Much to the surprise of no one I’m sure, Ryan Seacrest – the perpetually-smiling theme park animatronic who longs to one day be a real boy – has officially been named as the host of ABC’s American Idol. Variety says ABC confirmed the news after Kelly Ripa announced it on Live With Kelly and Ryan this morning. “She just had to be the one to do it” probably thought Michael Strahan.
Katy Perry is the first (and so far only) person to have officially signed on to judge the next wave of desperate singing superstars on ABC’s reboot of American Idol. It was rumored she was earning a pretty penny for it. Actually, it was more like 2,500,000,000 pennies (aka $25 million). Sources told TMZ that ABC was desperate to sign a name, and Katy had all the leverage in negotiating a huge pay check. Katy recently confirmed the rumors were true about her Idol paycheck.
ABC held its upfronts presentation (more like “upchuck presentation“) in NYC today and they announced all sorts of shit that’s got people asking, “Whyyyyyy?!” ABC confirmed that they’re dragging American Idol’s still cold body out if its grave next year. They also confirmed the Roseanne revival (the entire cast is back including Sarah Chalke who will play a different role) and they announced that they’re getting into the live musical game by doing The Little Mermaid Live this October (ABC’s offices should block Lindsay Lohan’s cell number because she’ll be burning up their phones now).
But the news that really made me cringe and also made all of the Pimp Mama Krises out there explode with glee is that ABC will air a kid version of Dancing with the Stars. ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Junior will pair child stars and the children of celebrities with junior pro dancers and they’ll do choreographed routines in front of a panel of judges. Every day we stray further from God’s light and get closer to HELL!
So it looks like there is someone wants to be a judge on ABCs unnecessary resurrection of American Idol. According to The Hollywood Reporter, one-time guest judge (as seen above in her Lead With The Boobies years) Katy Perry is “in active talks” to sign on as a head judge for American Idol.
American Idol: Does Anybody Want This? is rolling full-steam ahead. They reportedly have grinning cereal box mascot Ryan Seacrest returning to host. They tried to get Idol winner Kelly Clarkson as a judge, but lost her to a spinning red chair. Apparently they have tried to get Simon Cowell as well. Simon was asked by his former girlfriend Terri Seymour yesterday on Extra if he’s going to be on the new Idol. To borrow from his pal Randy Jackson, it was a no from him, dawg. Simon is happy remembering the glory days of Idol and doesn’t want to be part of the new one.
“I was asked to do it, and the answer is no. I have no interest. My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacrest] and Paula [Abdul]. You can’t recreate that. Last time I watched, it was not the same show, just the same name. I left for a reason and I never regretted that.”
First Kelly turns Idol down, now Simon. The good news is that if producers run out of potential judge options by audition time, they’ve got the perfect temporary substitutes. The auditions for New Idol will be held at Disney World; all they have to do is just grab a couple animatronics from the Carousel of Progress and program them to say stuff like “Wow, I’ve got chills” and “It’s a no.” Plus, they’ll work for batteries, and they’ll get along great with fellow robot Ryan Seacrest.