American Idol finale’s ‘Kanye moment’

Ian Benardo Extends 15 Minutes Of Fame With “Idol” Interruption The Grammys had Soy Bomb, the VMAs had Kanye West, the Oscars had that purple-shirted crazy redheaded woman, and now “American Idol” has Ian Benardo, the latest famous interrupter in live television history. On Wednesday’s Season 9 “Idol” finale, fur-vested freakboy Ian stole the show […]

Simon Cowell’s Top 10 ‘American Idol’ Moments

The season finale of “American Idol” marked Simon Cowell ‘s final moments at the judges’ table. While the show has produced a host of Grammy winners, one Oscar winner, and given the world a host of quirky former contenders (William Hung, anyone?), it was British judge Simon who really is the show’s breakout star. In […]

Simon Cowell

Date of Birth 7 October 1959, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK Birth Name Simon Phillip Cowell Nickname Mr. Nasty Judge Dread Height 5′ 9″ (1.75 m) Mini Biography Simon was born in Brighton, England. His parents’ names are Julie Cowell and Eric Cowell. First made a TV appearance on UK’s Pop Idol. Then on America’s […]

Simon Says

American Idol star judge Simon Cowell spoke to the press via conference call on Thursday afternoon, and he answered multiple reporters’ burning questions regarding Howard Stern and other possible replacement judges, the recent scandal regarding disqualified contestant Chris Golightly, rumored tension between him and Ellen DeGeneres, potential Idol mentors, this season’s most promising new contestants, […]

A Woman Will Win ‘Idol’

LOS ANGELES – Simon Cowell believes a woman is likely to win his final season on “American Idol.” The acerbic British judge told a teleconference Thursday he thinks one of the 12 women among the ninth season’s 24 semifinalists has a good shot to win the Fox singing contest. “We’ve had a few years of […]

‘American Idol’ Top 12 Night

Back in Season 7 on “American Idol,” Fox made a big deal about the show’s contestants finally having permission to sing long-forbidden Beatles tunes. “Idol” execs were so delighted by this development, in fact, that they dedicated not one but two nights to the Lennon/McCartney songbook. Well, I was just glad that it was just […]

Ellen DeGeneres Joins American Idol as Fourth Judge

Ellen DeGeneres Joins American Idol as Fourth Judge Emmy Award-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has joined American Idol as the new fourth judge sitting alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi. As the new judge, Ellen will offer her own unique perspective to the contestants throughout the competition. The ninth season of American […]

‘American Idol’ finalist saved from elimination

Michael “Big Mike” A.K.A. “Tiny Mike” (As Ellen would have said) Lynche didn’t get the big boot on “American Idol.” The soulful 26-year-old personal trainer and father from Queens, N.Y., was saved Wednesday by the judges on the ninth season of the Fox singing competition. Lynche was praised for his R&B take on “Eleanor Rigby” […]