Paula Abdul Caught On Tape

Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Wednesday night, “There was a special on ABC tonight. Obviously, we didn’t see it. It didn’t air yet. We taped early. But it’s being reported that ABC has answering machine messages and voice mail that show that Paula Abdul had an inappropriate relationship with a contestant. I didn’t even know Pat O’Brien was on ‘American Idol’. … Actually, this former ‘Idol’ contestant, this guy named Corey Clark, he claims he had a sexual relationship with Paula Abdul. But Paula says that clark is an admitted liar and an opportunist. Well, finally, Paula has something negative to say about one of the contestants. … Let me ask you something. All right, what is all of the fuss, really? They’re claiming this guy, Corey Clark, received special coaching from Paula, which really would have meant something if it wasn’t for the fact he lost. Hello! He wasn’t even in the top three. The Lakers had better coaching than this guy.”

Is Corey Clark Accusing Paula For Revenge?

May 4, 2005 – A source close to Paula Abdul tells ‘Celebrity Justice’ that Corey Clark “illegally taped” the conversation with ‘American Idol’ judge where she warned him not to respond to media calls and “edited it out of context to make Paula look bad.” The source added that Corey allegedly told Abdul on the phone, “‘American Idol’ fu**ed me” and that “I have nothing to lose.”

Simon Cowell Backs Paula Abdul

May 4, 2005 – Simon Cowell is standing by Paula Abdul, telling ‘Extra’ that the worst she can be accused of is caring too much. “That’s Paula,” he insisted. “There’s nothing wrong with it, and there’s nothing underhanded going on behind the scenes.”

Adams: Corey Clark’s Allegations Very Detailed

Cindy Adams of The New York Post weighs in on Corey Clark’s book proposal with allegations against Paula Abdul. Adams writes, “He describes events, lists times and places, tells names of who was around, what was said and – as has since been quoted publicly – that his mom warned him he was getting in over his empty head.”

Contestant Says Abdul Liked Flirting With Male ‘Idol’ Singers

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.

Carmen Rasmusen Backs Paula Abdul

Carmen Rasmusen, who was on the second season of ‘American Idol’ along with Corey Clark, whose allegations of backstage wrongdoing and of an affair with Abdul have rocked the show, tells The New York Daily News she doesn’t believe the chatter. “I just do not see Paula Abdul as a person who would try to sabotage ‘American Idol,'” Rasmusen said of talk that Abdul coaches her favorite contestants. “I do not see Paula doing something that stupid that would hurt her image and hurt the show as well.”

Abdul Recorded Giving ‘Idol’ Contestant Special Treatment

May 2, 2005 – More details on ABC News’ upcoming expose on ‘American Idol’ are appearing in the Drudge Report. The report claims ‘Idol’ judge Paula Abdul personally “coached” a favorite contestant and then tried to cover up the breach and evidence was caught on an answering machine message. “I am quite surprised and disappointed ABC is devoting an hour of its prime time programming to air tabloid trash,” a Fox executive fumed.

Paula Abdul Targeted By ABC Investigation

April 29, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday night, “ABC is going to do an expose where they say ‘American Idol’ is fixed. Ooh. There are rumors that Paula Abdul might have had inappropriate contact with one of the contestants. Lawyers say if these allegations are true people will go to jail. This is great. Is this really the Abdul we need to capture right now? Aren’t there other Abduls out there that are more dangerous than this one?”

Paula Abdul Opens Up To ‘ET’

April 27, 2005 – Paula Abdul spoke with ‘Entertainment Tonight’ about why she disappeared for several years before returning to the scene on ‘American Idol’. Abdul denied substance abuse and an eating disorder, and said she went over a year without an audible voice due to vocal chord injuries.

The Idol Banger Sisters Double Corey Clark’s Pleasure

Perhaps Kimberly Caldwell was ousted from ‘American Idol’ none too soon as Star magazine reports she and fellow contestant Trenyce were nicknamed The Banger Sisters for their reputations for wild partying, an insider revealed. Word is, both had sex with Corey Clark, who was booted for allegedly beating up his sister. “He looked seedy and smelled like he didn’t bath regularly,” the insider said. “But the word backstage was that he was very well endowed and both Trenyce and Kimberly decided to take him for a test drive.” At the Idol mansion in Hollywood Hills, the insider says, “Trenyce didn’t know what Kimberly was doing, but while she was sneaking into his room, Kimberly was sneaking out. When they found out about each other, they were both embarrassed.”

Simon Cowell’s Mother Dishes On ‘Idol’ Son

April 27, 2003 – American Idol judge Simon Cowell’s mother Julie tells Extra TV that her sinister four-year-old son nearly burned down the house. She says, “It was horrendous. He found a Father Christmas outfit that we thought we hid very well. So unbeknown to me, he came downstairs and got some matches and actually set fire to the whiskers. And then in fear he pulled it across the room. I did give him a jolly good hiding, but it was so terrifying what he had done.”

