Last Thursday, "American Idol" fan-favorite Colton Dixon was voted off the Fox talent show as it winnowed its remaining contestants down to 6. "Idol" judge Randy Jackson dropped by "The Talk" (weekdays on CBS) on Monday, where he made some additional predictions about the rest of the competition, and shared his personal Final 4 with the panel.
"I think the Top 3 is probably Phil Phillips, Skylar Laine, Jessica [Sanchez] who we saved, and probably Joshua [Ledet] ... Those are the Top 4," Jackson said, correcting his math. Of course, since the "Idol" judges already used their save on Sanchez, there's no guarantee that their ideas about who should stay in the competition will be shared by the "American Idol" voting public. Still, it's not exactly good news for Hollie Cavanagh and Elise Testone, the two members of the Top 6 that Jackson didn't mention.
Later in the interview, Julie Chen asked Jackson to name the biggest diva he's ever worked with on "Idol," whether it be a contestant or fellow-judge. Although she didn't include host in her query, Jackson nonetheless pointed to Ryan Seacrest. "I equate this whole diva thing to like, how many beauty products do you have? How long does it take you to get ready?" Jackson explained, taking a moment to think. "A dear friend, but Ryan Seacrest ... Simon was close to him, because they were using products that weren't even on the market."
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Rocker Ted Nugent is scheduled for a court hearing in Alaska on Tuesday, when he is expected to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed.
The conservative activist and gun rights advocate signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was filed Friday in U.S. District Court. Nugent was set to participate by telephone in Tuesday's U.S. District Court proceeding in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, his attorney said.
The plea agreement says Nugent illegally shot and killed the bear in May 2009 on Sukkwan Island in southeast Alaska days after he wounded a bear in a bow hunt, which counted toward a state seasonal limit of one bear for that location. The agreement says Nugent knowingly possessed and transported the bear in misdemeanor violation of the Lacey Act.
According to the agreement, the six-day hunt was filmed for Nugent's Outdoor Channel television show "Spirit of the Wild."
Nugent's Anchorage attorney, Wayne Anthony Ross, said Monday that his client didn't know he was breaking the law, which went into effect four or five years ago. Ross, an assistant hunting guide in Alaska, said he didn't know about the rule either.
Besides, the first bear left only traces of blood, as if it had just been scraped by the projectile, according to Ross.
Nugent is going with a guilty plea, however, because "the law is the law," Ross said.
"What are you going to do about it – a magician act?" he said. "The fact that we didn't know about it doesn't change it."
Broadcasting footage of the hunt on his TV show also shows Nugent didn't know he was in the wrong, said Ross, who sits with Nugent on the National Rifle Association's board of directors.
"It's kind of embarrassing for him because he practices ethical hunting and advocated ethical hunting and gets caught up in a crazy law that none of us have heard about," Ross said.
A call seeking comment from assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt was not immediately returned Monday.
Nugent, who signed the document April 14, agreed to pay a $10,000 fine, according to the document, which says he also agreed to a two-year probation, including a special condition that he not hunt or fish in Alaska or Forest Service properties for one year. He also agreed to create a public service announcement that would be broadcast on his show every second week for one year, the document states.
Nugent also agreed to pay the state $600 for the bear that was taken illegally, according to the document.
A plea agreement would have to be approved by a judge.
Nugent, famed for his 1977 hit "Cat Scratch Fever," drew the attention of the Secret Service last week after he rallied support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and said of the Obama administration: "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November." His comments were made during a National Rifle Association meeting in St. Louis.
Nugent discussed the matter with two agents on Thursday while in Oklahoma, the singer said on his website. Nugent said he was just speaking figuratively and that he didn't threaten anyone's life or advocate violence.
A Secret Service spokesman has said the issue has been resolved.
With hunting, Nugent has run afoul of the law before.
In August 2010, California revoked Nugent's deer hunting license after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of deer-baiting and not having a properly signed tag.
Nugent's loss of that deer hunting license through June 2012 allows 34 other states to revoke the same privilege under the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. Each state, however, can interpret and enforce the agreement differently.
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In what might be the most embarrassing confession of my career, I will admit that "America's Next Top Model" is my guilty pleasure. I've watched it since the early days of Adrianne Curry, the first-ever winner; I've seen Tyra Banks' hair morph from sleek bob to red weave to waist-length 'do; and I've witnessed the endless cycle of judges come and go. None of these changes have been particularly shocking. But when Tyra announced last week that she was firing long-time "Top Model" personalities Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and Jay Alexander, I was floored.
Aside from the contestants' shifting attitudes and characteristics from season to season, that fired triad was the meat of the show. Now gutted, whatever poses as "America's Next Top Model" will be nothing of the sort. Nigel and "The Jays" are as much a part of the identity of "ANTM" as Tyra herself -- in fact, most of their "celebrity" and popularity came from their roles on the show.
In recent seasons, Tyra has been getting some pretty big-name fashion talent, like Donatella Versace, Franca Sozzani, Diane von Furstenberg and Rachel Zoe, but most of those are one-offs. Former Vogue Editor-in-Chief Andre Leon Talley was a judge for four cycles on "ANTM," but he was out of there quickly, without making much of an impact. Straight up, these overtly famous fashion folk don't mesh with the -- pardon me -- bargain-basement air of "ANTM." It's like a French chef judging 6th grade students' oatmeal cookies. What is "ANTM" without Miss Jay's sashays, Mr. Jay's silver hair and Barker's self-entitled British snarkiness? Not much. It's as if we need the vacuousness to fill the vacuum, if that makes any sense.
As an "ANTM" fan, I feel like I have special access to the inner workings of Tyra's brain. (Let's be honest: At the best of times, it's nearly impossible to understand her.) I understand what she's trying to do, but I'm afraid it won't work. Currently in its 18th season, "ANTM" has grown hopelessly stale. While still enjoyable to watch for all the core reasons -- making fun of and judging others, watching people fall on the runway, bad makeovers, and yes, mocking Tyra's insanity -- the formula has become predictable and tired. Tyra is looking for something, anything, to revive this franchise, and this is the queen of last-ditch efforts.
Tyra and her producers probably witnessed the major press given to shows like "American Idol" and "X Factor" as they retool(ed) their judging panels, and thought, "Hey, why can't I get a piece of that?" The major difference here is, on "Idol" for example, the judges chose to leave for the most part, or there were extenuating circumstances. "Idol" also has mainstay Ryan Seacrest, who, if he left, would totally alter the show and probably signal its death. That's what will happen to "Top Model." There will be no continuous thread to pull it all together. Tyra's occasional step-ins just aren't enough.
And this is her last attempt, I bet. What scandal/cheap viewer grabs have we not seen on "ANTM"? We've had a short-girls-only cycle, a plus-sized winner (this was epic for "ANTM"), fainting at the judging panel, mysterious oustings, random departures, disqualifications, Tyra eruptions, underage drinking and smoking, cheating with male models, countless ridiculous runway shows and now, Brits vs. Americans. Clearly a judges panel shake-up, a major one, was the only thing left to do.
But it won't work. The show is just too old. Tyra has promised a brand new format, and is excited for the future of the show. But this is the equivalent of putting new tires, paint and some decals on an old jalopy. If it's broken underneath, it's broken. It's time to sell it for whatever you can and buy a new one. Lord knows Tyra has the money.
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