Vanessa Olivarez, former American Idol finalist, stars in PETA’s new naked anti-fur campaign. Check out pictures from her Wednesday (April 2) photo shoot in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out pictures from WireImage.com.
American Idol Diva Julia DeMato Sounds Off
April 2, 2003 – Julia DeMato chatted with TV Guide Online after being ousted from American Idol. Many wondered why Kimberly Caldwell was crying last week — whether it was because she was in the bottom three or because Julia was booted. “It was 110 percent because I was getting kicked off the show,” DeMato insisted. “We became really close, and I think she was kind of crying for me. It had nothing to do with her being in the bottom three.”
‘American Idol’ Is Most Popular Show
April 1, 2003 – Television viewers seeking relief from war news made Fox’s ‘American Idol’ last week’s most popular program. Both episodes of the contest were seen by more than 19 million people, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.
Josh Gracin ‘Idol’ As Others Fight
April 1, 2003 – Capt. Shawn Haney, the Marine Corps’ liaison with ‘American Idol’, is defending contestant and marine Josh Gracin who is still on the show despite 60% of his 200-member section, known as Electronic Maintenance Company (ElMaCo), being shipped out. “Here’s a young man pursuing his dreams,” Haney tells the New York Daily News. He added that Gracin’s TV appearance is seen as valuable for recruitment. “We weren’t going to allow him to start and then pull him out.”
‘American Idol’ Gets Patriotic During Iraq Invasion
March 31, 2003 – Patriotic country-music singers drew 20 million viewers last week, as Americans sought relief from war coverage, says ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest, who spoke with the Today Show on Monday. The interview and highlight clips from last week’s shows has since been removed at msnbc.com.
Marines And American Idol Have Contrasting Policies
March 31, 2003 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue the other night, “An ‘American Idol’ finalist, what’s this guy’s name? Joshua Gracin. You know this guy, you watch ‘American Idol’? He may have to leave the contest because his unit is being deployed. He’s a marine, but he’s one of the ‘American Idol’ contestants. See, that’s a contrast in lifestyle. ‘Cause in the marines, they have that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell policy.’ As opposed to ‘American Idol’ where you have the, you don’t have to ask, you can pretty much tell.”