The way ‘American Idol’ winners Ruben Studdard and Kelly Clarkson were picked to be pop stars is much better than the way Britney Spears was selected, muses pop culture and teen scene columnist Sabrina Mehra in the latest edition of her column, ‘sabrinaspeak.’ “It sure beats how pop stars are usually selected, by executives in boardrooms who set the course for what’s hot and churn out the illusion of choice,” writes Mehra in ‘Idol Thoughts’. “At least with ‘American Idol’, you get to vote for whose sickly-sweet song is going to be the bubblegum hit of the week.”
Simon Cowell May Not Do ‘Pop Idol 2’ Either
May 25, 2003 – The Sunday People reports ‘Pop Idol’ judge Simon Cowell may not take part in a second season of the show in the UK. “He’s just not sure whether he needs the hassle,” a source close to the BMG boss said. “Last time he was ridiculed for months. And, after being out in the States for American Idol, he thinks it is time for a break.”
Simon Cowell Says No To ‘Idol 3’
May 23, 2003 – ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell told Good Day Live on Thursday that he won’t be back for a third season of the hit show. “I’d love to be able to say yes [to season 3] . . . but I can’t,” Cowell said. “Why can’t I say yes? I’ll tell you what . . . because I can’t. And you know it’s not about the money anymore.” Host Ryan Seacrest mocked Cowell’s threats as a money grab. “Simon says he won’t be back for season 3 – posturing, posturing,” Ryan told the New York Post.
Britney Spears Congratulates Ruben On Winning ‘Idol’
May 23, 2003 – Contributed by nellysgirl: Britney Spears congratulated American Idol winner Ruben Studdard on Entertainment Tonight. Britney said, “Congratulations Ruben! They all deserved to win but Ruben definitely had the best voice and is so humble and has a beautiful heart.”
‘American Idol’ Not About The Look In Season 2
May 22, 2003 – Jon Kelley, an anchor and correspondent for Extra TV was on CNN Live Today with Carol Costello to talk about the ‘American Idol’ winner Ruben Studdard, and the controversy about the voting. Asked about the controversy over race, which had many thinking a black contestant couldn’t win, Kelley responded, “I mean, I guess it goes to show those who thought that were absolutely incorrect. And early on, Simon had mentioned before this thing really got rolling. He said, I think people will be surprised this year. It’s not going to be about the look, it’s not going to be about the image; the person that wins this will have the voice, and I think Simon obviously predicted this one correctly. And I mean, Ruben, along with being black, he’s also not your typical “American Idol” stature. You know, you think of the guy with chiseled chest, and the buffed abs and also the sexy sirens that are doing it, but Ruben brings that velvet voice. He’s kind of like Barry White meets Luther Vandross. So I mean, his tones are incredible. You knew this kid would do great things, and he’s just getting warmed up. I love his attitude.” Read more.
‘American Idol’ On ‘American Morning’
May 22, 2003 – B.J. Sigesmund, entertainment reporter for Newsweek, Lisa Bernhard, deputy editor of TV Guide, and Toure, the contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine were on ‘American Morning’ with Heidi Collins this morning on CNN to talk about the ‘American Idol’ finale that saw Ruben Studdard beat out Clay Aiken. Toure commented, “Well, the brother with the soul won. He had humility. He had some cool to him. He’s got a great — nice pipes. You know, I mean, I think the right thing happened here.” Check out the entire transcript here.