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‘Idol’ wannabes missed their chance in P.R.

It was big news when “American Idol” announced they’d be expanding their audition sites to include Puerto Rico — the show had never wandered beyond the continental U.S. before.

Well, the date has come and gone and according to a report from Puerto Rico-based newspaper El Nuevo Dia, only 300 people showed up.

Maybe the reality competition’s popularity really is waning. Wannabe contestants should have spent whatever was necessary to leave the mainland: the odds of getting in front of the judges was never better.

Sad news for burgeoning Kelly Clarksons, but sad news for viewers, too. The Puerto Rico audition site, if successful, would have yielded interesting audition footage, perhaps some unlikely contestants, and invited the possibility of some more exotic audition sites. Guess we’ll have to wait and see if the change of venue achieved more than appears.

Applegate proceeding with ‘Samanta Who?’Despite being diagnosed with breast cancer Aug. 3, Christina Applegate is going to proceed with filming the upcoming season of “Samantha Who?”

Her co-star Melissa McCarthy told OK! that Applegate is tougher than she might appear. “She’s like this tiny little thing, but she’s bionically strong,” McCarthy says.

A longtime friend of the actress also spoke to the magazine, and says that Applegate, whose mother Nancy Lee Priddy is a breast-cancer survivor, is remaining quite positive.

“It was detected early on, it’s not life threatening and she remains very positive throughout this,” says the friend.

‘Mad Men’ cameo on ‘Office’ season premiere
“Mad Men” ad exec Rich Sommer (he plays the bow-tied Harry Crane) has put in for a transfer to Scranton.

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Entertainment Weekly reports that Sommer will be making an appearance in the Sept. 25 season premiere of “The Office.”

EW says that details are being closely guarded, but his character “ties in with a surprise twist.”

So how will the cameo play out? Our first instinct is a dream sequence, since the shows are set 45 years apart. But that is such an easy out…

SJP and Matthew Broderick: Coverage continues
Why I’m compelled to continue covering what appears to be the perfectly normal union between Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick is beyond me, but here’s the latest. After their weekend in Amagansett (where the couple looked, yes, happy) reports have surfaced that the couple and their son James Wilkie, 5, ate together at Szechuan Gourmet in NYC.

“They weren’t overly affectionate, but there was no drama, either,” an onlooker tells Life & Style. This begs the question: Are Parker and Broderick making public appearances in an effort to combat infidelity rumors, or are people just actually on the lookout for the couple now? They are a PR-savvy couple, yes, but SJP and Broderick have always been above such stunts. Scoop votes for the latter.

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