April 21, 2004 -- Paula nails it
"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul is nursing a sore paw after having the nail on her right thumb removed because of an infection. Abdul underwent surgery at Cedars Sinai Hospital Monday after a manicure went awry.
"I just got a manicure and they punctured me. I'm in a bit of pain," Abdul told "Entertainment Tonight." "It's throbbing. I had surgery to remove the entire nail - the infection was too close to the bone.
"I almost lost my thumb," she says. "I didn't think it would hurt this bad and I didn't realize how many limitations I would have - I can't button my pants and it'll be hard to turn and bark back at Simon [Cowell]. I guess I'll just talk to Randy [Jackson] all night."
Meanwhile, this week's guest "AI" judge, Barry Manilow, told "Extra's" Dayna Devon that he "never watched it actually" - meaning "AI" - but that he agreed to be a judge on one condition: That he get to rearrange the songs for each of the contestants.
"If you do Elton's songs just the way he did them, you've got a shot," he tells Devon. "If you do my songs in 2004 the way I did in the 1970s, it's going to sound like elevator music." Manilow is promoting his new CD, "2Nights Live."