Fact: Former American Idol contestant Joey Cook has been placed on a year of probation after she was busted for marijuana possession at an airport in Wyoming early on Friday (18Dec15). The singer, who finished in seventh place on the 14th season of the show earlier this year (15), spent five hours behind bars before answering the count in court. She was also ordered to pay a $240 (£160) fine, according to TMZ.com.
Quote: "Dancing with the Stars has called me a couple of times, and I've just respectfully declined. Nobody wants to see that on their TV!" Former American Idol winner and country star Scotty Mccreery has no plans to compete on the ballroom dancing reality show anytime soon.
Fact: Country star Scotty Mccreery served up a sweet Easter treat for his fellow church goers in Garner, North Carolina on Sunday (05Apr15) by performing a duet with his mother. The former American Idol winner hit the stage with his mum Judy at the First Baptist Church of Garner during the Easter service and belted out a cover of Sara Evans and Brad Paisley's emotional song New Again.
Fact: Actor/singer David Hasselhoff made a surprise appearance on TV talent show American Idol on Wednesday (25Mar15) to perform a medley of hits from the 1980s in honour of the competition's 80s-themed night. The former Baywatch star sang such songs as Queen's Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves, Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley, and David Bowie's Let's Dance.
Quote: "So sorry to hear of the passing of #JoeCocker - he was a mentor to me. May he rest in peace." American Idol champion Taylor Hicks pays tribute to the late Joe Cocker. Hicks performed Cocker's tracks on the U.S. talent contest.
Fact: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is launching his own men's tailored clothing and accessories line called Distinction, exclusively for U.S. department store MACy's. The collection will debut this autumn (14).
Fact: Tony Award-nominated singer/actor Constantine Maroulis is heading back to the Broadway musical which launched his stage career, Rock Of Ages. The former American Idol contestant will reprise his role as Drew Boley, a part he originated on the Great White Way, when he returns to the show on 4 August (14). He left the production in 2011 after three years as the leading star. Maroulis also had a small role in Tom Cruise's Rock of Ages film.
Quote: "Oh it's awesome that people don't know who I am. One person on the show said, 'Who is this Tony Connick, Jr.?' I think it's hysterical." New American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr. was amused to learn that some contestants auditioning for him were unaware of his storied music career.
Fact: Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen is expecting her first child with husband Joe Ruzicka. The singer, who finished ninth on the sixth season of the reality show in 2007, tells People.com the baby is due on 2 July (14) - just two days before she turns 30 (04Jul14).
Quote: "We voted 775 times for Kelly Clarkson. She won because of (husband) Nick (Offerman) and me speed dialling on our cell phones and both of our phone lines at home - until the stroke of midnight until the voting ended." Former Will & Grace star Megan Mullaly confesses she became a superfan for singer Kelly Clarkson when she competed on American Idol in 2004.
Quote: "I think I have a 'wow' moment every day. I remember in college, I was like, 'Okay, Ramen noodles again. I gotta pay my rent, pay this bill, I gotta go ask for more hours at work,' trying to figure out how to make it. And now I get to buy the good stuff at the grocery store. I get to buy the fresh fruit and vegetables. It's awesome." Former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood reminisces about her humble beginnings.
Fact: Smash star Katherine Mcphee returned to her American Idol roots on Thursday night (28Mar13) to perform her new track If I Lose Myself with OneRepublic. The brunette beauty was season five runner-up in 2006.
Fact: Rapper Nicki Minaj caused a sensation on U.S. Tv show American Idol on Wednesday night (23Jan13) by storming off the set following a clash with her fellow judges. Producers were forced to axe several auditions on the talent show following Minaj's meltdown, but the Starships hitmaker later returned to her place on the panel.
Quote: "I'm a singer. I'm a dancer. I'm a performer. I'm an actress. That's what I'm supposed to be doing. It makes me a better parent, a better person." Jennifer Lopez couldn't wait to get back to her stage career after serving as a judge on U.S. reality show American Idol for two seasons.
Fact: Country star Carrie Underwood is selling the home she bought with the cash she won on American Idol. The singer bought the three bedroom home in Tennessee for $384,000 (Gbp240,000) back in 2005 and it's on the market for $372,500 (Gbp232,500). Underwood and husband Mike Fisher now live in a sprawling Nashville-area home.
Tweet: "Kelly!!!! Congratulations On Your Engagement!!!! I'm so happy for you!" Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul sends her best wishes to the reality Tv show's first winner, Kelly Clarkson, following the news she's to wed her boyfriend Brandon Blackstock.
Quote: "Nicki Minaj is quite fabulous, but she's out of her league!... She's new... Nicki Minaj is all new to this world, Mariah has been having hit records for 22 years, that she writes, produces, sings... Don't mess with Mariah!... I think it was for real, absolutely was for real. Sharon Osbourne is convinced the American Idol feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey was not a publicity stunt.
Fact: New American Idol judge Nicki Minaj has signed on to front a new reality TV series about her colourful life. Blogger Perez Hilton has broken the news that the Starships hitmaker will premiere her new show on E! next year (13).
Quote: "A feud takes a little bit longer. It's music, it's singing, it's laughter." Superstar MARIAH CAREY shoots down reports suggesting she has already begun bickering with her fellow American Idol judge Nicki Minaj.
The contracts are all signed and sealed. Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson will serve as judges on American Idol when the next season of the top-rated talent contest begins in January. Minaj and Urban's addition to the judging panel was officially announced early Sunday. In a statement, Mike Darnell, president of Fox's alternative entertainment division, said, Nicki's an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to Idol -- he's one of the biggest stars in country music, and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him. Each of the panelists will be paid an estimated $14-18 million per season.
Tweet: "Yesterday-10 year anniversary of me winning Idol. Today-nominated in female vocalist category for the Cma's!! Yeah! I promise to earn that!!" Former American Idol champion Kelly Clarkson is excited to mark a new era of her career after landing a nomination for the 2012 County Music Association Awards on Wednesday (05Sep12).
Fact: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and comedian Jimmy Kimmel helped induct TV favourite Ellen DeGeneres onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday (04Sep12). The chat show queen unveiled the 2,477th star at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.
Quote: "I'd love to do something like The Voice. I did American Idol and it made me realise if you have a lot of experience you can make a difference." Scottish singer Lulu is eyeing a role on the singing reality show.
