For American Idol/Taylor Hicks Fans

I received an email today from Chris, who writes:


You may already know that this morning, Taylor Hicks belted a couple songs for the Wal-Mart shareholders in Bentonville, Arkansas, and we were able to get an okay to make the performance available online. It was live this morning but now it's up and posted.

Here's the link to the video of Taylor Hicks singing live this morning. I think he dad an amazing job. Real star quality.


Here's the big news, though.

Lee Scott, President and CEO of Wal-Mart, said that after Taylor Hicks' performance, he met with the merchandising people and they doubled the order of his CD.



He actually has a page on his own website dedicated to "American Idol". It's pretty cool; check it out at http://chrisabraham.com/american_idol/.

Pretty big news for Taylor Hicks...I've only watched "Idol" a few times this year but he seems super-talented.


Stupid Little Things

- Oprah Winfrey has been signed for $12 million by Simon and Schuster to write a book on weight control. This seems like asking Scott Petersen to write about marriage commitment.

- Jennifer Lopez is producing a new reality show for MTV (as if they need another one) called "Moves," about six dancers trying to make it big. The show will air this winter.

- Tonight on MTV, meanwhile, is the series premiere of "The Hills," which follows "Laguna Beach" first season alum Lauren Conrad (aka LC) as she moves to Los Angeles and becomes an intern for Teen Vogue. I'll probably be obsessed with this show like I was with "Laguna," but I would just like to state the obvious that it's not like LC would have gotten the internship if she wasn't famous...also, I just got my Teen Vogue in the mail last week, and guess who's on the cover? Uh-huh.

- California is now considering a bill to make it illegal for a child under the age of 1 to face forward in a car (hello, Sean Preston). The New York Daily News is calling it "Britney's Law." Hee, hee.

- Cate Blanchett is going to play Bob Dylan in an upcoming biopic. I know she's ugly, but she most certainly doesn't resemble Bob Dylan.

- After being sentenced to 60 days in jail for violating parole on her drunk driving sentence, "Lost" star Michelle Rodriguez was released from prison after serving 4 hours and 27 minutes because of overcrowding. I wonder if she's still moving to France?

- Despite trying to work out their problems, Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe have announced that they are divorcing. I'm not going to say anything nasty because I am actually saddened by this news.

- The New York Post and Star report that Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman went on a date in NYC's West Village restaurant The Spotted Pig on May 22, and that he gave her a dozen pink tulips. If this is true, I've found a new celebrity couple obsession.

Just So You Know

I'm not posting anything about Paul McCartney and Heather Mills getting divorced. (Well, aside from this). I'm already sick to death of hearing and reading about it, and it is what it is: a divorce. Whee. Go read about it on ten million other gossip blogs or just pick up any tabloid in the supermarket. Same with the whole Charlie/Denise/Heather/Richie debacle. I'm sick, sick, sick of it and unless someone gets married or chops someone's head off with an axe, I'm not posting any more on it.


A Few Photos

Petra Nemcova and Bruce Willis at Cannes. Bruce looks like a pimp. And bare feet gross me out. I don't know why. I just have a thing with people touching my feet. I think I just hate feet in general. Anyway, I digress. Is she REALLY dating him? Gahhhh. I keep hearing that she's either dating him or James Blunt. Oh well. Whoever she's with, she deserves to be happy, I guess. (Pssst, choose James!!!!)

Laguna Beach star Kristin Cavallari and her new boyfriend. I want to know who he is! Does anyone know?

Al Pacino selling lemonade with his 5-year old twins. This is adorable. I wish Al Pacino was my dad. My parents never let me sell lemonade. They thought it was tacky. Plus, it would just be cool to have Scarface and the Devil as your dad.

J.Lo shopping with Leah Remini in LA. (Who knew they were friends?)

"My Fair Brady"s Wed

From the Internet Movie Database:

"Reality TV stars Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry were married on Monday evening in the bride's hometown of Joliet, Illinois. The couple exchanged vows in front of 250 friends and family during a traditional ceremony at the Christ Episcopal Church. Curry wore a custom-made cream colored Alvina Valenta gown and carried a bouquet of black roses. Her seven bridesmaids wore red evening dresses, while Knight and the groomsmen wore matching tuxedos. Knight, who starred as Peter Brady on the 1970s hit The Brady Bunch, met Curry, who won the first season of America's Next Top Model, when they filmed VH1's The Surreal Life in 2004. Among the guests at the wedding were former Brady Bunch co-stars, Barry Williams, Susan Olsen and Mike Lookinland, as well as their Surreal Life co-star Joannie Laurer. Last year, VH1 chronicled the couple's courtship on the reality show, My Fair Brady. Their wedding has been documented for another VH1 show, My Fair Brady Wedding Special, which will air in July. The couple fooled the press into thinking they were marrying on Saturday."

I actually love this couple. I loved the first season of their show and definitely intend on watching the second. They are so cute together. One quibble, though: Black roses?

Quote of the Week

"I thought it was like a hut. And then it's the Four Seasons, and they rented the whole thing. Is that really roughing it?" - David Spade to US Weekly on Brangelina and their African hideaway in Namibia

It's not quite the Four Seasons, but it's close...
The Burning Shore

Britney's Horrendous Poem in its Entirety

I now realize that in the last post, I put up only part of Brit-Brit's creative diarrhea. Here's the whole thing for those of you that are interested.

P.S. I still think it's about K-Fed.

Remembrance of Who I Am

No more chains
That you gave me.
Enough of pain
Now I'm craving
Something sweet, so delight
How do you stand sleeping at night?

Silly patterns that we follow
You pull me in
I'm being swallowed.
By the ones you think you love
They pull you down
You can't see up above.

Manipulation is the key
They screw it in
Because you're naive.

You come to me now
Why do you bother?
Remember the Bible
The sins of the Father.
What you do
You pass down
No wonder why
I lost my crown.

You don't see me now
You ask yourself why
My crown is back
And it's way too high
For you to be in my presence
Especially my son
You should bow down
I've only just begun.

The guilt you fed me
Made me weak.
The voodoo you did
I couldn't speak.

You're awakening
The phone is ringing.
Resurrection of my soul
The fear I'm bringing.

What will you say
And what will you do?
She's not the same person that you're used to.

You trick me one, twice, now it's three.
Look who's smiling now
Damn, it's good to be me!

*This is for everyone who thinks they know me...

- from her website



What is with celebrities giving birth in bumper crops? First it was TomKat and Brooke Shields, now it's Brangelina and Gwen Stefani.

Yesterday marked the birth of - get ready - Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. Whew. It's a girl, by the way, and no further information has been released, but InTouch Magazine had reported earlier that Angelina was scheduled to have a caesarean section, although nothing was wrong with the pregnancy. It also said that she had planned to give birth in an African hotel (read: idiot), but doctors informed her that she'd be better off in a hospital. Obviously. Well, congratulations are in order for the gorgeous couple - I hope they realize that somewhere Jennifer Aniston is off crying.

Gwen Stefani also had a caesarean section, but a day earlier - giving birth to her first child with husband Gavin Rossdale, a boy named - get ready - Kingston James McGregor Rossdale. Whew. He weighed 7.5 pounds at birth, for those of you who care, and that's all thats being released from their camp. The baby was delivered at Cedars Sinai Medical Hospital in California.

These are two of the most geneticially blessed babies EVER.