Mandisa Discusses Battle With Food Addiction

‘American Idol’ season five finalist Mandisa is opening up about her battle with food addiction in an interview with ‘Extra’, and her lowest point in the fight. “I went to my apartment, I didn’t have to be back until the finale, and I ate and I ate and I ate and I watched nothing but television, and I was in the biggest slump of my life,” Mandisa revealed. Read more and watch the interview here.

Patti LaBelle Blasts Mandisa

The Dallas Voice caught up with Patti LaBelle for a Q&A and asked the diva what she thought about ‘American Idol’ season five finalist Mandisa saying that she thought being gay is wrong. “Honey, gays are the ones who make you and stay with you,” she said. “Girl, you better recognize! How stupid can these people be? How stupid can hearts be when people discriminate, period. It’s just an awful thing. And then to say something like that when the gays are going to make or break your ass? Excuse me?”

Mandisa Eyes Hookup With Ruben Studdard

Mandisa tells ‘Extra’ she is hoping to make an ‘American Idol’ hookup with season two champ Ruben Studdard at tonight’s finale. “Hopefully Ruben will be there somewhere,” she confessed. “America has been looking for an ‘American Idol’ hookup somewhere, so I figured me and Ruben might as well make it happen.” Read more.

Tom Joyner Morning Show Chats With Mandisa

Mandisa was on the Tom Joyner Morning Show on April 27th to discuss her time on ‘American Idol’. She said she’s gotten some offers to be a spokesmodel, that she’ll be meeting with President Bush, and is deciding whether to sing R&B or gospel. She also touched on the whole “lifestyle” controversy and said that Paula Abdul was “necessary” on the show because you need someone on your side. Mandisa then put out another feeler for Ruben Studdard. Audio at has since been removed.

Mandisa Visits ‘Fox & Friends’

Ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Mandisa was on ‘Fox & Friends’ on Tuesday (April 11) to talk about life after being on the hit show. She talked about the different theories why she got booted from the show, losing weight by exercising and eating right, doing the one name thing, and more. Video at has since been removed. Additionally, photos are available from RexFeatures.

Mandisa Chats With ‘ET’

Kevin Frazier of ‘Entertainment Tonight’ spoke with ‘American Idol’ finalist Mandisa after she was booted off the program last week. She had a message for Simon Cowell, carrying the torch for plus-sized women, and what she wants to do now. Video at has since been removed.

Mandisa Chats With Mix 94.1 FM

Ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Mandisa spoke with Mark and Mercedes of Mix 94.1 FM in Las Vegas. She addressed the rumors about possible racist ‘Idol’ comments that were snipped from the elimination show last week (she said she never heard anything like that in the audience), her supposed anti-gay comments that may have cost her some votes, her appearance on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’, her relationship with Simon Cowell, her future plans, and more. Audio at has since been removed.

Mandisa Visits ‘Dayside’

Ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Mandisa was on ‘Dayside’ on Tuesday (April 11) to talk about life after being on the hit show. She took questions from the audience, including those about her faith, having to sing other genres, how she selected her songs, her future plans, her struggle with food addiction, and more.

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The Real Reason Mandisa Was Kicked Off ‘American Idol’

Dave McGurgan of, pointing out the many theories as to why Mandisa was voted off ‘American Idol’ last week, said, “But I’ve yet to hear anyone address the true reason Mandisa was booted off American Idol: All season there had been an elephant in the room literally. Yet no one seemed to be willing to talk about it. Until now. Mandisa was kicked off American Idol because she’s obese.” The full article at has since been removed.

On TV: Mandisa, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige

R&B acts on television this week include ‘American Idol’ castoff Mandisa, who visits ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Monday; Ne-Yo, who performs on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Thursday; and Mary J. Blige, who performs on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Friday.