Will ‘American Idol’ have opening for another judge?

Posted Dec. 24, 2009, at 5:50 p.m.

“American Idol” may have an opening for another new judge, and the job description likely will go something like this: Seeking male judge for reality show singing contest. Knowledge of music not required, but must be willing to degrade contestants on the spot. Also must have good hair, British accent (because you sound more important that way) and hot temper.

You guessed it. Rumors are circulating that Simon Cowell won’t be returning to “Idol” after next season when his contract expires. Reports have been published in the Times of London, the San Francisco Chronicle and reality TV Web sites and blogs, but no one has a definite answer.

As much fun as it is to criticize Cowell for his disparaging remarks and sometimes tactless behavior toward contestants, he makes the show entertaining. After all, it’s his baby and without him as part of it, I’m not convinced the show will go on.

For now, we’ll just have to wait and see if this is a publicity stunt, or if Cowell truly is turning his sights on the next big project.

Another big surprise (for some) this week was the “Survivor: Samoa” finale. People were surprised that Russel Hantz was beat out by Natalie White, 10 years his junior, for the “Survivor” win. Why would you be surprised?

A co-worker got it right this week when she commented that White won because of the way the final decision is made. If a panel of your peers (in this case other “Survivor” contestants) are the ones who decide the outcome of the game, of course they’re going to vote for the person they liked over the person who played the game better.

Hantz was cocky, manipulative, and sneaky — in other words, the life of the “Survivor” party that kept it all interesting. He got a little too confident in the end, and I think that’s what hurt him. I’d be curious to see what would have happened if America had voted on the winner instead of the “Survivor” jury.

Maybe next season …

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