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American Idol saves the final spot in its performance shows for its favorites, its most buzz-worthy contestants.

Therefore, it was a bit perplexing last night when the concluding act was not Pia Toscano or Jacob Lusk or James Dubin. Instead, Haley Reinhart was given the honor...

... and she proceeded to prove she was worthy of it.

Covering "Bennie and the Jets," Haley started out lounging on a piano (the same one Durbin set on fire) and ended up waving her arms around on stage, clearing having fun and leading Steven Tyler to quip: "You. Sing. Sexy."

Randy called this the best performance of the night. Do you agree?

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Is there any doubt now that James Durbin is a rock star?

The American Idol finalist started his Elton John cover (of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting") in the crowd last night, eventually making his way on to the stage, belting out the lyrics - and leaping off the piano just as it caught fire.

A bit of a gimmick? Sure. But entertaining and unexpected, as well.

Randy actually summed James up well with the following critique after the quasi rock concert: "You enjoy yourself; that's the greatest thing about any performer performing."

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The Hollywood Gossip is proud to present another edition of The Pulse, where our staff recaps all of the day's biggest events in celebrity news and gossip.

The first results show of the Dancing With the Stars season also featured a performance by Chris Brown, who Rihanna talked about in a new interview.

Meanwhile, Jessica Simpson is rumored to be considering a seat at the judges table on Simon Cowell's new X Factor, which premieres later this year.

Catch up on these stories and more here:

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If this isn't a recipe for a happy family, we don't know what is.

It looks like Brad Womack has finally won over Ricki, his fiancee Emily Maynard's five-year-old daughter, with probably the best possible combination:

Justin Bieber and cotton candy.

In this Us Weekly photo, The Bachelor couple and Ricki stepped out for a visit to the movie theater in Maynard's hometown of Charlotte, N.C. It was cute.

Brad Womack, Fiancee

"He was smiling at her, and she looked really happy," an observer says of the trio, who were emerging from a matinee of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.

Despite some major setbacks - long distance, a cancelld March wedding, a short-lived split, some poking of the bear - it looks like they're gonna make it.

Womack said it was "perfection" bonding with "my girls" during the visit over movies, Sunday church services, an IHOP run and shopping at Nordstrom.

All together now ... AWWWW! Things were looking down for awhile, but never say never! What do you think? Will Brad Womack and Emily Maynard last?

 

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Casey Abrams might still be in shock. The same goes for American Idol viewers, who didn't expect the judges to use their one save on him so early in the season.

But that they did last week, a decision Jennifer Lopez says she's fine with.

"We knew that it was kind of a radical decision because it was so early in the season, but to be quite honest... that is one decision that I haven't lost one ounce of sleep over," the singer told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show today.

He's Safe!

Should the judges have saved Casey Abrams? Vote now!

Okay... but why Abrams?

"[Casey] is one of our most dynamic performers. He's so interesting and so talented," Lopez told the American Idol host. "I know it's crazy, but we had to do it!"

Now, of course, the decision is out of Lopez and the judges' hands. Best of luck choosing the winner, viewers!

"I really feel we put 11 amazing contestants in front of them, and now it's [about] who their favorite is, who's going to be their American Idol," concluded J. Lo. "I didn't realize I was going to fall in love with the contestants the way I have and feel for them the way I do."

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Elizabeth Banks and husband Max Handelman are now the proud parents of a beautiful boy named Felix, who was born via gestational surrogate.

"I have been very fortunate in life both professionally and personally," the 30 Rock star, 37, wrote on her website in a post announcing the birth.

"The one true hurdle I've faced in life is that I have a broken belly," she added.

"After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy."

E-Banks

"From that came two miracles. The first was meeting our carrier and her husband who were truly humbling in their decency and generosity."

"The second miracle was the birth of our baby boy, Felix Handelman."

"Felix means 'happy' and 'lucky' in Latin. And true to his name, Felix is a very happy baby and a blessing on our life," she concludes.

Congratulations to the happy parents!

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Lindsay Lohan can cross one thing off her list of legal worries.

Officials with the Riverside County District Attorney are not filing charges against the star for her December 12 altercation with Dawn Holland in rehab.

Lindsay in Command

The case was dropped "due to insufficient evidence" against LiLo, who was accused by Holland, then a Betty Ford Center employee, of all sorts of stuff.

After she allegedly caught the actress drinking and violating curfew, Holland claimed Lohan threw a phone at her, a charge that Lindsay later denied.

The train wreck's mom, Dina Lohan, said her daughter, who also faces trial for felony grand theft after rejecting a plea deal, was elated at the news.

"Lindsay didn't know until Tuesday night when I texted her the good news. She texted me back, 'Great, Awesome! Thanks Mommy. Goodnight!'"

"We are all just so relieved, we were all waiting for the truth to come out that Lindsay was innocent. Lindsay has been working on her sobriety."

"She has been following the Betty Ford program and they have been supportive throughout this entire experience. They stood behind her."

Who knew the program included non-stop partying?

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It doesn't take much for Justin Bieber to make fans go crazy in concert. His mere appearance does it every time.

But the 17-year old really had audience members screaming during a tour stop this week when he asked what single they wanted to hear. Between shrieks for "Baby,' Justin broke into a couple quick covers.

He sampled "Friday" by Rebecca Black and then "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears. Eventually, Justin gave in to his supporters' demands, of course. Watch the fun unfold now:

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Perhaps things are not all good between Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.

While promoting her new shoe line in Mexico this week, the hotel heiress who made celebrity sex tapes into a profitable art form told The Associated Press: "There's so many people out there who try to imitate what I do, but I am the original. There is nothing like me."

Hmmm... to whom could Paris possibly be referring?!?

Poor Paris

Claiming she has "the best fashion sense," Hilton let her ego truly run amok during the event. She said: "The girls all love my style. When they buy my products, they can be like me!"

And who is this person? Someone who has "done everything that I wanted to do," Paris added. "I feel very blessed that I have been very successful in every area... There is nothing else to do!"

Well... except star in another reality show, of course. The World According to Paris premieres on Oxygen this spring.

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Britney Spears appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and on top of performing two tracks from her new album, showed us how to make a very special cocktail.

This was, in fact (not really), a deleted scene from Jackass 3D. It may not have made the final cut, but Johnny Knoxville was kind enough to share it with us here.

It's called Poo Cocktail Supreme. Britney Spears is the "bartender" of sorts. If you get queasy easily, you might not want to watch this. Everyone else, go to it:

Mmm. Delicious. Makes you look forward to happy hour even more.

Follow the jump for Britney Spears performing "Till the World Ends" and "Hold It Against Me" on JKL. The latter performance was cut off as the credits rolled.

Kimmel Tweeted: “To all experiencing fits of intense hissy because the @britneyspears bonus song was short, not our decision if it airs online – artist mgmt.”

That explains it ... sort of. Check out both performances here:

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