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Lee DeWyze, Nigel Lythgoe respond to 'American Idol' feud rumors

Leedewyzestory2 Lee DeWyze turned to Twitter on Thursday evening to address rumors that a feud was brewing between him and "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe. Taking the upbeat approach, he tried to set the record straight about why he did not present the top prize to winner Scotty McCreery. However, Lythgoe didn't exactly agree with what he had to say.

"Hey everyone, first off I want to say congrats to Scotty & Lauren, awesome job. Well done Scotty! Secondly, just for the record... I was not asked to be involved in the Finale," DeWyze, last year's "Idol" winner, tweeted. "It wasn't until about 2 minutes before they announced that Nigel had approached me and asked if he could 'borrow' me for a second. I didnt feel a last second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty's moment."

He went on to write, “I appreciate American Idol, and the opportunity it has given me. And the people who have made that show possible. I am not angry, or bitter etc. It was an amazing Finale, and I would have loved to be a part of it. I just wasnt asked.Good luck to all the Contestants and stay true to yourself. Thanks everyone for your support, tour coming up... Good times :) I'll talk to you all soon. Love ya!"

Nigelstory But Lythgoe isn't changing his version of the events. He tweeted Friday, "I don't wish to continue the @leedewyze story. True, he wasn't asked to sing but Lee knows he was asked to present the trophy a week before."

As the story goes, DeWyze was not asked to perform at the finale. Later when he was asked to present the winning trophy, he declined. He was then left out of the episode almost entirely, only seen in the background.

Does Lythgoe actually have the last word? It might be too soon to tell.

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Top photo: Lee DeWyze. Credit: Mark Ashman / Associated Press. Bottom photo: Nigel Lythgoe. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters.


Lee DeWyze snubs 'American Idol,' or is he just shy?

Leedewyzestory Lee DeWyze is in a bit of hot water with "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe. Apparently the Season 9 winner refused to present the top prize to Scotty McCreery at the live finale Wednesday night.

"I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn't present the winners trophy to Scotty," Lythgoe tweeted. "Especially as he'd been on the show this Season. I guess he was shy."

The perceived snub may have created a little feud between the two, as DeWyze was noticeably left out of the finale episode, despite being in the audience. DeWyze, who was seated in the fifth row, got no love from Ryan Seacrest, and it was only on a commercial break that the show announcer pointed him out to the crowd, reports Zap2it.

Just a few days ago, DeWyze tweeted to curious fans, "Hey guys, no I'm not performing at the Finale. I wasn't asked to . A lot of questions so I thought I'd fill you in. Talk to you soon :)" Is that how it all started? Or is DeWyze just shy?

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Photo left: Lee DeWyze. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images. Photo right: Nigel Lythgoe. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press.


'American Idol' creator Simon Fuller honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Simon Fuller flanked by Carrie Underwood and Ryan Seacrest at walk of fame

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's star continues to shine -- the "American Idol" creator received the 2,441st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just as the reality competition wraps its 10th season.

Fuller was presented with the star Monday in front of W Hollywood hotel on Hollywood Boulevard, flanked by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, judges Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez and the entire Season 10 cast -- whose finale kicks off Tuesday night.

"You deserve this more than anyone I know," said "Idol" winner Carrie Underwood, who presented him with the award. The 51-year-old British entrepreneur also created "So You Think You Can Dance."

"Whenever I see that star, I won't see my name, I'll see all names of the people I've worked [with] and all those amazing artists and people that have helped me achieve this stuff," Fuller said, specifically thanking former "Idol" judge and producer Simon Cowell. "What you did for 'American Idol,' I personally will never forget."

Lopez's hubby Marc Anthony and designer Victoria Beckham, whom Fuller managed when she was with the Spice Girls, also attended with son Brooklyn Beckham. "American Idol" alum Kris Allen and David Cook joined the festivities. Fuller's wife, Natalie Swanston, was on hand for the presentation too.

Singer Chaka Khan received the 2,440th star earlier this month at a ceremony that included Stevie Wonder and music producer Benny Medina.

Tony Danza, Sharon Stone, Berry Gordy Jr. and Jerry Weintraub attended the ceremony for Weintraub's wife Jane Morgan, who received the 2,439th star.

"Criminal Minds" star Joe Mantegna received the 2,438th star in April joined by Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness A.J. Cook, Rachel Nichols, Andy Garcia, Jean Smart and Dennis Franz.

CBS news correspondent and author Bill Geist was joined by Lassie the dog when he received the 2,437th star in April.

Earlier that month, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Rob Marshall and actors Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem attended the 2,436th star ceremony for Bardem's wife Penélope Cruz.

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Top photo: Carrie Underwood, Simon Fuller and Ryan Seacrest. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press. Left photo: Top, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. Bottom, Victoria and Brooklyn Beckham. Credits: Mike Nelson / European Pressphoto Agency

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Jordin Sparks shows off slimmed-down bikini body [Photo]

Jordin Sparks shows off body in a bikini Jordin Sparks is flaunting her fab new body in an orange and blue polka-dot bikini for all of her Twitter followers to see.

