Idol Bits and Pieces

Ken and Nigel pull out of Emmy Telecast

Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe will not be producing  this year’s Emmy telecast as previously announced.  

Here’s the official statement, “After we wrapped the enormous effort of ‘Idol Gives Back, ‘ we looked at our upcoming slate of projects, including the ‘American Idol’ finale and the additional shows we will be involved in this summer, and realized that we could not devote the creative energy and time necessary to make the Emmys outstanding for the academy and Fox, ”

Ken Ehrlich, who produced the Emmy’s last year is returning  to produce his 4th Emmy  telecast.     Says the Academy of Television Arts and Science’s CEO Dick Askin, “He [Ehrlich] did a terrific job with the Emmys last year, and we are glad to have him back.”

Diana DeGarmo’s Stalker Sentenced

An Australian  woman who hacked into Diana DeGarmo’s My Space and sent her threatening emails and phone calls has been sentenced.

 Tanya Maree Quattrocchi, 21, of Oak Park, was released on a community-based order and ordered to serve 150 hours of community service after she was convicted of stalking and blackmail.   The court heard the defendant  had a limited intellectual ability and had scored an ENTER score of just 16 when she graduated from Ave Maria College in Aberfeldie.

 She’s in college, and she’s hacking into MySpace accounts, but she has “limited intellectual ability?”   What?   If this had been tried in the States, I think the courts would have been a lot tougher.

Constantine Maroulis and Tamyra Gray Begin New Acting Roles

Constantine’s run  on the CBS soap “The Bold and The Beautiful” begins on Tuesday May 15 and will run for several months.   He’ll play music producer, Constantine Parros, who becomes involved in the life and career of heiress Phoebe Forrester.    OMG, this should be hilarious.    I’m DVRing the first few episodes.   If I find anything snarkworthy, I’ll post it. Heh.

Tamyra Gray  begins a stint  with  the Broadway musical “Rent.”   She’ll play the role of Mimi Marquez through November 25.

New Dates for the American Idols Live Tour

The American Idols Live Tour starts in Sunrise FL on July 6th.   If everything goes as planned, I’ll be at the  Tampa FL show on the 7th.   YAY.   Check  out the dates.   If your city wasn’t on the list, it may be now.    New dates are being added as we speak.

Simon Fuller discusses Idol Songwriter Contest

In a recent  interview  American Idol producer, Simon Fuller, talks about the American Idol Songwriter contest.   Fuller screened the entries and says the entries include, “a handful of world-class songs.”    That remains to be seen.   I plan to check out the songs soon.   Really, I do.  

About this season, Fuller  comments, “This has been an intriguing year. It’s been a slow burn in terms of getting to know the talent … It’s more of a journey than ever this year.”   Fuller thinks that two or three  “terrific” contestants have emerged out of the contest.   He would not say who.

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