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As contestants from American Idol took the stage once more in Florida last night, The Palm Beach Post had a review of a few of the performers�

Melinda Doolittle: I was worried in the beginning that Mindy Doo was holding back too much, allowing herself to be overshadowed by other singers, especially LaKisha. But the second half of the show was a large improvement, and featured a �Natural Woman� that politely walks Kelly Clarkson�s version to the woods and leaves it there without breadcrumbs. (I love Kelly. But you had to see it.) And she looked HOT.

Jordin Sparks: One of my fellow reporters noted that, late into the second half, winner Jordin seemed to be a footnote in her own victory. Everybody else seemed to have a lot more stage time. But that was before the last 20 minutes, which became the Jordin Show. She has such a stage presence when seen live. and delivered a solid, incredibly effortless �I Who Have Nothing,� a pretty good �Broken Wing� and a version of snore-happy winning single �This Is My Now� that at least kept you awake.

The kid is pretty good at the guitar, too. I will say that the choice of that icky treacle as the single shows how much the producers wanted her to win, because it wasn�t anywhere near Blake Lewis� strength. Yes, it�s a conspiracy theory. Talk amongst yourselves.

Blake Lewis: Speaking of my beloved beat box, he kept proving how well he sings, and not just how well he can turn his body into a stripey-haired percussion instrument. His take on Jamiroquai�s �Virtual Insanity?� Priceless. He took up a lot of stage time, by the way, seeming to be in on so many people�s segments. His buddy�

Chris Richardson: also got a heck of a lot of spotlight shone on his little buzz-cut noggin. He was the lyrical oomph to Blake�s beat-box on �Geek In The Pink,� which was competent on TV but flowed nearly perfectly on stage. He avoided a lot of the nasalness that Simon Cowell was always after him for. Nasal is a style of singing, like Chris told Simon. Just not one that works as well as what he did on stage.

Sanjaya Malakar: As his mom told me later �He can sing!� I didn�t care for some of his Michael Jackson-esque choreography on �The Way You Make Me Feel,� but he sounded great, moving around in front of a screen showing some of his greatest hair hits. One thing - why no faux-hawk? And he plays a mean tambourine.

Chris Sligh: This guy is the one that most shocked the biscuits out of me, because while the show proved that he has a solid voice, nothing hinted at its richness on stage, its range, or how confident and even sexy he becomes when behind a guitar. His version of Mute Math�s �Typical� was fascinating, because with him playing, his voice sounded more edgy and rock-like. Drat. We didn�t see half of what he could do on the show. We wuz robbed.

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Get ready, impressionable readers. Fans ages 13-19 can vote for their favorites in the Teen Choice Awards, to be announced August 26. Fans can vote here for their choices.

Not surprisingly, Heroes, Grey's Anatomy, House, Lost, Prison Break, The Hills and American Idol led the way. We'll have the full list of nominees for you when get it. For now, the TV nominees:

Drama series: "Grey's Anatomy," "Heroes," "House," "Lost," "Kyle XY."

Comedy series: "Hannah Montana," "Desperate Housewives," "Entourage," "The Office," "Ugly Betty."

Animated series: "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," "Family Guy," "Lil' Bush," "South Park," "The Simpsons."

Reality show: "American Idol," "America's Next Top Model," "Dancing With the Stars," "The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll," "The Hills."

Dramatic actor: Hugh Laurie of "House," Jared Padalecki of "Supernatural," Matthew Fox of "Lost," Milo Ventimiglia of "Heroes," Wentworth Miller (above) of "Prison Break."

Dramatic actress: Emily Deschanel of "Bones," Evangeline Lilly of "Lost," Hayden Panettiere of "Heroes," Jennifer Love Hewitt of "Ghost Whisperer," Katherine Heigl of "Grey's Anatomy."

Comedy actor: Adrian Grenier of "Entourage," Charlie Sheen of "Two and a Half Men," David Spade of "Rules of Engagement," Neil Patrick Harris of "How I Met Your Mother," Steve Carell of "The Office."

Comedy actress: Emma Roberts of "Unfabulous," Miley Cyrus of "Hannah Montana," Tia D. Mowry of "The Game," America Ferrera (below, left) of "Ugly Betty," Eva Longoria of "Desperate Housewives."

TV sidekick: Donald Faison of "Scrubs," Allison Mack of "Smallville," Jorge Garcia of "Lost," Kevin Dillon of "Entourage," Jerry Ferrara of "Entourage."

