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Simon misses Sanjaya, who is “the straight guy that understood” women and whose mom was jailed for pot

It’s time for another Sanjaya! news round-up. With even lower ratings now that Sanjaya is gone, even Simon Cowell misses Sanjaya, which might explain why Sanjaya was in the audience during Idol Gives Back. “I do miss Sanjaya in a way. Even though I had problems with his vocals, I always looked forward to him …

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No one eliminated as Idol opts for cruelty, deception after a world-record 70 million votes

At the start of last night’s special two-hour episode of American Idol, Idol Gives Back, after flubbing his cold open and redoing it, Ryan Seacrest said, “We’ve got the most shocking result in our history.” His special co-host Ellen DeGeneres mocked him, saying, “There’s six people; one’s going to get kicked off. What’s shocking?” Later, …

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Idol Gives Back performance show may be Idol’s lowest-rated Tuesday episode this season

Tuesday’s Idol Gives Back episode of American Idol, which was essentially just a regular performance episode, was watched by 25.7 million viewers. That’s “likely its lowest Tuesday numbers of the season,” Variety reports. And its numbers were “down between 13% and 15% vs. the same night a year ago.” Still, among viewers ages 18 to …

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Carrie Fisher, Brett Ratner, and Garry Marshall will judge On the Lot’s first round

FOX’s summer Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg reality competition series On the Lot has announced its first-round judges. The judges are actor and writer Carrie Fisher; director and producer Brett Ratner; actor, writer, producer, and director Garry Marshall; and producer and director Jon Avnet. Those judges “will select the top 18 finalists” from “a group …

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MySpace show Independent will award $1 million to potential political candidate

Mark Burnett is teaming with MySpace “to find contestants for a proposed TV show focused on politics that would air early next year as the race for president heats up,” The Los Angeles Times reports. The show is currently called Independent, and would find its cast on the social networking web site. “MySpace users would …

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