JEFF PEARLMAN

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Paula Abdul+music=bad things. Really bad things.

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Watched the Idol tonight. Pretty lame. Mediocre showing by No Doubt, OK song by Daughtry, sad to see the 17-year-old girl go.

And then there was Paula Abdul.

For the first time since the show’s debut, Abdul performed a song. Did you read that correctly? Performed. Not sang—performed. She danced around the stage, flashed a few Come hither looks, twirled and swiveled and bopped … and lip-synched the whole damn thing.

I wouldn’t care, save for the fact that, this season more than ever, contestants have been reminded that, come day’s end, Idol is a singing show. Dancing is great, flair is great—but you damn well better be able to sing.

Oh, well. Time for bed.