Failed 'Idol' Contestant
Arrested for Public Masturbation
... In Slushy Truck
1/17/2014 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If you thought this guy was weird on Wednesday night's "American Idol" premiere, just wait til you get a load of his rap sheet -- and we literally mean load -- the guy was convicted in 2010 after allegedly jerking it in a frozen lemonade truck ... while parked in front of a group of kids.
Sam Atherton had just finished serving frozen lemonade to a group of churchgoers and their kids when he was popped for "open and gross lewdness."
An eyewitness told police he saw Atherton "bobbing his head up and down ... with an intense look on his face" while vigorously moving his arm and shoulder. The witness claims when he approached Atherton to confront him, the guy's pants were around his ankles.
Atherton's excuse was classic ... he said he was just scratching his foot because of a severe fungus.
Atherton was convicted on two counts of lewdness and sentenced to two years probation.
Just when you thought nothing could be worse than his audition.
Seacrest's New Chick
Bikini Modeling Debut
ON A FREEZING BEACH
12/10/2013 11:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ryan Seacrest's new lady Shayna Taylor nearly FROZE TO DEATH during her first big modeling shoot yesterday -- stripping down to a tiny bikini on an L.A. beach in the middle of the winter -- but even though it was cold outside, the photo shoot was hot as hell.
As we reported, the 23-year-old smokeshow just signed with a huge modeling agency thanks to the publicity she's gotten from allegedly dating the "American Idol" host.
Check the video ... she's a natch ... but she still needs a little coaching from the photographer.
FYI, it was roughly 45 degrees in L.A. yesterday by the water ... which is like -76 degrees for Angelenos.
Moving On with
12/3/2013 10:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ryan Seacrest is more predictable than crap in a diaper -- the "American Idol" host has a new lady in his sights after dumping Julianne Hough ... and shocker, she's also a hot blonde.
The girl's name is Shayna Taylor ... she's 23 ... annnnd that's pretty much it.
According to our sources, Shayna runs in one of those hot blonde Hollywood crowds filled with Instagram models who pretty much party exclusively at rich people's houses. And that's how Seacrest met her roughly a year ago.
It's unclear if Ryan and Shayna are boyfriend and girlfriend ... or just "close" friends.
Fun fact: Shayna's the same girl who was pictured smooching with Terrence Howard last year in St. Barts.
So now we gotta ask ...
BLASTS 'AMERICAN IDOL'
It Was Like Working In Hell!!!
11/14/2013 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey says she HATED being a judge on "American Idol" -- claiming everyday it was like "working in hell with Satan."
Carey never mentioned Nicki Minaj by name during the explosive interview with Hot 97 in NYC yesterday ... but it's clear who she was talking about since their feud was no secret.
Carey -- who made $18 mil for her 1st season on the show -- says she was duped by producers who told her she was going to sit on a 3-person panel ... and when they added Minaj as a 4th judge, things quickly spiraled out of control.
"It was like hell ... going to work every day in hell with Satan," Carey said.
We broke the story ... Minaj and Carey fought right from the start -- and in their most famous spat, the rapper told producers, "I'm not f**kin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there."
So, guess no Christmas duet??
New Clue in Weed Mystery
... Courtesy of Adam Lambert
11/4/2013 6:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Only Adam Lambert really knows for sure if that lit cigar he passed Miley Cyrus at his Halloween party contained the devil's weed ... and over the weekend, he dropped a pretty big clue.
Lambert was at LAX when a photog asked point-blank about the photo TMZ posted, showing the former "Idol" superstar handing Miley something that looks like (and probably was) a big, fat blunt.
You gotta see Lambert masterfully bob, weave and deflect when asked about it -- but then came the big moment ... when the photog said, "If it was a joint, say nothing."
The reaction pretty much says it all.
Now excuse us ... we have some Funyuns to eat.
Adam Lambert to Miley
Here's a Toke-In of My Appreciation
11/2/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adam Lambert lit up the joint earlier this week ... and then handed it to Miley Cyrus.
