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Could "American Idol" become a Wicked Game?
Folksy rock singer Chris Isaak has met twice with Fox as the search intensifies to replace caustic "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, the Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Isaak, in addition to penning hit songs like 1989's "Wicked Game," has appeared in a slew of TV series over the years, including "Eastwick," "Cold Case," "Smallville" and his own "Chris Isaak Show" for Showtime.
Another affable crooner, Harry Connick Jr., also has been considered.
Simon Cowell is a man of good taste. Not only did he decide to ask the lovely Mezhgan Hussainy to be his bride, he gave her a classically elegant engagement ring.
It's large without being garish, and designed to show off the woman wearing it, not the other way around.
Simon, says his publicist Max Clifford is "the happiest I have ever seen him in the nine years I've been working with him."
Simon Cowell and a bevy of stars have released a promotional video for their charity recording of R.E.M.'s 1992 hit, "Everybody Hurts." The song was recorded to support the Haitian relief effort.
The video features footage of such stars as Miley Cyrus and Mariah Carey in the studio recording the track, as well as first hand footage from Haiti. The charity single was officially released for download through iTunes over the weekend.
He may have a reputation as the meanest man on screen but being nasty has made Simon Cowell serious bank: The American Idol judge is the best paid man on prime-time television.
Simon, 50, made $75 million dollars between June 1, 2008 and June 1, 2009, reports Forbes magazine, in its list of Prime Time's Top-Earning Men.
Real-estate mogul turned reality show host Donald Trump, comes in at No. 2 after banking $50 million this year.
Here's the list in full:
1. Simon Cowell - $75 million
2. Donald Trump - $50 million
3. Ryan Seacrest - $38 million
4. Charlie Sheen - $21 million
5. Steve Carell - $20 million
6. Howie Mandel - $15 million
7. Kiefer Sutherland - $13 million
8. Jeff Foxworthy - $11 million
9. Hugh Laurie - $10 million
10. David Caruso - $9 million (tie)
10. Patrick Dempsey - $9 million (tie)
You only turn 50 once is what Simon Cowell seems to be saying. He's celebrating Saturday night with 400 of his closest friends at a party reportedly costing $1.6 million!
The event is happening at Wrotham Park, a Palladian mansion outside of London where a giant tent (and a separate one for smokers like the birthday boy) was erected days earlier.
Simon's American Idol pals Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest flew into London earlier in the week and were out clubbing Friday night.
The guest list includes Simon's good friend Sir Elton John who may perform alongside Cowell's musical discoveries Leona Lewis and Il Divo. Others expected are Simon's ex-girlfriend, Terri Seymour of TV's Extra, supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, AI make-up artist and Simon's good friend Mezhgan Hussainy, and Simon's beloved "mum" Julie Cowell.
Source: Radar Online
A few months ago, Simon Cowell was installing a private tanning salon in his $22 million, 11,550 sq ft Beverly Hills home. And now, he's ready to move in.
The Daily Mail says the following:
Cowell will have a solarium off the master bedroom that includes a full-sized tanning machine and a smaller "booster" facial tanning machine.
And that's not all. Cowell will enjoy a gym, spa, steam room and lap pool. He will have a butler and a live-in maid.
And it gets better: He'll be surrounded by A-list neighbors like Tom Cruise, Madonna, the Osbournes and the Beckhams.
"I've been involved in every aspect of the design of the new place, right down to the doorknobs. I have other houses but this is my dream home," Cowell said.
Source: Daily Mail
A spokeswoman for Simon Cowell says reports that the "American Idol" judge wants to be frozen after death are greatly exaggerated.
Cowell was making a tongue-in-cheek remark at a dinner in London two weeks ago with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and other guests, spokeswoman Lisa Dallos said Tuesday.
But the cryogenics comment that Dallos said was meant as a joke was trumpeted in a number of news reports as a serious plan by Cowell, a music industry executive and TV producer ("America's Got Talent," Britain's "The X Factor").
Simon Cowell is planning to do the world an "invaluable service" - by having his body frozen after his death so he can be brought back to life in the future.
The reality TV judge told guests at a private dinner hosted by Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown that he planned to have his body preserved in liquid nitrogen - in the hope scientists can find a way to bring him back to life.
He said, "I have decided to freeze myself when I die. You know, cryonics. You pay a lot of money and you get stuck in a deep freeze once you've been declared dead.
"Medical science is bound to work out a way of bringing us back to life in the next century or so, and I want to be available when they do. I would be doing the nation an invaluable service."
Source: PR Inside
Paris Hilton wants to party with Simon Cowell.
The hotel heiress - who has a nightclub in her Los Angeles home - is a big fan of the 'American Idol' presenter, and is desperate to enjoy an evening with him.
She said: "Simon Cowell is a wise businessman - I love him, he's very funny, charming and cool. I haven't invited him to the nightclub in my house yet - but I will!"
Source: China Daily
It's taken two years of renovation but it seems that Simon Cowell's luxury Beverly Hills mansion is finally ready to live in.
Work began on the enormous home in 2006 after the American Idol judge bought the site for $8million in 2004.
He promptly demolished the existing six-bedroom house and set to work on building his dream home.
The new building is 8,000 square-feet and will house a gym, a hi-tech media room and a swimming pool.
Celebrity neighbours will include Madonna, Jessica Simpson, Sharon Stone and his fellow American Idol judge Paula Abdul.
Simon's new home is also a conveniently short drive from Fox Studios and the Californian branch of The Ivy, his favourite restaurant.
The 48-year-old multi-millionaire has been living in another of his homes nearby during the renovations.
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