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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!
Inside
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!
58 COMMENTS

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46.

Paulie Wants a Cracker    

Who cares, jlo is a has been. She is getting the old latina look, her days are over. She is boringggggggg!!!!! She needs to have babies soon menapause is right around the corner.

2728 days ago
47.

sabre07    

I have seen Leah Remini in person and she is GROSS. She had 1 kid and she seemed to age about 15 years. Her skin looks really old and she has bags under her eyes. Her ass is huge and flabby, and she insists on wearing plunging necklines all the time.. that may have worked on a show with a soft camera focus but man her chest is flabby and covered with moles. YUCK.

2727 days ago
48.

Mary Worth    

The way the judges act, I think that Blake and Jordin will be the last two. But I can't remember their performances almost as soon as they finish!

LaKisha, Melinda and Jordin will get recording contracts. Most probably, Chris and Sanjaya will be in the movies, or on tv.

I was surprised that Gaycrest made Simon blush. I did notice that Simon liked to emphasize his nipples by stretching his t-shirt tightly over his chest, in previous photos. It seems Seacrest was just bidin' his time, waitin' for the opportunity to show us that side of Simon.

Gaycrest even humiliated Sanjaya, (knowing that Sanjaya is a meek person): when he told him to stand up, sit down, stand up...during that tense time before telling him his fate.

2727 days ago
49.

elginbulldogg    

Thank-you TMZ for getting in and giving us what info you could on the back stage story, please try again. I also am from a small town and enjoy hearing about the stuff I cannot see on TV. Keep up the good work.

2727 days ago
50.

kristin    

amerian idol seems to be more and more about the celebrities than the contestants. it is interesting how they are using the show to benefit themselves. for instance, they all have upcoming albums, tours or are wanting to re invent themselves. where were they before american idol became so big? they are all wanting the exposure because of the millions of viewers that are tuned in. its not like they are truly wanting to mentor the contestants. they could careless about the contestants. it makes me sick how self absorbed they all are.

2727 days ago
51.

Tami    

ANYONE WHO BELIEVES IN THIS SCIENTOLOGY BULL@$## IS NUTTS. RON L HUBBARD WAS A SCI-FI WRITTER WHO BET HIS FRIENDS HE COULD MAKE A RELIGON OUT THAT NON-SENSE AND PEOPLE WOULD FOLLOW. HELLO SCI-FI , ALIENS , OK PEOPLE GET REAL . THESES PEOPLE ARE RETARDS THATS NOT A CHURCH OR A RELIGION

2727 days ago
52.

Idontlikejlo    

I cannot stand this woman. She is not a role model for "American Idol". I don't understand wht this world is coming to when we put people like Jennifer Lopez in front of a camera to be a role model to anyone.

2720 days ago
53.

Jlo hispanic?    

Jlo can't speak spanish even if her life depended on it.
When Ryan said " vamos a el comercial" which is ok...Jlo said "la comercial"..so stupid.

2714 days ago
54.

flrdblnd    

Does anyone else feel like they were used by watching last nights Idol Gives Back Show? I watched the 2 hour telethon for Africa thinking that they were going to really let someone leave. So for 2 hours I sat there watching just to find out at the end that they never intended to let anyone go! Have to give it to Idol they are smart keeping us hanging on so they drum up more money for a cause!

2714 days ago
55.

Lindsay/Britney/Paris/Nicole/Kate/Mary-kate    

#43/#44 you both are stupid sorry asses. JLO is not a has been she is still making $$$! and can spend it any way she wants to. JLO you keep stylin, singing and making movies love ya JLO!! OH and one more thing you're ONe CLASSY LATINA LADY!! take that you haters and STUPID GIRLS!!LOL!!

2709 days ago
56.

Princess Poon    

chris and blake need to just get it on and get it out of their system.

2701 days ago
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