Category: Simon Cowell

Britney Spears on 'X Factor': Would Jason Trawick come, too?

Britney Spears and Jason Trawick

Britney Spears is rumored to be close to signing a deal to judge "The X Factor," filling one of the spots vacated by Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger at the end of the last season and possibly taking home a fat $15-million paycheck -- and she could see her fiance along for the behind-the-scenes ride.

None of the parties involved was willing to comment, Show Tracker reported, but talk has been building for days after Deadline reported weeks-long discussions were coming to a head.

Also going on in Britney's life: Changes in her conservatorship that would name fiance Jason Trawick as one of the folks overseeing Spears' well-being, with her finances staying the purview of daddy Jamie.

According to RadarOnline, that idea was Simon Cowell's, to make it possible for the sometimes-troubled pop star to join the show. 

"The last thing her father wants to do is be on the set for hours at a time. Jamie has conservatorship of Britney's finances and personal life," a source told the website. "Jamie just isn't comfortable in that world, but her fiance, Jason Trawick, is."

Trawick, who had been Spears' agent since 2006, gave up that role a couple of years ago so they could focus on their personal relationship. They got engaged in December, though word is there are no plans for a wedding any time soon.

A quick Show Tracker survey of fan responses to the idea of Britney at Simon's side shows excitement, tempered with caution. What say you?


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— Christie D'Zurilla
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Photo: Jason Trawick and Britney Spears in May 2011. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Barbara Walters' most fascinating people: a peek at the list [Poll]


This post has been updated, as indicated below.

Barbara Walters has released the almost-complete list of people that will be included in the 2011 edition of her annual special, "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011."

Warning to Daniel Craig: The Kardashians are on the list.

The most fascinating person of 2011 won't be revealed until the special airs Dec. 14 on ABC, but the rest of the participants are an eclectic group: In addition to Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian -- and don't forget mom, Kris Jenner -- there's the "Modern Family" duo of Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, plus Simon Cowell, New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, Donald Trump, pop star Katy Perry and Pippa Middleton.

Who's missing from the list? And tell us in comments: Who do you think will be the crowned 2011's most fascinating person?

[For the record, 2:41 p.m. Nov. 30: The headline on this post originally said "9 of 10 revealed." It has been changed.]


Daniel Craig is a fan of privacy, but Kardashians, not so much

Chaz Bono puts a ring on it, icing his engagement to Jennifer Elia

Justin Bieber tops Kim Kardashian as Bing's most-searched person of 2011

-- Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Barbara Walters in London for the royal wedding this year. Credit: Rob Wallace / ABC

Emmys 2011: Paula Abdul finds Simon Cowell 'charming' [Video]

Paula Abdul at the 2011 Emmy Awards

No matter how much we've heard about "The X Factor" so far, "it's still not enough" for Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul said Sunday on the 2011 Emmys red carpet.

Onetime "American Idol" besties Cowell and Abdul are reunited for the talent competition, newly imported from Britain, which allows singers as young as 12 as well as those in their 50s and 60s, plus groups.

It's a collaborative effort, Abdul said, but "Simon is very clear about his vision for the show ... shall I say, it's charming to see him in his element. He's very happy ... this is very important to him. It's his baby."

"The X Factor," which also features judges L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger, and host Steve Jones, premieres Wednesday on Fox.



Aaron Sorkin breaks his own nose -- while writing

Kate Winslet, Lea Michele have us seeing red on the Emmy carpet

Emmys 2011: Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph pre-party with 'SNL' maestro Lorne Michaels

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Paula Abdul and Jane Lynch do their best accountant impressions during the 2011 Emmy Awards broadcast. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

Ryan Seacrest makes Dick Clark cry, Chubby Checker twirls Susan Lucci

Dick-clark-oneDick Clark was brought to tears Sunday night by a standing ovation at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, after Ryan Seacrest led the audience through decades of memories in a tribute recognizing  "American Bandstand" and Clark's influence on pop music.

Dick-clark-two Chubby Checker rocked "The Twist," pulling Susan Lucci up on stage to dance and then picking her up and twirling her around as a finale -- not bad for 68 and 63, respectively. Tony Orlando tried to get the crowd to sing along with him on "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" (Weak sauce, audience people! Next time sing the dang song!) and Marie Osmond performed to a national audience for the first time since the death of her son Michael Bryan.

A tribute montage included recorded messages from Cher, Barry Manilow, Garth Brooks and even Simon Cowell, who made the point that without "Bandstand," there would be no "American Idol," and closed his bit by letting Clark know he is "the man."

Clark, 80, attended the event with his wife, Kari Wigton, and expressed his thanks to all before his emotions got the better of him. Clark suffered a stroke in 2003; since 2005, Seacrest has been co-hosting "New Year's Rockin' Eve" with him under a variety of titles. 

Check out the opening of the tribute in video embedded after the break.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

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David Archuleta sings, and maybe we should leave it at that

Archie-web You know how there are some videos you kind of wish you never saw? Like the really sad one with the two cats that's been going around? Before you click "play" and watch David Archuleta singing "Works for Me," above, remember that we warned you.

No, Archie doesn't get hit by a car or anything. And yes, his singing -- on a tune co-written and performed with Toby Lightman -- is quite nice.

It's just the look on his face while chatting afterward, when "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade, in a wee burst of reality-based interviewing, suggests to the 19-year-old that mayyyyybe pop icons Madonna and Elton John would not be likely to clear their calendars for multiple months to fill Simon Cowell's seat on the "American Idol" judges' panel. 

