judge Pete Waterman says he will take a year-long break from Pop Idol.

judge Pete Waterman says he will take a year-long break from Pop Idol.
Once mentioned as a possible fourth judge on American Idol, Pop Idol judge Pete Waterman says he’s quitting–for a year. Waterman told Radio Five Live, “I only went home five times last year, I just want a break this year. I love Pop Idol, don’t get me wrong, but I thought this year wasn’t as good as the first.” Waterman’s fellow UK judge Simon Cowell threatens to quit the US show more times than he says the word “dreadful,” so we’ll see if his threat lasts.

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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