Simon reveals he’s a softie, Blake has a (super)model cheering section and more …
It’s Mr. Softie!: During a commercial break, audience members were allowed to ask questions to the judges. One little girl dared to ask Simon Cowell why he changed his look for that evening. Simon, who was wearing a casual white button-down rather than his usual dark colors, responded with a stern, “You – get down here.” The scared girl walked down to the front of the judges’ table, where Simon asked her, “Do you like my outfit?” The girl said “yes” – and for that, she was awarded with a kiss on the cheek!
And Take No. 53: Since this week’s show wasn’t taped live, there were many, many retakes after the hour-long episode was completed. As the audience got restless, Ryan Seacrest chimed in to try to keep them entertained. His tactic? Make fun of Simon, of course! “He’s the worst!” Seacrest said of the judge, whom Ryan revealed can’t seem to tape show promos without cracking up.
She Wears Her Sunglasses at Night: Former supermodel and Oxygen network star Janice Dickinson arrived with her daughter in model fashion, wearing a red dress, heels and carrying a Louis Vuitton patent-leather handbag. But her most important accessory of the evening? Her sunglasses, which stayed on for most of the show. The only time the shades came off was during Jordin Sparks‘s performance of the Rodgers and Hammerstein ballad “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Playing Favorites: There was no mistaking who was Blake Lewis’s biggest fan on this night: Ms. Dickinson, who screamed the Idol contestant’s name during his performance of “Imagine” – and even gave him a standing ovation.
Also in the House: Season-6 castoff Brandon Rogers in the front row, season-1’s A.J. Gil and The Apprentice star Ivanka Trump, who didn’t look blown away by any one contestant. Maybe Ivanka inherited dad Donald’s all-business approach to reality TV?