Reality TV News - February 2003
’N Sync's Lance Bass to serve as lead judge for NBC's 'The Search for the Most Talented Kid in America'February 28, 2003
NBC has announced that pop superstar Lance Bass will get “’N Sync” with NBC when he joins the network’s newest series, “The Search for the Most Talented Kid in America,” as the show’s lead judge in all four episodes of the new talent-reality series. Bass will be joined each week by two celebrity guest judges who will be announced at a later date. Hosted by Mario Lopez (NBC’s “The Other Half”), the one-hour series will be broadcast for four weeks on Fridays (8-9 p.m. ET) beginning March 21.
Planning a big event? Want that special someone as a guest star to bring in the crowds? The Smoking Gun reports that the "dream couple" from Fox's Joe Millionaire, Evan Marriott and Zora Andrich, have signed with a booking firm to line up personal appearances.
Our episode summary for the ninth episode of ABC's I'm A Celebrity -- Get Me Out Of Here!, entitled 'The First Cut Is The Deepest' and written by AyaK, has been posted. Click here to read it.
Our episode summary for Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 3, entitled "Magic 8 Ball, Does She Want Me?," authored by "AMAI" has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Sissy Biggers, former host of TV Food Network's "Ready... Set... Cook!," will host future installments of ABC Television Network's "Extreme Makeover."
Looks like one of the made-for-reality-TV unions might actually be heading toward the altar. Knight-Ridder Newspapers reports that the final couple from The Bachelorette, Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, registered for wedding gifts at the Century City Bloomingdale's in Los Angeles. on Wednesday, February 26. Not surprisingly, TV cameras accompanied them on the errand, which is tied to their tentative June 7 wedding date.
FOX has revealed the identities and photos for five of the singles who will be appearing on their upcoming "Married In America" arranged marriage reality series. The series will premiere Monday, March 3rd at 8:00PM ET followed by a one-hour episode on Wednesday, March 5th at 9:00PM ET.
Is the search for true love only skin deep? Do looks matter? Is it possible for a woman to fall in love with a man based only what he’s like on the inside -- his personality, sense of humor, and values? The truth will be unmasked on the new unscripted relationship series MR. PERSONALITY coming to FOX (Mondays 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) later this season.
NBC has announced an open casting call is being held in Los Angeles on Monday, March 3 to find prospective contestants for “Next Action Star,” the network's exciting new 10-episode reality series scheduled to premiere on NBC this summer.
Our epsiode summary for the eighth episode of ABC's I'm A Celebrity -- Get Me Out Of Here!, entitled 'Enter the Serpent' and written by AyaK, has been posted. Click here to read it.
They said it couldn't be done. But it will be. The Associated Press reports that Fox TV chairman Sandy Grushow has confirmed that the network will produce a second edition of Joe Millionaire, even though potential contestants are unlikely to be fooled by a repeat of the show's underlying fraud regarding "Joe"'s wealth. Instead, a different gimmick has been developed.
Our epsiode summary for the seventh episode of ABC's I'm A Celebrity -- Get Me Out Of Here!, entitled 'Friend or Faux?' and written by AyaK, has been posted. Click here to read it.
Mark your calendars! In what's become an annual rite of spring, due to the CBS Sports coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, "Survivor: The Amazon" will be broadcast on Wednesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
‘American Idol’ finalist Tamyra Gray made her acting debut last night on the FOX series Boston Public (Mondays, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). FOX now reports that the number of episodes Tamyra will appear in has now been increased from four to seven.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the the third episode of 'Survivor: The Amazon' is now posted, click here to read it.
Reuters reports that Georgia's senior U.S. senator, Zell Miller, today accused CBS of "bigotry for big bucks" and demanded that the network cancel its planned reality-show remake of The Beverly Hillbillies.
Our episode summary for the sixth episode of ABC's I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! entitled "Rained Out," written by AyaK, has been posted. Click here to read it.
The Smoking Gun reports that current Real World Las Vegas houseguest Alton WIlliams, 23, was arrested early Saturday morning for assault and resisting arrest after trying to punch out a bar manager at a charity fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Our episode summary for the third, fourth and fifth episodes of ABC's I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! entitled "Catfights, Crocs, Coffins, Crud and Creepy Crawlers," written by AyaK, has been posted. Click here to read it.
