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Katy Perry walked off the set of American Idol when celebrity judges voted not to allow Aretha Franklin's granddaughter to move on.

When Grace Franklin, 15, introduced herself and revealed she was related to the Queen of Soul, the judges - Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan - were definitely impressed.

"Stop right there! That's your grandma!?" Richie, 72, said. Luke Bryan, 45, was also in awe.

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"No one knows this about your grandma but I'm going to tell you," said Richie. "When you were walking in the house, you think, 'Oh we gonna talk about music, are we gonna talk about the arrangement?' And she goes, 'Lionel, I've got some collard greens I've made.'"

Richie continued: "You are from a blessed family. I have many messages on my answering machine [from Aretha] that I kept."

"Is it true she kept a little pistol in her purse!?" Katy, 37, asked.

"No, she did keep her purse all the time," Grace said, which Lionel agreed with.

"What's in the purse?" Katy asked, to which Grace replied, "The money."

Aretha was known to keep tens of thousands of dollars in her purse because she didn't trust banks.

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Grace then sang "Killing Me Softly With His Song," but the judges were not moved.

"It was all a little sleepy and subdued to me," Luke said.

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"It was soft," Katy agreed, but she wanted to give Grace another chance. She asked Grace if she had another song to sing, and the teen said she could sing her grandma's song, "Ain't No Way."

Richie then said:

"I'm going to talk to you as Uncle Richie and your grandma talking to me. Her line was, 'If you're not ready for me baby, don't come near me.' Now, you're 15, you've got the family lineage, OK? What we need to do is put time and some work in to get it up to par, OK?'"

Katy begged her co-star to reconsider.

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"Give her a shot, give her a chance. I'm sure Aretha wasn't Aretha when she walked into the room but somebody said 'Yes, I want to work with you, I want to develop you, you've got something!' She's got stardust on her!"

But Richie was not swayed.

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Katy got up and walked off the set:

"I will lay down on the ground, I quit this show! I'm going to the bar. Something wrong with your ears! You all are insane!!"

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Luke Bryan revealed the secret to his 14-year marriage with wife Caroline: "make-up sex."

The "American Idol" judge and his wife - who share sons Thomas, 13, and Tatum, 10, - always talk through their issues. But if they ever have an argument, they get over their differences by getting busy in the sack.


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Asked during an interview with theSkimm what the secret to his successful marriage is, he laughed and said: "Communicate and make-up sex."

The 44-year-old "Waves" singer previously admitted he has to "work so hard" at marriage.

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He said: "Sitting and letting something small turn into a big event is not how you make it. (Once you) have a family, you're doing this with your family – it's a lot. But you've walked down the aisle and you've said in front of God, 'This is who I'm going to be with forever.' You have to work so hard at it."

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Revamped rapper Nicki Minaj arrived exactly 13 minutes late to the live taping of American Idol Wednesday, saying she was stuck in traffic. That's understandable in Los Angeles where the traffic ranks as the worst in the nation.

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In fact, 'Re-Up', which dropped on Nov. 19, is set to sell a meager 20,000 copies in its first week.

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This is the biggest story on the Internets today (I have no clue why). Apparently, the top brass at American Idol have talked Victoria "Posh" Beckham into replacing ousted judge Paula Abdul. As you know, Paula walked out after her request for an additional $2 mil on top of the $8 mil she's already receiving per year was denied.

According to TMZ.com, Paula is now making noises like she wants to return to American Idol. It seems her decision to leave may have been part of a publicity stunt to get AI to cave in to her demands. But now that Posh has replaced her, AI will likely tell Paula her position is already filled!

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According to TMZ.com, the reason Paula Abdul left American Idol is because she wanted more than the $3 million a year she was already pulling down!

I still can't believe they paid that heiffer $3 million to sit at a table and look stupid! No wonder RHOA's Kandi Burrus has started a campaign blitz to throw her name into the ring as the new judge. I'm sure AI isn't even thinking about Kandi, but her PR still sent out a press release as if AI has already come knocking on Kandi's door!

If you read between the lines in the press release, it's obvious that Kandi is dying to get that gig but AI isn't answering her calls. Unfortunately for Kandi, AI already has their one token black judge.

From a press release:

Rumors are starting to fly fresh off the press this morning that one of the stars of the Real Housewives of Atlanta,the Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, Kandi Burruss, may be a name in contention for a spot as a the new judge on the popular show which premieres in January.

Though no word has been confirmed as to if the producers will continue with a judging panel of three or add Burruss, it sure would make a very even pairing for television. "

Here's that Rolling Stone issue with Adam Lambert on the cover that I told you about in an earlier post. This issue features Lambert's big coming out interview. *YAWN* Why am I yawning so much today?

Anyway, here's what Lambert had to say about American Idol's worst kept secret:

“I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay,” Lambert says in the new issue of Rolling Stone, hitting newsstands this week. “I’m proud of my sexuality,” Lambert adds. “I embrace it. It’s just another part of me. I loved it this season when girls went crazy for me. As far as I’m concerned, it’s all hot. Just because I’m not sticking it in there doesn’t mean that I don’t find it beautiful."

Lambert went on to say that he was tempted to reveal his homosexuality during Idol, but he wanted to wait until this issue came out, lol:

“Clay Aiken’s gay, and I’m gay, and we couldn’t be more different. The only thing that is the same about everyone in the gay community is that we’re gay. … Why can’t we talk about a human community?”

I mean, who isn't gay in Hollywood?

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Earlier I told you that American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino's brother would appear on the same show that made his sister a household name. But hold on, who knew Ricco Barrino was signed to Grand Hustle to write hits for T.I.'s roster of talent including Young Dro and Alfamega.

We've all heard rumors that artists were jumping ship from Grand Hustle now that the King of the South was on house arrest and facing serious time. But it looks like T.I.'s label isn't going under after all. Ricco already had a regional hit with his ladies anthem "Bubble Gum". Barrino alongside Grand Hustle producer Keith Mack, has a few more hits up their sleeves for Grand Hustle.

Which begs the question: isn't American Idol supposed to be all about finding unsigned talent?

Thanks to loyal reader Tangela for tip!

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If this is old news I apologize, but I was not aware that American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino had a brother. Somehow I assumed she was an only child. According to American Idol Worship blog, the seventh season of American Idol begins tonight, and Fantasia's brother Ricco Barrino is one of the contestants.

According to them, Ricco is expected to win it all. I hear the major labels are in hot pursuit of the brotha. They say his voice sounds like a male version of Fantasia, whatever that means. I have never seen an episode of AI, so I'm counting on you guys to keep me up to speed on whether he wins it all or goes back to flipping burgers at White Castle.