Tabloid Rundown — This Week’s Celebrity News

  • Did Katie Holmes leave Tom Cruise because of Scientology? People
  • Robert Pattinson has a new romance. Hollywood Life
  • Charlie Sheen’s custody war continues. TMZ
  • Tori Spelling’s fame game now includes a sex tape. Gossip Cop
  • Zoe Saldana’s husband declared his devotion in ink. Celebuzz
  • Raquel Welch is dating Nigel Lythgoe. Daily Mail
  • Avril Lavigne’s ex-husband is bitter. THR
  • Is Kelly Brook dating Jeremy Piven? Mirror

JLO Talks Replacing Mariah: “I Don’t Have Much to Say”

Jennifer Lopez reigns supreme on my girl-crush list, and that’s a shocking revelation considering I bashed her in the early days. When rumors swirled that American Idol attempted to snag her mid-season in place of Mariah, I believed it immediately. The ratings are tanking, and the producers are desperate. Also — she was a popular addition whose absence has had a profound impact. Watch the curvy goddess address the rumors, and notice how she doesn’t deny it. Silence is compliance — at least in my world.

Quote of the Day — Nigel Lythgoe Talks Replacing Ryan Seacrest

“I’m sending my rehearsal tape to ‘X Factor.’ I could be the next Steve Jones. Not as handsome but just as good. Literally!” The always funny ‘American Idol’ producer, Nigel Lythgoe, on having to fill in for the very ill Ryan Seacrest during American Idol dress rehearsals, and the possibility that he has a future as a host.

Steven Tyler & Carrie Underwood — Best Duet at ACM Awards

Having duets at the American Country Music Awards was great in theory, and rough in execution.  Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood were the only two artists to get it right.  Tyler entered the stage singing Underwood’s Undo It, and Carrie Underwood later sang Tyler’s Walk This Way.  This idea of artists crossing genres should have been consistent with each duet, but the producers missed the mark.  Instead, you had Rihanna singing California King Bed with Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles, but Jennifer Nettles didn’t sing a song by Rihanna.  To further confuse the theme, Brad Paisley sang with Alabama, who are being labeled in the press as “rockers,” even though they are both clearly country music artists.  That’s not exactly crossing genres. The ACM producers should call American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe to take some advice about executing performance themes.  Watch Underwood and Tyler below.