The Season 6 "American Idol" winner revealed her newly svelte self over the weekend with a self-shot Twitpic taken in front of the mirror in the two-piece teaser, which came from Target and Old Navy.

"I don't know why but my bathing suit reminds me of fruity pebbles. :)" she tweeted.

Sparks, 21, who sings "Battlefield" and "No Air," is gearing up to tour with New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys this summer and working on her third studio album. She somehow also managed to lose 30 pounds in the process and work out those abs.

"Something just clicked with me, and instead of sitting around talking about it I said, 'I'm going to go hike that mountain!' And it continued. I've been hiking and I've done a couple of runs," she recently told Us Weekly. "I also do Zumba. It's so much fun!"

 Jordin Sparks pre-weight loss in 2007But it wasn't always that way: The bandeau bikini-clad songstress had once vowed to keep her curvy physique.

"I love food and I love my curves," she told the Daily Mail in 2009. "I'm very strong-willed and I'm stubborn in that sense to where I'm just like 'No, I won't be that way. The stick-thin thing, I'm kind of just like, 'Not gonna do it' and I couldn't."

Perhaps the support from fans changed her mind?

"im inspired by how u embrace your body & have worked so hard 2 look even more amazing than u were <3," one of her followers wrote. In response, Sparks wrote, "Thx mama! Werk what we got!"

What do you think of Jordin's transformation? Tell us in comments.

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Photos: Jordin Sparks in a recent bikini shot courtesy of her Twitter account, top right, and competing on "American Idol" in 2007. Credits:  @jordinsparks, top right; Michael Becker / Fox.


Kara DioGuardi sued over car accident she wasn't in

Kara DioGuardi sued over a car accident she wasn't involved in. Kara DioGuardi is being sued over a 2010 car accident, but there's a twist. She wasn't in either of the cars that were involved. Say what?

It turns out that Christina Kline, a former employee of the onetime "American Idol" judge, was behind the wheel of a 2005 BMW involved in a collision with Joel Postorino. Postorino has now filed a lawsuit claiming he suffered neck injuries when Kline rear-ended his Porsche at a Los Angeles intersection last May.

Kara's rep tells TMZ, "When Ms. Kline left Kara's company in November 2009, she was asked to remove Kara's name from the registration, but never did. She was in a car accident in May 2010 that Kara did not know about until yesterday when she was served papers."

The site also learned through Postorino's lawyer, Ira Fierberg, that his client will take the case before a judge in July and is asking for about $250,000 in damages.

All the drama comes the same week that the "Platinum Hit" judge is promoting her new memoir, "A Helluva High Note."

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Photo: Kara DioGuardi at the 2010 CMT Awards. Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images


Kara DioGuardi describes molestation, date rape in her memoir

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Kara DioGuardi is getting very personal in her new memoir "A Helluva High Note," revealing stories of molestation, date rape and sexual harassment from her past.

First, there was a family friend's teenage son, who repeatedly molested her when she was just 11. "On one particular day, he took me into the back shed of his house and put his hands all over my breasts and vagina," she describes in the book. "I remember freezing and not knowing what to do."

Years later, with her songwriting career on the rise, the former "American Idol" judge says she was date-raped. DioGuardi describes how a friendly dinner with a "fairly known producer" turned ugly. "[W]ithin a few hours, he was on top of me, pumping, sweating, and speaking to me in Spanish, not a word of which I could understand."

Sexual harassment came next. In her memoir she describes how a "hugely successful artist" took her on a songwriting trip. Rather than working on his music, she says, he spent the trip "watching Russian porn, scavenging around the kitchen for food [and] leering at two strippers ... as they performed sex acts in the living room."

She tried to keep a professional relationship with the artist, but finally quit after an incident where he tried to force her to touch his privates.

Today, DioGuardi is busy with "Platinum Hit," her new Bravo show that premieres May 30, and hopes to start a family with husband Mike McCuddy. That's why she gave up on "Idol" and asked to be let out of her contract, she said.

"I wanted a child and there was no way I could get pregnant under the stress of 18-hour work days and live TV," she writes. "I had undergone three unsuccessful rounds of IVF during Season 9."

"Leaving was painful and there will always be a part of me that wanted to stay. But my desire to be in control of my destiny was larger than my need to be a household name."

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Photo: Kara DioGuardi. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times.


Paul McDonald off 'American Idol'? Nikki Reed is cool with that

 

Paul McDonald, the first male "American Idol" finalist to be voted out this season, seems to be following Pia Toscano down the path to a swell social life -- with Nikki Reed, in this case.

Toscano was of course spotted out on the town with Mark Ballas of "Dancing With the Stars" the night after her elimination, while on his morning after, McDonald revealed that "Twilight" gal Reed is "pumped" that he's been cut loose.

