Justin Guarini Dumped Following ‘Idol’ Power-Play

Wondering why ‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini didn’t appear on last night’s ‘American Idol Christmas’? Star magazine reports he refused to appear on the program, upset that he didn’t get the support for his record from RCA. “Justin feels his album was left to languish,” an insider told Star magazine. “He’s disappointed over the lack of success he’s had in the wake of the show.” Guarini’s power-play appears to have backfired though, as Simon Cowell revealed to Us Weekly he’s been dropped.

RCA Drops Justin Guarini

Simon Cowell confirmed to Us Weekly that ‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini has been dropped by RCA Records after selling only 57,000 copies of his self-titled debut. “He’s been dropped. It happens sometimes,” Cowell said at the ‘Love Actually’ premiere. ‘Idol’ champ Kelly Clarkson was shocked to hear the news. “Oh, my God,” she exclaimed. “I had no idea. I’m friends with Justin. That is so sad.”

PETA Delays Ad Poking Fun At Clay

November 18, 2003 – The Associated Press spoke with PETA vice president Dan Mathews on the animal rights group’s new controversial advertisement which features Triumph the Insult Comic dog saying ‘Get Neutered, It Didn’t Hurt Clay Aiken’. “If Clay Aiken intends on staying famous, he has to learn to take a joke,” Mathews said Tuesday. He added, “It may rub some people the wrong way, but it’s poking fun with a serious message.”

Aiken Flees Country After Guarini Rear-Ender

November 12, 2003 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Tuesday night, “Former ‘American Idol’ singer Justin Guarini is being sued by a couple who claim he rammed into the back of their car. That’s right. Yeah, that’s what it said. Yeah. Yeah, and when he heard you could be sued for ramming someone from behind, Clay Aiken fled the country.”

Sharon Osbourne Show Signed Justin Guarini CD

October 19, 2003 – The Sharon Osbourne Show is auctioning off a specially autographed Justin Guarini CD to benefit The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation. Along with the CD, she will be sending a handwritten thank-you note to the highest bidder. Check out the bidding over at ebay.com.

Randy Jackson No Fan Of Justin Guarini’s Debut Album

'Justin Guarini' album cover

‘American Idol’ judge Randy Jackson reviewed the runner-up’s self titled solo debut, and wasn’t too kind with his “dawg” Justin Guarini. He wrote in Savoy magazine, “Jus, you know I’m here for you dawg, but I got to keep it real. I don’t understand this CD or the lack of great songs. This project was just a miss by all involved. I don’t think anyone knew what kind of record to make with American Idol’s second runner-up from the first season. It has no direction, purpose, soul or hits. I am sure this is not quite what Justin would have wanted for his self-titled debut.” Jackson rated the album 5 out of 10 and said, “Everyone who had a hand in this catastrophe, y’all really should rethink your jobs.”

‘The Fighting Temptations’ Premiere Photos

‘American Idol’ Justin Guarini and Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys were in attendance for the World Premiere of ‘The Fighting Temptations’ on Wednesday (September 17) at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, RexFeatures and GettyImages.

Justin Guarini Comments On ‘From Justin To Kelly’

September 8, 2003 – Hip Online recently spoke with Justin and asked him if he was surprised by the box office bust ‘From Justin To Kelly’ experienced. Guarini said “yes” and added, “The film I think was a good film for what it was designed for. It was for kids. Unfortunately the critics slashed it before it even started but that is just the way the cookie crumbles. That film offered so many opportunities beyond that moment. It has offered me opportunities to work in film and television, which I will be taking advantage soon.”

Jet Ski Justin: I Lost Control

August 27, 2003 – Justin Guarini has finally broken his silence over his Jet Ski mishap that almost injured a 5-year-old girl earlier this summer. “I lost control of my Jet Ski, and it was an accident that anyone could have had,” the ‘American Idol’ runner-up told Us Weekly. “There was a girl who was 15 feet away the whole time. I passed by her and her father was understandably upset. I apologized profusely, and that was the end of the situation.” Read more.

Justin Guarini Comes Clean On Relationship With Paula

‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini spoke with AP radio and insisted that he and Paula Abdul are just friends, despite rumors that arose during the show that they were more than that. Guarini admits he’s not seeing anyone now.

