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. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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