According to the New York Post, Fox head honchos have finally figured out who they want to replace Simon Cowell on “American Idol.” Supposedly, their top pick is Howard Stern, whose contract with Sirius satellite radio is up next January. “It’s one of the few shows that could compete with Stern’s $100 million-a-year Sirius contract, and ‘Idol’ bosses think he’d be even nastier than Simon,” a source told the paper. “They know he would be great TV and would clash with the other judges such as Ellen DeGeneres and the contestants. ‘Idol’ will do what it takes to sign him.” [NY Post]
I, for one, think this is a horrendous idea. Let me tell you why. Keep reading »
Oh, that Simon Cowell. Just when Celine Dion, Wyclef Jean, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus and company were feeling all good about themselves for remaking “We Are The World” to raise money for Haiti, Simon releases his celebrity all-star version of “Everybody Hurts.” Jon Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, and many others pitched in to rerecord the REM track. Give it a listen, above. Feel free to play “name that voice” in the comments section. Keep reading »
On Wednesday night, Simon Cowell confirmed reports that he’s going to crank out a single in order to help raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Simon is such a celeb that even Prime Minister Gordon Brown is encouraging him to do the project. The “American Idol” judge is hoping to get ‘er done in about two days and he’s already recruited “X Factor” judge Cheryl Cole to help him out. There is a lot of speculation about who else is going to sign on. But the rumor mill is churning and we’ve heard whispers about Beyoncé and Lady Gaga making appearances. Others are thinking he’ll get Leona Lewis or Susan Boyle. Who would you like to see in his version of “We are the World”? [MTV] Keep reading »
“American Idol” judge Simon Cowell is getting a huge raise. A year ago, he made a measly $36 million per season. Now, according to People, he’ll be taking home $45 mill a year. We find this particularly interesting because, as the New York Times reported today, one of the reasons Paula Abdul left “Idol”—besides resenting the fact that the network brought on Kara DioGuardi to be a second female judge and that her co-workers didn’t stand up for her during the drug-abuse allegations—was that they wouldn’t give her a raise from $3.5 million a year to $10 million a year. While Paula looks at other options, this got us thinking: How much do our favorite female television personalities make? And how do they stack up to Sir Simon’s mega paycheck? Keep reading »
Remember when we told you Kate Moss was officially in cahoots with Simon Cowell and Philip Green to start a fashion and entertainment mega-company? Well, they aren’t wasting any time getting started on that whole world-domination thing. According to the UK’s The Mirror, Miss Moss and Cowell will sit on a panel of experts in the search to discover the next super-group like Coldplay or Oasis. Sort of like Diddy’s “Making The Band” crossed with “Britain’s Got Talent.” I wonder who Kate will be? Simon’s got the hard-ass personality covered. I can’t picture her playing the Randy role—she’s not big or totally lovable. We’ll find out soon enough: the show is expected to be launched in the US, and the Brits will get a spinoff following. Huh. Kate on TV? I’m not sure I can picture it, especially because not that long ago, she was caught with a mound of coke on film, not to mention the fact that we’ve heard her speak very little over the years. Kind of exciting though, no? [The Mirror] Keep reading »
We told you about his womanizing at the Royal Ascot Horse Race, but now Simon Cowell has even gone and outdone himself. The “American Idol” judge invited 17 of his ex-girlfriends to his 50th birthday shindig this weekend. You know he just wants his ex-gfs to fight over who gets to do him on his birthday. Or maybe he’ll make America vote them off one by one? Lame.
Seriously, what kind of celebration is that? Sure, it’s one thing if you cross paths with someone you dated and say hello, but it’s quite another to rub them all in each other’s faces.
I, for one, have gone to extreme lengths to avoid my exes. Heck, I’ve literally turned into a ninja to avoid bumping into one ex, who works right around the corner from my gynecologist. Can you imagine seeing him then? Keep reading »
A new business partner, that is. Miss Moss is teaming up with her old Topshop crony, Sir Philip Green [She calls him "Uncle Phil!" -- Editor], and Mr. Got-Talent himself, Simon Cowell, to build a mega-fashion-entertainment empire. They’re talking a company big enough to rival that of Disney. While Moss won’t be ponying up any starter cash, her part in the deal is substantial, says the U.K.’s Daily Mail: “Kate has been signed as a figurehead and style setter for the fashion end of the business. She will bring her expertise to the table, advising on all branding and style for clothes, hair and accessories. She will also be involved in finding and signing new bands and promoting them. Something that has also been talked about is Kate developing her own singing career and starting a music label.” Now, who was it that said aging supermodels aren’t money-makers? Kate, at 35 years old, begs to differ. But bigger than Disney!? We’re kind of in awe imagining what this power threesome might be capable of. [Daily Mail]
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Simon Cowell brought not one, but two ex-girlfriends to the Royal Ascot Horse Race. And he only got one of them a flower, awkies! JK, that hat isn’t as big a tragedy as his social faux pas. Judging by the looks on their faces, not only have Simon’s hopes of a threesome been ruined, but so has the day. What a horse’s ass! [UK, 6/17/09] Keep reading »
On Tuesday, “American Idol” contestant Adam Lambert dramatically belted out “Mad World” by Tears for Fears, a performance so good he knocked stone cold Simon Cowell onto his feet. Cowell actually gave him a standing ovation, saying, “Words aren’t necessary but I’m going to give you a standing ovation.” Woah! We got the DL on Simon’s new fave. Keep reading »