‘Idol’ Judges Battle Over Finalists

Red-haired ‘American Idol’ finalist John Stevens struggled a bit trying to mesh his Frank Sinatra sound with the night’s “soul” theme. “For me, it didn’t pass,” Randy explained to ‘Entertainment Tonight’. “I was bored to tears.” But Simon barked, “You need to wash your ears out!” As always, Paula remained the diplomat, even when Randy jumped up and overturned her drink during the scuffle! “Then I was underneath the desk cleaning it up, because I didn’t want the wires to get wet and us to get electrocuted!” she told ET.

Fantasia Favored To Win ‘American Idol 3’

March 16, 2004 – Betwwts.com, an online betting service, has Fantasia as 7-4 odds to win ‘American Idol 3’, while La Toya London is at 15-4, and Diana DeGarmo comes in at 4-1. The finals begin tonight on Fox.

Hawaiian ‘American Idol’ Jasmine Trias Has High Hopes

March 11, 2004 – ‘American Idol’ watchers know Jasmine Trias as the Hawaiian girl who’s very proud of her state. The 17-year-old singer, now one of two finalists from Group 4, just can’t stop talking about it! “I want to put Hawaii on the map,” she tells TV Guide Online. “People have misconceptions that we still live in grass shacks on the beach. Or that the hula is the only type of dance we know.”

Wild Card Week On ‘Idol’ No Less Important

March 10, 2004 – Keeping in mind that Clay Aiken was selected in the same wild card round last season on ‘American Idol’, it shouldn’t be considered any less important than the previous four elimination weeks. “What I am looking for when I am picking my wild card selection is someone who exemplifies strength, confidence and has shown growth as a performer,” ‘Idol’ judge and ‘Entertainment Tonight’ correspondent Paula Abdul said. “Everything changes when you get on that stage and you only have a minute to shine, so we will see what happens. It is interesting this season. I think all three of us want to champion the same contestant. In fact, I know we do. We are going to have to do the good old coin toss.”

‘American Idol’ Star Mulls Makeover

March 6, 2004 – TV Guide Online caught up with ‘American Idol’ finalist Amy Adams and asked the pop hopeful about her punky pink hair. “I’m a makeup artist, so I love doing different things stylistically with my hair, makeup and clothes,” she said. “I thought I should present myself to America the way I really am. It’s important to feel good in your own skin, and I do.” Asked if she’s plotting any new looks for the finals, Amy responded, “The ‘American Idol’ stylist Dean and I are collaborating on ideas. We haven’t settled on anything yet. I might turn it purple, which I love! I recently put in some platinum blond hair extensions in front, between the black and pink hair.”

‘Idol’ Ex-Couple Heads In Opposite Career Directions

March 6, 2004 – Globe magazine caught up with ousted ‘American Idol’ stars JD Adams and Kimberly Caldwell, who split up and gone different directions in their careers. While JD returned to his shuttle bus driver job at the Bop Hope Airport in Burbank, Caldwell is the ‘Idol’ correspondent for the TV Guide Channel and tours malls across the country promoting the ‘American Idol’ fragrance. “I was scared about how my life was going to turn out after ‘American Idol’ because I didn’t win. But at the same time, I am kind of glad I didn’t.” As for her ex JD, he admits, “It was weird coming back here and working after being on the show.” Caldwell says there’s no hard feelings over their failed romance. “I am not like the dreaded ex,” she said.

Ryan Seacrest And Simon Cowell Feuding On ‘American Idol’

March 4, 2004 – ‘Extra’ talked to ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest Wednesday morning at his Los Angeles radio show, where he said shame on Simon after his rough words to contestants on Tuesday’s show. “I get frustrated watching Cowell when I host the show because he gives the singers a bit of false hope, then tells them they’re terrible,” Seacrest said. When Seacrest and Cowell visited ‘Extra’ before the ‘American Idol’ season began, they were in perfect harmony. But now it looks like the Simon and Ryan rollercoaster ride has taken a serious dip. “The truth is you can’t make everybody a superstar,” Seacrest admitted. “But I believe he could give a little more direction when he gives the kids feedback.”

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