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Paula's 'Idol' Forecast

Apr 20th, 2004

April 20, 2004

"Could It Be Magic?" Or will they "Read 'Em and Weep" tonight when the seven remaining "American Idol" hopefuls croon the tunes of Barry Manilow ?

This week, "American Idol" returns to its regularly scheduled time period with the performance show tonight on FOX at 8, and the live results show on Wednesday, April 21, at 8:30 p.m., when the kids perform with the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter.

Our special correspondent and "Idol" judge PAULA ABDUL reports on just how unbelievably classy Barry has been.

"After watching ELTON JOHN week, where the melodies were very difficult, Barry canceled all of his schedule for the week and asked the producers if he could start working, even before his week starts, to help the kids learn the songs," Paula says. "His songs are very difficult melodically."

Fantasia Barrino, La Toya London, John Sevens, Diana DeGarmo, Jennifer Hudson, George Huff and Jasmine Trias can flash back as far as 1971, when Barry began recording such hits as "Hey Mambo," "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight," "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter," "Copacabana (At The Copa), "Can't Smile Without You," "Looks Like We Made It," "Mandy" and "I Write The Songs."

Paula adds, "For me, now it is getting fun, because the contestants are playing to win. For example, Jennifer Hudson: She grabbed back her confidence. She was wavering. I wanted to shake her. SIMON COWELL is going to say something completely opposite each week. If they listen, they are going to be mad at themselves. I tell them, 'Be true to who you are. Don't listen to us.'"

Next week the Idols will provide a little Latin flavor for guest judge Gloria Estefan backed by her band the Miami Sound Machine.

Also coming up: On Monday, May 3, FOX airs an all-new special, "American Idol: The Final Five 2004," hosted by RYAN SEACREST. The highlights special goes back to the beginning and focuses on the Top 5's journey from the initial auditions to what lies ahead.

Courtesy of ETOnline.

Filed under: American Idol


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