American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini spoke with Ed Condran of the Philadelphia Inquirer and shot down rumors he had been dating Idol judge Paula Abdul. “Oh, come on now. We never dated,” Guarini insisted. “We became friends from the show. She was so wonderfully supportive of me. It was really nice after how the show was done that I could sit and talk with her. She gave such wonderful advice. To people in my generation, there’s something about her. She is Paula Abdul! She has gone through the pop-star thing. She’s a warm, wonderful person.”
Justin Guarini’s First Single
October 22, 2002 – Contributed Anonymously: Apparently Justin has a brand new single coming out, which is also his first. The title of the track is called ‘Foolish’ and is due to impact on radio stations around November 5th.
‘Idol’ Chatter With Justin And Tamyra
October 19, 2002 – Walt Belcher of The Tampa Tribune caught up with ‘American Idol’ finalists Tamyra Gray and Justin Guarini to talk about life after the hit show and their current tour. Guarini says the finalists have become even closer because “the pressure to compete is gone and there no longer is a fear of losing one of us each week.” Meanwhile, Tamyra says the show’s winner Kelly Clarkson “had an amazing performance and deserved to win.” The full story at tbo.com has since been removed.
Paula Abdul Recording Comeback Album
September 5, 2002 – Paula admits to the New York Post that she’s been approached by record labels for a comeback album. “Yes,” she admits. “I am recording. I am writing again. I’m going to do a kick-butt dance record.” Meanwhile, fellow ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell, not interested in signing Abdul himself, also revealed that he decided not to sign Christina Christian. He did sign Tamyra Gray though. “Obviously, we’re not going to let that one get away,” he said.