Not getting our fill of American Idol twice a week, we squacked with season seven's Michael Johns at the G'Day USA Black Tie Gala. If ya remember, the angsty Aussie rocker got beaten out by other angstier rocker David Cook last year, and the two hotties have remained close since. So how's the dude dealing with his recent breakup with Kimberly Caldwell? "He just got a new puppy; I think it's a little Scottish terrier. His name's Dublin or something." Only way to replace an adorable gal is an even cuter pooch, that's fer sure.
Oh, and what do ya think about the new, judgier eighth season? Mikey's answer is sure to shock ya.
"I haven't been able to watch it," said Mike, on the verge of a Paula-riddled flashback. He's gotta be the only person not watching the superaddictive competish. "I put on the first episode for about 10 minutes, and I just went, ‘I can't do this.' I might watch it later, but it's still too fresh."
So what do season eight's hopefuls have to look forward to, we had to ask. Apparently a life full of assholes. "I fell asleep in an airport recently, and I got woken up by a lady going, ‘I'm sorry, I was hoping you'd wake up, but my plane's leaving; is there any way we can get a photo?' What part of waking me up out of my sleep is OK?" huffed Mike. If only you'd said something similar to Simon, pal, you'd have been in the final two, fer sure!
—Additional reporting by Becky Bain