'Idol' settles clothing lawsuit

Birmingham, Ala. -- "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has settled his lawsuit against the makers of a hip-hop clothing maker.

Studdard's attorney, Byron Perkins, wouldn't release details of the settlement with 205 Flava Inc. But he did say that the parent company of "American Idol," United Kingdom-based 19-Entertainment, will begin marketing 205 Flava products.

Studdard filed the lawsuit in August, saying the company unfairly profited by using his unauthorized image to sell its clothing. Studdard wore jerseys emblazoned with 205 -- the area code of his hometown, Birmingham -- while he competed on "American Idol" last spring.

But 205 Flava's owners, brothers Frederick and Will Jenkins, said they secretly paid Studdard to wear the jerseys on "American Idol," despite the program's ban on such deals.

Hanukkah gets rock treatment

Memphis, Tenn. -- This year's Hanukkah program at Beth Sholom Synagogue featured a uniquely Memphis touch -- telling the story of the Festival of Lights through retooled versions of Elvis Presley's hits.

The synagogue featured an Elvis impersonator and students from Solomon Schechter Day School singing "Blue Suede Jews" and "Heartbreak Kotel," a reference to Jerusalem's Western Wall that's also known as the Kotel Ha Maarvai.

"It's a fun way to get the kids involved in the history of what Hanukkah means," said Jonathan Ross, who helped produce the program. "Since we're in Memphis and Elvis is such a force here, we thought it would be a perfect way to blend modern culture and ancient customs."

Hanukkah began at sundown Friday and continues through Saturday.

Janet to perform at Super Bowl

New York -- Janet Jackson will be the featured performer during the halftime show at the 2004 Super Bowl, set for Feb. 1 in Houston.

"There is no bigger spectacle than the Super Bowl," the singer said in a statement Thursday. "It's a unique and exciting experience that I have looked forward to for many years."

The Super Bowl will air on CBS. The halftime show, sponsored by America Online, will be produced by MTV.

American tries for 'World Idol'

New York -- Who will be the world's favorite pop superstar?

On "World Idol," a two-part special airing the evenings of Christmas and New Year's Day, "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson will compete in London with winners from 10 other countries including Germany, South Africa, England, Canada and Poland.

The program will air at 7 p.m. Christmas Day and 8 p.m. New Year's Day. Elton John will perform on the final-results show, the Fox network Web site said Friday.

Viewers worldwide will have the chance to vote.

The third season of "American Idol" will premiere at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 on Fox. Special episodes also will air on Jan. 20 and 21.


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