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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

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E! Host Giuliana Rancic Pregnant!? (Maybe A Baby?)

Okay this may be a long shot because as of now there are absolutely NO rumors out about this and absolutely NO sources which have confirmed it either, however I believe that E! News Host Giuliana Rancic is pregnant.

Call it wishful thinking on my part because I have followed her inspirational story about her struggle to get pregnant; and like all of her fans I was heartbroken for her when she finally did get pregnant, but then miscarried at 8 weeks back in September.

However, tonight as I watched E! News I gasped when I saw Giuliana.  No she didn’t look like she had put on any weight, but there was something about her that did look pregnant to me, call it a glow perhaps or maybe a premonition I was having…who knows?

Giuliana has confirmed on her Style show ‘Giuliana and Bill,’ and in the media that she is undergoing IVF treatment again in order to try and get pregnant.  She has also expressed what a daunting task on her body the process is, as it does involve over 60 shots a month!

The couple has been through an emotional roller-coaster indeed and I commend them for being so open about their whole personal struggle.

Once again, there has been no confirmation that Giuliana Rancic is actually pregnant, however, my instincts are telling me that a formal announcement will be made once Giuliana safely completes her first Trimester of pregnancy, perhaps February or March.

Regardless if Giuliana is actually pregnant or not or ever will be, I do believe the couple will have children someday, whether it’s through a surrogate or adoption.

Giuliana and Bill in my opinion will be fantastic parents and I wish them nothing, but positivity in attaining this personal goal of theirs. So therefore, I will continue to send out this wishful thinking into the Universe for them, in hopes that this wish or prediction will or has come true.

Giuliana and Bill Rancic's Wedding Day!

Giuliana and Bill Rancic's Wedding Day!

Giuliana and Bill Rancic

Giuliana and Bill Rancic

Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Shares Her and Bill's Devastating News

Giuliana Shares Her and Bill's Devastating News

What are The Kardashians Famous For?

Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Keeping Up With The Kardashians

The other day I was standing in line at the supermarket check out when I overheard two guys talking about the Kardashians who were on the cover of some magazine (surprise, surprise).  These guys were asking one another, “What are the Kardashians famous for anyway?”  One guy joked, “I don’t know, for being born I guess.”

The thing is that this is a question that a lot of people have asked, one being my husband, who absolutely can not stand the fact that I watch, ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians,’ and that I love the show.  He absolutely 100% believes that they are unworthy of having their own show and that they are famous for absolutely nothing. Yes, I’m married to a Kardashian “Hater” as some people may say.

Now, I am a fan of the show ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ because I like the family dynamic and the closeness that they seem to share and I find their antics to be entertaining.  However with all this said, the question still remains, what are they famous for?

It used to be that people would become famous based on an exceptional talent that they had, but this just isn’t the case anymore.  Today we live in an over-saturated reality show based society where the average Joe can become famous based upon an exceptional circumstance that they’re in, such as Kate Gosselin or The Octomom, who have both become famous because of their huge families they have had due to giving birth to multiples.

Or the average Joe can become famous based on having an over-the top personality that’s put into an exceptional living situation such as the kids from ‘The Jersey Shore.’

However, there are those reality shows that actually do have talented people on them, but these are usually competition reality shows, like Top Chef, but that’s a category all on its own.

Now the Kardashians are an interesting breed because their family is not from “The Average Joe” even if their talents are.  The Kardashians are the priviledged children of Robert George Kardashian who was a successful and affluent attorney best known for assisting OJ Simpson and his “Dream Team”  during the OJ Simpson Trial in the 1990s.

The Kardashians are also the children of Kris Jenner who divorced Robert when the Kardashian children were still young.  Kris remarried Bruce Jenner who was a Gold Medalist at the 1976 Summer Olympics, setting a world record of 8,634 points.  He has been referred to as “The World’s Greatest Athlete.”

So as you all see The Kardashians came from a family of power and money.  This means that they grew up in the circles of other affluent families with power and money, especially those in the Hollywood circles.  Now we all know that there are other affluent rich people who don’t have fame though, so still, what are the Kardashians famous for?

Well let’s not forget that although they hate each other now, at one time Kim Kardashian was B.F.F’s with another socialite who was famous for absolutely nothing and that was Paris Hilton.  Therefore, Kim was out and about the town with Paris and of course getting noticed by the media and paparazzi because let’s be real, Kim Kardashian is gorgeous.  So between Kim’s exotic good looks, her family money, and her connections, she already had all the necessary ingredients to be catapulted into major stardom.

