Oh Dear God. This can’t be true. EOnline is reporting that Chris Brown and Rihanna are in talks to reunite on Idol. The two recently recorded feature parts on each other’s studio tracks. As if that weren’t controversial enough.
American Idol producers are in talks with Chris Brown and Rihanna about possibly performing together on the show this season, a source close to the situation exclusively tells E! News.
“They want Chris and Rihanna to reunite on the show,” the insider says. If they were to duet on Idol, it would be their first public appearance together (on purpose, at the same time), let alone their first live collaboration, since early 2009, when Brown was arrested for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Rihanna’s rep denies the rumor, but EOnline says that their source tells them, “Fox has not yet approved the pairing…the idea is still in the very early stages of discussion.”
C’mon. No way this is true. The outrage would have a negative impact on a show that’s already struggling. There are better ways to create controversy and buzz. Nigel Lythgoe can be infuriating, but he’s not an idiot, or tone deaf to pop culture.