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Has American Idol Jumped The Shark?

With Simon Cowell’s departure from American Idol many people wondered if the show could go on without him?  However, in showbiz, “the show must go on,” especially when the show makes billions of dollars in revenue.  Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, you did just read BILLIONS, not millions of dollars, that American Idol has made….And yes there is an “s” at the end of that word (“Billion”) as well.

Now the most recent stats that I could find in regards to American Idol’s money making machine is from an article entitled, ‘Idol Riches,’ which was in Portfolio.com in April of 2009.  It was also an article that the L.A. Times referenced to.  This article was written after the completion of eight years of American Idol and the dinero was broken down into something like this:  Overall TV Revenue was at $6.4 billion dollars, summer tours were estimated at $30 million dollars a year, CD and music sales were at $600 million, license deals were at $400 million and spin-offs, these are shows that basically copied American Idol’s concept was at $715 million dollars.

So let’s just think about this for a minute, these stats were after eight years of American Idol.  Therefore, can you imagine how much money American Idol has made by now?  Let’s just say that everyone behind A.I. (Fremantle Media and FOX) was not about to give up this show just because the bitchy Brit who everyone loved to hate left it.  No way!  Instead of taking their success and billions of dollars and retiring the show in all its glory, they decided to revamp it, like any other self respecting, money hungry production company and TV network would do.  C’mon let’s be real, as real as we can be anyway when in regards to talking about show business.  This industry is about making money, just like any other industry, and that’s the bottom line, well at least that’s the bottom line for them.  However, maybe that’s not the bottom line for you, the fans of American Idol.

Many fans have said that the essence of American Idol (a.k.a the biting, smug, blunt honesty that is Simon Cowell’s judging style) is what sets it apart from other TV talent shows.  Many fans believe that absolutely no judge will be able to take his place and that the show just won’t be as good without him.  So of course this all leads to my question, “Has American Idol jumped the shark by going on without Simon?”  I guess we will find out when the season comes to an end and we can compare the ratings to other seasons.

However, there is one thing that is for sure with the premiere of the new season of American Idol, it looks like the two new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are definitely more on the sugary sweet side that was Paula Abdul, rather than on the biting side that was Simon Cowell.  Some people might find this refreshing, while die hard fans might find this to be boring.

I did watch the show tonight and I was pleasantly surprised at how likeable all the judges were and how well their chemistry seemed to work together.  Unfortunately, there was nobody on the judging panel to hate and not really any cunning remarks to laugh at, like in the good ole’ Simon days of American Idol.  There was also really no Good Cop, Bad Cop, which led to less controversy on the judging table.  As a matter of fact, the judging table was pretty soft in my opinion and Randy came off to be the toughest judge of all three of them.  I know, Randy is the nice one though! Exactly my point, they’re all nice this year.

I did tweet the question of what everyone thought of the American Idol premiere tonight and here are some of the responses I received:

@GoodMommyhood said: “I was entertained…but very different, missed his cut-throat approach to judging!”
@Normmy33 said: “It sucks.”
@SocialSideMedia said: “Pleasantly Surprised.”
@snackygirl said: I recorded it but haven’t watched it yet. I’m not that excited.
So there you have it, some of the mixed reviews from this season’s American Idol premiere.
Now for those of you who are missing those mean comments from Simon Cowell, well perhaps there is a chance that Randy Jackson might be able to be mean as well. Randy recently told Jimmy Kimmel on his late night show that he would give Jennifer Lopez a seven on a scale from one to ten on her singing ability. Ouch! I wonder what Jenny from the block thought about that?
American Idol Then

American Idol Then

American Idol Now

American Idol Now

The Power Of Bieber Fever And His Fans Like @BieberSoCal Who Helped Bring Him There!

Bieber Fever, have you caught it yet?

It seems to have become an epidemic amongst teenage girls everywhere!  However, teenage girls are not the only Justin Bieber fans out there in the world.  As a matter of fact, Johnny Depp has recently been reported as contracting Bieber Fever, when he was photographed backstage of a Justin Bieber concert with singer Avery on Saturday, December 18th in Miami, Florida.   Apparently the A-List actor had a song request too, so while Justin was on stage he reportedly said, “Johnny Depp wants to hear ‘Baby’,” and so of course he sang it.

