The L.A. Times, using unnamed sources, says Paula Abdul is making $4 million and is seeking $12 million a year.
Simon Cowell, already making $36 million a year for “Idol,” may get a new multi-year deal worth $45 million, the paper’s sources say.
Great stats from the story here:
In the most recent season, the program averaged 26.6 million viewers per episode, and advertisers shelled out more than $700,000 for a 30-second commercial, TNS Media Intelligence said. Overall, “American Idol” took in almost $850 million in advertising revenue last season, more than any other television show, despite the weak economy.
Simon, in the meantime, is working as an executive producer on a British battle of the bands type show featuring Kate Moss as a judge. Because when you think rock band, you think Kate Moss, right?
That $850 million, however, is down from $903.3 million in 2008.
-And rumors of Jennifer Lopez replacing Paula Abdul on “Idol”? Hogwash, she says to People.com.
And some good news related to the tragic death of Alexis Cohen in that hit-and-run this past weekend. The cops have found the man who may have done it. This story provides no details how they found the dude.
-And Kelly&CarrieFan noted a controversy involving Kelly Clarkson. She didn’t want her latest single “Already Gone” out because it sounds almost the same as Beyonce’s “Halo.” The problem: songwriter Ryan Tedder gave both singers the same backing track. Whoops! Here’s an excerpt from the New York Post.
A hurt Clarkson said she confronted her co-writer on the phone , “I don’t understand. Why would you do that?
“No one’s gonna be sittin’ at home, thinking ‘Man, Ryan Tedder gave Beyoncé and Kelly the same track to write to.’ ” she said. “No, they’re just gonna be saying I ripped someone off.