TMZ obtained this photo -- taken at Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood -- showing a costumed Adam and Miley passing what sure appears to be a blunt.
Miley -- who came as Lil' Kim -- is no stranger to puffin' trees, but Adam Lambert ... who knew?
In case you're wondering if the club tolerates it, as Simon Cowell would say, Welcome to Hollywood.
I'm So Over 'Idol'
8/29/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scooter Braun is like several million other TV viewers -- he's over "American Idol."
We've learned Justin Bieber's manager will not join the show as a judge, and the reason is simple.
A source very close to Scooter puts it this way: "The only reason to do it at this point is vanity and he doesn't do things for vanity. Without the right to manage the acts, it makes no business sense for him and ultimately he's a business guy."
Jennifer Lopez and several producers made a play for Scooter, but we're told the stumbling block has been that he wants his hooks in the careers of the contestants and "A.I." can't give him that because of Simon Fuller's deal -- that's his domain.
So Scooter moves on. We've also learned he thinks "A.I." is crazy not to sign Dr. Luke.
Wants Scooter to Finger
Next Kelly Clarkson
8/22/2013 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Some of the honchos at "American Idol" -- and Jennifer Lopez -- have been aggressively courting super-manager Scooter Braun because their research shows people don't care about the judges -- they want to watch the birth of the next big star.
Sources connected with the show tell us ... "A.I." execs believe the show has lost its way by sinking their fortunes on the judges. The research is clear -- viewers want to see the next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood emerge from the pack.
The execs believe there is no one in music better to accomplish that task than Scooter Braun, who built careers for Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted, and many others. BTW, they're right. Braun's a genius.
But here's the rub ... Sources very close to Scooter tell TMZ ... he's flattered but has lots of doubts about doing the show. One of the biggest -- he's saying he likes being able "to go to the grocery store under the radar."
We're told the only way Scooter would even consider doing the show is if he could have management control of any contestant he chooses -- even the ones who don't win.
The likelihood he'd take the gig -- remote, but still possible.
Smart is Dumb
Reveals 'A.I.' Return
8/17/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez must sure think Casper Smart is cute, because upstairs there's a vacancy -- he just ruined her big announcement that she's returning to "American Idol."
Smart was promoting his new show -- yes, anyone can -- when he was asked if his GF was coming back to the struggling show. He dug deep and said, "Yes."
Apparently Casper thought the cat was already out of the bag.
So JLo will join Keith Urban. No word on other potential saviors.
NBA Star Jason Collins
And Adam Lambert
Who Would You Rather?
8/8/2013 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA player Jason Collins hit the West Hollywood club scene last night ... and ran into former "American Idol" star Adam Lambert at a new place called Hooray Henry's.
Randy On Simon
From One Dog to Another
8/3/2013 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Randy Jackson predictably sidestepped our question about his good bud "American Idol" cohort Simon Cowell.
Randy had just landed at LAX and he pretended like he was coming from Mars when we asked about the happy-ish news that Simon was about to become a daddy after secretly banging his friend's wife.
His reaction ... well, he made it his own.
Andrew to Simon
You Were Bangin' My Wife
BEFORE We Split!
8/2/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Simon Cowell's FORMER good buddy claims Mr. 'X Factor' was sticking it to his wife before they parted ways ... and THAT'S why he's accusing Cowell of adultery ... TMZ has learned.
We know real estate mogul Andrew Silverman isn't buying what Simon is selling -- that he didn't lay a finger or any other part on Lauren Silverman until after the split.
There's some proof to back Andrew -- photos (above) of Lauren and Simon kissing during a yacht vacation a year ago. By the way, Andrew was also on that trip.
Andrew, we're told, just wants out of the marriage and away from Lauren and Simon, and he's willing to settle custody and financial issues quickly. For now, he's asking for full custody of their 7-year-old son, but it appears from what we know that's a negotiable point.
A source close to Lauren tells TMZ ... Lauren and her husband were over before she and Simon entered into any kind of relationship.
Adultery aside ... we checked with a bunch of English folk who tell us the "Bro Code" extends to the U.K., and Simon squarely violated it.