:: Idol returns with Chicago auditions and guest judge Shania Twain, who’s taking a long and winding route back into the public eye — judging Idol, we get, but chatting with the Queen of Jordan? We’re confused. [BuddyTV]
:: Adam Lambert appears on Oprah today. Here’s hoping he spontaneously decides to make out with Oprah and forces her head toward his crotch. [Oprah]
:: Randy Jackson is stepping up as the Idol alpha male by making appearances on Letterman and Regis & Kelly. We’re surprised he doesn’t throw on a V-neck and speak with a British accent. [MJsbigblog]
:: Simon Cowell has extended and expanded his relationship with Sony by turning his Syco production company (which includes rights to The X Factor and artists like Susan Boyle) into a new 50-50 joint venture with the Japanese electronics company. Cowell winding up a lonely Howard Hughes-style billionaire in his old age is pretty much a given at this point. [E! Online]
:: Is one of your favorite cleverly named contestants already disqualified from the competition? Click the link to be spoiled (and saddened). [Idol Chatter]
UPDATE! Check out Adam performing “If I Had You” on Oprah after the jump.