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Mary J. Blige next 'American Idol' guest judge

Mary J Blige is next in the ever-growing lineup of celebrities guest-judging on " American Idol " in Paula Abdul's departure. According to People's TVWatch, singer Mary J Blige will join judges Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell for the Atlanta auditions. The show heads down south after they wrap up in Boston, where Victoria Beckham is currently judging with them (and sporting some wacky fashions). A source close to the show told People, "The judges and production team have been having a lot of fun with Victoria. She's had a great response so far, and has been really warm with the contestants.'' I'm sure Mary J. Blige will be great, I actually like her better than either Beckham or Katy Perry, another rumored guest judge. I think Mary J. will help the judges not try to squash another Lil Rounds into the Whitney Houston Box. Source Here

'American Idol' Roundup: Posh Ain't Going Permanent, But Paula Might... Down Under

Yes, it's obvious, we love Paula, we don't want to see her go, but if she goes because of stuff we can't do anything about, well, we can't do anything about it. Exactly. Guess you got that message since we're still talking about the former judge's future weeks after she left. Well, two weeks counts, right? Two things on the Idol front today: one about her, and one about her purported replacement, Victoria Beckham. Well... so much for thinking that Posh could use American Idol as her means to take over this side of the pond. To Read More Click Here .

La Toya Jackson Says No to 'Dancing with the Stars', Yes to 'American Idol'

La Toya Jackson has denied that she is joining the upcoming competition of " Dancing with the Stars ", saying that she could not make use of Michael Jackson's death as an advantage. The 53-year-old singer, however, is opening her availability for a guest judge stint on " American Idol ". La Toya, whose brother Michael died on June 25, admitted to have been "approached" to do the dancing show. "The fact of the matter is, I won't be doing it, simply because of the circumstances that (are) going on at the moment," she told Access Hollywood's Tony Potts on Thursday, August 13. She went further, "I can't see myself putting myself into there right now, dancing every single day when I'm still trying to find out what exactly happened to my brother. That's the most important thing for me at this very moment." An ideal platform for her would be Fox's singing competition " American Idol " where she can jump in for one episode. "I would love to do 'American Idol,' " she said. "I would love to be a judge on that show. I think I would do well with (Simon Cowell)." The ninth season of "Dancing with the Stars" begins September 21 on ABC. "Good Morning America" will once again host the official cast announcement along with Tom Bergeron. Potential candidates whose names have been projected lately include Vera Wang, Ashley Hamilton, Lou Ferrigno, and Dean McDermott. Source Here

Things Are Getting Ugly for Paula Abdul - Featured

We kid. It's actually quite the opposite. On the heels of leaving American Idol and endless speculation as to where she will end up next, E! News has confirmed that Paula Abdul is in talks to guest star on ABC's Ugly Betty . That's right, folks, the little Paula that could continues to rebound after last week's A.I. debacle. While info about Abdul's potential role on the underdog series is being kept secret, our best frenemy Michael Ausiello reports she'll play a Mode temp who becomes fast friends with Becki Newton's Amanda. We can only imagine the misadventures these two will find. If ABC keeps this up, they may just land Paula for Dancing With the Stars after all. We'll keep you posted... Source: E!Online - Things Are Getting Ugly for Paula Abdul

'American Idol' Wants Simon Cowell for 3 More Years

While it chose to let go Paula Abdul, 19 Entertainment is not ready to lose Simon Cowell yet. A negotiation for at least three more seasons has been ongoing between the " American Idol " judge and the production house. CKX, the parent company of 19, has also given their seal of approval for this. "We've heard from Fox, who has asked us for approval for Simon Cowell to appear for three more years on 'Idol,' " CKX chairman Robert Sillerman confirmed to THR. Cowell's contract is supposed to end after this season but he was in talks for a two-year extension this summer. "They, in their negotiations with Cowell, have asked us to pre-approve him not only for 'American Idol' '09, which has begun taping, but they have also asked us for approval for '10 and '11, indicating to us that they're finishing their negotiation with Cowell. We did grant approval for that quite obviously," Sillerman continued. There was no number mentioned, but THR said the new pact could be $45 million per year, a $9million raise from the current contract. Paula Abdul chose to walk out of the singing competition show after the deal did not work out. She reportedly asked for $10 million per annum but Fox, which is the one paying the judges' salary, won't give more than half of it. On contrary, host Ryan Seacrest was given a three-year contract worth $45 million. Source Here

