Tonight’s the night. American Idol heads back into action, bringing the first, pre-Hollywood round of Clarkson and Daughtry wannabes into our rumpus rooms. But there are some questions regarding the current power of the pay-to-vote talent show. Chris Daughtry, whose band was a runner-up in 2006, told Rolling Stone that the brand has lost some luster. “I feel like it’s definitely lacking some credibility at this point. It’s in a state of decline and if they don’t do something about it, it’s probably not gonna last too much longer.”
It’s true that some of its heroes can’t sustain their label relationships due to measly sales, and it’s true that producers are scrambling to come up with new ways of keeping the hordes happy, but we’re thinking that they will be quite a few eyeballs on the screen when the unholy trio of Simon, Paula, and
Dawg Randy start bantering with Seacrest this evening.
Me, I want to see this season’s crew play their own instruments and warble (or beat-box) at the same time.
What do you think? Is this year’s Idol going to compare to previous models? Come back tomorrow for our recap of tonight’s fracas, which features the Philly auditions.
That’s right. Def Leppard — the ’80s hair metallers that rocked arenas around the world — are back with a brand new album, and they’re coming to a city near you. With their latest album Songs From The Sparkle Lounge due out in March, the mighty Lep are hitting the road with fellow rock staples REO Speedwagon and Styx. Can’t wait to see them? Check out VH1 Classic for all your Def Leppard needs.
That hair. Those eyes. Those fake eyelashes. What’s not to love about Zac Efron, right tweens? The heartthrob of High School Musical is now speaking out about all those rumors about his sexuality, and he while he doesn’t clear anything up, he does come across as kind of smart. “I know it’s very addictive to read that kind of stuff. It’s entertainment. Honestly, if the worst he can say about me is that I’m gay, then I think I’ll be fine. I can handle it.” He adds, “These days everyone is just waiting for me to f*ck up. I’m not gonna give anyone the satisfaction of that.”
You mean like referencing Leonardo DiCaprio when pressed to come up with your first celebrity crush? We didn’t have to wait that long, Zac! Check out the video below to see what other classy guys Zac admires. [Us, MollyGood]
It was a short but sweet season on The Shot, where 10 up-and-coming photographers were pitted against each other, competing for photographic excellence and the attention of Russell James, the show’s host and renowned lensman in his own right. There were absurd contests (shooting animals and children), messy ones (including a food fight) and celebrity guest stars (hiya, Joss Stone!). We’ve rounded up all our recaps here, so you can check to see what you missed. The marathon airs through 8 p.m. tonight. Enjoy, you aspiring artisans. Recaps: Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6 and Episode 7. Check the finale recap after the jump.
Oh K-Fed. You and your snazzy mohawk and that sexy suit. And those dimples! Blush. Is it possible that we…might…LIKE YOU? Aside from the whole awesome and available father thing, Kevin actually understands our infatuation with him and Britney. He gets us! “I think the infatuation with the whole thing is that watching us go through things makes other people feel normal,” he says. So true, Kev! Your problems make our major dandruff issues pale in comparison. But what’s even more lovable is that Daddy Federline is so committed to his corral of kids, saying that he’s “usually watching SpongeBob SquarePants, Cars or whatever the kids are into. I’m much more G-rated than anything else these days!”
Meanwhile, Britney was too “scared” to even enter the courthouse yesterday and fight for her sons because of all the paparazzi (like she’s never seen them before), so she left, visited a church and then ate some empanadas. Later in the night she went to a Rite Aid with her user boyrazzi Adnan and picked up a prescription. Brit’s not doing much to help her rep as the worst mom in the world, but we do understand being scared – like right now our feelings of Federlove are totally freaking us out.
This weekend, rumors of a sex tape featuring New York began to circulate around the Internet. The accompanying video featured a woman whose resemblance to New York was literally unclear: the clip was, simply, too grainy to reveal if VH1′s High Priestess of Sexuality was one of the parties involved. It seemed suspect, and with reason: New York has spoken out to the New York Post to set the record straight: “It is absolutely not me,” she told the paper. “Do I strike you as the kind of woman who would have a sex tape floating around out there and not be standing by that tape? I’m nobody’s role model. I have a trash-talking potty mouth, I do what I want to do, that’s who I am as a person.”
