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Another Article on Simon and Paula Considering Their Futures

Yes, yes, call this a slight non-issue, all right, but someone's got to talk about this, right? We did mention before, Simon Cowell's interview with a British tabloid about his plans to leave American Idol soon, partly because of his involvement with a couple of other reality talent shows across the pond, which is keeping him busier than he expected, it seems. Of course, folks are quick to speculate that it could be his tactic to get an advantage when his contract--which ends this year, by the way--gets renegotiated with the folks at Fox. What's a better way to increase your salary, right? Or, at the very least, it was him pandering to the Brits when he said it. Look like he's serious, though. "When I signed the latest extension on Idol through next season, it felt like that was going to be the right amount of time," he told The New York Times. "It still feels right." And he says whoever out there is saying he's just playing the cards to get the upper hand doesn't know him well. "I have as good a relationship with the people from Fox as you possibly can have," he said. "They've become friends. I don't bull them. I don't want to get bored, and I don't want the audience to get bored." To Read More Click Here .

Video: David Archuleta Singing 'Touch My Hand' at 'American Idol'

David Archuleta appeared on " American Idol " stage on April 22, singing "Touch My Hand" at the result show of the Fox's reality singing competition. He took the stage near the end of the show before Anoop Desai was eliminated. Other musical guests at the result show were Freda Payne, Thelma Houston and Harry Wayne Casey of KC & The Sunshine Band. During the night, Freda sang a medley of several songs, which included "Band of Gold", Thelma delivered "Don't Leave Me This Way", and Harry performed "Get Down Tonight". In addition to the live appearances from those stars, the Idol stage was also glittered with a performance from the 5 remaining contestants, Matt Giraud, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Danny Gokey, as well as 2 just-booted contestants, Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds. They were dancing and singing to Jackson Five's 1979 hit single "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)". Source & Video

Jennifer Hudson Rumored Pregnant With First Child

Baby news comes from Jennifer Hudson as she reportedly is pregnant with fiance David Otunga's baby. Should the news, which is first reported by Essence magazine, is proven true, the baby will be the couple's first child. No comment has been issued by Jennifer about the pregnancy report. Her people also remain tight lipped on that matter. Having been engaged to her actor boyfriend David Otunga since last year, Jennifer Hudson previously told Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson that she is planning to design her own wedding dress. "I want to design it ... Definitely classic, more traditional than anything. I want it to be nice and traditional, but very classy, very classy," said the singer-actress. She, however, didn't disclose the exact wedding date and venue. As of press time, Jennifer is headlining a tour to support her self-titled album "Jennifer Hudson". The tour will run through May 8 later this year. Source Here

Simon Says His 2010 Idol Exit Plan "Still Feels Right," while Paula Ponders Her Own Future

Simon Cowell insists he isn't simply angling for bigger bucks when he says that he intends to leave American Idol at the end of his current contract, which runs through next season. "When I signed the latest extension ... it felt like that was going to be the right amount of time," Cowell tells the New York Times. "It still feels right." Of course, many surmise that Cowell is simply seeking a more massive payday - Idol now nets him an estimated $36 million a season - when Fox inevitably invites him back to the bargaining table. But Simon insists his recent public comments are "not negotiating." "I don't want to get bored, and I don't want the audience to get bored," he says. Should Cowell actually "break up" with Ryan Seacrest, he could decide to adapt Britain's X Factor - which, unlike Idol, he owns - for the United States. Paula Abdul, whose own Idol deal expires at the end of this season, is also giving her future on TV's most popular program some thought. Despite feeling somewhat dissed when producers neglected to consult her or Randy Jackson on the addition of fourth judge Kara DioGuardio this season, Abdul seems in a positive frame of mind as she nears contract talks. "I love the show, I do," she tells ABC's Nightline, in an interview to air Thursday night. "I love what I do on the show, and I'm loving it more this season than ever." Source here

Paula Abdul "Possibly Moving On" From Idol?

