It’s been a week since I’ve reported any real “Idol” news at all. Not that there was much going on per se, beyond Carrie Underwood’s engagement to her hockey playing fiance.
Here are some bits and pieces:
-The New York Post wrote a story noting that “Idol” fans aren’t all that heated about Simon Cowell possibly leaving after the 2010 season. Is he not as important as we thought he was? I may post that as a poll question when more people are reading this blog.
- Hollywood Reporter reports that Fox is ready to sign “Idol” for another three seasons beyond its current contract, which runs through 2011. That means “Idol” into season 13 or 2014. Clearly, Fox is ready to run with the show minus Cowell while he joins “X Factor.”
Fox would prefer to bundle a “Factor” agreement with at least another season of Cowell judging “Idol.” But by quitting “Idol,” Cowell could make his participation on “Factor” a bigger event. One potential compromise is that Cowell could take a smaller role on “Idol” in 2011 — judging the Hollywood rounds, for example, but not the auditions. Fox was originally planning “Factor” for the fall of 2010. But delays in the Sony deal have pushed the show to an expected 2011 premiere date.
Jennifer Hudson’s people said she is not pregnant, despite rumors otherwise.
-Kat McPhee’s album is now streaming on her MySpace and Facebook pages. The publicist last week actually made Kat available to me last week but I was on vacation. So we’ll see if I can grab her this week or next.
Her single “Had It All” isn’t half bad, certainly better than anything from her first album. It has gotten virtually no traction on radio, with only two stations having spun it more than 100 times (including XM/Sirius’ the Blend), according to Mediabase 24/7.
Susan Boyle isn’t really “Idol” but she is tied to Cowell. She is set to have the biggest selling album this year, passing Taylor Swift, according to the New York Daily News. That’s 3 million copies in a month. Wow!