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Beyoncé talks about her new, sandy Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover...did she crash diet to land it? You might be surprised. And we ask some American Idols to weigh in on wacky Paula Abdul's antics...
Britney Spears Shaved

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While Britney was going buzz-happy in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, her ex-boyfriend was enjoying a far more sedate and normal night in Hollywood.

Justin Timberlake was seen Friday night having drinks at Bar Marmont with a blonde. And no, it wasn't Scarlett Johansson or  Jessica Biel.

The two left around 9:15...around the time bald Britney was getting tattoo number two of the night.

I know J.T. is prolly so over Brit, but I think he should give her a  call, as a concerned friend, and try to talk some sense into her. Obviously, her mom, family, manager or anyone else hasn't been able to. Maybe she'd actually listen to her first love?

Of course, while Ms. S' ears are filled with woe-is-me wax, nuthin's gonna get through to that broad until she hits Taco Bell bottom. Here's hoping it's sooner than latuh, eh?
Beyonce

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When Beyoncé said she’d be working on Valentine’s Day, girlfriend wasn’t kidding!  

The glam gal graces the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and hit the launch party on Wednesday at the Pacific Design Center to shake her gorgeous-again booty in celebration. Along with countless numbers of half-naked Sport Illustrated models (and drooling modelizers lined up to meet them all), B. was doin’ her perky press thang, despite being “sooo tired.”  

Shakira

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“I did a video with Shakira until 7 in the morning,“ she moaned, delirious beneath gonzo hoop earrings, loose-falling curls ‘n’ natural lip gloss—total do-me material. “I did seven videos in a week and a half!”  

The busy babe had also just come from a taping with Jay Leno, and it was a wonder her weave hadn’t fallen flat from the hectic hoopla thus far.

“Tonight, I’m going to Vegas,” added the pooped-out pop princess, in some mucho hot (and so high) Christian Dior shoes and an itty-bitty black dress. Wonder what she had planned for the City of Sin? A midnight tryst with Jay-Z, perhaps?
Sports Illustrated, Beyonce

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As for gracin’ the cover of the stiffy-sporty mag, Beyoncé proudly proclaimed, “I was honored. I was the first musician to be on the cover.”  

And seems Miz Knowles didn’t have to crash diet to get cover-ready, either: “It was a little intimidating, in the beginning,” she said. “The thing about Sports Illustrated is that they have real women in there, with real curves, so I didn’t feel the pressure of having to starve myself.”

Well, thank gawd someone doesn’t here in the City of Fallen Figures! (We’ll just forget about that little stick-figure biz she pulled in Dreamgirls, ‘kay?) 

Though, gotta say, Miz Bee did humor me by sharing a fantastically de-lish flashback of her most awful bikini malfunction evuh—which, ‘course, I just had to ferret out, right? 

“It was when I was in middle school,” she confessed. “I was at camp, and we were on this ride...My bottoms just came out underneath the water. Thank God no one saw! It was my own malfunction!”      

Oh, darling, lucky thing some maniacal paparazzi outfit wasn’t around back then, they’d have had an underwater camera shot on that fine bum of yours in no time flat.

Paula Abdul

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Gotta admit, Paula Abdul’s come a long way since her MC Skat Kat days, but lately, the retired pop princess does seem loopy (and then friggin’ some), doncha think? At the Clive Davis pre-Grammy bash last week, I asked her American Idol buds what they think is up with the sweet ‘n’ sassy diva and her very strange behavior.
Taylor Hicks

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Former AI winner Taylor Hicks (whom my intrepid intern, Liza Yorks, fondly—and strangely—refers to as Spicy Meatball) said, “Paula is Paula. What you see is what you get.”

Hmmm, so what you’re really saying is she’s just naturally high on life?  

On the other coldhearted hand, another Idol bunny seems to think that Paula—who recently stated that she has “never been drunk” in her life—is just an easy target.

Carrie Underwood

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“She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met,” said Grammy-winnin’ gal Carrie Underwood, who got to prove that AI really can make dreams come true, as long as you’re blond and Texan. “I feel bad when people slam her. She’s just kinda happy-go-lucky, and she really doesn’t care what people think.” 

Both former Idols said they never had any odd encounters with Paula off-camera, either.  

Jennifer Hudson

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But then, what did I expect from two peeps who partially owe their careers to the gal? Not like they’re gonna go biting the hand that fed them, no matter how batty it may be.

Now, if we had Jen Hudson gabbin’ on Simon Cowell, that’d be a diff story altogether, promise.