Regis Philbin Sweet on Idol's Jordin
05/01/2007 AT 06:50 PM EDT
On watching Idol:
I began watching more TV than I usually do. And American Idol, that's a slick show! They cover all their bases. They've got three great judges and then what's his name, the emcee [Ryan Seacrest]? Very smooth.
On Sanjaya Malakar:
I got to like him! I did a song on my second album, "Cheek to Cheek." And he did that, too, so I kind of admired the way he did it. He had a lot of savoir faire, strutting around the set, and he sang the song well. ... By the time I got back, poor Sanjaya got voted off, but I thought he was a big addition to the show this year.
On 'the big judge':
He's very smart, Simon. ... It's always fun to see how he has the guts to say what he's going to say.
On his new favorite, Jordin Sparks:
She seems to have it all.
You know, I never voted. I don't know how that works. There's [only] so much I can handle!