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5/20: Mid-day report with ratings, Kyra Sedgwick’s fav and Ruben Studdard

What did you think of the coronation song "No Boundaries"?

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-Ratings last night, based on early results, were okay: 23.8 million viewers. That will be adjusted later to around 24.3 million. That’s more than 10% down from a year ago at 27.1 million.

-Two more celebs on the show tonight: Rod Stewart and Lionel Richie.

-Dialidol showed that it’s still too close to call but the results are favorable to Kris Allen.

-I spoke with Kyra Sedgwick last week for her upcoming “Closer” season debut. She is a Kris Allen fan.

“I think he’s a great artist,” Sedgwick said. “I love his interpretation of songs. He’s always surprising us.”

-Simon Cowell’s ex gets attacked. Fortunately, she was unharmed. As Diana DeGarmo and Paula Abdul know, there are sad wacko stalker types out there:

Extra’s Terri Seymour–the ex-girlfriend of Simon Cowell–was assaulted outside the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles after last night’s American Idol finale performance, the LAPD confirms to EW. According to police, a 33-year-old woman named Janice Thibodeaux approached the British beauty and asked if she was Simon Cowell’s ex. When Seymour said yes, Thibodeaux allegedly began choking her. Police officers apprehended Thibodeaux and booked her on felony battery charges. Although Seymour and Cowell are no longer dating, she still interviews him often on Extra and they have remained good friends.

–Among all the finale hullabaloo, I haven’t had a chance to reach out to Ruben Studdard, whose album “Love Is” came out yesterday. I’ll try to talk to him about the new album next week. It’s his fourth.

CNN spoke to him.

He met his future wife at a Wal-Mart here in Atlanta so this is a funny Q&A from that interview:

CNN: What’s the biggest way your life has changed since you won?

Studdard: Probably the ability to go to Wal-Mart without causing a scene. It’s funny because you go and people are like “Why are you at Wal-Mart?” I say “What do you mean? I can’t take advantage of the low, low prices, too?”

Get him an endorsement deal, stat!

69 comments Add your comment

Neg is better than you

May 20th, 2009
2:05 pm

And Neg is first.

Neg is better than you

May 20th, 2009
2:06 pm

Ruben is cool. I really hope he gets a big hit.

Mercedes S.

May 20th, 2009
2:07 pm

Bitten fingernails yesterday – polish flaking off today. If Adam wins, I’ll paint my nails black.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

May 20th, 2009
2:09 pm

cute. Rodney, with only tonight’s hullabaloo to go through, I just wanted to compliment you on this season. We’ve seen lots of changes, not only on the show, but in the lives of all of us who “gather” with the show as our magnet, our anchor. You’ve been great, as always! Frankly, I kind of look forward to the cooling down period of summer, with the inevitable *ahem* youth *ahem* who choose to visit us and stir up the pot to keep it from sticking!!!

To each and every one of you who’ve been a part of this year’s blog — it’s been fun! it ain’t always “real”, but it’s been fun. We’ve had some wonderful new additions, some erudite and some not-so-erudite writings this year… lots of opinions and for the most part, friendly ribaldry and rivalry without disrespect and vulgarity. Please, you new folks, don’t be strangers during the off season. We talk about Idol-related things, along with everything else under the sun, and Rodney’s gracious enough to give us a place to call “home”, and even throw out Idol-related topics to give us something to spring from!

Peace :-)

Neg is better than you

May 20th, 2009
2:17 pm

Linny, we don’t give the sappy goodbye speeches until tomorrow. Stop throwing around your celebrity at us.

JTesla

May 20th, 2009
2:20 pm

I voted turd, that is the perfect word for that song. I will not listen to it again.

Ruben is a good guy, Wal-Mart needs to put him on a poster.

Linny, I’m with you on the cool down. This year has been such a let down regarding Idol, I’ll try and type something up listing all my reasons for feeling that way after the season is over. However, thanks to everyone for keeping the blog hopping and entertaining. Most importantly thank you to Rodney for once again providing all the varied Idol information with a small dose of humorous snark thrown in. You are the one that keeps us coming back.

JTesla

May 20th, 2009
2:22 pm

I think Neg needs a hug.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

May 20th, 2009
2:22 pm

Negs: :P ~~~~~ (but i still love ya!)

