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It was only a matter of time before some deep, dark secret from American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar came to light. Seems his family was into farming—and not veggies, either. Sanjaya’s mother, Jillian Blith, and stepfather, Charles Quist, were arrested and charged in 2005 for “unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.” The police found 310 marijuana plants in the garage—ruh-roh. Sanjaya’s sister, Shyamali, was also arrested for possession. Seems the neighbors ratted them out after reporting the smell of marijuana and seeing Sanjaya’s mom “install a large vent on the roof of the garage.” Sanjaya, who would have been 15 at the time, was not involved in the bust. Whether or not this latest news will ruin Sanjaya’s chances of following his music, acting and modelling dreams is unclear. I’m willing to bet his 15 minutes of fame will be running out soon though.
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The divorce is final, Bobby Brown is out of the picture, and the stage is set for the one thing that everyone’s been wondering: is Whitney Houston going to make a comeback? Half-hearted attempts in the past have failed, but now the songstress has a whole new reason to reach for the limelight again - she definitely will no longer be a part of Being Bobby Brown – or, for that matter, any other reality programming. So, Whitney’s warming up her vocals and getting ready to do what she used to do best: just sing. Houston is currently in the recording studio preparing to launch her comeback album, which early reports say are very good. Ne-Yo, R & B producer, is currently working with Houston to create some new tracks for her comeback album. Ne-Yo’s other clients include American Idol Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson, who is also releasing a new album, and Michael Jackson.
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OK, I don’t want to bust on American Idol‘s “Idol Gives Back” show too much… this was an amazing way to raise money through the highest rated show on TV. But, I felt a little cheated by the failure to deliver the big names they’ve been touting since they announced Idol Gives Back. And the celebs who did appear got very little air time—like Hugh Grant and Keira Knightley, who had been announced on the roster of stars for weeks and only (from what I saw) had a small part in that celeb lip syncing of Stayin’ Alive. Truly, there was a lot of performances and footage of African and American kids living in poverty—that’s the heart of the charity, after all. But still, I’m not so sure the massive promotion of stars who didn’t appear was necessary (Borat and Gwen Stefani come to mind). And, I don’t want to brag (well, a little maybe), but I had a feeling as soon as Ryan said this would be “the most shocking result in Idol history” that no one would be going home. It just didn’t seem right to eliminate someone with the whole tone of the show. Next week though—two get the boot!
Say what you will about Sarah Silverman, but I really like her. I know people tire of her crude humor, but I couldn’t help watch The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central just to see what she’d come up with next. So, I’m excited to hear that she’ll be hosting this year’s MTV Movie Awards. She told The Associated Press, “Ever since I was a little girl, before it even started in 1980 — MTV — I said, `Someday, I want there to be an all-music channel that gives out awards for movies. And I want to host that show.’” A real wise-ass after my own heart. This year Survivor creator Mark Burnett is taking over the awards show, so this could be a whole new program. Check it out on June 3rd.
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After four years on MTV’s Total Request Live, Vanessa Minnillo is calling it quits. Is it TRL‘s change in format to a semi-live program, or her recent shacking up with Nick Lachey to blame? Well, maybe some of both… or maybe neither. Minnillo said of her departure, “I had my four years there like high school or college. I’m ready for the next chapter – what it is, I have no idea. [But] I don’t want to be 48 saying, ‘Hey kids, now it’s Sean Preston Spears’s video.’ ” Good girl, getting out before she’s old and gray. She does have a career in the wings—a makeup line for Flirt! Cosmetics, which will be available in August. “We have two looks going on,” Minnillo said. “You can have that fun rock-and-roll look or an everyday look.” OK, sure. She’ll also show up in the next Fantastic Four. I’m sure she’ll have no trouble finding work. There’s always a new reality show looking for a host.
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It took six seasons for the producers of American Idol to finally realize that they had Oprah-esque potential to inspire acts of charity. But better late then never, right?
Taking advantage of their large audience, AI and its sponsors reminded the viewers (and themselves) how superficial a singing contest really is. In an attempt to lessen our collective guilt and help people around the world—the viewers were given the opportunity to donate to charity simply by doing what they’ve been doing for weeks: voting. For every call made tonight, $.10 would be donated to charity—up to $5 million in total.
