Paula Abdul has “unrealistic,” “pricey demands” for X Factor, Star Search

Paula Abdul’s potential future as a judge on Simon Cowell’s relaunch of The X Factor is being held up by her contractual demands, which a new report says is still a possibility even though a previous report said her salary demand was too high so ABC dropped her from consideration.

The Sun-Times Bill Zwecker reports that “Abdul’s tough contract requirements that have caused delays,” and “[a]mong her ‘needs’ are very specific — and pricey — demands regarding office and dressing-room decoration and an insistence on a large entourage of publicists, hair stylists and makeup artists (available 24/7, even when not taping), plus a slew of other assistants.”

Paula also has “‘unrealistic’ demands regarding a piece of ownership of the programs” and someone on X Factor told Zwecker that her demand for wardrobe money “would cost more than what most shows provide an entire cast, ‘like on ‘Desperate Housewives.'”

Paula plays the diva card [Chicago Sun-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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