A Shot of Love is over, but new gossip hit airwaves yesterday. According to the investigative team at Extra TV, there are hurt feelings between Tila Tequila and the winner of her contest, Bobby Banhart. Speaking to Extra, the bisexual singer/host/frequently naked person said, “We couldn’t see each other for two months after (the finale) and we only talked on the phone. Just naturally, people kind of move on with their lives. We tried our best to keep in touch and keep it going, but after a while, all of this camera stuff, he just couldn’t handle it . . . . [He] called me a few days before New Years and broke it off.”
Not true, says Banhart. (Surprised? Us neither.) He told Extra, “As far as I’m concerned, if that’s what she needs to tell herself to make herself feel better, then that’s all her.” He continued, describing the end of the relationship as being rather absurdly bloodless, more a business transaction than succession of dates: “Basically the phone conversation ended with ‘good luck in all that you do.’”
This news follows MTV’s confirmation that A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila would go into a second season. If Tequila doesn’t find love this time around — or at the very least, someone she can spend some time with before signing on for season three — we’ll suspect that perhaps Tila Tequila isn’t really looking for love after all. Sigh. We’re always the last to know.
Yesterday, Radar hit the jackpot with a video of Tom Cruise raving about what it mean to be a Scientologist that was shot by the Church for Scientologist eyes only. The clip was nine minutes long but we watched it numerous times – because not only was it bizarre and a little frightening, it was hard to understand what he was talking about. Those guys have a lot of lingo that us regular humans just don’t get. “KSW?” “SPs?” How about WTF? And just when we were all psyched to post the video here for you to enjoy, those pesky Churchies took it down, “due to a copyright claim by Church of Scientology International.” Creepy.
Oh wait – we just found it! Phew. So enjoy Tom’s maniacal laughing and dagger eyes, and just in case it gets zapped off the web again, here are some choice quotes from the video that chill our bones. If only Katie Holmes had seen this before she hopped on the spaceship.
- “I won’t hesitate to put ethics in on someone else. Because I put it ruthlessly in on myself.”
- “Being a Scientologist, when you drive past an accident… you know you have to do something about it because you know you’re the only one that can really help.”
- “But that’s what drives me… I know that we have an opportunity to really help… effectively change people’s lives and I am dedicated to that. I am absolutely, uncompromisingly dedicated to that.”
- “Look, I wish the world was a different place. I’d like to go on vacation and go and romp and play and just do that, you know what I mean. That’s what I want it to be. There’s times I’d like to do that, but I can’t because I know I have to do something about it.”
- “I have to tell you something – it is rough and tumble, and it’s wild and wooly, and it’s a blast, it’s a blast, it really is fun because, dammit, there is nothing better than the going out there and fighting the fight and suddenly you see things are better.”
Screw American Gladiators. It’s all about TechnoViking. Our weekly Web Junk show recently showed a clip of the German street-rave kingpin strutting his stuff, and lots of people have been searching the site for it. We’ll go you one better. To celebrate the 25th anniversary rerelease of Michael Jackson‘s Thriller, here’s our our boy TV getting down Jacko style.
I didn’t realize it was possible to drink water in a macho way, did you? HEADS UP: the best action begins about a minute into the clip.
Katie Holmes Only Answers Easy Questions
It’s not that she’s avoiding those Scientology questions, it’s just that it’s pretty hard to explain how she became pregnant with the sperm of a dead dude. Check out video of Katie talking like a zombie on Good Morning America HERE. [NYP]
Joel Madden Blogs About Baby
The new dad proudly reveals on his website that his new daughter “looks so much like her mom its crazy!” Ah right, because they both once weighed 7 pounds. [Us]
OMG! High School Musical 3 Is Happening!
The whole cast is back! It’s a feature film! Tween freakout!!! [People]
Eva’s Not Jumping on the Baby Bandwagon
Nope, she’s just gained ten pounds from eating so much while on strike. Finally, someone sets a good example in Hollywood. [People]
Ex-Manager Calls J. Lo “Unprofessional”
It’s a dumping whodunnit – J. Lo claims she gave her manager the boot on Friday, but his people dissed her and called her hubby “meddling.” Let’s just assume they’re all annoying and call it a day. [NYDN]