The minute my colleague passed that Esquire item yesterday to me, I knew it would get a big reaction. 200-plus comments! But alas, it’s now Friday and I need to feed you more “Idol” news. I’ve scanned the usual suspects and there isn’t much going on at all. So it’s just little bits now. I’ll add something more if anything pops up but all is quiet that I can tell:
- Ellen DeGeneres begins here fourth-judge duties, replacing Paula Abdul, next month, when the Hollywood Week semifinalists are taped. Normally, that portion of “Idol” would have already been taped in November but “Idol” had to accommodate Simon Cowell’s busy schedule. We won’t see Ellen until February since the first month of “Idol” is all auditions, starting January 12.
- Fergie will host the taped West Coast proceedings for ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark. Atlantan Keri Hilson is among the performers on that part of the show. No “Idol” alums have been named but the live East Coast performers have not been announced yet. The Fox New Year’s special will feature Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta.
- The Carrie Underwood producers (including Nigel Lythgoe) didn’t get initial clearance for Van Halen’s ‘Why Can’t This Be Love,” the duet she did with David Cook for this past Monday’s special. Livedaily explains that they just assumed they’d work it out. They couldn’t. As noted, perhaps the current Van Halen folks are refusing to spread songs from the Sammy Hagar era. Boo!