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February 1, 2012 by staff
Paula Abdul Nicole Scherzinger Steve Jones, Simon Cowell pulled off his best Donald Trump impression and fired the majority of his first-season “X Factor” mates, including “Straight Up” singer Paula Abdul.
The news started to trickle in late Monday night when “X Factor” host Steve Jones confirmed on his Twitter page that he won’t be returning for a second season of the Fox singing competition series in the fall.
More surprising was the news that Cowell had dropped his old “American Idol” judging partner Abdul and former P**ycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger.
“We had a lot of fun making the show together and, importantly, we found some real talent and stars,” Cowell said in a statement Tuesday. “I’m sure all three are going to have massive success in what they do next, but now is the time to thank them all for everything they did last year.”
No replacements have been named yet.
Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in Indianapolis.
The Michigan-made star is expected to be joined during her performance by Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., LMFAO and Cee Lo Green.
On Tuesday, the NFL and NBC announced that husband-and-wife country music duo Blake Shelton (“The Voice”) and Miranda Lambert will sing “America the Beautiful” as part of the pregame festivities at Lucas Oil Stadium. Also warming up before kickoff: Lenny Kravitz and the Fray. Kelly Clarkson is scheduled to perform the national anthem.
The male-centric online publication AskMen revealed Tuesday that ABC’s “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara has landed on top of its 11th annual Top 99 Most Desirable Women list.
The No. 2 hottie is Kate Upton, the 19-year-old model who was born right here in Michigan — in St. Joseph, to be exact. Upton, known best for wowing fans with her appearance in the 2011 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, is the niece of U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph.
Rounding out the top five are “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” star Rooney Mara (No. 3), new mom and Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr (No. 4) and the reigning queen of hip-hop, Nicki Minaj (No. 5).
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