Hours before the big “American Idol” finale, fans in Hollywood are already lined up to witness the showdown between Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze.
So reports Bert Weiss, who is the middle of the madness with his Q100 radio show. In fact, Weiss says fans arriving for the pre-show red-carpet festivities got there before the red carpet did.
Weiss likes Crystal’s chances. “She is so raw right now,” he said, referring to her authentic, sometimes gritty look and sound. Then again, Weiss said, should she win, she could soon be sporting a new image. “Hollywood gets a hold of them, glams them all up,” he mused about past winners’ tranformations. “You’ll see her and she’ll have new (anatomy), she’ll be wearing these clunky shoes.”
Idol fans will pick a new winner – and say goodbye to judge Simon Cowell as this season concludes. Weiss says he’s heard Sean “Diddy” Combs’ name being bandied about as a possible replacement, but says whoever takes the snarky Brit’s chair has a tall order. The show’s ratings have been slipping, and the departure of judge Paula Abdul, who was replaced by Ellen DeGeneres, have taken a toll, Weiss said.
“I underestimated the impact” of Abdul’s leaving, he said.
He likened the Cowell departure to a shake-up in radio. You never want to be on the team that comes in after a long-time morning show signs off, for example. (Remember the “Morning Mess” show that came in after Steve & Vikki left Star 94? We don’t, either).
Whatever the outcome, Weiss will try to finagle some time with the winner to be played on air soon.
And while emotions will be running high, the scurrying army of publicists representing assorted Idol contestants, all trying to shove their guy or gal in front of microphones and cameras following, should provide some comic relief, he said.
Which led us to propose a new reality show about sharp-elbowed publicity types. “Oh, man,” Weiss said. “It’s dog-eat-dog out here.”