JT: hear! hear! (re Rodney)

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

May 20th, 2009
2:23 pm

JT, i didn’t have a hug for Negs, but i have him a good tongue

******DUCK!!!******

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
2:47 pm

Here is the latest news from mj’s:

* Rod Stewart has been added to the finale lineup tonight
* Anoop Desai and Megan Joy are singing Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” tonight. via twitter
* Tatiana Del Toro will appear on the finale, according to Paula Abdul. via top idol.
* Curt Smith of Tears for Fears was in the Idol audience last night–invited by Adam Lambert. Read Smith’s twitters. He calls “No Boundries” “God Awful” and says, “Fascinated by the Adam/Kris divide amongst friends and hating myself for it. It’s only a TV show designed to sell you things!!“
* Robert X. Sillerman, CEO of Idol parent company CKX anticipates signing both Adam Lambert and Kris Allen to record deals, but says, “I would not be surprised if…we signed more than two.” USA Today
* Nigel Lythgoe is NOT a fan of “No Boundaries”: “I didn”t like the final song that both guys had to sing. In truth their first songs were their best “Mad World” and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine.’” and “There are going to be some great guests tonight and I think it’s a close competition. The only downside is hearing the winner’s song again.” As a side note, he says next year, SYTYCD will be moving to the fall permanently…via twitter

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
2:50 pm

I honestly can’t believe there’d be anyone out there who DIDN’T vote “turd”.

Nana

May 20th, 2009
2:52 pm

Time for me to head home. One good thing about being super busy, your day goes by faster.

Be safe, be happy and always keep a song in your heart, a smile on your face and a tap in your toes. As always, be careful when on the roads and highways.

See everyone tonight.

Mike S

May 20th, 2009
2:57 pm

Now, it is pretty sad when the former producer of the show is ripping the winner’s song to shreds. LOL

KPH, I have tried my best to stimulate Home Depot’s bottom line lately with the deck we just built. LOL

JTesla

May 20th, 2009
3:00 pm

Linny… WOW. So last year you were giving out handshakes now you are giving tongue. Where is WE when you need him?

Deirdre, thanks for all the dirt. I agree with Nigel, he is missed. He obviously would have voted turd.

Neg is better than you

May 20th, 2009
3:04 pm

JY,hugs aren’t necessary…but some boob would be nice.

Neg is better than you

May 20th, 2009
3:07 pm

Nana, your incessant well-wishes and tedious updates on how busy you are are driving me nuts. Tell someone, anyone, hell even me, to go f-ck themselves. PLEASE! I’M BEGGING!

Lara

May 20th, 2009
3:15 pm

How could you not vote turd for that piece of c**p song!?
Are we giving goodbye, thank you speeches already!?!?

Nana – from the last thread…no, not her OUTFIT, but her backing band….

Mike S

May 20th, 2009
3:15 pm

Neg.. Rosie O’donnell for you on Line 2…

You said you wanted some boob.

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
3:15 pm

Neg…trust me on this…Nana wants to but she’s too much of a lady! :-)

JT, you’re welcome!

There’s one good thing about the coronation song being an abomination..maybe Kara will be too embarrassed to come back next season.

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
3:16 pm

RxDawg

May 20th, 2009
3:17 pm

Negacistic –
A condition characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, need for admiration, extreme self-involvement, and lack of empathy for others. Individuals with this disorder are usually arrogantly self-assured and confident. They expect to be noticed as superior. Many highly successful individuals might be considered narcissistic. However, this disorder is only diagnosed when these behaviors become persistent and very disabling or distressing.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

May 20th, 2009
3:18 pm

LOL @ Mike!!!!!!!!!!

RxDawg

May 20th, 2009
3:19 pm

Oops, I goofed up in the definition ;)

Neg is better than you

May 20th, 2009
3:22 pm

There is only one Neg, RxDawg. Any similarities between Neg and other superior people is entirely coincidental. What Neg lacks in empathy is more than made up for in sympathy, pity, and irritation.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

May 20th, 2009
3:23 pm

and LOL LOL @ DrugPup!!!

