Our thanks to People magazine for the following American Idol report from Tuesday night.
Actor Taye Diggs, looking dashing in a black fedora, cruised into the crowd, finding one fan so excited, Corey the warm-up guy had to calm her down. Kim Kardashian, who also showed up with a girlfriend, fixed her makeup during the breaks.
Also in the crowd: Grey's Anatomy writer-creator Shonda Rhimes and returning American Idol fan, Camryn Manheim.
Randy Jackson entered first, through the back of the stage rather than stage left and cruised right through the new mosh pit. Then it was Mr. Cool in his bright white shirt, Simon Cowell, who entered from his usual spot, off to the side. Next Ryan Seacrest came in, as always, wearing a nice suit and a smile. Corey led the chant "Paula! Paula!" as the Paula Abdul made her way in and greeted the men with kisses.
Already Giving Back
Gift certificates for 10 free digital downloads from iPod and iTunes were handed out to everyone in the bleachers and a couple lucky fans got a copy of Chicken Soup for the Idol Soul.
At the end of the night, when all the Idols stand on stage and say goodbye to the audience, it was Australian Michael Johns who shouted out, quite sincerely, a roaring "Thank you!" to the crowd to close out the show.