Oprah’s Idol Choice: Jordin Sparks

Oprah Winfrey

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updated 05/23/2007 AT 4:00 PM ET

originally published 05/22/2007 AT 11:00 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey, an American Idol fan? Yes! As the talk show host and millions of fans prepare to vote for the next American Idol on Tuesday night, we know for sure that whose number Oprah will be dialing when the phone lines open – Jordin Sparks’!

PEOPLE asked the influential philanthropist whom she would like see take the Idol crown and she immediately responded “Jordin.”

“[I like her] personality. She can sing,” Winfrey told PEOPLE Sunday night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, where she received the distinguished Humanitarian Award from the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

“She has ‘it.’ I know a few things about ‘it’ because I chose all my girls at the school [in South Africa] based on “it.” So Jordin has ‘it.’”


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