Speaking of ‘American Idol’, Wednesday night’s episode saw the departure of AJ Gil. The three receiving the lowest amounts of votes were AJ, Ryan Starr, and Christina Christian. AJ hasn’t given up on his dreams of a career in music though, saying afterward he’ll continue to pursue a musical career.
Simon Cowell Explains Plans For ‘American Idol’ Winner
July 24, 2002 – Ryan Seacrest of Extra TV chatted with ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell on what happens when the show crowns the winner. “I’ll start work with them three weeks before the end of the show,” he explained. “We’ve got two songs already written and I’ll record that song with the three finalists. I’ll make three sets of master tapes. I’ll have a factory on stand-by. The night the person has won, we’ll press button a, b, or c.” Video has since been removed.
No matter who wins, it’s safe to say based on what happened in the UK, and the show’s popularity, that you’ll see albums from several of the final 10.
‘American Idol’ Judges Go At It In Press Conference
July 23, 2002 – Associated Press reports acid-tongued Simon Cowell and fellow judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson traded barbs in a news conference Monday that included the show’s eight young finalists. “Who wants to pick a fight with Mount Kilimanjaro,” Cowell told the heavyset Jackson. As for Paula Abdul’s recording career being revived by the show Simon? Putting his hands together in prayer and shaking his head, he replied, “Next question.”
RJ Helton Was Scared After ‘American Idol’ Accident
July 19, 2002 – Extra TV spoke with ‘American Idol’ contestant RJ Helton following his stage accident after Tuesday night’s show. RJ explained to Ryan Seacrest, “I was just scared. I didn’t know if it was going to be permanent damage.”
‘American Idol’ Sequel Coming January 2003
July 19, 2002 – Worldpop reports that FOX is already planning a sequel to ‘American Idol’ before the first series even comes to a close. The report says look for the next installment in January 2003, which will likely focus more intensely on the early audition process, which is keeping with the show’s UK originator ‘Pop Idol’.
Simon Cowell Misses ‘American Idol’ For Friends’ 40th Birthday
July 19, 2002 – Don Kaplan of the New York Post spoke with ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell on why he was noticeably absent from Wednesday’s show. “It was partly on business,” he said, explaining that he had promised to return to England for a friend’s 40th birthday. Some had speculated it was “emergency business” or that he was being punished for allegedly flipping off show co-host Ryan Seacrest during last Wednesday’s show.
‘American Idol’ Contestants Go On Shopping Spree
July 18, 2002 – ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest took the final 10 contestants on a shopping spree where each contestant gets to spend $2,000 on an outfit for their performance last night. The 10 shopped at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles.