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She's Celine Dion, in fact, compared to the likes of Brooke Hogan. And certainly Ashlee Simpson and Britney Spears, who don't even sing in concert.

Let's put it this way. When Hayden Panettiere made her live singing debut at the Capitol Fourth concert, she more than held her own... and made many teen boys hold theirs.

Hayden Hearts Barack

Sorry. But seriously, she's halfway decent - and this isn't her day job!

If her rendition of "Try" (see video below) were up against the likes of this season's crop of American Idol aspirants, Hayden would lose to the elite contenders - Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis and Melinda Doolittle - but she'd give everyone else a good run.

Here's Hayden Panettiere signing in D.C. on Wednesday, July 4 ...

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What do you think? Is Hayden Panettiere worthy of a record contract? Or is her producer, J.R. Rotem, only working with her so he can ... well, you know.

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Grammy winner Nelly Furtado is engaged to sound engineer Demo Castellon, who worked on her hit 2006 album Loose, People has confirmed.

Their close friend, music producer Timbaland, confirmed that they have gotten engaged when recently asked if the rumor was true. His reply?

"Yes."

The British Columbia-born Nelly Furtado, 28, told Blender in July 2006 she had a "secret boyfriend" of eight months, adding: "I just don't really talk about it. It's nobody famous or anything."

Ouch. Sorry, Demacio "Demo" Castellon. You're no one famous or anything!

Furtado has a three-year-old daughter, Nevis, with DJ and producer Jasper "Lil' Jaz" Gahunia. They split in 2005 after four years together, but are still close.

"We're fully active co-parents and really close friends," said the off-and-on Fergie rival of her amicable relationship with her ex.

Asked why the two had never married, Furtado said, "I'm kind of modern. I don't really live by society's standards. Maybe in the next five years I'll get married. One grandmother had eight kids, the other had 10. If I have that many kids, then I need a hubby."

Furtado, the Timbaland and Justin Timberlake collaborator who speaks three languages and is currently recording a Latin album, pulled off a clean sweep of Canada's Juno music awards.

Nominated in five categories, the "Promiscuous" one won every one, including album of the year. Steve Nash must be so proud.

Their engagement was first reported by that ass clown Perez Hilton.

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Thanks to People for this great collection of celebrity quotes from the past week ...

"There are some things I like about L.A. You can have a really healthy lifestyle, and I love running with the dogs on the beach. It's just the social scene is horrific!"
- Mischa Barton (pictured), on the pros and cons of Hollywood

"The name means 'Thank God for Beef' ... Which is kinda lame."
- Shia LaBeouf, discussing the meaning of his unusual name with David Letterman

"I apologize to the pap for a stunt that was done 4 months ago regarding an umbrella. I was preparing my character for a roll [sic] in a movie where the husband never plays his part so they switch places accidentally. I take all my rolls [sic] very seriously and got a little carried away. Unfortunately I didn't get the part."
- Britney Spears, in a post on her Web site, addressing a run-in with celebrity news site X17 just before she entered rehab

"There is nothing gay in this movie. I'm not playing a gay man. Scientology is not homophobic in any way, in fact it's one of the more tolerant faiths."
- John Travolta, responding to critics who say his religion is intolerant of homosexuality and that he shouldn't have played Hairspray's Edna Turnblad because the role was made famous by a gay icon

"I am truly not one to give advice. I'm divorced and I stole my best friend's husband."
- Denise Richards, asked if she had any post-jail advice for Paris Hilton

"He's a good kisser and he didn't pay me to say that."
- Katie Leung, on Harry Potter costar Daniel Radcliffe's smooching

"I've never substituted a meal for a salad in my life."
- A pregnant Nicole Richie, to British Marie Claire

"That would probably go under the category of 'everything.'"
- Jack Wagner, on what he likes best about girlfriend Heather Locklear

"It's a romantic movie. Homer falls in love with a pig."
- The Simpsons creator Matt Groening about The Simpsons Movie

"I've been getting into a lot of older hip-hop music recently like Dr. Dre. Something about the summer brings it out in me."
- Hilary Duff, on the music she'll take with her when she hits the road for an upcoming concert tour.

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Nicole Richie: She is Pregnant!As we confirmed earlier this week, Nicole Richie is, in fact, pregnant.

After weeks of hiding her stomach from the press, any pregnancy rumors have been put to rest:

Us Weekly has confirmed that Richie is 12 weeks pregnant with Joel Madden's child.

"She is extremely excited right now," says a source close Richie, who is preparing to welcome her first child into the world (same with Madden).

Richie, 25, shared the good news with her mom Brenda, and close friends like Mischa Barton, in early May, adds the Richie pal, after a pregnancy test came up positive.