Larry Johnson, a comedy writer currently working for Disney TV, has posted "Homophobe Revealed… But Where’s The Homo?," the latest installment of his 'Gay Survivor Journal,' his weekly commentary about "Survivor: The Amazon" from a gay point of view.
Sore loser #1, meet sore loser #2. In separate articles, Reuters/Variety reports that both NBC president Jeff Zucker and CBS president Les Moonves blasted the reality-show genre for distorting the February sweeps -- apparently because the biggest ratings successes of the month, Joe Millionaire and American Idol, ran on Fox.
Variety reports that the ratings for ABC's unprecedented every-night showing of I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here! had remained unimpressive through the first four nights of the show, but that ABC was hoping that Saturday's ratings might indicate that the series was picking up some momentum.
According to final National Nielsen ratings for Thursday, February 20th, the second episode of CBS "Survivor: The Amazon" was the ratings winner in viewers and households in an extraordinarily competitive night which included a two-hour Michael Jackson special, more from "The Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" and a double dose of "Friends," .
ABC's Bachelor 'Aaron and Helene Tell All' special draws 13.5mil viewers, pulls viewers from CBS' 'Survivor'February 23, 2003
A follow-up special to the most recent edition of "The Bachelor" was a big draw for ABC from 8:00-9:00 p.m. "The Bachelor: Aaron and Helene Tell All" generated ABC's strongest viewer and young adult delivery in over 2 years with entertainment programming in the hour (13.5 million viewers & 5.8/14 in Adults 18-49) - since 12/7/00 and 11/16/00, respectively.
Our episode summary for Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 2, entitled "Idol Hands," authored by "survivorscott" has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
Part 1 of our episode summary for the series finale of FOX's "Joe Millionaire," entitled "But First, A Crapisode to Beat All Crapisodes," written by AMAI, has been posted. Click here to read it.
Second episode of 'I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here' up over debut -- even when facing 'E.R.' and 'Without A Trace'February 21, 2003
Despite airing in a much more competitive Thursday 10PM timeslot versus original episodes of NBC's "ER" and CBS' "Without A Trace," the second installment of "I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!" continued to improve its time periods for ABC among young adult viewers. "I'm a Celebrity" bettered the Network's averages in the hour with non-sports programming this season by 24% in Adults 18-49 (3.6/9 vs. 2.9/7) and by 67% in Adults 18-34 (3.5/10 vs. 2.1/6).
Variety reports that CBS has greenlighted Big Brother 4 for this summer. In addition, executive producers Arnold Shapiro and Allison Grodner were given two-year contracts to oversee the production of both BB4 and Big Brother 5 -- although the network has not yet greenlighted the latter show.
Our episode summary for the second episode of ABC's "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!," entitled "It's Still On?," written by Bebo, has been posted. Click here to read it.
Reuters reports that Evan Marriott, the shaggy 28-year-old construction worker who pretended to be heir to a $50 million fortune for FOX's "Joe Millionaire" reality show, lavished praise on runner-up Sarah Kozer in a People magazine interview amd implied he believes she might very well have been a gold digger. And for her part, Zora confessed that she did fall in love during her stay at the rented French chateau... but it was with a horse.
USA Today reports that after getting engaged in romantic, dramatic fashion ABC's "The Bachelor," Helene Eksterowicz said she was dumped unceremoniously at a Starbucks near her New Jersey apartment.
The Contra Costa Times reports that in a recent interview with People magazine, the relationship between "Joe Millionaire" Evan Marriott and Zora Andrich came across as -- prepare yourself for the shock -- anything but starry-eyed soul mates.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Houston tax accountant Daniel Lue, one of the castaways in Survivor: The Amazon, returned home from Brazil with an unexpected guest in his body: malaria.
Just in case you were still wondering how low reality can go, Variety reports that ABC is teaming up with the producers of syndicated television's "Blind Date" for an unscripted series some industry insiders are already labeling a reality take on the "Indecent Proposal" movie.
