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Paula Abdul finally talks, Kara DioGuardi records “No Boundaries” herself, Katy Perry guest judging in Los Angeles

TV Guide finally got the “get,” the first post-”Idol” interview with Paula Abdul.

She was actually at a party in the Hollywood Hills for “Drop Dead Diva,” which films here in Peachtree City. Her first episode, the one I saw being taped a few weeks back, will air Sept. 13. She hasn’t closed the door on “Idol” based on her vague comments and she didn’t say if it was simply a money situation.

In fact, she tiptoes around in classic Paula style:

Is it just about the money?

It’s never…I stand on principle where many people stand on money. I’m a hard-working artist. I’ve lasted in this business for 23 years. And you can’t do that unless you are good at what you do. I believe in myself and you have to have your own self respect. And sometimes decisions are very difficult to make, but I’ve always believed that at the core I’m a survivor. There’s not one thing I’ve done that I’ve really set my mind to that I’ve failed at.

And about playing a faux judge on “Drop Dead Diva”:

It’s been incredible. I feel like I’m having the best time of my life right now. I’ve already shot two episodes of this show (airing Sept. 13
and Oct. 11) in a recurring role and they’re talking about me doing the second season premiere episode. When you get to work with people you admire, I would drop everything to work with (executive producers) Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. I’ve known them for years and years and they are sweethearts. They protect you and want the best for you. They’ve always known that I’m an actress. And it’s time I started getting out there and doing it.

She also told Access Hollywood she is working on a show in Vegas.

-Meanwhile, Kara DioGuardi doesn’t want to let the dreadful “No Boundaries” die. She went out and re-recorded it herself even though Kris Allen has already thrown this stinky turd on the trash heap. Judge for yourself:

Katy Perry said she’s going to judge the Los Angeles auditions. She plans to be tough, she told E! Online.

66 comments Add your comment

JTesla

September 1st, 2009
1:01 am

Thanks Rodney.

Paula doing a show in Vegas? I’ll get a bundle of $1 bills ready for that.

Kara… no, really, it’s just not a good song. I like her voice though, too bad she’s singing that “stinky turd on the trash heap” LOL perfect description Rodney.

nes

September 1st, 2009
1:34 am

I think the version was recorded as a demo beforehand Rodney. Plus it’s better than Kradam.

nes

September 1st, 2009
1:45 am

Where’s the biggest news of the day? The greatest AI star’s 3rd album announcement of course.

Heather MacDonald

September 1st, 2009
6:42 am

Yep, still a stinky turd. If I heard this version of the song on the radio, I would change the station or pop a CD in. BTW, I’d like the last 3:36 of my life back, please.

Deirdre

September 1st, 2009
7:25 am

Morning!

Yes, I’ll have to agree with the “turd” analysis of the song. Kara certainly has a better voice than bikini girl so I don’t know WHAT the rivalry was there. OK, Kara has a better body than bikini girl, too.

My son tells me that he can’t walk outside his apartment without breathing smoke. And if he doesn’t keep his air conditioning running, the smoke settles in his apartment, too. I hope GAgirl has not been endangered. I believe that she lives on the other side of the valley but I’m not sure.

Highlander

September 1st, 2009
8:06 am

Kara, for me, for you, …it was a little pitchy.

Harriett

September 1st, 2009
8:07 am

Morning everyone! It is like Kara is saying “No, really. It’s a great song! Just let me show you how I meant it to sound.” Well, Kara, it still stinks. I like her delivery and her voice, but as the old saying goes, “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear!”

Highlander

September 1st, 2009
8:24 am

Paula Abdul – “I’ve lasted in this business for 23 years.”

No, Paula, you’ve lasted in the business the past 8 years due to the popularity of AI. For many, many years before that, most people had either forgotten about you or (for some younger viewers) had never even heard of you!

