The Tony Awards were last night and in addition to the excitement of the awards there was also unexpected excitement involving “Rock of Love Star” and Poison band mate, Brett Michaels. He was performing with the cast of “Rock of Ages”, when he missed his mark, and he was hit in the head while some scenery was being moved down from the ceiling area. At first it was thought the hit may have broken his nose but that was not the case. He did make a trip to the ER just to make sure he was fine and thankfully he was; now that was reality TV. It was a big night though for many of the great shows and plays. “Billy Elliot” came out on top as a true shining star winning 10 awards for the night which included, Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, plus Best Lighting Design of a Musical and a few other categories. “Hair” won Best Revival of a Musical and “God of Carnage” won Best Play. Marcia Gay Harden won Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance in “God of Carnage “and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush won Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for “Exit the King”. “Shrek the Musical” won for Best Costume Design of a Musical. The amazing Angela Lansbury, who is 83 years old, won a Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for “Blithe Spirit”. This was her 5th Tony Award. It was a fun show with some great musical performances and host Neil Patrick Harris from the show “How I Met Your Mother” did a fine job.
There was some frightening news for the sister of Lisa Ling and her friend who were arrested in N. Korea back in March for illegally crossing the border. The two women, Laura Ling and Euna Lee were sentenced to 12 years hard labor “for the grave crime they committed against the Korean nation.” The US government is working hard to get these 2 woman released but with the very poor relations we have with N. Korea it is very difficult. The families are gravely worried, Euna has a 4 year old daughter and husband in the states and Laura may be suffering from an ulcer that has most likely worsened since these events have occurred.
Exciting news for “American Idol” winner Kris Allen – the 23 year old has signed a record deal with Jive records and you can plan to pick that up sometime this fall. Kris currently has his Idol winning song “No Boundaries” at #23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles. Not bad Kris! The American Idol summer tour starts in Portland on July 15th and Kris will be there.
NBC is not happy about the allegations that they tortured contestants from the show I’m A Celebrity Get Me out of Here”. Yes, I am referring yet again to Heidi and Spencer who have plans to sue NBC for all that they have been put through. ITV studio, which produces the show, had this to say about the torture allegations, “ITV has been producing this format around the world for many years and the health of the celeb participants are of the utmost importance. A medic and a doctor are present at the location at all times for all participants. All allegations of the celebrities being deprived of food and water are completely untrue”. Come on people, of course they are untrue. Although perhaps what Speidi maybe have deserved for all their crazy antics…it’s NBC, they would never do anything so inhumane, even for rating. Where does this stuff come from? Crazy, but all the hoopla does make me want to tune in tonight for a good laugh. Forget reality TV I think this one has turned into a good old fashion comedy!
A new “American Idol” has been crowned and it was a shocker… Kris Allen won it all with almost 100 million votes being cast, an all time record for the show. Kris Allen, the 23 year old home town boy from Arkansas was just a surprised to hear he beat out favorite Adam Lambert who had been predicted to win. Kris started out slow and just continued to get stronger and stronger each week and the fans loved that. And holey moley, did you check out bikini girl, Katrina Darrell and judge Kara DioGuardi – what a duo the two made. Not only did the two sing, they also showed off those bodies. Katrina showed it off the whole time but Judge #4 did it quick. Let’s just say she is definitely ready for bathing suit season. It was a fun night with great performances and duets. Adam got down with Kiss and sang an awesome medley, while Kris and Keith Urban had a blast singing “Kiss A Girl”. I have to say although I felt bad for Adam it was nice to actually be surprised. And after seeing what other Idol non winners have been up to I am sure he will be just fine and very successful.
Good news for Natalie Cole – she successfully had the kidney transplant that she so desperately needed after being diagnosed with hepatitis C over a year ago. Cole had been getting dialysis since September, 3 times each week and had hoped that her son would be able to be a donor for her, however she ended up getting her kidney from a deceased organ donor. She is going to need about 3 – 4 months to recuperate and this means she is going to have to reschedule her concert dates that she had planned for the summer.
Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez are breathing a collective sigh of relief now that the Jonas Brothers have come out publicly and announced that their new song, “Poison Ivy”, is not about anyone in particular. The song is about toxic relationships and Nick Jonas says “It’s a song about how something may not be too good for you, but you keep going back to it because you can’t resist the urge, the itch, to go back to the person.” Nick also says that “Sometimes when we write songs, it’s not something we’ve been through. It’s something that we’ve seen someone else go through” and then we write a song about it. Glad the boys aren’t slamming any of their famous ex’s.
The big season 5 premiere of Jon and Kate plus 8 is almost here. The premiere which will air May 25 on TLC will address some of the marital issues that the couple has been experiencing. A clip has been released and I have to say it should be an interesting season. At the moment it seems that Jon has been banished to an apartment over the garage of their new million dollar home. The rumors are just swirling, between Jon’s alleged affair with a 23 year old, and Kate’s alleged affair with her bodyguard, and the newest information that in a 3 month period, the hard to work for perfectionist fired 40 employees. This is a family in turmoil and we have a front row seat, can you even imagine everyone involved in your business like that and talking about you ALL the time??
