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TMZ Infiltrates "Idol"

4/12/2007 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ secured entry into last night's J.Lo episode of "American Idol" -- and we've got the dirt on what went on behind the scenes!
After going through metal detectors, checking our cell phones/cameras at the door, and depositing our gum into the CBS Studio page's blue cup (no gum chewing allowed on camera), TMZ was ushered to our seats. Celebrities in the audience included Eva Longoria, Sharon Osbourne, J.Lo BFF Leah Remini, and most interestingly, 80s TV bad girl Donna Mills.

Remini brought some of her tough Brooklyn girl edge to the "Idol" set, as staff made an entire row get up and move so she and her hubby, Angelo Pagan, could sit on the aisle. When a page tried to get Leah to dispose of her gum, she shot him an evil death-ray look that sent him cowering back to his post. The power of Xenu!

Booted "Idol" hopeful, curly-haired Chris Sligh entered the studio and the crowd roared with applause and cheers. Sligh must be a huge fan of "King of Queens," because he made a beeline for Remini and introduced himself. Pre-teen fans roamed the set asking for autographs from ex-"Idols" like Sligh, Alaina Alexander (who traipsed around in trollopy red five-inch heels), and Season 5 diva, Mandisa, membah huh? Some Fanjayas even approached Sanjaya Malakar's sexy sister Shyamali for her John Hancockakar!

Just prior to going live, judges Simon, Randy and Paula entered the studio while high-fiving fans with their burly bodyguards in tow. When they weren't on camera, guards never left their sides -- never underestimate those menacing soccer moms! Say what you will about Ms. Abdul, but the foil-wrapped woman made it a point to go up to fan after fan during commercial breaks, while Randy and Simon waved from their perch.

Last night's Akon performance was not live. The studio audience watched a pre-taped performance on a screen, just like everyone at home. Before J.Lo's performance, Longoria chatted up Remini and her husband, while Simon and newly-named "America's Got Talent" judge, Sharon Osbourne, kibbitzed on the side. Taking bloody notes?

Everyone was on their feet when Jennifer appeared on stage and sang her new Spanish-language single "Que Hiciste?" The fiery performace filled the studio with so much smoke, that production staff scrambled to air out the set by the end of the next commercial break. Muy caliente!

When Ryan Seacrest revealed that Phil Stacey was safe, Sanjaya's mom and sis let out cheers. Apparently, they weren't Haley Scarnato fans either!

After the show ended, producer Simon Lythgoe announced that Mr. J.Lo, Marc Anthony, who was backstage supporting his wife, was asked at the last minute to tape a humorous segment for the upcoming "Idol Gives Back" charity special. Marc obliged and lip-synched a version of "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees in front of a green screen. It seems that rumors of the demise of the musical marriage are just that -- rumors! Chisme!

The final surprise of the night came with one more unannounced performance; P!nk was in the house to tape a segment for an upcoming episode (like Akon). Simon, Paula and Randy didn't stick around for P!nk, so audience members sat in for the trio. P!nk, who looked amazing in a form-fitting dress, sang her infectious hit "Who Knew," while the remaining "Idol" contestants sat in the back, groovin' and studying how an authentic pop star moves.

Four hours after arriving to the "Idol" set, we were finally released on our own recognizance!

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Sanjaya of Maine    

The Apocalypse is only a bit more than 40 days away!!!

Nice to see how much respectthe judges have for Pink!

2719 days ago


I was disappointed the Idol. I liked Haley and thought she had better stage appearance and showmanship than any of them. The rest can sing probably just as good, but non of them are really fun to watch, kinda boring actually!

2719 days ago


I have watched AI since the very first season, and I must say that this is by far the worst season ever! There are only two or three talented singers, and the show has just lost its pizzazz. I can't imagine that the judges couldn't find more talented singers from such a large pool of contestants. There is always one stinker on the show. I almost think they pick someone they know stinks for controversy, or so that people have something to talk about. However, this season there are so many mildly talented singers that it is almost hard to spot that one person. Remember I said ALMOST though, Sanjaya is the very worst singer I think they have had on any season. I don't care if he sang well this week, he has stunk up the competition for weeks leading up to that, and it’s quite obvious he is the worst. It's sad that Howard Stern and a certain web site, which I won’t mention, are trying to ruin AI. They are taking a lot away from the show, and making a laughing stock of Sanjaya, who although he is not talented as a singer, doesn't deserve to be a joke. AI has to do something to change for the next season, or I see the show going down hill, and fast!

2719 days ago


Leah Remini has become a one woman PR machine for Tom Cruise; she's a professional Cruise apologist. With the end of King of Queens, one hopes she will never be seen or heard from again... Not pretty, can't act, obnoxious voice and arrogant demeanor. See ya!

2719 days ago

Kevin Keckeisen    

We're losing her, folks. Losing her BIGTIME. She's slipping into the BRAINWASHING of (the cult of) Scientology. Tsk. Couldn't happen to a bigger BITCH (J.Ho, not fat, shrewish, perpetually annoying attitude/voice Remini).

2719 days ago


It's amazing how people show their "Ignorance" by immediately talking about "race" instead of staying on the topic of "Talent"! American Idol is a talent show where "America" votes for the winner. I hate it when people start commenting about "Black this" or "White that" and the Jay Z and R Kelly comment's were just "dumb"!

Stupidity (like child molestation,), overweight singers (Winnona Judd, Dolly Parton prior to weight reduction), Hair extentions (Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez, Posh Spice, Madonna, Pam Anderson and just about everyone in hollywood) are not just "black" issues but "Human" issues,and I've never seen a rapping white indentured servant either(look it up), but what do I know?

Come on people, quit showing your "ignorance" and let's keep the comments about the show, not about race and what you "think", but about what you know about the talent. It always amazes me how people will write such garbage and stupidity when they are writing on a site anonymously but what they are really doing is showing how "misinformed" they truly are. Let's talk about TALENT not RACE!!!!!!

2719 days ago


I think the American Idol producers should have kicked Leah Remini out---why would she think she doesn't have to follow the rules? T.V. doesn't give her that privilege. Just another bad representative in the Scientology group!

2719 days ago


Sanjayas sexy sister??????????? you have GOT to be kidding. Chris Sligh is more sexy than she is

2719 days ago


Who in the hell does Leah think she is? She really showed her fat ass!

2719 days ago


It probably took a whole row for Leah Remini's ass!

2719 days ago
41. is racists......    

Don't worry because after king of queens goes off of the air she will be unemployed and making made for tv movies on the lifetime channel. I am still trying to figure out how j-lo was a mentor when she cannot sing herself? Her performance was horrible even in spanish. All I have to say is bye bye leah. Keep hanging around other famous people so you can stay in the spotlight. I see in the future your movie career taking off. She is going to end up like the friends cast members.

2719 days ago


Mean, mean people. Such ugliness in your words. I hope your hearts will be lightened and that sunshine will somehow find its way into your souls.

2719 days ago


Chris R. is so hot and anybody that does'nt think so is crazy. He has the most sexy eyes and smile. I could watch him forever. I would go see him in concert.

2719 days ago

warren kammerer    

American Idol don't we sing in english anymore ???? That's the last time I watch Idol
very sad

2719 days ago


Jlo makes a lot of money and spends without a concience!

2719 days ago
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