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.’ “
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.
Ellen DeGeneres is opening up about her new role as a judge on Fox’s hit show -American Idol. The latest season of AI, set to premier Tuesday, January 12th, will feature Ellen replacing Paula Abdul as one of the judges.
When asked about fellow judge Simon Cowell, Ellen had the following to say: “We both like each other and accept one another,” DeGeneres tells Wall Street Journal. “At the same time I think he’s mean and I think he says things in an insensitive way and I don’t think that’s the way to get a point across. I’ve called him on it to his face. I’ll do the same thing to him (on Idol).”
Ellen goes on to discuss the type of judge she aims to be. The talk show host promises to be opinionated, but can’t promise she’ll be as warm and fuzzy as her predecessor Paula. “I don’t know if I’ll be as nurturing as she is. She always found a positive thing to say instead of attacking,” says Ellen. “I’ll probably try to be somewhat encouraging. … But I’ll be honest. I don’t think it helps anybody to be encouraged and not told the truth.”
The first couple of weeks of AI will feature guest judges. Ellen will come on the show alongside Simon, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi later on in the season.
Ellen, 51, will begin her stint after the audition rounds, which will feature a rotating group of celebrity guest judges including Shania Twain, Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Joe Jonas and Kristin Chenoweth.
Ellen also confirmed the announcement at her talk show taping Wednesday, “I’m going to have a day job and a night job,” assuring her audience that The Ellen DeGeneres Show will continue. “This is so exciting for me.”
Former judge, Paula Abdul, abruptly announced she would not be returning to the show on her Twitter page back in August. It is said to have been due to contract negotiations. Paula felt she deserved more money than what AI was offering.
American Idol’s ninth season kicks off January 2010.
A new reality show, More To Love will debut on FOX tonight featuring Luke Conley as the leading man in search of love. The 26-yr-old real estate investor and sub-contractor was interviewed by PEOPLE about his participation in the first dating reality show featuring a full figured bachelor and bachelorettes.
The series will show Luke, who is 6?3? tall and weighs more than 300 lbs dating 20 bachelorettes in a quest to find love. Luke doesn’t reveal if he found love but he wants you to tune in and be a part of his journey as he embarks on love.
These are excerpts from the interview:
TV is a notoriously thin place, but there’s been an upswing in pleasantly plump programming. Why do you think that is?
Maybe they have wider angles on their cameras now so they can fit me on. Maybe the trend is heading in that direction because people are just looking for something new and more real.
Were you concerned about being the butt of a nationally televised joke?
I was concerned the main premise of the show was to poke fun. It seemed like everyone had to be talked into it for that same reason. But it’s legitimate. The desire of the show is for two people to make a sincere connection. It just so happens that they’re not size 2 models.
Are you offended by the title?
The title is suiting. I’m a big man so I definitely have more love.
Has weight impacted your love life over the years?
In high school, it caused me to be somewhat bashful. I would find out about girls with crushes on me, but I never knew what to do about it. Bulking up wasn’t something I didn’t have a choice in. I was pursuing a football career. After traveling and in college, I never let it hold me back or stop me from approaching a woman I was interested in.