TV personality: Nick Cannon of "Wild 'N Out," Ryan Seacrest of "American Idol" and E!, Simon Cowell of "American Idol," Tyra Banks of "America's Next Top Model," Bruno Tonioli of "Dancing With the Stars."

Breakout show: "Ugly Betty," "Friday Night Lights," "October Road," "Heroes," "South of Nowhere."

Breakout: America Ferrera of "Ugly Betty," Matt Dallas of "Kyle XY," Taylor Kitsch of "Friday Night Lights," Hayden Panettiere of "Heroes," Masi Oka of "Heroes."

Male reality TV star: Apolo Anton Ohno of "Dancing With the Stars," Flavor Flav of "Flavor of Love," Jojo, Diggy, Russy of "Run's House," Sanjaya Malakar of "American Idol," Three 6 Mafia of "Adventures in Hollyhood."

Female reality TV star: Jaslene Gonzalez of "America's Next Top Model," Jordin Sparks (below, right) of "American Idol," Lauren Conrad of "The Hills," New York of "I Love New York," Paris Hilton of "The Simple Life."

Villain: Michael Rosenbaum as Lex on "Smallville," Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina on "Ugly Betty," Zachary Quinto as Sylar on "Heroes," Michael Emerson as Ben on "Lost," Robert Knepper as Theodore Bagwell on "Prison Break."

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Rumors that Blake Lewis has seen Antonella Barba nude were never confirmed.

Neither is the following story regarding the second place finisher's love life, but it's our duty to report it anyway: Blake may be dating Jordin Sparks.

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TMZ says these American Idol finalists have denied hooking up, but they were spotted "holding hands" while shopping at a Fry's Electronics store near L.A., a source reports.

They wandered around the store, seemed "happy" together and then Blake was overheard saying Jordin: "We should call your mom." And why would that be the case unless these two were more than friends, right?

Blake Lewis may be beat boxing in bed with Jordin Sparks these days. Call it celebrity gossip, but call it an exciting possibility, as well.

Lewis and Sparks will join other contestants from this season, such as Melinda Doolittle, during the American Idol summer tour. It appears, however, that these two have formed their own, naked duet.

But be careful, Blake: Jordin is only 17. We're talking about Hayden Panettiere territory here.

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Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell might as well come out as a couple at this point. They fight like a married pair.

You get the feeling that the insults are less serious than celebrity gossip that Britney Spears will actually be joining Cowell as an American Idol judge.

During a recent press junket to promote the launch of E! News in Canada, Seacrest acknowledged that Idol's ratings, while still atop the Nielsen Ratings, had slipped last season - and jokingly blamed Simon for the significant slump.

"Well, the knee-jerk reaction would be Simon," Seacrest said. "Clearly there's an over-saturation of his character."

Seacrest's ribbing was nothing if not good-natured, of course. And the host who crowned Jordin Sparks as this year's champion dialed up his British pal on his radio show yesterday.

"Everything good goes to you," Seacrest told his English friend, endangering the chances that Simon would introduce him to hot countrywomen Lucy Pinder and Michelle Marsh. "If there's any hiccup along the way, we are obligated to blame you. You want the credit, you get the blame."

"When I'm allowed more airtime," Cowell countered, "we get 34 million viewers. When I say nothing and you're talking, we get 12 million less."

"There's a little bit of an ego getting out of control with you," Seacrest shot back. Cowell's solution to drive ratings for season seven? "Let us talk more. When I say us, I mean me."

And so it went, two buddies joking like Paul Sculfor and Victoria Beckham re-living the past.

In the end, Seacrest, who recently performed a widely praised comedic cameo in the film Knocked Up, offered the final straw. "I know you're upset they didn't ask you to be in Knocked Up," he told the judge. "It's okay that [director] Judd Apatow didn't call you. You can't be everywhere all the time. You're one old man!"

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As the world shows love to this year's second place finisher on American Idol, Blake Lewis, the runner-up from last season is feeling awfully lonely.

We don't know why. Katharine McPhee is quite gorgeous and talented.

Idols Giving Back

While scores of American Idol alums turned out to partake in this year's season finale, McPhee was as absent from the festivities as Britney Spears is from any semblance of normalcy.

