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Simon Cowell’s decisions for his show seem to get stranger as the weeks go by. With the live shows of the “The X-factor” just weeks away, and the firing of last season’s host Steve Jones, the pressure for a new host is indeed on. Cowell answers that pressure with a double Whammy: Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian.
Mario Lopez isn’t great, but not bad either. The guy does a great job on Extra, he did really well as host of Randy Jackson’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” and let’s face it, he’s eye candy for the ladies.
Khloe Kardashian on the other hand is a wild card. Cowell hinted that a Khloe was in the running, during his appearance on Ellen. I just dismissed it as small talk but as I’m learning there is no small talk when it comes to Simon. Cowell told Ellen,
“We have screen-tested a load of people. … It could be a Kardashian. I think that would work. I’m quite a fan of not putting [experienced] hosts on this show. Because I think it’s going to give it a different dynamic. So we have to find people who have a great chemistry, but Khloé is definitely up there in [the] running.”
THE DEAL IS RUMORED TO BE DONE
Rumors have it that it’s a done dollar. That both Lopez and Khloe are signed with no leaks as to salary yet. Khloe hinted to a long day of negotiations and a long week of work ahead of her on twitter,
“Been up for hours and its only 830am. Long day ahead of me. Weerrrrkkk.”
Back in August she also told E! that the hosting gig would be something that she would love to do,
“I’ve always wanted to do hosting or talk-show hosting, so it’s definitely something that I would love to do and would be honored to do, To be on such a huge show like that with those judges, I would have so much fun doing that.”
It appears that her wish is now a reality. I’m sure her deal making mama had a lot to do with closing this one. Kudos to Kris Jenner and the Kardashian crew for parlaying their talent-lessness into more money and more exposure. Let’s face it, that in itself is a talent.
As Funkmaster Flex Always says, Don’t hate her, hate yourself for being an underachiever.
There has been no official confirmation by Cowell or the show’s producers on the deal to date.
The X-factor is pulling out all the stops this season. How about a 40 Year old minister that is so fat, that he can’t even get out of his wheel chair. Freddie Combs used to weigh 920 lbs and has recently lost over 400 lbs, but he is still bound to his wheel chair. For his audition, he needed several stage hands to lift his 540 lbs body and wheel chair to the stage, and then he was wheeled to the center by his
As I watched this on TV, all I was thinking was,
“with the long drawn out back story, the emotional investment and the build up, the boy better be able to sing”.
Let’s just say, he shocked the judges earning him 4 “Yeses”. Simon Cowell presented Freddie with the challenge of continuing to lose weight so he can eventually perform standing up. I say Fat-Chance of that happening , but at least the boy can sing.
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I swear if Nicki Minaj gets selected to be on American Idol, I am setting up a Facebook Page Against it. I am not only boycotting the show, I’m going to sit down with the producers and smack some sense into somebody. This is ridiculous. If I was Mariah Carey I would be offended. In fact I would quit.
Do you see Mariah’s bio? It starts with:
In a career spanning over two decades, Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
You are going sit that musical legend next to Nicki Minaj? NO! NO! NO! Minaj is all costume and gimmick no substance. How can she judge Idol better then any of us? In fact she can’t even write rhymes better then any of us?
Proof – how about some lyrics:
“Mac & cheese, six friend chicken her guts, and I’m killing these b*tches by fucking it up!”
If it wasn’t for Little Wayne and Drake, Minaj would be Putting Cheese on my burger. I thought Britney Spears going to X-factor was a little suspect, but this is way out of control. I’d rather you put Gilbert Gottfried up there yelling for an hour then this Stupid Hoe.
If there is a TV GOD out there, please take the time and stop this train wreck from coming down the tracks. Sponsors – wake up and watch a Niki Minaj video. Trust me, you do not want your brand associated with this flash in the pan, hot mess.
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We all knew she was joining the cast, the questions that were on everyone’s mind was, “How Much” and for “How Long”.
Kevin Reilly of foxed announced yesterday that the deal was done. Mariah then said a few words,
“I am so excited to be joining ‘American Idol, This kind of all just happened really quickly.”
Then Simon Fuller – not to be mixed up with Simon Cowell also put his stamp of approval on things,
“We are proud to have one of the world’s greatest-ever female singers join our show, Mariah defines the word ‘Idol’ and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her.”
She is just one replacement. The jury is still out as to her others will be although producer Nigel Lythgoe was hopeful that Jennifer Lopez would return (which contradicts reports that she was fired).