ABC reports that with Trista Rehn choosing Colorado fireman Ryan Sutter, the season finale for the "The Bachelorette" dominated its time period. Opposite stiff competition from Fox's "That 70's Show," followed by 90-minutes of "American Idol," "The Bachelorette" led its 2-hour time period by 3.7 million viewers (20.4 million vs. 16.7 million) and by 18% among Adults 18-49 (9.2/20 vs. 7.8/19). "The Bachelorette" stood as the most-watched program of the night and the top draw among Adults 18-49. ABC estimates that 30 million viewers tuned in to watch at least some portion of the season finale for "The Bachelorette."
Oh ya, this is going to be a train wreck... ESPN reports that according to a Hollywood TV show producer who says he's been having substantive negotiations with a major television network, a reality show featuring Mike Tyson could be announced in the coming weeks.
Our episode summary for the premiere episode of ABC's "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!," entitled "They're Celebrities? Get Out!," written by Bebo, has been posted. Click here to read it.
ABC reports that the network's "Celebrity Mole Hawaii" series went out with a bang, with the season finale drawing the series' largest audience (12.1 million) and highest Adult 18-49 rating (5.9/15). Winning its hour for the 5th consecutive week among Adults 18-34, "Celebrity Mole Hawaii" beat NBC's powerhouse drama, "Law & Order," by its largest margin ever, an impressive 28% (6.1/18 vs. 4.7/14). "Celebrity Mole" also held No. 1 ranks in the hour among Men 18-34 (4.3/13), Women 18-34 (7.7/21) and Teens 12-17 (4.8/19). The "Celebrity Mole" finale came within 11% in rating and 2 share of NBC's powerhouse drama in Adults 18-49 (6.6/17).
The Globe and Mail reports that Ryan Sutter, one of the final two men competing for Trista Rehn's affection on The Bachelorette, may be headed to the Great White North to resume his football career.
Reuters reports that Joe Millionaire might not be a one-shot deal after all. The chairman of Fox Television stated that Fox "was close to figuring out a way to do a sequel next season."
ABC has announced the airdates and times for all fifteen episodes of its upcoming "I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!" reality series. The series will continue to air live for 15 consecutive nights on the network.
Never mind $1,000,000 for the two of them, maybe FOX should have given Evan and Zora a few million dollars each. Reuters reports that according to data from Nielsen Media Research, the two-hour finale of FOX's "Joe Millionaire" reality series was nothing less than a blockbuster for the network on Monday night, with an average of 34.6 million people tuning in. No other show on the other major networks drew more than about 18 million viewers in any one half-hour during the night, according to Nielsen data.
PageSix.com is reporting that Frenchie Davis, the plus-sized "American Idol" contestant who was kicked off the show after posing for racy photos on the Internet, has been hired to cover the Grammys for "Entertainment Tonight."
The WB has announced that it has ordered a second installment of the headline-grabbing, celebrity-obsessed "The Surreal Life" series. "The Surreal Life" premiered on The WB in January and instantly swept the nation with its tongue-in-cheek, yet surprisingly human, take on the lives of celebrities whose stars aren't exactly burning bright these days.
Variety reports that the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has become the host location of a new ABC reality game show entitled Winner Take All.
Evan and Zora may have made a tasty appetizer, but Survivor is still the main course in the world of reality TV. As previously reported here, the 90-minute premiere of Survivor: The Amazon, the sixth in the series, led CBS to its first victory on a Thursday night during February sweeps in 10 years -- and the last victory was achieved using specials instead of regularly-scheduled series.
Our episode summary for Episode 6 of FOX's "Joe Millionaire," entitled "The Recrap Revue," written by PepeLePew13, has been posted. Click here to read it.
Our episode summary for Episode 6 of ABC's "The Bachelorette," entitled "The Men Tell All," written by sorgee, has been posted. Click here to read it.
According to Reuters, NBC has decided to spin an idea from an upcoming episode of Meet My Folks off into a new reality series. The new series, to be called Who Wants to Marry My Mom?, will permit the adult children of single mothers to pick a partner to share a fantasy vacation with Mom.
E! Online reports that the producers of American Idol have sued a telemarketing firm that tries to misdirect the show's viewers into making a toll call to support their favorites.