Carmen Rasmussen Finally Gets The ‘Idol’ Boot

April 27, 2003 – Carmen Rasmussen, the youngest ‘American Idol 2’ contestant, was ousted in the other night’s episode. Next on the firing line was Josh Gracin and Trenyce. Carmen said afterwards, “It’s such a big stepping stone. It’s been awesome.”

Mariah Carey Comes To Corey Clark’s Rescue

After ‘American Idol’ Corey Clark felt down and out being ousted from the program for his misdemeanor assault charges, Mariah Carey has come to the singer’s rescue. Mariah was so impressed with his singing, and looks, that she wants to sign him to her MonarC record label. Carey is getting the fallen ‘Idol’ legal help and is hunted for a song they can do as a duet.

Corey Clark Faces The Music From Jay Leno

Jay Leno had several jokes about American Idol during his monologue last night. Jay joked, “I was watching the news today and i see this uniformed guy with a bayonet and gun leading prisoners in single file, they’re all handcuffed. I realize, they’re not captured Iraqis. They were ‘American Idol’ contestants.” He then cracked, “You been following this story? ‘American Idol’, or, as now they’re calling it – ‘Joe Felon’.” Jay explained, “Yet another finalists on ‘American Idol’ is in trouble with the law. what is this like the forth or the fifth? I guess Corey Clark is facing trial next month on charges he assaulted his teenage sister. He beat up his sister? Even Ike turner is going ‘what’s wrong with you?’ There’s only one thing worse than beating up your sister…and that’s getting beat up by your sister.” He concluded, “The good news, today Corey signed a record deal with Phil Spector.”

Corey Clark Apologizes For Unreported Arrest

Corey Clark had his chance to apologize to ‘American Idol’ viewers and fellow contestants on last night’s live show. “A story came out… about me, alleging I had beaten up my 15-year-old sister and four police officers, and that I was endangering a child, my sister,” Clark said, via videotape, at the top of last night’s show. “Basically the charges they’re trying to bring against me I’m not guilty of at all.”

Corey Clark Booted From ‘American Idol’

A month after Fox disqualified Frenchie Davis from ‘American Idol’ amid revelations that she had posed topless on an Internet porn site, the network said on Monday it was expelling another finalist, Corey Clark, who is facing trial on misdemeanor charges of battery against his sister and resisting arrest. Fox said in a statement that Clark “withheld information about a prior arrest which, had it been known, might have affected his participation in the show. Due to his failure to disclose, compounded by an error in a police report which misspelled Corey’s name, the incident was not discovered during a background check. The producers and network feel that Corey’s behavior warrants his disqualification.”

Another ‘American Idol’ Scandal

March 27, 2003 – Contributed by DiVa4LiFe: First Frenchie Davis was booted off ‘American Idol.’ Now, a report has surfaced that Trenyce was once arrested for felony shoplifting. According to the District Attorney’s office, Trenyce was arrested October 6, 1999 on suspicion of shoplifting from the store where she worked. She was booked under her real name, Lashundra T. Cobbins, on two felony counts, but after she complied with the court’s orders to attend a program and stay out of trouble, the charges were dropped from her record. A spokesperson from FOX told Entertainment Tonight, “The network was aware of her situation, and there were never any plans to remove her from the competition because she was never convicted of a felony.” Check out her mug shot at TheSmokingGun.com.

Olivia Newton John Describes Her Idol Experience

March 27, 2003 – Extra TV asked Olivia Newton John how it felt to sit in the third seat of ‘American Idol’ on Tuesday night. Olivia says, “It’s harder than you think to come up with something constructive, coming after two people who already said something.” Video has since been removed.

Simon Cowell Disappointed With Country Idol

March 27, 2003 – Entertainment Tonight reports many of the performers struggled on ‘American Idol’ with the country-rock theme. However, none as much as Simon Cowell. “First of all, I came here expecting the theme to be disco,” he told us. “I was a bit disappointed. It’s not my style of music. I really know a lot about country-rock — NOT!” More bizarre was their choice of Olivia Newton-John as the celebrity judge for a country themed setlist.

Ryan Seacrest Lands Own Talk Show

March 26, 2003 – American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is getting his own talk show. The DJ inked a deal with Twentieth Television for a half-hour talk show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the show will be “designed around” Seacrest’s hip style and his ability to interview celebrities.

Karaoke Has Done Record Industry A Huge Disservice

March 25, 2003 – B. J. Sigesmund of Newsweek caught up with Randy Jackson who sounded off on karaoke, saying it “has done the record industry a huge disservice.” The American Idol judge added, “People are taking it too far. They sit in their bars, they get drunk, they have a good time, they sing songs because they’ve got the words on the thing. And all of a sudden, someone will say, ‘You know, you’re pretty good. You’re almost as good as that Mariah. Keep going! You should be out there.’ Like it’s easy.” The full story at msnbc.com has since been removed.

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