I’m at a hotel in D.C. with access to Bravo (”Real Housewives of Atlanta”!) and Lifetime (”Project Runway”) but not VH1. So I missed the diva show last night. It sounded like fun.
Paula Abdul hosted and opened the show, but she got the most attention for poking fun at her “American Idol” replacement Ellen DeGeneres — rocking a signature suit, tennis shoes and a short blonde wig — while prancing around onstage.
Roaring: Two-dozen dancers and a blinding, pulsating light show backed Sparks on S.O.S. They almost weren’t necessary, as her piercing, full-throttle voice was easily the night’s loudest.
More than fair: Hudson and Wonder traded dramatic vocal flourishes and intense silences on his All in Love is Fair, perhaps the night’s highlight.
Thirsting for more: Clarkson and Etheridge closed out the night with a furious Bring Me Some Water as their cohorts joined them for final bows.
Making a return to prime time more than a month after leaving “American Idol,” Abdul began her emcee gig with a dance routine set to her vintage hits. Starting with “Cold Hearted,” she segued into a performance of “Opposites Attract” with MC Skat Kat — familiar to anyone who remembers the 1989 music video — dancing and singing on a screen behind her. From there, Abdul hit “Straight Up” and “Forever Your Girl,” ending the medley as her backup dancer picked her up and lifted her toward the ceiling