Tattle: Hamas: 'Idol' not for boys

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
Posted: January 20, 2012

AND THE NEXT Gaza Strip Idol is . . .

No one.

Organizers of "New Star," the Palestinian version of "American Idol," said yesterday that Hamas rulers have banned residents from participating in the popular show.

Alaa al-Abed, chief producer of the program, said the edict would prevent Gaza's 12 male contestants from competing in the second round of the competition tonight.

"This is more serious than Hamas just killing fun in Gaza - they are limiting the freedoms of the people, according to their whims," al-Abed said.

In past years, contestants have included young women crooning in sleeveless dresses - sluts! - while others wore headscarves.

Can't have that type of temptation. Hamas does permit male barbershop-style groups who sing of the glory of Islam and of fighting Israel. (Their version of "Die American Swine" to "Sweet Adeline" always brings the crowd to its feet.)

Young prepubescent girls also perform in their own singing groups, but teenage girls and women are never seen singing in public. Many devout Muslims believe singing by women is provocative.

* Speaking indirectly of "American Idol," for years everyone thought Ryan Seacrest wanted to be Dick Clark.

Turns out he wants to be Oprah.

Seacrest is teaming with Mark Cuban's HDNet, sports and entertainment presenter AEG and Hollywood talent firm Creative Artists Agency to rebrand HDNet as AXS TV, debuting this summer with a slate of Seacresty live entertainment and lifestyle programming.


Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has become an online student at Concordia Seminary in suburban St. Louis.

He is in the Specific Ministry Program.

Megadeth albums include

"Killing Is My Business . . . And Business Is Good!" "Peace Sells . . . but Who's Buying?" and "Youthanasia."

* Indian police briefly detained

three of Oprah Winfrey's bodyguards after they scuffled with local TV journalists yesterday, a news agency reported.

Oprah had been traveling with both American and Indian bodyguards while visiting the Hindu pilgrimage town of Mathura, about 90 miles south of Delhi.

It is Oprah's first trip to India, where she has been filming her new show, "Oprah's Next Chapter."

Bruce Springsteen's

new album, "Wrecking Ball," will be out March 6, and he's just released a new single, "We Take Care of Our Own," which Tattle heard yesterday morning on WXPN.

Peppy but repetitive.

* Price-

line.com, which is changing the format of its bargain-touting website, is making a big change with regard to longtime spokesman William Shatner.

In an upcoming commercial, it's pushing him off a cliff.

"I'm in grief mode," Shatner said Wednesday. "It's not the first time I've had an iconic character die off."

Did T.J. Hooker die?

Denny Crane?

* In an item lending itself to all

types of jokes about giant flotation devices, Dolly Parton is planning a water-snow park in Nashville to join her other tourist attractions in Tennessee.

The $50 million venture with Gaylord Entertainment is 114 acres and projected to open as early as summer 2014. It is not yet named.


* The Garth Brooks hos-

pital donation story gets curiouser and curiouser.

The Tulsa World reports that James Moore, president of Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital, testified yesterday that discussions with Garth initially involved a much larger gift.

An internal document from the hospital quotes Garth as saying a $15 million gift for naming rights was "exactly" what he had in mind. Moore says he never spoke to Garth about naming a women's center for a half-million dollars.

The hospital considers the $500,000 donation Garth did make as unconditional.

Colleen Brooks, Garth's mother, died of cancer in 1999. A women's center never was built.

* The international gossip-rumor mill is convinced that Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have split after 14 years. The couple has two children.

Poor Johnny.

He's 48 now and that's a tough age for guys to meet women.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com

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