After weeks of anticipation, feverish auditioning and even more feverish auditioning, American Idol has been narrowed down to 24 contestants, 12 male and 12 female. Last night the boys started us off with more finesse than might be expected. The evening had its bumps and jolts, but after six seasons, the show knows how to pick a polished youngster out of a crowd of thousands (check what Paris and other celebs think of Idol). Let’s take a look at our 12 boys, with odds onwhich two are heading home after Thursday’s first revelation episode.
Here come those golden nuggets of baby that Jennifer Lopez has been lugging around for nine months! The Gigli star is currently holed up giving birth in her private room at the North Shore University Hospital, where she is presumably being fanned by a small army of male models and fed grapes by an endangered monkey, as an assistant does all the pushing for her. The room sat empty for two weeks before J. Lo arrived, complete with plush leather couches and beefed up security. Hospital staff even supposedly ran drills to prepare for a possible Lopez-Anthony baby kidnapping. Rats! They foiled my plan!
Clearly, Jenny thinks she is the unofficial Queen of America, but she may be the only one at her coronation. People mag has reportedly offered Lopez $6 million for exclusive photos of her kids that will go in their US edition only, and OK! has forked over a bundle for the international rights. But why didn’t they go for the right to print the photos here in the States? One unimpressed expert responds: “Look at her track record with her movies, and look at her album sales. The U.S. market hasn’t been fascinated with her in some time,” the source said. “It makes more sense to not spend a fortune on photos that won’t cause a noticeable increase on the newsstand. This just isn’t going to sell like Shiloh (Jolie-Pitt), and $6 million is a lot of money.”
Flavor Flav may be an expert at choosing a hottie from a harem, but he also knows all about the beats that are needed to bring a rap track to life. All those years watching the Bomb Squad do their thing with Public Enemy didn’t go to waste – no way. So we’re giving at-home producers a chance to hit the studio with our main man. The Track contest lets beatmeisters submit their stuff and have it heard by the world. The person who wins the whole shebang will be flown to L.A. to perfect their creation with the help of Flav himself. Submissions are open through March 14. The time to get going is right now.
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That’s right: According to DListed, America’s poor little rich girl isn’t going to the Academy Awards on Sunday because she’s not allowed. Sources report: “She cried hot, salty tears when she was banned from the Oscars. She’s desperate to be taken seriously as an actress and hoped she would be able to network with film executives.” Given Hilton’s track record at the box office, we’re amazed at her chutzpah.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we? Let’s start with 2002′s Nine Lives, a thriller about a group of friends stranded in a Scottish mansion who awaken an ancient spirit . . . and wind up dying one by one. In that straight-to-DVD number, Paris played Paris. She was killed first, if memory serves, which was a blessing — her non-acting was too much to take. Then there was 2005′s House of Wax, another slasher, in which Paris also died, this time impaled through the forehead by a steel pole. While almost certainly a better film than Nine Lives, House of Wax was still so terrible that it earned a rating of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes. Impressive. And, most recently, there was The Hottie and the Nottie, a film that was so excruciatingly bad it only made $28,000 on its opening weekend. (Besides the Hilton family and the fanatics at Best Week Ever, who else went? ‘Fess up!)
When will Paris figure out that a career in film isn’t meant for her? To be fair, there are others in the same boat: Madonna, for instance, someone who actually is an entertainer, still thinks she can be an actress. Those of us who suffered through Swept Away would like to inform her otherwise. Perhaps Paris is bristling at her hostile reception by Hollywood’s power players? We can’t possibly imagine what she’s done that would make anyone think ill of her. Oh, wait. We forgot about the DUI, the jail drama, the sex tape, the shameless apology, the crocodile tears, the fragrance, The Simple Life and Nicole Richie. Maybe that’s what the Oscars are balking at — for some reason the Academy Awards still want to be taken seriously. Imagine that.
A few weeks back, Mary J. Blige came in and filmed her very own Storytellers, playing the hits from What’s the 411? on up to her latest Growing Pains. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul shared the stories behind all the songs, and on Monday, February 25th at 8 p.m., VH1 is airing the show. Check back on Friday when we’ll have a few sneak cuts of songs that didn’t make the show.
The world of celebrity boning caught on tape has just hit rock bottom. Gene Simmons – the 58-year old KISS frontman – has made a sex tape, and it’s not with Shannon Tweed, his partner of 20+ years. The lady in question is one of the spokesmodels for Frank’s Energy Drink, which Gene also promotes. We can’t say we’re surprised by any of it (after all the old rumor is that Gene’s bedded over 1000 ladies in his lifetime), but we’re certainly a little nauseuas from looking at the pics available online. It’s not that Gene’s too old for sexing up the ladies, it’s just that he’s kinda gross, but thankfully he keeps his t-shirt on the entire time. As for Elsa, she’s obviously one classy lady – she rocked her platform flip flops during their romp.
If you can handle it, the tape is available over at GenesSecret.com (NSFW, obvs). Too bad it’s not that much of a secret anymore! Fans of Gene’s tongue may also be disappointed – from what we could see his legendary appendage didn’t make a cameo in the video’s preview.
No One Bought Xtina’s Baby Pix
People mag paid big bucks for the singer’s baby pics, but no one’s buying the issue. Blame Shiloh! [NY Post]
Nicole Richie, Spanx Addict
The super skinny new mom isn’t dieting, she’s keeping her waist under control with two pair of Spanx. Whatever works! [Ok!]
Poor Paris Banned from Oscars
The “actress” was hoping to be taken seriously enough to attend the posh awards ceremony, but b*tch has been blacklisted. Finally, a decision from the Academy that we agree with. [DListed]
Eva and Lindsay Piss Off PETA
The starlets top the activists’ worst-dressed list due to their love of dead-animal fashion. [Us]
Britney Still Baby-less For Now
Even though her weave’s on the mend and she’s been banned from driving, the judge in her custody case denied the pop star visitation with her kids. Well, there’s always the pet store. [DListed]
Bailey Baio is finally here! On this week’s hour-long episode of Scott Baio Is 46…and Pregnant, Scott’s wife Renee gave birth to their first daughter together and it was, in Scott’s words a “wonderful, beautiful and slimy experience.” Instead of giving you full video of the endeavor, the show provided stills capturing the birth. Tasteful! We’re posting them below, so that you can relive the joy of life as played out on reality TV. Just a word of warning: if bloody newborns aren’t your thing, you might not want to look.
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- Pink and that dude she married are getting a divorce. We’d feel a little bit sadder if we were actually surprised by this. [Us]
- No one wants to see The Hottie and the Nottie except Paris Hilton. Finally, our generation does something smart! [DListed]
- Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore look better when made of wax. These statues probably act better, too. [Just Jared]
The Jolie-Pitts go skiing in Mammoth; Jennifer Aniston auditions a new sperm donor. [PopSugar, FoxNews]
- Bindi Irwin has been turned into a doll. What do you think – terrifying or totally adorable? [Jezebel]
- Ohhhh – check out these celebrity mansions. Who knew Alyssa Milano could afford such things? [Cityrag]
In this episode, Spinderella returns…
…and so does drama. Funny how they seem to travel together.