Prince Azim’s 25th Birthday Party

Samantha Mumba, Mario Vazquez and Michael Jackson were on hand for Prince Azim’s 25th Birthday Party at the Stapleford Park Country House Hotel in Leicestershire, England. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.

Jackson Family Auction

May 30, 2007 – Costumes, records, documents and other Michael Jackson memorabilia are on display in Las Vegas, where an auction of Jackson family memorabilia at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is expected to earn millions. Watch raw footage from CBSNews.com below the cut. Check out pictures from GettyImages (page1 / page2). (more…)

Plaintiff’s Lawyer Speaks Out Over Mario Vazquez/’Idol’ Lawsuit

Magdaleno Olmos’ attorney Matt Matern tells ‘Access Hollywood’ that ‘American Idol’ producers offered his client their support following his claim that season four drop-out Mario Vazquez sexually harassed him. The attorney claimed the ‘Idol’ support may have led to Vazquez’s mysterious departure from the show’s Top 12 in 2005. “I believe it (Vazquez’s departure) was not voluntary in any way shape or form,” Matern speculated. “There were meetings held on that same day with the executives Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, with my client and with the attorneys for ‘American Idol’. They asked my client what had happened. Then I believe they interviewed Mr. Vazquez that same day, brought my client back in for a second interview and [I’m told], Nigel Lythgoe, put his arm around my client and said, ‘we know that this happened and we are going to let Mario Vazquez go, and you’re going to stay.'”

J.Lo Excited About ‘Idol’, Plans Spanish Song Performance

March 16, 2007 – ‘Extra’ caught up with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony at the ShoWest Film Convention in Las Vegas where the two unveiled ‘El Cantante’. Asked if she’s excited about doing a performance and offer advice for ‘American Idol’ finalists, J.Lo responded, “Yes, I’m very excited. I watched it last night. I have a couple of favorites.” Asked if she is going to sing, Lopez responded, “I want to sing one of my Spanish songs. I think they’re doing a Latin album theme night.” Read more.

Former ‘Idol’ Contestant Errick Johnson Visits ‘Good Day Alabama’

He did not make the top 24 on ‘American Idol’, but his fans in Birmingham said Errick Johnson should have. He visited ‘Good Day Alabama’ on Thursday (March 15) to discuss his experience on ‘Idol’, how the guys handled the Diana Ross tunes, and the talk that this is the girls’ year. Video at MyFoxAl.com has since been removed.

Men Are In Jeopardy As Brandon Rogers Exits ‘American Idol’

March 15, 2007 – Last night Phil Stacey, Sanjaya Malakar and Brandon Rogers were relegated to the bottom three on ‘American Idol’, with Rogers being the first of the top 12 finalists to get sent home. Craig Berman of MSNBC commented on the ‘Idol’ men finally being a minority on the FOX hit that has seen the women dominate this season. In wake of Stephanie Edwards and Haley Scarnato both forgetting lyrics but staying out of the bottom three, Berman writes, “Unfortunately for Rogers, the women weren’t the only ones with bad memories. He started off Tuesday’s show with a lyric botch, and that combined with another bland performance left him with too big of a hurdle to overcome. It marked an early end to a disappointing time on the show for the former backup vocalist, who was so good in the auditions but never found his rhythm after that.” Read more.

AJ Tabaldo Plans To ‘Ride The Wave’ To L.A.

March 14, 2007 – The Santa Maria Times spoke with ousted ‘American Idol’ semi-finalist A.J. Tabaldo about how things have been going since he got sent packing. “The love that I got after that was overwhelming,” the Santa Maria native said. Tabaldo said he has given up his job as a supervisor at the UPS Customer Center in Santa Maria and plans to move to Los Angeles in a few weeks. He’s ready to start recording original material which he’ll soon begin to shop around to record labels. The full story at santamariatimes.com has since been removed.

Sheryl Crow Is No ‘Idol’ Fan

March 13, 2007 – Sheryl Crow tells Ladies Home Journal she’s no fan of ratings king ‘American Idol’. “Let’s face it, it undermines art in every way and promotes commercialism,” she complained. “I am sad people love it so.”

