behind-the-scenes gossip: Kimberly Caldwell “had to wave for” the others to come over.

behind-the-scenes gossip: Kimberly Caldwell “had to wave for” the others.
A friend of American Idol 2 finalist Clay Aiken’s best friend traveled with her to Hollywood and reports from behind the scenes of a taping. She says Kimberly Caldwell “had to wave for the contestants to come over and ‘rally’ around her” after she was kicked off, and reveals what’s in the judges’ Coke cups (water for Randy, Perrier for Simon and Paula). Meanwhile, an Orlando Weekly reporter talked to the American Idol cast members whose mall tour stopped in Central Florida last Saturday. The reporter talked to Charles Grigsby, who says he has “mad offers” and business cards from celebrities. He also had a conversation with Ejay Day, who complimented the reporter’s shirt, prompting him to write, “He’s gay, obviously. And his makeup is fermenting.”
+ also: AT&T Wireless has only made $100,000 on American Idol text messaging so far.

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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