Hollywood Inside & Out, June 7, 2012
|Written by Billy Masters on June 05 2012|
"I wouldn't be here without a show like this. I'm like 'Dude, I know you have my album, but there's plenty of people who can sing like me or better, and you just gotta get past that because this is your moment." - Kelly Clarkson shares the advice she gives prospective contestants on "Duets." Nice to see that this real "American Idol" hasn't forgotten her roots.
When I read the headline "American Idol Has Lowest-Rated Finale Ever," I felt very guilty because I didn't watch a single episode. And you know what I missed? Nothing. I was vaguely aware of what was going on. I knew that there was some girl in the finale who the American people already tried to get rid of. And there was a guy who could possibly drop dead before winning - which would make this the first year that the new "American Idol" would be crowned posthumously. I would've liked to see that. It's not often that someone can win a show and also be included during the "In Memoriam" segment.
On the other hand, "Dancing with the Stars" had an action-packed finale where everything changed. Many people predicted William Levy had it all tied up - which is a tantalizing image to consider alongside the full-frontal nudes of him that we have on BillyMasters.com. He not only had the bad news of coming in third, but also that his home in Miami is in foreclosure. I hate to even bring this up because the last time I had a foreclosure story, it started a war. But, hey, I just report these things. Levy is reportedly behind $20K in payments and there are plans for the property to be included in a bank auction on June 13th. However, I will add that there are many reasons people get behind...and, frankly, William's got quite a nice arrears.
With "Dancing with the Stars" over, you know what that means...another season of "The Bachelorette." Roll your eyes all you want, but this is a perfect chance for some prime man-watching. Why any of these guys are vying for Emily is beyond me - the Muppets were more lifelike than this plastic princess. These prospective suitors did a number of ridiculous things to get Emily's attention - dress as an old woman (Randy), ride a skateboard (Jef - with one "F"), and carry an ostrich egg (the soon-to-be-departed Travis). But no one stood out like Kalon, who belatedly arrived in a helicopter. Obviously the flight didn't muss his perfect coif. And, wait a minute, is he wearing lip gloss?
Having a penchant for blondes, I focused on Sean Lowe. Even in clothes, I could tell his body was worth looking into. My instincts were correct. Sean is an insurance salesman by day and fitness model by night. As it turns out, he has quite a gay following - because I think we all know who's reading those workout magazines. I'm told he's very popular with the gay boys in Texas.
But Sean ain't the only physique to watch. The biggest shock to me was Tony Pieper. He's the lumber-trading single dad who introduced himself with a glass slipper and a pronounced lisp when he said the word, "M'lady" (you can't make this up). Last week, he was featured sweating profusely waiting in the wings while Emily read an interminable letter from another gent. Turns out that underneath his nebbish exterior beats a champion bodybuilder! In fact, he came in third in the 2011 Iron Mountain Classic Men's Physique Competition - which certainly sounds impressive. Almost as impressive as the photos of his hot body, which I'll feature (along with all the others) on BillyMasters.com.
The New York Times, once the paper of record, did an article about Jim Parsons - who is currently appearing in the Broadway revival of "Harvey." When discussing his performance in last season's "The Normal Heart", the scribe wrote that it "resonated with him on a few levels: Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said." Since the writer did interview Parsons, I'm sure this information was conveyed directly - even if it isn't presented in a direct quote.
More photos are being leaked showing the cast of "Magic Mike" in various forms of undress. But lest you think this flick is solely being targeted to women and gay men, think again. Channing Tatum anticipates a very different audience: "With Joe Manganiello naked in a movie, I think even straight guys are going to be, 'Sh*t, I need to see that. That man is a specimen.'" Really? Will straight men really be saying that? After all, I already have photos and footage of Manganiello as naked as you're gonna get in the film...and, yeah, he is a specimen.
This perfectly leads into our "Ask Billy" question from Joshua in Missouri: "I was reading 'Vanity Fair' and Kelly Ripa said that her husband had been a stripper. Do you know anything about this? Please say there are some videos - or at least Polaroids!"
Although I've previously reported about Marc Consuelos' stripping days, I've never had the assistance of Ripa's own words. Here's what she said: "A lot of hot guys in Hollywood have done that...There he was, in South Florida, he's gorgeous, looking to break into show business, so he started off as a roadie to a group of these guys, and then they talked him into stripping." She's not kidding when she says he was gorgeous. And very...uh..."accommodating" to the fans. And, of course we'll run the photographic proof on our website.
To bring everything full circle, remember when I told you about Elton John singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" at Sting's "Concert for the Rainforest Fund" last month? And I showed you photos of him bumping and grinding with Channing Tatum? Well, one of my sources has finally come through with a video from the event, complete with Chan's sexy stripper moves.