Tattle: Katy Perry turns down a reported $20 million from 'American Idol'

Wonder Woman and Superman's passionate kiss is captured in DC Comics' new "Justice League" No. 12.
Wonder Woman and Superman's passionate kiss is captured in DC Comics' new "Justice League" No. 12. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: August 29, 2012

DO VIEWERS WATCH our national karaoke shows for the singers or for the judges? The producers must think it's the judges, because how else can one explain "American Idol" allegedly offering Katy Perry $20 million in order to spout cliches such as "I really felt that performance," "Tonight, you brought it," "You are the complete package" and other nonsense.

Twenty million? To listen to mediocre cover versions of songs you've heard a hundred times? And this comes after already inking Mariah Carey to an $18 million deal. Where can Tattle sign up?

According to TMZ.com, however, Katy turned the gig down.

A Katy source said, "Katy made it clear . . . she was NOT interested and money wasn't the issue."

E! Online meanwhile reported that Miley Cyrus is also out of the running for an "AI" judgeship.

As for last week's front-runner Nicki Minaj?

E! News reports that Nicki sources confirm she is "definitely" joining the show.

* In other high-end karaoke news, RadarOnline.com reports that Simon Cowell travels to "X Factor" auditions in a $2 million tour bus.

We didn't think he went by SEPTA but still . . .

The 1,200-square-foot bus (which is hard to believe since that would make it considerably larger than Tattle's apartment and Tattle's apartment could not fit through a toll booth) reportedly has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a green room, a movie screen and a $150,000 mobile medical unit.

Radar Online says the bus costs $9,000 a week to run.

'Normal' fear in Utah

As Mitt Romney attempts to tell America who he really is at the Republican National Convention, his church is giving him a little help.

KSL, the NBC affiliate in Utah, has decided not to air "The New Normal," an upcoming sitcom from the creator of "Glee," about a gay couple who invite a surrogate mother into their home as they try to have a baby.

KSL, which is owned by the Mormon church, deems the content inappropriate for its audience.

"After viewing the pilot episode of 'The New Normal,' we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule," Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL's parent company, Bonneville International, which is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told the Deseret News, which is also owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time," Simpson told the newspaper.

NBC, of course, defended the program.

"The show is against bigotry and hatred in every form and will make that point whenever characters say outrageous or unacceptable things about race, religion, sexual identity, disability or tolerance of people outside the definitions of 'normal,' " the network said in a statement Monday.

Well, that at least explains why the church that spent millions in support of Proposition 8 in California doesn't want "The New Normal" on the air in Utah.

Over the years, KSL has deemed several other NBC shows inappropriate for its viewers, including "Saturday Night Live," which instead airs on Salt Lake City's KUCW, "The Playboy Club," "Coupling" and a 2002 episode of the "Tonight" show because it was set to feature the creators of a stage act called "Puppetry of the Penis."

So why does the church affiliate with the NBC network if it objects to NBC's programming? And how does KSL decide not to air a sitcom about two men wanting to start a family when it airs "Law & Order: SVU," a show that traffics in all types of criminal sexual perversions? Gay couple raising a child with his mother? Ew. Serial legitimate rapist carves up his victims? Oh, that's OK - and right before your local news.

TATTBITS

Rosie O'Donnell has announced that she married her fiancee, Michelle Rounds, in a private ceremony in June, just days before Rounds had surgery to treat desmoid tumors.

Rosie also blogged that she is selling original paintings on eBay to raise money for the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation.

* Officials are investigating a fire at filmmaker Tyler Perry's Atlanta studios. It's the second blaze in the past four months at the filming complex.

The fire was reported just before 11 a.m. Monday, and there were no reports of injuries. Authorities say the fire was contained to the roof, which had been undergoing repairs at the time.

Superherodate.com?

Wonder Woman and Superman are an item, passionately kissing as they realize there's no one out there like them.

The smooch is the culmination of a story in "Justice League" No. 12, which marks the first full year since DC Comics relaunched its stable of heroes with new stories, new costumes and revised origins.

DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, who has drawn each issue of "Justice League" since its debut, called the buss in the new issue not a stunt or an alternate reality.

"This has been in the works for some time and we certainly wouldn't have pulled the trigger without there being great creative benefit to the liaison," Lee told the Associated Press in an email. "Beyond the joy and sorrows of new love, there are potentially huge ramifications and dramatic ways this single relationship between these iconic characters will change the entire political and interpersonal landscape of the DC Universe."

All Tattle has to say about this canoodling is you don't want to be living in the apartment next door when these two consummate their relationship.

"Did the earth move?"

"Actually, yes."

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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