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Like Elise Testone last night, Joshua Ledet tackled one of the most difficult songs an American Idol finalist can cover: "Without You," originally written by Harry Nilsson and performed by Mariah Carey.

Did he pull it off?

Hmmm... let's ask Jennifer Lopez: "You are a phenom! You are an absolute angel from heaven. That voice is a godsend!"

We think that's a yes. Ledet poured every ounce of emotion he could into the audition, wiping his brow at one point as the violinists played behind him and showing off his incredible range via multiple runs in the middle. Watch now and try not to be impressed:

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Spike Lee, pardon the pun, decided to do the right thing.

The director has apologized for erroneously re-tweeting the address of Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman ... only to post an elderly couple's instead.

The tweet did not originate with Spike, but his re-tweet of the wrong Zimmerman address to over 250,000 followers put a pair of seniors in harm's way.

David and Elaine McClain, 72 and 70 respectively, were forced to flee their home and move into a hotel temporarily because of death threats and scrutiny.

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Last night, Lee tweeted, "I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was a Mistake. Please Leave The McClains in Peace."

Lee also seemed to subtly ask people who are angry about Trayvon's death to leave Zimmerman's fate to the legal system, closing with, "Justice in Court."

The apology came hours after the McClains reportedly lawyered up, but Spike almost certainly felt bad, given that he put an innocent couple's lives at risk.

Whatever you think about the fact that he would choose to re-tweet what he thought was Zimmerman's address in the first place, he meant no harm to the McClains.

Zimmerman, who friends say is not a racist and is devastated by the shooting of Martin, remains under investigation but has not been charged in the case.

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Elise Testone took on a major American Idol challenge last night.

The singer - who has been as up and down as any on season 11; in the bottom three on week; atop the rankings the following week - didn't shy away from Led Zepplin's "Whole Lotta Love" on an evening where finalists could choose their own track to cover.

Testone showed off her range on the track - described by Randy Jackson as "the hardest song in the world to sing" - rocking out and displaying impressive vocal maturity and stage presence. What did you think of the performance? Is it up par with Phillip Phillips for best of the night?

We post. You decide.

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Phillip Phillips didn't merely put on one of the best performance last night, he received the biggest compliment of any American Idol contestant.

If this were 1975, Stevie Nicks told the Dave Matthews-like crooner, Phillips would've been asked to join Fleetwood Mac. Phillip then went out and proved worthy of this praise, singing a version of Jonny Lang's "Still Rainin" with his usual style and confidence.

"This is too much. We’re standing up too much," Jennifer Lopez gushed afterward. "That was a great performance. Amazing."

Is Phillip Phillips your favorite? Watch him in action now and try to pick out a flaw:

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A long-awaited Anchorman sequel has been confirmed by Will Ferrell, in character as Ron Burgundy on Conan! What better way to make an announcement, right?

Clad in his character's signature wine-colored suit, Ferrell appeared on Conan last night to say that he and Paramount came to terms on a sequel to Anchorman.

Both Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) and Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) are slated to return along with Ron, according to reports, though they did not appear last night.

Only the anchor Action4 News anchor himself. Take a look:

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Kids. They're the best.

To them, even the most mundane things are new and exciting. Witness this viral video of a little guy discovering for the very first time ever that his shadow exists! And follows him around at different angles depending on light sources!

Amazing, right? We know, guy. The cute part is how he seems apprehensive at first, then gradually warms up to the shadow and becomes excited by it:

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On a JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas yesterday, a group of passengers were forced to band together and subdue Clayton Osbon, a pilot who simply flipped out, behaving erratically, banging on the cockpit door and screaming out numbers.

On his radio show this morning, meanwhile, Carson Daly referenced the incident.

"Most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas," he said. "It was like a bunch of dudes and well trained dudes... thank God."

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The Voice host then added, laughing: "With my luck, it would be like... 'this is the flight going to [the gay pride parade] in San Francisco,'" changing his tone to sound more effeminate and saying: "Uh, we're headed down to Vegas for the floral convention."

The implication, naturally? Folks such as that would not have been able to bring down the JetBlue pilot.

A few hours after making the comments, Daly Tweeted an apology: "This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize."

Do you accept this apology? Do you think he should have made one?

 

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Clay Aiken has gone all Randy Jackson on Rihanna.

In an interview last night with Andy Cohen, the former American Idol runner-up was asked about the state of pop music. Specifically: which current singer would NOT make it past the first round of the Fox competition?

"There's too many, I've stopped listening to them because they can't sing" Aiken replied, before ultimately coming down on Rihanna - who is NOT dating Ashton Kutcher, people! - because she has "some pitch problems."

Watch the exchange for yourself and then respond below:

How do you feel about Aiken's critique?

 

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Kate Gosselin has scarcely been in the news lately. Thank goodness.

Don't worry, though: even with TLC mercifully cancelling Kate Plus 8 last year, the attention-starved mother of eight isn't about to rest on her laurels.

She's blogging like a madman for CouponCabin (dot com) and longing for the morning that someone will call and offer her brood a new reality show.

Don't hold your breath, Kate. But happy 37th birthday babe.

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It seems like only yesterday that Kate was burning up our TVs with her weekly emasculation of Jon ... then burning up our site with her marital problems.

Memories. Cheers to you, 2009.

In non-grating-banshee news, it's also Lady Gaga's birthday today! Not to mention Vince Vaughn, Reba McEntire, Julia Stiles and others. Yay, March 28!

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Amandla Stenberg, the 13-year old actress who plays Rue in The Hunger Games, has spoken out on the unexpected, ignorant, racist controversy that has somehow enveloped her beloved character.

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In response to posts on Twitter that dared to wonder why Rue was portrayed by an African-American on screen - one actually wrote: "Why did the producer make all the good characters black?" - Stenberg has taken the mature road and released a statement that reads:

"As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family. It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty."

No, thank YOU, Amandla, for bringing such an important character to life. You can't see us at the moment, but take our word for it: we're holding up three fingers in your honor.

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