Hadas Shalev was one of the top 30 finalists during the second season of ‘American Idol’, the same season that has sparked rumors that Paula Abdul flirted with, and even bedded, Corey Clark. When ‘Extra’ asked if Abdul gave Clark, or any contestant, special treatment, Shalev revealed, “She’ll compliment everybody. I know that Paula liked flirting with all of the boys, and all of the boys liked flirting with Paula. I didn’t see anything different relative to him and other contestants.” Shalev added, “[Clark] did flirt a lot. He flirted a lot with Paula. I thought it was maybe just his thing to flirt with Paula, just part of his act.”
New Details On Corey Clark’s Allegations Against Paula Abdul
May 3, 2005 – According to the Drudge Report, ABC News will claim in their expose that ‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul had an ‘intensive relationship’ with one of the contestants, Corey Clark, and ‘coached’ him on his performances. Abdul and FOX have vowed legal action against ABC if the report airs.
Fox Refuses To Answer ABC News Questions For ‘Idol’ Expose
May 1, 2005 – According to the Drudge Report, FOX executives have declined to answer any and all questions posed by ABC News regarding claims ‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul personally “coached” a favorite contestant and then tried to cover up the breach.
Sara Nunes Judges Simon Cowell
April 30, 2005 – Sara Nunes spoke with Rolling Stone about her debut single ‘Simon Can’t Sing’, which takes on ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell. The singer said that the song is more of a commentary on pop artists’ eagerness to please and “do some stupid soda-pop ad just to get their faces somewhere” than on Cowell. “The message in the song is that I wouldn’t want to sell myself,” the Finish singer said, “but it’s not meant to be taken too seriously. It’s just a pop song, and we don’t want Simon getting too pissed off.” The full story at rollingstone.com has since been removed/relocated.
Scott Savol Defies ‘Idol’ Odds
April 30, 2005 – With Scott Savol surviving yet another week on ‘American Idol’ several news outlets are focusing on the pudgy singer’s ability to survive round after round even in the face of a mug shot plastered online for domestic violence. Check out a report from MTV News’ Corey Moss.
‘American Idol’ Down To 6
April 27, 2005 – Contributed anonymously: Here we go again… The latest season of ‘American Idol’ is coming to its end… Well, personally, there are like 4 contestants who only deserve their spots namely Carrie Underwood, Vonzell Solomon, Constantine Maroulis and Bo Bice. I think Scott Savol and Anthony Federov just got lucky that they have big fanbases that keeps them around on the said show. Nadia Turner and Lindsey Cardinale deserves those spots than those two. Anyway, I watched Tuesday’s show and it was an ok show. There were a couple of good performances like Vonzell’s ‘I Turn To You’ and Bo Bice’s rendition of One Three Hill’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Be’. Other than that, the rest of the performances were off-key like Scott’s, not-feeling-right like Carrie’s and Constantine’s and just alright like Anthony’s. I hope this season’s winner would be deserving and be successful like Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard.
‘Primetime Live’ To Run ‘American Idol’ Expose
April 21, 2005 – Variety reports that ABC News’ ‘Primetime Live’ is working on a potentially explosive expose on the FOX reality hit ‘American Idol’, which will be aired during May sweeps. The report, which has been in the works for several months, will reportedly take a hard look at the relationship between ‘Idol’ judges and contestants.
Nadia Turner Talks About ‘Idol’ Experience
April 19, 2005 – Nadia Turner failed to woo the viewers enough to continue in ‘American Idol’. The eccentric songstress spoke with ‘Entertainment Tonight’ about the once-in-a-lifetime experience. “It’s been a positive [but] grueling few months of my life,” Nadia told Mary Hart. “Everything has its ups and downs and this has been a surreal experience on every level. From just singing my butt off, to competing, to rehearsing, from picking songs, to just hanging out with the other contestants. It’s been wonderful.”
‘Idol’ Mikalah And Jessica Chat With WBLI
April 18, 2005 – ‘American Idol’ voted-off finalists Mikalah Gordon and Jessica Sierra were on the phone with Steve and Maria of WBLI in Long Island, New York on Friday (April 15). Gordon talked about the report she’s being tapped to play Fran Drescher’s daughter on her new TV show, her work on the ‘Idol’ compilation album, and more. She then passed the phone to Sierra, who talked about life post ‘Idol’ and their show later Friday at Roosevelt Field. The 5-minute interview has since been removed from wbli.com.
‘Idol’ Knew About Savol’s Domestic Violence Charge
April 2, 2005 – According to a statement issued by Fox, ‘American Idol’ finalist Scott Savol was “forthcoming to ‘Idol’ producers and the network regarding his misdemeanor” disorderly conduct charge stemming from domestic violence with his infant son’s mother during a Valentine’s Day fracas and “the situation did not warrant his disqualification” from the hit reality show.