Americans seem to be much more uncomfortable with accents than I ever would've thought...
It's early yet, but American Idol is already cleaning house for next season. Not all of it is official, but most of the news seems pretty definite, at least for the time being. Ellen's out (that's been confirmed). Kara's probably out, and being replaced by J.Lo. Randy, easily the most universally hated judge in the show's history, is reportedly staying, for reasons I cannot for the life of me discern. Seacrest isn't going anywhere, of course, and then there's the most baffling of all the news: Steven Tyler may replace Simon. Well, that should be terrifying.
You know who's a lot more tolerable in interview-form than he is on a televised singing competition? Casey James, surprisingly. The Eddie Vedder impersonator has been cast off Idol, but he's keeping it all in perspective, and frankly, I wish I'd seen more of this side of him when he was actually on the show. But too late! Now we must move on and read highlights from Mr. James's Idol elimination media call and await the reign of Lee DeWyze. Try not to hold the fact that Casey doesn't own a TV (freak!) against him.
We give Kara DioGuardi a lot of well-meaning crap around here (we're trying to help through criticism!), but despite that, Fox was nice enough to let us in on a conference call with the Idol judge a few days ago to discuss the new contestants, Ellen, the lack of Paula, and what's up with the new Vitamin Water glasses, among other things. Kara was guarded, as usual (she's the least forthcoming judge of all of them on the press rounds for some reason), but she was patient and tried her best to answer everybody's questions. Highlights after the jump.
It's Thursday, also known as American Idol results show day (wait, isn't that usually Wednesday?... hush, fool, just be glad it's only on two days a week), also known as the first day in the reign of our new Top Chef (which luckily does not involve any actual responsibilities other than shilling Diet Dr. Pepper during commercial breaks with previous competitors while your eyes scream a quiet "help"), also known as Friday Eve. Hold off on your desire to race headlong into the nearest bar and quell your Thursday thirst just a little longer with these refreshing drops of news.
What has six legs, three heads and destroys dreams? Answer: The judging table of American Idol. Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson have been breaking untalented American hearts for years, but now they're about to grow a new head, because four heads can break hearts 30% faster. Award-winning songwriter Kara DioGuardi -- who's lived with Paula Abdul, worked with multiple AI contestants and writes half of the mainstream pop played on radios nowadays -- is joining the judges' table in Tuesday night's premiere. To get to know this newcomer/industry veteran, we sat in on a conference call where she talked about her catchphrase, the new Cowell-centric voting system and which former Idol she'd like to work with.
In preparation for next week's big fancy premiere date, Simon Cowell got on the horn with the media (including us -- we're totally the media) recently to share all the AI secrets he hides in his infamous pecs. I have to say, he was surprisingly affable and gracious, but then again that's probably just because nobody was singing at him. He was frank about how risky this season's changes could be, and his praise for new judge Kara DioGuardi wasn't exactly overwhelming, but it's Simon, and he's just not a gusher of praise in general. Personally, I have a good feeling about the new judge. Not that I have anything to base that on other than the brief call I had with her back in August, but all I can say is this show needs a coherent female who also has a good ear, and she is undeniably that. Anyway, read on for Simon's thoughts on Kara, Paula's trash talk, what sucked about last season and all manner of other things Idol below.
Captain Janeway does her best to save a terrible new series, there's more fuel in the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles rumor fire, and Kara DioGuardi is still defending her title as The Worst.