Although fellow Season 5 competitors Elliot Yamin, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Hicks and Chris Daughtry all returned for guest spots this season, McPhee was missing from the rundown â€" and it was not by choice.

"Katharine called them herself, trying to get on the [finale]," a source close to the singer tells Us Magazine. "She's really hurt."

Not as hurt as Aubrey O'Day probably is that we compared her to an Oompa Loompa. But still.

Of course, Kat wasn't the only former Idol who got dissed. When Sony/BMG president Clive Davis addressed the TV audience, he made sure to plug Hicks' new single, but failed to mention Kelly Clarkson's latest single or her forthcoming CD, My December, over which the two have reportedly butted heads.

McPhee's rep could not be reached and Fox had no comment, but we want McPhee to know that she's welcome to perform on any concert sponsored by The Hollywood Gossip.

The next one scheduled is the Lindsay Lohan Rehab Rock 'n Roll Fest.

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While Jordin Sparks was winning over viewers on American Idol, past contestants from seasons two through six were gathering at KISS FM's viewing party in L.A. Wednesday.

It all went down at the Renaissance Hotel at Hollywood & Highland, just steps away from the Kodak Theatre. And the singers got along better than Rumer Willis and Hayden Panettiere!

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Diana DeGarmo and Melissa McGhee acted like old pals; Constantine Maroulis (pictured) chatted up Elliott Yamin, and Vonzell Solomon hugged George Huff.

"We're just one big family!" explained Carmen Rasmussen, who had texted season-mate Clay Aiken with news of Jordin's win just minutes before. Season 6 Top 24 contestant AJ Tabaldo agreed with the sentiment, telling Us Magazine: "I'm happy to be part of the Idol family."

Perhaps the craziest post-Idol connection, though, is Paris Bennett and Kevin Covais, who rap together on Paris' forthcoming album. "It all came about from our free-styling backstage," Paris told Us, causing our staff to wonder what other craziness goes on backstage, like maybe Simon Cowell actually being nice to Paula Abdul.

So what do the former Idols think of their newest family members, and the finale results? "I'm ecstatic!" exclaimed Mandisa. Jordin is "rocking it for the teens" an equally happy Paris said.

Meanwhile, they all agreed that runner-up Blake Lewis had a bright future.

"You don't have to win it to find success," said Mandisa. Constantine gave Blake even more praise: "Blake is going to be fine. He's so interesting, and not afraid to take risks."

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In case you haven't heard, Jordin Sparks was crowned this season's American Idol last night.

But Blake Lewis did his beat boxing this well as usual, and looks to have a successful career ahead of him. Below, the man that makes many young ladies swoon talks with MTV...

MTV: Let's talk about your collaboration [with Doug E. Fresh]. Sorry, Bette Midler, but Blake's performance was definitely the hottest thing tonight. Was it a dream come true?
Lewis: That was Doug E. allowing me to hang out with him onstage, and that was an honor. Forever etched in my brain. It was one of the hottest times I will ever have onstage. It was just a dream come true. Hopefully I'll get to get him in the studio, and we'll have to do, like, a beatbox track, you know? Get something really down.

MTV: Let's talk about the album. Any news on that?
Lewis: You know, I can only hope in the next, like, two weeks or before the tour that I get signed and get management. Things take [their] course, it seems, from the show. Hopefully I get represented by the creative people I surround myself with and get to make the album I've always wanted to. I've tried to stay true to myself this whole entire time, and I think I've represented myself as creatively as I could with what I got on the show. So I'm excited to do that even more so singing my own songs I've written and, you know, just be me 110 percent.

MTV: If you had any dream collaborator in the studio, who would you pick?
Lewis: B.T. He's my favorite producer pretty much ever. I've been talking to him. He hasn't seen American Idol, but I opened for him a long time ago and he wanted to work a long time ago. And now we have the opportunity to maybe get together and work. It's not official, but I talked to him for a couple hours about it. ...

There's so many amazing producers out there that are more underground. I like DJ Shadow, I love Dan the Automator. Will.I.Am is an amazing producer, and he lives in that realm of hip-hop, dance and pop. ... I'd love to work with anyone that would really want to work with me. I'd love to work with Danger Mouse and Gnarls Barkley and Cee-Lo. Robin Thicke ... The possibilities are endless. I'm putting it out there. If you want to do something, call me!

