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Idol Worship: Week 1 News Recap

Paula Idol Gone Wild? Bikinis ruled and Simon drooled on week one of season 8, while the blogosphere revved its engines chasing down a slew of soon-to-be somebody's. Here, your Idol headlines for the week ending Jan. 16:

Paula Abdul contradicts herself, so what else is new? At the semi-annual Television Critics Association conference, Abdul vehemently denies criticizing Idol producers for allowing known stalker Paula Goodspeed to audition for the show. This despite an appearance on ABC's The View two months earlier claiming the contrary. [LA Times' Idoltracker

David Cook to tour colleges...
In his own words, the 2008 winner details his road plans, starting with a show in Tallahassee, Fla. on February 13, and talks Season 8 jitters. [Billboard]

Jennifer Hudson returns to the spotlight... For her first public appearance since the tragic deaths of her mother, brother and nephew last October, Jennifer Hudson will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLIII on February 1 in Florida. A week later, she'll attend the Grammy Awards, where she's nominated in four categories. [E!]

Emily Wynne-Hughes already has a record... a criminal one. Leave it to TMZ to uncover a July 2008 DUI arrest involving the Phoenix standout, after which she was ordered to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet. Will she follow the path already traversed by Idol hopefuls Jessica Sierra and Nikki McKibbin to Celebrity Rehab? Let's hope not. We had high hopes for Emily, but that was before we heard her band. [TMZ]

Thanks for the mammaries...  Bikini Girl Katrina Darrell got the attention she so desperately craved, but she's not the only hottie hopeful to show some serious skin. Contestant Casey Carlson posed for Campus Girls USA, a website that sells calendars  for charity. Her gallery has since taken over the site's homepage. [TMZ]

Because life would suck without Kelly... The original American Idol, Season 1 winner and OG Kelly Clarkson, will release her new single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," to iTunes on inauguration day, appropriately enough. [MJ's Big Blog

Idol ratings down, median age up...  Season 8's premiere saw a slight dip in the ratings, to the tune of 10 percent, while the median age rose by 10 years, to 40.3 (from 2002's median viewer age of 29.5). [Show Tracker-- Shirley Halperin

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i just think she and fox reached an "agreement" behind the scenes. maybe more money or more security for paula and in return she wont mention the controversy again. i think that would be a very fair "deal". i mean, yeah, maybe they are buying her silence, but bringing it up again isnt gonna do idol Or paula any favors.

Posted by: h | Jan 16, 2009 4:47:55 PM

With a little help for my friend.

The fear of
the darkness
again disappears
when my
memory lives,
saving the pleasure
of a natural life;
and a thanks
overcomes, like
a delicate bird
near a shining

Francesco Sinibaldi

Posted by: Francesco Sinibaldi | Jan 18, 2009 10:03:07 AM

well, in my point of view, in any ways "idol" can do anthing to express Called "their way", but unfortunately, Rules are Rules boys!!!

Posted by: delta | Jan 20, 2009 4:30:23 AM

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