rumor: Idol may be next Super Bowl halftime show; copycats abound overseas.

rumor: Idol may be next Super Bowl halftime show; copycats abound overseas.
Next year’s Super Bowl, airing on FOX, could feature American Idol stars as the halftime show. Although the NFL says such speculation is “beyond premature,” the New York Post reports “the idea of an ‘Idol’ halftime show seems like a slam dunk.” And USA TODAY ‘s Rudy Martzke reported last week that Fox Sports Chairman David “Hill said Fox might suggest a halftime show involving all the winners of the network’s top-rated American Idol show.” “Might suggest”–that sounds pretty definitive to me. Overseas, copycats of reality shows abound, including an Idol rip-off in Thailand. But “networks are slowly choosing big brand backup over homegrown imitations,” Variety reports.
+ also: Simon says Simpsons appearance was “the best thing I’ve ever been asked to do.”

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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