Ryan Seacrest Previews Billboard Awards

‘Entertainment Tonight’ caught up with ‘’ host Ryan Seacrest, who takes the helm of the Billboard Awards, which airs live Wednesday on FOX at 8 PM ET/PT. “I can’t sing, I can’t dance, but I love pop music so I try to surround myself with these events,” Seacrest told ET. “The only thing I can contribute is that I can talk around the music!”

‘American Idol’ Updates

December 4, 2004 – Contributed anonymously: ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up Clay Aiken will be in the company of former President Bill Clinton as Clay’s book enters the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list at number two. Also, Clay’s new album ‘Merry Christmas With Love’ debuted on the December 4 Billboard 200 at number four, but dropped to 11 this week. Still, the debut “ties Celine Dion’s These Are Special Times as the highest-debuting holiday album of all time”. With her new single, ‘Since U Been Gone’ rising fast and hitting #1 on the TRL charts, ‘Idol’ season one champ Kelly Clarkson’s other hit song ‘Breakaway’ holds steady at #8 on the Billboard 100. On the other hand, ‘Idol’ champs Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Barrino aren’t having the same luck, seeing as Rubens 2nd disc, a gospel album titled, ‘I Need An Angel’ debuted at #20 and Fantasia’s debut album ‘Free Yourself’ landed at #8.

‘American Idol’ Producers Feuding With Fox?

October 30, 2004 – ‘Extra’ is reporting that ‘American Idol’ producers are said to have stormed off the show last Friday because the producers wanted to institute changes to the smash hit, while Fox was resistant. A spokesman for the show disputed the claim, telling The New York Daily News: “Nobody walked off and everything is normal.”

Donnie Williams Gets Another ‘Idol’ Shot

October 11, 2004 – Donnie Williams was chosen last winter to appear on ‘American Idol’ but was arrested for drunk driving after partying the night before he was to fly to Los Angeles to take part in last season’s show, prompting ‘Idol’ producers to can him and replace him with finalist George Huff. The New York Post reports Williams was given another shot during tryouts in San Francisco when he sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Simon Cowell, who was celebrating his 45th birthday.

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