Bits and Pieces - May 9, 2011
May 9, 2011
Yesterday was Mother's Day. That means that right about now the Octomom should be just about done reading her Mother's Day cards.
After being ousted from "AMERICAN IDOL" last week, JACOB LUSK said he was hurt by constant criticism from mentor Jimmy Iovine, but admitted that he didn't have the greatest performance on Wednesday and that why he was sent home. At least that's what he's saying on the record. TMZ says that Lusk is telling his friends he's not to blame for his terrible song choices and that Iovine gave him bad advice. Lusk says he never wanted to perform "No Air", but Iovine pressured him into it. Ironically, during the show, Randy Jackson told Lusk, "I don't think that's the direction for you."
Filming of the new competition show THE X FACTOR began yesterday and just in time, the rest of the judges and hosts were announced. No big surprises as Paula Abdul was the last to sign on as a judge and will reunite Simon Cowell. British singer Cheryl Cole and producer Antonio "L.A." Reid are the other two judges, while former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and British TV personality Steve Jones will co-host.
- DEPECHE MODE'S DAVE GAHAN was honored for his sobriety on Friday by the MusiCares charity, which helps musicians who've fallen on hard times. Gahan attempted suicide in 1995 by slashing a wrist following years of drug abuse and almost died in 1996 when his heart stopped for several minutes after he overdosed.
- DAVID GUETTA has hired an investigator who's worked for the Pentagon to find the hackers who leaked his latest tune, "Where Them Girls At?," featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj. The hackers actually got an unfinished track and added their own touches before leaking it. However, that forced Guetta to finish the official version and release it last week.
- TAYLOR SWIFT is selling tickets to her last dress rehearsal for her "Speak Now" tour with proceeds going to tornado relief efforts in the South. The dress rehearsal will take place on May 21st at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
- Today: Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph ("Bridesmaids"); actress Keira Knightley; author Chelsea Handler ("Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me")
- Good Morning America: Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton; Donny and Marie Osmond perform
- CBS Early Show: Winners of "The Amazing Race."
- Regis & Kelly: Chelsea Handler; Jacob Lusk performs
- The View: Michael Douglas; Donny and Marie Osmond perform
- Ellen DeGeneres: David Spade; reality TV star Bethenny Frankel
The Dallas Mavericks ended the Los Angeles Lakers' season with a four-game sweep as well as the coaching career of Phil Jackson, who leaves the sport with 11 championships.
Virginia's 16-year-old Timisha Deloatch and a couple of classmates at Hampton High School got a tattoo from a fellow student while her art teacher watched. As you might guess, Timisha's mother was furious and complained to school officials, who are now investigating. Yes, this is the same outraged mother that allowed Timisha to get her grandmother's initials professionally tattooed on her arm and the words "beautiful nightmare" inked on her lower back.
1961: Jim Gentile became the first major leaguer to hit back-to-back grand slams in consecutive innings.
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