Fact: The former niece of American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has become the toast of Team Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics after winning two gold medals for dressage. Horserider Charlotte Dujardin, whose aunt Bonita Shawe was married to the TV mogul for 33 years, claimed her second medal on Thursday (09Aug12).
Quote: "I think that Mariah will fit right in. She's pretty open and she doesn't sugarcoat much, at least in my experience with her." American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is confident R&B superstar Mariah Carey will make a great addition to the talent show's judging panel.
Quote: "I'm waiting for someone to even attempt to sing a Mariah song in front of Mariah. The facial expression itself is gonna be classic." Nick Cannon urges American Idol contestants not to try to sing his wife's hits when she becomes a judge on the talent show.
Tweet: "Welcome to the fam MariahCarey!! When u and nickcannon need a date night, I'm happy to strap on the double baby bjorn." American Idol host Ryan Seacrest offers his services as a childminder to new judge Mariah Carey.
Quote: "Steven and Jennifer are truly two of the most talented and consummate professionals I've worked with. I was friends with them before we hopped on this crazy journey together and I have no doubt our friendships will continue long after. I will love them for life." Randy Jackson reacts to news that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are leaving the American Idol panel, leaving him the only remaining judge until replacements are announced.
Fact: American Idol finalists Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips set a new high for the TV talent show on Tuesday night (22May12) - 132 million votes were counted for the pair after their final performance round.
Quote: "I'm Team Jessica and my girlfriend is Team Phillip. We have this little wager going on... If I win, she has to massage my feet for 10 minutes - she hates feet - and if she wins, I have to cook her a meal, and I can't cook for anything." Jason Derulo and his girlfriend Jordin Sparks have a bet at stake on the outcome of the American Idol finale on Wednesday (23May12).
Fact: American Idol star Erika Van Pelt is planning a summer (12) tribute to her personal idol Donna Summer on tour after opening for the disco queen at a fundraiser in Dallas, Texas last year (11). Van Pelt will be part of this summer's Idol concert tour and she's hoping producers will let her sing her favourite Donna Summer number On The Radio. The disco diva lost her battle with cancer on Thursday (17May12).
Tweet: "There is no truth to reports that say I am definitely leaving Idol. All I said was I haven't decided what I am doing next year. #mediaremix." Jennifer Lopez keeps fans guessing about her future as a judge on American Idol.
Fact: Coming To America star Arsenio Hall and former American Idol finalist Clay Aiken will battle it out in the final of Donald Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice after singer Aubrey O'Day was eliminated on Sunday (13May12). The live finale, which will award a grand prize of $250,000 (£156,250) for the winner's chosen charity, will air in the U.S. this weekend (20May12).
Fact: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is selling his Hollywood Hills mansion. The property, which boasts six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a recording studio, a wine cellar and a guest house, has been placed on the market for $11.9 million (£7.4 million), two years after initially asking for $14.95 million (£9.34 million) for the home.
Fact: Justin Bieber has given American Idol host Ryan Seacrest a big boost after the TV/radio personality's new YouTube.com channel reached 100 million views - by appearing in a new spoof video urging his pal to get creative and win more online fans. The pop superstar posed with babies and puppies for the skit and even attempted a little 'shuffling' to LMFAO's hit Sexy & I Know It in a bid to help Seacrest's channel win viewers.
Quote: "Let's just give a big shout-out to Robin Gibb who's battling some illness, he's sick... Our prayers are with you and Barry and your families. The Bee Gees are one of the greatest songwriting people (sic) in the world." American Idol judge Randy Jackson pays tribute to ailing Robin Gibb after contestant Joshua Ledet performed a pitch-perfect rendition of The Bee Gees' To Love Somebody during Wednesday night's (02May12) TV talent show.
Fact: Former American Idol finalist Bo Bice has become a father for the fourth time - his wife gave birth to the couple's first daughter on Monday (23Apr12). Newborn Merrin Elizabeth Joy joins brothers Ean Jacob, two, Caleb James, three, and Aidan Michael, six.
Fact: Popular TV presenter Ryan Seacrest has renewed his contract as the host of American Idol. He'll front the show for another two years in a deal reportedly worth a whopping $30 million (£18.8 million). The star has served as the reality show's MC since its premiere in 2002.
Quote: "For me right now I'm looking at marketing. Marketing or communications, something that could help me out with what I'm doing, something could help me with this industry but not necessarily be music because I'm learning about music every day and I'm in music class all the time as an 18-year-old." American Idol star Scotty Mccreery prefers not to study music when he attends North Carolina State University this autumn (12).
Fact: Designer Tommy Hilfiger has signed on as U.S. TV talent show American Idol's first makeover guru. As the programme's 'image advisor', the style icon will help groom contestants so they look like stars.
Fact: Former American Idol contestant Michael Lynche has become a father for the second time - his wife Christa gave birth to a son, named Kingston Michael, on Tuesday (21Feb12) in New York. The couple also has a daughter, Laila Rose, who was born in 2010.
Tweet: "We loved your vocal performance so much we'd love to invite you on to American Idol this Season for a duet with Al Green." American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe wants U.S. President Barack Obama to perform the full version of Let's Stay Together with the soul hitmaker himself after the politician sang an extract of the classic track at a recent fundraiser.
Fact: Former American Idol star Constantine Maroulis is returning to Broadway next spring (13) to play the title role in an upcoming musical revival of Jekyll & Hyde. The singer recently wrapped up his three-year run in the Big Apple play Rock of Ages.
Fact: American Idol star Scotty Mccreery is set to make his acting debut alongside Rachel Bilson on U.S. TV show Hart Of Dixie. The singer will guest star on the family drama and perform his hit tune The Trouble With Girls on 23 April (12).
Tweet: "Arrived home my kids are watching American Idol Hey Jude please Paul do something!! And John must be turning in his grave." Rocker Dave Stewart was appalled to discover the classic Beatles track being used in auditions for American Idol.
Quote: "I think that was great. That was great. Very soulful." Aerosmith rocker and American Idol judge Steven Tyler gives U.S. President Barack Obama the thumbs up for his brief rendition of Al Green's Let's Stay Together at a fundraiser in New York on Thursday (19Jan12).
Fact: Former American Idol star Danny Gokey is set to wed his girlfriend Leyicet Peralta. The couple plan to exchange vows during a small ceremony next month (Jan12). The singer lost his first wife, Sophia, during a routine heart surgery operation back in 2008.
