News Roundup

News Roundup

From the NYTimes–read all about Ryan Seacrest’s entrepreneurial ways.  Plus, see the obvious relish Ryan takes when he eliminates contestants!

“He thought about toying with the contestants the previous evening, he said, making it a little more difficult for them to determine who was getting axed. His voice dropped. He placed his hand firmly on this reporter’s shoulder and stared into her eyes. ‘Lola, ‘ he said slowly, ‘you’ (pause) ‘are’ (pause) ‘not going home.’…’The amount of time you take in the last few beats can really get the hearts pumping, the blood racing, ‘ he said.”

Nice!  Heh. 

Bits and Pieces

This reporter from the St. Petersburg Times writes that the producers work behind the scenes to manipulate Idol.  Say it ain’t so!  Heh.  Nothing we haven’t heard already, but it’s a nice round-up of what we’ve already noticed.  And, another article about the Idol money-making machine, this time from  According to CNN, Fox is said to be charging $1.3 million for a 30-second commercial spot for the finale. For our international readers (hi guys!), The Associated Press talks of American Idol fever all over the globe–in places like Malaysia, India, Iceland and Japan.  Finally, just for fun, from,  a paparazzi film clip of some of the idols hanging out in LA.

Is it 8 pm yet? Hee.