Paul-mcdonald "She said, 'Dude, you finally get to do your thing and be yourself and be the artist you are,' " the singer said Friday. "She is happy about the whole situation. She has been nothing but cool to me."

Unlike Toscano, who despite some smooching rumors insisted that she and Ballas are "just good friends," 26-year-old McDonald confirmed during a press call Friday that he and Reed -- whose 23rd birthday is next month -- are in fact dating.

"It's officially true," the Grand Magnolias singer said. "She's super cool, man, she's super smart, really cool girl. I'm happy about it. We've been hanging out, here and there, you know we're both pretty busy, but it's been fun so far."

There's more fun to come -- on his way to sit down with Jay Leno on Friday, McDonald tweeted a picture of the ID on his "Tonight Show" perch.

Though some might have tagged Paul the worst -- and you know who you are -- this Ministry minion counted McDonald and his suits and boots among her faves this "Idol" season; we would listen to that scratchy voice any time. Anyone else out there going to miss Mr. "Maggie May"?

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Photo: Paul McDonald performing in his boots and trademark suit for "American Idol" on March 30. Credit: Michael Becker / Fox / Associated Press


Pia Toscano and 'DWTS' pro Mark Ballas do a dinner date

Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas were spotted out on a date Friday in L.A. in a love connection that appears to be a mix of dating the girl next door and meeting someone at work -- with a professional wrestler as the matchmaker.

In recent weeks, Toscano, 22, and Ballas, 24, have been working on adjacent stages, shooting "American Idol" and "Dancing With the Stars," respectively, with trailers that were geographically compatible.

According to People, the singer "had a crush" on the professional dancer.

Toscano, of course, was voted off "American Idol" on Thursday night and then reportedly got pitched a record deal Friday, ending a big week with dinner at Gulfstream restaurant in Century City. Ballas is partnered this season with Disney doll Chelsea Kane after his high-profile turn last time around dancing with Bristol Palin.

If this is "losing," winning may be overrated -- though hopes for a rush release of a Pia album may be thwarted by the realities of the contract "Idol" contestants are bound by; she told "The Insider" on Monday that no deal had been inked. In the meantime, Ballas' album "HurtLoveBox" (see him singing, above) drops Tuesday.

And what is it with pro wrestlers and this season's "Idol" cast? First James Durbin lost his mind over Hulk Hogan's appearance on the singing show, and now Toscano gets a date thanks to Chris Jericho, who's competing on "DWTS."

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Kelly Clarkson will sing on 'American Idol' with Jason Aldean

Kelly Clarkson will perform on "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson is headed back to "American Idol," but she won't be taking the stage alone. The first-season winner will perform a duet of "Don't You Wanna Stay" with country singer Jason Aldean on Thursday's results show.

The duo first sang together at the Country Music Awards in November, and the song later went to No. 1 on the Billboard country music charts.

So is Kelly a country girl now? Not quite. The singer just finished her new album, delayed until September, and says it is "influenced by Prince, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow, Radiohead and there's a little bit of a country vibe/influence on a couple of songs."

The star also treated fans to a medley of her greatest hits, including verses from "Miss Independent" and "Since U Been Gone," when she stopped by the "The Ellen Degeneres Show" last week (see the video below).

Clarkson and Aldean aren't the only special guests coming up next on "Idol": Rihanna will also make an appearance.

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Pia Toscano eliminated early on 'Idol'; fabric of the universe remains surprisingly intact [Poll]

Pia Toscano eliminated on "American Idol" Shock. Surprise. Disbelief. Tears. In the drama department, no news this week compared with Thursday night's ninth-place elimination of the lovely and talented Pia Toscano from "American Idol."

The judges were left angry (Randy Jackson), teary (Jennifer Lopez), and insultingly cranky (Steven Tyler, who said, "I don't know, America. A mistake is one thing, but a lack of passion is unforgivable"). Show Tracker called it the "saddest night" ever on "Idol." Even Tom Hanks -- c'mon, dude, have you ever actually cast an "AI" vote? -- registered his disbelief.

The elimination was apparently so apocalyptic in person that a Los Angeles audience usually hell-bent on leaving the Idoldome stayed to watch the sobbing group hug, according to MJ's Big Blog.

"I couldn't even breathe at that moment, so the fact that I could get anything out was a miracle," Toscano told MJ backstage, describing her goodbye performance of "I'll Stand By You."

Some observers blamed the judges for being too easy on Toscano along the way, though it was fairly clear that she was being encouraged to bring her stage presence up to the level of her voice. Others saw it as proof that the voting isn't rigged to keep judges' favorites around as long as possible. And someone must have had an opinion on the role of those Gwen Stefani poufy-booty pants.

"After my performance I felt something weird," Toscano said Friday. "I said to my parents, 'I kind of feel like I'm going to be in the bottom three tomorrow.'" Despite that internal early warning system, she wound up being escorted off stage by two medics, according to E! News.

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