Nigel told the press on Monday,
Since she told “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest she was 99 percent sure she was leaving, that means there’s a 1 percent chance she won’t, Lythgoe said Monday.
But Nigel was also on record for telling critics that the show should be refreshed each season with new judges, which I personally totally disagree with.
For Carey this is an extremely calculated business move. She is making $18 million for a one season option making her the highest paid judge on any music competition show. Aguilera is at $10 million for “The Voice”, Britney Spears is at $16 million for “The X Factor”. Howard Stern is rumored to have gotten $20 Million for AGT but it’s not classified as a “music” competition show.
Carey is also working on her newest album and this will be a ridiculous amount of free promotion. Carey said,
“I’m currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, ‘Triumphant,’ which will be out early next month, I can’t wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon.”
Her husband Nick Cannon opened his mouth to give a statement but all I heard was “Cha-ching” and other cash register related sounds.Read more...
How about that for a shocker! Everyone was all gassed over J-Lo’s statements yesterday on NBC’s “The Today Show”, that she might leave “Idol’ that no one paid attention to Steven Tyler! I’m sure that was and is part of the problem.
After just two seasons, Tyler announced that he was no longer doing Idol. He released a statement yesterday saying,
“After some long, hard thoughts, I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit,”
“I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back. … The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass.”
This really isn’t a blow for the shows creator Simon Fuller, instead he sees it as a golden opportunity. He expressed his understanding for Tyler wanting to get back to work stating,
”I completely understand his desire to get back to his life as the singer in America’s greatest-ever rock band.”
Let’s face it, Tyler is great but when he leaves fans of the show are still sticking around.
I think Fuller would be more concerned if J-lo left because she would be much harder to replace then Tyler and she would take some fans with her. Just yesterday she had the internet all buzzing just because she said that she was unsure if she was returning to the show in January. Lopez told NBC’s Today Show,
“I’ve just enjoyed it so much. But I am thinking that maybe it’s time for me to go and do other things that I really love to do… but then again, I really love the show!”
As we see with “America’s Got Talent”, “The Voice” and “The X Factor” the selection of judges can and will make or break the show. Idol has a chance to replace 1 maybe 2. If done right it can see ratings soar or if screwed up, it could mean disaster for the franchise. Recent discussions have been around Adam Lambert as a potential judge, which in my opinion would be a huge mistake. I say, pay Lopez whatever she needs to stay for at least 2 more seasons and bring in another legend like Maria Carey, or a male with personality and a huge following.
I wonder what Paula is doing these days. This could get interesting. Stay tuned.
R. Kelly was all set to for his book launch event in NYC to celebrate the completion of his memoir entitled “Soulcoaster’ when he was force to cancel due to a health emergency. It was not immediately announced what the issue was, but it was serious enough to keep Kelly in Chicago.
Along with the cancellation of his book launch event he also cancelled appearances on “Today” and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on the following day. These are big time bookings on a much needed promotional tour. Something serious really must be going on with Kells.
Right away the internet went a buzz with speculation most jokingly saying that it was a “urinary tract infection”. (that is actually sort of funny).
After seeing all the press, including a front page spot on MSN, and a story from TMZ, Kelly’s people thought it was prudent to put out some much needed details. Here is what the release stated,
While on his way to New York this morning to celebrate the publication of his long-awaited memoir SoulaCoaster, multi-platinum R&B superstar R. Kelly was taken ill and had to return to Chicago for medical treatment. Initial indications are that he is suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords.
It is unclear how long Kelly may be sidelined.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.
Last summer R. Kelly had surgery which forced him to cancel his appearance at Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica. His performance on “The X Factor” back in December was his first time back on stage since the surgery. From all accounts the surgery was thought to have been a complete success. After it was over R. Kelly said,
“The doctor said the surgery went well. I know it may not look like it, but it did. I want y’all to continue to pray for me. Be strong out there, I will be back. I know it’s a lot of negativity out there, please don’t believe the hype. God is good all the time.”
A BIG WEEK FOR R KELLY
Rolling Stones has published an excerpt from the book, which was released today. You can read a part of the chapter called, “Yo Pac! Yo Biggie!”. It’s not that bad, you can take a sneak peak here.
Kelly’s latest album “Write me Back” was also released on Tuesday.
Let’s hope Kell’s can recover so he can get his promotion on. There’s nothing worse than working hard for years and lining up A-list promotional gigs just to legitimately fall ill and not be able to leverage these key promotional outlets. This could literally cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars. Let’s hope he can pull things together while his book and album are still creating a buzz.Read more...