The Associated Press reports that Kelly Osbourne canceled a performance Thursday at the NME ("New Musical Express") Awards due to her fears about traveling to the U.K.
Our episode summary for Survivor: The Amazon, Episode 1, "Back to 5th Grade, But It’s Still Boys v. Girls," authored by 'SurvivinDawg' has been posted. Check it out by clicking HERE
ABC has announced that "Countdown to Hotness," the 1-hour lead-up special to the "Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People" series debut, featuring the search for contestants across the U.S., drew an average audience of 7.4 million viewers and a 3.1 rating, 8 share among Adults 18-49. "Countdown to Hotness" put ABC well ahead of Fox in the hour with its encore airing of "Joe Millionaire." "Countdown to Hotness" beat "Joe Millionaire" (5.1 million & 2.0/5) by 2.3 million viewers and by 55% in Adults 18-49.
CBS has announced that the February 13th premiere of "Survivor: The Amazon" won its 8:00-9:30 PM time period in households (13.3/20), viewers (23.26m), adults 25-54 (10.4/24) and in a virtual tie for first in adults 18-49 (9.1/24, -0.1 behind NBC). "Survivor: The Amazon" dominated the 8:30-9:30PM time period in households, viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.
The judges have spoken, and USA Network is proud to announce the twelve finalists for Nashville Star, a grassroots nationwide talent search for the next country music superstar premiering Saturday, March 8 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) on USA Network. The finalists will compete for a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville over the course of the live nine-week series. They will live together in a fully-wired Nashville house where cameras will record their day in and day out quest to become the next great country music sensation.
Ten celebrities will leave behind their pampered lives for weeks of roughing it in a remote camp in the Australian rain forest, on the premiere of "I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!," the fresh, interactive series to be broadcast live, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. The series will continue to air live for 15 consecutive nights on the Network.
ABC has announced that actress/model and former Playboy Playmate Nikki Schieler Ziering has been named as the 10th cast member of ABC's new reality series, "I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!"
E! Online reports that Fox is standing its ground in banishing Frenchie Davis from American Idol over her faux kiddie porn pictures, taken five years ago when she was 18.
The AP reports that the TV Guide channel has hired former Survivor castaway Susan Hawk as its correspondent for the upcoming Survivor: The Amazon series.
USA Today has reported that the producers of American Idol 2 have disqualified contestant Frenchie Davis after she acknowledged working for an adult web site four years ago.
Not to be confused with their other already announced upcoming "The Will" reality series created by "Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss, Variety reports that ABC has picked up another reality series entitled "The Family" that pits extended family members against each other not for an inheritence, but instead for a chance at $1 million.
Variety is reporting that the WB Network is close to inking a deal with Michael Davies' Diplomatic Productions, the team behind ABC's former hit "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" to produce a two-hour live special with a whopping $1 billion jackpot--the most prize money offered in television history. According to the reports, Davies, executive producer of ABC's upcoming naughty new series "The Wife Swap," has joined forces with Pepsi to bring the big-bucks game show to the air in September.
Variety reports that "society princesses" Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie are about to eschew their parties, wardrobes and trust funds for "The Simple Life," a reality series set to air on Fox. The "Green Acres"-inspired show will follow hotel scion Hilton and Richie (the daughter of pop crooner Lionel Richie) as they move in with a farm family for five weeks.
Variety reports that former rapper and current minister MC Hammer, who's re-entered the public spotlight thanks to his appearance on "The Surreal Life, " has signed a blind script deal with The WB.
Our 'State of the Spoiling' summary for the series premiere of 'Survivor: The Amazon' is now posted, click here to read it.
FOX has announced that "Married By America" their new, unscripted reality series from the creators of the hit series “Joe Millionaire,” will launch with a three-hour premiere over two nights. The first two hours will air on Monday, March 3 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) followed by a one-hour episode on Wednesday, March 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). One-hour episodes will begin airing in their regular Monday (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) time period on March 10 - the night the series’ couples meet for the very first time and get engaged.
SurvivorBlows Spoiler Island fantasy prediction game has opened for Episode 1 picks -- get your picks in now. And if you haven't signed up yet, then what are you waiting for, sign up now -- almost 10,000 other game players can't be wrong!
