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17-year-old girl raped in front of huge crowd at Keith Urban concert

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Well, this is certainly disgusting. A Keith Urban concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts last weekend took a rather dark turn (darker than a Keith Urban concert normally is, of course) last weekend when a 17-year-old girl was raped in front of an entire crowd of drunken country fans who not only didn’t step in to help, but also decided it’d be a great thing to record on their phones. Oh yeah, and this is the same concert where 20 people were hospitalized after getting too drunk.

From CNN:

The attack happened in front of a large crowd of other concertgoers on the lawn of the Xfinity Center, an outdoor amphitheater in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on Saturday night, a police statement said.

The rape ended when a woman in the crowd pushed the alleged attacker off the victim and he fled, police said.

Sean Murphy, 18, was arrested “a short time later” and charged with rape, police said.

“Officers conducting the investigation were assisted by patrons that had been concerned and took photos and video of the assault on their cellular phones,” the Mansfield Police statement said. “Those phones are being processed to recover the digital evidence of the assault.”

Murphy entered a not guilty plea in court and was released on $10,000 bond.

The country star and “American Idol” judge posted a video on YouTube after the show Saturday night commenting on what he saw on the lawn from the stage.

“Up on the lawn tonight, that was nutso. It was so cool,” he said.

Yeah, I’d say “nutso” about covers it, Keith. This is disgusting from all angles, and I hope the asshole who was charged spends some time behind bars for it. There’s not even an “I was drunk!” defense to this. I’ve been drunk plenty of times in my life, and I’ve never ever wanted to commit an act like that. What the hell is the world coming to?

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban did a duet and it was awkward

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are husband and wife and family comes first. But you know what else comes first? Charity. They headed to Monash Children’s Hospital in Australia to visit with the sick kids there and put on a mini-concert for them. You know what’s coming: Nicole and Keith did a duet of ‘Amazing Grace’ for the kids. Was it the worst thing I’ve ever heard? No, but it does seem a bit awkward (though seriously, it was a really sweet gesture).

Here’s the statement the hospital wrote on their website following the visit:

Friday 13 June 2014 proved to be a very lucky day for the children at Monash Children’s Hospital who were visited by very special guests; Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban before they attended the Swisse Wellness Australia Celebrate Life Ball. Keith bought his guitar along and sang a heartfelt rendition of Amazing Grace to the patients, families and staff at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He had some extra help with vocals thanks to Nicole and of course our incredible NICU staff. We want to say a huge THANK YOU to Nicole, Keith and Swisse for lifting up the spirits of some our most deserving patients, families and staff. Se below for more coverage and photos.

And here’s the duet for your viewing pleasure:

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Nicole Kidman Thinks Marrying Tom Cruise Was Intoxicating, But Nothing Special

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Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise got married in 1990 and stayed together for 11 years before ultimately divorcing, and Nicole has remained pretty mum on the details of their relationship for the past decade. However, the topic came up in a new interview with Vanity Fair, for some reason, and she pretty much admitted that while it all seemed pretty romantic and even intoxicating because they were in the throes of fame, she actually didn’t love him all that much. Ouch!

“I was so young,” Nicole Kidman tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Sam Kashner in the December-issue cover story, reflecting back on her marriage to Tom Cruise when she was just 23 years old. “And you know, with no disrespect to what I had with Tom, I’ve met my great love now. And I really did not know if that was going to happen. I wanted it, but I didn’t want it for a while, because I didn’t want to jump from one relationship to another. I had a lot of time alone, which was really, really good, because I was a child, really, when I got married. And I needed to grow up.”

When asked about the unreal level of fame she endured during her marriage to Cruise, Kidman says, “There is something about that sort of existence that, if you really focus on each other and you’re in that bubble, it’s very intoxicating, because it’s just the two of you. And there is only one other person that’s going through it. So it brings you very close, and it’s deeply romantic. I’m sure Brad and Angelina have that—because there’s nobody else that understands it except that person who’s sleeping right next to you.”

Nicole is married to Keith Urban now, so that’s obviously who she considers to be her “great love”, which is fine and well. To be honest, I think Nicole and Tom did pretty well – 11 years is nothing to shake a stick at in Hollywood, but it again begs the issue: can Hollywood relationships last, especially between two massively famous people at the height of their careers? Obviously Nicole and Keith are doing pretty well, but who knows if it’ll stay that way.

Keith Urban And Nicole Kidman Sext

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Keith Urban admitted, with some embarrassment, that he sexts wife Nicole Kidman. Better hope neither of their phones get stolen. But you know, it’s cool — celebs are just like us! I can’t even tell if I’m being sarcastic anymore. On Ellen, he talked about how he and his wife keep in touch with their busy schedules — he with his touring and American Idol-ing, and she with being the best actress in the world and getting shoved onto the sidewalk by paparazzi on bicycles. Here’s what he said, via Toronto Sun:

We just make it work. We never text, we never email. Phone calls only, which I really love that. [...] Maybe one text. Maybe one cool kind of, you know… Nice sex texting. I’m a little red right now.

