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By now, you must have seen the commercials and heard the news:

American Idol returns to dominate the TV landscape on January 12!

But will it be the same Idol fans have fallen in love with over the years? Not exactly, says Simon Cowell, and he points to new judge Ellen DeGeneres as the reason why.

“She’s going to be very different than Paula,” Cowell told Extra. “I think she’s probably quite nervous... She’s smart, but make no mistakes: this will be a very different kind of show than what you’re used to.”

Hey, as long as it produces the next Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, we'll be happy!

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Simon was also asked about Susan Boyle, the singing sensation he helped discover. He's in the process of producing a documentary about her life

“It’s her story... so you hear it all in her words,” he said. “It’s fascinating seeing it through her eyes.”

Are you excited for the return of American Idol? What about the overabundance of Simon Cowell chest hair above?

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There was no way Fox was gonna lose two American Idol judges in one week.

With just a year left on his contract, Simon Cowell is reportedly on the verge of signing a new, three-year deal with the top-rated show on television. It would be worth $45 million.

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While Fox has no comment at this time, Robert Sillerman - the CEO of CXX, the parent company of 19 Entertainment - went on record today, saying:

"We've heard from Fox, who has asked us for approval for Simon Cowell to appear for three more years on Idol. They, in their negotiations with Cowell, have asked us to pre-approve him not only for American Idol '09, which has begun taping, but they have also asked us for approval for '10 and '11, indicating to us that they're finishing their negotiation with Cowell. We did grant approval for that quite obviously."

Reportedly, Paula Abdul was offered around $8 million/year. Think the pay discrepancy between her and Simon is fair?

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Simon Cowell wants Paula Abdul.

Not in the sexual sense, although the two American Idol judges often flirt like school children.

Instead, the British music producer has made it clear that his judging partner is mistaken in assuming the show doesn't want her back.

“She’ll be fine. She’ll be on the show,” Cowell told Extra yesterday, responding to Abdul's manager's complaints. “I don’t get a lot of say. I’ve just made it clear that I want Paula on the show."

A Great Judge

Meanwhile, Ryan Seacrest expressed a similar sentiment.

“I think, as far as I know, you’ll see everybody back. I hope so.”

As for the most recent batch of American Idol finalists, they recently brought the Staples Center down with a crowd-pleasing show in Los Angeles.

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A few hours prior to tonight's performance show (visit our site in the morning for a detailed recap!), a pair of American Idol judges are in the news.

First, Simon Cowell appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He touched on the following topics:

  • Ryan Seacrest has lost popularity because he enters the stage on a staircase: “It made him appear more pompous, obnoxious, taking himself a bit seriously,” Cowell said. “You don’t give yourself that type of entrance.”
  • Adam Lambert is brave: “I like the fact he’s fearless. He’s not playing it safe. A lot of the people that take part in these shows want to sing ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ every week because it’s a sappy song. He’s got guts.”


Meanwhile, in a more serious admission, Paula Abdul has finally opened up about her painkiller addiction.

In the latest issue of Ladies Home Journal, the singer says she was diagnosed with "reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome," in 2005. It's a a chronic neurological disorder that causes severe pain, often leading to teeth-chattering and shingles-like lesions for Abdul.

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Back in March, the American Idol spoilers on the street were that the fix was in and the show's producers were doing what they could to ensure Danny Gokey and Alexis Grace as the top two, with Lil Rounds and Adam Lambert right behind them.

But with Rounds ousted last week and Grace not even making the top 10, that isn't happening. Guess you can't believe every spoiler you read.

It’s still no surprise, though, that Simon Cowell named Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert as his hopeful top pair at a press conference this week.

"I would put my money on Adam and Danny," the judge said. "It is going to be Adam and somebody. I would like to see Adam and Danny because I think they are the best two singers, and at the end of the day that is what should happen."

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Adam Lambert has to be the favorite at this point, but perhaps Danny can make a run yet. Or will someone else spoil this party? Vote in the poll below ...

The next American Idol should be ...

 

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Welcome, celebrity gossip fans, to The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest, a Friday tradition, now in its 67th week. How does one play the Caption Contest?

