'American Idol' Roundup: Kelly Clarkson Fights Back--But Simon Probably Shouldn't
I have a question, kids: is there a good way to remove a song out of your head? Throughout the day I've been hearing one thing: "I'm a beautiful man flower, I keep blossoming and blossoming..." okay, sorry about that. Here's your American Idol roundup, then, featuring a fighting Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood on the big screen, and that dude scratching his butt in a bikini.

Oooh, Kelly is sooo not happy. Let's begin with Taylor Swift's performance at the Grammys. Not exactly the best, right? Now the head of her record label, Scott Borchetta, defended her ward: "This is not American Idol. This is not a competition of getting up and seeing who can sing the highest note. This is about a true artist and writer and communicator. It's not about that technically perfect performance."

First to react: season one winner Kelly Clarkson. "Thank you for that 'Captain Obvious' sense of humor because you know what, we not only hit the high notes, you forgot to mention we generally hit the 'right' notes as well," she wrote on her blog. "Every artist has a bad performance or two and that is understandable, but throwing blame will not make the situation at hand any better."

Carrie Underwood, movie star. After a holiday special and an upcoming guest stint on How I Met Your Mother, Carrie now sets her sights on the big screen, taking a supporting role in the surfer flick Soul Surfer, The biopic--based on the life of 19-year-old champ Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack when she was 13--sees the Idol champ play church youth leader Sarah Hill. Filming begins this month.

Simon wants to be top of the Haiti singles face-off. Well, yeah, competing on this regard sounds a little off, but it seems Simon here can't let go of his competitive nature. He hopes to see his charity single, a cover of REM's "Everybody Hurts", be a bigger hit than Quincy Jones' rerecording of "We Are The World". Okay, so nobody loses here either, but... really?

And finally... he admits to it. Remember Bikini Boy? Since Ty Hemmerling popped up on Idol's Denver auditions there's been talk that it's a stunt for a local radio station, considering he works for one... and it is. He says a coworker thought they should do something, because Bikini Girl was big last year, and because he's also done a similar stunt in a bikini before, too. "I thought I'd maybe get my picture taken in front of 12,000 people at Invesco," he said, but before he knew it, he made it to the callbacks. "They pretty much knew why I was there, and they made sure I knew that they knew," he added. It was his girlfriend's bikini, by the way.

(Image courtesy of WENN)

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