Mario Vazquez Accused Of Sexually Harassing Male ‘Idol’ Employee

March 13, 2007 – TMZ has learned former ‘American Idol’ finalist Mario Vazquez is being accused of trying to masturbate in front of a male employee in a bathroom on the set of the hit FOX show in February 2005. After the incident, Vazquez mysteriously dropped out of ‘Idol’, citing personal reasons. The man who is making the allegations in a lawsuit, Magdaleno Olmos, is an assistant accountant for Fremantle Media, the company that produces ‘Idol’. “Vazquez stared lasciviously, smiled lasciviously,” Olmos claimed in the lawsuit documents. “And on one occasion followed him into a bathroom … knocked on the door of the plaintiff’s stall and made eye contact through the space in the stall door.” Read more, and check out the court documents, here.

Mario Vazquez ‘Doesn’t Even Remember’ Sexual Harassment Accuser

Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com weighed in on news ‘American Idol’ season four drop-out Mario Vazquez is facing sexual harassment charges from former ‘Idol’ employee Magdaleno Olmos. Friedman writes, “Two years have passed since Vazquez left the show. You would think that if Olmos had a beef with Mario or ‘American Idol’, he would have said something a long time ago. The fact is: Mario Vazquez doesn’t even remember Magdaleno Olmos. He has told mutual friends to tell me that he is very upset, almost distraught.” A friend Friedman and Vazquez knows said, “It never happened.” Read more.

Trouble For Mario Vazquez

Conan O’Brien joked about the Mario Vazquez suit during his Late Night monologue on Tuesday night, “A male contestant from this year’s ‘American Idol’ has been accused of trying to force oral sex on a male employee of ‘American Idol’. Yeah. Which is really a shame, ’cause everything would have been fine if he had just asked Ryan Seacrest nicely.”

Mario Vazquez Connects With Spanish Roots On Debut

‘American Idol’ season four drop-out Mario Vazquez spoke with SonyBMG Australia about his self-titled debut, with many of the songs lyrics written in Spanglish and Spanish. “It’s definitely important – I owe it to myself and to my culture and I love it to the fullest and it’s something we’re going to do on this record and translate them in Spanish for a whole other market,” he explained. “So why not make people aware of your Spanish roots? It’s very important.”

The full story at sonybmg.com.au has since been removed.

Mario Vazquez Talks With San Antonio’s Mix 96.1 FM

‘American Idol’ season four drop-out Mario Vazquez was in studio with the Russell Rush Show on Mix 96.1 FM in San Antonio last month. They talked about Ne-Yo writing his “golden ticket” ‘Gallery’, why he quit ‘Idol’, the Tony Parker and Eva Longoria troubles, his ‘TRL’ performance, and more. He also performed ‘Gallery’ a cappella. The interview and performance at mix961.com has since been removed.

Mario Vazquez Talks With Phoenix’s 104.7 KISS FM

Johnjay and Rich of 104.7 KISS FM in Phoenix had ‘American Idol’ season four drop-out Mario Vazquez on the phone on Thursday (November 2) to promote his free concert on Sunday. Mario talked about how ‘Gallery’ has been a song that’s slowly become a hit, plans for the next single to be ‘I Bet’, his television appearances, and more. He took some phone calls, and many of the callers were thinking — or pretending to think — he was Mario Lopez.

The interview audio at johnjayandrich.1047kissfm.com has since been removed.

On TV: John Mayer, Mario Vazquez, Jessica Simpson

Pop acts on television this week include John Mayer, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Monday; Amos Lee, who performs on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Monday; Mario Vazquez, who performs on ‘Total Request Live’ on Tuesday; Jessica Simpson, who visits ‘TRL’ on Wednesday; Jose Gonzalez, who performs on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Thursday; and Ray LaMontagne, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Friday.

Mario Vazquez Hopes For Spot On Christina Tour

Mario Vazquez, the only ‘American Idol’ finalist ever to drop out of the show (back in season four), has added more big names for his self-titled debut, due out Tuesday (September 26). Vazquez just finished the Rock ‘N Shop Mall Tour with Ashley Parker Angel and is eyeing a big fall outing. “We’re in talks of maybe being the second act to open for Christina Aguilera when she goes overseas,” Vazquez tells MTV News. “My fingers are crossed for that.” Read more.

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