Nearly 26 million Americans watched as Aaron Buerge proposed marriage to Helene Eksterowicz last November. Now, amidst rumors of a break-up, Aaron and Helene sit down to discuss their relationship, on "The Bachelor: Aaron and Helene Tell All," airing THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Our episode summary for Episode 5 of ABC's "The Bachelorette," entitled "Gastronomy of the Bachelorette," written by dajaki, has been posted. Click here to read it.
Semi-finals for NBC's 'Last Comic Standing' to be held Monday, February 10 at LA's 'The Laugh Factory'February 7, 2003
NBC’s “Last Comic Standing: A Search for the Funniest Person in America” will conclude its semi-finals on Monday, February 10 at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles (7 and 9 p.m.). Comedians Joe Rogan (NBC’s “Fear Factor”), Buddy Hackett and Mo’Nique (in consultation with show producers) will select which semi-finalists will move to the finals at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on Thursday, February 13. Finalists from the New York semi-finals were selected on February 3 by celebrity judges Caroline Rhea, Joy Behr and Colin Quinn (also in consultation with show producers). The semi-finalists were selected during talent searches across the country for NBC’s upcoming "Last Comic Standing" series executive produced/hosted by actor/comedian Jay Mohr ("Jerry McGuire").
The Associated Press reports that the second season of The Anna Nicole Show will premiere with a live episode, to air on E! Entertainment TV at 10 PM on March 2. The show will feature Anna Nicole Smith attending a bachelor conference, as she continues her search for love (or at least for more money).
Liza Minnelli could soon be recording an old George Harrison song: "Sue Me, Sue You Blues."
E! Online reports that FOX has decided to take another chance on the granddaddy relationship train wreck reality series of them all -- "Temptation Island."
Cast of ABC's 'I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!' expended to ten, JLo ex Cris Judd and Maria Conchita Alonso join upFebruary 7, 2003
ABC has announced that dancer/choreographer Cris Judd will join the cast of ABC's highly-anticipated new reality series, "I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!." The producers of the new series also announced that the show is expanding the cast to ten celebrity participants. The 9th cast member will be actress/singer Maria Conchita Alonso ("Kingpin"). The 10th cast member will be announced shortly.
NBC announces new 'Second Chance: The Search for the Most Talented Senior in America' reality seriesFebruary 6, 2003
It's official -- reality TV has officially jumped the shark! NBC announced today that it's new reality series, “Second Chance: The Search for the Most Talented Senior in America,” will begin production immediately and that the series will premiere later this season. Hey, remember, these are the folks who also thought "Lost" was a good idea for a reality series...
NBC announced today that it's new reality series, “The Search for the Most Talented Kid in America,” will begin production immediately abd that the series will premiere later this season. “’American Idol’ has been a huge success, and we tip our hat to the job they’ve done, “ said eff Gaspin, Executive Vice President, Alternative Series, Longform and Program Strategy. “But, they’ve only identified great talent between the ages of 16 and 24."
Survivor beauties Jessie Camacho [Africa], Kim Powers [Africa], and Sarah Jones [Marquesas] are featured in the latest issue of STUN Magazine [cover date: Feb/March 2003] The 22 page article - entitled "Reality Bites - Stun & The Girls of Reality TV" - showcases the women of television's most popular reality programs: "Survivor," "The Amazing Race," and "Temptation Island."
'Joe Millionaire' to end with two hour February 17th finale, followed by 'Aftermath' special on February 24thFebruary 6, 2003
FOX has announced that their ratings-breaking "Joe Millionaire" reality series will conclude in an exciting two-hour finale, airing Monday, Feb. 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. After weeks of wining and dining 20 beautiful women who believe he is a millionaire, Evan Marriott a.k.a. “Joe Millionaire,” must reveal to “The One” that he is really a construction worker with a limited income, not a dashing playboy with wealth beyond her dreams. Who is the woman that Evan ultimately chooses? Will she accept him for whom he really is, or reject him in search of greener pastures? Plus, find out what the other single women think now that they know the truth.
