Paula Abdul's "Strangest Show Ever" on American Idol (Video)

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Paula Abdul's latest bizarre behavior on American Idol has fans crying fowl and the internet abuzz with renewed speculation that the show is fixed.

Last night Idol changed up the format a bit, having the contestants sing two songs each, and limiting the judges critiques until after all five finalists completed their first song. This seemed to throw Paula into a tailspin, leaving her dazed and confused as she stammered "Oh gosh, we've never had to write these things down, uh, fast enough," before telling Jason Castro, "Jason, first song, I loved hearing your lower register, which we never really hear, um... the second song, I felt like your usual charm wasn't - it was missing for me. It kind of left me a little empty."

"The two songs made me feel like you're not fighting hard enough to get into the top four," she said, before being informed that Castro had only performed one song.

The judges have made frequent comments about sitting in on rehearsals, so perhaps Paula's notes had come from earlier in the day, but it doesn't explain her increasingly bizarre behavior. I know there is a lot of speculation about drugs and alcohol, but I'm thinking along the lines of dementia. Something is definitely off here.

At the end of the show, Simon Cowell commented "This was officially the strangest show we've ever done."

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