MTV: What can we expect on the tour?
Lewis: Tour! Oh, I'm very excited about the tour, because I get to use my loop pedals and my guitar. We're all playing instruments this time. That's never been done before. I think maybe Chris Daughtry played some guitar last year. But everyone plays a different instrument, like Chris Richardson plays drums; he's been playing drums for, like, 15 years. [Chris] Sligh plays guitar, Phil [Stacey] can play keyboard, I play guitar and keyboard, bass.

For me, I'm excited because I'm gonna do a one-man band show because I have all my loop pedals from beatboxing and then I play guitar and sing over that, so I'm gonna do kind of like a little medley that I used to do â€" the only two songs that I used to ever cover. One of them I sang on the show.

Sadly, he Blake say a word about possibly seeing Antonella Barba nude.

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It was an unusual night on American Idol, as Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry sold his soul and rocked out with Sanjaya Malakar for some reason.

But at least viewers showed they were nice and sane by voting for Jordin Sparks as this season's Idol champion.

The 17-year old proved far superior is singing talent to fun-loving beat boxer Blake Lewis on Tuesday night, draining a bit of tension from Ryan Seacrest's announcement at the end of a long evening.

It was one that included the return of every past American Idol champion except Fantasia Barrino. But Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard joined eliminate Idols from this season in reprising a few songs by The Beatles.

Yes, fellas, Haley Scarnato was one of them. And you better believe she was wearing a skirt shorter than the duration of the upcoming marriage between Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag.

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Blake Lewis, you seem like a very nice guy. And you'll beat box your way to a successful music career, we have no doubt.


But after last night's American Idol performances, it's apparent that Jordin Sparks is simply a much, much better singer. Here's what a slew of insiders had to say about the results:
Simon Cowell (to Jordin): You just wiped the floor with Blake.
USA Today: Jordin Sparks can handle a saccharine ballad with ease, and even threw in a little extra artificial sweetener by sobbing a bit to finish it up � but not before she had soared through the chorus and hit a crowd-pleasing glory note toward the end.
TV Guide: Jordin�s slated for the big win. That�s my story and I�m sticking with it! Jordin is my pick. After all, it is a singing competition.
People magazine (on the final song:) [Jordin] just stood there, opened her mouth and out came beautiful music colored with emotion. She somehow infused the song with radiance and strength.
Opinions haven't been this much in agreement since readers spoke up in support of Greg Laswell. Or against Tameka Foster.
So tune in tonight to American Idol to witness the deserving coronation of Ms. Jordin Sparks.

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Before American Idol fans hear the soothing voices of Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks tonight, let's listen to the cranky judge everyone loves to hate.

What does Simon Cowell have to say about this week's season finale, along with the futures of various past and present Idols?

American Idol Top Nine

On Finale Predictions
"I think they will both chose their favorite song from what they've done over the past 11 weeks â€" and I'm hoping [Blake Lewis] will do the Bon Jovi song because I thought it was his best performance. And I don't know what Jordin will do."

On Fighting with Ryan Seacrest
"It's rather like having a silly little dog who wants to jump up on your lap and you just swat the dog off. Occasionally in a very stern voice you have to say 'no.' And that's how I deal with Ryan."

On Melinda's Next Stop
"I don't think she should try and compete with too many of the R&B artists out there at the moment. I think she's more of a throwback to people like Gladys Knight and Tina Turner. And I think [Melinda Doolittle] should play to her strengths."

On Contestants Talking Back
"I encourage it. I don't think they do it enough because I think they all think they're going to be voted off if they're rude to me. I think it's the opposite. I think the more rude they are to me, the more votes they'll get. I think off camera they're going completely nuts complaining about me. Then on camera they're just smiling and I don't understand that. I think it should be two-way. If I'm rude to them, they're more than entitled to be rude to me back."

On Sanjaya Malakar Fever
"I would never want to be in a situation where we cast the 12 as just normal people because I think it would be boring. The panel is wacky enough and therefore I think the contestants should be a bit strange as well. And I thought the whole Sanjaya Malakar thing was hysterical. I'm happy now because he's out. I don't think I'd be happy if he was in the finals, so I can now be quite smug about it."

On Kelly Clarkson's New Record
Kelly Clarkson is not an artist who's in it for the money. She has a lot of integrity and this is a record she wanted to make. And I admire her for that. ... It's not as commercial as her last record, but any Kelly Clarkson record at the moment is a pretty good record compared to the competition because she's an incredible artist.

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