Simon wanted Ruben, not Kimberly; “you’re not getting accurate judging.”

Simon wanted Ruben, not Kimberly; “you’re not getting accurate judging.”
Simon Cowell wanted Ruben Studdard, not Kimberly Locke, in the final two, and “muzzled his praise for her and spared Ruben his trademark venom” in order to make things go his way, Newsweek reports. Kimberly was aware of that, saying she knew the judges “want Ruben. Simon says that every opportunity he gets.” In the magazine’s cover-teased story on American Idol 2, Simon Cowell says, “When there’s only three left, you are going to be slightly tactical. What you’re trying to do, if you can, is to tell the audience who you want to be in the final. You’re not getting accurate judging. You’re not.” In addition, Paula Abdul says the judges “became cartoon caricatures of ourselves, and then we’d play it up,” the “random” song choice last week was one of four carefully selected songs, and Josh Gracin once chased Clay around the studio as Clay screamed for Ruben.
+ also: Clay and Ruben want to do a movie together.
+ don’t forget: the first part of the “finale” airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

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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