Noah Tepperberg can be described as no less than a nightlife mogul. He and The Strategic Group are responsible for opening some of the hottest spots ever; including Avenue, Marquee and Artichoke Pizza in NYC and TAO and LAVO in Las Vegas.
Their latest project, Dream Downtown had a launch party on June 15th, which was described as simply, "Epic." Quite a crowd came out to celebrate the much anticipated opening, including singer Eve, Solange Knowles, Tyson Beckford, Shenae Grimes, Kellan Lutz, and Kara Dioguardi, just to name a few. The new spot hasn't officially opened its doors to the public, but it's already being touted as the "next big thing." We got a chance to chat with Noah about Dream and what's to come for the new lavish hot spot.
Peter Rice, chairman of entertainment for Fox Network Group, says “no one has signed a deal yet” to be a judge in season 10 of American Idol. The rumor mill is spinning fast, and stars like Barry Manilow, Elton John, Bret Michaels, Justin Timberlake, Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance judge) and Howard Stern have all supposedly expressed interest in joining Randy Jackson, the remaining original judge, on the panel. Simon Cowell announced in season 9 that he would be leaving the show to work on his own talent show for Fox, The X Factor. Kara DioGuardi was recently fired for not connecting with the fans. Ellen DeGeneres had a good season on the show, but felt that she was not a good judge of musical talent and left.
Kara DioGuardi has been fired from American Idol and will no longer be a judge on the top rated reality TV show. The chair next to her that is now occupied by Ellen Degeneres will also be vacant come next season as reports indicate that the comic, yet, out of place host has quit.
Simon Cowell's American Idol contract is up after this season and with Paula already gone and the additions of Kara DioGuardi and Ellen Degeneres as judges, the Brit brute's future on the show post-2010 is unknown. One thing is known though, and that is Idol or not, Cowell plans on bringing his hit British reality show The X Factor to the States sometime soon. The X Factor has already produced spin-offs in 19 other countries and launched the careers of stars like Leona Lewis, but Cowell's current Idol contract has kept him from launching the rival singing show in America.
It seems our “favorite” American Idol judge, Paula Abdul, might have seen her last season. According to her manager David Sonenberg, Paula is extremely disappointed. He said, “Very sadly, it does not appear that she’s going to be back on Idol.” Negotiation is currently in the works for a new contract, but those in charge at FremantleMedia and 19 Entertaiment have not laid out a plan for her yet. Abdul has been part of the show since its beginnings and is considered the “nice judge,” a definite fixture in the trio of Paula/Simon/Randy.