Jennifer Hudson may be using Oprah Winfrey for her first interview since the deaths of her mom, brother and niece. For now, she’s scheduled to sing “If It Isn’t Love” on Friday, according to her Web site.
A deluxe version of her album is out on iTunes, too, which includes her “Star Spangled Banner” from the Super Bowl. Her Grammy performance is included, too.
-Paula Abdul complained to OK magazine about how Kara DioGuardi’s presence has disrupted the flow of the show.
“It takes up so much time for each of us to give our opinion that it slows down the pace of the show,” she says.
She also said her contract is up this year and hints she might want to do other things.
Kara DioGuardi responded quickly in a statement, saying she was disappointed Paula didn’t come to her first about her concerns. But then on the Insider, she said her comments were referring to “guest judges,” not Kara.
“It is unfortunate that a quote of mine was taken completely out of context today,” says Paula. “I was actually referring specifically to the use of ‘guest judges’ in seasons past, NOT Kara [DioGuardi] or this season. I am thrilled to have her by my side each week on ‘American Idol.’”
Brooke White is set to perform tonight, promoting her song “Hold Up My Heart.”
And Joanna Pacitti, who was dropped from the top 36 because of her connections with 19 Entertainment execs, is dating “Dancing With the Stars” dancer Mark Ballas, if you care.
Speaking of barely caring, Bikini Girl (Katrina Darrell) is making appearances at clubs, sucking the last 15 minutes of her fame, getting as much as $10,000 per appearance, according to TMZ.
Top sales–David Cook sold 16K of his album and is nearly 1 million copies. Jennifer Hudson has sold 633,000. Carrie is at 2.7 million. David Archuleta is at 648,000. Melinda, after three weeks, has sold 25,000 copies. Daughtry is up to 4.4 million. Kellie Pickler has sold 175,000. Jordin Sparks has hit 1 million copies sold. More at Idol Chatter.