A source tells ‘The New York Post ‘American Idol’ reject William Hung was threatened with a lawsuit when he tried to title his debut album ‘Real Idol.’ “The ‘American Idol’ people were up in arms,” the source revealed. “It was funny at first, but now they just want William to go away. They feel he is making a mockery of the show.” Hung’s album is now called ‘American Inspiration’ and is set to be released on Tuesday (April 6).
Eliminated Idol Amy Adams Visits Fox News
April 2, 2004 – Amy Adams was on the Fox News Channel on Friday to talk about what she wants to do after being eliminated from ‘American Idol’. She talked about Simon Cowell comparing her to Jay Leno, and how Jay impersonated her on the ‘Tonight Show’. Adams admitted singing after she was eliminated from the show Wednesday night was very hard to do. FoxNews.com has since removed the video.
A Backup To Fox’s ‘Playing It Straight’
April 1, 2004 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Wednesday night, “The Fox Network has cancelled the show ‘Playing It Straight’. A Fox spokesman went on to say that if viewers want to watch gay men pretending to be straight they can still watch ‘American Idol’.”
Amy Adams Voted Off ‘American Idol’
April 1, 2004 – Amy Adams Wednesday night became the third pop- star wannabe booted off ‘American Idol,’ leaving only nine more contestants vying for the $1 million recording contract with RCA. “I just want to say thanks to everybody who got me here – friends, fans, everybody,” Adams said after learning her fate.
‘Idol’ Trimming Down With Matthew Rodgers Ouster
March 31, 2004 – Now only 10 ‘American Idol’ hopefuls remain and the Fox News Channel discussed Tuesday night’s competition with last week’s ousted ‘Idol’ Matthew Rodgers. The former football player talked about his chummy relationship with judge Simon Cowell, and how poorly the top 10 performed as he had to watch from the sidelines. Rodgers says Fantasia Barrino is his pick to win. FoxNews.com has since removed the video.
Creepy-Crawly ‘Idol’ House Gets Fumigated
March 26, 2004 – The New York Post reports the Hollywood Hills house the ‘American Idol’ contestants were sharing last week had unexpected guests. “The house was infested with termites and other bugs,” revealed an insider. “It was disgusting. Nothing was done about it until the contestants threatened to not go on air unless they were moved out.” The show’s finalists were moved to a Beverly Hills hotel for several days while the Hollywood Hills home was fumigated. They returned on Friday after work was completed.
‘American Idol’ Alumni Update
March 26, 2004 – TV Guide Channel answers what the ‘American Idol’ stars have been up to in ‘American Idol: Where They Now?’, airing Sunday at 6 pm/ET. “We caught up with a lot of last year’s Idols to see what they were doing,” says host Kimberly Caldwell, an ex-Idol contestant who’s now a TV Guide Channel correspondent. “Some of them were modeling or recording an album, some have their own fashion line. Some are still at home, and that’s where they want to be. We’re just letting America know there’s life after American Idol. They’re not just done because their show’s over.”
Simon Cowell Denies Middle Finger Gesture
March 24, 2004 – Reuters reports Simon Cowell denied flipping Paula Abdul the middle finger on Tuesday night’s ‘American Idol’. “I certainly would never make a gesture like that toward Paula or on national television,” Cowell said. “Sometimes I lean on my index finger. Sometimes a different finger. Sometimes two at the same time, or, God help me, even the whole hand. I never even thought about it until now.”
FOX Execs Warn Simon Cowell Over Middle Finger Salute
March 24, 2004 – ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell gestured a middle finger during Tuesday night’s broadcast from Hollywood during a heated exchange with fellow judge Paula Abdul and host Ryan Seacrest after the performance by Fantasia Barrino. A FOX executive told the Drudge Report: “We were not sure he was doing what he was doing, quite frankly. It appeared he was simply resting his head on his middle finger, but I now think we made a mistake, the gesture should not have aired.”