And you know what? Pregnancy isn't Nicole Richie's only cause for celebration.

A source says that Joel Madden, 28, along with a few friends and his twin brother, Benji Madden, went shopping for an engagement ring.

And the twins' older brother, Josh Madden tells Us Weekly, "Nicole is awesome. I would love for them to get married!"

No word on whether Josh Madden was hanging out with Al Gore III and Pete Doherty at the time and apparently mistook Richie for someone else.

Both families are thrilled about the couple's baby joy. But Nicole Richie can't hide behind her bump forever.

The Simple Life star is due in court on July 11 on DUI charges from her December 2006 arrest, in which Wrong-Way Richie was driving while on pot and Vicodin. If found guilty, she may face 90 days to one year in jail because of a prior DUI arrest in 2003.

Can the baby save her? Or will she be sent to the can like Paris Hilton, only to be released and whine like a preening, self-promoting skank after just three weeks?

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It's been brewing for awhile, but no one has cared because it's only that disgrace to celebrity news Perez Hilton, a.k.a. Mario Lavandeira, and oil heir Jason Davis, a.k.a. Gummi Bear.

But when words - and blows - are exchanged outside Les Deux, well, we've finally got to start covering this strange celebrity feud.

TMZ reports that an enraged Jason Davis body-slammed Perez in front of Les Deux last night as tensions between the two escalated.

Wearing a festive silk blouse that may have caused the extinction of silkworms, Gummi ripped Perez Hilton a new one as a response to Perez's vomit-filled tirade the other night.

Jason Davis has been in the news a lot lately, although mostly for his own punditry, and we're not really sure why anyone cares. But no matter.

Calling the portly celebrity gossip purveyor a "desperate homosexual," the portly, vehemently anti-racism Gummi Bear apparently doesn't mind a l'il homo hating.

Somewhere, Isaiah Washington is smiling.

After the dustup, Gummi waddled back to cameras to say that "Perez wishes he could be like the people he writes about," and added that Hilton is "a miserable, moronic human being."

Well, no one can argue with Jason Davis on that one.

Gummi Bear concluded his Perez Hilton hate-fest by saying that he didn't "give two sh!ts" about him. Half an hour later, he was hungry again.

In addition to being the lesser-known, less cool brother of Brandon Davis (yes, it's actually true), Jason is frequently seen on celebrity gossip blogs getting turned away at clubs.

That about sums it up.

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Looks like our girl Britney Spears got herself yet another new guy - or has decided to hire an expressionless, no-neck chauffeur off the street.

Seriously, look at that guy. Where's your neck, pal? We can't see it! Yeah. He's clearly a caveman, or hopped up on more steroids than Chris Benoit.

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The "singer" and train wreck looked downright calm at least. Well, for her. Britney rode (with) him to a 4th of July activity yesterday.

Her stubby-armed stubbly friend took the wheel, allowing Britney Spears time to make a few calls and adjust her makeup and "My Little Pony" hair.

Whoever he is, he's driving Britney Spears in his car. So you know what this guy's gotta be thinking: How he can get her into a wheelbarrow next? Eh? Eh?

The Hollywood Gossip challenges you, celebrity news readers, to identify this man. We need to know as soon as we can whether he is the next Isaac Cohen or Jason Filyaw.

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When a determined Britney Spears served her mother with mystery legal documents last week, as we reported, she also delivered a stinging message along with them.

In prose.

The beleaguered "singer" has been angry and feuding with Lynne Spears because she felt her mother and others ambushed her into a bogus rehab trip.

Now, Britney wrote a poem, bitterly entitled "Dear Mama" and delivered it to her mother during her strange run-in last week, according to several publications.

In the poem, Britney Spears laments "that she doesn't have a mom anymore and she couldn't imagine a mother doing what she did to her child," a source told the tabloid Star.

Spears delivered the verse, along with legal papers, to her mother on June 28 on the set of "Zoey 101," the TV show starring Britney's sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.

Britney and Lynne Spears are reportedly also battling over the affections of Jamie Lynn. Have we mentioned that Britney and Jamie Lynn's dad's name is Jamie?

"Britney said, ‘Here Momma, I just wanted to see your face,'" a source told Star. "Then she got into her car and drove off. [Lynne Spears] went into the trailer and broke down in tears."

The CD reportedly contained private recordings of phone conversations between Lynne Spears and Britney Spears' estranged husband, Kevin Federline.

Spears is forbidding her mother from seeing her two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, and in one conversation, Lynne is said to be arranging to meet K-Fed and the boyz.

"I have to be careful that Britney doesn't find out," she conspires.

The recordings were allegedly made by a private investigator (!?) and in another call, Kevin Federline assured Spears' mother that his divorce battle was "going well."

