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.