January 17, 2007 at 09:32 PM EST

Hey Idol fans! Hope you survived last night — I don’t know about you, but I’m off Prince songs for like a month — and are psyched to see what the rest of this season will bring, besides more scary freak people who should be in counseling. (As my mom put it in an email to me just now: “Oh, my goodness!  I’ve never watched a season premiere before — I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.  It’s got to be painful for those who actually do the first screenings.  It is sad to think these people actually think they have talent.”)

Here’s something to keep us all going as we suffer through the early rounds: Diana Ross (pictured) told David Letterman last night that she’ll be a guest mentor this season. Way to take advantage of that Dreamgirls synergy, everyone! Also, I’m thrilled to see we’re not dipping below that half-century age hard deck. God forbid.

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Of course, we’re still waiting for the big announcement: confirmation of rumors that Paul McCartney will show up at some point. But while we’re holding our breath, let’s take a minute to list off all the people who might, I dunno, be more relevant to mentor a group of budding young modern pop stars.  I’ll start!

1. Anyone under the age of 50

Okay, your turn, PopWatchers!

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