I guess the words ‘consecutive’ or ‘inclusive’ aren’t part of her limited vocabulary. I don’t mean to sound harsh (okay, …maybe a tad), but I’ve come to view this whole situation as a “bite the hand that feeds you” kinda thing.

kelly&carriefan

September 1st, 2009
8:24 am

Morning y’all…and agreed, I like Kara and she does have a good voice. There are better songs she demos (Had It All, Taking Chances) than No Boundaries. But I do think that it’s still slightly better than Kris’ version. The song, for me, was meant for a someone with a better range. Still if you put lipstick on a pig…. ;)

Yeah, Rodney, I feel cheated. Where’s the Carrie announcement and pic? Not that I haven’t seen it yet, but well, can’t ever get too much Carrie.

Highlander

September 1st, 2009
8:34 am

Last one before I have to get outta here for awhile:

Listening to Kara’s version, I have to give her credit for an above average vocal and presentation. (Yes, the 8:06 post was just a touch of sarcasm.) Maybe if we had heard the song done by a top female vocalist, someone like Christina Aguilera, we might not have been so down on it from the start….

NAAAHHHHHHHH!!!! ;-)

Hope everyone has a great day!

Heather MacDonald

September 1st, 2009
8:45 am

Highlander, do I sense sarcasm? LOL

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

September 1st, 2009
8:53 am

hmph. pacman doesn’t like me — i posted on this last night about 11 pm from home, but now i couldn’t tell you what i said, lol… oh well…

don’t like the song. not even particularly impressed with kara’s talent. if she were auditioning, she’d be a “maybe” for me, nothing spectacular, nothing memorable…that’s the key word, right, MEMORABLE….

but i can be happy, the new FALL season of SYTYCD starts THIS week, right? woooohooooo (just so long as that guy “S.E.X” doesn’t show up again (but you know he will, right?)

sorry, off topic i know but…

Harriett

September 1st, 2009
9:01 am

linny, is SYTYCD still on the same nights as before?

Harriett

September 1st, 2009
10:01 am

Here is another audition from X Factor and another example of judges just judging, without all the garbage and baggage. Get the tissue ready, however: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w-ocLJuHRA

Heather MacDonald

September 1st, 2009
10:13 am

Harriett, I should have waited until I got off work to watch that. I’m bawling like a calf. LOL The four judge system worked nicely there, as did the contestant’s back story. Gotta go fix my makeup.

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

September 1st, 2009
10:21 am

Harriett — i think so, if i was looking at the right thing, there’s a 15 best performoances of 5 years of SYTYCD tomorrow night at 8; the boston auditions start next Wednesday night.

Deirdre

September 1st, 2009
10:38 am

I think 4 judges will work now that Paula is not there to turn Simon into a 12 year old.

JTesla

September 1st, 2009
10:51 am

Deirdre, I have to disagree. Simon usually kept his comments short, the only time he started to drone on was when Ryan would prod him or the contestant regarding his comments. The problem isn’t with the 4th judge it is with the first 3. Even if you take Paula’s rambling out you still have Randy and Kara flapping their jaws just so they can hear themselves speak.

If Idol could force those two to be more constructive four would work, but the Producers/Directors last year showed us that they want to be a show focused on the judges with some singing thrown in for diversity (glorious entrance, save, etc).

Heather MacDonald

September 1st, 2009
11:27 am

I think I’m with JT on this one. We definitely need less about the judges and more about the contestants.

Deirdre

September 1st, 2009
11:51 am

Definitely agree on that! I’ve always been a 3 judge advocate…maybe even 2 judges would be better. We don’t know HOW this season will run now that Paula has left the building.

And I wasn’t talking about Simon’s short critiques getting shorter. What I was talking about is Simon’s insistence on criticizing Paula WHILE she’s trying to put her thoughts into coherent sentences, causing pauses of extraordinary lengths while she tries to figure out what she was trying to say. Not to mention the time she took to say “Simon stop it” in ever increasingly bizarre ways. My point was, without those incessant interruptions in the critiques, things might move along a little more quickly….even with 4 judges. Kara needs to learn to STFU, too! ;-)

Heather MacDonald

September 1st, 2009
11:54 am

I think the “Dawg” needs a muzzle also.

