Sponsored by:

Remote Access

The T.V. Blog

Simon staying on ‘American Idol’


“American Idol” may have lost Paula, but the show is wasting no time locking down its meanest, but arguably, most important judge: Simon Cowell.

Simon will continue with the singing competition for at least three more seasons, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

On an earnings call earlier today, the parent company of “AI” co-producer 19 Entertainment confirmed that Simon is in the process of finalizing a deal with FOX to stay with the series until 2012.

Unlike Paula Abdul and Ryan Seacrest, whose contracts expired at the end of last season, Simon had one more year to go on his.

He reportedly decided to renegotiate now for the upcoming season, as well as Seasons 10 and 11. Reports claim that he is expected to earn $45 million under the new pact, up from the $36 million a year that he currently makes.

As host, Seacrest is supposedly set to make $45 million, too, over the next three years. And as everyone in the free world now knows, Paula decided to leave the show last week when she and the show couldn’t agree on those dolla dolla bills. (It’s said she rejected a $5 million-a-year offer, and was seeking double that amount.)

FOX also decided to bring back Kara DioGuardi for next season. And the network brass recently announced that stars like Victoria Beckham and Katy Perry will rotate as guest judges during the upcoming season’s audition process, which is currently underway, until it finds a permanent replacement for Paula. They hope that will happen by the time the show returns to the air early next year.

But what about Randy Jackson? This circus may start all over again when the jovial judge’s contract expires next year.

It that okay with you, dawgs?

(Photo courtesy of FOX)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
| | Comments Off on Simon staying on ‘American Idol’

Should ‘American Idol’ keep four judges next season?


Personally, here at Remote Access, we can’t get enough of Kara DioGuardi, the newest judge on “American Idol.”

Maybe we love her because she’s a local gal: She grew up in New Rochelle.

Maybe it’s because she’s offered up more water-cooler-worthy bloopers than Paula this season. (Anyone else up for “Studio 57?”)

Anyway, we hope she sticks around for Season 9, but not everyone feels the same way.

And those Kara-haters will be upset to hear this tidbit that just hit TVGuide.com:

According to Simon Cowell, all four judges will probably be returning.

(Simon has also hinted that he might leave when his contract expires after next season; Paula’s is up this year.)

If true, is the four-judge format a good thing?

Should Kara stay – and Paula go?

Or would you be happy to see Kara say “artistry “one last time – and then walk away for good?

(Photo courtesy of FOX)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 10:13 am |
| | Comments Off on Should ‘American Idol’ keep four judges next season?

About this blog
Grab a snack, pull up a comfy seat and join our staff as they share their thoughts on your favorite shows. Tune in daily for their comments and post your own on such hit shows as "Lost," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Office," "American Idol," "24," "Heroes" and more.

Remote Access Podcast | Get iTunes

Daily Email Newsletter:

AddThis Feed Button

My site was nominated for Best Entertainment Blog!