Having watched as countless contestants said their goodbyes on season 1 of "The X Factor," judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones will now do the same, without so much as a highlight reel to play them off.
I thought the whole point of reality TV was for some unknown Joe or Jane Schmo to have their 15 minutes of fame. But it's becoming more and more about celebrities trying to extend or reclaim their 15 minutes. (Hello, Jessica Simpson! And Steven Seagal!) Sure, this can be entertaining from time to time, but usually not in a good way.
Over the years, "American Idol" has been a lot of things: a launching pad for undiscovered talent, fodder for national conversation and even a blending of politics and pop culture (remember the "red state-blue state" debate last season during the Kris Allen-Adam Lambert showdown?).
It seems that now someone called "Barack Hussein Obama" can be pulled aside and patted down merely because of his name. But while our president has the benefit of Air Force One, millions of us with a "funny name" (Muslim and otherwise) do not. Like me.
Longtime "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell said he'll be leaving the popular Fox talent show at the end of the season, the network announced Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California.
In a nation that often seems to lack the principle historically required from its great and just people, it is reassuring to see that, once again, a select few are willing to stand up and fight for what is righteous.
Week after week, contestants on "American Idol" face scrutiny from judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi, not only for their song choices and performances, but also for their outfits.
• Lauren Conrad and Hills costar Lauren "Lo" Bosworth, laughing over dinner and drinks with some
gal pals at Eva Longoria Parker's
restaurant Beso (co-owned by Paula Abdul's ex JT Torregiani) in Hollywood. The ladies followed up dinner at Crown Bar, where they took a seat next to the DJ booth, Soon Bosworth and her friends got dancing to Katy Perry's smash "I Kissed a Girl" and shouting lyrics along to several Madonna tunes. Conrad stayed at the table, though, focusing on an intimate face-to-face conversation with a
brunet hottie – and cracking up while pointing to her dancing compatriots.
Blake's VIP Treatment Thirty minutes before the show started, Blake Lewis, rockin' his performance gear, made an appearance in the FOX VIP room in the Kodak Theatre lobby. The room lit up as the finalist was escorted in, looking cool as ice despite having to get onstage and take on Jordin Sparks moments later. Blake, who was all smiles, greeted guests, shaking hands as he made his way around the room.
Let's see: There was the contestant who accused Paula Abdul of helping him, professionally and otherwise. There was the phone line debacle. There was the promising contestant who pulled out of the show and was rumored to have cut his own deal. There was the Web site that tried to push the contestant it deemed least qualified, earning the enmity of many fans.
An ABC documentary titled "Fallen Idol" -- which chronicled an alleged affair between "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul and a 2003 contestant -- has ranked as the most watched newsmagazine episode in over a year.