Last night’s ‘Weekend Update’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’ reported: “Paula Abdul revealed this week that, for the last 25 years, she’s been suffering from the obscure disease Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Though many know it by its more common name, ‘The Crazies’.”
Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Wednesday night, “That ‘American Idol’ scandal still going on. Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Corey Clark now says he can prove he had sex with Paula Abdul by identifying a distinguishing characteristic on Abdul’s body. Yeah, apparently it’s a birthmark that like Abdul, was much bigger in the ’80s.”
Paula Abdul Lands Tony Nomination
May 12, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Wednesday night, “Well, the Tony nominations were announced. And nominated for best score — Paula Abdul. Hey, how about that? … And that little weasel ‘Idol’ loser, Corey Clark — little weasel this guy is. What a creepy guy this guy is. He says the whole sex scandal is good for ‘American Idol’ because their website is getting a record number of hits. Which is probably about the only time you ever heard the words ‘Corey Clark’ and ‘hits’ in the same sentence.”
According to the Drudge Report, season two ‘American Idol’ finalist Corey Clark says he can prove his sex claims with Judge Paula Abdul — by identifying a “distinguishing characteristic” on Abdul’s body. “He says it’s a ‘distinguishing characteristic’ few have seen, only those who have been intimate with her,” a source at FOX revealed.
Paula Abdul Out, Nia Peeples In?
May 10, 2005 – Billy Masters of Filth2go.com is predicting that Paula Abdul will not make it to the end of this season of ‘American Idol’. Masters says don’t be surprised if next week ‘Idol’ has special substitute judge Nia Peeples.
Paula Abdul Was Meant To Play Herself In ‘SNL’ Skit
May 10, 2005 – A source tells The New York Daily News that the lines Amy Poehler did as Paula Abdul to open ‘Saturday Night Live’ over the weekend were originally intended for the ‘American Idol’ judge herself, but Abdul backed out at the last minute and agreed only to cameo in the skit to critique the ‘SNL’ judges. “I guess she had some second thoughts about how far she wanted to go making fun of her situation,” the source said.
Paula Abdul Thought ABC News Expose Was About Drugs?
May 9, 2005 – According to the Drudge Report, Paula Abdul’s lawyer Marty Singer sent ABC News a detailed 2 page warning strongly denying any wrongdoing regarding the ‘American Idol’ judge and drugs. “It was sure odd,” a network source said. “We were never investigating Paula Abdul and drugs, and we never asked her lawyer about any such allegation.”
Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Corey Clark told ‘The Early Show’ about his allegations that he and Paula Abdul had a three-month long affair. Watch the segment via CBSNews.com below the cut. (more…)
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.”
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, 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.
Pop acts on television this week include Jennifer Lopez, who visits ‘Total Request Live’ on Monday, ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Tuesday, and ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Wednesday; the latest ‘American Idol’ castoff Constantine Maroulis, who visits ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Monday and ‘The Tony Danza Show’ on Tuesday; Paula Abdul, who along with Randy Jackson visits ‘The Tony Danza Show’ on Monday; Jamie Lynn Spears will visit ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Tuesday; and Brendan Benson, who performs on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Thursday.
Pop acts on television this week include Lisa Marie Presley, who visits ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ alone on Monday and with her mother Priscilla on Tuesday and ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Friday; Bonnie McKee, who visits ‘Total Request Live’ on Tuesday; Brie Larson, who visits ‘TRL’ on Friday; and ‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul, who visits ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Friday.
Paula Abdul dropped by ‘Entertainment Tonight’ to give Kevin Frazier the scoop on the ‘American Idol’ voting mishap. “There is always drama, especially this season, but this is the first time ever we had to redo a Tuesday night,” Abdul said. “That is monstrous for the contestants. We had to completely make it a wash and start over again. The big thing was, how were we going to make it an interesting show?”
Paula Abdul’s Statement In Response To Hit And Run Charges
March 24, 2005 – Paula Abdul’s attorney released a statement in response to the ‘American Idol’ judge’s misdemeanor charge for allegedly fleeing the scene after being involved in a traffic accident last year. Abdul has taken full responsibility for the minor damages that resulted from the incident. “Late last year, while driving on the Hollywood Freeway, unbeknownst to Paula, there was some minor contact between the tire of her car and another vehicle on the roadway,” the statement reads. “The result was a small amount of property damage to the other car and no damage to Paula’s car. This week, after learning that it had been determined that her car was actually involved, Paula immediately took full responsibility and paid $775 to repair the minor property damage. She is pleased the matter could be resolved [Thursday] in traffic court.”
Paula Abdul Charged With Hit And Run
March 24, 2005 – ‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul was slapped on Thursday with a hit and run charge for allegedly leaving the scene of a minor auto accident last December, a misdemeanor. If convicted, Abdul could face a maximum of six months in jail and a $1000 fine. Check out the court document from The Smoking Gun.
‘American Idol’ Voting Problem
March 24, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Wednesday night, “Well, I guess you know, there was a huge screw-up on ‘American Idol’ last night. You all know that, right? The phone voting was all mixed up and the numbers on the screen were wrong. Well, they had a complete revote tonight. The next night. That’s what I love about our country. When there’s a voting problem in the presidential election, what did that take, three months to figure it out? Some stupid karaoke show, ‘Oh, my God! Get on the phones!’ The next day! The next day, it’s fixed!”
Bianculli: Fox’s ‘Idol’ Makes A Good Call
March 24, 2005 – David Bianculli of The New York Daily News weighed in on the ‘American Idol’ phone number flap that caused a pseudo replay of the top rated program last night and bumped the elimination show to tonight. Bianculli writes, “When the dust settles tonight, Fox will have added a total of one hour of TV’s highest-rated series to its schedule for the week – and ‘American Idol’ will have gotten its most publicity of the season, all of it free. From this point on, if the show’s ratings spike even higher, the ‘human error’ may deserve most of the credit.”
‘American Idol’ Producer Defends Show’s Integrity
March 23, 2005 – It’s “rubbish” to suggest there was a deliberate effort to tinker with “American Idol” by putting wrong voting information on-screen, executive producer Ken Warwick told the Associated Press on Wednesday. “Why would we contaminate the honesty of one of the top-rated shows in America by fiddling with it?” Warwick asked. “It’s regrettable. This was a human error and we had to address it as best we could.”
Los Angeles Prosecutors Eye Charges Against Paula Abdul
March 20, 2005 – Amy Poehler “reported” during the ‘Saturday Night Live’ Weekend Update segment last night: “Los Angeles prosecutors are contemplating whether to bring criminal charges against Paula Abdul for her alleged role in a hit and run accident last December. As it stands, the judges informed Abdul that, ‘I think you look great, and you started out driving really well, but then you swiped the car. And it was, like, a little, not your best. But, still, I like you. And I like your style. Nice job’.”
Simon Cowell And Paula Abdul Feud Real?
February 23, 2005 – How do sometimes-feuding ‘American Idol’ judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul really feel about each other? People magazine’s Cynthia Sanz was on ‘Fox & Friends’ on Wednesday morning to discuss the situation which ‘Idol’ producers aren’t trying to stop because it makes for good television… and ratings. The interview has since been removed from FoxNews.com.
Justin Guarini Surprises Paula Abdul With Flowers
February 15, 2005 – ‘American Idol’ season one runner-up Justin Guarini surprised Paula Abdul with flowers for Valentine’s Day, ‘National Call in Single Day’, presented by Yahoo Personals at the Third Street Promenade on Monday (February 14) Santa Monica, California.