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'American Idol' hoping for Swede success

June 11, 2013


June 11--IS "AMERICAN IDOL" going to become the "Law & Order" of karaoke shows?

One of those shows that runs forever and every year or two changes judges?

Well, for next season they're changing everything but Ryan Seacrest, and he better watch himself.

One day after dismissing its longtime production pair, Nigel Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance") and Ken Warwick, "Idol" has a new executive producer.

Freemantle Media has named Per Blankens, who's been the showrunner for five years on the Swedish edition of "Idol," to head the show.

In the words of ABBA, "Take a chance on me."

Really, Freemantle, there was no one in America who could lead "American Idol"? You had to go to Sweden. Better the Swedish House Mafia.

The producers' exits followed the departures of judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and original panelist Randy Jackson.

The fate of judge Keith Urban is uncertain. But not to worry, he'll still be married to Nicole Kidman.

--NBC said yesterday that Cher will perform live on the June 18 season finale of "The Voice."

She will sing "Woman's World," the first single off her upcoming album of the same name.

Cher turned 67 in May.

Gosh, we hope the judges turn around their chairs.


--Police say that platinum-selling rapper 2 Chainz (a/k/a Tauheed Epps) was robbed in San Francisco just hours before he was scheduled to perform at a concert.

Sgt. Dennis Toomer says that the hip-hop star was walking with five members of his entourage near downtown on Sunday afternoon. They were approached by three men, one of them holding a handgun.

(You gotta have some cojones to hold up a hip-hop posse in broad daylight.)

Toomer said that one shot was fired as the rapper's cellphone and wallet were stolen.

Police say that the suspected shooter apparently got away in a gray sedan.

2 Chainz, trying to save some street cred, tweeted that he had not been robbed.

--"Glee" star Jane Lynch is divorcing her wife of three years, Dr. Lara Embry.

The couple married in 2010 in Massachusetts.

Lynch, who killed as Miss Hannigan at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, told People magazine in a statement that splitting up was "a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another."

--In other news sort of related to the Tonys, newly crowned Best Play winner "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" has gotten a new lease on life, but Sigourney Weaver will be leaving the show July 28.

Producers of Christopher Durang's comedy said yesterday that the show will extend its run for a final time until Aug. 25. Sigourney, who plays Masha, will be replaced by Tony-winner Julie White.

--There's been way too much cancer news in Tattle over the past few weeks.

The latest to announce he's receiving treatment is Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell.

In a statement yesterday, the 50-year-old said that he has Hodgkin's lymphoma and has been in chemotherapy for two months, with four months of treatment remaining.

Said Campbell: "I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of 'the cough that wouldn't quit.' "

Campbell said he still plans to hit the road this summer with the Leps, who will be on tour from June 21 to July 17.

--Supermodel Kate Moss is reportedly detoxing again -- this time in Turkey, on the one-week LifeCo detox program.

She's reportedly been living on juice, fresh herbs and daily enemas.

When an enema is doing you good, shouldn't it be a frenema?

The program also includes Pilates, yoga and stretching sessions. It clearly stretches the wallet, at more than $5,000.

As London's Daily Mirror reported, Kate, who was always a bit of a waif, has reportedly shed more than two kilos.

That's how you know she's in detox. At her peak, when you heard "Kate" and "kilos" you weren't thinking she was on a fitness kick.

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