Quote: "I think me and Randy (Jackson) and Steven (Tyler) got into our first fight... I got really, really upset. There was this girl that came in and sang and she was amazing... I just knew this girl deserved a chance and I just got so mad that she wasn't gonna get it because I thought they weren't paying attention or something." Jennifer Lopez admits she clashed with her fellow American Idol judges when they overruled her during a recent audition for the hit TV talent show.
Fact: Former American Idol judge Simon Cowell has started off his morning in exactly the same way for the past five years. For breakfast he enjoys drinking hot water with lemon, and papaya juice with lime, followed by a bowl of oatmeal, a cup of tea, and three different vitamin-packed smoothies.The creature of habit then watches cartoons because it puts him in a "good mood".
Fact: Former American Idol finalist Scott Macintyre married his girlfriend Christina Teich in Scottsdale, Arizona on Thursday (18Aug11). The singer finished in eighth place on the hit reality show in 2009.
Quote: "He's doing a lot of it, he is. He's, like, taking control. He sits with his computer in between songs and is kind of on a roll with everything." Twilight star Nikki Reed is leaving her wedding plans in the capable hands of her fiance Paul MCDonald, a former American Idol contestant.
Fact: American Idol winner Lee DeWyze is engaged to wed his model/actress girlfriend Jonna Walsh. The singer proposed to the beauty during a romantic ride on a private yacht at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, reports People.com.
Quote: "She's talking about you all the time. I think I've gotta hook you guys up... I think she's stalking you." Tom Cruise pokes fun at Rock of Ages co-star Julianne Hough during a radio interview with her boyfriend, DJ and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
Quote: "I never wanted to do American Idol. I turned around and said, 'The show sucks. How can kids be an American Idol? They haven't played clubs, they haven't paid their dues, they haven't done what we did.' I was wrong. They are out there, we just have to wade through a bunch of them." Rocker and new American Idol judge Steven Tyler was skeptical of joining Simon Cowell's talent show.
Fact: American Idol finalists Lauren Alaina and Scotty Mccreery will perform songs picked for them by country music stars Carrie Underwood and George Strait on Tuesday's (24May11) final performance show.
Quote: "I would! That would be awesome. I wouldn't be a tough judge, though." Pop superstar Britney Spears would jump at the chance to follow in Jennifer Lopez's footsteps and sit on the judging panel on hit reality show American Idol.
Quote: "Everybody says, 'Oh, isn't this, like, a short cut to fame?' I'm like, 'No, it's like the hard course in fame... It's a crash course and you have to get up there and you have to perform and you have to be great.'" Jennifer Lopez fires back at her peers who think American Idol is an easy route to success.
Quote: "This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can't believe I am saying this, (but) I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she's on the show." Simon Cowell is delighted his former American Idol co-judge Paula Abdul will join him on the panel of upcoming U.S. talent show The X Factor.
Tweet: "I only have one word for our mentor on American Idol next week.......... Gaga." American Idol host Ryan Seacrest reveals to his Twitter.com fans that Lady GaGa will coach wannabes on the U.S. reality show.
Quote: "If you think going out in front of high-def (definition) cameras and millions of people, I'm not high on adrenaline, you're crazy. I'm stoned when that curtain drops. I just don't snort the curtain dropping." Sober rocker Steven Tyler insists the rush of excitement is the only high he experiences when he serves as a judge on hit U.S. reality show American Idol.
Quote: "I think it's because I have a lot of love in my life. I feel lucky to be an attractive person, but I've always felt that real beauty always comes from your heart." Singer/actress and American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez credits the happiness in her personal life for her glowing looks. The star has just been named People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman of 2011.
Tweet: "Don't have an 'Idol' habit, but how could the Usa vote Pia off? I may be done for the season!" Actor Tom Hanks is shocked after TV favourite Pia Toscano was voted off U.S. reality show American Idol on Thursday night (07Apr11).
Fact: DJ and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has topped a definitive new trade magazine poll to find the most powerful person in U.S. reality TV. The TV mogul has beaten former Idol judge Simon Cowell and fellow Brits Gordon Ramsay and Mark Burnett, as well as America's leading small screen executives to land atop the new Hollywood Reporter 2011 Reality TV Power List.
Fact: Guitar great Jeff Beck will join the American Idol wannabes on TV next week (06Apr11) during a tribute to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The two-time inductee will be a guest performer on the show and he'll accompany each of the singers on guitar.
Quote: "I thought he was terrific when he mentored on Idol last year and, I'm surprised he didn't get the job, because I think he is really, really charismatic, knowledgeable, funny." Music mogul Simon Cowell is surprised Harry Connick, JR. didn't land a judging role on the new-look American Idol after he quit the show last year (10).
Fact: Past American Idol winner David Cook has recorded a cover of Simple Minds' Don't You (Forget About Me), which will be used as the TV talent contest's new exit song and played as contestants are voted off the show.
Fact: Former American Idol finalist SCOTT MACINTYRE is set to wed his girlfriend Christina Teich later this year (11). The singer finished in eighth place on the hit reality show in 2009.
Quote: "From what I've seen and from what I've heard, it all seems to be going well, I always thought that would be the case. I think they've done a good job." Simon Cowell has applauded new American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler following his departure from the panel last year (10).
Quote: "I think it's a great show because it's like the American dream. These kids can get up there and do what they want. I think it's fantastic... I like this new team now they've got... I want to get on the show and become a judge." SIR Anthony Hopkins is an unlikely fan of TV talent show American Idol.
Quote: "He's saving the show because it was kind of boring before. There's only so many times you can watch Simon (Cowell) be mean to people... It's so nice to see him up there." Steven Tyler's daughter Mia is a big fan of her father's turn as a judge on American Idol.
Quote: "It would be like if I had cameras in my house when my kids were growing up. I get to be more vulnerable, honest, open and more in the moment." Steven Tyler has promised fans will see a different side of him through his judging role on American Idol.
Quote: "She would definitely get a strong, solid seven (out of 10). A seven's really good. She doesn't have the biggest voice in the world, but she can sing. It's the package - look at Britney (Spears), Ke$ha, (Lady) Gaga, they're not like my girl Mariah Carey." American Idol star Randy Jackson might have some explaining to do after questioning fellow judge Jennifer Lopez's star credentials during an appearance on late-night chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (18Jan11).
