Vanessa Olivarez PETA Ad Video Clip

Dan Mathews chatted with ousted ‘American Idol’ Vanessa Olivarez about her new PETA ad for their ‘Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur’ series. Asked how she felt following in the footsteps of Pamela Anderson, Kim Basinger, and Christy Turlington in the ad series, she responded, “I’m thrilled to be part of that roster. I definitely don’t have the body that Pamela Anderson and Christy Turlington do, but hopefully people won’t be so offended. My butt’s bigger, but it’s cool.”

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Vanessa Olivarez Unveils PETA Ad

Ousted ‘American Idol’ Vanessa Olivarez unveiled her PETA advertisement on Wednesday (April 16) in New York at Macy’s in Herald Square. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.

Vanessa Olivarez Thrilled To Get Naked For PETA

Entertainment Tonight caught up with ousted ‘American Idol’ Vanessa Olivarez after she posed nude for PETA’s ongoing anti-fur ad campaign, joining celebs such as Pamela Anderson, Kim Basinger, and Christy Turlington. “I am thrilled to be part of the roster,” Olivarez said. “I definitely don’t have the body that Kim, Pamela or Christy do, but, hopefully, people won’t be offended. My butt is bigger, but it is cool.”

‘American Idol’ Vanessa Olivarez Naked

Vanessa Olivarez, former American Idol finalist, stars in PETA’s new naked anti-fur campaign. Check out pictures from her Wednesday (April 2) photo shoot in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out pictures from

American Idol Diva Julia DeMato Sounds Off

April 2, 2003 – Julia DeMato chatted with TV Guide Online after being ousted from American Idol. Many wondered why Kimberly Caldwell was crying last week — whether it was because she was in the bottom three or because Julia was booted. “It was 110 percent because I was getting kicked off the show,” DeMato insisted. “We became really close, and I think she was kind of crying for me. It had nothing to do with her being in the bottom three.”

‘American Idol’ Is Most Popular Show

April 1, 2003 – Television viewers seeking relief from war news made Fox’s ‘American Idol’ last week’s most popular program. Both episodes of the contest were seen by more than 19 million people, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.

Josh Gracin ‘Idol’ As Others Fight

April 1, 2003 – Capt. Shawn Haney, the Marine Corps’ liaison with ‘American Idol’, is defending contestant and marine Josh Gracin who is still on the show despite 60% of his 200-member section, known as Electronic Maintenance Company (ElMaCo), being shipped out. “Here’s a young man pursuing his dreams,” Haney tells the New York Daily News. He added that Gracin’s TV appearance is seen as valuable for recruitment. “We weren’t going to allow him to start and then pull him out.”

‘American Idol’ Gets Patriotic During Iraq Invasion

March 31, 2003 – Patriotic country-music singers drew 20 million viewers last week, as Americans sought relief from war coverage, says ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest, who spoke with the Today Show on Monday. The interview and highlight clips from last week’s shows has since been removed at

Marines And American Idol Have Contrasting Policies

March 31, 2003 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue the other night, “An ‘American Idol’ finalist, what’s this guy’s name? Joshua Gracin. You know this guy, you watch ‘American Idol’? He may have to leave the contest because his unit is being deployed. He’s a marine, but he’s one of the ‘American Idol’ contestants. See, that’s a contrast in lifestyle. ‘Cause in the marines, they have that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell policy.’ As opposed to ‘American Idol’ where you have the, you don’t have to ask, you can pretty much tell.”

Vanessa Olivarez Posing Nude For PETA Ad

Jeannette Walls of reports ousted American Idol Vanessa Olivarez is posing naked for an ‘I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur’ ad for PETA. It’s being shot this week in Atlanta by Playboy photographer Michael Law. PETA spokesman Dan Mathews said of the full figured singer, “Regardless of what Simon says, PETA believes beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.”

Did Scripted ‘Idol’ Diss Hurt Vanessa Olivarez’s Chances?

