Singer and dancer Paula Abdul, who is in England as a judge on "The X Factor," Britain's Simon Cowell-created equivalent to "American Idol", is being judged herself by the tabloids.
A spokesman for Adbul called the reports "lies."
"American Idol" judges are respected, but "X Factor" judges are fair game for the rumor mill.
The British judges also are not as impartial in casting their votes for wannabe stars, which angers viewers, the New York Post reported.
"(The tabloids') knives are always keenly sharpened and always ready to cut apart the aristocracy or the media aristocracy," Levinson said.