KPH

May 20th, 2009
3:23 pm

Thanks Mike we do still own stock in Home Depot. Neg you had better be nice to Nana. She is a fine christian woman and shouldnt be talked to in that manner. I think an apology is in order.

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
3:26 pm

Rx…I thought the definition was perfect!

But we love our Neg…despite his “idiosyncrasies”

Neg is better than you

May 20th, 2009
3:36 pm

Neg will not apologize to Nana until she tells him off… this is not negotiable.

Neg is better than you

May 20th, 2009
3:43 pm

D says: But we love our Neg…despite his “idiosyncrasies”

…and Neg loves you guys despite all your shortcomings.

KPH

May 20th, 2009
3:43 pm

Bad Neg. Go to time out.

Rick

May 20th, 2009
3:55 pm

Neg. Instead of an apology, just stop referring to yourself in 3rd person!!!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

May 20th, 2009
3:56 pm

But Rick! That’s one of Neg’s charms!!! ~¿@

Neg is better than you

May 20th, 2009
4:00 pm

Rick, Neg will happily refer to himself in a humble, flawed, and deeply sensitive 1st person if Nana can muster up a big go f-ck yourself.

RxDawg

May 20th, 2009
4:12 pm

Were having some good times today. Is this the blogg finale?

Exit Now

May 20th, 2009
4:14 pm

“There’s one good thing about the coronation song being an abomination..maybe Kara will be too embarrassed to come back next season.”

Now THAT we agree on. LOL

Neg is better than you

May 20th, 2009
4:17 pm

The coronation song should be the same every year, ala Miss america.

JTesla

May 20th, 2009
4:29 pm

No blog finale RxDawg, we keep coming back for more and more. We just like to act like it is the blog finale otherwise we would miss out on having one.

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
4:30 pm

This blog NEVER ends. They tried to kill it a couple of years ago but we persevered through the rough times and now the blog is populated with a wonderful group of blogsters who keep the good times rolling!

Even in the summer, when most people aren’t even thinking about American idol, we’re here!

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
4:37 pm

And btw, for those of you who have been following the saga of my snake-hunting dog, Maggie..I just killed a copperhead in the backyard…fortunately, although she would not leave it alone, this one didn’t bite her. It tried but, either she’s getting better at dodging the strikes or it’s still a little too cool for the snake to be up to speed.

Mercedes S.

May 20th, 2009
4:42 pm

Deirdre – what did you use to kill your copperhead? Shovel or hedge-clippers?

Woodpappy

May 20th, 2009
4:43 pm

Ah yes, Idol for us never really goes away. Thankfully.

Woodpappy

May 20th, 2009
4:45 pm

Hey Linny….any of your folks at the job graduate from the UGA Law School? Just wondering.

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
4:46 pm

I use this long handled thingy with a flat, sharp edge…looks like a hoe(nevermind Neg) but it goes straight down instead of at a right angle. sometimes I use a machete.

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
4:51 pm

It scares the crap out of me but the thought of having to drag that stupid dog back to the vet again spurs me on!

JTesla

May 20th, 2009
4:53 pm

Nice weapons Deirdre, keep those on hand for the zombie apocalypse. Either that or move up to the Pacific Northwest where we don’t have that crap. Copperhead in your back yard, really? I like snakes and all, but I’ll stick to the garden variety.

Mercedes S.

May 20th, 2009
4:54 pm

New York Magazine’s Culture Vulture take on last night’s show contains a pie-chart with the heading “If Adam Lambert loses in an upset, what will we blame”. The following reasons for the fiasco is offered in equally-sized pie bits:
1. He had to sing three ballads denying him the opportunity to really rupture any eardrums.
2. America’s simply not being ready for a non-boring Idol.
3. Viewers seeking revenge on Simon for letting Danny Gokey get so far.
4. Loss of the pimp spot in the coin toss.
5. “Glee” premiere for distracting his fan base when it should’ve been voting.
6. All those depressing layoff commercials.
7. Negative review from Suri (pic of mom covering her ears).
There is also a very thin sliver representing an 8th possibility:
Kris Allen’s talent and/or charisma.

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
4:55 pm

I have a very woodsy backyard…..good for the dogs…most of the time.

We’re always prepared for the zombie apocalypse, JT…ever since you warned us it was coming.

