Idol News Roundup: CKX Finalizing Idol Deal, Paula Abdul Update And More

A couple of Idol news updates for ya (and I may be adding more as they arrive.)

Michael Johns performs with David Foster at the Muhammed Ali Fight Night on March 20

Season 7 Idol, Michael Johns tweets, “Playing with David Foster this weekend at the Muhammad Ali Fight Night in Phoenix really one of the best charities ive ever done cant wait”  More info on Muhammad Ali Fight Night HERERandy Jackson will also be in attendance.

Season 2 of Jason Castro Web Series “That’s What I’m Here For” Begins March 30

Watch a trailer introducing Season 2 of Jason Castro’s Web Series, “That’s What I’m Here For” beginning on March 30. This time, Jason answers the question, “What would you be doing now if you hadn’t been on American Idol?” Join Jason every Tuesday as he tries out a bunch of different jobs that could have been. What the trailer HERE. Looks cute!

Daughtry to perform Live Webcast

Daughtry will kick off their U.S. tour w/ a LIVE webcast of their show on 3/18, brought to you by Sony make.believe on!

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Kelly Clarkson Confirmed for 3 Lilith Fair Tour Dates

Kelly Clarkson is confirmed for at least 3 of the upcoming Lilith Fair 2010 tour shows: Chicago (July 17), Indianapolis (July 20) and Toronto (July 24). The shows will also feature Mary J. Blige, La Roux, Sarah McLauchlan plus other arists. via Idol Chatter. Lilith Fair website HERE.

CKX renegotiating Idol contract.

Idol parent company, CKX, is in the midst of finalizing a “long-anticipated” renewal of “Idol” through 2014 that has been in the works since September. The process has been made “tortuously long” due to talks with Simon Cowell as “one factor contributing to the delay.” According to CKX cheif, Robert Sillerman, “Agreements on key deal terms were reached late last year, but ‘an on-air issue’ remains outstanding.”  Hm.  Sillerman expects a deal to be finalized quickly.

One more remaining issue is how exactly Ryan Seacrest will get paid. He signed a contract with 19/CKX last year, but there are questions as to exactly how he’ll get paid. A technicality, I’m sure. Read more about it at The Hollywood Reporter.

Will it be Star Search or X Factor for Paula?

The Daily Beast reports on the rumors that Paula Abdul will soon be hosting a new version of Star Search for ABC. Thing is, if she takes the Star Search gig, she can’t appear on Simon Cowell’s X Factor at the same time.  What will Paula do?  Read more at The Daily Beast.  Paula broke her silence earlier today on twitter, “Once again, until you hear it from me, you can’t believe what you read ;) Lots of love! Paula”

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