I’m late today with my “Idol” update. I had a page one story to work on about how recession resistant the movie business has been. But I’m done and checking out some “Idol” news:
-Clay Aiken may be losing his RCA deal. Nothing has been announced or confirmed but he is no longer included in RCA press releases and his press materials deleted from the RCA Web site. Not good signs. Given his last album did not do well at all, that wouldn’t be a surprise. MJ has more info.
-Early Wednesday ratings were 24.4 million and 8.9 ratings among 18-49 year old. There’s no direct comparison because last year, the first week, they had split the 12 gals on Tuesday, the 12 guys on Wednesday and the results on Thursday. Last year, the Wed. show drew 28.9 million and the Thursday show just 23.4 million. So depending on your point of view, ratings were down 16 percent or up 3 percent.
In an episode tentatively scheduled to air in April, the singer will play… er, a singer. There will even be a scene in which she is… well… singing. All kidding aside, the prime-time appearance is actually bringing McPhee back once again to her roots — she was an actress first, then a recording artist. (Recently, you’ve probably seen her opposite Anna Farris in The House Bunny.)
-And in case you missed Carly Smithson and Michael Johns last night on “Idol”: