Idol Bits and Pieces 12/30/09: Constantine Maroulis, Ellen Degeneres, Carrie Underwood and Bucky Covington

Fox411 reports that the reason Constantine Maroulis has been seen canoodling around NYC with reality “star” and “heiress” Tinsley Mortimer, is due to the contract he signed to be Tinsley’s boyfriend for the duration of her next reality project, “Empire State” for the CW set to debut in 2010. That’s right, for the time being, Constantine is getting paid to be her fake boyfriend. I think there’s another word for that? Heh. FOX reports that while Constantine couldn’t be happier, his peeps are less than enthused. via FOX.

Idol judge, Ellen DeGeneres and Project Runway’s Tim Gunn have been named Peta’s Woman and Man of the year. “Tim Gunn and Ellen DeGeneres show us that one person really can make a difference in the world by rejecting cruel deeds in favor of compassionate acts, ” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. Both honorees made “an exceptional effort to place animal rights issues before a large audience.” via US.

In other PETA News, Carrie Underwood–along with Tyra Banks, Oprah Winfrey, and First Lady Michelle Obama–is featured in an anti-fur banner for the animal rights organization that will be placed at Metro stops in the Washington, DC area. The banners were unveiled today. via PETA.

And, in other Carrie Underwood news, her new fiance, Mike Fisher lost his bid to be on the Canadian Olympic hockey team. Sads. Oh well, that’s more time to plan a wedding! Although I’ll bet Carrie would have looked cool rinkside in Vancouver next year… via US

Bucky Covington presented a check for $25, 000 to the Tennessee chapter of the Arthritis Foundation prior to his December 29 concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville. The funds came from his winnings from his appearance on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader earlier this year. Bucky is set to play a New Years show at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem NC tomorrow night.

Congrats to David Cook’s Team for a Cure: They raised $30, 000 for the Washington DC Race for Hope. Proceeds go to help fund the fight against brain cancer–a charity close to David’s heart as he lost his brother Adam to the deadly disease earlier this year. via via Zap2it.

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  1. Somehow the faux romance and staged reality show sound completely appropriate to me for Constantine!

    Congratulations to Bucky and David! Both organizations need every dime they can get.

  2. I guess that explains why Constantine tweeted he wouldn’t be touring with Rock of Ages.

  3. I’m not sure about that gig for Constantine. lol Hope he has fun.

  4. Good for you Bucky and David C!

    Mike Fisher would’ve been awesome on Team Canada for the amount of heart with which he plays, not to mention his overall play. But it’s still an honor for him that he was considered one of the top guys in the country who deserved to make the team. At least Carrie doesn’t have to face the dilemma of what to do when Team Canada plays Team USA now!

    I’d guess the PETA campaign is going to get Carrie in even more trouble with the crazy hunter and farmer extremists who already hate her for donating money to HSUS. It’s an old picture so I wonder if Carrie even approved the use of her image.

    By the way Carrie’s in Ottawa now and has been at both games this week. Here’s a pic of her at the game last night wearing a Senators #12 jersey.

    She’s with the same girls as in the pics where she debuted her engagement ring. It turns out the girl thought to be Erin McNevan (wife of Trevor, lead singer of Thousand Foot Krutch) is actually the girlfriend of Mike’s older brother. Sorry about that error.

    That showmance gig is exactly the kind of thing I would’ve expected Constantine to gravitate towards because I feel like his goal in life is to have a VH1 reality show like Rock Of Love. But I’m surprised he’d do this after he got a modicum of respect for the whole Rock Of Ages thing. Then again that’s a show that’s aiming for kitschy entertainment value more than artistic sophistication, which is Constantine all over.

  5. I didn’t know that Tim Gunn was an animal advocate, how cool, makes me love him even more. I knew Ellen was, she talks about it on her show. I don’t understand the anti-vegetarian crap that Carrie gets. What is wrong with people? It’s her own business what she wants to eat, she’s not promoting vegetarianism to others. Even if she was, it would be their choice if they wanted to eat that way. It’s nobody’s business what other people choose to eat.

  6. I’m kind of surprised that Constantine is doing a reality show right now but I guess it’s something he can fit into his current busy schedule. His contract with Broadway’s Rock of Ages for 8 shows a week runs into September 2010 so he doesn’t have alot of spare time to commit to other projects. The reality show has already wrapped up filming and he probably appears in only a couple of episodes so I hope he had fun and got some good publicity for ROA! They filmed at the theatre one night, I believe.
    With at least 8 Broadway shows closing in January, Rock of Ages is doing extremely well – selling out the last 3 nights according to Constantine’s twitter feed.

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