Give me a break. The X Factor needs to quietly into that good night. Is anyone still watching? If you are, will you still be watching if the Kardashians over take the show? L.A. Reid has already thrown in the towel once this season draws to a close, and rumors abound that Britney Spears will be getting fired for causing viewers to fall asleep while she's talking. It's clearly run its course.
Of course, Simon Cowell isn't willing to face facts. Instead, he's trying to salvage the American version of the talent show with an influx of new judges. Unfortunately for Simon, he's dipping into a pool of celebrities who won't likely take the bait. Oh wait, he wants Kim Kardashian. She'll do it…and she know a lot about music, right?
Sit back and relax. Let's delve into the X Factor's latest drama and then segue into some additional Kim K. drama. Is she preggers? Has she pressured brother Rob to go under the knife? These, my friends, are burning questions!
What could have possibly gone wrong (again) in such a short amount of time? A source close to the Bachelorette star says that Emily feels as if Jef is more interested in fame than her, adding, "Emily put her whole heart into this relationship and is shocked at how much Jef has changed."
"Jef was supposed to come for Christmas, but Emily canceled the plans. She's done with him," the source says. "She wants nothing to do with him anymore. He's tried calling, but she hasn't answered. She was so in love with him, and he crushed her."
TMZ is reporting today that a former nanny is shopping a tell-all book, detailing her time with the family before they became famous, you know, before Kimmie’s sex tape “leaked!”
The ex-nanny, Pam Behan, also served as a personal assistant and cook for Bruceand Kris Jennerfor years. And judging from what Pam, who spent a ton of time with the Kardashian girls as well as Brandon and Brody Jennerhas to say, it’s clear she wasn’t a fan of some of the Jenner-Kardashian clan!
TMZ reports that Pam states in the proposed book that she couldn’t stand Bruce’s sons, calling them “extremely spoiled and disrespectful.” She also reveals she almost lost her job once for apparently slapping Brandon. Ummm child services anyone?
When it comes to the Kardashians, Pam reveals she had a love/hate relationship with Kris Jenner though she loved Bruce. Pam also promises to reveal some juicy information a.k.a. “intimate details” about Kim and Kourtney Kardashian. Sources close to the girls tell TMZ they are surprised by Pam’s book as they were very fond of her. Evidently, the feeling is not mutual.
As of the moment, Pam is still shopping the book around and has yet to sign a book deal.
…Moving on to Kimmie Kakes, who just revealed the other day that she had turned a new leaf following the backlash that resulted from her 72-day marriage.
Well, that new leaf seems a lot like her old one as Kimmie is reportedly set to make major bank to host a New Year’s Eve party in Las Vegas! How make does Kimmie stand to earn? Just a mere $600,000! The fee is said to be part of a large, multi-event deal. In comparison, Katy Perry, you know, a celebrity with actual talent is said to be asking for $250,000 to host a NYE party.
As we reported a while back, the TAO nightclub where Kimmie will be hosting the NYE party is charging club goers $200 for general admission! Wowzers.
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TELL US – WOULD YOU READ A TELL-ALL BOOK ABOUT THE KARDASHIANS? THOUGHTS ON KIM GETTING OVER HALF A MILLION TO HOST A PARTY?
On Wednesday night’s episode the Idol contenders had to pick any song from 21st century. Casey “Soft Lips” Abrams clearly stole the show with his rendition of Maroon 5’s “Harder To Breathe.” He also took Jennifer Lopez’s breath away when he kissed her during his performance, giving her the most action she’s had since marrying Marc Anthony. Steven Tyler was so excited by the sexual chemistry between J.Lo and Casey – errrrr, I mean, the performance he used the F** word on live TV! Whoops! We expect that from some more low-brow reality shows (see: Housewives, ANYWHERE), but not family-friendly idol. Scottie McCreery was, of course, safe simply for being the cutest person in the world with the most adorable accent. Who cares if he can sing!
62 Million votes determined that Jacob Lusk’s touching, but sappy rendition of “Dance With My Father” put him as the first member of the bottom three. Also hanging out in the bottom three were Stefano Langone and HaleyReinhart. Haley turned out to be safe after an awesome version of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.”
