Turkish Idol favorite killed his cousin; Pop Idol judge says “winner was rubbish.”

Turkish Idol favorite killed his cousin; Pop Idol judge says “winner was rubbish.”
Controversy in American Idol is so lame compared to what goes down overseas. On Turkey’s version of the show, Popstar, the man who is “the favourite to win” went to jail for “five years in 1998 after he killed his cousin in a fight,” according to Ananova. To thunderous applause, Bayhan Gurhan told the show’s audience, “Yes, I injured him with a knife. Then he died in hospital. I did not mean to kill him.” Aw, sweet. Over in the UK, the Pop Idol 2 win of Michelle McManus is still pissing off judge Pete Waterman. He apparently “[stormed] off at the end of Pop Idol 2 without congratulating her,” and now accuses Simon Cowell of having a Michelle-pushing “agenda.” In The Sun, he said, “The winner was rubbish and I think her low sales probably reflect that. … She is simply not a big talent and is certainly not a pop idol. Even the people of Scotland are bored with her.” They’re so bored with her that she’s on the top of the UK charts for the third week in a row.

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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