Mandisa Gets the Boot; Paula Files Police Report
April 6, 2006

It's the vote that rocked the house on "American Idol" Wednesday night -- the exit of soul sister Mandisa.

The bomb was dropped just one day before "Extra" learned that Judge Paula Abdul filed a police report, claiming she was roughed up and knocked to the floor by a man at a party early Sunday morning.

According to LAPD Lieutenant Paul Vernon, "She claimed the man had argued with her, grabbed her arm and threw her against the wall."

Paula complained of back pain. Us Weekly is reporting that Paula's ex-boyfriend Dante Spencer, who reportedly came to her rescue, was hospitalized and required stitches.

However, Paula was on hand Wednesday night for Mandisa's shocker. Her early exit stunned all of America, but not Simon, who came straight to "Extra."

"For me, she had two bad weeks," Cowell said.

Then there's that other "Idol" competition: Simon vs. Ryan. Judge Dread turned up the heat Tuesday, jabbing Ryan about his lip lock with Teri Hatcher. "I'm not the one trying to look like someone out of ‘Desperate Housewives,'" he said.

"I felt so bad Ryan," Simon told us. "I didn't mean anything about Teri in regards to ‘Desperate Housewives.' I couldn't sleep. So, I'm really sorry."

Meanwhile, the always sincere Simon got a look at the contestants for his new show "America's Got Talent," which features dancers, acrobats and all sorts of strange acts.

"We've had transvestites, people who swallow balloons; we've had everything," Simon revealed.

That competition debuts on NBC this summer. But first, it's the music of Queen on "Idol," next Tuesday on FOX.


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