“I’m [married] to this album, and I don’t think it would be fair for me to date anyone. I’m a hopeless romantic, and I love being with my girlfriends. I don’t have time for one at the moment, but I look forward to finding one and settling down with the right girl,” someone with “a wicked sense of humor.” Read more.

‘American Idol’ Ruins Paula Abdul’s Album Plans

June 23, 2003 – Paula Abdul complained to Globe magazine that while serving as judge on ‘American Idol’, she was worked so hard that the show was ruining her attempts at a music comeback. “Ever since I started doing ‘American Idol’, I haven’t had a single moment to work on my own stuff,” Abdul sighed. “I was working on my own record, but they won’t give me a single day off to concentrate on it.” But with ‘Idol’ in the off season now, Abdul says, “I’m going to take time off now to work on my album.”

Paula Abdul Meltdown Over Career Fears

June 22, 2003 – Star magazine reports Paula Abdul of ‘American Idol’ is so terrified of losing it all again, it’s pushed her to the brink of an emotional breakdown. A source tells the tabloid, “I think she’s a mess. She seems to have these wild mood swings where she goes from being elated to totally bummed out in minutes.” Another source added, “She’s trying to do everything – from American Idol, to co-hosting segments on Entertainment Tonight, to launching a jewelry line – to make the most of her moment in the sun.”

‘From Justin To Kelly’ DVD Release Panned

July 18, 2003 – Jay Leno continued his jokes about the ‘American Idol’ movie-bomb starring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini during his Tonight Show monologue on Thursday, “According to the New York Post, the movie ‘From Justin to Kelly’ is being released on DVD. Released? Escaped is more like it. This is what it says. It says, ‘It’s packed with never before seen footage.’ Duh, that’s basically the movie, isn’t it? Nobody saw the stupid thing. If I didn’t want to see it in the theater, why would I pay to bring this into my home?”

‘From Justin To Kelly’ Already Voted Worst Film Of All Time

IMDB.com visitors have voted ‘From Justin to Kelly’ as the worst movie of all time. The Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson starring film topped other pop star featured films such as the Mariah Carey starring ‘Glitter’ at #14, the Spice Girls starring ‘Spice World’ at #43 and the Britney Spears starring ‘Crossroads’ #51. Check out the entire list here.

Justin Guarini Could Face Jail Time

July 1, 2003 – Contributed by britny: Dallas’ NBC affiliate reports that ‘American Idol’ runner up Justin Guarini could face up to a $2,000 fine and 180 days in jail. Guarini ran a watercraft up onto shore while boating with Kelly Clarkson and 5 friends in Grand Prairie, Texas last weekend. Guarini apparently came within inches of hitting a 5 year old girl.

Justin Guarini Talks Film And Music Debuts

June 30, 2003 – Last year’s ‘American Idol’ runner-up Justin Guarini phoned into the Steve and DC show on June 20th. Justin talked about how cold the water was while filming ‘From Justin to Kelly’ in Miami, how people want him and Kelly Clarkson to be a couple, how he enjoyed kissing Kelly in the movie, and more. As for the hair, he has no intentions of changing the curly top anytime soon. Guarini also pointed out the differences between himself and *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake, but said that he’s great and looked forward to seeing him on tour. Audio has since been removed.

Justin Guarini’s Mom Helps Out In Album Promotion

June 29, 2003 – Star magazine reports that Justin is getting big promotional help from his mother Kathleen, who has been plastering their hometown of Doylestown, PA with stacks of fliers advertising his just-released self-titled debut.

It’s Beachin’

June 28, 2003 – Tiffany Maleshefski of the San Fransisco Examiner reviewed ‘From Justin to Kelly’ the movie starring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, giving the film perhaps the best rating of any major newspaper — 2 1/2 out of 4 stars. She writes, “The soundtrack is poppy and showcases Clarkson’s vocal talent quite well. She’s also just a peach on screen, a natural with the camera, and might be able to get a few casting bites out of what unfortunately will be a critical flop. Guarini will make the girls and boys coo, but his curly locks don’t hide his wooden performance. The major shortcoming of this film is that its producers chose to distribute it as a film instead of catering to its massive television audience.”

