Fox and the producers of American Idol decided to pass on the grim-faced Victoria Beckham as a replacement for Paula Abdul as judge, opting for Ellen DeGeneres. (You might have heard of her.) Daily Mail says of Victoria: “Her warm manner and own music experience made her a favorite to take over the £3 million role, but there were concerns audiences would struggle with her accent, and that she was too thin.”
At first glance, I was appalled when I saw this BBC NEWS headline in my RSS reader: “Boyle is ‘edging closer’ to Porno.” (Well, I knew Susan‘s future seemed a bit uncertain, but I never thought it would come to that.) Well, click this link and take a breath of sweet relief.
A drama set at the time of the Charles/Di wedding will be made for the BBC.(The Stage)
Matt Bellamy and the Muse boys have offered their latest album to The Guardian‘s readers for a first listen, and I think they might regret that.
Ringo Starr wouldn’t have passed muster had The Beatles auditioned for X Factor, says Simon Cowell.(Telegraph)
Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four, Horatio Hornblower) is a papa! (Daily Mail)
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.