Simon Cowell has been widely criticized over critiques of ‘American Idol’ contestants which were called anti-gay, but what Simon says doesn’t automatically hit the air waves. “It’s easy enough for producers to take it (the offensive comments) out,” veteran TV producer Stu Billett tells TMZ.com.
Simon Cowell Responds To ‘Are You A Girl?’ Uproar
January 24, 2006 – Simon Cowell tells ‘Extra’ his comment at the audition by 18-year-old Zachary in Denver if he was a girl was not a joking matter. “I didn’t know what he was to be quite honest with you,” Cowell said. “Nothing surprises me anymore.” The “are you a girl?” comment brought a quick rebuke from GLAAD.
GLAAD Has Issues With ‘Idol’
January 20, 2006 – The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has issues with the tone of ‘American Idol’ regarding contestants who the judges believe are gay. A GLAAD spokesperson told TMZ: “GLAAD is reaching out to the show’s producers to discuss our concerns – and the concerns of community members and allies – who have contacted us about this matter.” Jim Verraros, a gay finalist from ‘American Idol’s’ first season, feels the tone comes from the top. Verraros tells TMZ, “I honestly think that if I had come out [as gay] while I was on the show, FOX would’ve edited it out.”
‘Idol’ Rejects Who Have Hit The Skids
January 19, 2006 – TMZ.com caught up with former ‘American Idol’ finalists Carmen Rasmusen, Jim Verraros, and Vanessa Olivarez, who have all experienced financial hardship since being on the hit program and struggling to launch their own career in showbiz. “Three months after I was on the ‘American Idol’ tour,” says Verraros, “I was working in a tanning salon. I had to deal with people coming into the salon saying, ‘Weren’t you that dude on ‘American Idol’?’ I got through those kinds of hard experiences with music.”
Bad ‘Idol’ Singers Set Record-High Ratings
January 19, 2006 – The New York Daily News reports that the first night of ‘American Idol’ averaged 35.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. “Obviously, I was a little surprised, but extremely pleased,” ‘Idol’ executive producer Ken Warwick said. “It’s a cold, hard fact that everything in television has a sell-by date. I know the product is good, but I know that what the audience likes doesn’t always have to be good.”
Will ‘Idol’ Have Its Own Lewinsky Style Scandal?
January 17, 2006 – Billy Masters of Filth2go.com posted a new column Monday with additional details on the much talked about The New York Post blind item, alleging a man who had a sexual encounter with a male pop star was approaching the tabloids with DNA proof of his ‘Idol’ tryst.