"Kevin told Lynne that he had everything under control," adds the source. "He was just going to let Britney hang herself in court."

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Dita Von Teese wants every woman to channel their inner… Dita Von Teese.

Forget the grainy Nick Lachey sex photo… this is gonna be a far better read. The tantilizing exotic dancer is penning a how-to on strip-teases, foreplay, sexual positions and advice:

Dita Von Teese Nude

Says a source about Dita's new book for women:

"Dita Von Teese is in talks with top publishers about writing a book on how to seduce your partner. It'll be aimed at women and very saucy. Not smutty. In fact, far from it."

No word on whether said book will include photos of Dita Von Teese nude in a martini glass. Yikes! Either way, sounds like it will be hot stuff.

Dita, of course, is the estranged wife of Marilyn Mansion… who  claims, among other negative things about her, that she was sub-par in the sack.

Manson, of course, has since taken up with Evan Rachel Wood, who is 19. Hard to imagine that's a step up from delicious Dita, but maybe he just likes ‘em young.

Run for it, Hayden Panettiere. He's got his eye on you next!

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Heroes' high school cheerleader, Claire Bennet, is already back on-set, but that doesn't mean actress Hayden Panettiere can't have some fun with a few favorite summer things.

Hayden Panettiere Goes Ho

Like bikinis! Pur-rrr-rrr!

The 17-year-old hottie-in-training was pumped up for her singing debut - "The Star-Spangled Banner" - at this year's A Capitol Fourth concert in Washington, D.C., and took the time to give People magazine the lowdown on her summer essentials...

Hayden Panettiere's favorite summer song:
I love listening to Journey. They've got some awesome songs like "Don't Stop Believing" ... It's just a feel good song. It's like you're at a party, and they play that song and everyone just goes nuts.

Hayden's beach must-have:

A bocce ball set. My friends and I like to make out play.

Bikini or a one-piece?

I'm a bikini girl. Can't have those tan lines! I love wearing bathing suits. They're comfortable. You always feel like you have to look good in clothes. I feel so much more comfortable with a bathing suit on because nothing's constricting in bad areas.

THG NOTE: Gulp. We believe her, having seen this bikini photo ...

Favorite read:
I'm usually reading scripts, but I always love Harry Potter. I'm a dork when it comes to that. Harry Potter just takes you into a completely different world.

Movie Hayden is most excited to see:
Bruce Willis' film, Live Free or Die Hard. I think it's really cool that they're bringing him back. It looks really fun.

THG NOTE: Hayden may be a tad biased by her friendship with Bruce's daughter, Rumer Willis. But we're psyched for the return of John McClane as well.

Must-see TV this summer:
I love Entourage. It's a fabulous portrayal of what this business is really like. You've got the executive producer Mark Wahlberg, who knows all about the business and the actors in it who do, too. So you can't go wrong.

Summer food of choice:
I like a lot of fruit. I love mangoes and papaya and pineapple.

Dream destination:
I would go to Fiji ... I'm dying to. I just read something in the magazine the other day that there are these underwater hotel rooms now in Fiji that are literally made out of glass. It would be my dream. It's like $15,000 a person to go.

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Move over, Paul Sculfor. You don't have a monopoly on random dudes breaking up with famous babes today.

It looks like Pete Doherty and Kate Moss are over, too, as the "rocker" moved out of her house, People reports.

Moss Baby Bump Watch

Movers were spotted at Kate Moss' London home Wednesday removing furniture and guitars, a piano, paintings and suitcases.

No reports on how many kilos of cocaine and heroin the movers transported, but it was likely enough to get the poor saps offed by Colombian kingpins.

Hopefully they remembered to lift with the legs. We can only assume Doherty and the movers absconded with as many Kate Moss nude paintings as they could carry.

According to the UK's Daily Mirror, Kate Moss was furious over reports that Pete Doherty had a fling with a South African model last week.

It's been a rocky week for the Babyshambles frontman, who pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a drug charge and was warned by a judge that he must go to rehab or face time in jail.

Judge Davinder Lachhar deferred sentencing until August as long as the singer attends a detox program and commits no more offenses.

Moss, 33, and Doherty, 28, have dated off and on for two years, forming a great, perpetually drugged-up couple in PeteMoss. Their relationship has been marked by Doherty's repeated arrests on drug charges.

Still, Doherty has long insisted they planned to marry. They reportedly did so in winter, although that proved false in the end. Some excerpts from the talentless junkie's memoirs, published last month, say they would wed this summer.

If he could stay drug-free, that is. That's about as likely as Britney Spears staying out of the spotlight and spending time with her kids.

Or Al Gore III keeping his Prius under 100 miles per hour.

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