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Sudden Death Begins On ‘American Idol’

13 Jun

AMERICAN IDOL

This week “American Idol” moves to Las Vegas for the first ever Sudden Death round. For the next few weeks 10 singers will perform each night with half of them going home at the end of the night. First up were 10 of the girls. Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine was on hand to serve as a tiebreaker if needed.

For the sudden death round the singers may choose any song from any genre. Many of the first performances were of less familiar songs; unlike in the past when the singers took on diva songs.

Jenny Beth got the night started off that Keith said was a great way to start the show but his fellow judges were somewhat less enthusiastic about the performance saying that it felt jerky and needed to be more dynamic.

Randy called Teena’s performance the start of the night with his fellow judges calling the performance controlled and connected emotionally.

Idol’s first Alaskan performer Adriana earned a standing ovation for her performance. Keith proclaimed it the start of the night with Nicki gushing over Adriana’s stage presence and Mariah loving Adrian’s version of the song.

The judges questioned Brandy’s emotional connection to her song calling it a pageant performance. Mariah said that she would like to see Brandy make an album of classics.

Shubha took on the Lady Gaga hit “Born This Way” starting her performance at the piano, but the judges were less than impressed calling her performance confusing with too much going on. Nicki called Shubha a mash up between Christina Aguilera and PSY.

Randy said Kamaria’s performance was her worst performance and the pitch was all over the place. His fellow judges agreed questioning the emotional connection to the song; but loved her style.

Keith called Kree a natural born singer who was beautiful to watch. His fellow judges agreed and Mariah added that Kree got lost in the song and it was a beautiful thing to watch.

Noting that nothing could compare to Angele’s original song performance during Hollywood week, the judges said that she could do a lot with a little, had limitless potential, and was a budding superstar.

The judges called Isabell’s performance of “God Bless the Child” old fashioned and pageant like.

Amber topped off the night with her performance of “My Funny Valentine” that the judge’s praised as timeless and effortless with amazing vocal control. Mariah couldn’t wait to see Amber in the studio and Keith said Amber knocked it out of the park.

Coming out from behind the judge’s table to sit in stools on the stage, the judges rendered the decisions as to whom would stay and whom would go home.

Jenny Beth, Brandy, Isabelle, Kamaria, and Shubha all received nos from the judges but Teena, Kree, Angela, Amber, and Adriana will be moving on to the next round and sing for fan votes.

On Thursday it’s the guys turn to sing.

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Miley Cyrus Defends Herself After Pot Smoking Photo Surfaces

4 Jun

Miley Cyrus Pot Smoking

Miley Cyrus has been forced to defend herself after a photo of what appears to be the singer enjoying some marijuana was uploaded on Instagram.

A black and white photo appeared on the Instagram account “mileyxxcyrus,” showing a woman that looks quite a bit like Cyrus smoking a blunt, with her face obscured by the smoke. The caption reads, “High as fvck.”

Cyrus quickly took to her Twitter account to defend herself. “Why is everybody trippin. My timeline is blowing up. Everything’s all good in my life just in a creative space right now,” she posted, followed by, “I don’t have an Instagram.”

However, many users were quick to point out the “equality” tattoo on the person’s ring finger in the photo, in the exact location Miley has hers. The rest of the photos on the Instagram account are of Miley. So we’re either looking at the real thing via a hacker or Miley thinking the account was private… or a really creepy stalker who thinks she’s Miley.

Katherine Webb Rocks A Hot Pink Cut-Out Bathing Suit For Celebrity Diving Show ‘Splash’

30 May

Katherine Webb

We spotted Katherine Webb, Miss Alabama USA 2012, flaunting her fabulous figure in a bright pink cut-out swimsuit while filming the upcoming celebrity diving series “Splash.”

Ten celebrities will train and compete in diving in front of a weekly poolside audience. Contestants include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Louie Anderson, Drake Bell, Chuy Bravo, Rory Bushfield, Nicole Eggert, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Ndamukong Suh, and Kendra Wilkinson.

Webb, 23, was just featured in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue alongside faces (and bodies) such as Kate Upton, Nina Agdal and Hannah Davis.

Webb, who is dating Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, recieved national attention when she was spotted in the crowd during a National Championship game. Asked if she would ever pose for Playboy, she insisted: “Hello? My parents would shoot me. And my granddad, more importantly.”

Watch the sizzling promo below and then click though the following pages to see more sexy shots of Katherine!

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Hot London Fashion Week Photos: Kate Beckinsale, Freida Pinto & More!

24 May

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale strutted her gorgeous figure at London Fashion Week today. The actress, along with several other celebrities, attended the the Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter Womenswear show at Kensington Gardens.

Beckinsale, who turns 40 (!) this summer, looked stunning in a white shirt dress with a beige belt and black pumps. She appeared in the 2012 films “Underworld: Awakening” and “Contraband” and stars in the upcoming “The Trials of Cate McCall” about a recovering addict/lawyer who works to get reinstated at the bar and recover custody of her daughter.

Freida Pinto joined Beckinsale at the fashion event, sporting a bright blue corset-like peplum blouse and green pants. Model/actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was red hot in a crimson pantsuit.

Check out more photos from London…

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Are Katy Perry & John Mayer Engaged?

16 May

Katy Perry & John Mayer

Reports have surfaced that Katy Perry is engaged to boyfriend John Mayer, and her publicist is neither confirming nor denying them.