This week's contest - featuring an American Idol that needs no introduction - was won by Alan Hochbaum. Congratulations! Thanks to all for playing this week!

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What's the matter Simon? Not Randy?

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Nikki McKibbin finished third on the inaugural season of American Idol.

Since then, the singer has faced a drug and alcohol problem... which she blames on Simon Cowell.

"I came out of Idol with a lack of self-confidence," McKibbin told Us Weekly. "I think I had my first solo in school when I was 5, and I got more as I got older: That's the biggest compliment in choir. I had never been told I wasn't good enough. Having to hear it for so many weeks from Simon Cowell killed me inside. I couldn't get the s--t he had said to me out of my head."

Nikki McKibbin claims Simon Cowell increased her heavy drinking and drug use.

McKibbin said she would sneak vodka into the house where American Idol finalists stayed, adding that Cowell's insults "drove me deeper into my depression. I wouldn't say that this was Simon's fault. It just added to the addict that I already was."

Look, we're not about to judge someone that's gone through such difficult times.

But Mckibbin loses a bit of credibility for complaining about treatment on one reality show... and then joining another one. Indeed, the singer says she's now sober, thanks to her participation on the second season of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

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The public got its first glimpse of Kara DioGuardi alongside her American Idol judging partners yesterday.

Kara, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson were in Manhattan for a round of season eight auditions. They look like one happy family so far, don't they?

New American Idol Judges

Here are a few more shots of Kara DioGuardi mugging it up with Simon and company. Click to enlarge...

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Simon Cowell calls it like he sees it.

And in his new American Idol judging partner, Cowell sees Kara DioGuardi as being talented, opinionated and cute. How can he not be excited to work with someone like that?

"It's like, you know, having dinner with three people for seven years, and getting quite bored of each other," he said. "So it's having a fourth person, new opinion, I think it's gonna be interesting."

The new judging team made its first public appearance yesterday, arriving in Mahattan for a series of season eight auditions. In a building at Chelsea Piers, Simon explained to reporters why Kara DioGuardi is a welcome addition to the show.

"Kara has a good reputation of A, having hits; and B, having an opinion. And that's a good combination. And she's cute."

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Below are some enlightening highlights from the world of celebrity quotes, courtesy of People magazine and other Hollywood news sources...

"Every day I have eaten ham and cheese sandwiches, I can't get enough of them. Wish they had these back in the States." - Jessica Alba

Karen Rodriguez, Naima Adedapo and Haley Reinhart

"To me, Botox is no more unusual than toothpaste. It works. You do it once a year. Who cares?" - Simon Cowell

"I hope Santa Claus rapes your f%*king mothers." - American Idol reject Danny Noriega, in a special holiday video tape that surfaced this week

"I actually texted her. It was really sad. She must be going through a hard time." - Audrina Patridge on the death of Heidi Montag's stepbrother

"Models are back to what they were in the '70s: clothes hangers." - New America's Next Top Model judge Paulina Porizkova

"I'm so happy. I can't ask for anything more ... except big boobs." - Nicole Kidman on pregnancy

"I love everything she does. If she does a poop and I have to change the diaper, I love that!" - Salma Hayek, on her daughter with Francois Henri-Pinault

"I like Britney. Today, first we were dancing slow, and then faster and faster ... Then we did the fish-move and lots of other fun things." - an impressionable 5-year-old after taking a dance class with Britney Spears

"It's just rumors, man." - Adnan Ghalib on reports that he has been cheating on Britney Spears and sending sordid text messages to other girls

Simon Cowell Biography

New American Idol Judges Simon Cowell is our favorite American Idol judge. He's sometimes mean, but always honest and entertaining. He also knows how to put Paula... More »
Born
Birthplace
Simon Phillip Cowell
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Brighton, East Sussex, England

Simon Cowell Quotes

It was a little bit like Chihuahua trying to be a tiger.

Simon Cowell [following David Archuleta's attempt to sing a Chris Brown song]

I’d pack your suitcase.

Simon Cowell [to Jason Castro, after the former sung "I Shot the Sheriff"]
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