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
4:57 pm

LOL, Mercedes

Mercedes S.

May 20th, 2009
4:59 pm

D. – that tool sounds like a slingblade… is it? I have pets too who wander about the garden, and I’m more scared FOR my dog and cat than I am OF the snakes. Besides, copperheads are usually slow. Last Saturday one was lying partly on my driveway, partly under a bush and I couldn’t tell if it was alive or not – a car COULD have squashed it.

JTesla

May 20th, 2009
5:00 pm

I agree with #2 on the list.

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
5:01 pm

That would have been my pick, too, JT.

everett

May 20th, 2009
5:08 pm

Zombies? Run for your lives!
Copperheads? Run for your lives!
The Negster? Run for your lives!

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
5:11 pm

everett…this is about how the conversation goes during the off-season…prepare yourself!

everett

May 20th, 2009
5:17 pm

OK, Deirdre, I’ll consider myself prepared :) and am actually looking forward to it! Happy to hear all these friends can still meet and greet during the off-season.

everett

May 20th, 2009
5:24 pm

Another off track question -
Deirdre, I grew up back east where copperheads were common. The myth was that if you could smell cucumber there was a copperhead around. Is that true?

JTesla

May 20th, 2009
5:29 pm

The Oregonian ran a front page article today about Kristy Lee Cook, for the two of you who were her fans here is a link:

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/05/oregons_idol_out_to_pasture_ha.html

It has the picture that also ran in the paper of her getting friendly with a horse. She has her own foundation: Kristy Lee Horse Heaven Foundation for rehabilitating and finding homes for horses… awww.

Dave

May 20th, 2009
5:30 pm

and I still think that Rodney should find a way to get all of you regulars on the payroll . . . ya’ll are great!

KPH

May 20th, 2009
5:37 pm

KPH

May 20th, 2009
5:40 pm

#1 made him have the best night he has had this season.

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
5:50 pm

everett…I don’t recall ever smelling cucumber with a copperhead

AnnieR

May 20th, 2009
5:50 pm

Hi fellow blogsters, hope y’all had a good day. After watching the final singing show last night i’m really hoping Kris takes it all. I think Adam’s talented too but Kris is more my style of music. It’s been great to “meet” everyone, I’ll be checking in for sure. Do you blog about SYTYCD here too? I really like that show, in some ways more than Idol……

KPH

May 20th, 2009
5:50 pm

Sounds like the weapon Deirdre uses on the snakes is an Acme straight spade snake slayer. I like to use a Browning 12 ga. shotgun. You dont have to get as close. :-)

Deirdre

May 20th, 2009
5:53 pm

I can’t use a gun in my town, KPH….the police don’t like the competition.

Rob

May 20th, 2009
6:30 pm

I’m with you JT on the snakes. See, that’s why I like my Great Lakes region. No poisonous snakes, no poisononous spiders, no vampires either. Just a little rust…

Mercedes S.

May 20th, 2009
6:45 pm

everett – never noticed any cucumber smell around copperheads. Then again, don’t spend much time with them. After I hack off the head and bat it into the woods, I usually just toss the body – it wriggles for a good 30 mins after “death” – in a bag and dump it in the garbage can.

linny@home

May 20th, 2009
7:01 pm

Annie, yes we blog about SYTYCD, well, **I** do, LOL…. i love the show, and am so excited — mike reported that not ONLY will we have a summer season, something about it becoming a FALL fixture!!! Priiiiime Tiiiiiime!!! (only problem with that is the conflict with OTHER shows i watch, LOL)

everett looking forward to you and all the rest of the gang joining us during the off-season! we have to keep our wits sharp and fingers flexible for next year!!!

linny@home

May 20th, 2009
7:03 pm

i’m sitting here at home watching the video cassette with the DWTS final hour…. now the announcements so i’m excited…. i’ve managed NOT to find out who won yet!!!

linny@home

May 20th, 2009
7:05 pm

oh i love it, melissa just coined the PERFECT word for reality vote in shows!!! “Viewters” (Viewer Voters!) I think we should use it!!!! giving credit where due, of course :-/

linny@home

May 20th, 2009
7:08 pm

so i don’t know who else might not know yet, somehow, the final result, so i won’t say it….