‘Idol’ stirs net rivalry

Viewers and media critics tonight will be able to judge whether ABC’s investigation into Fox’s “American Idol” is a harsh blow against the integrity of TV’s No. 1 show — or an example of sweeps-month hype gone overboard. Until Tuesday, ABC News had remained mostly mum about the contents of tonight’s one-hour special edition of “Primetime Live,” dubbed “Fallen Idol.” Then, late Tuesday afternoon, net issued a press release outlining what has long been suspected: The main focus of the report is a charge by ousted contestant Corey Clark that he had a sexual relationship with “Idol” judge Paula Abdul and that she helped guide him through the competition.

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