Tattle: 'Idol' adds Nicki & Keith


TATTLE BELIEVES that Americans will be so tired of national karaoke competitions by the time "American Idol" kicks off in January, it doesn't really matter who the judges are.

Especially since we've never been sure on "Idol" what it is the judges do.

But "Idol" will again have a quartet of cheerleaders at the judges table at the start of the new season, and this go-around they will be: Mariah Carey (announced two months ago), Randy Jackson (yes, he's coming back, dawg), Keith Urban (it's about time there was a country judge since so many finalists are country singers) and Nicki Minaj (Tattle's prediction for breakout star - she's got more personality than the other three combined).

Ryan Seacrest will host.

For the 11th-straight season, Tattle will not watch.


Royals target photog

Lawyers for Britain's royal family will make a criminal complaint against the photographer who took blurry pictures of Prince William's wife, Kate, sunbathing topless in the south of France, William's office said Sunday.

The palace has already launched a civil suit against France's Closer magazine (a misnomer since it couldn't get very close to Kate), which published the paparazzi snaps of the Duchess of Cambridge relaxing during a holiday at a not-so-private villa in Provence.

William's office called the photos a "grotesque" abuse of the young royals' privacy.

The palace said it would be up to French prosecutors to decide whether to investigate and pursue a criminal complaint for breach of privacy or trespassing.

The couple's lawyers are already due in a Paris court Monday seeking an injunction against Closer's publisher, the Italian media group Mondadori. It also publishes Italy's Chi gossip magazine, which says it will run 50 photos over 26 pages Monday.

(Kate is lovely, but her chest is not worth 26 pages.)

Mondadori is owned by former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi.

The palace said it was considering "all proportionate responses" against Chi, though no decision has been made on legal action against it or the Irish Daily Star, which reproduced the Closer photos on Saturday.

No British publication has run the pictures, and Britain's tabloids have denounced them as an invasion of the duchess' privacy.

Their response stands in contrast to their eager publishing of naked photos of Prince Harry partying and playing naked billiards in Las Vegas (while showing off the royal cue stick) that appeared online last month and were later published in Britain's Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun tabloid. The palace took no action against those who published those randy pics.

As for the Irish Daily Star, two men who criticized it for publishing the Kate photos were . . . its owners.

Northern and Shell, which co-owns the paper with Ireland's Independent News and Media, said it was "profoundly dismayed" the tab had run the pictures. Its chief, Richard Desmond, said he planned to pull out of the joint venture.

Independent News and Media CEO Joe Webb offered his "deepest apologies" and said the company would be "launching an internal inquiry to ensure there will never be a repeat of this breach of decency." Webb said in a statement that he hopes to preserve the Irish Daily Star and its 70 employees.

In Italy, La Repubblica - a longtime foe of Berlusconi - criticized Chi's decision to publish the photos, saying they were incompatible with his status as a politician and statesman.

Huh? They're completely compatible with Berlusconi's status.



* The London Sun reports that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are back together.

Happy Rosh Hashana, kids.

* "Game of Thrones" was the big winner Saturday at the creative arts Emmy Awards.

Programs with multiple-award bragging rights included Discovery Channel's "Frozen Planet," "Great Expectations" on PBS' "Masterpiece" showcase and "Saturday Night Live," each of which earned four Emmys.

History's "Hatfields & McCoys," HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and the 65th annual Tony Awards on CBS each nabbed three awards.

HBO earned the most awards with 17.

Paul Rudd is hosting a bowling benefit Oct. 22 at New York's Lucky Strike lanes to support Our Time, which helps children who stutter.

The guest list includes Gina Gershon, Mariska Hargitay, Rashida Jones, Julianna Margulies, Jesse L. Martin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Denis O'Hare, Fisher Stevens, Victor Garber, Rosie Perez, Anthony Rapp, Rachel Dratch, Lewis Black, John Oliver, Mo Rocca, Steve Kazee and Bobby Cannavale.

Rudd was playing a man who stutters in Richard Greenberg's "Three Days of Rain" in 2006 when he learned about Our Time.

Tickets, which include open bar and dinner, range from $275 to $10,000.

For $10,000, you also get to bowl a perfect game.

David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and shot in Philadelphia, won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film opens later this fall.

* Beer and wine will be on the menu when the new Be Our Guest restaurant opens later this year in Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida.

Disney officials told the Orlando Sentinel that they've listened to feedback from guests who've said they'd like the option of being served wine (Finding CaberNemo?) or beer (Snow White and the Seven Drafts, perhaps?) with dinner. The restaurant will open in November as part of the Fantasyland expansion.

It's the first time in the Magic Kingdom's 41-year history that the park will serve beer and wine.

Tattle's kind of bummed there will be no Strawberry Duckarees.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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