The premiere of American Idol's seventh season is well underway, with only a few weeks left to wait through. FOX is already in full swing with their promotions for the reality singing contest, and this year, a bit of minor controversy has topped the ice cream with a cherry.
This week, reports surfaced that Simon Cowell turned into some big-headed diva and bailed on a promotional photo shoot that eventually ended up with FOX losing $50,000. The rumors were immediately cleared today, as Cowell and his representatives clarified the fact that Cowell was indeed sick with a viral infection and informed FOX about it. Thus, such complaints about his behavior would be totally unfounded.
Despite his sour image on screen, Simon Cowell is a pretty funny, spontaneous and honest man. Regarding this issue, Cowell admitted that this was the first time in American Idol history that he has called in sick. As for the $50,000 figure, the tabloids just probably blew it out of proportion.
As for the rumor that Britney Spears is banned from American Idol, that isn't true to its real sense. Again, the media just probably threw things out of proportion after American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe had a conference all with US Weekly Magazine.
In the call, Lythgoe was quoted, saying "I would have had Britney Spears last year when I thought she was trying to get it all back together again." However, he apparently changed his mind after all the buzz the former pop princess has created recently. He added, "Britney, at this moment in time, I don't think is well enough to do anything. I think she needs looking after. I think she needs to pull herself together."
Ironically, he still believes that Spears is an "exceptionally talented girl" and that she desperately "needs taking care of right now." Lastly, Lythgoe said that Paul McCartney won’t be appearing on American Idol anytime soon.
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