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EW gives ‘best of the decade’ props to ‘American Idol,’ Simon Cowell, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson; Adam Lambert going on ‘The View’

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Entertainment Weekly named Simon Cowell one of the magazine’s 15 favorite entertainers of this past decade.

His best decision? “To put another music show on — when I did ‘X Factor.’ I didn’t want to be tied down to one format. I was told by everyone that it couldn’t work. Once that became a hit, I had the confidence to launch a third show, which was ‘Got Talent.’ ”

His worst? The “Scary Movie 3″ cameo. “I’ll never forget the premiere and dying in my seat when the movie came on. I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life.”

He joined Johnny Depp, Tina Fey, Peter Jackson (”Lord of the Rings”), Jon Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, J.K. Rowling, Sarah Jessica Parker and the women of Sex and the City, Pixar’s John Lasseter, Will Smith, J.J. Abrams (”Lost,” “Alias,” “Fringe”), Steve Jobs and Meryl Streep. That’s estimable company.

EW also named 100 great movies, TV shows, albums, books, characters, scenes, episodes, songs, dresses, music videos and trends of the decade, all sort of mashed together. “American Idol” came in No. 9 (between “The Daily Show” and “Brokeback Mountain”). No. 66: “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. No. 85: Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls.”

ABC is not a totally Lambert-free zone. Barbara Walters already had Adam Lambert for this week’s 2009 most fascinating people special. She’s nabbing him for “The View,” too, on Thursday in a pre-taped interview. This is after GMA, Kimmel and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve cancelled on him, post AMA.

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Highlander

December 6th, 2009
6:19 am

1. Rodney, thanks for the new thread. And right in the middle of the weekend, too.
2. Couldn’t you have used a picture of Kelly or Jennifer, though? :-)
3. Is that the loosest-fitting t-shirt we’ve ever seen Simon in? (Thank God!)
4. What the heck am I doing awake at this hour???

JTesla

December 6th, 2009
11:26 am

I didn’t realize that Scary Movie 3 had the whole Seven Mile thing going… very scary.

Highlander

December 6th, 2009
7:46 pm

Wow! …What a quiet weekend in blogdom!

I guess everyone is getting things together for Christmas (yeah, I said it! …Christmas! …None of that Happy “Holiday” horsesh*t!) and blogging is kinda on the back burner. That’s understandable. …Except for you, Nana! We all know you’ve finished all your Christmas shopping, so you have no excuse! ;-)

Rodney Ho

December 6th, 2009
9:32 pm

Fantasia has a VH1 reality show coming up. VH1 is making her available for me to talk to possibly as early as tomorrow. Any questions I can ask? And yes, it is a quiet weekend, eh?

JTesla

December 7th, 2009
2:19 am

Yes I have a question… no that one is probably off limits according to her handlers. Ok how about… no off limits too. I’m sure it will be a great interview ;)

Nana

December 7th, 2009
6:34 am

Good Morning Everybody.

Today’s Quote (especially for Rickster & family:) “Good friends are like stars……You don’t always see them, But you know they are always there.”

Thoughts and prayers to you and family Rickster. Just know that whatever the outcome is, God is in control and will give ya’ll the comfort, strength, and love to accept the outcome.

Highlander, you’re right about me in your post of 12/6 at 7:46pm. However, I was at my daughter’s over the weekend helping her. She got out of the hospital Friday morning. She is doing fine, but still having some pain. Test results on the tumors were all okay, thank God.

Good for all the idols who are getting nods and mentioned. Although, some mentions were surprising, such as Michael getting a record deal. Hope he proves he is worth it.

Lara

December 7th, 2009
8:22 am

Good Monday morning my fellow blogsters…..I really could have done without the Simon picture this morning.
I have no questions for Fantasia…well one, how does she think she has lasted this long in the “biz” since all her family hangs on and depends on her for their income? Oh wait, you probably can’t ask that…
Back to work!

kelly&carriefan

December 7th, 2009
8:35 am

Good Monday Mornin’, y’all!

Highlander, calling it Christmas? Wow, you rebel, you. So, yes, Merry Christmas to you and everyone else. Otherwise, Happy Holidays.

Nana, great to hear your daughter’s doing better.

Rodney, I don’t really have any questions for Fantasia. The only one I can think of is, What does she expect to come out of her reality show? Considering train wrecks like Being Bobby Brown, Hey, Paula, etc.

PS Yay for Kelly and everyone mentioned on EW.

Deirdre

December 7th, 2009
9:04 am

Morning!

Good for Simon!

No questions for Fantasia(she is probably the least favorite Idol winner…at least on this blog.)

