Last week both Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced they were leaving American Idol to pursue their own careers. However, a new report claims they were actually fired in response to falling ratings – and Jennifer seeking yet another pay raise!
According to The Wrap, Jennifer who was paid $15M last season, asked for a $2M raise to return. In response, Fox said no way, declining to even make her a counter offer! As for Steven, Fox opted not to renew his contract as they are seeking new blood in the hopes of restoring the show to its former dominance in the music competition marketplace.
The rumors are swirling this week over a potential shakeup at the American Idol judges’ table. Yesterday it was former Idol contestant Adam Lambert and today it’s …Charlie Sheen? No, seriously.
The show is scrambling, trying to get Jennifer Lopez to sign on for another season, but other names are being tossed around if they can’t get her back. Some of the reported musicians/singers in the running: Miley Cyrus,Katy Perry, and Fergie. Rumor has it that Nigel Lythgoe has his sights set on Charlie Sheen.
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Holy smokes, the American Idol rumors are running rampant! Adam Lambert is reportedly being considered as a judge for season 12 of the reality competition show that made him famous. It would be an easy switch – Jennifer Lopez, who wants to be done with American Idol, moves out and Adam Lambert moves in.
“He personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start,” an unnamed source is quoted telling E! News. “He knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the judges’ comments, he has a human touch, and they know they can’t go wrong if they bring him on. He would be able to bring a unique perspective to the show. People love him.”
Some ugly rumors are spreading about Casper Smart, Jennifer Lopez‘s boy toy of seven months. A Hollywood nightclub Boulevard3 dancer is making claims on Twitter that Casper Smart is gay and only using the American Idol judge for her fame and fortune.
Well, if it’s on Twitter, it must be true, right? (rolling my eyes) You decide –
RadarOnline reports that dancer Joshua Lee Ayers, who worked with Smart in the 2010 dance movie “Step Up 3D,” insists Casper Smart is gay. Ayers started his campaign in March, posting a photo of Smart wearing shiny gold shorts, a sparkly belt, silky scarf, and a deer hunter hat. (Funny, for me, the only thing that stands out here from someone in Hollywood is the deer hunter hat! Maybe he’s secretly a hunter and keeping it from J Lo! Oh, the shame!) Also, there’s something stuffed down the front of Smart’s shorts. Ayers posted the photo with the caption: “Check out Ur boy… And his low key homo ways.”
American Idol winner Phillip Squared is headed into kidney surgery today according to TMZ. Phillip has had eight operations on his kidney as a result of living with kidney stones so big they can’t pass through his system.
He will allegedly have his ninth operation this afternoon. Phillip will be recuperating in a swanky Malibu mansion and recovery is expected to take as many as six weeks. Phillip’s new temporary digs are on loan from an A.I. producer who is letting him stay there with his family during the recovery process.
Good luck Phillip and we hope you are back on stage in no time!
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UPDATE: TMZ is now reporting that the A.I winner’s surgery is postponed due to Phillip having a sinus infection which triggered a high fever. The surgery has been rescheduled for early next week.
And the winner of American Idol is…nah, I won’t give it away until after the jump for those of you who decided to watch Law and Order: SVU (and by “you” I mean me) and save the Idol recap for later. I actually learned who won right before I started watching. Thanks DVR and internet. It’s down to Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips. Who will it be? Let’s find out in what may be the most anticlimactic AI finale EVER. At least that lead in was dramatic, right? The final twelve perform, and blah, blah, filler, blah. Really do we need two more hours of Idol after two hours of Idol last night?
After the initial hoopla performance, the judges and Ryan Seacrest are introduced. Ryan and his bump-it recap the prior evening, making a two hour finale seem like just minutes with his suave style…in just a short two hours, we will have a new American Idol. He meets with the finalists, and Jessica admits she managed two hours of sleep before her big night. Smug Phil slept for nine hours. I want to reach through my television and smack him. I can’t remember the last time I slept for nine hours straight…and I need it. I need it bad, people.
It was the hometown visits for American Idol this week, which on the results show warrants a Simon and Garfunkel montage (loves!) as Joshua Ledet, Phil Phillips, and Jessica Sanchez head back to where their hearts are for a giant, stadium sized homecoming party. Ryan Seacrest reminds America about the deets of the next week’s final faceoff with his hands casually resting on the backs of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Steven is doing his best Gollum/gargoyle statue impression while JLo looks awkward…probably because she’s not sure she’s going to continue with this gig. Randy Jackson is confident in his judging abilites, sporting a leather blazer.
After Ryan announces the performers for the evening will be the King’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley and everyone’s favorite Idol alum and eyeliner abusing Adam Lambert, the final three perform a Beatles song. Yawn. Bring on the sofa! As always, an idol fueled Ford commercial is highlighted, with a noticeably absent P Philly. Jessica explains she’s happy to make it this far, and regardless of her fate, she’s excited to find out the results. Phillip and Joshua echo her sentiments…and why shouldn’t they? History tells us that the runners-up usually do better than the winner anyway. Reuben Studdard knows what I’m talking about. J Hud, anyone?