January 21, 2009 |
The glittering frenzy of the Paula Abdul Road Show moves swiftly through the lobby of the Universal Hilton, trailing publicists, managers, assistants and a miniature dog. At the center of the promotional sideshow -- a flashy and inescapable satellite component of the relentless publicity machine behind Fox's "American Idol" behemoth -- is Abdul, smiling as she listens closely to her minders, who whisk her from one hurried appointment to another. It's a familiar sight.
January 16, 2009 |
Fact about the number eight: Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac. Scorpio traits include loyalty, passion and commitment. On the flip side, those can manifest themselves as possessiveness, jealousy and manipulative or controlling behavior. The march to Kansas City, Mo., confirmed many of the trends seen on the Season 8 premiere (a more energetic judging panel, a gentler spirit of mockery toward the misbegotten).
December 15, 2008 |
Paula Abdul has been telling people that the producers of "American Idol" have failed to protect her. If this is true, it's shocking. Shocking that the producers would let a valuable asset like Abdul be in jeopardy for even one second. They should build a fortress around her and have it guarded by the most battle-hardened Marines. Because every time Paula opens her mouth (and sometimes she doesn't even have to expend the energy to do that), controversy is stirred.
December 13, 2008 |
Former "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe has fired back at criticism by Paula Abdul that the show put her in peril by allowing an alleged stalker to audition. Lythgoe says in an interview posted on People magazine's website: "You do not take somebody in that room that you believe is a danger to herself or a danger to Paula. That would not enter our heads." Abdul, one of the "Idol" judges, claimed during an interview with Barbara Walters on her Sirius XM radio show that producers knew Paula Goodspeed had stalked her, and allowed her to audition anyway.
August 26, 2008 |
In May, responding to a small decline in "American Idol" ratings, Fox executives said there would be changes to the show in its eighth season. The first of those changes was announced on Monday. When "Idol" premieres in January, there will be a fourth judge seated at the table: Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi. The New York-born DioGuardi, 37, has written songs for and with Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion and Gwen Stefani. She has also worked with former "Idol" folk such as Kelly Clarkson, Bo Bice and Taylor Hicks.
May 26, 2008 |
They make it so easy, Dina and Denise. So easy to judge, so easy to feel superior. From the time Dina Lohan and Denise Richards announced they each would be starring in E! autobiographical reality series, it was pretty much like shooting fish in a barrel. Had the years they spent being trashed in the tabloids -- Dina for being Mama Rose to the talented but troubled Lindsay, Denise for her nasty, public phone-call-transcript divorce from Charlie Sheen -- taught them nothing? Were they so addicted to celebrity they would stoop to bring cameras into their homes, chronicling the daily lives of their young children?