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If you are among the many fans of The Hills who dismiss Heidi Montag as being just another product of another reality TV show, looking to cash in furiously on her fleeting 15 minutes of fame, take a second and consider this:

  • Heidi Montag is seen every day on dozens and dozens of celebrity gossip sites, none more guilty of buying into The Hills' hype than this one.
  • She is still forging a music career that continues despite a hilarious and disastrous first attempt at a music video.
  • She and Spencer Pratt are launching a video game.
  • She even has her own clothing line.

She wants to be Lauren Conrad so badly, it's not even funny.

Still, her delusions of grandeur cannot be held down! According to reports, Heidi Montag had hopes of altering the famous Hollywood sign to say "Heidiwood" - the name of her clothing line - in time for an April 11 fashion show.

Stunningly, Montag's publicity team (which does deserves credit in its own right for turning Heidi into the marketable brand she is, albeit a fake, plastic and largely annoying one) wasn't able to make it happen. Aww, shucks.

Los Angeles city council member Tom LaBonge told Us Weekly in response to an inquiry, "We rarely accept alterations of an historic monument."

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After being popped for drunk driving this week in Laguna Beach, it looks as if Richie Sambora could be criminally charged with child endangerment as well.

The Bon Jovi guitarist was arrested for DUI with his 10-year-old daughter Ava in the car, along with another juvenile and another adult - a woman.

Denise Richards and Richie Sambora Picture

This doesn't bode well for the 48-year-old rocker.

If Sambora is proven to have been drunk at the time he was pulled over (11 p.m. Tuesday), he could be charged with endangering the kids.

Police sources say Richie Sambora has not been charged with endangerment but the Laguna Beach P.D. is "actively investigating" the case.

Richie Sambora and family in happier times.

On another note, police sources report that, after Sambora was busted, the cops called Heather Locklear, Ava's mother and Richie's former wife.

Heather authorized the woman in the car to drive her daughter home.

Check out Richie Sambora and the esteemed company he now keeps in The Hollywood Gossip's gallery of celebrity mug shots.

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As always, People magazine went behind the scenes of this week's edition of Dancing With the Stars and dug up some dirt - as well as funny anecdotes about the cast and other moments that you didn't see on TV. Here are some excerpts ...

Girl Bonding
Marlee Matlin gave a fist-pump as Shannon Elizabeth earned the first "safe" slot of the night. As the ladies were whittled down, the support turned to nervousness as Monica Seles pouted, seemingly sure of her own elimination, while Marissa Jaret Winokur fidgeted with her dress and Priscilla Presley waited anxiously.

What a Relief
After Penn Jillette and pro partner Kym Johnson were sent packing, Cristian de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke (below) celebrated with a hug of obvious relief that had Cristian de la Fuente lifting his partner off the ground. What a hot pair!

Judges' Jonas Brothers Jammin'
When the show started with the Jonas Brothers' squeal-inducing, two-song set, the three Dancing With the Stars judges were just as excited as the 'tween girls in the audience. And you know what, they weren't even embarrassed by it!

A Picture Lasts Longer
After Steve Guttenberg heard he was safe, he decided to savor the moment â€" with his digital camera. "I take a lot of pictures," he admits. "It's important to capture these great memories. I've made some great friends (here)."

Gotta Give Him Props

During Jason Taylor's mambo, friend and NFL star Tony Gonzalez shook his head in admiration. "When I first heard Jason was doing the show, I thought, ‘Oh my God, he's going to embarrass himself," Gonzalez said. "But he did really well."

Needs a Better Seat
Samantha Harris may need a step-stool. At the taping of the Cirque du Soleil inspired dance, the Dancing With the Stars host bobbed and weaved to get a better view of the spectacle that had Carrie Ann Inaba open-mouthed with amazement.

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Reality star Kimora Lee Simmons formally filed for divorce from her husband of almost 10 years, Russell Simmons, on Tuesday in L.A. Superior Court.

Citing irreconcilable differences, Kimora Lee Simmons, who was recently reported to be pregnant, is seeking legal and physical custody of her children.

Kimora Lee Simmons Nude

Her kids are Ming Lee, 9, and Aoki Lee, 5, and they have lived up until now with both Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons, who were married in 1998.

Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons are now separated.

The Baby Phat designer, 32 â€" who is now dating actor / model Djimon Honsou â€" also requested that Russell Simmons, 50, be given "reasonable child visitation ... accompanied at all times by the nanny and security personnel."

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Chikezie Eze, who became as just Chikezie, sang for the last time on the set of American Idol Wednesday after he was eliminated from the finals.

On Tuesday's show, Chikezie sang Brenda Russell's ballad "If Only for One Night." Before the performance, host Ryan Seacrest asked him about song selection and Chikezie seemed uncertain at best about his choice.

Sellers on Stage

"After the first time that I sang a ballad, I kind of got torn apart for it," Chikezie told Seacrest. "I was afraid to go back to doing that again, but then ... I picked a song that resonates really deeply within me."

Judges Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell were not fans. "It wasn't hip and cool," Jackson complained. "It was just kind of boring."

Cowell called the performance "cheesy" and told the 22-year-old, "You have to show originality, and I didn't see anything original."

