-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.
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!