Ellen DeGeneres finally made her highly anticipated debut as a judge on American Idol. Ellen, 52, made her debut alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi on the Monday night Hollywood episode.
The TV Host brought her sense of humor into judging the contestants, telling Skiiboski, one of the more memorable contestants from the Idol audtions — “You frighten me,” she told him. “You were like a leopard behind a cage.” Ellen continued, “Sexy and scary — it’s a fine line.”
And so much for the alleged tension that has been reported between Ellen and fellow judge, Simon, as the two seemed to get along rather well last night, even joking with one another at times.
Ellen recently told Entertainment Tonight she is “getting good at delivering bad news” to Idol wannabes. “I’m trying to do it in a tender way,” she says. “I hate hurting people’s feelings, so that, I think, is the hardest part.”
TELL US – THE QUESTION OF THE DAY IS DID YOU ENJOY ELLEN AS A NEW JUDGE? DID SHE DO WELL?
Could the King of Radio be making his way to American Idol? It seems so as Howard Stern confirmed on his Sirius Satellite radio show Monday afternoon that he is indeed being considered as a possible replacement for Simon Cowell when American Idol’s tenth season begins in 2011.
“There’s not a better job on the planet than judging that f—ing karaoke contest,” Stern said. “It might be possible, we’ll see,” he said, adding: “They’d have to pay me a ton of dough because I already make a ton of dough.”
This seems even more possible as Howard’s five-year, $500 million contract with Sirius expires at the end of this year. So how much does Howard need to replace Cowell? “A $100 million to judge a karaoke contest? Yeah, I would do that show for $100 million,” said Stern referring to a Fox news report that Idol would need to match his current salary.
$100 million a year salary however seems highly unlikely as even Cowell was not earning close to that.
Stern also reveals he would no longer do radio if he got the AI job, “If I do say do myself, I can’t imagine anyone else but me replacing (Cowell),” Stern said. “I mean, I don’t know. How else are they going to make that show work? Who knows how to broadcast and who knows how to be interesting? And who’s not afraid to speak their mind?”
TELL US – WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE STERN REPLACE SIMON?
The Los Angeles auditions of American Idol brought us what seemed like some serious tension between guest judge Katy Perry and Kara DioGuardi. Katy even threatened to throw a Coke at Kara for singing her hit “I Kissed a Girl.”
Days later, Kara is now speaking out and making it clear all is well between the two ladies, and that the two were just joking. “People actually think that I was upset by this — like there was tension,” Kara, 39, said on Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show.
“I think that it’s really good that she disagreed with me,” continued Kara. “I think that it’s important that people have different opinions or else who wants to watch the show? It’d be boring.”
According to Kara, who also happens to be a songwriter-producer, she has known Katy for a long time and the two have worked together in the past.
Moving on to other news, did Katy have a reason for really turning it on during the LA auditions? It seems so as the 25 year old singer tells MTV she would love to permanently replace Simon Cowell as an Idol judge.
Katy told MTV that the experience was “awesome” and “if I was offered that job as a permanent host, I would ditch my career and take on that career.”
TELL US – WHAT DID YOU THINK OF KATY’S APPEARANCE ON THE SHOW? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HER REPLACE SIMON?
Joe reveals he had a great time as a guest judge once he learned to be candid with the contestants about their performances.
“[I was] a little nervous at the start because I was kind of afraid I was going to hurt people’s feelings,” said 20 year old Joe to Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show Monday morning. “You have to really be honest. At first, you feel bad, because you see these people come through, and they just want it really bad. The first few, I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’re great.’ Towards like five [people] in, you have to be like, ‘I’m sorry, no. This isn’t for you.’”
Joe said though some of the performances were pretty bad, there may have been a diamond in the rough. “There were a couple of people that walked through the audition room whose voices were just so different. I’d never heard anything like it,” he said. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, this guy could totally win it.’ “
Very bad news for one American Idol contestant that reportedly made it into the top 24.
Michael Lynche (a.k.a. Big Mike) was reportedly cut from the show after his father revealed to his local Florida paper, The St. Petersburg Times, that Michael had made the top 24 — a violation of American Idol rules which requires the singers and their families to keep the Hollywood week results quiet until they’re broadcast on TV.