Fact: Country singer/actress Julianne Hough and her boyfriend, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, made their red carpet debut as a couple on Sunday (16Jan11) when they appeared together at the 2011 Golden Globes. The stars began dating last year (10).
Quote: "I quite like them. I watch them occasionally. I agree with Elton (John), there is some tripe on there, but there's some tripe in the charts as well. I do feel that the amount of attention they get in the build-up to the shows and then once they're out of it - dumped - I think psychologically that can be very hurtful." Rod Stewart fears for contestants on TV singing competitions such as American Idol.
Quote: "People are going to be highly impressed with her. She absolutely makes sense to me with everything she's said so far to the kids." American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has high praise for new recruit Jennifer Lopez.
Quote: "I've cried. We get a lot of elation when we put them through and devastation, almost, when they're not (sic). But it's been a ball." New judge Jennifer Lopez has found her first few American Idol auditions an emotional experience.
Quote: "I can truly say that I lost to a worthy opponent." Rocker BRET MICHAELS has no hard feelings towards Steven Tyler, who beat the Poison frontman to the job as a judge on the upcoming season of American Idol.
Quote: "At first they were jealous, they heard it through the press and not through me. But then I said to them, 'Four months ago you were looking for another lead singer.' So things go up and down." Aerosmith star Steven Tyler on how his bandmates reacted to news he was the new judge on TV talent show American Idol.
Quote: "Again, the four of us were in shock. It was a replay of last year, except this time he had a job... It's like getting hit over the head." Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is still reeling from the news his bandmate Steven Tyler may quit the band for a second time amid rumours he's been chosen as the new American Idol judge.
Quote: "The rumours are true... I'm pregnant with (Aerosmith guitarist) Joe Perry's baby."AEROSMITH rocker Steven Tyler pokes fun at reports he is set to join the judging panel on reality TV show American Idol.
Tweet: "Spoke with Ellen DeGeneres tonight. I will miss her on Idol. She's one of the kindest and most talented people in Hollywood!" Ryan Seacrest reacts to the news that the talk show host has quit her role on the American Idol judging panel.
Quote: "I would definitely have tried out for those talent shows. I would have done X Factor. You get huge exposure on those programmes. Those kids are thrown in at the deep end, singing in front of millions of people before they even get a record contract. But you have to take those opportunities." SIR Tom Jones is a huge fan of TV talent shows like American Idol and The X Factor.
Fact: Former American Idol star Kimberley Locke is reportedly in talks to return to the small screen to search for the next plus-sized, all-girl music group. Locke went public with her weight loss battle with a stint on Celebrity Fit Club in 2007 and she is now looking to turn the spotlight onto other full-figured singers, according to the New York Post.
Quote: "You know what my trademark would be? Not saying nothing (sic). They'd come on and be like, 'Sean?' and I would be like... (silence)." Sean Combs already has a tactic in mind if TV bosses choose him to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol.
Quote: "I watch it religiously... but I don't think the show has been great this season. That's why their ratings have dropped a little bit. I think the judges have been a little soft. I think it's time to mix it up, make it a little more exciting again." Shock jock Howard Stern insists the time is right for him to replace Simon Cowell as a judge on American Idol.
Fact: Kelly Clarkson is the most successful American Idol contestant ever. She has sold 10.6 million albums, outstripping contemporaries including country star Carrie Underwood and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson.
Fact: Former American Idol champion David Cook raised $140,000 (£93,333) for brain cancer charities at the annual Race For Hope in Washington, D.C., on Sunday (02May10). The singer took part in last year's (09) race just a day after his brother lost his battle with a brain tumour.
Fact: SIR Elton John, Annie Lennox and Alicia Keys are joining forces for an American Idol fundraiser this week (begs19Apr10). Justin Bieber, former Idol winner Carrie Underwood, the Black Eyed Peas and Jeff Beck are also set to appear onscreen for the Idol Gives Back charity show, set to air in America on Wednesday (21Apr10).
Quote: "They are for overweight Aunt Millies and girls who wear gym pants to the mall. Why? Do you actually watch that garbage?" White Stripes rocker Jack White is not a fan of TV talent shows such as American Idol and The X Factor.
Fact: Adam Lambert is returning to American Idol to mentor the latest round of contestants. The former talent show runner-up will work with the wannabe pop stars in the run-up to their live performances on Tuesday (13Apr10).
Quote: "I like American Idol. I think I'd be the perfect host to fill in because I understand the dynamics of music and I see stars before they're made. I feel like sometimes they pass on some good people 'cause they don't really have it together that first show." Snoop Dogg wants to join the judging panel of hit TV talent show AMERICAN IDOL.
Fact: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has been forced to turn down the chance to play reality TV star Heidi Montag's husband in Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston's new comedy Just Go With It due to work commitments.
Quote: "I like making out with girls from time to time. I have this curiosity at the back of my mind. I've never had sex with a woman and I'm a little bit curious about it." Gay American Idol star Adam Lambert is keen to experiment with his sexuality.
Quote: "I was really impressed with Simon (Cowell) because he's been doing it for so long and he would wrap it up so perfectly... Everyone thinks he's mean; I thought he was really smart. It was fun to be there." Avril Lavigne on her stint as a guest judge on American Idol.
Fact: Stylish American Idol star Adam Lambert will offer bitchy fashion comments on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (31Jan10). He'll be the style reporter for U.S. TV news show Entertainment Tonight.
Quote: “I don’t think so. Ellen is there, and I think she’ll do a great job. We’d probably be too similar. She’s gonna be nice; I would be nice. She would say ‘Oh my God, you’re great,’ then there would be two mean people and then there’d be me going ‘Oh my God, you’re great.’” ROSIE O'DONNELL doesn't want to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol alongside Ellen Degeneres when the music mogul leaves the show later this year (10).
Quote: "I'm a fan of reality TV and such a fan of Idol - I don't know if I'll be able to watch it without Simon, he's my favourite! He kind of makes the show!" Former THE O.C. star Rachel Bilson is sad Simon Cowell will be leaving American Idol when this year's (10) series finishes.
Quote: "I am always surprised at how short Simon is. I have known him for a while but it still always shocks me." Victoria Beckham on her recent guest appearance on Simon Cowell's U.S. TV show American Idol.
Quote: “How are you going to have the show without him? Who's going to insult people?” Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington wades into the debate following Simon Cowell's announcement he is set to leave the judging panel on hit TV show American Idol.
