Keith Urban speaks out about the baby adoption rumors that have been swirling around. During a radio interview for a Tampa Bay station, Keith says that the rumors about him and wife Nicole Kidman adopting a baby from Vietnam are completely untrue, and he has no idea how stories like this even get started. He also goes on to say that Nicole is not pregnant either. Keith does talk about how his concert tour which has an element of reality TV added to it. Cameras are following the country star around at all times and then the footage is being shown during his concerts on the jumbo screen. That is a nice touch; I think it would be interesting to see a day in the life of Keith Urban.
“Britain’s Got Talent”, Susan Boyle seems to have fully recovered from exhaustion and is ready to hit the road. Susan has gone from an everyday person to overnight success and are you ready for this, is charging $190,000 to play a 3 song set at corporate events around the world. Has anyone told Susan’s people about the state of the economy and businesses are cutting back?? Susan is currently on tour with “Britain’s Got Talent” Love Tour and the audiences love her….ok, I get that and she has a great voice but $190,000 for 3 songs which is basically 12 minutes on stage???? In other reality show music news…Bo Bice, from “American Idol” and his wife are expecting baby # 3 at the end of January. He is cranking out kids as quickly as he is cranking out new tunes. Bo and his wife have just been married 4 years and have a 3 1/2 year old and 9 month old and a newbie on the way.
This weekend was the big 8th Annual Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee. It is kind of a throwback to the 1960’s and hippies times with the fans camping out on the grounds. There were big bands and small bands, over 100 in all, from all throughout the country and through the rainy muddy and hot sticky weather in Manchester, Tennessee, the fans were not disappointed. There was the Phish who played Friday and Sunday night doing 3 hour shows and Bruce Springsteen and his band that played for 3 hours as well. Springsteen played his classics as well as taking requests; one fan even asked him to sing “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”. Nine Inch Nails was there as well as the Beastie Boys and David Byrne. Some other fun people who joined the fun were Elvis Costello, Animal Collective, Wilco and Merle Haggard. The fun thing about a festival like this is that you get all these great bands together that are truly so different from each other. You could just tell people were here enjoying the music and the atmosphere. You can see for yourself next Saturday on the Fuse channel which will show parts of the show from this weekend.
After 2 years and two kids, Usher and his wife Tameka are heading to divorce court. The couple has 2 young children Usher Raymond V. who is 18 months old, and Naviyd who is just 6 months old. Tameka has 3 other children from a previous marriage. It is not all sad news for Usher, he is in the studio working on his new album “Monster”, which is due out in the fall plus he just shot a scene in the new Ashton Kutcher Katherine Heigl movie, “Five Killers”.
Secrets are hard to keep in tinsel town but this one was a doosie….Jennifer Hudson is pregnant. And the Chicago Sun – Times is reporting that she is not just newly pregnant but 7 months along. It seems that word got out as she was attending her own baby shower this weekend in the windy city. Hudson is from the South Side and the gathering was kept pretty quiet with just friends and family attending. Jennifer got her start of course on “American Idol” and then received an Academy Award for best supporting actress for “Dream Girls." It definitely seems like things are looking up again for Jennifer after the devastating losses of her mother, brother and nephew. She recently went back out on the road to tour with Robin Thicke, is engaged to be married, and now a baby on the way. Congratulations on the baby news and for keeping it a secret for so long. And in other baby news, Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou are new parents to a baby boy. Simmons has two daughters from her previous marriage to Russell Simmons. Two of the girlyist girls I have ever seen, Ming Lee 9 and Aoki Lee 6 ½, so adding a boy into the mix should be interesting. Simmons is the CEO of her company The Baby Phat and she made sure to keep all her fans in the loop by Twittering out the news to them several times throughout the labor and delivery process, and she promises more to come. And last but not least in weekend baby news…Brandon Flowers from the band The Killers and his wife are expecting baby number 2.
