Us Weekly reports ‘American Idol’ stars Kimberly Caldwell and J.D. Adams have ended their brief romance. “We broke up in early June,” Adams revealed. “Both of us were traveling so much. We decided to spend some time focusing on our careers.” Adams is pursuing fame in Los Angeles, while Caldwell is touring with the other ‘Idol’ finalists.
‘Idol’ Popularity Not Reserved For Just The Winners
July 26, 2003 – The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Charles Grigsby was getting a lot of female attention earlier this month as he wandered a mall in Toronto with fellow ‘American Idol’ singer Rickey Smith. “The reaction has been incredible, for real,” Grigsby said while simultaneously greeting enthusiastic fans and doing the interview. “It just shows how much love we’ve gotten off the show, and now the tour.”
Iraqi Soldiers Get The ‘Idol’ Mistreatment
July 24, 2003 – Conan O’Brien again joked about the ‘American Idol’ movie featuring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini during his Late Night monologue last night. Conan said, “According to the Washington Post, Iraqi soldiers claim they’ve been mistreated by U.S. troops. That’s right. Yeah, the U.S. troops deny this, but did admit to making the Iraqi troops watch ‘From Justin to Kelly’.”
Simon Cowell Chats With Mancow
July 23, 2003 – Simon Cowell recently did an interview with Q101’s Mancow where the ‘American Idol’ judge says he hopes that ‘Idol’ champ Ruben Studdard will be the next Barry White. He also insists Paula Abdul will be back for ‘American Idol 3’. As for reports that he or Robbie Williams were gay, Cowell admitted there is a lot of gays in the industry, but they aren’t but it doesn’t matter, people will believe what they want to. They also replayed Triumph the Comic Insult Dog when he bashed Simon and Cowell says when he met Robert Smigel (Triumph’s voice) afterwards, he seemed deranged. Audio at q101.com has since been removed.
Parents Fume Over Careless And Ignorant ‘Idols’
July 21, 2003 – The family of the 5-year-old nearly run down by a jet-skiing Justin Guarini are continuing their attack of the American Idol runner-up in Globe magazine. Debora Zollinger Heizer, 33, says, “He was reckless, careless, and totally ignorant about the danger he put my child in.” After the incident, she wasn’t impressed with Kelly Clarkson’s response either. “Kelly Clarkson was really mouthy,” Heizer fumed. “She kept saying that they did nothing wrong and to stop bothering them. I was so angry.” Her hubby Clint added, “They laughed it off like we were making a big deal out of nothing. And the worst part is, that as the police asked them to leave, folks went down to get their autographs. What a sick society.”
Mandy Moore Needs A Tape Of ‘American Idol’ Finale
July 20, 2003 – Steppin’ Out magazine’s Chaunce Hayden caught up with Mandy Moore for a Q&A on her new film ‘How to Deal’, dating Andy Roddick, her busy schedule, and her forthcoming album ‘Coverage’. Mandy also weighed in on ‘American Idol’, and admitted to being upset over missing the finale. “I’m hoping somebody will send me a tape of it,” she told Chaunce. “I’m just so bummed! You know, you watch the whole season and you’re rooting for certain people and then you miss the big finale!” The singer/actress says she was “rooting for Kimberley [Locke?]! I voted for her at least five times, and I was so bummed when she got voted off! I loved her. I would buy her record in a heartbeat. But I’m glad Ruben won.”