Wanda Sykes was on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Thursday, where the comedian was asked about talk that the judges on ‘American Idol’ have been too mean. “You know, to me, nobody is forcing these people to come down there,” Sykes said. “You know, they really are. Nobody is forcing them. And sometimes you just need to be told. You know, you really – sometimes you need to crush a a few dreams. You really need to stop the, you know, stop the craziness. But I think what they should do – ’cause, you know, they’re saying that he was picking on people who were, you know, like – mentally challenged. So, what they should do is, like, how we have the Special Olympics. They should have a ‘Special American Idol’. Come on, Jay. You know you’d watch that. The ‘Special American Idol’. [Singing] ‘Ah, baby, baby.’ ‘Don’t take this. Don’t eat the microphone, sweetheart. Don’t do that. Put that down. Okay. Can somebody get him some pants, please.'”
Instant Fame For New York’s Obnoxious ‘Idol’ Contestant
January 26, 2007 – ‘American Idol’ failed contestant Ian Benardo was on ‘Extra’ on Thursday (January 25) to discuss his run-in with Simon Cowell and crew during the show’s New York auditions. “People recognize me everywhere I go,” he said. “People are asking me about what my next career move is.” So, what does Ian plan to do with his ‘Idol’ fame? “I really want to be a talk show host,” he revealed. “I really believe that I can be the next big American sensation.”
Blowout Ratings For ‘American Idol’ Continue
January 26, 2007 – The New York Daily News reports Wednesday night’s two-hour installment of ‘American Idol’, featuring last summer’s auditions in New York City, drew 33.6 million viewers, sustaining the momentum of last week’s record-setting two-day, four-hour premiere. “This year we just felt this show is so freakin’ big, why not,” Preston Beckman, Fox’s head of scheduling, told the Daily News this week.
Carmen Rasmusen On ‘American Idol’ Cruelty?
January 24, 2007 – Did ‘American Idol’ go too far mocking Special Olympics contestant Jonathan Jayne and his friend Kenneth Swale? ‘Scarborough Country’ host Joe Scarborough asks former ‘Idol’ finalist Carmen Rasmusen and Star magazine’s Jill Dobson about the show’s latest controversy. Video of the segment, aired Monday (January 22), at Bing.com has since been removed.
‘American Idol’ Drama
January 24, 2007 – After the first two shows of ‘American Idol’ aired last week, controversy has already begun. Fox News Channel’s Anita Vogel spoke with ‘Idol’ judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson about the controversy, while Paula Abdul called suggestions she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during a recent press tour “is absolutely insane for me”. Video at FoxNews.com has since been removed.