As for the “Merry Christmas” vs the “Happy Holidays”. I kinda resent the bad rap that Happy Holidays has gotten and I blame it on the p.c. world we live in. Happy Holidays used to be a legitimate and all inclusive greeting. To me, it always meant “enjoy the season”. It encompassed and gave joyful wishes to all who celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. I never thought of it as a p.c. greeting to those who may be Jewish or who may celebrate another holiday although it is certainly suitable in that regard.

And I understand the Christian resentment toward the phrase as it has come to symbolize some kind of anti-Christmas movement. But let’s get into the spirit of Christmas that we all know and love so well. It is not unreasonable to acknowledge that this is not an entirely Christian nation. We are NOT the only religion that celebrates an important moment during the month of December. In that sense, the phrase Happy Holidays is not only acceptable but it also proves to people of other faiths that Christians embrace their neighbors.

Don’t get me wrong….Merry Christmas is still at the top of my greeting list just as Happy Hannukah should be at the top of the Jewish greeting list. We just need to stop resenting each other.

The soapbox has now been returned to its place of honor.

Nana

December 7th, 2009
9:11 am

Well said Deirdre!!!!!

JTesla

December 7th, 2009
9:28 am

Yes, well said. Happy Holidays is perfectly acceptable to me. Aside from that one made up holiday I have full respect for all the holiday’s that are celebrated, including those that, due to the use of a lunar calendar, were either celebrated earlier this year or fall during the traditional “holiday season.”

Mercedes S

December 7th, 2009
9:59 am

Rodney, how about asking Fantasia if she isn’t a bit late in the game? What with the White House crashers and the balloon boy fake-out I’ve pretty much had it with reality shows. Except for “Idol”, of course. (And “Project Runway”, which I will give one more chance, providing the show returns to New York and the best designer is allowed to win.) I don’t think I’m alone in my fed-upness.

kelly&carriefan

December 7th, 2009
10:01 am

There’s nothing wrong with Happy Holidays, IMO. But it makes me sad when someone gets offended at being wished a “Merry Christmas.” And speaking of “Happy Holidays,” Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special is on tonight at 8pm! :)

Deirdre

December 7th, 2009
10:10 am

k&cf…I acknowledge that the offended snootiness goes both ways. I’m just saying that lately, some people’s reaction to Happy Holidays is just as sad as others’ reactions to Merry Christmas. It has become a two-way street as my father-in-law would say.

kelly&carriefan

December 7th, 2009
10:21 am

D, I can agree with that. It’s a slippery slope, when some school systems even refuse to call it the Holidays, and settling for “Winter Break.” How boring and generic is that? :)

Harriett

December 7th, 2009
10:25 am

Good morning. Count me as one who always, always says Merry Christmas, but I also include Happy Holidays as well, jut to remain inclusive. What I do resent is some people (in my office in particular–my boss is a pain when it comes to being PC) calling it a “holiday tree” or a “holiday wreath” when Christmas is the only reason for either. It is the carrying of the PC thing to the extreme that bothers the aitch e double ell out of me!

JTesla

December 7th, 2009
10:31 am

I certainly don’t call the tree I cut down this weekend and brought into my house a “holiday tree” instead I call it “that pagan symbol of polytheistic decadence that continues to dominate our culture.” Granted Christmas tree would be easier to say, but it doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Harriett

December 7th, 2009
10:43 am

LOL@JT! How nice to cut your own tree! Have you had snow?

Deirdre

December 7th, 2009
10:44 am

LOL, k&cf! Winter Break is the school’s way of trying to stay out of trouble. In this case, they are the worst offenders of all!

LOL! JT

Yep Harriett! Are we stupid? Do we not know a Christmas tree when we see one? what’s wrong with people? Pretty soon we’ll be calling a Menorrah a Holiday Candelabra! So silly!

JTesla

December 7th, 2009
10:54 am

Harriett, no snow, but we have been hit with what the media is calling an arctic blast. It was about 25° with strong winds when we got the tree. Baltic.

kelly&carriefan

December 7th, 2009
10:56 am

JT and D, LOL! Just make sure to keep the Holiday Candelabra at a safe distance from the pagan symbol…

Harriett

December 7th, 2009
11:05 am

Brrrr, JT! Way too cold for me, but somehow the cold adds to the Christmas/holiday spirit. LOL @ the holiday candelabra!!

Deirdre

December 7th, 2009
11:12 am

It was 25 when I got up yesterday morning. This morning was a balmy 38.

kelly&carriefan

December 7th, 2009
11:13 am

Please note, due to budget cuts, we are reducing the number of Reinderr. Please welcome, the Holiday Armadillo!

