same blogger who correctly revealed the correct finalists of the show early on during the season. According to the blogger, Ali has agreed to do the show and will start filming her Bachelorette season next month around mid-March. ABC is set to publicly announce the new Bachelorette within with next week or so.
In the meantime, Ali made an appearance on The Ellen Show this week and pretended to be unaware of her new role. When asked about rumors she will be the next Bachelorette, Ali played coy: “That would be so nice,” she said. “I would be so flattered.” And although her employer[Facebook] forced her to choose between Bachelor and her job, Ali says “If [ABC] were to ask me, that would be so great.”
The Bachelor host Chris Harrison also hints at this when he told TVGuide.com in a new interview that Ali would make an excellent Bachelorette. “I think she would be a fantastic Bachelorette. I like women that have loved and lost, have learned a lesson, and you have Ali, obviously beautiful, a very down-to-earth, career-driven woman who learned a great lesson about love,” said Chris.
And there you have it, Ali will indeed be named the next Bachelorette.
TELL US – ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THIS CHOICE? DO YOU WANT SOMEONE NEW AS THE BACHELORETTE?
“I am doing Playboy again… soon, very soon,” the plastic surgery-obsessed “Hills” star told RadarOnline. “I cannot wait to show off my new assets, I am very excited.”
Heidi also reveals she might be showing much more skin this time around. And what does her husband, Spencer Pratt, think of her new look? “It is who you are on the inside that really matters, this is just the shell at the end of the day,” said Heidi.
In other news, UsWeekly is now reporting that other Hills star Kristin Cavallari might have a serious drug problem. Above is a photo of Kristin taken just last month at a movie premier.
According to US magazine, the 23 year old hard partying reality star especially raised highbrows during Super Bowl weekend in Miami: “She was wasted the entire time,” a source says. “She was going around to everyone, asking them to score her some coke.”
Those close to Kristin say her drug use is becoming more and more obvious. “Her issues are becoming apparent to everyone,” an insider reveals. “She’s getting scary-thin and not showering regularly…She’s clearly unhealthy.”
Things have gotten to the point that her fellow Hills friends Brody Jenner, Audrina Patridge, Lo Bosworth and Stephanie Pratt have all urged her to check into rehab, to no avail. “She doesn’t think she has a problem,”says a source.
Another insider reveals Kristin’s drug problems might even become a storyline on The Hills. “Her drug problem finally became an unavoidable conversation topic on film. If MTV uses the footage, it will be clear to everyone.”
TLC and Jon Gosselinhave finally come to terms in their lawsuits against each other.
TLC released a statement today confirming it has reached a settled with theJon & Kate Plus 8 dad. “TLC has reached a settlement with Jon Gosselin and will be undertaking procedural steps to conclude the litigation. All terms of the settlement are confidential. The whole Gosselin family remain under contract with TLC,” TLC said in a statement released Wednesday.
This all started when Jon decided to ban TLC from filming his eight children last year citing an epiphany that she show was hurting them. Coincidentally this epiphany just happened to occur days after TLC announced it would no longer have Jon on the hit show, thus changing the name of the show to Kate Plus 8.
TLC alleged Jon had breached his contract and sued him. Jon in return filed a countersuit against TLC for millions. TLC won the first round as a Judge banned Jon from doing any interviews or paid appearances last December. We reported weeks ago that Jon was willing to allow TLC to film his kids again if they would drop their suit against him.
TLC’s Wednesday statement adds that “The whole Gosselin family remain under contract with TLC.”
Jon’s ex-wife, Kate Gosselin’suntitled show is still set to debut sometime later this year on TLC. The program will not focus on the couple’s eight kids. No word yet on whether TLC will now continue with Kate Plus 8.
Jon’s attorney, Mark Heller, released the following statement -
“Jon has expressed his desire to close the litigation chapter of Jon & Kate Plus 8 and although all terms are confidential, he is hopeful that TLC will move forward with the best interests of the Gosselin family. Sometimes litigants that kiss and make up find their relationship is better the second time around. As Jon’s attorney I truly hope that this new adventure for TLC and the Gosselins is a much more joyful journey.”
Vienna, who has been the rumored final pick of Jake Pavelka for weeks now, continues to be on the receiving end of numerous nasty tabloid stories. Us Weekly even went as far as to report last week that Vienna’s mother is a former stripper. The latest is now that Vienna had a secret ex-boyfriend whom she was obsessed with during The Bachelor filming. If this story is true, must say Vienna is a very good actress, because she seemed to be really into Jake on the show.
According to US Weekly, Vienna was obsessed with Lee Smith, her ex-boyfriend from back home in Florida, during filming. “She wants to get back together with him,” a source says. Not only that, multiple insiders reveal to Us that Vienna, 23, is still head over heels for Lee — to perhaps unhealthy extremes.
The “insiders” reveal that when the show finished filming in November, Vienna rushed home to reunite with her ex at his Florida apartment. Apparently, she wasn’t too happy to see her ex with a new woman, local waitress Cassie Chamberlain. “[Vienna] got so angry that she walked right into the house and went to the bedroom,” a source reveals.
Another source goes on to claim Vienna physically threatened Lee and Cassie. The couple “woke up to see Vienna standing at the foot of the bed holding a wine bottle, like she was going to hit them with it.”
So why did Vienna go on the show if she was still in love with her ex? “She was just on to be famous,” a source explains. “She never thought she’d make it so far.” Also Vienna apparently told her ex that “she’d be back for him,” as she left to do the show.
I’m not sure if I’m really buying this particular Vienna story, as she seemed genuinely into Jake on the show, but then again who knows? I must say, if Vienna really is Jake’s final pick as it’s been rumored, it would be almost impossible for them to make it with all these stories popping out each day. But then again Jillian stayed with Ed last season, so once again, who knows?
Slow news day folks. Two cast members of the mega hit show – Jersey Shore dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, when they both revealed they are not even Italian!
Snooki and fellow castmateJ-Woww appeared on Fox News’ The Strategy Room, during which J-Woww revealed she was Spanish and Irish, and not Italian. Even more shocking, she also shared that “Nicole isn’t and [castmate Ronnie Magro] is not full Italian either.” By the way, Nicole is Snooki.
So what nationality is Nicole/Snooki — who regularly describes herself as a Guidette — well that answer is Chilean.
It’s safe to say Italian-American groups will not be happy with the revelation of this latest tidbit. Mainly because they were already complaining about the use of the terms “Guido” on the show, which they had always believed to be widely offensive to Italian Americans. The show perpetuates “negative stereotypes,” UNICO National President Andre DiMino told Fox last year.
“If you replace Italian-Americans with any other ethnic group, would they use such a pejorative term to promote the show?” he continued.
This could prove to be rather controversial, as it will be interesting to see how people feel, mostly Italian Americans, about non Italians using the terms “Guido” and “Guidettes.”
TELL US – IS IT OFFENSIVE FOR NON ITALIANS TO USE THE TERM “GUIDO”?
In other news, J-Woww along with NJ Housewives – Dina and Caroline Manzo attended Kim Kardashian’s Bebe fashion Tuesday at New York Fashion Week.
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