Then Katy Perry assaulted both our ears (with her weird, whiny song E.T.) and our fashion sensibilities by wearing a white satin spandex, caped, sequined jumpsuit. Yes – I just typed the words WHITE SATIN SPANDEX, CAPED, SEQUINED JUMPSUIT to describe an article of clothing. *Shudder*
As for the elimination, Stefano’s long reign in the bottom three ended as the judge’s wild card pick was sent home. Poor Stefano! I know you have great things ahead of you – after all Jennifer Lopez thinks you’re “hot” and she loves you! He very graciously left by singing “Lately”
Next week we are treated to a series of fun and exciting Carol King songs as interpreted by the six finalists!
TELL US – DID THE VOTERS GET IT RIGHT? WHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR TO WIN THIS SEASON?
Following two major commercials on Sunday’s Superbowl, Simon Cowell is now revealing more details about the upcoming reality show – The X Factor (the American version).
While the full list of judges has yet to be selected, Simon does confirm he will be a judge on the show. “Once the show goes into production, I become a judge,” Simon told reporters Monday. “Then I have to put my trust into the producers’ hands, which is effectively how it works in the U.K. Yes, I am judging.”
Simon will also serve as an executive producer on the show, while helping in the selection of the judging panel. Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Simpson, Paula Abdul, Rihanna, Cheryl Cole, Katy Perry and Will Smith are just some of the names that have been rumored as possible judges on the show.
So should we expect a nicer Simon on this new show? “I am gong to try and be consistent, as I have been over the years … People know what to expect if I’m on the judging panel. I don’t think things will change too much,” he said. We’ll take that as a no.
As for Simon’s thoughts or critique rather on the current and 10th season of American Idol, Simon reveals he is not an avid watcher. “I haven’t seen a full episode. I’ve seen three minutes of a recap. From what I’ve seen and from what I’ve heard, it all seems to be going well.”
According to Simon, he is hoping to make the announcement of the judges in three to four weeks. The winner of X Factor will also be awarded a $5 million record deal, in what is being called the largest guaranteed prize in TV history.
TELL US – ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO X-FACTOR? HAVING SIMON BACK ON TV?
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?
Fox recently announced the ninth season of America Idolwill premiere on Tuesday, January 12 at 8pm ET/PT. The season will premiere for two consecutive nights with a two-hour broadcast on Tuesday and a one-hour broadcast on Wednesday, January 13 at 8PM ET/PT.
The auditions for American Idol took place over the summer and featured several guest judges in Paula’s spot including Victoria Beckham in Denver and Boston, Mary J. Blige in Atlanta, Joe Jonas and Neil Patrick Harris in Dallas, Kristin Chenoweth inOrlando, Shania Twain in Chicago,and Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne in Los Angeles.
In other Idol news, Kris Allen’s self titled album dropped at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 album sales chart after selling only 80,000 copies during its week of release, according to Nielsen Soundscan data. This is the lowest of any idol winner ever recorded. Before Kris, Jordin Sparks, sixth season winner previously held the record for lowest album sales and sold 119,000 copies in first week release in November 2007.
Those figures are especially low compared to the 198,000 albums sold by runner up, Adam Lambert, who has remained in the headlines due to his recent raunchy performance at the American Music Awards.
The ninth season of American Idol will premiere in January 2010 without Paula Abdul. American Idol isn’t the same without Paula Abdul, says Simon Cowell.
Simon, 49, tells Extra the show is now “different. It’s like comparing a carrot to a banana… They are different.”
On the ninth season, judges Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi return – along with celebrity guest judges, including Victoria Beckham, Shania Twain, Mary J. Blige and Katy Perry.
Simon says, he doesn’t want to “get in the middle” of Idol execs and Paula but definitely misses her being on the show. He also believes Paula will always be able to find work.
So what’s next for Paula?
“I definitely want to do a talk show because it would be different,” says Abdul, who has shot a guest role on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and will host VH1′s Divas Live Sept. 17. “It would be a lot of fun variety with a ton of unexpected stuff and tributes to everyday people getting their big chance.”