‘Idol' Fever Heats Up In Hollywood
April 4, 2006

Hollywood has "American Idol" fever. More than 30 million people are glued to the small screen every week as the singers give it their all. Now the show's most famous fans are giving "Extra" their scorecard on the top nine.

"I'm quite passionate about ‘American Idol'," revealed Jerry O'Connell, the new Men's Fitness cover-stud. Jerry told "Extra" that rocker Chris Daughtry is his favorite. "I vote a lot," he said. "I'm like a 12-year-old girl: ‘Give me the phone!'"

Singer Alicia Keys said in her house, "Idol" is a family tradition. "My grandmother is really into ‘American Idol," she told our Tanika Ray. "I like the guy with the gray hair (Taylor Hicks)," Keys said, imitating his dance moves. "His little flow is hot!"

At Monday night's FiFi Awards in New York, Vivica A. Fox admitted she needs her "Idol" fix. "People are literally hooked on it," she said.

But tough guy Bruce Willis doesn't feel the urge to vote. Instead, he is resisting the urge to get a piece of Judge Dread! "I want to have my own reality show where I get to whoop his butt," Bruce joked.

While Simon and the rest of the gang are looking for stars, hit-makers like Barry Manilow are looking for a big "Idol" boost.

Barry's album rocketed from 24 to number 4 on the Billboard chart after his recent appearance on the show.

And now "Extra" breaks news: this week's rumors that chart-topping legend Prince will soon hold court on "American Idol" are not true.

"I've too heard the rumors, but I have nothing concrete about Prince," said executive producer Ken Warwick. However, Kenny Rogers is set to perform this week, as will Rod Stewart in the coming shows.

Crown your own champion, when "American Idol" airs every Tuesday night on FOX.


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