Breakfast w/Greg: Adam Lambert on ABC – with Barbara Walters; Carol Channing vs. Paris Hilton; Amelie Mauresmo to retire?
Adam Lambert may be banned, for now, from performing live on ABC, but he will appear on the network next week when he’s interviewed by Barbara Walters for her annual Ten Most Fascinating People special airing Dec. 9.
For a lady pushing 80, Miss Walters certainly stays current as we see mornings on The View. She also interviews Lady Gaga, Kate Gosselin, Tyler Perry and Brett Favre. There is a profile on the late Michael Jackson’s kids as well as interviews with two people I do not find at all fascinating: Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.
Okay, back to Adam: Judging from the huge pre-sale numbers on Amazon.com for his new album For Your Entertainment, I expected the American Idol star to debut at number one this week on the Billboard sales chart. But Adam was relegated to number three.
Who was number one? Another wildly famous talent show runner-up: Susan Boyle. Her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream is tops in the US and the UK.
The British talent contestant-turned-singing sensation sold just over 700,000 copies of her debut album. Her record label, Columbia Records, says that not only gives her the best first week sales of 2009, but also the best-selling album debut by a woman in the Billboard SoundScan era.
WHO WORE IT BETTER? Both the legendary Carol Channing and reality TV star Paris Hilton worked the red carpet over the weekend in a shiny silver body-fitting top and a black bottom. So the natural question is: Who wore it better?
My vote goes to Miss Channing, still going strong at 88 years young. She still knows how to work it!
CRUSHING NEWS: I did an item about the “man crushes” of male celebrities and it got me thinking about who my “girl crushes” are. Well, one of them is certainly the lovely Amelie Mauresmo, the French tennis star who won Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 2006 and during much of her career, has been very open about being a lesbian.
Amelie is scheduled to hold a press conference later today to announce her future tennis plans. It seems all but certain that those plans are to retire. She’s accomplished so much, including reaching the number one ranking in 2005 and 2006, but has not played as well in recent years.
I think she has such a nice way about her and a beautiful game to watch – very aggressive but also graceful. She was graceful off the court too when back in 1999, when she was just a teenager, she reached the final of the Australian Open and had to put up with questions about her sexuality and with her finals opponent Martina Hingis saying the muscular Amelie was like “half a man.”
She’s a classy lady and I hope she enjoys life after tennis. I’ll post news from her press conference when it becomes available.