Ever since the addition of Kara DioGuardi at the American Idol judges table was announced, speculation has mounted that the fourth judge's presence implies a potential Paula Abdul departure. To hear producers tell it, though, they were just looking for ways to change up the show. But in an interview on Nightline airing Thursday, the "Forever Your Girl" singer does little to dispel the myth. Coanchor Cynthia McFadden asks the petite star if she would like to stay on the show or not, and, as is her wont, Abdul doesn't really answer the question. "I love the show, I do," she says. "I love what I do on the show, and I'm loving it more this season than ever. It's taken me a while to get comfortable in my own skin with the show." Earlier in the interview, Abdul, whose contract is up at the end of this eighth season, shares that she only found out about the fourth judge on her way to the airport for the first round of auditions, and Randy Jackson learned about it around the same time. "I was surprised because Simon [Cowell] had always been against the fourth." McFadden then asks Abdul if she thinks DioGuardi will replace her. "I don't think anyone [can]," she confides. "First of all, Kara says, 'I could never replace you.' And I said, 'Whenever there is change, it's not about replacing anybody. It's about possibly moving on.' " Hmmm… In the meantime, Abdul continues her party line that she and DioGuardi have no tension between them and that she's happy for the songwriter's success. And, of course, she blabs about her feelings on her frenemy, Cowell. "He's a bully, he's a masterful bully," she says, admitting that he has the biggest ego on the show. "The first day I went to work on season one, I quit seven times…I couldn't believe that someone was actually getting away with crushing fragile kids." Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - Featured

* American Idol 8 pm/ET Fox Save! Idol history was made last week when Simon and Co. used their sole judges' save on Matt Giraud, rescuing the contestant from elimination. Tonight the still-standing Matt joins his six fellow contestants to render songs from the disco genre. (Polyester leisure suits, platform shoes and an overgrowth of chest hair are permitted.) The stakes are high: Because of last week's save, two finalists will be eliminated in tomorrow night's results show. Tomorrow night also features Season 7's David Archuleta performing "A Little Too Not Over You," plus disco luminaries Harry Wayne "KC" Casey (of KC and the Sunshine Band), Thelma Houston and Freda Payne delivering a medley of genre gems. * Fringe )9:01 pm/ET Fox) With her bizarre link to John Scott's memories, Olivia's subconscious adventures are well-documented, but tonight she goes on another wild ride when, while sleeping in Boston, she dreams of a simultaneous, real-life suicide at New York City's Grand Central station. And considering tonight's episode is written and directed by Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning scribe of A Beautiful Mind, whatever mental mysteries await her could be the strangest ones yet. * My Boys (10:30 pm/ET TBS ) The sitcom - which lovingly tips its cap to Chicago, sports and the uneven quirks of romance and friendship - reaches the middle innings with the season's fourth episode. It gets windier in the Windy City when PJ (Jordana Spiro, who continues to be series MVP with her charm and spunk) teams up with the gang for their annual board-game contest. But Bobby throws PJ a curve when he criticizes her for being too competitive. Elsewhere, writer Stephanie turns to the boys as her research guinea pigs for an article that probes how men behave without women in their midst. * Reaper (8 pm/ET The CW ) Sam is having a devil of a time winning his soul back from you-know-who, but if Alan (Sean Patrick Thomas) can do it, then why can't he? Alan wants to relocate to the Vatican, where the sacred turf will keep him safe from Satan, and he wants Sam to help him. Sam agrees, but only if Alan comes clean about how he won back his soul. * The Phone (10 pm/ET MTV ) Take Amazing Race and combine it with The Bourne Identity, and you kind of get the idea of this intense new game show (exec produced by Justin Timberlake), which thrusts unsuspecting players in a high-stakes race for $50,000. In the premiere, four strangers are paired up after a mysterious caller informs them that a serial bomber is targeting Seattle. They'll race against time - and each other - to complete a series of missions and stop him before he strikes again. The scenarios are fictional, but the mental and physical challenges that test the players' character and morale prove to be shockingly real. Source Here