;)

Rodney Ho

December 7th, 2009
11:53 am

waaay too cold right now. brr… trying to catch up on “FlashForward.” Hoping to see some signs of life there. Just caught up with “Survivor: Samoa.” ahh… another blind side. Gotta love it!

Nana

December 7th, 2009
11:56 am

I can accept either Happy Holiday or Merry Christmas (though this one is my choice) but I detest and hate to see Xmas written. IMO, this totally ignores the meaning of Christmas and leaves out the most important word. I will probably get blasted for this post by some, but just remember this is ONLY my opinion.

JTesla

December 7th, 2009
12:09 pm

Nana blasted? No. However, I have read a good defense for the use of Xmas from a Christian standpoint. Can’t remember where. So, even though I don’t like the use of Xmas, because it sounds silly, an argument can be made that it encompasses the true reason for the season… and I’m not talking about that whole winter solstice thing.

Deirdre

December 7th, 2009
12:13 pm

Some people say that the X in Xmas represents the cross so that makes it acceptable.

JTesla

December 7th, 2009
12:31 pm

After a minor touch of research: X is the first letter of Christ in Greek, hence it’s use as an abbreviation for Christ. This usage appears to stem from at least the 16th century.

Nana

December 7th, 2009
12:36 pm

I’ve heard that argument, but personally, I just don’t buy it. To me, it’s still taking out the word Christ. I know, that alot of people don’t believe in Christ, which is their right, and I don’t let their beliefs interfer with mine, but on the same token, they should respect my beliefs the same way that I respect theirs. Just saying……………

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

December 7th, 2009
12:44 pm

Deirdre and JT beat me to it, Nana — the X (and in some places actually swirled around to make the fish-symbol) is what I heard the “X” came from in “X-mas”. But I never liked it either for some reason — just seemed disrespectful.

I’m a Merry Christmas…Happy Hannukah (Chanukkah?) kind of person — I’m with you, JT, those instant-holiday wishes for created holidays seem a bit heavy handed to me, tho’ i appreciate the fact that MOST of our so-called holidays have nothing to do with being holy, and that probably Hallmark and it’s peers are responsible for MOST of them. The only “holy days” that REALLY are “celebrated are Christmas and Easter in the Christian faith — the Jewish faith and Muslim faiths tend ot have more observance of religious days/weeks/months, but I’m no expert. the others….New Years Day, Valentines, April Fool, May Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween (bordering on religious), Thanksgiving … those are all secular and/or pagan days.

So, i guess what I’m saying is….the word “holiday” is a total misnomer!!! well almost total!!!

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

December 7th, 2009
12:47 pm

*smirk* sorry — just got to rambling on and forgot where i was!!!

Glad that Simon/AI made someone’s top whatever list — it’s got staying power and is well deserved. it started out with an attitude toward it of “yeah right, another amateur hour show, woopee” but it’s stayed in there and has produced enough legitimate talent, and opened doors for folks who might not have had a chance otherwise!

SYTYCD is another that should be getting kudos — i understand the change from summer to fall may have lost a few viewers for SYT — after all, the fall “season” is chock full of shows, returns and newbies, so it’s harder to watch, but it’s brought about a revolution in the dance world, and gotten so many people interested in TRYING to dance at least!

kelly&carriefan

December 7th, 2009
1:22 pm

JT, Highlander, and the other guys: “Happy Holidays!” ;)

http://www.people.com/people/gallery/0,,20324849,00.html#20712485

Harriett

December 7th, 2009
1:25 pm

Rodney, I bought into the last episode of Flash Forward, where some of the previous ones left me scratching my head and wondering why I watched.

JTesla

December 7th, 2009
1:37 pm

Thanks K&Cfan, so what is the tat? More importantly: does she have a tramp stamp? Finally, did you check out the next picture? Oh yeah.

Harm

December 7th, 2009
1:50 pm

LINNY, please check your home e-mail when you get a chance!
I’ve been very busy lately because everything in my house decides to break or quit working at the same time! I think we have everything under control now,knock on wood. Was anyone else upset about the fiasco at the Dome yesterday? I’m looking forward to Carrie’s special tonight,especially because Cookie is on! Continued prayers for strength for your family Rickster!!!

kelly&carriefan

December 7th, 2009
1:51 pm

Umm…oy, JT, why are you asking questions that I know the answers to??? *sigh* The one on the pic looks like the 4-leaf clover. She admitted getting it, but wouldn’t say where it was… She also has a kitty one she got to celebrate her Idol win. She got it with one of her sisters and that one was her first. She doesn’t have a “tramp stamp” that I’m aware of. I’m not sure if she’s added any more. And just for comparison purposes, Kelly has, as of last count, 9. And no, I don’t remember what they all are… ;)

Highlander

December 7th, 2009
2:16 pm

I actually don’t mind if someone says ‘Happy Holidays.’ But I loath the whole p.c. stand point. (As is rampant in schools and government these days. …The Obama’s have a “holiday” tree in the White House. Give me a friggin’ break!)