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

September 1st, 2009
1:26 pm

Hear Hear! But i still would beg you all to stop calling them “Judges” at least insofar as after the audition phase…. they don’t JUDGE, they comment! Calling them “judges” imho gives them more “credit” for the way the vote goes (it’s a mental thing, i know) …

JTesla

September 1st, 2009
1:37 pm

Did you miss us Linny? Edited for size:

“Judge [juhj]

–noun
2. a person appointed to decide in any competition, contest, or matter at issue; authorized arbiter: the judges of a beauty contest.
3. a person qualified to pass a critical judgment: a good judge of horses.”

They start as a number 2, but then become a number 3 all while appearing to only be a number 2 (in more than one sense).

Deirdre

September 1st, 2009
2:27 pm

A critique is certainly more judgment-like than a comment. In the sense that a film critic is making a judgment about the film, the Idol judges are making a judgment about the performances. Not in the sense that they are dictating which performance is best but more in the sense that they are judging the performance for the voters’ further enlightenment…not that I’m ever all that enlightened by their critiques. Perhaps they would seem more like judges if they were better at it. ;-)

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

September 1st, 2009
2:34 pm

i know, i know…technically true, but so many of the sheep out there think their words are the final judgment to be followed at any cost, so thus my dislike of the “judge” title….

meh…i yield to the smart ones…

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

September 1st, 2009
2:37 pm

and besides, calling them ” ‘tators ” just seems somehow appropriate, LOL..

by the way just watched that X factor clip…. OMYGOD!!!!

Rickster

September 1st, 2009
2:41 pm

I agree with JT that’s there’s a whole pant load (pun intended) of “#2″ post-Hollywood!

Rickster

September 1st, 2009
2:42 pm

And it’s a good thing I built Linny a new soapbox/pulpit while she was on vacation. Didn’t take her long to put it to use!

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

September 1st, 2009
2:54 pm

and a good job you did, too Rick, thanks ~¿@

Rickster

September 1st, 2009
3:05 pm

Thank you, m’lady!

Deirdre

September 1st, 2009
3:11 pm

I’d give them the ‘tator’ title (teehee) if they were just reporting on what they saw. “Adam wore leather, Kris wore flannel”…that kind of thing. But because they actually give critiques(or what we laughingly refer to as critiques) I think the judge title is the most appropriate, considering their purpose on the show.

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

September 1st, 2009
3:29 pm

Yes, Your Majesty **bowing low**

*****GRIN*****

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

September 1st, 2009
3:30 pm

However, in danger of sparking the queen’s ire, i just have to add that most of the time the so-called critiques might as WELL be “Adam wore velvet” etc…

****duck****

Woodpappy

September 1st, 2009
4:05 pm

Hey Deirdre, we have something in common now. My son just took a job and moved to the Southern burbs of LA. Just in time for the fire, oppressive heat, and GOD knows what else!

JTesla

September 1st, 2009
4:09 pm

Woodpappy, is he getting hazard pay? No offense to GAGirl, wherever she may be at this time, but I’d actually have to put thought into which I would like the least: working in Baghdad vs. working in LA.

Lissa

September 1st, 2009
4:21 pm

I’m at work so I can’t comment on the Kara clip.

However, I was so hoping the rumor of Katy Perry judging wasn’t true. What does she know about judging others’ vocal talents? She has none! She yodeled that dreadful ballad single that was overplayed a few months ago. Blech!

Deirdre

September 1st, 2009
4:27 pm

Woodpappy, where’s your son settling in LA? My kid lives in Studio City or North Hollywood depending on who you talk to.

JT…I love the area where my kid lives. But then, I’ve never been there during a fire or an earthquake so I could change my mind pretty fast about it.

Katy Perry is adorably cute. That’s about it!