Quote: "I thought about it - at one point I was gonna stay on and do both shows and then I genuinely thought people would be sick and tired of me." Simon Cowell considered judging both American Idol and new U.S. version of his British hit The X Factor before deciding to quit the former after nine seasons.
Quote: "I adore Paula. Whatever happens, I will be working with her in some capacity. Because I miss her." Simon Cowell hints he could be teaming up with fellow former American Idol judge when he takes his The X Factor talent show Stateside.
Quote: "A lot of people loved Paula, and I don’t want to be the person that took Paula’s job away from her. Which I wasn’t. I’m not going to be able to please everyone. I gave up trying to do that a long time ago.” Newly-appointed American Idol judge Ellen Degeneres defends her new role on the hit talent contest, following PAULA ADBUL's departure last year (09).
Quote: "I got a call that they were actually looking for Randy Jackson, my brother, and somehow they called up RANDY JACKSON, the record executive." TITO JACKSON is convinced American Idol bosses went after the wrong Randy when they were calling up judges for the hit TV talent show.
Quote: "I happen to think that I am just extraordinarily lucky. I am doing something that I am passionate about and that I enjoy doing." American Idol judge Simon Cowell believes a lot of his success is down to luck.
Quote: "Some of them are absolutely terrible, and they're delusional, they think that they can sing really well... If you're going to sit for 10 hours in the heat in Dallas, Texas to be in front of millions of people on television, someone has to say, 'You're a terrible singer,' and I had no problem being that guy." Actor/singer Neil Patrick Harris gave harsh criticism to reality TV hopefuls on hit U.S. singing competition American Idol as a guest judge.
Fact: Punk-pop star Avril Lavigne is the latest celebrity to sign up to guest judge wannabe singers on American Idol. Following Paula Abdul's departure, bosses on the hit U.S. talent show have roped in Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Shania Twain and MARY J. BLIGE to sit in a panellist's seat.
Fact: Kelly Clarkson, the first winner of American Idol, will return to the talent show that made her famous to take a seat on the judging panel for upcoming auditions. Victoria Beckham, Shania Twain, Mary J. Blige and Katy Perry have also signed up for duty, replacing Paula Abdul after she quit the show earlier this month (Aug09).
Quote: "Wow! Today! Was long, fun and interesting. I couldn't help but laugh at some people lol (laugh out loud) and some people were really great! I got cursed out for telling this guy the truth about his vocal lol! But that's what I was suppose (sic) to do right? I'm having so much fun doing this." MARY J. BLIGE is ecstatic she's landed a guest slot judging American Idol.
Fact: Former American Idol champion Jordin Sparks is set to join Britney Spears on the second leg of her Circus tour. The Battlefield singer will support the superstar when the show hits New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Quote: "We do still speak every day. We'll often speak to each other five, even 10 times a day. He still has tons of photos of me all round his house!" Terri Seymour reveals she is still close to American Idol star Simon Cowell following their split last year (08).
Quote: "I want to be nice to people. I know how it feels to be judged and when nerves really get the better of you. I don't want to shatter anybody's dream." Former SPICE GIRL Victoria Beckham vows to be complimentary to wannabe pop stars when she appears as a guest judge on American Idol next year (10).
Fact: Katy Perry is the latest star heading to the judging panel of U.S. talent show American Idol. The I KISSED A GIRL hitmaker will make an appearance on the forthcoming season of the show, when she'll be seen sitting through select auditions. Victoria Beckham has also landed a guest judge slot. Both will replace Paula Abdul, who quit the show earlier this week (beg03Aug09).
Fact: The man accused of killing American Idol wannabe ALEXIS COHEN in a hit-and-run accident has been charged with three counts: death by vehicular homicide, aggravated manslaughter and eluding a law enforcement officer. Contestant Cohen, 25, died after she was run over in New Jersey on Saturday (25Jul09). Suspect Daniel Bark, 23, is being held on the increased bail of $150,000 (£100,000).
Quote: "I probably couldn’t help myself, that guyliner (eye liner on men) is so amazing. But he’s got an incredible voice, talent is very sexy. I love that he’s so androgynous, he just doesn’t care, has fun and wears whatever he wants." Actress Evan Rachel Wood has a massive crush on gay American Idol finalist runner-up Adam Lambert.
Fact: Songwriter KARA DioGUARDI's new stepdaughter sang Kelly Clarkson's I DO NOT HOOK UP at the American Idol judge's wedding to general contractor MIKE MCCUDDY on 5 July (09). DioGuardi co-wrote the hit.
Fact: American Idol star Randy Jackson landed his first big break when he was asked to play bass for JUDY IN DISGUISE hitmakers JOHN FRED & THE PLAYBOYS in the mid-1970s. The talent show judge also played for jazz fusion star BILLY COBHAM and rockers Journey. He boasts he's either played on, written for or produced between 800 and 1,000 albums.
Quote: “I met Madonna and that was pretty wild. Most everybody I’ve met is pretty cool and on the level, but Madonna is just legendary. I’ve been a fan of hers since I was a kid. So that’s definitely part of the intimidation factor.” American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert was starstruck when he met the Queen of Pop.
Fact: American Idol judge Simon Cowell enjoyed a day out watching horse racing in his native England on Tuesday (16Jun09). The music mogul reportedly won thousands of dollars after the horse he backed romped home in first place.
Quote: "God, no. I couldn't have children. If I had them here drawing on the walls I'd go nuts. And, with kids, you've got a routine you can't escape from. You've got to be up at a certain time. Got to listen. When all you want to do is sit in a corner, thinking." American Idol judge Simon Cowell isn't preparing for fatherhood anytime soon.
Fact: TV talent show American Idol had U.S. viewers gripped on Wednesday night (20May09) - more than 28.8 million people tuned in to see college student KRIS ALLEN crowned the 2009 champ. The audience figure makes the programme the top-rated telecast on TV since the Academy Awards in February (09).
Fact: Slash is set to show the American Idol kids how to rock - as the talent show's latest mentor. The former Guns N' Roses star will advise the final four contestants on next week's (begs04May09) Rock Week.
Fact: Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has signed up to mentor the final seven American Idol hopefuls as they tackle songs from the movies on next week's (beg13Apr09) show. Tarantino has already featured as a guest judge on the TV talent contest.
