"I was willing to beg!" the country crooner tells THR of performing for the legendary singer at the Feb. 11 tribute in Los Angeles. The two go way back, says Rimes: "I won my first singing competition with 'Memories' from Cats."
Can American Idol contestants ever perfectly cover Streisand? "Yeah, I think there are kids that can sing it," the judge tells THR. As for viewers' claims that Jackson is now the harshest judge on the Fox show? "I am not!" Jackson tells THR. "Simon [Cowell] is still the mean one! We're having a good time!"
Elvis Costello, Diana Krall
Krall, who has produced for Streisand, says the singer has many talents: Comedian, singer, philanthropist, director, writer. "Don't forget card player!" quips Costello (Krall's husband).