I have Jewish friends who are perfectly fine if I tell them, “Merry Christmas,” and they’ll normally respond with “Happy Channukah.” We’re fine with that and it’s all good.

But if I tell someone Merry Christmas and they get offended, that’s their problem, not mine! Some people can take offense at just about anything. I just won’t tip-toe around my principles for the sake of a (very vocal) minority. :-)

Highlander

December 7th, 2009
2:34 pm

And sorry to disagree, Queen D, but we are still a Christian nation, no matter how much the p.c. police would like to pretend otherwise. We’re simply one that was founded on a basis of religious tolerance. Which is more than you can say for any Islamic nation!

And on a lighter note, I’m also looking forward to Carrie’s special, though I’ll have to watch it on DVR due to work schedule.

Deirdre

December 7th, 2009
2:46 pm

Not religious tolerance, Highlander but FREEDOM of religion. And is there anywhere in our constitution or Declaration of Independence that says we are a Christian nation?

Deirdre

December 7th, 2009
2:51 pm

Just because Christians are the majority in this country does not make us a Christian nation.

Harriett

December 7th, 2009
2:51 pm

Good points, D.

JTesla

December 7th, 2009
3:16 pm

K&Cfan, I knew you would know. However, her stock just dropped a little for me, every woman in the world should have a tramp stamp.

kelly&carriefan

December 7th, 2009
3:50 pm

JT…well, there are certain women that should not have a tramp stamp. Or at the very least, I’d rather not know.

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

December 7th, 2009
4:47 pm

LOL!! K&C – i can think of quite a few i would NOT want to see (if they had) a tramp stamp…

Hilary, Roseanne, Betty White, Aretha, Ms. Biden….etc etc

kelly&carriefan

December 7th, 2009
4:55 pm

Linny! Thank goodness I had lunch HOURS ago.

Harriett

December 7th, 2009
4:55 pm

Time to run for the day. Happy evening everyone.

JTesla

December 7th, 2009
5:12 pm

Hey, Mr. Biden may want to see it. There are a lot of older men who would love to see Betty White’s and Aretha’s. Hilary and Roseanne… not so much.

Speaking of tats and music a certain young woman who performed on American Idol one time has a tat. Yes, Miley Cyrus. She is sporting a tat right below the chest… line… area (she’s 17 how am I supposed to describe it) She also was sporting some padding while wearing the bikini top… thing. Taylor Swift was also recently in a two piece swimsuit, no tat spotted.

Mercedes S

December 7th, 2009
5:54 pm

Didn’t realize it was a Holiday vent today… for the record, my youngest son, has for the last ten years signed his first name Xian.

Highlander

December 7th, 2009
7:34 pm

D, look at any federal building in D.C. and see what quotations are chiseled in all over the place. They’re all from the bible. None of our founders were Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus or Muslims. To say, espouse or even hint that this nation wasn’t founded as a Christian nation (yes, with a edict for religious freedom) is simply trying to rewrite history. That’s very fashionable right now, but also complete nonsense.

Sorry, but we definitely disagree on this one.

linny@home

December 7th, 2009
8:03 pm

well. don’t she look GOOOOOOOD!!!!!

linny@home

December 7th, 2009
8:11 pm

i love it that she’s giving a lot of attention TO American Idol instead of pretending like so many do that Simon et al and 19E don’t even exist, much less gave them the door to walk through to be able to do whatever they’re doing! and the little “how i REALLY got here” skit was fun :-)

Harm

December 7th, 2009
8:15 pm

Carrie,Bo,Constatine,Anthony+Cookie later. Thats 5 former idols on Carrie’s special so far. Did I miss any others?

Harm

December 7th, 2009
8:17 pm

Lara

December 7th, 2009
9:18 pm

Wow, first a Bo sighting and then David Cook – he was awesome!!
Man, those leather pants were tight!
Also a sighting of Mark from SYTYCD!!

