SIMON COWELL NOT ENGAGED! After dating his girlfriend Mezhgan Hussainy for only six months, Simon Cowell was rumored to be engaged. Even though a close friend swears the couple are expecting to be married, www.PerezHilton.com has learned earlier reports are false. In a TV interview, the American Idol judge stated, “She's very special. You know when you've found somebody very special.”
CHANGE IN IDOL TOP 24! Curly-haired singer Chris Golightly - who auditioned in Los Angeles, where he talked about bouncing around between 25 foster homes as a child - has been eliminated from the competition. "It has been determined that Chris Golightly is ineligible to continue in the competition," read a statement from Fox. According to Idol fan blog, www.JoesPlaceBlog.com, Golightly was under an old contract with a boy band that expired in June 2009. He said he auditioned for Idol in July, after the contract had expired, and when he made it to Hollywood, he had to sign an AI contract that asked if he had any current contracts, to which he answered no. After making it to the top 24 in January, Golightly said he broke the lease on his apartment and sold his car to pay off the fees, only to get a call a week ago from the person who held his previous contract telling him that he was still under that agreement. Chris said he was not under that deal anymore, but couldn't find his release. Golightly was informed just hours before the finale of Hollywood Week aired that he would be disqualified because he couldn't definitively prove that he was not bound to the previous contract. He will be replaced by 19-year-old Texas native Tim Urban. You can see the top 12 girls perform on American Idol Tuesday night at 7 PM on Fox.
JON AND KATE MINUS HOUSE! The Jon and Kate Plus 8 house where the now-divorced couple shot most of their show has been sold for 258-thousand dollars. People.com reports that the five-bedroom home in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania is where the first seasons of the reality show took place before the Gosselin family moved into their current rural 1.3-million dollar home in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. The Elizabethtown home sold for 22-thousand dollars less than the Gosselins paid for it when it was purchased in 2006.
EUBANKS NOT TOTALLY LEAVING LENO! There have been some reports lately that Jay Leno’s longtime sidekick and bandleader, Kevin Eubanks, wouldn’t be a part of The Tonight Show when Jay returns as host next month. However, the guitarist took to his Twitter to clear up the rumors. He said he’ll still be around on the show, but not as much for now. Eubanks promises to tweet when he has a definite plan set. Keep up to date with Kevin at www.Twitter.com/KevinEubanks.
ANOTHER GOLDEN GIRL WANTED FOR SNL! A Facebook page campaigning for Betty White to host Saturday Night Live already exists, but now one has popped up out of support for fellow Golden Girl Rue McClanahan as well. The site says, "Betty White shouldn't be the only one who gets to host SNL. What about the original cougar Rue McClanahan? Let's hear it for our girl! Betty White shouldn't have all the fun."
DEADLIEST CATCH IN LIMBO? The Discover Channel’s reality show, Deadliest Catch, is still mourning the loss of Cornelia Marie Captain Phil Harris, and now many are questioning if the show will go on without him. Though crab fishing certainly will, execs at the network are trying to decide how to move forward since Harris’ death occurred while they were shooting season six. Harris untimely passing will be a part of the show and will also be seen through the eyes of the other captains. Plans are also in the works for a special to honor Captain Phil.
AVATAR DVD COMING IN NOVEMBER! Director James Cameron revealed when Avatar fans can add the movie to their DVD collection. He told www.MTV.com, “We’re going to put Avatar out probably in November on DVD – bare bones, just the movie – and then we’ll follow up with some kind of special edition later down the line.” In addition, the DVD will include 15 minutes of bonus footage and five to six minutes of “finished, theatrical-release-quality deleted scenes.”
COULD BROOKE BURKE HOST DWTS? Could Brooke Burke be the next host of Dancing with the Stars? Well the former winner of the show wrote on her Twitter account that she is “screen testing for the job” and that it would be “amazing to be back.” Learn more at www.PerezHilton.com.
LOST SPOILER ALERT! Lost fans – here is a spoiler alert. Maggie Grace, who played “Shannon” on the series, will be returning at some point during the final season. Executive Producer Carlton Cuse told Entertainment Weekly that although “Shannon” was killed off in season two, he’s excited to have her back since they “have a good story for her.” Former cast members Harold Perrineau (“Michael”), Cynthia Watros (“Libby”) and Rebecca Mader (“Charlotte”) are all also set to return during the final season. Catch Lost Tuesdays at 8 PM on ABC.
GOBLET OF FIRE UNDER FIRE! Another plagiarism lawsuit has been filed against Harry Potter author J.K Rowling and her publisher. This time, the estate of writer Adrian Jacobs, who died in 1997, claims that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire lifted elements from Jacob’s book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard: No. 1 Livid Land. According to E!, Rowling responded by saying she was “saddened that yet another claim has been made that I have taken material from another source to write Harry.” She also added she had never heard of Jacobs’ book until the suit was filed and that her attorneys have asked for an immediate dismissal based on a lack of merit.