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'American Idol': On the scene for Top 4 results, plus shrieking girls, crying babies, and edible neckties

Idol-Lee-DewyzeTween girls of the Idoldome, could you please explain your rationale behind shrieking? I understand that you’re quite excited about seeing Lee DeWyze in the flesh, and that by shrieking, you increase the odds of Lee spotting you, falling desperately in love, and marrying you that night by about 0.000003 percent. (Well, technically zero percent since you’re underage, but for you, Lee could wait forever). But, still, y’all could have given me and my ears a heads up beforehand. Anyhow, judging by the aural measurements I conducted at last night’s results show, I’m starting to wonder if the tide has turned in favor of Lee. I’ve been of the opinion that Crystal’s had this thing in the bag since “Me and Bobby McGee,” but now I’m not so sure. The in-studio enthusiasm for Lee has increased each time I’ve stepped into the Idoldome, and last night, it was approaching Burj Khalifa levels. Does the Idoldome audience accurately reflect the show’s voters? Who knows, but I think it could be pretty similar. If anything, those calling in to vote may actually be younger, and I’m not sure that works in Crystal’s favor. But enough speculation… we have a results show to discuss! READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': On the scene for Top 4 performance night

Idol-Jamie-FoxxImage Credit: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroupLast night was only my fifth visit to the Idoldome, and already a wave of Groundhog Day déjà vu has taken hold of me. Is Corey the Warm-Up Comic really asking two young women to show off their best Beyoncé moves yet again? Is the Casey-Kara-cougar relationship really still a topic of conversation this late in the game? And is Lee really going to perform Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” only three weeks after Big Mike sang Chad Kroeger’s rip-off “Hero”? (Listen to the two superhero songs and convince me they aren’t identical twins separated at birth). But despite feeling like my time in the Idoldome was some sort of glitch in the Matrix, it’s impossible not to feed off the excitement of all the audience members around you. As Corey reminds us each week, this is the No. 1 show on TV, so lighten up, John, and bask in Idol‘s soothing, repetitive warmth. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' exclusive: Simon Cowell replacement won't be named before season's end, show source says

simon-cowell-chestImage Credit: FoxWith only three weeks and six episodes left in Simon Cowell’s American Idol tenure, don’t be surprised if rumors and speculation about his season 10 replacement begin to intensify. But under the heading of “don’t believe everything you read,” a show source tells EW that Cowell’s successor will not be named until after the May 26 season finale. (That, of course, also means no bombshell announcement at Fox’s May 17 upfronts presentation, when the network will unveil its fall schedule to advertisers.)

The delay in finalizing such a crucial decision makes sense on several levels. For starters, any replacement announcement before month’s end would steal some of the spotlight away from the show’s current crop of contestants, not to mention Cowell’s role in the season 9 finale extravaganza. What’s more, Fox and Idol will score plenty of free publicity as debate over Cowell 2.0 turns into a popular summer sport, one that should keep water cooler buzz alive for the reality juggernaut during its seven-month hiatus from the airwaves. As Fox chariman Peter Rice said back at the network’s TCA presentation in January, “We’re not going to rush into something. We’re not going to try to find a Simon clone who can do what he does because, you know, he’s one of a kind. But the [Idol] format itself, people love.”

Cowell, for his part, is moving on to executive produce and judge a U.S. version of his British hit, The X Factor, slated to debut on Fox in fall 2011. [Related: ‘American Idol': What should the Top 4 sing for ‘Songs of the Cinema’ Week?; Kris Allen on the controversy over his new single, ‘The Truth,’ and those added Pat Monahan vocals; get all my Idol news and commentary by following me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak.] READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': On the scene for Top 5 results night. Even though Lady Gaga wasn't.

Harry-Connick-Jr-IdolImage Credit: Michael Becker/FoxHi, PopWatchers. How are you this morning? What did you have for breakfast? Anyone catch that Los Suns-Spurs playoff game? Love watching Steve Nash at work. That is one exciting basketball player.

Huh? Oh, was there an episode of American Idol last night? Yes, that’s right — I was there. I remember now. What happened? (SPOILER ALERT!) Well, Aaron Kelly went home, which was kind of a shock, but not really. Also, Lady Gaga performed on tape from last week, so I watched her performance of “Alejandro” on a screen, just like you. Everything else was as it always is: The judges walked out during commercials, then back in when we went on-air. Cory the Warmup Comedian gave away iPods. The CBS pages seemed a little more aggro than usual Um. Oh! There was a sign-language interpreter in the house! Is that jazzy? No? Argh. THIS… is not going to be overly fascinating. You should totally follow me after the jump anyway. Oh please, like you’d rather be getting work done?

'American Idol': On the scene for Top 5 performance night

Crystal-Bowersox-Idol-dressImage Credit: Michael Becker/FoxOkay. First and foremost, I would like to express my immense relief that no one sang “My Way” tonight. Not because I hate the song, or because none of our little Idol babies could pull it off — after all, what other way are the remaining five contestants doing it, if not my? (don’t answer that) — but because I know that karaoke versions of “My Way” lead directly to murder in some countries, and I was really nervous someone would get stabbed. If someone is going to get stabbed, I want it to be for something really serious. Like stealing Simon’s Sinatra hankie. Or Cory’s dance moves.