TV Guide chatted with ousted ‘American Idol’ Vanessa Olivarez about the scripted slam of host Ryan Seacrest that many think played a part in her departure. Did the diss hurt her? “I think it could have,” she said. “But I’ll never know [for sure], because it’s not like I can count the votes and go, ‘Who didn’t vote for me because of my performance?’ or ‘Who didn’t vote for me because of the comments I made?’ I think that very well could have hurt me. But you know, you live and learn. It sounded funny in rehearsals, but it just didn’t come across that way in the show. I do think that maybe some of the younger kids didn’t take the comment all in good fun. And I think that’s a lot of the audience.”

Trey Parker Calls ‘American Idol’ ‘Genius’

March 19, 2003 – ‘South Park’ creator Trey Parker shared his feelings on reality television, and he had a positive verdict on ‘American Idol’. “That show’s genius,” he said. “[Kelly Clarkson] sold a bunch of singles, right? That show therefore shows us way more about our culture than ‘The West Wing’ does. You really can make someone a pop star.”

Steven Cojocaru: American Idol Worshipper

March 19, 2003 – Fashion guru Steven Cojocaru is doing teen makeovers on American Idol hopefuls, and was asked about whether Juia D’Amato is as difficult as she seems. “Julia was not a diva,” he says, “but she knows herself. Some would say that’s a diva ingredient. I liked that she came wearing killer high heels, which is totally cool in my book. I liked her whole attitude. I put her in Capri pants, and I wanted her to go a smaller size – she looked at me very J.Lo and said, ‘These are fine.’ She’s no pushover.”

Frenchie Is Hoping Ruben Studdard Is America’s Idol

March 19, 2003 – Ousted American Idol Frenchie Davis tells Us Weekly that she wants another large and in charge singer to win the show now that she’s been eliminated. “I want Ruben to win!” she said. “Big Daddy has the smoothest, most beautiful voice — and he’s the sweetest guy too.”

Simon Cowell Clarifies Position On ‘American Idol 3’

March 19, 2003 – ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell tells the New York Post that he is willing to return for a third season, but only if Fox puts it off until next year, to allow the winner more time to be turned into a star – and to protect against brand-name overkill. Cowell says he has a “gut feeling” that ‘Idol 3’ won’t run in the fall. “That’s what I’ve been told,” he said, vowing to walk if Fox insists on a September start. “If they decide to do it without me, I think that would be a mistake.”

Pop Acts On TV: Geri Halliwell, Frenchie Davis, vanessa Olivarez

Pop acts on talk television this week include former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, who appears on the Caroline Rhea Show on Monday, ‘American Idol’ cast-off Vanessa Olivarez visits MTV’s Total Request Live on Monday and Rhea on Tuesday, and Frenchie Davis appears with Rhea on Wednesday. Meanwhile, look for Britney Spears’ ears to turn red when Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst guest-hosts on Jimmy Kimmel Live for the entire week.

Vanessa Olivarez Will Heed Simon Cowell’s Advice

TV Guide Online spoke with ‘American Idol’ semi-finalist Vanessa Olivarez and asked her if she planned on taking Simon Cowell’s advice and lose weight. “Yeah, I knew I needed to lose a few pounds,” she admits. “My weight fluctuates like you wouldn’t believe. I could gain or lose 10 pounds in a week and a half. I know that sounds weird, but that’s how my body is. I will probably go back on the Atkins diet. It’s for a quick fix, though. You don’t stay on that.”

Simon Cowell Says, Lose Weight!

Entertainment Tonight is getting reaction to Simon Cowell’s cruel advice to Vanessa Olivarez urging her to “lose a few pounds.” Plus sized actress Sharon McDaniel said, “Insensitive jerk! It’s a horrible comment. It’s unnecessary and she’s so tiny. I don’t understand where that came from. I’m three times the size of her. She’s sexy, she’s voluptuous, and she’s the average American girl.”

Simon Cowell Defends ‘Lose A Few Pounds’ Remark

Simon Cowell defended his remark to contestant Vanessa Olivarez that she needed to “lose a few pounds” on American Idol earlier this week. He says was only trying to help Vanessa out, explaining, “We as a show encourage all shapes and sizes. What we won’t do is patronize and lie to people.” America voted Vanessa on to the next round despite Cowell’s criticism, as this year’s final 10 is shaping up — or out of shaping up — to be much heavier than last year’s. Video has since been removed.