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The war in Iraq and Sanjaya Malakar.

These are pretty much the two most debated topics in the country right now. With that in mind, let's hear what certain celebrities have to say about this American Idol hopeful:

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Mary J. Blige: I don't think he's horrible, but everybody's making it where he's just horrible. I've heard worse.

Diana DeGarmo: I believe more power to him. If he can do it, go for it.

Joel Madden: I'm hoping he wins because Howard Stern has been trying to get him votes, and I love Howard.

Kevin Nealon: I'm not a 'Fanjaya,' but I like that he's still in there. It's fun seeing how long Sanjaya will stay.

Haylie Duff: I've only seen his hairdos. I've never heard him sing.

Kevin Bacon: Young kids like him because he's so fresh-faced and open. That's the appeal, I think. American Idol is for people to have fun, to be entertained. You can't take it too seriously.

Adam Goldberg: Just because it's a train wreck, I'd like to see Sanjaya win to see if there's some crazy revolution that takes place. I think it's the same reason I watch that show and other shows like it for that matter. I think I â€" and America in general â€" just like to hate things. I wish I was above that, but I'm not. So I enjoy things that piss me off.

Rex Lee (Entourage): He's incredibly entertaining! I love that his hair is different every week. It's ingenious.

The next issue celebrities will weigh in on? Whether or not CariDee English is a zombie.

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The Hollywood Gossip staff is comprised of celebrity sex tape investigators and Antonella Barba photo admirers.

But we don't know a lot about fashion.

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That's why we needed the help of American Idol stylist Miles Siggin to comment on the trends of a few of this year's contestants:

Haley Scarnato: (below, left) "Haley tends to gravitate toward pageant-y, more sparkly things which we've been slowly getting her out of. You can go out to any club or bar in any city on a Saturday night and see a million girls wearing the same thing," Siggins says. "With the Idols, people have got to aspire to be them in every way, including dress."

Melinda Doolittle: (below, right) "Before Idol Melinda didn't really know anything about fashion or shopping at all... She's got quite a strange body, because she hasn't got much of a neck and developed shoulders. [Her friends who helped style Melinda during auditions] were putting her in lots of collared stuff - jackets and things - which I got her out of as soon as I could and into dresses, which are a lot more flattering for her. By the end of the season she's going to be the most changed."

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The most entertaining part of last night's American Idol?

Jennifer Lopez trying to give singing advice.

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That's less of a diss toward Mrs. Marc Anthony and more of a yawn regarding the entire night. Maybe the singers simply had trouble with the Latin theme - but not really stood out. Not even Melinda Doolittle made us gasp in awe like usual.

We can at least give props to Blake Lewis for having the guts to sing a song by J. Lo's husband. He was probably the best on the evening.

But, don't worry fans, we still have a Sanjaya Malakar update for you: the lousy, lovable singer didn't sport any sort of crazy hair ... unless you count that mess on his face. Apparently the guy hates razors the same way many fans of American Idol hate him.

Fortunately, we can still admire how cute his sister, Shyamali Malakar, looks.

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Gina Glocksen, who had her share of good and bad moments on American Idol, kissed the show goodbye Wednesday as the latest casualty in viewer voting.

The exit of Glocksen, 22, of Naperville, Ill., trimmed the number of finalists to eight.

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The winner will be chosen in May.

Judge Randy Jackson had said on Tuesday's show that Glocksen - the show's resident rocker girl, with her red highlights and all-black outfits - gave a "nice, controlled performance" of the classic song "Smile."

His colleague Simon Cowell, who has griped at length about the fact that Glocksen was not in the same league as other finalists, sported a frown.

Gina Glocksen, pictured here with Ryan Seacrest (who's not gay, according to Shana Wall), let out a sob when she heard the result but managed to sing through her tears while performing on American Idol for the last time.

Haley Scarnato and Phil Stacey had the next-lowest vote tallies in the phone balloting, which drew about 33 million calls and text messages.

Scarnato, 24, of San Antonio, is not opposed to showing a little skin on "Idol." Though Cowell derided her take on "Ain't Misbehavin'" as a bit "pageant-y," he applauded her "nice legs."

We'd have to agree, having seen these Haley Scarnato pictures.

Cowell said Phil Stacey's performance of "Night and Day" was too dark and dreary, while Tony Bennett - this week's venerable guest coach - heaped praise on the 29-year-old Floridian, calling him one of the best singers he's heard.

Wednesday's program also featured a performance by Michael Buble, who sang "Call Me Irresponsible." Among this week's survivors were favorites Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones and Jordin Sparks.

Sanjaya Malakar - the annoying, stringbean teen who's anything but good, but still manages to rack up viewer votes - also made it through.

In its sixth season, American Idol continues to rule the ratings. It has attracted 26-37 million viewers per telecast this season.

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Last night's celebrity coach, Tony Bennett, has made 106 albums. In other words: these American Idol contestants have a looooong way to go.

But they all treated viewers to solid performances last night, as none of the renditions could be considered bombs. And, yes, that even includes Sanjaya Malakar. He was decked out in a white suit and sang as off-key as ever. Yet he didn't make us wanna destroy our own eardrums for once.

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The performer most criticized by the judges last night was Haley Scarnato. We're not sure why. Then again, we may have been distracted by the beauty's plunging neckline. She seems to be following the Alaina Alexander school of American Idolatry.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

On the non-Malakar male side, Blake Lewis shined again. He may not have the best vocal talent in the world, but this beat boxer adds a fresh spin to any song he performs.

But no one does that as much as Melinda Doolittle. She may be the best singer American Idol has ever seen. After all, no one has previously received the sort of compliment Simon Cowell dished out to this talent last night:

He can't find anything to criticize her about. Wow.

