'American Idol' Roundup: Golightly Won't Go Dark and Cowell Won't Tie The Knot (Yet)
American Idol finally gets into game mode with the semifinals kicking off tomorrow night, and I couldn't be happier. There's an extra reason too, but first, today's American Idol roundup, featuring Chris Golightly's non-disappearance tactics, Simon Cowell's supposed engagement, and Jason Castro talking about his EP again.

Chris Golightly will never go away. He's set to write a book detailing his life story--oh, gaaaah, I think I've had enough of these sob stories already. Anyway, he's shopping around a book entitled Orphan, outlining his past as an abused child, his time under foster care, and his efforts to establish himself in the music industry. The book also promises, according to friend Thomas Barber, to present documents that will prove that American Idol was wrong in disqualifying Chris last week. "[Idol] is simply the latest heartbreaking event in the fascinating and gut-wrenching life story of Chris Golightly," the synopsis said. I've heard enough.

Well, a couple of writers have apparently approached him as the audition episodes aired, so I think it's best for me to hide under a rock or something. Maybe this fall, when the book is expected to be released.

Nope, Simon is not engaged. Never mind rumors swirling around today that the snarky Idol judge has proposed to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy: his rep told People that there's no engagement... yet. "I said to him, 'So, there's going to be two weddings this year?'" Max Clifford said, partly referring to his own marriage. "Normally he would say, 'Don't be so ridiculous' or 'In your wildest dreams.' But he said, 'Who knows?'"

Steve Lillywhite is serious. The music producer, known for his work with bands like Talking Heads, U2 and 30 Seconds to Mars, recently made a video pleading to be considered as Simon's replacement on Idol and, talking to the Los Angeles Times, he insists he's serious. "It's born out of the reality of the world at the moment, out of the fact that I know what I'm doing and that I can help really refresh the brand," he said. "I feel I can do it and that I'm qualified, which is why I'm serious about it." He also said the video (which you can watch here) was uploaded by someone else, but he sent it directly to 19 Entertainment. So that's why...

Jason Castro's the new romantic. Jason Castro talked to Entertainment Weekly's Michael Slezak about his new EP, Love Uncompromised. He also performed, too, but in the two-part interview, he talked about how he came up with some of his songs and how his recent marriage inspired everything. He's currently on the road promoting the EP, so catch him if you can!

And finally... shall I squee for a bit? Allison Iraheta's performing on Idol's results night this Thursday, along with Kris Allen's little benefit performance for Haiti. More on that in my preview of tomorrow's proceedings. For now, let me squee. Squeeeeee.

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