Paula Abdul disagreed, telling the soft-spoken singer, "You did a great job," but Chikezie landed in the bottom three, as predicted by many observers.

Joining Chikezie Eze in the American Idol bottom three Wednesday night were Syesha Mercado and, in somewhat of a surprise, Jason Castro.

Castro, who regularly impresses the judges â€" and elicits as many screams from female fans in the audience as anyone â€" knew it was coming.

"I knew it!" he exclaimed when learning of his fate.

Chopping block regular Kristy Lee Cook looked surprised and happy to escape the bottom three this week after covering Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A.," which the judges loved. Ramiele Malubay also escaped the bottom three.

There are now only nine remaining. Who's your favorite to make it all the way on American Idol - and should Chikezie have been voted off?

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In case you didn't believe it when we reported two days ago that Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge got engaged, his cousin as confirmed it!

The pregnant, 16-year-old Jamie Lynn and her 18-year-old boyfriend Casey are indeed engaged, his cousin, Tina Robinson, confirms to Us Weekly.

A Jamie Lynn Spears Image

"He proposed a few days ago, and she accepted," Robinson said..

Robinson says she hasn't seen a ring and didn't know whether they would wed before or after Jamie Lynn Spears delivers.

"They probably weren't expecting [the proposal] to be, like, right now, but with her being pregnant, that really pushed it up," Robinson said.

In December, Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge announced amid a storm of controversy that they were expecting their first child together.

The younger sister of Britney Spears and the star of the Nickelodeon hit Zoey 101 has been laying low in Kentwood, La., and recently got her GED.

Guess the engagement clears up any rumors that Casey is not the father.

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Chace Crawford and Carrie Underwood recently broke up.

The celebrity gossip du jour was that another man may have come between them. And that it was Chace who was involved with that man.

Chace Pic

But alas, it looks like that was just a rumor.

Former NSYNC singer, JC Chasez, 31, debunked Internet rumors linking him to the Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford, 22, on Kiss-FM 104.7 on Wednesday.

"For the record, we're both straight," Chasez said. "We're not dating."

JC Chasez â€" who called Chace Crawford a "super nice guy" â€" said he understands why people may think they're an item.

"The only time people usually see us together is in some type of photograph, so they just assume that it's like that," he said.

"If I'm dating a girl and I'm standing next to another girl, then I'm having an affair," Chasez added. "So now, since there hasn't been any of that smoke out there, if I'm hanging out with a guy, they're going to make up a rumor. It's just stupid."

Crawford and the Gossip Girl cast return with new episodes April 21.

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Lauren Conrad - whom you probably know from The Hills - made an appointment with NYLON's fashion team this week, and not surprisingly, the staff there was all about the chance to meet one of our favorite celebrities.

She really is that pretty in person, according to the publication, and showed up looking more like a Disney princess than even Amy Adams in Enchanted.

Beautiful Lauren C.

And yes, she's also really nice, sharply smart, and actually kind of funny:

"The first two seasons of my clothes are all named for my friends," Lauren Conrad explained, "But then, you know, I totally ran out of friends!"

And as for those clothes: She's into her third season of the Lauren Conrad fashion line, which is all made from jersey cotton that's made in downtown L.A.

The line ranges from $40-220, available to buy online or at Intermix, and the pieces layer well (or so we're told), deal with all different body types, "and they're machine washable AND dryable!" exclaimed a beaming Lauren.

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Don't get us wrong, Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal make a hot couple and her divorce from Ryan Phillippe (go Abbie Cornish) was somewhat scandalous.

But whenever celebrities without the surname Spears or who don't star on The Hills make the cover of Us Weekly, we can't help but make note of our shock.

Especially this of all weeks. The Hills returns for its Spring run, Jamie Lynn Spears gets engaged to Casey Aldridge, and still, Gyllenspoon. What gives?

Gyllenspoon Make History

Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal's untold love story trumped all other celebrity news this week, this popular gossip magazine felt in a head-scratching move.

To the magazine's credit, at least Britney Spears' hectic personal life, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, and Dancing With the Stars all made the sidebar.

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Who's on easy street and who's on the chopping block tonight? After last night's American Idol performances, we've done our best to answer that.

Believe it or not, a Kristy Lee Cook elimination actually looks unlikely tonight, as her rendition of "God Bless the USA" was well received. She was also right in between favorites David Archuleta and David Cook, which should help.

Our picks for the bottom three have to be Ramiele Malubay, Syesha Mercado and Chikezie. Syesha Mercado did alright last night, all things considered, so of those three, we'd imagine Ramiele and Chikezie to be the lowest vote-getters.

When in doubt (and Sanjaya Malakar is not involved), we go with Simon Cowell. His feedback on Ramiele was fair last night and Chikezie has been running out of steam for awhile now. Thus, Chikezie is our prediction to go home tonight.

The Hollywood Gossip's American Idol predictions, by tier ...

Bottom Three: Ramiele Malubay, Syesha Mercado and Chikezie.

Still Vulnerable: Kristy Lee Cook, Brooke White and Jason Castro.

Secure in Final 9: Carly Smithson and Michael Johns.

The Favorites: David Archuleta and David Cook.

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