MTV: Paula wants finalists to sing her hits
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“For me, it’s always been hard, sitting in the judging chair, because I don’t like having to judge them. I would like just sitting there enjoying them, but I have to give a critique as well,” Abdul added. “So I’ll say that the final 12, they haven’t really let loose yet. And I [am] — and I think most people are — looking forward to seeing what they have inside of them.”
Totally. Like, is Amanda Overmyer filled with whiskey? Or is Syesha Mercado just as annoying inside as she is outside? And how about David Hernandez? Er … OK, Paula: What would you like to see from the top 12 then?
“There have been contestants in the early stages of the auditions that come in and sing my songs, both male and female. And shall we say it’s rather challenging. But even when they try their hardest and they’re not very good, Simon will say, ‘It’s uncanny. It’s remarkably better than the original,’ ” Abdul laughed “[So] I think when it comes into the final 12, they’re all afraid to do one of my songs, so I would encourage one of the guys to take on ‘Straight Up’ or ‘Cold-Hearted Snake.’ ” [MTV]