Whitney Houston was so good on Tuesday’s taping of Oprah that she’s doing a second one tomorrow.

This means that Whitney will get not only the Oprah premiere on Sept. 14, but a full second hour on Sept. 15 to finish up.

What this also means is that Houston’s “I Look to You” album should skyrocket in sales.

The CD, which was released yesterday, looks like it’s tracking toward a 300,000 copy debut. Frankly, it’s surprising everyone, even the people at Arista Records. Reports are that “I Look to You” is exceeding expectations and is No. 1 in most foreign markets after making its worldwide debut on Monday.

Houston’s success can be attributed to a lot of things, but mostly the idea that she’s overcome her difficulties and survived. Everyone loves a survival story, and Whitney is certainly one of the most rooted-for celebrities ever.

On “Oprah,” apparently Houston talks frankly with Winfrey about her drug addiction, her life with Bobby Brown, and just about everything else people are curious about. If this proves true, and Whitney really comes clean, the catharsis should re-establish her. The worst thing Houston ever did was her Diane Sawyer interview in 2002 — her infamous “I can afford better drugs than crack” speech. For Houston to open up, be honest, and take responsibility for that whole mess, well, then, she’s back.

Also on “Oprah,” set-siders (I love that expression) say Houston’s gut-wrenching performance of the Diane Warren song “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” should ensure an outpouring of emotion– and a guaranteed hit single.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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