Idol Headlines for 1/04/09

Rep: ‹No Truth To Jennifer Hudson Inauguration Rumors

Jennifer Hudson will not be singing at Barack Obama inauguration on January 20, despite reports to the contrary, her rep told Access Hollywood.

…There is no truth to this, the rep said.

The New York Post reported on Wednesday that Jennifer was in talks to sing …The Star-Spangled Banner at the ceremony, but the rep told Access that the star has no plans to participate in any inaugural activities.

In August, Jennifer sang the national anthem the night Barack accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at the party national convention.

The Oscar winner hasnt hit the stage since the murders of her mother, brother and nephew in Chicago in October 2008.

NBC Chicago

Dancing With the Stars’ Karina & Maksim Engaged!

Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are looking to perfect their pas de deux.

The Dancing With the Stars pros took the whole ringing in the New Year literally, getting engaged just before the calendar flipped to Jan. 1, a source close to the couple confirms to E! News. Chmerkovsky sealed the deal with a Harry Winston number.

No official comment so far from the hoofers’ respective camps.

E Online

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Paula Abdul’s Stalker Back on American Idol?

Comedian and musician, Paul Marturano, also known as Paula Abdul’s Stalker was back at American Idol Auditions this year wearing a Ryan Loves Simon t-shirt and a fake Paula tattoo serving up laughs and music with contestants and ready to audition for a second time as seen in this youtube video:

Pop Culture Matters

“That’s Where It Ends”: Grease Revival Closes on Broadway Jan. 4

Grease, the first Broadway musical to have its leads cast via reality TV, plays its final performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Jan. 4 at 7 PM. When it closes, the production ‘  directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall ‘  will have played 31 previews and 554 regular performances.


Frenchie Davis Visits the Suncoast and Hands Out Some Free Tickets

A Broadway entertainer from the Broadway show, Ain’t Misbehavin’, stopped by a Sarasota Neighborhood Saturday.

Between rehearsals of the 30th anniversary national tour of the musical review, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Frenchie Davis, an American Idol semi-finalist in 2003, stopped by the Newtown Redevelopment Office in Sarasota to help hand out 100 free tickets to one of the shows.

The Suncoast group, “Greatness Beyond Measures, ” welcomed the musical star to Newtown with a song from the heart as Frenchie helped pass out the free tickets to Sunday’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ show.

It’s part of a promotion to give the Newtown community an opportunity to get to know the Van Wezel and experience the programs that are offered.


Paula Abdul, Cheerleading Coach

Paula Abdul’s one-shot cheerleading competition show on MTV, “RAH! Paula Abudul’s Cheerleading Bowl, ” which is like Randy Jackson’s dance show, except the costumes are all retro and square and there is a mat on the floor.

Abdul’s role is host and mentor, the Tim Gunn of the pom-pom set. She talks to the team, collected from random colleges, about their timing and counting off from her experience as a choreographer and a former Laker Girl.

She hopes they all do well, but she sort of stacks the deck. As producer she’s hired a group of judges that are of her school of praise and encouragement and hardly a smidgen of criticism – even when some cheerleaders drop out of their complicated feet on shoulders double decker displays. “You made the best of it and that’s what counts, ” one of them said hopefully to a group who lost two women who lost balance and tumbled off the shoulders of guys carrying them.

Cowell’s mag snub to Amanda

BRITAINS Got Talent boss Simon Cowell snubbed judge Amanda Holden wedding ‘  spoiling a big magazine deal.

Celeb mag OK! paid a fortune for exclusive rights to publish photos of the nuptials, thinking Simon would be the star attraction.

But he refused to cut short a holiday in Barbados, leaving Piers Morgan the only co-star at the do.

Amanda, 37, wed music executive Chris Hughes, 33, at posh Babington House, Somerset, just before Christmas.

A source said OK! was …desperate for Simon to be there.

News of the World

How much is that puppy in the window? Simon Cowell spends $4, 400 to help an animal charity

With his reputation for unthinkingly dashing the hopes of any X Factor contestant who fails to meet his high standards Simon Cowell isn’t known for his cuddly side.

But at a charity auction yesterday the music maestro showed he does have a big heart – and a love of cute fluffy animals.

Cowell spent $4, 400 on an old photo of the Queen and Prince Philip to help out an animal shelter.

Casually dressed Cowell, who was cheered on by grinning ex-lover Sinitta, even posed for a photo with a small puppy.


Don’t underestimate Cat Deeley

Youd have to be an awful curmudgeon to dislike Cat Deeley. If youve turned on British TV almost any time in the past decade ‘  and in the past couple of years American TV too, where she is now a huge star ‘  youve been smacked across the chops by the big blonde Brummie charm machine. And, honestly, it no different in person. As soon as she blows into the lobby of the Beverly Hills hotel, Deeley a whirlwind of gushing excitement. She 120-proof blonde niceness with bows and ribbons and chocolate icing and very, very long legs.

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