The second season of a Simon Cowell-free “American Idol” started this week. Cowell ditched the popular talent show last year to launch a U.S. version of his British music competition “The X Factor,” which he vowed would attract 20 million viewers. It fell short, topping out at 12 million. Now there’s word that the new “American Idol” judges, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, had been joking backstage that they would be “devastated” if they didn’t get 20 million viewers. (They did for the season premiere, but just barely.)
Lopez may be winning the ratings war, but Cowell is winning the war of the wages. The music executive earned $90 million last year thanks to “The X Factor,” which he owns a share of, and his record label, Syco. Lopez earned $25 million. Most of that came from “Idol” but she also has several movies coming out and a new clothing line.
52 million Americans voted and Stefano went home tonight, but not without singing his heart out!
I think James Durban will temporarily lose his best friend. However, Stefano will be on tour this summer and if he plays his cards right could have a music career.
David Cook and Katy Perry provided musical entertainment tonight. Katy Perry’s number was a huge production of her new song ET with Kanye West. David Cook is looking well and sang the first single off his new album.
Next week the top six sing Carol King songs!!! Can’t wait for that!
Jacob and Haley were also in the bottom three. I am guessing one of them will go home next week.