I did an artist’s rendering of what he looked like:

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Do YOU sext? Are you worried someone’s going to see it?

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Here’s Your New ‘American Idol’ Judges Panel

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I know we should really be over this whole thing. American Idol, which wore out its welcome on our TV screens back when Paula Abdul left the show, should be canceled. We should all be living in peace to try and overcome our nightmares of Randy Jackson calling everyone “dawg”, but alas… we’re back with another season, and a new-ish judges panel that will really… underwhelm you.

We already knew Jennifer Lopez was back to cash an easy check (though she swears it’s not for the money, LOL) and that Harry Connick Jr. was joining her. But had we seen them all together? Where’s poor Keith Urban? Well, seek no further: they’ve posed for their first photo together.

Okay, this has to be said: How fucking terrible does this panel look? What a bizarre combination of humans! It’s not that I particularly care about either of them on their own, but putting them together seems so wrong and I honestly cannot see how this is going to work. Then again, maybe producers did it on purpose to finally tank this terrible show once and for all.

What do you think? Will you be watching American Idol this January?

American Idol Keeps Keith Urban — Yay?

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Keith Urban managed to avoid the great Idol wipeout of 2013. Fox is asking him to come back for another season of American Idol. Yay? Keith Urban seems boring as hell to me. Anyone watching the show care that he’s coming back? I’m sincerely asking, I’ve maybe seen 5 minutes of footage of him in my life.

The official report from People:

On Thursday, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed Urban’s return, and regarding other judges [ahem Ms. Lopez] said, “most of what you’ve heard and read about has merit.”

Mr. Urban also tweeted, “Thrilled to be back on @AmericanIdol with my pal @RyanSeacrest and dying to know who the other judges will be!!!!” Whoa there buddy, careful with those exclamation marks.

People is also very confident that Jennifer Lopez will return as a judge, after skipping last season. Let’s not forget that she and Seacrest had a “secret meeting“, so it must be totally true.

Pretty Much Everyone On American Idol Got Fired

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Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson, and…who is the other one? Ah, Keith Urban. Yeah all of them are fired and won’t be coming back for the next season of American Idol. And Jennifer Lopez isn’t coming back either. Or Nigel Lythgoe. That’s what they’re saying. So spin it away, boys! Here’s most of the report. It contains the delicious quote “No more big checks for big divas.”

From The Wrap:

“All four are gone,” [an] insider told TheWrap. “They feel they’ve lost their core audience and they want it back.”

A Fox spokesperson declined to comment for this story.

All four judges have options to return for another season, but Fox won’t be picking them up, according to the knowledgeable individual, who said: “No more big checks for divas.”

The network has resolved to stop paying the huge salaries it has been shoveling out for its big name talent, i.e. Carey’s reported $18 million package, Minaj’s $12 million salary and former judge Jennifer Lopez’s $15 million.

The show’s format will also change. Its look will be redesigned and the dated tribute nights will be a thing of the past. But the show’s trademark audition episodes will continue.

Behind the scenes, Fox Broadcasting chairman Kevin Reilly is charged with “fixing Idol.” And one of the first changes will occur at the top of the food chain: Longtime executive producer Lythgoe is expected to be replaced. What that means for the show’s producers, FremantleMedia, remains to be seen.

Fox’s meltdown has everything to do with the talent competition’s declining viewership. Its ratings are already down 22 percent this season and it hit a series low for ratings last Thursday, when it attracted only 11 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share in the ad-coveted 18-49 demographic. The ratings slide is especially problematic during May Sweeps, where ratings numbers are used to dictate advertising rates.

Viewing has been in decline for several seasons now. At its height during Season 6, “Idol” attracted about 30 million viewers an episode.

So, why not just cancel the show?

“Idol” is still a huge revenue generator for Fox, bringing in $836.4 million in ad revenue last year, according to Kantar Media. Plus, it has nothing to replace it. Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor” is far from being “Idol’s” heir apparent after failing to meet ratings expectations over its first two seasons. It, too, is undergoing another round of changes for Season 3, with pop star Britney Spears and record executive L.A. Reid not returning.

“Idol’s” problems are compounded by the success of NBC’s “The Voice.” Currently airing its fourth season, the show recently crossed a milestone when it beat “Idol” (and everyone else on the small screen for that matter) in both total viewers and the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Additionally, “The Voice” took “Idol’s” spot in the Emmy race last year, replacing it among the nominees in the Outstanding Reality Competition category.

I haven’t watched American Idol in years. It got boring as hell. And it really wasn’t the same after Simon left. Remember when they tried Ellen? And Steven Tyler? They had no idea what they were doing and neither did the audience. I’m surprised it still generates so much ad revenue.

Anyway, EFF YEAH, because it is EFFING RIDICULOUS to give people that much money to essentially cohost a talent contest. I guess they’re keeping Seacrest though.