The big news this morning seems to be that ‘Sex and the City “actress, Cynthia Nixon and her girlfriend of 5 years, Christine Marinoni, got engaged. Nixon has 2 children, Samantha 12 and Charles 6 from a previous relationship with photographer, Danny Mozes. The 2 actually announced their engagement during a gay rights rally that they were attending in New York City. The 2 hope to be able to eventually legalize their marriage in New York and say they will wait for legislation to pass the gay marriage act. A vote is actually set to happen soon, but at this point still needs more support from congress.
Two couples are dispelling rumors of an alleged relationship. First is Natalie Portman is saying that her and Sean Penn are not dating but are just friends and colleagues only. “Star Magazine” has claimed that the two were “making out” and the “New York Post” said that the two are been seen “cavorting”. Penn and his wife of 13 years, Robin Wright Penn are currently separated. I guess we will just have to wait and see. The other couple denying couple rumors are Bradley Cooper, who stars with Heather Graham in the new movie “The Hangover” and Jennifer Aniston. Cooper says they have met several times but that is all. He does joke that his mom heard the rumors as well and would actually be very happy if they were indeed true. Cooper was married to Jennifer Esposito for 4 months back in 2007. And speaking of dispelling rumors…it looks like LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian were spotted together again this weekend at the Lakes games at the Staples Centre in Los Angles. There were also rumors about these two who are both married to others but it seemed like things had calmed down. Now however it looks like they have resurfaced. Rimes was wearing her wedding ring in the pictures that were taken and Cibrian has said that he wants to focus on his marriage and family. Again we will just have to wait and see what happens.
IT is just 2 days away…the “American Idol” season finale…who will be the winner, Adam Lambert or Kris Allen? There is a star studded group of performers to entertain us while we wait for the final songs during the 2 night finale. Keith Urban, Carlos Santana, Black Eyed Peas, Lionel Ritchie, Queen Latifah and Cyndi Lauper are all scheduled to perform along with Idol alums, David Cook and Carrie Underwood. It should be an exciting two nights. And that is about it in the world of gossip for today
Holly Madison seems to be another girl we just can’t get enough of. From Hef’s main squeeze, to “Dancing with the Stars”, her next project is going to be to star in “PEEPSHOW” the sexy new burlesque show in Las Vegas. The former “Girl Next Door” star will be replacing Kelly Monaco, when her 3 month contract is up in June. “Dancing with the Stars” seems to be a bit of a stepping stone or prerequisite for the show, since Madison will be the third star from Dancing to join the cast. Monaco was the winner from season 1 and Melanie Brown who is also currently starring in Peepshow was a runner up from season 5. Although the show does feature topless performers the stars themselves are remaining covered up. “Peepshow” is at Planet Hollywood and although it has just been a month is doing well.
Today on the Ellen you can see Pink officially sharing the good news that her and husband, Carey Hart, are back together. She shares with Ellen that luckily Hart has a sense of humor because some of the things she sings about him in her hit song “So What” are not all that nice. For example, at one point in the song she calls him a “tool” as well as some other things. She says it is kind of funny having him sit in the audience while she sings these things about him. Since I am a big Pink fan I am happy that the two are back together.
Delta is throwing a party for its employees and their families in Atlanta and you will never guess who they have gotten to headline their party – the Gin Blossoms. How cool is that? The Gin Blossoms are best known for their hits “Allison Road”, “Hey Jealousy “ and “Found Out about You” The company just really wants to thank it’s employees for all their hard work during these difficult times and to thank them the Gin Blossoms will perform. In addition there will also be a wine presentation and Jeff Francoeur, from the Atlanta Braves, will come for a visit. Delta is not footing the bill though, that thank you can go to their vendors. And just so their Minneapolis employees do not feel left out, they will be getting their own party at the end of the month.
“American Idol” is bringing back one of their own for the finale next week. Carrie Underwood is going to be performing the farewell song this year, “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue. She was just on Idol back in March when she sang with Randy Travis, but really can you ever get enough of Carrie Underwood? After the upset earlier this week, you just never know who will end up the winner. Will it be Adam Lambert (like several of the judges are predicting) or Kris Allen.
And finally this just in…Lou Diamond Phillips is the latest celebrity to join the interesting cast of NBC’s reality show “I’m a Celebrity …Get Me Out of Here”. It is hard to believe that Phillips is 47 years old and has agreed to compete against other celebs (and I use that term loosely)…Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Sanjaya Malakar (yes from American Idol), Stephen Baldwin (who just can’t seem to say no to reality shows) and Janice Dickenson. I am going to tune in just to see Heidi and Janice rough it in the jungles of Costa Rica without breaking a nail. The show airs June 1 on NBC.