She was also connected to some celebrity men as well, such as Nick Lachey, Ray J, Nick Cannon, and R & B producer Damon Thomas who she was married to from 2000-2004. However, it was her sex tape with now ex-boyfriend Ray J that caused a media frenzy around Kim, and we all know what happens with controversy like this. Well, if you don’t know, then let me fill you in, controversy like this surrounding a socialite such as Kim, usually is followed by a big fat reality show deal, which is exactly what happened to Kim and the rest of the Kardashian family.  This basically shot them all to fame.

Alot of people like to say, Kim Kardashian is famous for her sex tape and that’s the only reason why she’s famous.  I don’t agree with this though, because basically think of it this way, if you made a sex tape and it leaked to the public, do you think you would be as famous as Kim Kardashian or the Kardashian family?  No offense, but probably not.  I mean let’s face it Dustin Diamond who was Screech from ‘Saved By The Bell’ had a sex tape that leaked too and people were just grossed out by it.  It catapulted his career into the abyss of nothingness.  In other words it takes more than having a sex tape leak out to the public to gain the notoriety that Kim Kardashian and her family has gained.  Whether people want to admit this or not the sex tape alone is not what Kim or the Kardashians are famous for.

Kim Kardashian is a beautiful woman who luckily was born into an affluent family who had all the right connections.  She surrounded herself with the right people and there was already a media buzz around Kim due to her friendships or relationships she had with other famous people, even before her sex tape leaked. When her sex tape was released it did help to create a media frenzy around Kim, which of course attributed to her and her family landing a reality show deal.  However, it wasn’t the sex tape alone that created this frenzy.  The frenzy was created because of the beautiful socialite who was in it.

Now as a result of the reality show all The Kardashians have benefited from this controversy and now all of them are famous too.  I wonder if Kim has ever received a thank you from her family for this?

So what are The Kardashians famous for then?  I would say they are famous for nepotism, for fortunate circumstance, for good looks, and for having a stage mom like Kris Jenner who has brilliantly orchestrated it all (along with Ryan Seacrest) into a career for herself and for her whole family.  So in a way, that guy in the supermarket checkout line was right, the Kardashians are famous for just being born….into the right family that is. We should all be so lucky.

The Kardashian Family

The Kardashian Family

Kardashian Sisters As Kids

Kardashian Sisters As Kids

Kim With Her Dad Robert kardashian

Kim With Her Dad Robert kardashian

Robert Kardashian with Son Rob Kardashian

Robert Kardashian with Son Rob Kardashian

Robert Kardashian During OJ Simpson Trial 1995

Robert Kardashian During OJ Simpson Trial 1995

Kris Jenner Remarried With Bruce Jenner

Kris Jenner Remarried With Bruce Jenner

The Kardashians 'Get Bikini Glam'

The Kardashians 'Get Bikini Glam'

Kim

Kim

Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian

Kardashians On South Park

Kardashians On South Park

Kris Jenner With Her Kardashian Girls

Kris Jenner With Her Kardashian Girls

Kardashians With Kourtney Preggers

Kardashians With Kourtney Preggers
Kardashians in Lingerie w/Kourtney Pregnant

Kardashians in Lingerie w/Kourtney Pregnant

Khloe and Lamar Odom

Khloe and Lamar Odom

Khloe and Lamar's Wedding Day

Khloe and Lamar’s Wedding Day
Kourtney and Her Boyfriend "Baby Daddy" Scott

Kourtney and Her Boyfriend "Baby Daddy" Scott With Baby Mason Dash

Kourtney with Adorable Baby Mason

Kourtney with Adorable Baby Mason

Kris Jenner: She has a lot to smile about...

Kris Jenner: She has a lot to smile about...

Kate Gosselin and The Mystery Behind Her Boobs.

Kate Gosselin, dare I say it….A “M.I.L.F!”  I actually dislike that expression, but I have read articles where she has been regarded to as just this.  Now we all know she’s had a little help as we were all witness to her tummy tuck, her teeth whitening, and even her hair extensions, but there is one thing the public has not been privy to in regards to Kate Gosselin, and that’s her two very perky full bosoms she suddenly has!  Now Kate says these two additions are all hers and she credits “a good bra” for how they look now….But the last time I checked, a triangle string bikini top, like the one she wore on last week’s People Magazine Cover does not qualify as “a good bra.”

So let’s take a quick look at the evolution of Kate Gosselin and her boobs before we continue this conversation and you all let me know what you think?

Jon and Kate With Their Twins!

Jon and Kate With Their Twins!

Kate Gosselin Before Fame

Kate Gosselin Before Fame

Kate Gosselin After Her 1st Make Over: Tummy Tuck and New Hair Style!

