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Monday, 20 May, 2002, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
Pop Idol judge hits out at Rik Waller
Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell took a swipe at contestant Rik Waller saying he only got through to the final because he was "fat".

Cowell, who is currently judging the American version of the show, said Waller's video to his hit song I Will Always Love You, was like a "horror movie".

Waller has said he might attend an audition in the US in the hope of becoming a winner there.

But pulling no punches, Cowell said that if he turned up he would be "booted out" or "sent to the nearest doughnut store".


Buffy needs a break

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar has said she needs to take a break from television.

The 25-year-old is set to become an even bigger star this summer when her film version of Scooby-Doo hits the big screen, in which she stars with fiancee Freddie Prinze Jr.

She told the Sunday Express magazine: "I could do with a break from television. I need to travel, to decompress.

"One day I'd love to do a sitcom. I'd love to do big feature films, period pieces, comedy, action drama. I want to do it all. And I want to do it tomorrow!"


Rapper's 'stalker' faces trial

A man accused of a three-year stalking campaign against US rapper and record company boss Master P is to stand trial.

Antwan Kevin Baker is accused of trying to gain access to restricted areas at concerts, including a tour bus, since 1999.

He is alleged to have confronted the star, who is head of No Limits Records, at a Chicago airport in a failed attempt to get a record contract.

Master P is a big name on the rap circuit in the US and is the father of 11-year-old rapper Lil Romeo. His brother, also a rapper called C-Murder, is awaiting trial for second degree murder.


Lisa Snowdon still in touch with ex Clooney

TV presenter and model Lisa Snowdon has said she is "still good friends" with her ex-boyfriend George Clooney.

But she says she never asks him about the string of women he is photographed with.

Top of the Pops presenter Snowden had made a name for herself as a model but her relationship with Clooney propelled her into the bigger showbiz league.

Speaking about their time together, she told the Sunday Express: "It was a good period, but quite stressful too. I didn't realise there would be paparazzi on my doorstep every morning."


Arnie to stamp out youth lazyness

Arnold Schwarzenegger is spearheading a drive to eradicate idleness among youth, believing it leads to drug abuse and delinquency.

He is promoting a 2002 state ballot initiative to secure $400m for extracurricular activities for all students up to the ninth grade.

"When (kids) go to school at the age of six there's an empty bucket there, and someone by the time they're 18 will fill that bucket. Is it going to be a parent? Is it going to be a good educator? Is it going to be a good mentor? Or is it going to be some other scum out there who is going to fill that bucket?" he told a conference.

This is the Terminator star's first step into the political arena, having previously indicated he would be interested in becoming a governor of California.


End of the UK tale wins sci-fi award

A fantasy novel about the dissolution of the UK has won the Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction writing.

Gwyneth Jones of Manchester picked up a cheque for 2,002 at a ceremony held at London's Science Museum, for her book Bold As Love.

Her novel was described by judges as "a book that makes a passionate argument for imagination in politics".

The award was established by Clarke, the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, to recognise excellence in sci-fi fiction.

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