Deirdre

September 1st, 2009
4:29 pm

linny…call them whatever you want to call them…..they’ve been part of what’s kept us watching all these years so I guess they can’t be that bad! Either that or we all have absolutely no taste in tv shows!

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

September 1st, 2009
4:51 pm

LOL!!! Deirdre you just opened the door for the trolls!!!!! woooohoooo i was getting bored!!! ~¿@

JTesla

September 1st, 2009
4:51 pm

“Either that or we all have absolutely no taste in tv shows!”

Hmm there may be something to that. Well, except for Linny and Rodney. They pretty much watch every TV show on every channel so you can’t say they have no taste when they end watching it all.

Deirdre

September 1st, 2009
5:11 pm

Apparently Shania Twain is everything we expected her to be as a guest judge:

“She’s loving American Idol. She’s having the best time,” says a source close to the singer, who is filling Paula Abdul’s vacant seat during auditions Monday and Tuesday in the Windy City. “She and Simon have a really great rapport with each other. They’re funny together.”

Cowell isn’t the only one having fun with Twain, 44. “The crew loved working with her,” says an Idol source. “Everyone thought she was a great addition to the judges’ table. She showed up in good spirits and had a lot of fun. She was clearly really excited to be a part of the day.”

Highlander

September 1st, 2009
5:14 pm

Thanks, Harriett, for the great clip.

X-Factor seems to have the formula straight. Out of the 6-minute clip, we got more back story and interview with Daryl, along with his performance, and no meaningless banter from the judges.

On AI, I think Simon really only interrupted Paula when she was rambling or making no sense (which was often), whereas Simon RARELY got to finish a critique last season without interruption from one of the other 3! Too often, he was cut off and we never got to hear what he wanted to say.

Highlander

September 1st, 2009
5:25 pm

Part II – Harriett’s clip from X-Factor:
I notice there’s a very pretty female judge (much better looking than Paula, IMO) sitting next to Simon and he doesn’t seem to be distracted by her at all. Maybe it’s the the fact that she seems to be intelligent and professional. She offers a clear, concise commentary on the performance and they move on.

Simon just has a short tolerance for the incessant rambling. He doesn’t “suffer fools gladly.”

Deirdre

September 1st, 2009
5:39 pm

Maybe she smacked him silly the first time he poked at her while she was trying to talk.

Highlander

September 1st, 2009
5:42 pm

Here’s a photo of Shania. Gee, wonder why Simon got along okay with her???

http://www.klavnews.com/shania-twain-picture-2.jpg

Jessica Phillips

September 1st, 2009
11:03 pm

yeah… I don’t even like her, nor do I like this song. It just doesn’t fit her tone or her range. She sounds like a country singer, and this does not sound like a country song. sorry, but I must say that this was an epic failure for her.

Nana

September 2nd, 2009
6:32 am

Good Morning Everybody. Rise and shine and enjoy the day.

Today’s Quote: “The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in the world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices.”

That XFactor clip was amazing. Thamks for sharing it harriett.

I know that I’ve not been around much this week, just long enough to post my morning greeting, but I have been sneaking -a-peek when I could. The rest of the week will be the same, Some major changes happening at the office has kept me running ragged, plus having auditors here hasn’t helped one iota. Seems like every time I’m in the middle of something, they come to my office and need personnel files pulled. If you have ever been involved with auditors, you know where I’m coming from. Right?

Will try to get back later today.

Highlander

September 2nd, 2009
7:14 am

Good morning, all. And good luck, Nana, with the challenges at work this week.

Looks like neither Paula nor Kara rate enough interest to take us to a 2nd page. Kinda says something, doesn’t it?!

Deirdre

September 2nd, 2009
7:19 am

Morning!

Hang in there Nana…those auditors won’t be there forever.

Harriett, I didn’t have time to watch your link until last night. Very good, definitely tear-duct clearing!

Very busy today but I’ll pop in when I can.