Quote: "I think you should start a campaign to get me on U.K. television. I've conquered America already, so the U.K. is next. That would really infuriate Simon Cowell." Ryan Seacrest wants to land a job in Britain to annoy his American Idol co-star.
Quote: "I had a kissing scene. You watch stuff growing up, and I always thought I couldnt imagine how uncomfortable that would be. Now I know! (DISTURBIA actress SARAH ROEME) knew what she was doing. I kept apologising the whole time. American Idol winner David Cook on his new video for COME BACK TO ME.
Quote: "One day, if you look on there and you see a guy with familiar eyes... We've been talking about, like, a fat suit or something and try to try out for the show. I watch and I just wanna know what the judges think of me." Good Charlotte star Joel Madden admits he's a huge fan of TV talent contest American Idol.
Quote: "I do think in Washington it's a little bit like American Idol. But everybody is Simon Cowell. Everybody's got an opinion." U.S. President Barack Obama compares his new working environment to the hit reality TV show.
Fact: American Idol judge KARA DioGUARDI will make her debut as an actress in the new Theory Of A Deadman video NOT MEANT TO BE. The talented songwriter also penned the tune with band frontman Ty Connolly.
Quote: "We and most of our contemporaries would fail the auditions. I couldn't sing a Robbie Williams song. I love the self-belief of those people." Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos could never succeed in an American Idol-style reality TV show.
Quote: "In this business, if you were gay it wouldn't be a problem. It's not unusual to be gay in the music or TV business. So if you are, you are, and if you're not, you're not. I am not gay." American Idol judge Simon Cowell reaffirms his heterosexuality.
Quote: "I think so many people want to rush things, they want to rush hanging out, they want to rush making out, and then it's like they don't even know the person they're with." American Idol runner-up DAVID ARCHULETA is waiting for the love of his life.
Quote: "That's the other thing I would love to do. Make a show with her, as she actually is funny. A p**s-taker. She'd become the biggest celebrity in the world." American Idol judge Simon Cowell is determined to work with Victoria Beckham.
Fact: American Idol judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson will be joined on stage by Grammy-nominated songwriter KARA DIOGUARDI next year (09) when she joins the reality TV talent show's cast as its fourth judge. DioGuardi has penned tunes for stars including Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Celine Dion.
Quote: "(It was) dreadful, awful, depressing, and disquieting to my integrity." Robert Downey Jr. hated performing alongside Ben Stiller and Jack Black as one of Gladys Knight's PIPS on the American Idol charity special IDOL GIVES BACK.
Fact: American Idol star BO BICE has become a dad again - his son CALEB was born on Tuesday (05Aug08). Bice and his wife CAROLINE FISHER wed in July 2005, two months before their first son, AIDAN, was born.
Fact: American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has quit the TV talent show after seven years in the job. According to website TMZ.com, Lythgoe is stepping down from his role because he's "not passionate about it anymore" and he wants to focus on his other TV hit, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.
Quote: "Since I've been here in America, I've lost the back of my heart, 16 feet of intestine and my marriage. From a personal point of view, it's been a bit tough." American Idol boss Nigel Lythgoe insists his U.S. TV success has taken its toll on his health and his marriage. He's currently divorcing his dancer wife BONNIE.
Fact: American Idol winner David Cook will sing the American National Anthem before Tuesday night's (10Jun08) basketball final showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Quote: "It'S fantastic. Honest to God. I have had zero problems being well-known but not exactly a celebrity. Couldn't care less if someone wants to take my picture" American Idol judge Simon Cowell loves being famous.
Quote: "People call me nasty, but this lot... it's like being at a bear pit. When a bad singer goes on stage they're yelling 'get off' in seconds." American Idol judge Simon Cowell insists he isn't so harsh in comparison to the TV show's audience.
Quote: "You would think Bono has enough money to fix whatever is going on in Africa. But apparently, he only has half." Comedian Rob Schneider encouraged viewers to donate on American Idol charity special IDOL GIVES BACK on Wednesday (09Apr08) - insisting even the U2 frontman isn't rich enough to solve world crises.
Fact: American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson and the show's host Ryan Seacrest have donated their salary's for the U.S. talent show's IDOL GIVES BACK charity fundraiser, which airs on Wednesday (09Apr08), to charity.
Quote: "I've done that in Europe but it's a little different here, at home." Mariah Carey is nervous about the prospect of mentoring and coaching the pop wannabes on the current season of American Idol next month (15-16Apr08).
Fact: Simon Cowell congratulated American Idol co-judge Paula Abdul on the success of her new single DANCE LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW by gifting her with a digital photo frame, stocked with 150 pictures of himself.
Fact: Bono, Fergie, Annie Lennox, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, John Legend and Miley Cyrus are among the stars confirmed to take part in reality TV show American Idol's second annual IDOL GIVES BACK charity special next month (Apr08).
Quote: "Even some of the biggest celebrities in the world manage to have a quiet life. Look at Tom Hanks, no one bothers him. So it is possible." American Idol judge Simon Cowell is adamant fame-seeking celebrities bring their troubles on themselves.
Quote: "They have offered me more not to go on the show. It's true - it's the only contract in history where they have offered me more money not to do the show." Music mogul Simon Cowell may quit his role as a judge on American Idol after the current season of the U.S. reality TV hit.
Quote: "Oh really? He needs some more than because I didn't notice any improvement!" Singer Paula Abdul's response to the news her American Idol co-judge Simon Cowell has had wrinkle-treating Botox injections.
Fact: Paula Abdul's pop comeback was given a huge boost on Thursday night (21Feb08) when her new video, DANCE LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW, debuted in its entirety at the end of American Idol - the talent show she judges. More than 23 million viewers tuned in to the episode.
Fact: Former American Idol star Katharine Mcphee and her new husband NICK COKAS are enjoying their honeymoon in Oahu, Hawaii. The newlyweds married in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, on Saturday (02Feb08).
Quote: "The hard part wasn't getting the appendix out; it was sitting in the hospital and flipping on American Idol and being like the news flash... They had to play an entire montage of my life as if I was going to die soon." Zac Efron on the media fuss surrounding his recent medical crisis.
Fact: The top 10 most watched shows in America in 2007 were either American Idol broadcasts or live American football games. The Super Bowl in February (07) was the highest-rated telecast.
Fact: More than 33 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere of the new season of U.S. TV talent show American Idol on Tuesday night (15Jan08).
