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Tarantino Unloads Pulp Friction as ‘Idol’ Judge
LOS ANGELES ( – Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is about to take on John Stevens and Jon Peter Lewis and FOX may want to institute a five-second delay. The gleefully profane writer-director (and semi-actor) will become just about the greatest guest judge ever in life when Tuesday night’s (April 13) “American Idol” takes on Movie Theme Night.
Tarantino is a long-time “Idol” fan, even appearing in the studio audience last May. Of course, it isn’t merely personal passion or altruism that brings him to the “Idol” set next week. He’ll be sure to promote the release of his latest film, “Kill Bill: Vol. 2.”
Tarantino’s most recent television appearance was a guest spot on ABC’s “Alias,” which followed a pair of 2002 visits. The “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs” director also helmed the “Motherhood” episode of NBC’s “ER.”
He’ll join Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell on the judging panel as the remaining eight Finalists perform songs from their favorite movies. Last season’s Movie Night (with ubiquitous “Idol” favorite Gladys Knight as guest judge) featured highlights like Ruben Studdard’s rendition of “A Whole New World” (prompting Knight to dub him the Velvet Teddybear).
Then, next Wednesday, “Idol” will welcome back Christina Christian, a Finalist from the show’s first season. During the half-hour results show, Christian will sing her single “Forever or Never.”