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Ryan Seacrest is straight.

Putting aside the sexual props given to everyone's favorite American Idol host by Shana Wall, however, there's only one thing people wanna hear about Seacrest:

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Who does he think will be this year's American Idol champion?

The answer may surprise some followers of the show: Jordin Sparks.

"First of all, she's a girl," Ryan profoundly said of this 17-year old singer. "She represents fantastic qualities. She's a great singer and a pretty girl ... She's non-threatening, cute and attractive. Plus, she has this sincere likeability that is rare and genuine."

It's hard to argue with those points ... although Melinda Doolittle will sure try to over the next few weeks.

Asked what he makes of ever-controversial Sanjaya Malakar, Seacreast said: "Everywhere I go, people have been screaming at me to get rid of Sanjaya. And I say, 'Too bad, you're doing it.' ... But Sanjaya, he's an interesting character on the show. America hones in and gets rid of who needs to go and the best usually stay."

Finally, how about it, Ryan? Do you really hate Simon Cowell or what?

"We're friends," Seacrest said. "We're just extremely competitive on every level â€" to the point that he doesn't want a parking place any farther away than the one I have."

But Ryan insists it's all in good fun. You know, like basically everything Katie Rees ever does.

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Here's all you really need to know about Melinda Doolittle: She may be the best singer American Idol of all-time.

Sorry, Carrie Underwood, but just take a listen to this contestant. And while you're at it, take a look at the following bio:

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Age: 29
Relationship Status: Single
Pre-Idol: Brentwood, Tenn.-based backup singer for Aaron Neville, CeCe Winans and Idol alum George Huff
Why She Auditioned: "Some friends invited me to go with them to the Memphis audition, saying it would be fun to watch the funny singers," says Doolittle. "On the way we decided the whole car had to audition, and I ended up being the only one to make it."
Idol Style: "I'm a bit of a tomboy, so these heels and all this are not normal for me. It's fun, but it's like playing dress-up, so when I go home, it's snatch the wig off and lie down!"

* The Hollywood Gossip note: Beyonce has also been know to take off wigs.

Backstage Secret: "I am the oldest one here," she says, "so the other contestants call me Mama. I love to be silly. Everybody thinks I'm shy, but I'm not shy. I just get a little nervous occasionally."
The Makeover: "I am the worst," says Doolittle of her style sense. "Thank God I have help."

Fortunately for fans, none of that help has come from Sanjaya Malakar.

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She's no Antonella Barba.

Granted, Haley Scarnato has been receiving a lot of attention recently for her looks - but there's one difference between this American Idol contestant and the one that was best known for her sex photos: Haley can sing.

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Well enough, in fact, to have cracked at least the top nine on the show. Let's get to know her a bit better, courtest of this People magazine profile ...

Age: 24
Relationship Status: Engaged to Bobby Krudwig, a sales executive
Pre-Idol: Wedding singer in her native San Antonio
Fame Factor: Although she thinks it's "cute" that she has a fan club called "Haley's Comet," Scarnato doesn't want to know much more than that.

"I completely stay away from the Internet and gossip â€" it's scary," she says. "I got recognized recently, which was weird. They said something about my mole!"

* The Hollywood Gossip note: Come on, Haley, you're not curious to read about The Bachelor, Andy Baldwin?

Guest Mentor She's Psyched to Meet: "Martina McBride," says the country fan. "I love her."
What's On Her iPod? "I love Elvis, which is shocking to people for some reason."
On Being Judged: "Some comments are pretty harsh. Ryan Seacrest lightens the mood. It's nice to have him on that big stage next to you."

And with that, Scarnato left to stick pins in her voodoo doll of Sanjaya Malakar. No, we're just kidding.

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Apparently, a few people sang on American Idol last night.

That's what we've been told, at least. But forgive us by being distracted by Sanjaya Malakar; or, more specifically, his hair. If that's what you can even call last night's mohawk-like mop atop his head.

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The contestant that actually manages to leave Simon Cowell speechless due to his poor performances attempted to make like a rock star last night. Instead, he made the blue hair on that loser, Perez Hilton, look cool.

In actual singing news from the show: Guest judge Gwen Stefani helped the Idols choose songs that were actually written in the last quarter century. A nice change of pace from previous editions.

As usual, Melinda Doolittle was impressive. And Blake Lewis cemented his status as the male to beat at least.

It's hard to say who will get voted off tonight, but Haley Scarnato may be in trouble. If that's the case, we have some advice for this American Idol cutie:

Show up topless. That seems to be the attention-grabbing strategy of former Idol hopeful, Alaina Alexander.

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Sanjaya Malakar survived to sing poorly for another week after last night's American Idol results show.

This may make the stomach of many fans turn - but it makes one particular one grumble for food. And, no, we're not talking about Nicole Richie.

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Some idiot desperate for attention - or at least a hobby - and going by the name of "J" on her MySpace account has taken up a hunger strike until Sanjaya is voted out of the competition. Here's what she has to say:

Aside from the initial debacle with contestant Antonella Barba, season 6 was starting to look like it may be actually very good.

The big voices of Melinda Doolittle and LaKisha Jones, the innovative styling's of Blake Lewis, and the smooth R&B of Phil Stacey are just a few of the hopefuls with immense potential.

However, there is one hinge in this broad spectrum of talent this year ... Sanjaya Malakar.

We have no problems with Sanjaya personally, he seems like a very personable and charming young man. However, he does NOT belong on American Idol. The judges faltered with their decision to place him in the final 24, and American Idol voters have done even worse by keeping him on.

So until the day that Sanjya is no longer American Idol, I will be going on a hunger strike.

Wow. Imagine how these person will feel if Heather Mills makes it far on Dancing with the Stars. Can one even go on a double hunger strike?

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