Our episode summary for Episode 5 of FOX's "Joe Millionaire," entitled " The Mercenary Blues," written by Silvergirl1, has been posted. Click here to read it.
NBC has announced that reality series “Dog Eat Dog” will return in a preview on Monday, February 24th (10-11 p.m. ET) followed the next night with its regularly scheduled season premiere on Tuesday, February 25th (8-9 p.m. ET). The competition-based series was renewed for a second season of 13 episodes last August.
ABC has announced that pop singer Geri Halliwell, NBA legend John Salley and entertainment executive extraordinaire Suzanne de Passe will put teams of finalists through rigorous training in an effort to have one of their young women chosen as the ultimate American dream girl on ABC's upcoming "All American Girl" reality series.
ABC to air interview special with 'Bachelor' Aaron Buerge and ex-fiancée Helen Eksterowicz on February 20thFebruary 5, 2003
Well, well, well, clearly Aaron "HAVE I MENTIONED MY NEW RESTAURANT YET?" Buerge never met a camera that he didn't like, therefore his involvement in this certainly comes as no surprise, but E! Online is reporting that in addition to the upcoming "Extra" interview that we reported on earlier, Aaron and ex-fiancée Helen have agreed to a February sweeps ABC exclusive interview special to discuss their failed relationship.
Rachel Hunter, Randolph Duke, Lorenzo Lamas to host ABC's 'Are You Hot? The Search For America's Sexiest People' reality seriesFebruary 5, 2003
ABC has announced that actress/supermodel Rachel Hunter, fashion designer Randolph Duke and actor Lorenzo Lamas will help determine America's sexiest man and woman as celebrity judges on the network's upcoming "Are You Hot? The Search For America's Sexiest People" reality series.
From coast to coast, thousands of hopefuls gathered in recent weeks to get the chance to compete for the crown of the sexiest man or woman in America. Talent, personality and strategy were not required, just physical beauty and innate sexiness. Now TV viewers get their chance to vote on the regional finalists as they face a celebrity panel of experts, including Rachel Hunter, Randolph Duke and Lorenzo Lamas. The six-episode reality series from Mike Fleiss (of "The Bachelor" franchise), "Are You Hot? The Search For America's Sexiest People," debuts with a special two-hour premiere on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET). After the premiere week, the show will air in its regular time period on Thursdays, from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET. The program's host is TV personality J. D. Roberto (Food Network, Animal Planet).
Variety reports that The WB has ordered a second seven-episode season of the hourlong series, which takes a group of former classmates and brings them back together 10 years after graduation to participate in a reunion at a fantasy location.
Our episode summary for the fourth episode of "Celebrity Mole Hawaii," authored by NaughtyKittySara, has been posted. Check it out by clicking here.
Think you’re a know-it-all? Want to prove once and for all that you are, in fact, smarter than everyone you know? Put your money where your mouth is when FOX airs the live two-hour special TEST THE NATION Friday, April 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
The Springfield News-Leader reports that 'Bachelor' Aaron Buerge has confirmed to them what Bachelor fans have speculated for weeks: That the bloom is off the rosy relationship he developed with Helene Eksterowicz in front of millions of ABC viewers. Eksterowicz broke the silence first in an interview with "In Touch" entertainment magazine, on stands now.
Launch.com reports that before she was an American Idol, Kelly Clarkson appeared in a gay video. The film, entitled "Issues 101," tells the story of student running for president of a fictional college's Greek system. Clarkson plays a coed who is asked by a fellow undergrad to have sex and then is seen leaving with the guy. According to Launch, Clarkson is fully clothed in her cameo.
The New York Post reports that on Greg Todtman, the bachelor who was booted this past week by "Bachelorette" Trista Rehn, was arrested Friday for cocaine possession at JFK airport. Port Authority Police report that Todtman, 28, was busted with a "very small amount" of coke on him as he passed through a screener on his way to a 4 p.m. Los Angeles-bound American Airlines flight.
The Final 32 competition of "American Idol" has yet to begin but already one of the finalists has been given the boot! USA Today reports that Jaered Andrews of Youngstown, Ohio has been disqualified after a Fox background check revealed him to be a former member of the Youngstown-based hip-hop band Ordinary Peoples.