This report comes from Joe’s Place, the same website which recently revealed the top 24 Idol finalists. The site says Michael was replaced in the top 24 over the weekend.
The semifinalists are chosen at the end of Hollywood Week, when more than 120 hopefuls who got golden tickets in regional auditions move on to round two of the tryouts.
Could the Semifinalists of American Idol’s ninth season have been revealed? That answer is yes according to Joesplace, who has managed to correctly reveal the identities of American Idol’s semifinalists for the last two years. He has now released the alleged names of nearly all of the ninth-season’s Top 24 semifinalists.
Four of those alleged semifinalist include contestants — Katie Stevens, Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodriguez and Jermaine Sellers — whose auditions aired last week during American Idol’s two-night premiere, from Boston and Atlanta.
This spoiler list is even more likely to be accurate because unlike previous AI seasons in which Hollywood Week occurred in the fall and ended with the final 50 contestants returning to California to learn their fates at a later date, this ninth-season’s Hollywood round took place just last week with the contestants learning their semifinalist status on Friday.
American Idol’s ninth-season Hollywood coverage which will feature the introduction of new judge Ellen DeGeneres, is set to officially begin airing on Tuesday, February 9, continuing into the following night. The top 24 semifinalists — 12 males and 12 females — will then officially be revealed on the February 17 show.
According to Joesplace spoilers, 20 of the ninth-season Top 24 semifinalists are:
– Lacey Brown, a 23-year-old from Amarillo, TX
– Michelle Delamor, a 19-year-old from Miami Beach, FL
– Lee DeWyze from Chicago, IL
– David Duke, a 23-year-old from Waxahachie, TX
– Katelyn Epperly from Des Moines, IA
– Andrew Garcia from Moreno Valley, CA
– Christopher “Chris” Golightly from Orange County, CA
– Tyler Grady
– Benjamin “Ben” Honeycutt from Ringgold, GA
– Casey James from Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
– Aaron Kelly, a 16-year-old from Sonestown, PA
– Alexander “Alex” Lambert from North Richland Hills, TX
– Michael Lynche
– John Park from New Jersey
– Ashley Rodriguez from Boston, MA
– Lillian “Lilly” Scott from Denver/Boulder, CO
– Jermaine Sellers, a 25-year-old from Joliet, IL
– Katie Stevens
– Haeley Vaughn, a 16-year-old from Fort Collins, CO
Sources reveal to E! News that the the show’s producers are seriously considering having host Ryan Seacrest double up as a host and judge as the producers deal with the question of how to keep the hit show afloat since Simon announced he will be leaving after this season.
“Anything is possible,” says an Idol insider. “Stay tuned.”
It seems having Ryan replace him as a judge was Simon’s idea as he told told Extra during a Monday interview that he feels Seacrest “actually would” have interest in replacing him on American Idol’s judging panel. “I genuinely think that if he could get off that stage quick enough to go into the judge’s chair, he would [host] and judge,”said Simon.
TMZ is also reporting that people are on the set of AI are talking about Pop Icon Elton John possibly replacing Simon. Apparently Elton knowing music, having a bitchy attitude, and being British all work in his favor.
Plus according to E! News, most readers would prefer Simon’s replacement to have a British accent. As of today, Ryan, Elton and the FOX network have yet to comment on the possibility of Simon’s replacement.
Sad news for American Idol fans as Simon Cowell has confirmed he will be leaving the hit show when his contract ends after the 2010 season.
This comes weeks after numerous reports speculated the AI ‘mean’ judge would be exiting the show. Simon will judge and produce an American version of his British hit music show,The X Factor. His new show is set to debut on Fox in Fall 2011.
“Because of that this will be my last season on American Idol,” he announced Monday. “I felt like doing something different,” he explained. “I want to leave Idol this year bigger and better than it’s been before.”
In an interview with Extra, Simon says money was not a factor in his quiting the show. He said he simply wanted and needed a new challenge. The Today Show reported Simon was offered 144 million dollars to do both American Idol and The X Factor, an offer he declined.
There are also rumors that Simon is courting former AI judge Paula Abdulto become one of the judges on the X Factor. When asked about those Paula rumors, he said: “I adore Paula. Whatever happens with her, I will be working with her in some capacity because I miss her.”
Simon was reportedly earning 34 millions a year as an AI judge.