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We all know the initial few episodes of American Idol typically provide us with more flops than favorites.

Take Paul Martarano last night, for example, who wrote an unnamed love song for Paula Abdul that went something like this: I broke into her house when she wasn't there/Took off all my clothes and tried on her underwear...

Still, a few singers did stand out from the Philadelphia round of auditions. Here are a few names of contestants headed for Hollywood. You never know, one of these might become the next Carrie Underwood...

  • Kristy Lee Cook (pictured)
  • Junot Joyner
  • Angela Martin (whose daughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome)
  • Chris Watson (whose lost over 200 pounds; this is the Mike Huckabee of the group)
  • Melanie Nyema
  • Jose Candelaria

Here's a video of Joyner's audition. Take a look at the wink he receives from Simon Cowell at the end. We wonder what that means:

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The seventh season of American Idol begins tonight - and we'll recap every last detail up until the next winner is announced in May.

For now, we've gotten our hands on the following pair of brief American Idol spoilers:

  • A former champion's brother tries out.

So much for the suspense: it's Ricco Barrino, brother of season four winner Fantasia. Don't get too excited, though: Simon Cowell recently said in an interview that Ricco wasn't exactly Idol material.

  • A lobster auditions.

Okay, it's just Erin Hughes. And she's merely dressed as a lobster. But consider this one of numerous untalented singers who will attempt to earn their 15 minutes any way they can:

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With the new season of American Idol premiering tomorrow, we're guessing producers hope Jessica Sierra just goes away. She doesn't exactly bring positive publicity to the franchise.

And now it does look like the trouble singer is leaving the public spotlight. Sort of. Sierra has entered Pasadena Recovery Center and has started her one-year, court-ordered rehab.

Lee Does His Thing

Of course, sources tell TMZ that Dr. Drew Pinsky met with Sierra on Saturday afternoon, as he tries to work with a Florida court to get permission for her to attend group meetings outside the facility. Which he'll probably televise for a reality show.

The singer still faces the uphill battles of her pregnancy, a year in rehab, and Vivid Entertainment's release of a the Jessica Sierra sex tape some time week.

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For those that haven't watched commercials in six months (thanks, DVR!), American Idol premieres tomorrow night.

But will its seventh season be an improvement over a lackluster sixth? Even Simon Cowell admitted that the reality competition needs a kick in the voice box this year.

"I think last year just wasn't one of our better seasons," he recently said to Variety. "The show has got to look better. It's got to be more fun."

According to sources, American Idol producers are expected to give more air-time to competitors and their families this season, a solid move considering how Idol alumni have faced mixed fortunes lately.

A handful â€" such as Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson â€" have thrived; but others such as Taylor Hicks, Ruben Studdard and Katharine McPhee have actually been dropped by their record labels.

Still, Cowell remains upbeat about keeping American Idol in tune.

"[It's] got a better cast this [season]," he said, adding that contestant-wise, "I will go on record as saying this is one of the strongest years we've had."

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In case Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were somehow not washed up enough, Super Bowl XLII might be adding another ancient act to its musical show.

TV Guide is reporting that FOX is talking to insane American Idol judge Paula Abdul about performing on the telecast. Who cares that she hasn't released an album of new material since 1995's Head Over Heels?

On the Finale

Move over, Tom Brady and Tony Romo. Paula Abdul may be the star of this year's Super Bowl.

With Tom Petty set to bore us at halftime, and Jordin Sparks singing the national anthem, it's unclear when Abdul would go on. But it's evident just what she'd be doing during her time back in the spotlight:

The former Laker Girl is in rehearsals for a video duet with Randy Jackson, the first single from his upcoming Music Club Vol. 1 CD. Paula would use this choreography as a basis for any Super Bowl routine.

Do you wanna see the American Idol judge dancing and singing again? Or might this lead to a performance that trumps Britney Spears at the Video Music Awards for sheer ineptitude?

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We can only hope finalists from the upcoming season of American Idol provide us with as much news - and beauty - as Katharine McPhee and Carrie Underwood.

We're sad to report, though, that McPhee has parted ways with RCA after just one album, a 2007 self-titled CD that debuted at #2 on The Billboard 200.

The album has sold just 366,000 units in the U.S. Fortunately, Katharine still has Nick Cokas to go home to every night. We think she'll bounce back.

Meanwhile, Underwood has finally come clean about her relationship with Tony Romo. In the latest issue of Women's Health - which Gossip Girl star and current Carrie boyfriend Chace Crawford may wish to avoid - the singing sensation says:

"He was not my boyfriend and we were never dating. The more I screamed ‘We're not dating!' the more headlines claimed that we were a couple or that I was crying because he was out with another girl. We're really good friends, we hang out a lot, and we're close… well, friends smooch occasionally."

We wonder how Jessica Simpson feels about this.

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Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul are ready for another season of American Idol. They're also prepared for another few months of trading verbal barbs.

Before mocking his fellow judge, however, Cowell first opened up to TV Guide about the crop of talent last season, saying it "just wasn't good enough."

It's hard to argue with that assessment when the debut albums from finalists Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis fared so poorly.

Abdul even agreed with her supposed rival for a change, adding: "I don't remember hardly anyone [from] last year."

From there, though, Paula morphed back into her oddball self, describing the dynamic on the show, as, well, this:

"I'm the nurturing mom who breast-feeds these kids; Simon's the disapproving dad. They come off the nipple and never say, 'Thank you.' They go, 'Daddy, please pat me on the back.'"

But Cowell summed up his partner well - and got us excited for this season of American Idol - by simply saying:

"Paula's possibly more out of touch than she's ever been in her life."

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As you pity Vanessa Hudgens for dating a cutie such as Zac Efron, a certain American Idol judge would also like your sympathy.

Paula Abdul is going public with the incredible strength it's taken her to become a multi-millionaire on the world's most famous reality show.

"I have a strength I didn't know I had. It's a live program, and a naughty British man is constantly making people think there's something weird in my Coca-Cola cup," Abdul told Ladies' Home Journal in a recent interview. "But I'm proud of myself. I always figure out a way to swim."

Don't worry, folks: the fame and money Paula Abdul has received as a result of American Idol are helping her cope with life. 

As for her personal life, Abdul described the relationship with new boyfriend, restaurateur J.T. Torregiani, as "a good thing."

"I've experienced real loneliness, so I love knowing there's someone I can share the good and the not-so-good with," she said. "And I want kids! If it doesn't happen naturally, I can always adopt."

A slew of unborn babies just shuddered in their uteruses.

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Here's a slight American Idol spoiler for this season:

Leona Lewis - winner of Great Britain's X Factor - will perform on the show.

Idols Giving Back

"We always like to invite established guests onto the show to give the contestants an idea of the level they need to reach. Leona, with her incredible voice, fits the bill perfectly," said a source.

Leona Lewis is already a hit in England. Will that success translate to the States?

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Former American Idol runner-up and certified cutie Katharine McPhee flashes that trademark smile we know and love as she pumps gas in Los Angeles.

And Kat's car isn't the only thing getting pumped up - the singer herself has plenty to be psyched for, as McPhee and boyfriend Nick Cokas recently got engaged!

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That's one happy former American Idol star at the gas station!

Even in photos like this, where she's wearing far, far too much clothing, our staff adores Katharine McPhee. She's definitely the cutest creature we've done a post on all week ... narrowly edging out Suri Cruise and celebrity polar bear Knut.