Anyway, it was a blissfully short evening in the Idoldome — love these hour-long shows! — and thus, not a whole hell of a lot happened. And yet, so much did. THIS… hey! Back away from my microphone, Harry Connick Junior! READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris make the 'Time 100'

Neil-Patrick-Harris-Lady-GagaImage Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images; Koichi Kamoshida/Getty ImagesTime has released its annual list of the world’s most influential people — 100 artists, heroes, leaders, and thinkers who affect our world. You’ll find Iron Man director Jon Favreau explaining how Elon Musk was the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in Thinkers, and Bono waxing poetic on Bill Clinton and Robert De Niro riffing on Ben Stiller (StillerStrong.org) in Heroes. But obviously, it’s the Artists category we flipped to first. Among those making the cut: Conan O’Brien, Glee‘s Lea Michele, Lost‘s Carlton Cruse and Damon Lindelof, James Cameron, Sandra Bullock, Simon Cowell, Robert Pattinson, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, Elton John, Prince, Ricky Gervais, Ashton Kutcher, Penny Arcade’s Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, fashion designer Marc Jacobs, chef David Chang, conductor Valery Gergiev, blogger Han Han, artist Banksy, and authors Suzanne Collins and Chetan Bhagat. Three of the write-ups that stood out for me: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' Q&A: Mike, Siobhan, and Lee get tattoos on their 'magical day'

Michael-LyncheImage Credit: Frank Micelotta/FoxThe decision to forgo a group-number tonight left a profound mark on a few of the American Idol contestants yesterday. Literally. While Casey spent some downtime last week chatting on the phone with family and Crystal enjoyed “baby and boyfriend time,” a few of the other contestants took advantage of their “magical day” and ventured to a Hollywood tattoo parlor. “A little bonding thing,” says Mike, who unveiled a couple of five-point stars on his left arm.

Where did you find time to do this?
Siobhan: We had a magical day.
Lee: It was an awesome day.
Mike: It was the most time on our own that we’ve ever had.
Lee: And what was great was we all said we were going to do it in the morning–
Mike: Well, we said we were going to do this weeks ago.
Lee: But we actually committed. “We’re going tonight,” and we went.

'American Idol': On the scene for 'Idol Gives Back'

Mary-Blige-RandyImage Credit: Michael Becker/FoxFolks, I’ll be toning down the snarkiness a bit for this on-the-scene recap. It’s impossible (as well as inappropriate) to make fun of Idol Gives Back itself, for here’s a TV program that admirably uses its staggering fan base to improve the lives of others. Furthermore, the nearly two-and-a-half-hour show was impeccably constructed, combining memorable performances (most notably from Mary J. Blige and her all-star band), solid comedy (thanks to George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Russell Brand, and Jonah Hill), and some genuinely moving stories. I was in the Idoldome, where Blige and Alicia Keys sang, while Nicholas White was on hand at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium to take in Sir Elton John, the Black Eyed Peas, Jeff Beck and Joss Stone, and Carrie Underwood. Nicholas will post his own recap later today, but for now, let’s proceed with all of the happenings from my vantage point. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': On the scene for Top 7 performance night, plus backstage tidbits

Idol-top-7-AliciaImage Credit: Michael Becker/FoxWe interrupt this on-the-scene recap to report this breaking news: Drops of water are falling from the sky in Los Angeles. Motorists, please proceed to drive your vehicles at 1/10 their normal speed. Pedestrians — all 13 of you — please madly run for cover as if each droplet of rain contained the DNA of Carrot Top. Coffee shop patrons, please congratulate yourselves for being at a place that serves hot drinks while something cold is happening outside. And American Idol audience members, please pretend this is like one of those rainy days in elementary school when you got to have recess inside. Ooo, how exciting! READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' judges on 'Larry King': Finally, it's all about them

The American Idol judges and Ryan Seacrest were on Larry King Live last night pretending that everything is fine this season. King asked why ratings were down a bit, and Seacrest and Simon Cowell said for the show’s ninth season, it’s to be expected. Not much was actually said in the clip embedded after the jump: Ryan teased Simon for showing so much heavage (yawn) and King showed his age making a Harry Belafonte joke. We learned that Simon will be watching at home next season when he leaves Idol for The X Factor and that Randy wants a bat phone to reach him. Also that Kara DioGuardi is happy she’s no longer a rookie judge and claps her hands a lot when she talks. Ellen DeGeneres said the only vaguely interesting thing while describing how hard it is to actually sit in front of someone and pass judgment on his or her performance. “Sometimes I hear myself go, ‘I liked it,’ and inside I’m goin’ No you didn’t.”

I’m officially missing Simon already. You? READ FULL STORY

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