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Ross to Serve as "Idol" Mentor

1/16/2007 9:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Diana RossDiana Ross told David Letterman that she is going to be on "American Idol" this season.

During a taping of "The Late Show" this afternoon, the legendary singer told Dave, "I'm going to do the 'American Idol,' as a mentor. And then I'll leave from there and I'll go on tour, March and April."

"Idol" producers were not immediately available for comment. The show premieres tonight at 8PM ET/PT on Fox.

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steve irwin    

ms ross, never forget, what goes around, comes around....Flo was robbed

2652 days ago
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Lenn K    

I think Diana Ross is one of the biggest backstabbers in the history of music. It was and always will be all about her. Paula is the trainwreck that gets you to tune in each week to see if she's drunk or stoned out of her mind.

2652 days ago
48.

rick    

I think Diana is the ORIGINAL Diana. She is FABULOUS, much better than the crap that is out there today. She has style, class and beauty. BEYOUNCE has followed Dianas career and you think she is so good? Todays entertainers could learn a lot from Diana. She came from nothing and look atr her now. She had a dream, and she folllowed it.

SHE IS THE BEST!!!!!!

2651 days ago
49.

Lewis S.    

Thomas Daniels, 21 is getting slammed for a DUI in the past and Diana Ross is doing Idol as a "mentor" when she herself had a DUI in Dec. 2002 at age 58? Yep, there's a mentor and she hardly had to do time. And she has a new cd out called, "I Love You" with a photo from her 1976 self titled album. She loves "her". How hypocritical is this?

2651 days ago
50.

A    

Who is she supposed to mentor? Has anyone seen Dreamgirls? Have we forgotten what she did to Florence Ballard?
Her best advice---have sex with the boss, get pregnant, break up the married boss' marriage, and sing off key.

2651 days ago
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A    

Whether it is Florence Ballard, Cindy Birdsong, or Mary Wilson----Diana backstabbed them all to get what she has---a whole lot of babies daddies and a comeback record that no one should support. Instead of buying her record---send that money to support a favorite charity of Florence Ballard.

2651 days ago
52.

PN    

To answer the first comment, Diana Ross is 62. But she looks beautiful. She has a new album out too! It's mostly remakes of her favorite love songs. I hope that she gives the American Idol contestants some sound advice about singing and their futures in the music business.

2645 days ago
53.

Mad Balls    

Ms. Ross is highly manipulative . She often commanded the shots when she was screwing half the guys at Motown . duckfeaces . Sur I'm not thr NASTY BOIL but after you drain that forty it won't matter . Diana ruined other groups , kept other singers off bills and generally made life a living hell at Motown . She forced the writers of LSTB to change the script so she had even more lines . NaSTy bitch . Dicckfaces .

2645 days ago
54.

Gray    

NONE of you know what the fuck youre talking about - you;re just repeating falsehoods and folklore - all the same bull shit that Mary Wilson helped purpetuate in her vendetta against Ross for taking all the fame and money with her when she left the Supremes. Florence was a drunk and not even a happy drunk at that. We all know someone who drinks and gets mean and nasty - she HAD to go - turned herself into an embarassment onstage - DRUNK! Ross and Gordy were IN LOVE - LOVE. People always want to bash on Diana Ross and when they do it to her face, she just lets em know - wouldnt you? I hope so. You have no idea of the behind the scenes machinations shes had to put up with - you only see the surface. Diana Ross has my vote as Queen Diva of them ALL!

2629 days ago
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