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]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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