In a move ripped right from the pages of Comedy Central’s production notes, FOX has broken the long silence regarding the upcoming American Idol 10 judging panel…but the network doesn’t have a lot to say.
FOX announced on Thursday that the panel is, indeed, a done deal…but they’re not going to announce the panelists until next week.
Of course, the new Idol panel has been the worst-kept secret in reality TV. For months, it’s been well-known that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are replacing Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Simon Cowell on the reality series. Tyler reportedly inked his deal last month. J-Lo is rumored to have at last signed her own contract (for a cool $12 million) just this week.
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As we reported back in July, Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg were thought to be the leading contenders to join daytime’s The View. And while reported contract negotiations delayed Sherri’s official selection, Whoopi was introduced to fans on Tuesday.
But according to a new report in USA Today, fans of Shepherd will not have to wait much longer. As Barbara Walters mentioned on today’s show, the final host would be announced in just a few days. Hallelujah! A source reports to the newspaper that Shepherd, who has filled in many times as a guest host, will indeed be the one shifting to a permanent status.
Once the official announcement is made next Monday (September 10th), a collective sigh of relief will be heard around the country.
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The official lineup for ABC‘s Dancing With the Stars was announced this morning on Good Morning America. And despite the ‘leaked’ list you might have heard about this week, here is the correct list as presented by Apolo Ohno, Carrie Ann Inaba and host Tom Bergeron:
- Melanie Brown (a.k.a. ‘Scary Spice’) - Baby momma of Eddie Murphy’s latest child.
- Sabrina Bryan - ‘Cheetah’ girl (I don’t want to know what that means).
- Jennie Garth - 90210 alum #
12 (if you include Ian Ziering from last season)
- Josie Maran - The supermodel of the female contestants. I’m already voting against her.
- Marie Osmond - She’s a little bit country.
- Jane Seymour - Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
- Helio Castroneves - He’s going to drive his partner all over the dance floor.
- Mark Cuban - If he doesn’t win, he’ll probably just buy the network.
- Cameron Mathison - A soap star from All My Children. As if ABC needed more publicity.
- Wayne Newton - Mr. Las Vegas will have to learn how to share a stage.
- Floyd Mayweather, Jr. - Apparently the producers felt all boxers could dance.
- Albert Reed - I hear he’s a model as well. I approve of this one.
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The official list will be released in just a few days, but Entertainment Weekly is already reporting a contestant’s name for next season’s Dancing With the Stars. Vegas crooner Wayne Newton will be stepping out on the dance floor to win the hearts of ladies old enough to know who he is. (For those of you who need some help, he sang that ‘Danke Schoen’ song featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off).
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For months now, our view of The View has been constantly changing. A long roster of guests have helped to help fill the seat once occupied by Star Jones Reynolds. And occasionally, Whoopi Goldberg has sat in the first seat left cold by Rosie O’Donnell.
The guessing game should end next week when producers are expected to announce permanent replacements. Frequent seat-warmer Sherri Shepherd is finally expected to move from contract to permanent status. (As many times as she has spilled her life story to those ladies, I would be incredibly upset if she did not get the gig). As for the other slot? That has Whoopi’s name written all over it. Apparently, this means all rumors of a possible gay counterpart will probably be squashed.
Unfortunately, ABC’s Human Resources Department will only be getting a quick break. Their job recruitment services will again be on demand soon when Elisabeth Hasselbeck goes on her maternity leave.
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