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Who's Watching American Idol Tonight?

The checklist:

Me: Absolutely. I will duck out early from the Capitals' Bloggers' Happy Hour in order to watch Idol in its entirety.

Ravens tight end Daniel Wilcox: "Absolutely. Absolutely. I haven't seen it every year, but every time I get a chance. I'm horrible with sitting and making sure I'm there to see something, so what I end up doing most of the time is buying the DVD's and trying to catch up, you know what I mean? I did see the one when Fantasia won, I saw the one when Ruben Studdard won, and I saw the one, was it Clay Aiken? I saw the one he won, too. I definitely want to try to catch it. It's a two-hour special, right?" [Yeah, duh.]

Wonder if they watch the Wizards. Or the Mystics. (By Stephen Shugerman -- Getty Images)

Caron Butler: "I'm watching it tonight. Two-hour special. [Thank you for knowing that.] I haven't watched it since Fantasia. I miss it." [I miss it too.]

Wizards guard Roger Mason Jr.: "I'm gonna watch it. The reason why I want to watch it is I saw "Dreamgirls" and that girl who was in it [Jennifer Hudson] was a star. She was a star. So I'm gonna see if I can scout some talent, see if I can find the next one of those."

Antonio Daniels: "I've never watched a full episode of 'American Idol' in my life. It's just people going out there to sing, it might as well be people like me."

Nikki Teasley: "Am I going to watch 'American Idol?' Of course. It's a new season, so I'm definitely into that. A lot of people get an opportunity to be able to do something that they dream of, and that's what the WNBA is for me. You know, I've been able to do something that I always dreamed of doing in a city that I've been living in all my life. And now we have the all-star game coming here? It just gets better and better."

See, I wasn't really going to mention the WNBA all-star game, because the event today wasn't the most exciting of all time: Adrian Fenty unveiled the all-star game's logo and asked everyone to "visit the District of Columbia and spend money," Sheila Johnson said she wanted to be known as "the hostess of the WNBA all-star game," there was a sort of cheesy promotional video with shots of the monuments and people cheering for "East!" and "West!" and a line about how "Ms. Smith will be returning to Washington," and there was a cheese platter with some blue and some sort of Brie-like product and a smoked Gouda and some Port Salut.

But then Nikki Teasley had to be an expert in the world of spin, turning my American Idol question into a motivational speech about the WNBA, and so here's the all-star game plug: July 15, 3:30 pm, ABC, Verizon Center, tickets on sale now, celebrity RSVP's will be forthcoming, and don't forget about the Dribble, Dish & Swish Skills challenge.

And don't forget about Idol, either.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 5:37 PM ET
Categories:  Weirdness  
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