By Tabloid Baby|Tuesday, February 13, 2007 | 1:15 pm | 1 Comments
So let’s see… there are rumours that American Idol may let Michael Jackson near the kids to “mentor” them through a special Jacko week… producers are allegedly editing around Paula Abdul, so she doesn’t appear to be under the influence of Jesus Juice… former Go-Go and current French chanteuse Belinda Carlisle claims she was approached to replace our Paula… Kellie Pickler’s daddy Clyde, fresh out prison on a stabbing rap, attacked his wife with a knife… and they may up the cutoff age from 28 to 30. There’s even spoiler news about Osama bin Idol… but let’s go with something strange:
A bizarre Idol flap has erupted over a British contestant– and former pop star– who’s apparently made it to the Hollywood round. The UK Daily Star reports that a “furious contestant” is accusing Simon Cowell of planting him into the mix.
Tom Lowe was signed to BMG when Simon was at the label. His boy band, North and South, had a #2 hit in Malaysia, and he went on to star in a BBC series, in Cats on the West End, graduated from Harvard and he’s got a band called Tommy & The Tigers.
At 28, he just made the cutoff to audition in Seattle. We don’t remember him. Do you? Good reason: more bizarrely, Lowe wasn’t seen in Idol here in the States– only in the British broadcast (above).
Hey, that Canadian girl Jory Steinberg was enough of a stretch. But a British American Idol?
According to notoriously unreliable British tabloid reports, Tom reminded Simon of the connection and Simon said he didn’t remember. On the clip, Simon plays dumb. As in not giving up anything.
C’mon, Simon, the guy starred in Cats!
(UPDATE: Nikki Finke says Tom Lowe has got quite a history of controversy… read all about it here.)