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]

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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