BROOKE WHITE – RIDING ON “HIGH HOPES” POST “AMERICAN IDOL”

Brooke White has "High Hopes & Heartbreak"

Brooke White has "High Hopes & Heartbreak"

It’s  good to have friends in high places.

 

Former American Idol season seven contestant, Brooke White is hitting the road to promote her new album.

Her CD, High Hopes & Heartbreak debuted July 21st on June Baby Records, a new indie label formed by the singer/songwriter/musician along with American Idol judge and music producer, Randy Jackson and Carl Stubner, the head of Sanctuary Artist Management.

High Hopes & Heartbreak is already doing well, too. It hit iTunes as a pre-release at #47 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, was number seven on the Independent Albums chart and number six on the Digital albums chart. The CD has sold over 20,000 copies and raked in a massive 130,000 in single sales…all in less than a month!

THERE WILL BE NO ‘SPICE’ WHEN AMERICAN IDOL RETURNS

155Victoria Beckham may be extending her “American Idol” guest judge work, but don’t expect her to be sitting alongside Simon, Kara and Randy once the real competition begins.

Fox confirmed Thursday morning that Beckham was in Boston for the Judges Round of auditions. (The Judges Round is the point in the show where singers can get a golden ticket to Hollywood.) Beckham had originally been slated to judge in just one city; she weighed in during Friday’s Denver auditions.

Still, Beckham doesn’t seem to be looking for a permanent gig. Her rep told “Extra” that “there are no talks of her being a permanent judge. They felt she was natural in Denver. [But] she has Fashion Week coming up, and she is focusing on that.”

As for the online rumors that the former Posh Spice took vocal and facial expression lessons to prepare for her “Idol” work, her rep said the gossip was “completely false and totally ridiculous.”

Fox declined to comment on whether Beckham would, in fact, be back for more “Idol.” But it’s not an unlikely possibility: Beckham told the Associated Press during the Denver auditions that she is a big fan of the show. Meanwhile, no other guest judges have been confirmed besides Katy Perry, and the date of her appearance has not yet been set.

Paula Abdul’s sudden departure before this stage of the “Idol” competition has left

 

ANOTHER 3 YEARS FOR SIMON COWELL?

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Simon Cowell will be a judge on “American Idol” for at least three more seasons.

During the second-quarter earnings call of CKX, parent company of “Idol” co-producer 19 Entertainment, CKX chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman indicated that Cowell is finalizing a deal with Fox to continue on the top-rated reality show.

Cowell, heading into the final year of his current “Idol” contract, hinted in the spring that he might leave the show at the end of his deal. But early in the summer, he entered negotiations with Fox for a new two-year pact.

“We’ve heard from Fox, who has asked us for approval for Simon Cowell to appear for three more years on ‘Idol,’ ” Sillerman said. “They, in their negotiations with Cowell, have asked us to pre-approve him not only for ‘American Idol’ ’09, which has begun taping, but they have also asked us for approval for ’10 and ’11, indicating to us that they’re finishing their negotiation with Cowell. We did grant approval for that quite obviously.”

Sillerman didn’t mention any financials of Cowell’s deal with Fox, but the uber-judge reportedly is poised to earn $45 million under the new pact, up from $36 million a year under his current contract.

Fox declined comment Monday.

On the call, Sillerman also shed light on the mechanics of hiring “Idol” judges, with 19 and co-producer FremantleMedia proposing their choices to Fox, which signs off.

It’s Fox who pays the judges’ salaries, Sillerman noted.

The network’s recent negotiations with “Idol” judge Paula Abdul, Cowell’s favorite sparring partner on the panel, had a dramatic resolution when Abdul walked away over a salary dispute. She reportedly was seeking more than $10 million a year and was offered about half that.

Fox, meanwhile, picked up the option on freshman judge Kara DioGuardi. Randy Jackson is under contract through this coming season, and “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest recently signed a three-year, $45 million deal with 19, which covers other services beyond “Idol.”

 

“AMERICAN IDOL” WITHOUT PAULA ABDUL? – RYAN SEACREST, RANDY JACKSON, KARA DIOGUARDI AND VICTORIA BECKHAM WEIGH IN

Ryan Seacrest interviews American Idol judges for his radio show about Paula Abdul's exit.  Photo:  Craig Blankenhorn, courtesy of Fox.

Ryan Seacrest interviews American Idol judges for his radio show about Paula Abdul's exit. Photo: Craig Blankenhorn, courtesy of Fox.

American Idol auditions are in high gear and all the judges are there.  One notable exception?  Paula Abdul, who announced Tuesday that she was leaving the hit show after eight seasons.

She may be gone, but Abdul is hardly forgotten.

While broadcasting his radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, live from the Denver tryouts, Ryan Seacrest spoke with Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi as well as guest judge, Victoria Beckham about Abdul‘s exit.  And, the fact is, everyone was singing Abdul’s praises!

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PAULA ABDUL’S NEW GIG – “DROP DEAD DIVA”

Paula Abdul returns to work on the Lifetime series, "Drop Dead Diva."  Photo credit:  Bob Mahoney, courtesy of Lifetime Television

Paula Abdul returns to work on the Lifetime series, "Drop Dead Diva." Photo credit: Bob Mahoney, courtesy of Lifetime Television

It didn’t take long for Paula Abdul to get back in the game.  The former American Idol judge is filming an episode of Drop Dead Diva in Peachtree, GA for Lifetime Television.

This is actually Abdul‘s second appearance on the series.  The first episode entitled The Dress, will air September 13th.  Today’s shoot, Grayson’s Anatomy airs October 11th on the net.

The singer/dancer is appearing as Jane‘s subconscious in a dream sequence.

Abdul announced Tuesday that she would not be returning to American Idol – after eight seasons – when contract negotiations failed to satisfy both Fox and Abdul.

RYAN SEACREST – PAULA LEAVING, “I’M BUMMED”

"American Idol" host, Ryan Seacrest, is "bummed" about Paula Abdul's exit.  Photo credit:  Sam Jones, courtesy of Fox

"American Idol" host, Ryan Seacrest, is "bummed" about Paula Abdul's exit. Photo credit: Sam Jones, courtesy of Fox

Ryan Seacrest weighed in on Paula Abdul leaving American Idol on his radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest this morning.  The Idol host says this is no publicity stunt and that Paula is in fact calling it quits.

Seacrest would “love” for all parties involved in the show, including Paula, to changed their minds, but as of right now, no joke, she’s outta there.

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