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Russ At Idol: J. Lo Loves Stefano, I Love The Black Eyed Peas & No One Likes Randy Jackson!

Fri, March 18, 2011 3:45pm EDT by Russ Weakland 8 Comments

While in the audience for last night’s American Idol, I saw who the judges like the most and who doesn’t like the judges! Plus, I now have a man crush on the Black Eyed Peas!

At the American Idol stages, you are bound to see almost anything, so when I took my seat, I was excited for the night to start and to see the Black Eyed Peas. Last month, when I saw them at the Super Bowl, I got my first taste of them live and last night they didn’t disappoint during the performance of their new song, “Just Can’t Get Enough.” Everyone at home saw the flawless performance on TV, but they actually pre-taped the performance and it took them twice to get the song in the can, as they were stopped mid-performance because of an Idol tech problem.

At that point, I thought someone from the band would be upset and possibly have a DIVA moment, but all of them laughed it off and started all over again, to the delight of the 700 plus fans in attendance. Everyone was talking about the performance and was looking forward to the replay during the live telecast.

Something else people were looking forward to was screaming their love and devotion for Idol judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Even Ryan Seacrest got some love from eager screaming fans. The judges were in bright spirits and gave a wave right back to anyone who greeted them. Sadly, one person who got little love was long-time judge and producer, Randy Jackson. I almost felt bad for Randy — he was looking for his shout out that never even came. It wasn’t embarrassing or anything, but I did notice it.

The rest of the show was pretty much predictable. When reigning American Idol Lee DeWyze performed, the Idol hopefuls were jamming along. Only one person seemed not to care much about the performance. Jacob Lusk wasn’t bobbing his head along to the music, and even joked with Paul McDonald that the performance was, “Just all right!”

Randy Jackson made sure to hug Lee after a pretty great rendition of his single, “Beautiful Like You,” and have a quick reconnection of sorts.

Randy and Lee weren’t the only ones to have a special connection. Jennifer Lopez obviously loves everything that Stefano does, so after the show was done, she b-lined it to give him her first hug. Of course, he was beaming as they embraced. I would be excited too!

There you have it, HollywoodLifers – my complete behind-the-scenes report. What did YOU think of the results show last night? Did you love seeing Lee DeWyze back on the Idol stage? What do you think of Stefano and J. Lo’s undeniable connection? Sound off below!

Russ Wekland


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