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Source: Simon Cowell’s replacement won’t be named until after this season ends.

With only three weeks and six episodes left in Simon Cowell’s (above with his fiance) American Idol tenure, don’t be surprised if rumors and speculation about his season 10 replacement begin to intensify. But under the heading of “don’t believe everything you read,” a show source tells EW that Cowell’s successor will not be named until after the May 26 season finale. (That, of course, also means no bombshell announcement at Fox’s May 17 upfronts presentation, when the network will unveil its fall schedule to advertisers.)

The delay in finalizing such a crucial decision makes sense on several levels. For starters, any replacement announcement before month’s end would steal some of the spotlight away from the show’s current crop of contestants, not to mention Cowell’s role in the season 9 finale extravaganza. What’s more, Fox and Idol will score plenty of free publicity as debate over Cowell 2.0 turns into a popular summer sport, one that should keep water cooler buzz alive for the reality juggernaut during its seven-month hiatus from the airwaves. As Fox chariman Peter Rice said back at the network’s TCA presentation in January, “We’re not going to rush into something. We’re not going to try to find a Simon clone who can do what he does because, you know, he’s one of a kind. But the [Idol] format itself, people love.”

Cowell, for his part, is moving on to executive produce and judge a U.S. version of his British hit, The X Factor, slated to debut on Fox in fall 2011.


Posted Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 at 7:07am
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Crystal Bowersox: Ryan Seacrest Betrayed Me

Although ‘American Idol’ contestant Crystal Bowersox admits she briefly considered quitting the show, she never thought host Ryan Seacrest would go public about her “moment of weakness,” the NY Post reports. Last week, TMZ reported that Bowersox contemplated leaving ‘Idol,’ but that Seacrest swooped in and saved the day. But after news broke, Bowersox sent a text message to Katelyn Epperly, a friend from the ‘Idol’ Top 24 tryouts, admitting she’d been “betrayed by Seacrest” and had never been seriously ready to quit. “She had a moment backstage and they made it into something it wasn’t … She’s still in the game,” Epperly said.

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Posted Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 at 10:10am
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Ryan Seacrest stops Crystal Bowersox from quitting American Idol

Overwhelmed by the stress and pressure of being on ‘American Idol,’ contestant Crystal Bowersox threatened to walk off the show. ‘Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest stepped in and had a quick heart-to-heart with her in the show’s parking lot, TMZ reports.

Sources claim Bowersox told him she couldn’t handle the competition and didn’t like all the media attention and threatened to move back to Ohio to be with her family.

Luckily, Seacrest convinced the ‘Idol’ hopeful to stick it out. He pushed the fact that if she won she’d get a recording contract and become a millionaire. Guess that was enough to make her stay.

According to TMZ, Seacrest told her, “The greatest thing I ever did was make enough money so I could buy my mom a house. You can buy your mom a house.”

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Posted Friday, April 16th, 2010 at 9:09am
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Is Paula Abdul heading back to American Idol?

It’s a huge secret, but America Idol producers might be trying to woo Paula Abdul back to the struggling show.

Although still immensely popular, ratings are way down this season compared to when Paula was on the panel, and executives fear the loss of even more viewers when Simon Cowell leaves after this season.

“They want Paula back,” the insider says. “They’re not sure if she’d be the fifth judge, but they are talking to her. People tuned in to see Paula’s wacky antics and her chemistry with Simon. The show is just not as much fun to watch without her.”

What do you think? Should Paula return to American Idol? (I’m not watching it this season, because I think it’s quite possibly the worst season to date!)


Posted Thursday, April 15th, 2010 at 11:11am
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