Rumor says American Idol will replace Paula Abdul with Whitney Houston

There might be a new, skeletal face at the judging table for American Idol 5, if rumors are correct. If Paula Abdul goes away (because of the Corey Clark drama? to host another show?), she could be replaced by Whitney Houston. Also allegedly under consideration is Mariah Carey.

The details, from MegaStar: “According to America’s Star magazine, producers of the show are desperate to have Houston on the panel if Paula Abdul leaves to become a judge on spin-off show So You Think You Can Dance?”

andPOP notes that these reports aren’t “credible,” but runs with the idea and says “Whitney is crazy, unpredictable, and unreliable. Potential disaster? No. Best move ever.” The site runs down “Paula vs. Whitney,” comparing the two to find out “why Whitney will be a great judge.”

Whitney plays judge? [MegaStar]
Idol to Replace Paula Abdul with Whitney Houston? Do it! [andPOP]

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

Related: The unwatchable cast of Fox's Utopia keeps yelling and screaming.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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