JTesla

December 7th, 2009
10:00 pm

I have to disagree Highlander. Which of those buildings were built by the founders? The founding fathers were not the Christians that the modern conservative Christians think them to be. Neither were some of the great men that followed (Lincoln to name one)

Bah time to decorate a tree priorities and all that stuff ;)

JTesla

December 7th, 2009
10:23 pm

K&Cfan, this is for you: http://thesuperficial.com/2009/12/carrie_underwood_in_a_bikini.php

Her stock just went up (along with something else)

flbravesgirl

December 7th, 2009
11:28 pm

I enjoyed the show ( though I thought Carrie wasn’t in her best voice at times, which is surprising. Usually she sounds flawless). Cookie was fantastic, I would’ve liked to have heard more from him. Ace the dog’s spotlight was quite amusing.

Nana

December 8th, 2009
6:08 am

Good Morning Everybody.

Today’s Quote: “You always have two choices: Your commitment versus your fear.”

Really enjoyed Carrie’s special last night. Was glad to see that she recognized Idol in the beginning. To me that shows her gratitude and thanks towards 19E. The skit with her mother and the male dancers was funny. Also, really enjoyed the performance with her and the two ladies in their pink dresses and big hairdos. Cookie looked and sounded great. Brad Paisley, not so great. And what can I say about Dolly? She was Dolly with botex!

Hey Harm – where you been lately?

Nana

December 8th, 2009
6:41 am

JT – Thanks for the pics of Carrie. Can’t say much for the comments. I started reading them and found them very offensive. Apparently, they aren’t censored due to the vulgarity of them. I read the first two and that was enough for this old lady. But, the pics are great.

Lara

December 8th, 2009
7:33 am

I really enjoyed the show too – but thought there might be a little more HOLIDAY in the show – there really wasn’t….
David Cook was awesome though! Loved the skit about her time on AI with the voodoo doll of Constantine and with Bo! Of course, it would have been better if Bo had performed, but that is just me!
I did notice she was off on a few notes here and there, but she looked absolutely amazing….always love the way they do the lights on her that make it look like she is glowing!

Good morning blogsters….welcome to Tuesday!

Deirdre

December 8th, 2009
7:39 am

Morning!

Highlander, if you’re going to point out Bible quotes on federal buildings then let’s recognize that half the bible is based on Jewish teachings. While God is mentioned everywhere in our gov’t, Jesus is not, except where modern day officials have taken it upon themselves to put him there. God is in almost every religion, therefore, the only group being left out in our gov’t is atheists.

I liked some of Carrie’s special last night. It reminded me of the old specials we used to see on TV. However, calling it a Holiday special for no other reason than it took place during the holidays and TWO Christmas songs were sung, was, in my opinion, false advertising. Also TWO hours…I was pretty much done after the first hour. Don’t get me wrong, I love Carrie’s voice and enjoyed the singing. I thought Cookie was great and was very disappointed that his duet with Carrie was cut due to the difficulty in getting permission from the song writers.

Deirdre

December 8th, 2009
8:24 am

Carrie and David did a duet of Van Halen’s Why Can’t This Be Love but couldn’t get clearance for the song before the special aired. Sounds like Idol!

Highlander

December 8th, 2009
8:32 am

Like I said before (but was obviously ignored since someone seems to have to have the last word at all times), we’ll just agree to disagree.

Deirdre

December 8th, 2009
8:36 am

Isn’t saying “we’ll just have to agree to disagree” having the last word? ;-)

Lara

December 8th, 2009
9:01 am

I didn’t know about the duet…that would have been a nice one to include. However, so would have been Silent Nigh, I’ll be home for Christmas, Silver Bells…..oh something HOLIDAYish….

JTesla

December 8th, 2009
9:23 am

Nana, my apologies. I don’t go to that site for the comments, so I avoid them and forgot to include a warning.

Harriett

December 8th, 2009
9:34 am

Good morning! I only watched the first hour of the special, but couldn’t hang with another hour of it. I did love Cookie’s performance and was reminded again why he deserved to win his year. I just hope he gets some good material in the future.

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

December 8th, 2009
9:35 am

**linny climbs into the ring, looking at the contenders and takes one hand of each…raising them high…”IT’S A TIE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!” and shoves Deirdre and Highlander back to their respective corners… ** It’s kind of funny to be the one sitting out on the sidelines watching THIS argument — and you both make valid points. AND it’s an argument that will not ever be “settled” completely!!!

My daddy woulda made you come out and shake hands, then hug, and THEN would make you “kiss and make up” … i’ll quit while i’m ahead

****DUCKING**** (and grinning)

Rodney Ho

December 8th, 2009
9:45 am

Carrie special highlights on new blog…

Deirdre

December 8th, 2009
9:51 am

linny…lol!!!