"American Idol" is coming to Hawaii this fall, according to the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau.

"American Idol" is coming to Hawaii this fall, according to the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau. "We felt that having Hawaii involved in a prime-time network television show as exciting as this would help focus national attention on the islands, especially Waikiki," said interim visitors bureau president Les Enderton.

The show will be filmed between Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. Plans call for two days of auditions at Aloha Stadium, with finals to be held at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel before judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

Auditions will be held during August in Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta and New York, and the third edition of the Fox series will debut in January 2004.

Meanwhile, "Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is suing hip-hop clothing maker 205 Flava Inc., saying the company wrongly profited from his image after he wore its jerseys on the show.

Studdard wore the oversized jerseys adorned with the number 205 -- the area code of his hometown, Birmingham, Ala. -- at the beginning of the Fox reality series, but stopped wearing them and spruced up his image as the competition got tighter.

The lawsuit says the defendants have unfairly and unlawfully exploited and capitalized on Studdard's popularity. It estimates the company has made at least $2 million in sales after exploiting Studdard's image, and that Studdard is entitled to some of the profits.


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