On Broadway, “people are dying to see” former American Idol stars

Simon Cowell may insult contestants by saying they belong on Broadway, but Broadway “is laying out the welcome mat” for former contestants, “and with good reason,” the LA Times reports.

Hairspray’s producer Margo Lion says, “‘American Idol’ has certainly brought in audiences — people are dying to see these performers. It brings in a hip factor, just like Disney brought in family audiences.”

American Idol 2‘s Frenchie Davis, American Idol 3‘s Diana DeGarmo, and first season star Tamyra Gray have all had successful Broadway careers. The only flop so far has been Josh Strickland, which may be due to the fact that no one remembers who the hell he is (he apparently was on the second season, although he wasn’t even in the top 24).

In addition, as casting director Bernard Telsey tells the LA Times, the show “has absolutely become a big deal here in terms of finding new talent. Watching this show has become another way to locate incredibly talented people — it’s like a televised open call. I watch it, and certain people on our staff have to watch it. Our inside joke is we root for our favorites to lose so that they can become available to us.”

‘Idol’-ized [LA Times]

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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