Sideshow | Death of 'American Idol'?

Posted: August 19, 2007

What else would the Fox show be but dead and gone if that dark chasm, Simon Cowell, who is the heartless heart of the show, quit? says Mr. Cowell has told Brit paper the Mirror that he plans to leave the show in three years. Yes, it's an obscene threat.

But Si does promise one good thing: "You'll definitely not be seeing me on Celebrity Big Brother, that's for sure."

No love for celebs!

Noted thesp Ethan Hawke, 36, has added love to the list of hardships celebs must endure (and all to save you and me from boredom). There's too much career jealousy between celeb spouses, says Uma Thurman's ex. And it sours the marriage.

"It's unfair when one person's career is taking off and the other is really suffering," the Before Sunset hero says in a sit-down on the AMC show Shootout. This then, is the true face of suffering.

A young Idol jumps into work

At 17, Jordin Sparks is the youngest ever to win the American Idol title. So it's sad to hear that after an exhausting ordeal dominating the sixth edition of the show, Lil' Jordin is already being used as a workhorse: The singer has signed a deal to make her first record for Simon Fuller's 19Recordings label.

Jordin's album is due out in November, but a first single, "Tattoo," will be released Aug. 27.

Jordin's statement is, like: "I can't wait to share this next chapter of my story with all the fans." (Do fans' lives have chapters, too? Or just verses?)

'Closer' to the King

CNN interviewer Larry King, who has perfected the art of kissing up to celebs by pitching them inane, softball questions, will appear on the season finale of cable TV's top show, TNT's The Closer.

King will portray "Larry King," and will be shown in convo with a real congresswoman (Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a California Democrat) and a real author (Dominick Dunne).

The two-parter, to be televised Sept. 3 and 10, will be about a high-profile case that seems to have stumped super cop Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick).

HBO's act of faith

HBO, which just pulled the plug on its new show, John From Cincinnati, has shown a happier face to its other newbie, Flight of the Conchords, and to its awesome hit, Entourage. Flight, about a really cool pair of New Zealander geek losers who have pathetic musical aspirations, will return for a second season, and Entourage, which stars Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier and Kevin Dillon, will be back for its fifth.

Forbes' hip-hop count

Jay-Z is the greatest man on earth. So says, which has listed Beyoncé's man on top of its list of rap's top earners. Jay-Z, 37, who is prez and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, made $34 mil last year. Street-thug-turned-star 50 Cent made $32 mil, earning second place on the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, while Sean "P. Diddy" Combs sits at No. 3, with $28 mil.

Hot for Van Halen

A second Van Halen show has been added at the Wachovia Center after the Oct. 1 concert sold out yesterday morning, when tickets when on sale. Tickets for the new Oct. 3 date, with singer David Lee Roth touring with the band for the first time in 23 years, are available at 1-800-298-4200,, and the Wachovia Center box office. Prices are $49.50, $79.50 and $149.50.


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