Quote: "We have a presidential election going on, and for whatever reason this is what people are interested in? I think that is probably the saddest thing. Leave her alone, just leave her alone." American Idol star Clay Aiken blasts the U.S. media for ignoring politics and going after troubled BRITNEY SPEARS.
Quote: "Let's hope for another wardrobe malfunction." Simon Cowell hopes his fellow American Idol judge Paula Abdul slips up like Janet Jackson if she performs, as reported, at next month's (Feb07) Super Bowl.
Quote: "Our performers think they're going to manage but the reality is they're not. It can be a letdown even when you advance, because success is never what you expect. I just hope they have loving friends and family if they have to go back to their jobs at Burger King." Paula Abdul on U.S. reality show American Idol's winners and losers.
Quote: "I don't do romantic. I don't do roses. And I cringe at the thought of Valentine's Day. Terri understands." American Idol judge Simon Cowell does little to woo his model girlfriend TERRI SEYMOUR.
Quote: "I don't need to use chat-up (pick-up) lines. I just look at a girl and smile and if she responds that means she's interested. I suppose I'm a bit of a flirt." American Idol judge Simon Cowell on his romancing techniques.
Fact: Reality TV show American Idol will stage another IDOL GIVES BACK charity special in April (08), after the success of this year's (07) inaugural fundraiser.
Fact: U.S. country music network CMT will become Carrie Music Television on Thursday (20Sep07) when the American Idol winner's new video SO SMALL is played back-to-back for six hours. The promo will appear 64 times from 6am.
Fact: Former American Idol champ Carrie Underwood has made pop chart history in America by scoring the highest-debut ever for a female artist in the country countdown. The pretty singer's new track So Small has entered the Billboard Country Airplay chart at number 20.
Quote: "In years to come, if you ever get tired of running the country, you can come and work with me to produce TV shows." American Idol judge Simon Cowell is impressed with British royals Prince William and Prince Harry for organising the Concert For Diana in London on Sunday (01Jul07).
Fact: More than 29.5 million Americans tuned into the American Idol finale on Wednesday night (23May07). Teri Hatcher, JENNIFER HUDSON and David Hasselhoff were among the fans who were in the audience at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Fact: The American Idol 'Idol Gives Back' live charity TV special raised $33 million (GBP16.5 million) in just 90 minutes last night (25Apr07).
Quote: "They said, 'Do you wanna do American Idol?' and I said, `Erm...' and they said, 'It's for charity and Annie Lennox is on,' and I said, 'Alright, cool...' But I don't watch it." Pink will appear on the upcoming IDOL GIVES BACK charity special with Gwen Stefani, BORAT and her heroine Lennox even though she isn't a fan of the TV singing contest.
Fact: The last time Oscar winner and performer JENNIFER HUDSON sang onstage at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre was after she was voted off TV talent show American Idol.
Fact: Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader-turned-American Idol judge Paula Abdul was honoured with Nevada Ballet Theater's Woman Of The Year Award at the weekend (21JAN07) for her lifetime achievement in dance.
Quote: "If I went to a French restaurant... I would ask the chef to make a plate of chips. I look at those menus in utter horror. I find them appalling - pigeon, the insides of animals, all that weird stuff. I can't stand it." Caustic American Idol judge Simon Cowell isn't a fan of French cuisine.
Quote: "Madonna adopted a child but I just wheel these kids into the room if I need to do the father thing." American Idol judge Simon Cowell is happy to remain childless while he works with teenage musical prodigies ANGELIS.
Quote: "I wanna go straight to the theatre and go and see it for myself with the people. I just wanna go share with the people and watch them, see how they like it. I don't need anything for Christmas, I have a movie coming out." Former American Idol star JENNIFER HUDSON will be spending Christmas Day (25DEC06) at the movies, watching her film debut in DREAMGIRLS.
Fact: Rappers Da Brat and Warren G will join 1980s pop sensation Tiffany and former American Idol star KIMBERLEY LOCKE for the fifth series of hit US reality show CELEBRITY FIT CLUB next year (07). On the show, the stars compete to lose weight.
Fact: Former American Idol star JENNIFER HUDSON beat 782 other hopefuls to land the role of EFFIE WHITE in new movie musical DREAMGIRLS, for which she's now being tipped for an Oscar. She auditioned three times.
Fact: Former American Idol star-turned-country singer JOSH GRACIN and his wife ANN MARIE have welcomed their third child into the world. Baby GABRIELLA ANN was born on Wednesday (15NOV06).
Fact: American Idol star KATHERINE MCPHEE scrapped plans to perform her version of SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW at the Carousel Of Hope ball in Beverly Hills on Saturday (28OCT06) after learning her heroine Whitney Houston would be in the audience. Instead, she performed Houston's I HAVE NOTHING, which earned her a standing ovation from the diva.
Quote: "People look at me like I must be a country bumpkin. They think I'm stupid. I'll do interviews, and everybody's like, 'Do you milk cows..?' I've never milked a cow my entire life." American Idol star Carrie Underwood, who graduated from Oklahoma's Northeastern State University with a journalism degree earlier this year (06).
Quote: "There have been so many rumours about CLAY (AIKEN) in certain tawdry papers he has to expect that if he's being interviewed... that questions gonna come up." SIR Elton John warns American Idol star Clay Aiken he'll always face questions about his homosexuality.
Quote: "It's all subjective. I've been on the best-dressed and worst-dressed (lists), and I say to the designer, 'At least I'm making you famous!'" Singer and American Idol judge Paula Abdul on her eclectic wardrobe choices.
Quote: "I've never seen the show... Ultimately, what I believe in the show is, that as artists, if any of these guys or girls are going to survive they're gonna have to start writing their own stuff, so until then they're just lounge singers." Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has little respect for American Idol contestants.
Fact: American Idol winner TAYLOR HICKS has signed a $750,000 (GBP416,600) deal to pen a memoir, called HEART FULL OF SOUL.
Fact: Former American Idol hopeful SCOTT SAVOL has married Tennessee cop ROCHELLE WADDELL. Rotund Savol serenaded his bride at the ceremony with a tune he wrote for her. Savol proposed to Waddell a month after he was eliminated from the TV talent show in May 2005.
Quote: "I was rooting for ELLIOT (YAMIN) the whole way. I'm still as mad as a hornet he didn't win." Rocker Sheryl Crow on watching endless hours of American Idol as she recovered from breast cancer treatment earlier this year (06).