American Idol: They Can Feel That Space Where Paula Used To Be

The American Idol callbacks are underway, but from where I am, it seems the scenes look like that in cheesy romantic movies when one thinks about the other as they try to do what they have to do. In this case, it's Paula Abdul leaving the show, and everybody else feeling the pain. Sure, this is an old item, but we have to write this down and paint that picture, right? First up, Simon Cowell: "I'm going to miss her. She's my buddy." Evidently, if you've seen what these two were up to during the past eight years. He added that he's been talking to her every day since she announced her departure from the show's ninth season over Twitter, but he's confident she's getting through it. "Paula has been very cool about the whole thing," he said. "And let me tell you, Paula is going to be fine." Next up, Randy Jackson: "We all love her. I think I may cry today. It's weird." Next up, newcomer Kara DioGuardi: "It's such a loss for the show, such a loss for the contestants. She's definitely the heart of the panel." Talking on Ryan Seacrest's radio show, she hoped Paula would reconsider her decision, and clarified that she wasn't there to replace her. "It would be impossible to replace Paula," she said. "She's an incredible talent. If anything, she was really somebody who helped me." Well, Kara, they are trying to find a replacement for Paula, but it seems it hasn't exactly gone well: first guest judge Victoria Beckham was said to have been "icy and wooden" and was "trying too hard to be nice", as sources told Zap2it. Translation: she wants to be Simon but she can't. So much for being excited. They're not giving up on the search, though: we know Katy Perry's lined up as a guest judge, and sources told Access Hollywood that Queen Latifah has been approached for a guest stint, too. Apparently in consideration to be a permanent replacement: Cyndi Lauper and Belinda Carlisle, among others. So I shall sing: the space between... Source:

Paula Abdul to Head to 'Dancing with the Stars'?

Following news of her departure from American Idol , the offers seem to be pouring in for Paula Abdul, with ABC entertainment chief Steve McPherson revealing he had already called her about a possible role on ABC, specifically to judge or star on one of its most popular shows, Dancing with the Stars . "I would love to have her," McPherson said. "I was a little stunned by the [American Idol] decision. We would love to have her on Dancing with the Stars either as a participant or a contestant." The former Lakers cheerleader was a judge on Idol for eight seasons, and recently announced she was leaving the Fox show after contract negotiations broke down. "I definitely have reached out to her," McPherson said, adding that she was a personal friend of Abdul's. "I gave her a call first and foremost to say I was sorry about the situation and to say we'd love to see her on ABC." Former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh" Beckham reportedly filled in for Abdul when Idol auditions began last week. Singer Katy Perry is also being recruited to act as guest judge while Fox looked for a permanent judge. Other than Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said she was also in talks with Abdul to have her on the show. "I don't know anyone who has had her experience as a performer, a dancer, a choreographer and a judge. I've been trying to get her since season one!" he said. Abdul, 47, started off as a choreographer, having been discovered by The Jackson 5 during a Laker game to choreograph the video to their single "Torture." She had since been a famed choreographer for Janet Jackson. Source Here

The Offers Are Pouring In For Paula Abdul

Since announcing her exit from " American Idol ," Paula Abdul has been in high demand. "At this point, there are so many wonderful things that are being offered to me," Abdul said. "And I got to take a deep breath, sleep a little ... and go through everything." Read the full story: Starpulse.com - The Offers Are Pouring In For Paula Abdul

Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham to Be Guest Judges on Idol

American Idol may be losing Paula Abdul, but it's gaining Katy Perry and Victoria Beckham as guest judges, Fox announced Thursday. No dates have been set for the pop stars' appearances, but more big names are to come, Fox entertainment chairman Peter Rice said at Thursday's Television Critics Association fall TV tour. None of the people the show is talking to are potential full-time replacements for Abdul, Rice said. "We don't have deep contingencies laid in. We're going to have these guest judges do one week each during the auditions. We've done that before. We've done that in many, many seasons of Idol where not all of the judges were available to do the auditions and guest judges" have filled in, Rice said. "There is no contingency, no expectation, no thought right now that any of these judges will be a long-term judge for us," he added. "All of the people we are talking to have successful careers. I don't think they'd be available to judge full-time." Might the show replace Abdul with a series of guest judges? "Yes, I would say it is a possibility," he said. "I wouldn't say it's a probability." Are you excited about Perry and Beckham? Source Here

So You Think You Can Dance: Nigel Gets Serious with the Paula Invite

Paula Abdul's left American Idol , and if you've been reading up on what Nigel Lythgoe from the other side of the fence is saying, then, well, you might really want to expect to see Paula on So You Think You Can Dance --as early as tomorrow night, actually. "I think we will [invite her], for the Thursday [finale]," he told TVGuide.com. "I certainly will invite her. There might still be time but I'm not sure there might be seats!" Well, actually he said before that he wants to see Paula become a judge on the show, and he admits it's long been his plan. "I've offered her a judge/choreographer [position] ever since season 1," he said. "But of course, Fox said, 'No, no, we can't have her judging So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol.' So now, if she remains free from American Idol, she's got no excuse." But maybe not as a permanent judge, he admits. We all know the current set-up: Nigel, Mary, rotate. "I only really like three judges," he said. "That's why I never had four on Idol." Aha! Subtle commentary? Anyway. "This is something that happened last night," he added. "So not a permanent role, because at the moment there's Mary and I. But I don't know where the show's going to go after fall. So we'll see what happens. I also like Adam Shankman, I also like Debbie Allen, I also like Lil C, Shane Sparks..." In other words, he's keeping his options open. Then again, having four judges does spoil the soup, sorts, come to think of it. One thing he's confident about, though, is that if he does get Paula as a judge, SYTYCD'll get a boost of sorts. "I think she's a brilliant judge," Nigel continued. "I think she's really supportive of everybody and everything that she's done in her past--dancer, choreographer, judge, performer--she's perfect." Maybe as long as she doesn't stutter her way--Mary screaming is enough. I think, at least. Source Here