Harriett

September 2nd, 2009
8:01 am

Good morning everyone. D, you are right. It was a three-hankie clip. But, more than that, it shows what Idol could be. Of course, there was no Ryan involved either, and as good as he is, he does contribute to the banter. And banter was what was refreshingly absent on the X Factor.

Highlander

September 2nd, 2009
8:15 am

From your clip link, Harriett, it looks like X-Factor does have a host or emcee, but it also looks like he stays off stage behind the curtains similar to Nick Cannon (and Jerry Springer before him) on AGT. (Which isn’t surprising since it’s another Simon Cowell show!)

And, back to the thread topic: “I stand on principle where many people stand on money.” – Paula Abdul.

It’s usually a foregone conclusion (in any business) that when someone says, “It isn’t about the money,” what that really means is, “IT’S ABOUT THE MONEY!”

Highlander

September 2nd, 2009
8:17 am

Hope everyone has a great day. I’ll try to check back in later to see if we made it to a 2nd page or if RH starts a new thread.

Harriett

September 2nd, 2009
8:17 am

AGT got exposed for the fraud it is at times last night. The little 13 year-old dancer, who is quite talented, was made to do a routine from High School Musical that he did not want to do, thereby missing the opportunity to shine as before. The judges began to criticize him for not living up to his promise, and he asked to say something. He said he did not want to do this routine, but the producers chose it for him, and at that point the judges started talking over him. Sharon even waved him off with a “stop” motion. He was telling the truth. This is the same thing that happened last year to my favorite contestant. They made him sing a certain song, and then he got gried about it from the judges. This dancer was not given a real chance. I knew this went on, but last night really brought it home.

Harriett

September 2nd, 2009
8:19 am

Meant to say “got grief about it”

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

September 2nd, 2009
8:24 am

Agreed, Harriett, how can you say it’s YOUR talent if the producers are forcing you to NOT be your best???? Amazing. Simply. Amazing. and sad.

Harriett

September 2nd, 2009
8:37 am

It really skews things in favor of some and against others. I don’t want to say it is “fixed,” but rather just weighted one way or another. The voters determine the outcome, but the show can make it so some shine and others do not.

Rickster

September 2nd, 2009
8:45 am

Morning, everyone. Since things seem to be slowing down a bit… I thought I’d try and liven things up a bit. So, without further ado…

American Idol auditions we’d love to have seen: The Rickster – in full court jester regalia. (Singing “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred)

Randy: “Dawg…. for me… for you… I dunno. It’s was kinda a train wreck – in a “Norman Gentle” kind of way.”

Kara: “I really like the tights. They show me what you have to offer me as a judge. And the whole outfit helps give us a better sense of who you are as an artist – which is a joke.”

Paula: “Nice hat!”

Simon: “I kinda have to agree with…. Paula. It is a nice hat. But overall… that was horrible.

Harriett

September 2nd, 2009
9:38 am

There is an article in USA Today about 19 having signed Danny Gokey, which makes it the entire top 4 they’ve signed.

Harriett

September 2nd, 2009
9:38 am

Rickster

September 2nd, 2009
9:52 am

Nice to know Dannie finally got a deal.

Rodney Ho

September 2nd, 2009
10:55 am

New blog entry in case you misesed it…

Rodney Ho

September 2nd, 2009
10:55 am

New blog entry in case you missed it…

Kelley

September 3rd, 2009
3:00 am

Awful song! Hate it. Does Kara think she singing it is going to make a difference. She is off key too.
Totally terrible. YUK!!

Perkle

September 4th, 2009
11:38 am

She actually sounds pretty good but it is a horrible song. If I absolutely had to listen to it, I would rather hear & see Kris Allen sing it. Hopefully he will never have to perform again after the AI tour is over.

Shayna

September 9th, 2009
12:05 am

This is a great version of a girl singing! But nothing beats Adam Lambert for sure!!!

Juliet

September 10th, 2009
10:06 pm

The song sounds like a cheesy redo of a Miley Cyrus thing or am I just obsessing about the mountains?