Kate Gosselin After Her 1st Make Over: Tummy Tuck and New Hair Style!

Jon and Kate Promoting Their Show

Jon and Kate Promoting Their Show

In Hawaii Renewing Wedding Vows Only Months Before Their Separation:  This was literally the beginning of the end of Jon and Kate Gosselin.

In Hawaii Renewing Wedding Vows Only Months Before Their Separation: This was literally the beginning of the end of Jon and Kate Gosselin.

Kate Gosselin After Separation: Allegedly With New Boobs!

Kate Gosselin After Separation: Allegedly With New Boobs!

Kate Gosselin Never Wore A Bikini On Camera When Married to Jon!

Kate Gosselin Never Wore A Bikini On Camera When Married to Jon!

Kate Gosselin: Divorce Finalized w/New Hair Extentions On 'Dancing With the Stars.

Kate Gosselin: Divorce Finalized w/New Hair Extentions On 'Dancing With the Stars.

Kate Gosselin Is All Cleavage!

Kate Gosselin Is All Cleavage! March 1, 2010.

Kate Gosselin Summer of 2010

Kate Gosselin Summer of 2010!

Kate Gosselin Shows Off The Abs and Hits The Gym!

Kate Gosselin Shows Off The Abs and Hits The Gym!

Kate's In Shape! Check out the guns!

Kate's In Shape! Check out the guns!

Kate Gosselin in last week's 'People Magazine' Cover!!!  No Underwire There!

Kate Gosselin in last week's 'People Magazine' Cover!!! No Underwire There!

So what do you all think?  Fake or just a ‘Real’ “Good Bra?”

Kate Gosselin: The Before and After!

Kate Gosselin: The Before and After!

Here’s what I think.  I believe she’s had breast augmentation and I think she looks great!  She didn’t get them too big, she doesn’t look like a Porn star, but my problem with Kate is why is she lying about it?  Okay “allegedly” lying about it.

C’mon Kate you’ve had 8 babies, do you really expect us all to believe that your breasts are still naturally that full and perky….And we all witnessed your interest in breast augmentation during your ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’ Tummy Tuck Episode, so why don’t you just own up to it?  It doesn’t take away from the fact that you have been working out hard in the gym and on your runs .  Kate should just be honest and say “Hey, I’m a mom of 8 kids whose body has changed, just like every other woman’s body changes after they’ve  had a baby, let alone 8 babies! I just wanted to restore my breasts and my body back to the way I looked pre-pregnancy!”  Would that be so terrible for her to say?  Some of you might say yes!  Maybe it’s none of our business to know the truth, while others might say maybe she is telling the truth!  Well I absolutely do not believe that she is and so I think she is lying. Do you?

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Attack Heard Around The Reality World! And The Nasty Rumored Backstory Behind It!

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion certainly did not let down fans one bit. The cat claws were out within the first minute of the show.  However, it was one particular moment during the reunion that has everyone talking.  Accusations flew and so did poor Bravo Host Andy Cohen when Teresa Giudice knocked him over in an angry attack against Danielle Staub!  Danielle accused Teresa of not acknowledging her own nephew.  To say that Teresa flew off the handle is an understatement.  However, this accusation and attack has left many fans asking, “Who the f**k is Teresa’s nephew?”  Sorry to be so blunt about it, but really it’s like it came out of nowhere.  He’s never been featured on the show, so why and how in the world did this particular topic come up in the reunion?  And the even bigger question is, why in the world did it spark such a violent reaction from Teresa?

Alright fans, I’m going to give you the skinny on the nasty rumor that is surrounding this situation. Supposedly, Teresa’s “nephew” is really a love child that her husband Jo Giudice had.  Therefore, the gossip is that this is the real reason why Teresa’s anger was so wildly out of control when Danielle made this comment.  However, in my opinion I think this rumor is a bunch of bullshit.

I was raised in an Italian and Puerto Rican household and let me tell you, we are fiery and passionate people, especially when it comes to our families.  Therefore, I believe that Teresa was just pissed that Danielle was dragging her family into a situation that they had nothing to do with….And I believe her Italian temper got the best of her.  Of course these are all just my opinions.  What do you all think?

Due to the copyright on the show I can not upload the video directly on my blog, but here is a link to Bravo where you can see the explosive video for yourself.  It’s about 2-3 minutes into the video:

http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey/season-2/videos/teresa-attacks

Andy Cohen Gets Knocked Down By Teresa!

Andy Cohen Gets Knocked Down By Teresa!

Danielle Gets Up To Run Off!

Danielle Gets Up To Run Off!