Four Judges Plus (Roughly) An Hour Equals Overtime

I don't think American Idol went into such a big problem with its running time in any other season but this one. Or, probably, because I've heard so many people point it out in a collective sigh of disappointment and dismay. Performance shows, arguably full of fillers and unnecessary hoopla, bleed beyond 9pm, and in some cases ended up disappointing viewers who had the whole thing recorded on their DVRs--case in point: Adam Lambert's much-applauded performance (and Simon Cowell's subsequent standing ovation) a few weeks back was truncated. And then there's the ridiculous attempt to save time by having only two judges critique each performance, which obviously didn't work. And I'm still seeing the blame being tossed around. Some are bent on pointing the finger at new judge Kara DioGuardi. Apart from her judging style, which has earned some disappointment from fans, there's the fact that having a fourth judge would severely ruin the time dynamics of the show, which long settled with three judges for the previous seven seasons. Maybe you can say Simon even blamed her, as well as Paula Abdul, for blabbering too much, leading to the time issues on the show. "Of course, we're going to have time issues--you added a fourth judge!" Kara told the Associated Press. "What did you think? I was going to just sit there and, you know, like do a grading system on my hands? Which probably I would mess up because you know how my remedial math is." (I did remember her blunder--"I've got six words for you. One of the best performances of the night!" clocked in at eight.) The decision to wheel Kara in was, of course, part of a much bigger shake-up on American Idol, intentional or otherwise. They brought back the wild card, had 36 contestants compete in the semifinals rather than 24, and in a slightly memorable twist, had 13 contestants go into the final rather than just a dozen. Of course, there's also the save, which was used last week to save Matt Giraud from elimination. It seems the move's had some consequences, though, and producers are bent on fixing just that. "It's hard for [the judges] to figure out whether they've spoken for 30 seconds or 45 seconds, so ... we're going to try and help them with that and give them a sense of their timing so that we keep it under control a bit more," said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, one of the show's executive producers. So what could the tactic be? Have a timer run when the judges give their remarks? Have the director be more vigilant and kick in the music when the allotted time for the critiques runs dry? Shove a sock on an erring judges' mouth? Well, that's obviously too much. And, obviously, we'll never hear much about whatever decision's made--it's behind the scenes, after all, and unless someone sniffs it out into the light, it'll be something that we'll just feel when the show returns this Wednesday. Anything other than having those two-judge critiques, please! Source here

David Archuleta Set to Perform at 'American Idol'

In between his tight schedule of touring across America, " American Idol " alum David Archuleta will spare some time to return to the Idol stage. The runner up of the last season's singing contest will deliver "A Little Too Not Over You" during next week's result show of the singing competition on April 22. In a bid to keep up with disco theme, musical guests from the particular genre, Harry Wayne Casey of KC & The Sunshine Band, Thelma Houston and Freda Payne, have all been tapped by FOX for the forthcoming show. They will make duet, singing a medley of their hit singles, "Get Down Tonight", "Don't Leave Me this Way" and "Band of Gold". As for this week, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson's pre-taped performances were televised during the result show of the reality singing contest on Wednesday, April 15. Miley sang "The Climb", the " Hannah Montana: The Movie " soundtrack, while Jennifer delivered "If This Isn't Love" off her debut album "Jennifer Hudson". Source & Video here

American Idol's Top 10 to Tour 50 Cities

Think you have a busy summer? American Idol 's Top 10 may beg to differ. This season's lucky finalists embark on a massive, 50-city North American tour starting July 5 in Portland, Ore. Tickets to see Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver and Scott MacIntyre go on sale Saturday, May 9. Check here for a full list of the 50 cities, venue names and the exact times the tickets will go on sale. Will you be shelling out your hard-earned dough to see 'Noop Dogg or A. Lamb sing live? For the latest on American Idol, tune into TV Guide Network's Idol Tonight every Wednesday at 8 pm/ET and Idol Wrap every Friday at 8 pm/ET with co-hosts Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini. Plus get more on your favorite Idols every Friday with American Idol Rewind at 7 pm/ET. Source Here

Paula Abdul on Last Night's Surprise 'Idol' Save

Paula Abdul spoke out this morning about last night's surprise " American Idol " save, in which Matt Giraud dodged the proverbial hook by getting a "Judge's Save" at the last minute! "It was almost like a finale, or a sporting event," Paula told "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM morning show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest. "It was so frustrating, and nerve wracking and exciting at the same time because at one point I didn't even know what was going to happen here. But man it was the most exciting thing." Matt received the lowest number of the more than 36 million votes cast by America, but he was saved from elimination by the judges for the first time in "Idol" history after he wowed the crowd with his rendition of Bryan Adams' "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" Paula says that it looked like fellow judge Simon Cowell wasn't feeling the love for Matt, and, "For a minute there I thought we were going to have to duke it out, because it seemed as though Simon had some trepidation about the whole thing. We couldn't let Matt go." Matt will continue in competition next week as the top seven finalists perform songs of the disco era next Tuesday on Fox -- and two finalists will be eliminated the following day. Source here
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