Good news for those of us who can’t seem to get enough of reality shows with lots of babies in them. It seems that Nadya Suleman has finally gotten her wish and is taking her brood to TV. She has a deal with Eyeworks, which is a British production company. For the moment her show will only be aired on British TV but that is only because they haven’t sold it to any of the networks here yet. Nadya also does not want her show to look like “Jon and Kate Plus 8”, which she thinks is pretty boring. She also does not want camera men hanging around and filming 24 /7, so for now they will just be filming milestones, such a birthdays and special events. But you know with 14 kids I am sure there are milestones pretty much all the time. In addition to her new show, her new autobiography is also in the works. She will be working with Wendy Leigh, who will be her ghost writer. Wendy recently wrote, “Life with My Sister Madonna with Christopher Ciccone."
The results are in from “Britain’s Got Talent”, and Susan Boyle came in second place. The winners were a dance troupe called, Diversity, who did an amazing job. Susan was the fan favorite to win, especially after all the attention she has received these last weeks, but she was very gracious regarding her loss. At this point Susan says she is not sure what comes next, maybe an album. Diversity on the other hand, has won $150,000 and will be opening at the Olympics.
The first couple had a night out in New York this weekend. It is amazing that they just look like your average happy (beautiful) couple, holding handing, having dinner and going to a show, yet they are the Obama’s. I think it is pretty cool. Actually the President was fulfilling a campaign promise that he had made to his wife that was when the campaign was all over, he would take her to New York for dinner and a show. The first couple dined at Blue Hill in Greenwich Village and then they saw “Joe Turners’ Come and Gone”, then back they flew to Washington. How sweet are they???
Kevin Bacon was mugged on Thursday in New York while waiting at the train station at 53rd and 7th Avenue. The thief stole Bacon’s Blackberry which contained all the numbers of his A- list friends. Bacon ran after his assailant but lost him and the Blackberry in the crowded station. You have to wonder did the thief know it was Kevin Bacon or was it just random and he got lucky. Most likely it was probably random since cell phone theft is 37% of what is targeted in these subway robberies. Last year there were 823 robberies reported. Usually the phones are sold right back onto the streets or the thief will use the phone himself. Bacon and his wife have lost bigger than the Blackberry lately, they were also in the large group of people who lost money to the Bernie Madoff scheme. Well luckily Kyra Sedgwick has her hit show “The Closer” and Bacon is currently on the road with his band, the Bacon Brothers.
Susan Boyle is on her way to the finale of “Britain’s Got Talent” next Saturday night. She did an amazing job singing the song “Memory” from “Cats”, the musical. Simon is just in love with this woman’s talent. After her performance Simon told Susan,” You are one special lady, I have to say, you really are.” He even then went on to apologize to her about her they treated her before they even heard her sing. Simon told her, “You know what, I just want to apologize because of the way we treated you before you sang the first time. You made me and everyone else look very stupid and I’m happy for you, very proud of you.” Wow…was that really the Simon Cowell??? Her first song for the judges which gave them the shock of their lives was “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Susan looked great with her new more fashionable updated make- over.
I have to admit I have never done this before but I am recording “Jon & Kate plus 8” this season. The season 5 premiere airs tonight. I am totally being drawn in by all the controversy and drama. I am not proud of the fact that I want to watch this poor couple go through these hard times but on the other hand, I do. As I tuned into some of the episodes this weekend on the TLC marathon, I did look at the couple in a different light. All of a sudden I did notice Kate being quite harsh on Jon and saw how she did treat him as one of the kids. When I had watched before she just seemed type A and kind of like a nag but hey, she did have 8 kids to watch over so she needed some structure. In the previews it was hard to watch them sitting separately and when they did finally get them on that couch together for their interview, they couldn’t have tried to be further apart from each other. I do want to see them work it out and it is going to be an interesting season watching it all unfold. I have to tell you, Kate’s sister in law Julie is begging viewers NOT to watch the premiere tonight. She is saying it all contrived and fake anyway, and if viewers don’t watch they will not air it. I just don’t see that happening, in fact I have a feeling TLC is loving all the controversy and attention. It is just ashame these are real lives and real people this is happening too.