Fact: American Idol champion Carrie Underwood's amazing year continues - the record-breaking country star has been chosen to sing the US National Anthem at baseball's All-Star Game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 11 July (06).
Quote: "I feel like Paula Abdul on American Idol because there are so many people and everybody has such big dreams and they're all so talented." Beyonce Knowles admits that auditioning for her new all-girl backing band is like judging TV talent show American Idol.
Fact: More people voted (63 Million) in Wednesday's (24MAY06) final of talent show American Idol, than have ever voted in the US presidential elections. Alabama soul man Taylor Hicks beat CATHERINE MCPHEE with the majority of votes.
Fact: More than 43 million viewers in the US and in excess of 200 million worldwide watched the finale of TV talent show American Idol on Wednesday night (24MAY06).
Fact: Taye Diggs, Tori Spelling, Ben Stiller and Christina Applegate were among the celebrities in the audience at the American Idol finale on Tuesday night (23MAY06) at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Teri Hatcher and Heather Locklear were among the crowd at the announcement show, where Dionne Warwick and Mary J Blige performed, last night (23MAY06).
Quote: "I hate Simon Cowell with a vengeance. I think all three of them (judges) should take a hike! The concept has grown so quickly, that it has now burned itself out into this contest of abuse." Phil Collins is no fan of US TV talent show American Idol.
Quote: "I'm enjoying my American Idol experience and I won't let that taint it." DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star TERI HATCHER still tunes in to the hit TV show, despite having had a "disastrous" date with host Ryan Seacrest.
Quote: "I ate too much lobster?" Teri Hatcher jokes about the reason why American Idol host Ryan Seacrest may have dumped her by phone after the couple were photographed kissing at an out-of-the-way California beach restaurant last month (APR06).
Fact: Over 27 million people tuned into Tuesday night's (18APR06) American Idol as Rod Stewart coached the finalists to croon standards like It Had to Be You and SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME. Rocking Rod thrilled the pop wannabes by bringing baby son ALASTAIR to a televised meet-and-greet session.
Quote: "If you're going out with a porn star, in a weird way, it's safer. At least you know where you stand... I always use a rubber (condom), but I don't need medical evidence. They're constantly tested. It's their job." American Idol judge Simon Cowell on the advantages of dating porn stars.
Quote: "It's kind of genius in the same way that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are genius - it's something really bad for you... but you can't resist." Actor Hugh Grant jokes about his obsession with reality TV show American Idol.
Quote: "I'm not the one trying to look like someone out of Desperate Housewives. Lose the beard." American Idol judge Simon Cowell making fun of host Ryan Seacrest's facial stubble, while alluding to his reported relationship with DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star Teri Hatcher.
Fact: A woman living next door to the American Idol mansion in Los Angeles has complained to show bosses after wannabe rock star Chris Daughtry's loud music proved so stressful for her pet bird, SWEET PEA, it died.
Fact: <p>American Idol judge Simon Cowell could be hitting the music charts as the subject of the folk-style ballad I HATE YOU SIMON. The song, written for stage hit Instant Celebrity: JUST ADD WATER, established a cult following via internet play and has been gaining airtime in the UK and America. </p>
Quote: <p>" I was really inspired by Kelly Clarkson this year. Bless her heart. She really worked hard this year and I was really proud of her. I seriously like her a lot." Pop star Britney Spears is a big fan of American Idol winner KELLY CLARKSON. </p>
Quote: <p>"I did thank the fans, and that's American Idol. The 40 million people are the reason I was here." Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson addressing critics who said she should have acknowledged American Idol during her acceptance speech. </p>
Fact: <p>American Idol judge Randy Jackson returned to his live musical roots at the Grammy Awards last night (08FEB06) - he played bass for Mariah Carey and also contributed to the night's Sly Stone tribute. </p>
Fact: <p>American Idol judge Randy Jackson returned to his live musical roots at the Grammy Awards last night (08JAN06) - he played bass for Mariah Carey and also contributed to the night's Sly Stone tribute. </p>
Quote: <p>"He's an a**... He says the dumbest things sometimes. He has no regard for what people may feel and how it crushes their lives. SIMON destroys the hope." Paula Abdul isn't a fan of the way her American Idol co-judge Simon Cowell treats auditioning wannabes on the show. </p>
Fact: <p>More than 35 million fans tuned in to watch the season premiere of US TV talent show American Idol on Tuesday night (17JAN06). </p>
Fact: <p>Reggae star Sean Paul, Chris Brown, Sugarland and the Pussycat Dolls will join THE Bangles, 311 and 3 DOORS DOWN in the line-up for Dick Clark's NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE TV special from New York City's Times Square. Ailing Clark, who suffered a stroke a year ago (04), will co-host the show with American Idol presenter Ryan Seacrest. </p>
Quote: <p>"I'm not going to celebrate because then you behave like a lottery winner. It's vulgar." American Idol judge Simon Cowell insists he's going to remain low-key about his new TV talent show deal, which will reportedly bring him $40 million (GBP22.2 million) over the next five years and a huge chunk of the show's profits. </p>
Fact: <p>An apple packer from Grabouw became the third SOUTH AFRICAN IDOL on Sunday night (27NOV05) when KARIN KORTJE claimed the top prize in the TV talent contest spin-off of Pop Idol and American Idol. Kortje won a recording contract with Sony/BMG. </p>
Fact: <p>Eighties pop star-turned-American Idol judge Paula Abdul has returned to her cheerleading roots to create a new work-out video. The former LOS ANGELES LAKERS dancer, will put aerobics fans through their paces in a new cheerleader-style fitness DVD, called CARDIOCHEER. </p>
Quote: <p>"Clay Aiken's attempt to prove he's straight will be undermined when it's revealed that his German family name was originally the much longer Aikenformansausage." Comedian CONAN O'BRIEN pokes fun at the American Idol runner-up. </p>
Quote: <p>"If myself, Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix and Madonna auditioned for American Idol, do you think we'd make it? We would fail." Kiss rocker Gene Simmons insists it takes more than a good voice to become a superstar. </p>
Fact: <p>Gloria Estefan and American Idol judge Randy Jackson will be among the music stars marching on Washington, DC's Capitol Hill to discuss music's cultural significance with politicians as part of the first Recording Arts Day. </p>