So now that we are on the subject of A-List celebrities, and teenage girls who are fans of The Beebs, Selena Gomez was once again caught with Justin Bieber, this time at an IHop in Miami, Florida.  Yes this was during the same time he had his December 18th concert in which Johnny Depp was spotted.  Supposedly shots were taken of Selena and Justin holding hands!  I have included the pics of this, so you can be the judge.

Now the most recent rumor surrounding Justin and Selena about their trip to Miami is a bit juicier than a little date at the IHop, well sort of anyways.  According to America’s Life & Style magazine, while Justin was staying at the Gansevoort hotel in Miami he actually ordered room service for both him and Selena.  This certainly has many people wondering, “Could this be young love?”  It’s so reminiscent of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, isn’t it?  Sorry, I think I’m showing my age and digressing all at the same time.  Anyhow, both Justin and Selena have maintained that they are only good friends, so all I can say is, we will see.

Back to Beiber Fever though, he really is the Breakout Artist of 2010.  At first I didn’t get it, but then I saw the kid perform on Ellen and then I fully got it.  I understood it 100%!  He is a talented kid, he can sing, he can dance, he’s cute, and he has that great hair that he’s always tossing back and forth, which just makes me want to cut it, so he’ll stop doing that, but once again I get the appeal of it all though.

Also, he’s not scary to parents, so they are cool about their tween and teen girls gushing over him.  They are even willing to buy their girls concert tickets to go see him perform, and you know what, moms are getting in on the fun and gushing over him too, while they use their kids as an excuse to go see him in concert.

Let’s face it, when Kim Kardashian flirts with the idea of having an innocent crush on Justin Bieber (and we all know he had a real crush on her at one time), then perhaps no woman is safe from Bieber Fever.

With all this hype around Justin Bieber you have to recognize his faithful fans for supporting his talent.  Honestly, without fans it doesn’t matter how talented you are, they are the ones who truly fuel the fire, or in this case raise the temperature that has now become known as Bieber Fever.

The great thing is that I think Justin realizes this and appreciates his fans, as well as reaches out to them.  One standout fan group that absolutely amazes me and truly demonstrates the power of Bieber Fever is the Twitter profile @BieberSoCal.  This Justin Bieber Twitter Fan page appears to be run by two friends Saisha and Jennifer who are 100% devoted to Justin Bieber, but they are not the only ones devoted to him. @BieberSoCal has over 64,000 Twitter followers who are also equally devoted to The Beebs!  Now if that doesn’t show the power of Bieber Fever, then I don’t know what does.

I mean this is not Justin Bieber’s Verified Twitter account I am talking about, this is simply a fan Twitter account, and yet look at how many of his fans are following it! And why? Because they all share one very important common denominator, and that is their love and pride of Justin Bieber.  It’s Bieber Fever at its finest.

Therefore, if you haven’t caught Bieber Fever yet, don’t be surprised if you do.  I believe Justin’s talent will surpass just being another teen idol and that his star is on a continuous rise.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Holding Hands?

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Holding Hands?

What Do You Think?

What Do You Think?

Johnny Depp With Avery At Justin Bieber's Concert

Johnny Depp With Avery At Justin Bieber's Concert

Bieber Fever

Bieber Fever

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Spotted At Moorpark High School Together: Is it Young Love?

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were spotted tonight at Moorpark High School watching the Oaks Christian vs. Moorpark High School Football Game!  They were with Will Smith and his family, who were there cheering on Will Smith’s son Trey who plays for Oaks Christian High School.

Apparently, sources say that Justin and Selena were close as Selena hung on his back at one point in the game.  Justin Bieber tweeted, “Friday Night Lights”, and then went on in another tweet, “Great time tonight with some great friends. thanks to all the people I met. Everyone was real nice and thanks for letting me feel normal.”

