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Kelly Clarkson,

Taylor Hicks

12/17/2006 9:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kelly ClarksonDreams really do come true. If you can meet their price, you can party with your favorite "American Idol."

According to the New York Post, the going rate for the reality show's castoffs, finalists and winners ranges from pocket change to big bucks. It all depends on whether you want them to sing their little hearts out or just show up and pretend they care.

So who makes the most? Ruben Studdard gets anywhere from $30K-$75K for three songs; Taylor Hicks sells his soul for $150K; and Kelly Clarkson is worth $300K. Meanwhile, a lowly castoff like Kimberly Caldwell -- wait, who? -- only charges $2,000.


Ed NortonThanks for Nothing, Ed Norton


There'll be no swanky swag at the Oscars or Golden Globes, courtesy of altruistic Edward Norton. The awards have scrapped giving out gift bags -- which are usually worth up to $100K -- because the actor complained so much, and the IRS got wind of the extent of the freebies. Norton tells New York magazine: "Picking through $35,000 gift baskets is disgusting and shameful. My suggestion was to have the Academy commit to [charitable] contributions in the name of the winners." Yeah, right. Look for Ed sitting alone during this year's festivities.


Martha StewartMartha Dishes Dirt With Stern


How does he do it? Howard Stern had Martha Stewart talking dirty during his show last week. The usually stuffy domestic diva told Stern she owns a $1,200 vibrator, which she called "a very good tool," reports the New York Post. She also dished on her short-lived relationships with New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor Anthony Hopkins. "I couldn't get past the Lechter thing," she said. "Do you want someone eating your brain while you are sitting in your beautiful dining room in Maine?" Fair enough.


Party Favors: Steven Spielberg and Christy Turlington Team Up for Fashion Show ... "Apprentice" Champ and E! News Reporter Engaged ... Michael Jackson's Japanese VIP Party


Steven Spielberg is jumping on the reality TV bandwagon. The Oscar-winning director is developing a show about the fashion world featuring supermodel Christy Turlington ... PEOPLE reports "Apprentice" winner Bill Rancic and E! News' Giuliana DePandi are engaged. The couple met when she interviewed him on E! two years ago ... Michael Jackson is charging Japanese fans $3,500 a pop to shake his hand and snap a photo. The "Premium VIP Party" takes place March 8.

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46.

Standards are badly needed.    

The Oscars and Golden Globes will be headed in the right direction if they discontinue swanky swag. These nights were originally intended to honour achievement in their respective arenas. Now it can go back to being about that. Something money can't, or shouldn't be able to, buy. Which is what those two nights were supposed to be about all along. Thanks, Ed Norton. You can't buy principles.

2801 days ago
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Joe    

Yeah, Ed Norton is an IDIOT. What a terrible idea to give to charity instead of keeping all that swag everyone can already afford. Why would you ever want to do anything good for other people? Especially this time of the year? If people hand you a hundred thousand dollars worth of free stuff YOU TAKE IT you don't complain about how there are "people suffering" or "less fortunate" or "hideously neglected and in need". I wish there was still a blacklist cause I would ship him off to the Soviet Union in a heart beat. I hope he dies in a fire, good intentions and down-to-earth mentalities disgust me. Don't these people know they're better than everyone else? DON'T THEY READ TMZ? HASN'T BRITNEY SPEARS LET A CIGARETTE SMOLDER ON HER BABY OR SOMETHING?

2800 days ago
48.

gettheboysawayfromher    

Ed Norton is an actor not a celebrity He has too much class for Hollyweird. They should give to charity and stop pampering these idiots. Go Mr. Nortoon

2795 days ago
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