It's another American Idol
roundup, featuring legal tussles, new albums, and the search for the elusive Simon Cowell replacement... if they should still look for it.
We begin with news that a man who stalked Idol host Ryan Seacrest has been slapped with a two-year jail sentence
. 26-year-old Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr. pleaded no contest when he was arraigned
, and his lawyer's motion to give him probation instead was denied. The man, who was jailed in October, was also ordered to stay 500 yards away from Seacrest and his workplace for the next ten years.
That's one legal story over, but another one's bubbling up: the American Idol band has sued the show's producers
, demanding their share of royalties off downloads and ring tones from the show since season 4. Perez Hilton reports
that the lawsuit was filed last Friday, and seeks $500,000 in damages from the producers. And considering the huge number of downloads that flew off iTunes during the past six seasons...
Elsewhere in the Idol
-sphere, former executive producer (and So You Think You Can Dance
head judge) Nigel Lythgoe told the Canadian Press
that Idol shouldn't try to replace departing judge Simon Cowell
. "The team took their eye off the ball a little bit and was more worried about the judges and what was happening with them than it was regarding the talent last year," he said. "It became about Kara joining and making the fourth judge, Paula leaving, Ellen joining and Simon leaving and much more about them and concentrating on that than on the talent that they were finding."
Speaking of new judges, Paula Abdul would want to see Bret Michaels
as Simon's replacement on Idol
. "I think he would be awesome at it because you've got to have a passion and love for music," the former judge told US Magazine
before last night's Tonys, where she presented. "It takes somebody who really, really understands young people to try to make the magic happen in those 30 seconds. He would fit the mold perfectly."
We end with two new Idol
albums. Fantasia Barrino's third release Back to Me is set to hit shelves on July 23
, and will feature an appearance from Cee-Lo Green, best known as the voice behind Gnarls Barkley. And, MJsBigBlog reports
that Lee Dewyze's post-Idol debut is now available for pre-order
at Amazon and iTunes, with a release date set for October 26. Which could change, as we've all seen...(Image courtesy of WENN)