The “American Idol” finalist hired a bodyguard after Nicole Kidman set her aside at the restaurant and told her to “invest in security.”


A photo of Melinda Dolittle next to a photo of Nicole Kidman

Melinda Doolittle said actress Nicole Kidman once gave her some of the best advice.Steve Granitz / FilmMagic; Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic

  • “American Idol” Finalist Melinda Dolittle said it would be difficult for fans to go out without stopping her.

  • She said she came across Nicole Kidman at a restaurant, and the actress recommended that she hire a security guard.

  • Doolittle told insiders that he was safe for six months after the end of the season.

Immediately after shooting “American Idol,” Season 6 finalist Melinda Doolittle said she received useful advice from actress Nicole Kidman.

Talk to insiders 20th anniversary of the showThe singer said she met the “Nine Perfect Strangers” star while having dinner with a friend at a restaurant after the 2002 finale.

“No one was talking to her. I lined up at the table and said,” I don’t know, Nicole Kidman Right there,'” Doolittle remembered.

She spent so much time interacting with her fans that she “couldn’t eat” and brought food because it was so cold.when “Idol” singer At last she went away, she said, Kidman asked her to come to her table.

“She was like,’Hey, honey, we’re very proud of you,'” Doolittle recalled. “We saw you at the show, and I just want to tell you to invest in security.”

According to Doolittle, the actress added: Please do not let me eat until the dinner table. So you need to eat with someone. “

After this conversation, the third-place winner said she hired security guards immediately for the next six months.

It was “the best advice everyone has given me,” Doolittle added.

She is still found in public, but says she is far from the level of fame she faced in the early 2000s.

Melinda Dolittle Stage in a silky white dress with a microphone on

Melinda Dolittle finished third in Season 6.Matt Sails / AP

During the filming of the show, Doolittle said she and her fellow contestants “had some freedom,” but they knew. Go out in public It meant hitting TMZ or being stopped by a fan.

“I couldn’t go anywhere without security,” Doolittle added.

She said she would go out for lunch once in a while, but because “the show was so big,” she said, “I couldn’t walk more than 10 feet without stopping Or someone who wants a photo and wants to talk to you. “

“I don’t know how to put it into words how it really felt crazy,” Doolittle told insiders. “Just as you try to go public and at some point your brain realizes,’Oh, this is my life.'”

Nicole Kidman’s representative did not immediately respond to the insider’s request for comment.

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