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Simon finally gets real about Idol’s Bikini Girl

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Simon Cowell finally saw the light. America’s next Idol is NOT to be Bikini Girl Katrina Darell.ai8_hw-week_08332

But did she have to take hippy blonde Rose Flack down with her? And why did it take so long for Cowell (and the “American Idol” producers) to give Bikini Girl her marching orders?

After a lot of whining and even more camera time, 20 year-old model Katrina Darrell, was booted from the show after getting through the first two rounds despite competition from more talented singers.  Bikini girl’s early bedtime and morning stay-in-bed tactics to avoid rehearsals sabotaged her chances of advancing. Her antics also spelled the end for fellow group member Rose’s chances of moving forward.

Simon doesn’t usually suffer fools gladly, so one can only assume that “Idol” producers thought it would boost (male?) viewer interest by keeping Katrina around for a while longer – even if she had swapped her bikini for a dress.  The same might be said of highly strung, maniacal giggler Tatiana Del Toro, who somehow got saved, while David Osmond got kicked off.

The hair is back! Idol’s Sanjaya returns with EP, autobiog

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TELEVISION-IDOL/“American Idol” finalist Sanjaya Malakar was one of the most talked about contestants in the sixth season of the hit TV singing contest due his various different hairstyles and pitchy singing. Now he is making a bid to build his 15 minutes of fame into a lifetime.

Sanjaya was just 17 when he made the top 12 in “American Idol” in 2007, winning the hearts of many of the youngsters in the audience who were dubbed “fanjayas,” although he failed to really impress the judges, particularly Simon Cowell. But now he’s back, releasing a five-track EP called “Dancing to the Music in My Head” and an autobiography of the same name. The story of his life dates back, oh at least two years, to give readers a “behind-the-scenes look at his unlikely rise to fame,” said a press release. 

“Bikini Girl,” new judge heat up “Idol” season premiere

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idol_cast1The eighth season of “American Idol” kicked off on Tuesday night, bringing back all the hijinks viewers have come to expect from the world’s most popular reality talent show.

The huddled masses of singers yearning to be the next Kelly Clarkson or Chris Daughtry came out to a sweltering Phoenix, Arizona, where the now four celebrity judges either cooed over or mocked them as only “Idol” judges can.

New “Idol” judge brings girl power challenge “bully brother” Simon

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Simon Cowell may have the casting vote in early audition rounds of “American Idol” but it sounds like new judge Kara DioGuardi and Paula Abdul bring some girl power of their own to the tart-tongued British judge they call a ‘”bully”FASHION/LEISURE.

“He’s the bully brother!. Sometimes we love each other, and sometimes I try to change seats. He’s annoying sometimes. I have to reel him in.  Kara finally sees what it’s like for me –  my own private hell,” Abdul told reporters of her love-hate relationship with Cowell.

New “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi brings feisty opinion to show

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LEISURESongwriter and producer Kara DioGuardi joins the “American Idol” judging line-up when the talent show returns for an 8th season this coming Tuesday, adding a fascinating twist to the Paula-Randy-Simon dynamic that has been as much a part of the TV’ show’s attraction as the contestants themselves.

But how will she fit in?  DioGuardi, who has worked with former Idol Kelly Clarkson and written songs for Carrie Underwood,  described her own persona on the panel as  “pretty feisty and opinionated but  also coming from a good place and who is trying to help the contestants.”

from MediaFile:

Fox chief: American Idol results shows were boring

Update: I made some changes here. The folks at Fox say that Tony Vinciquerra said he found the results shows in season seven boring -- not the finale. They were right and I was wrong. Here is the entry, with my corrections (I rewrote the headline too.

You can't say that Fox Chief Executive Tony Vinciquerra isn't clear about what he wants from the American Idol staff. In short: he wants a less boring season finale with more interesting coaches for the contestants... and while we're at it, more interesting contestants.

“Idol’s” Sanjaya still has music — in his head

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A week before ”American Idol” returns to TV screens comes a blast from the “Idol” past that seems to sum up everything that makes the show so talked about.LEISURE/

Sanjaya Malakar — the baby-faced crooner better known for his myriad hair styles than his singing  when he was a Top 12 finalist on the show in 2007 — is back with a five-track EP (and an updated  flowing hairdo to match).

Hold your votes! “Superstars of Dance” goes global

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(Writing and Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)lythgoe

American television audiences can be trusted to vote on things — especially when it comes to TV talent shows. Who is the best singer on “American Idol“? Which ballroom couple did the best Cha-cha-cha on “Dancing with the Stars? Which group has the street cred to be called “America’s Best Dance Crew“?

But the question of “trust” got a little more complicated when it came to deciding how to choose a winner among professional dancers from eight different countries competing on upcoming “Superstars of Dance” on U.S. network NBC.

“American Idol” — time to stop the laughter?

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USA/“American Idol” returns in January with a few tweaks but broadly the same mix of  tone-deaf singers and potential gems among the thousands trying out in the early audition rounds.

Snarky comments, and sometime helpless laughter from the judges, about the hopeless singers have always been a big part of the show’s appeal.

The Emmys: Hosts, hosts everywhere

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klumpants.jpgFor the 60th Emmy Awards , the show’s organizers made a bold decision to scrap the one-host format typical of awards shows.

Instead, they opted for not one, but five hosts — the five being Ryan Seacrest of “American Idol,” Heidi Klum of “Project Runway,” Tom Bergeron of “Dancing with the Stars,” Howie Mandel of “Deal or No Deal,” and Jeff Probst of “Survivor.” All were nominated for the newly-created category award for the best host of a reality or competition series.

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