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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