100 million votes were cast and Kris Allen is the new American Idol. They say 38 million of those votes came from his home state of Arkansas. Now, whether or not those votes went to him is unclear. What is clear is that this season they did not announce if if was a close race which has led some to speculate that it was a landslide victory for the soft-rocker. He seemed just as surprised as everyone else and said, "It feels good, but Adam deserves this." Both he and Adam were given Ford Fusion Hybrids. Nice. And, for the first time, the winner received a trophy. It looks like a microphone.
It was great to see David Cook again. He performed. Sad to find out his brother lost his battle with cancer. Enjoyed seeing Norman Gentle again. Of course they brought back Tatiana and Katrina the bikini girl and her new implants. Right before Kara did it I said to Jim, what Kara needs to do now is rip off her dress and have a bikini on underneath it. Soooo obvious. And it was done. For charity of course.
I found it interesting, thinking back to season one of Idol, that they could barely afford a piano it seems. Last night they had Queen Latifah, Jason Mraz, Keith Urban, Fergie and the Peas, Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Richie, KISS, Carlos Santana, Steve Martin, Rod Stewart and what's left of Queen. For me, seeing Cyndi Lauper and Steve Martin did it. Cyndi looked extraordinary, Time After Time is a brilliant song, and I thought she and Allison sounded great together though, honestly, I only saw and heard Cyndi. And I've always knows Steve Martin could play the banjo. I thought the song they performed was some classic I had never heard of--had no idea he had written it. Stunning. His album came out Tuesday. Sure, he wrote King Tut. But this was in another league.
Jim liked how Simon was the only judge who didn't stand when Kris was announced. Whether he didn't know the camera was on hi or he just didn't care or feel like it, it was classic Simon Cowell. They'll begin the audition process for the January premiere usually around Labor Day. And FOX has new programming on tonight with the premiere of So You Think You Can Dance.
Hayden Panettiere of Heroes has a tattoo down her back that says, in Italian, to live without regrets--vivere senza rimpianti, well, almost. It's spelled wrong rimpianti has an extra I and is written on her rimipianti so who knows if that means something else in Italian.
The actress who played reporter Jennifer Dugan in Spider-Man 3, Lucy Gordon, has committed suicide at the age of 28 in Paris.
And I had no idea that SJP and Matthew Broderick were expecting twins through a surrogate mother. Seems the surrogate is being harassed by photographers and her computer has been hacked. SJP and Matthew have a six-year-old son they had on their own, well, six years ago.
And dress shopping with Jim yesterday was ponderous at best. Hear how it turned out by listening to the podcast at www.thejaneellen.com.