A fan of Justin who was in attendance at the game whose Twitter profile is @BieberSoCal tweeted, “It was Moorpark vs. Oaks Christain. He (Justin) was there with Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Willow Smith, and Selena Gomez.”

The fan then tweeted Justin, “@justinbieber I’m not even kidding, it’s kinda weird how we happened to be in the same place. Small world?”

Justin tweeted his fan back , “@BieberSoCal wow that was your highschool. You are Everywhere. We had fun. Thanks.”

Justin’s fan responded, “@justinbieber goodnight! I think we both had really good days today 🙂 thank you, but you really should have been cheering for Moorpark.. 😉

Back to Justin and Selena though, reports have  surfaced in the past that the young starlets seem to get together as often as they can.  Also, Justin has admitted to thinking Selena is cute too.  Being that they are only 2 years apart in age, Selena Gomez being the older woman at 18 years old, it’s not that far fetch to think that young love could be blooming for The Biebs and Miss Gomez.

In my opinion, I think they would make a cute couple, although Justin’s female fans may not agree.  What do you all think?  Young love or just Good Friends?

I say Kim Kardashian look out, Justin may have his eyes set on a new woman.

Here are some Twitpics from the game!  Enjoy!

For those of you who care about the almost non-existent sports aspect to this story, Oaks Christian won the game.

Justin Bieber with Jaden Smith at Moorpark High

Justin Bieber at Moorpark High School

Justin Bieber with Selena Gomez to the right of him (side shot of Selena)

Justin Bieber with Selena Gomez to the right of him (side shot of Selena), Will Smith above Selena.

Rumor Has It There Was Bieber Fever Spread like Wildfire Once All the Kids Found Out He Was There!

Rumor Has It There Was Bieber Fever That Spread like Wildfire Once All the Kids Found Out He Was There!

Love Connection?

Love Connection?

Selena Gomez with Justin-Bieber: They are Adorable!

Selena Gomez with Justin-Bieber: They are Adorable!

Remembering Michael Jackson 1 Year After His Death….

Michael Jackson was a complex man to say the least.  Most agreed that he was a lonely soul, someone in constant search of a pure, unconditional love.  A love that was perhaps unintentionally lost in his childhood, a childhood which was full of so many demands and expectations from him.

He was both beloved and accused in his life, a life that ultimately became filled with spectacle and controversy.

Regardless of what you may or may not think of Michael Jackson or how you feel about him, the one thing that none of us can not take away from him is his legacy of music, song, and dance that he left behind. For simply that, the King of Pop will be missed.

I invite you to view the photo gallery below and leave any comments and/or Michael Jackson memories or stories you may have about him. Thank you.

Michael Jackson as a Toddler

Michael Jackson as a Toddler

Young Michael Jackson 1

Young Michael Jackson 1

Teen Michael

Teen Michael

Young Heart throb

Young Heart throb

The album 'Off The Wall' has been often acclaimed by critics and fans as Michael's most perfect album.

The album 'Off The Wall' has been often acclaimed by critics and fans as Michael's most perfect album.

The 'Thriller' album is my personal favorite.  It is connected to many happy childhood memories for me.

The 'Thriller' album is my personal favorite. It is connected to many happy childhood memories for me.

Whose Bad!

Whose Bad!

Many friends of Michael have described him as a gentle soul.

Many friends of Michael have described him as a gentle soul.

Michael was also described as a fierce performer!

Michael was also described as a fierce performer!

Where It all began: The Jackson Five

Where It all began: The Jackson Five

The Jackson 5 are often referred to as the original "boy band."

The Jackson 5 are often referred to as the original "boy band."

Michael with his beloved pal Bubbles. Bubbles now lives at a sanctuary.

Michael with his beloved pal Bubbles. Bubbles now lives at a sanctuary.

Michael Jackson with one of many awards in his career.

Michael Jackson with one of many awards in his career.

Pop King and Legend

Pop King and Legend

Thank you Michael Jackson for the 45 years of joy you brought to this world with your legendary performances through song and dance. R.I.P.