Paula Goes On Emotional 'Idol' Coaster
April 26, 2006

"American Idol" was particularly emotional Tuesday night for everyone's favorite judge, Paula. "Extra's" Terri Seymour caught up with the sweet scorekeeper to find out what made her so misty-eyed.

Paula revealed that this season she's become quite attached to each contestant. "These six kids move me to tears," she confessed. "They're amazing. We've never had any season like this."

There was something about Elliott Yamin's performance of "If You Really Love Me" that sent tears streaming down Paula's face. "You moved me from the beginning," she told him.

Although Paula was clearly touched, Simon was cracking up over her tearful breakdown -- but Randy was in limbo, neither crying nor laughing. He only stated, "It was such a weird night."

Paula also spoke out about the reported family feud between her and Host Ryan Seacrest, who just won a daytime Emmy. "It's time to set the record straight," she said. "I've got nothing but love for Ryan. In fact, I do believe there's a picture where I'm kissing him on the lips or something like that."

Even Randy weighed in on the squabble at Tuesday night's star-studded launch party for the AmberWatch Foundation. "Paula and Ryan? Who are they?" he joked. "The feud is actually between me and Simon. He's weird. He likes to bite. He bit me on the arm the other day."

Speaking of bites, it might be Kellie's turn to bite the bullet after another musical catastrophe Tuesday night. But Simon told us he still has a soft spot for the Carolina crooner. "I really like her," he said. "I mean she's ditzy. She's blonde. She's funny. Her weakness is that when she's bad, she's bad."

Kellie wasn't the only songstress who had a stressful evening Tuesday. Crowd favorite Katharine McPhee almost had a wardrobe malfunction on stage that had even the sour-faced Simon smitten. "Obviously the lighting director has fallen in love with her," he said. "Every week this girl is getting great lighting."


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