Leno Rips ‘From Justin To Kelly’

June 25, 2003 – Jay Leno continued his attack of Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson of ‘American Idol’ during his Tuesday monologue. He joked, “This past Saturday was the longest day of the year. Especially if you had to sit through ‘From Justin to Kelly.’ The American Idol movie ‘From Justin to Kelly’ opened in 11th place… even Madonna movies do better than that. Today the stars were both offered half a million dollars a piece not to do a sequel.”

Kelly Clarkson Resorts To Wig Wearing

‘American Idol’ champ Kelly Clarkson tells Entertainment Tonight she’s turned to wearing wigs to keep from being recognized following her fast fame. “I put wigs on when I’m at home, I have this long black wig and then I have a red one and a short curly one,” she revealed. “I always go out in wigs with my friends and glasses. It’s not so much for me, I like meeting fans and I like talking to everybody but my friends get annoyed if the whole time I’m signing autographs when I’m hanging out with them.”

Idol’s Film Used For Gitmo Interrogation?

June 30, 2003 – Jay Leno joked again about Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson’s new movie ‘From Justin To Kelly’ during his Tonight Show monologue on Friday. He cracked, “Over the 4th of July, Arnold Schwarzenegger who was here last night is traveling to Iraq to screen his movie for U.S. troops. Also during that week Justin and Kelly will be screening their movie for the prisoners on Guantanamo Bay.”

Kelly/Justin Go See Xtina/Justin

June 27, 2003 – Contributed by SgAzNWaNg: Hi! I just wanted to tell ya’ll that Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini were spotted at Justin Timberlake of *NSYNC and Christina Aguilera’s Justified and Stripped Tour in Dallas, TX at the American Airlines Center. We were just sitting there and we noticed people were pointing and looking towards the back of the stadium in one of the balcony seats. Then, someone yelled out “It’s Kelly Clarkson!” and there were also people above and below the balcony were trying to pass things for them to autograph. Then the entire stadium began to notice too and everyone started screaming for them. Also, Kristin Holt from American Idol 1 was there also helping out Wild100.

Kelly Clarkson Fat?

June 27, 2003 – Contributed by XxmissyxX: In a special celebrity weights and diet secrets episode of ‘Entertainment Tonight’, Kelly let down her guard and revealed her actual weight. She stated, “I weigh 125 and I’m proud of it. And besides, most of it’s from my backside”. Obviously, Kelly has curves and is not ashamed of it, as noted in Us weekly, when she said, “If I want a donut, I’m damn sure gonna have one.”

Kelly Clarkson Chats With Steve And DC

June 26, 2003 – Kelly phoned into the Steve and DC radio show to talk about how busy she is and what she’s been up to, the new movie ‘From Justin to Kelly’, her response to the film’s critics, some rumor that 50 Cent made a move on her at an awards show, her desire to never have her personal life overwhelm her professional life, her pal that convinced her to sign up for ‘Idol’ and how she thanked her by buying her a convertible Corvette, and more. Audio has since been removed.

Jay Leno Savages ‘From Justin To Kelly’

Jay Leno was tough on ‘American Idol’ champ Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini during his Tonight Show monologue on Monday. He joked, “It was really incredible if you were at theaters. There were lines all around the block at theaters all around the country. Not just for ‘The Hulk.’ A lot of those were people who saw the ‘American Idol’ movie, ‘From Justin to Kelly,’ and wanted their money back. You know, the producers thought ‘From Justin to Kelly’ might be the weekend blockbuster. Turns out, it’s gonna be in Blockbuster by next weekend. Man, it died. It came in 11th. It didn’t even make $3 million. And they say the movie has a surprise ending. Not really a surprise, it’s just that nobody’s been able to sit through the whole thing. So just don’t have any idea of how it ends. See, I tell you another thing. First of all, the title is wrong. ‘From Justin to Kelly.’ What does that mean? It sounds like some kind of bad transvestite film, doesn’t it? It was like Justin during the day, and at night, he becomes Kelly? Eew, I don’t think so.”

