John Leland of the New York Times profiled the success that was ‘American Idol’ and what insiders in the music business thought of the show, and the future of its contestants. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were big fans of the show and Jam commented, “To me, the show really favored people who like to sing in karaoke bars.” He says he thought Tamyra Gray, who finished fourth, was the best pure singer. “Tamyra picked a bad song one week and got voted off,” he said. “It’s like a microcosm of someone’s career. You pick the wrong song and you’re done.” Read more.
‘American Idol: The Search For A Superstar’ Video Game
September 13, 2002 – The Chicago Sun-Times reports Vivendi Universal Publishing announced a video game based on ‘American Idol’ will hit store shelves on November 1st. ‘American Idol: The Search for a Superstar’ will include a microphone and feature more than 20 tunes on which would-be stars can record their own vocal tracks and cost an estimated $30.
Kathy Griffin On ‘American Idol’ Finalists
September 13, 2002 – Comedian and reality TV expert Kathy Griffin talked to Access Hollywood about ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson. “She’s not afraid to go back to Texas and go hang out with her girlfriends in cut-offs and swing on a tire over a dirty creek,” she said. Kathy’s a big fan of Kelly, but not of runner-up Justin Guarini.
Movie Deal For ‘American Idol’ Winner
September 13, 2002 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Thursday, “It was reported today that ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson is about to sign a movie deal. Yeah, in a related story, runner-up Justin Guarini just got a job at a movie theater.”
Popstars Judge Says Simon Cowell Has Had Botox
September 13, 2002 – Jeannette Walls of MSNBC reports Popstars judge Louis Walsh has said rival Simon Cowell has had plastic surgery. “I don’t want to be like Simon,” Walsh recently said. “I don’t dye my hair, I don’t do sunbeds, I’ve had no Botox and I don’t wear high waistbands.” A rep at ‘American Idol’ had no comment on the barb.
‘American Idol’ Contestants Were Relieved To Be Voted Off
September 12, 2002 – The National Enquirer reports contestants on ‘American Idol’ were under virtual house arrest and worked from sunrise until 2 a.m. every day. An insider said, “These poor kids are nothing but slaves – puppets on a string. The producers plucked them from small towns across America and waved stardom in their faces. The result was they signed them to contracts that are little more than legal slavery.” The insider added, “Some of the contestants were actually relieved when they were voted off because they were nearing nervous breakdowns over the stressful conditions.”
Simon Says ‘Idol’ Was Turned Down By Every Network
September 12, 2002 – Extra TV was at the temporary home of ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell in Beverly Hills, and fans no doubt will get a big laugh out of what Simon has in his huge walk-in closet. Mr. Nasty admits the show almost didn’t make it to the U.S., “I was so enthusiastic about one person winning and America voting for their favorite singer. Every single channel turned us down.” Video has since been removed.