Imagine someone offering a bacon sundae to an adorable little puppy, then telling the puppy it has to do calculus in its head first if it actually wants a sloppy ol' bite.

The puppy also has a memoir out, "Chords of Strength," and that's why he's doing the rounds. The book? It's either genuine or motivational, or a look at the most boring human being on the planet, depending on who you ask.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

P.S. About that video with the cats -- don't watch it. You'll weep for weeks, at the oddest times, even if you don't like cats. Ask me how I know.

Photo: David Archuleta arrives at the Britweek Gala dinner April 22. He performed at the event, which benefited Save the Children and Virgin Unite. Credit: Rex Gelert Photography.

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Simon Cowell didn't want to be there for Susan Boyle, he tells Oprah


Those who've seen the picture above of Simon Cowell seemingly captivated during Susan Boyle's Internet-stopping "Britain's Got Talent" audition should know there's some cranky-Brit back story.

Cowell told Oprah Winfrey on her show Thursday that before Boyle started singing, he was in a bad mood and didn't want to be there. Didn't think they'd find anyone good. And it showed.

"When I watched the clip back, I actually hated myself. We're all sneering; we're not listening," he said. "I didn't like what I saw. It was a wake-up call, and I was happy she made us look stupid, because we deserved it."

And yes, he says, boredom is one factor in his decision to leave "American Idol," he says. Big problem: He can't hide it when he's bored, and the audience "deserves more than that." He's also excited about the U.S. version of "X Factor" in part because there's no upper age limit -- a notion that should intrigue many Ministry commenters.

Especially the "Glee" fans.

Want some dishy stuff about how, unlike Mezhgan Husseini, he could never handle being Simon Cowell's girlfriend? Get it here

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: "With childlike enthusiasm and wonderment, Simon Cowell listens to a surprise talent, Susan Boyle, on the ITV show, Britain's Got Talent." At least that's how this picture is billed by the folks who provided it. Credit: ITV.

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'American Idol' rewind: Jack Black's 'Kiss From a Rose'

We were just checking out pop critic Ann Powers' review of Tuesday's "American Idol" show and were happily reminded of Jack Black's performance of "Kiss From a Rose" on the 2007 installment of "Idol Gives Back." So, right up above, there you have it. (But note that Black names the wrong Caped Crusader movie: The Seal song wasn't used in the Michael Keaton / Tim Burton "Batman Returns," but in the Val Kilmer / Joel Schumacher "Batman Forever.") 

Simon Cowell weighed in back then with, "You were better than Sanjaya," and Seal dug the performance as well -- we'll leave it up to you to decide how Black ranked against the song stylings of current contestant Lee DeWyze, who performed the tune Tuesday night without a shred of irony (probably because he's not Jack Black). 

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Simon Cowell packs on the pounds -- pounds sterling, that is

Cowell-elton-john Call it the Susan Boyle effect.

Simon Cowell's fortune has charged past David and Victoria Beckham's but hasn't yet touched his business associate Simon Fuller's, according to the Sunday Times' 2010 Rich List, which will be published this weekend. 

The soon-to-be-ex "American Idol" judge comes in 11th on the Times' list of music millionaires, released ahead of the full ranking, with a pile o' loot estimated at 165 million pounds (about $254 million at Friday's exchange rate). Sources of income include "Britain's Got Talent," "The X Factor" and the careers of the people discovered on those shows (thank you, Ms. Boyle).

Cowell jumped four spots from his No. 15 rank on the 2009 music list.

Star performers shining above him on the list include -- in no particular order -- Elton John, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Sting and Keith Richards

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Mezhgan Hussainy and Simon Cowell arrive at the 18th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party in Los Angeles on March 7. Credit: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images.

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Quick hits: Beyonce not pregnant; Russell Crowe's 'Robin Hood' to open Cannes; Simon Cowell judged a success

Cowell crowe beyonce 

Beyonce is not pregnant; she and Jay-Z are not expecting a baby. Rule of thumb: If a source that's not rock solid says it has a source that's rock solid, well -- you do the math. (Unrelated, fans may wish to check out the Key of Awesome parody -- episode 17 -- of Beyonce's "Telephone" video with Lady Gaga.) Gossip Cop

The Cannes Film Festival will open this year with the new "Robin Hood" flick starring Ministry favorite (OK, my favorite) Russell Crowe. Currently, blogger (self) is considering selling one or more organs to fund trip to Cannes (joke). No, blogger hasn't seen "Repo Men" yet (truth).  24 Frames

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Kara DioGuardi on Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest: 'Big brother, little brother'

Kara Kara DioGuardi's life, as fellow judge Randy Jackson might say, "is hot, dawg."

Her house is for sale, her dad's running for Senate, and she's been reliving last season's bikini moment with a photo shoot for Women's Health magazine -- plus her pointed remarks are keeping her on top of Idol Tracker's "American Idol" Judge Power Ranking.

Still, "Fox & Friends" needed to know Friday: When it comes to Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest, was what happened this week real or more like professional wrestling?

"I know that that's the way they are," DioGuardi said of the what-the-heck-was-that banter between the two. "It's like big brother, little brother. If that was real I would have definitely been leaning the other way!"

About her busy life -- the songwriter says she picked up her work ethic from her dad, Joseph DioGuardi, who announced this week that he's running for Senate in New York.

One thing she learned, growing up in the '80s as the child of a then-congressman: "Get in trouble, and you're going to get in a lot more trouble!"

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