On Valentine’s Day, the pop star was spotted with a ruby ring on her wedding finger during a romantic night out with the singer/songwriter, suggesting he had proposed. She was wearing the ring as they left Vicenti restauraunt in Brentwood, Calif.

Perry’s people aren’t commenting on the rumors.

The singer split from her husband, British actor and comedian Russell Brand, at the end of 2011.

Meanwhile, Mayer has opened up about his past womanizing ways, saying he regrets kissing and telling about past relationships to stars such as Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Aniston.

He told CBS Sunday Morning: “I was just a jerk. And it’s hard for people to process that.”

Watch "John Mayer Sees Himself Settling Down"

Photo Credits: PacificCoastNews.com

Judge Declares Kardashian Divorce Is Ready For Trial

11 May

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Pregnant reality TV star Kim Kardashian’s long-running divorce battle with NBA player Kris Humphries is set to go to trial on May 6.

The socialite, who is pregnant with boyfriend Kanye West’s child, filed to end her 72-day marriage to Humphries in October, 2011, and the former couple has been locked in a bitter legal wrangle ever since.

The sportsman, who is convinced Kardashian used their televised nuptials as a publicity stunt to boost her earnings, is seeking an annulment, but, in an interesting twist, his lawyer Marshall Waller quit this week after reportedly finding no proof of fraud to back up his client’s claims.

And on Friday Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled Humphries had been given sufficient time to prepare his case and set a date for the divorce trial, according to TMZ.com.

Kardashian, who is due in July (and will be seven months pregnant during trial), will be hoping her divorce woes are behind her when she becomes a first-time mom.

‘American Idol’ Recap: Loving And Hating The Top 40

4 May

Brandy Hotard

This year, American Idol has given us a lot to love and a lot to hate.

Sometimes, that has been embodied by one person all at once. That person is, of course, Nicki Minaj. The simultaneously irritating and indispensible, she’s the only judge of any consequence this season and fits perfectly with a show filled with so much to love and hate.

Be it hating the guys’ Hollywood week or loving the girls’. Hating some changes while loving others. Wondering why Keith Urban and Mariah Carey are there. It’s been a season of disparate feelings that just need to come out on this special day.

So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s go over whose chances I love and whose chances I hate. All in two sentences or less.

Love

Angela Miller

An also-ran until she went all original-song on us at the piano and blew the roof off the place last night. Suddenly looking like a contender.

Brandy Hotard

Southern Belle on her third run. With a last name that could become a new insult.

Breanna Steer

A standout from Kez Ban’s group. She’s got the voice to rock any genre.

Candice Glover

Big classic soul voice with a winning personality. She’s got the chops and the likability to make a run.

Janelle Arthur

The cute country girl making it deep in this competition has become as sure a thing as the cute guy with a guitar winning.

Kree Harrison

Another country girl. She’s not quite of the “cute” variety, but she’s got the chops to beat out Janelle.

Melinda Ademi

I thought she was a lock for the top 12 last year. Not gonna change my vote.

Rachel Hale

Rachel Hale

This year’s Kellie Pickler. And I swear that was a compliment.

Shubdha Vedula

She gets on the “love” list on her name alone.

Zoanette Johnson

Obamaaaaaaaa!

Chris Watson

I’m pretty sure this guy auditioned before during the Cowell/Abdul Era. Even if he didn’t, I’m going to give him props like he did.

Curtish Finch, Jr.

Likeable gospel singer is a poor man’s Joshua Ledet.

David Willis

I think he still exists in the 70s. And I like that.

The Turbinator

If he can replicate that ‘Georgia On My Mind’ performance, he’s going to be tough to keep out of the top 12.

Josh Holiday

Get a guitar in this guy’s hands and he wins. I swear to God.

Kevin Harris

Smooth soul man who looks like he’s 55-years-old. Look out, Taylor Hicks.

Hate

Cristabel Clack

Does not have the voice to justify the Flock of Seagulls haircut.

Isabelle

Get a last name, sweetheart.

Jett Hermano

I’ve only seen bad performances from her so far. Have no idea what she’s still doing here.

Tenna Torres

Hey! It’s the girl who met Mariah once at a summer camp or something! Spare me.

Burnell Taylor

Dime-a-dozen soul voice from a mediocre performer.

Charlie Askew

The weird little kid has a weird little talent: Advancing this far in a singing competition without being able to actually sing.

Cortez Shaw

When he gets over himself, maybe I’ll get over being annoyed by him.

Devin Velez

Devin Velez

I don’t think I’ve ever heard him sing, but he creeps me out for some reason.

Jimmy Smith

It’s dead golden doodle hair guy! Something tells me PETA will take issue.

Johnny Keyser

Too pretty for me. I hate him already.

Lazaro Arbos

It’s nice that he can confront his trouble speaking. Too bad he can’t sing either.

Nick Boddington

Has a chance at taking the title away from Phil Stacey for “American Idol Contestant Who Is Most Likely Actually An Alien”.

Adriana Latonio, Amber Holcomb, Aubrey Cleland, Jenny Beth Willis, Julia Chahayed, Kamaria Ousley, Bryant Tadeo, Paul Jolley, Vincent Powell

If you expect to win, I should probably have some vague idea who you are at this point, right?

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