Simon: “American audience is much more sophisticated than the English” one.

Simon: “American audience is much more sophisticated than the English” one.
In Entertainment Weekly’s cover story about American Idol, judge Simon Cowell has praise for the US show’s audience, saying it is “much more sophisticated than the English audience” because they’ve been “absolutely spot-on week to week.” Also in the story, producer Nigel Lythgoe says he will have a “major meeting” with the judges because “[t]hey’ve got to stop biting back at each other. They are not there to criticize each other—they are there to critique the kids.” Asked who will return for American Idol 2, he says, “There are three or four great, talented people that will come out of this series. And they are performers. Not judges, not hosts.”
+ plus: auditions begin for UK’s Popstars 2.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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