No Time For Romance, Claims Justin Guarini

June 23, 2003 – Us Weekly caught up with Justin Guarini to talk about his new self-titled album and filming ‘From Justin to Kelly’ with ‘Idol’ champ Kelly Clarkson. Despite rumors that the pair are dating, Guarini said he and Kelly “are like brother and sister,” claiming he didn’t have time for a romance. “I’ve been so focused on work. I’ve not really been out and about,” he explained. “Friday and Saturday nights my butt is sleeping!” ‘From Justin to Kelly’ director Robert Iscove told Us Weekly otherwise, though, claiming Justin actually dated one of the dancers on the set, adding, “He’s quite the ladies’ man.”

‘From Justin To Kelly’ A Box Office Dud

June 22, 2003 – Contributed by dragonzNpiano: This weekend, ‘The Hulk’ rampaged across North American theaters opening at #1 with $62.6 million. Meanwhile, the American Idols, Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini’s movie ‘From Justin To Kelly’ failed to make the top ten, opening at #11 with a low $2.9 million. ‘Finding Nemo’ fell to #3 with $20.5 million and ‘Bruce Almighty’ dropped to #4 with $10 million.

Kelly Clarkson & Justin Guarini At Each Other’s Throats

Star magazine reports that while ‘American Idol’ stars Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini are playing the part of pals in public, behind the cameras, things have turned ugly. “Justin used to love Kelly, but now he’s filled with nothing but disdain for her,” a pal of Guarini’s revealed. Another source told the tabloid, “Kelly says Justin can’t handle her success. He’s jealous of her platinum-selling album, ‘Thankful’. She wanted to stay friends, but it seems he couldn’t handle it.” Their recent public appearances promoting ‘From Justin to Kelly’ have been “absolute torture”, according to a source.

‘From Justin To Kelly’ Easily The Worst Beach Movie Ever

June 22, 2003 – Jack Matthews of the New York Daily News reviewed ‘From Justin To Kelly’, giving the Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson starring debut zero stars. He called the film “Dreadful. Possibly the worst pro acting debuts I’ve ever seen.” He added, “But that distracts from the film itself, which is more than awful, more than dreadful, and easily the worst beach movie ever made.”

No Time For ‘Living History’

June 22, 2003 – Us Weekly asked several stars, including ‘American Idol’ stars Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson whether they planned on reading Hillary Clinton’s new book ‘Living History.’ Justin responded, “No… I’m too busy working and touring. But I wish her all the best.” Kelly said, “There are so many books out now that I’d love to read, but my schedule is just too busy.”

‘From Justin To Kelly’ Barely Qualifies As A Movie

June 22, 2003 – Christopher Kelly of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reviewed ‘From Justin to Kelly’, giving the film 1 1/2 stars. Responding to Kelly’s claims that critics wouldn’t like the film, Kelly said, “Well, guess what, Clarkson is right. It’s not a movie for critics. Except I’m not sure it’s for ‘the fans,’ either. Unless Clarkson is using the term in the colloquial sense, to mean ‘people who have no standards whatsoever and will happily fritter away 82 minutes of their lives watching a humorless, pointless, artless would-be musical/comedy’.”

Kelly Clarkson Isn’t Familiar With ‘Hulk’

June 22, 2003 – Kelly’s debut ‘From Justin to Kelly’ opened this weekend along with ‘Hulk’, and the ‘American Idol’ winner tells Launch.com she isn’t too aware of her box office competition. “I think I’m the only one on the planet that has never seen anything about the Hulk,” Clarkson admitted. “I have no idea what that is.”

Craig Kilborn’s ‘From Justin To Kelly’ Review

June 20, 2003 – Craig Kilborn joked about Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson’s movie debut during his Late Late Show monologue on Thursday, “I just watched the new ‘American Idol’ movie, ‘From Justin to Kelly,’ and here’s my review – from theaters to rental!”

Kelly Clarkson Phones Into WBLI

June 19, 2003 – Kelly phoned into the Steve & Maria show on WBLI in Long Island earlier today. She talked about the new film ‘From Justin to Kelly’, why it isn’t being screened for film critics, and reports that she’s dating Justin Guarini. Kelly says she’ll be doing some state fairs this summer, she’ll then head on a European promo tour, then she’ll do a big tour this fall. Kelly is honored to be part of the July 4th Macy’s Parade.

The interview audio at wbli.com has since been removed.

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