So in keeping with tonight’s theme, the contestants were charged with performing ‘songs of inspiration’. But were they successful in getting people to vote for them? Read on!
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After weeks of name-dropping and agenda-pushing, it’s finally here. Tonight is the beginning of American Idol‘s extravaganza Idol Gives Back, a highly-touted charity event that will provide for young people in two countries. Clips of host Ryan Seacrest and judge Simon Cowell during their trip to Africa, made in pre-season preparation, have preceded the event for many weeks now, building anticipation among Idol viewers. With each new promo came more stars clamoring to get involved, and now the star-studded event promises to be one that shouldn’t be missed. It all begins during tonight’s live performance show, where the six remaining contestants will sing touchy-feely songs aimed at garnering more votes than ever. Voting is especially essential for Idol watchers this evening, because it’s through votes the Idol Gives Back event will gather its funding.
With American Idol‘s big Wednesday event, “Idol Gives Back,” you’d think that Ryan Seacrest would be in top hosting form. Turns out, Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the high-profile gig from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Check in on Wednesday night from 8:00 - 10:00 to see such big names as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Hugh Grant, Jack Black, and more. And of course, all of this is a big telethon to raise funds for the poverty-stricken in Africa and America. Gotta hand it to Idol, this could really rake in some big money. The “Idol Gives Back” performance show is on Tuesday, with the final six duking it out in a “life anthem” theme. When vieweres vote, corporate sponsors will donate money on voters’ behalf. Never fear, Seacrest will be taking care of things from the usual location, with DeGeneres holding down the fort at the Disney Concert Hall.
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Sanjaya Malakar, recently eliminated American Idol contestant, is off to a post-Idol adventure that might be even harder than dealing with Simon once a week: he’s going to the White House. Just don’t get President Bush started on foreign policy – who knows what sort of drama that might cause? Malakar will attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend as the guest of People magazine. Huge stars like John Cusack, Jane Fonda, and Sheryl Crow will also be in attendance. What are the odds that anyone will ask to hear him sing with Sheryl in the room? President Bush, Henry Kissinger, A-list movie stars…and Sanjaya Malakar. Yah, that makes perfect sense. But, Sanjaya won’t stay in the capital city for long – he’s got media to do. The Idol star of the week will appear on the Late Show, Live With Regis and Kelly, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show next week. As for his future musical plans, Sanjaya said in an interview he’d like to attend the prestigious Berklee School of Music. The chairwoman of Berklee’s Vocal Department, Jan Shapiro, said to the Boston Herald that Sanjaya is “real cute, but not much of a singer.” Time for Plan B. Who knows? Maybe Bush will have another opening in his Cabinet soon…and from what I hear, Dick Chaney is still looking for a new hunting buddy.
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It was fun while it lasted. Sanjaya Malakar, young American Idol contestant, was great for a laugh and gave us all “Something to Talk About” even before his Tuesday night performance fell flat with judges. But, for many weeks now, the consensus opinion has been that the young singer overstayed his Idol welcome. Despite the combined efforts of the Vote for the Worst web site and radio shock jock Howard Stern’s pro-Sanjaya-for-Idol campaign, the most popular contestant to ever grace the Idol stage finally fell from grace during last night’s Wednesday results show. The news was met with smiles from Simon Cowell, who went far enough to say in an interview that he would quit his judging job if Malakar won the title of American Idol. An obviously fed up Cowell soundly and roundly bashed Malakar’s rendition of the Bonnie Raitt hit earlier this week, saying it was “horrendous” and as bad a performance as the ones they see at the very beginning of each new season of Idol. In his usual concise fashion, Simon Cowell addressed America and more or less told them to cut it out. “It was funny for a while, but enough is enough,” was the gist of Cowell’s comments. After this word on high from everyone’s favorite judge, Malakar’s votes considerably dropped…and Sanjaya was dropped out of the competition as a result. During his tearful good-bye, Sanjaya changed the lyrics of his song, beseeching fans and critics alike to talk of something other than hair. Okay…how about bad singing?
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