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I am a senior staff writer at THG and a big fan of Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Robert Pattinson. I believe Kim Kardashian is bad for society, but great for attention, and that The Real Housewives should all be banned from existence.

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Might the strongest challenge to Melanie Amaro, our presumed X Factor favorite through one month, be a 13-year old girl from Boulder, Colorado?

Rachel Crow continued to display poise and talent far beyond her age last night, auditioning for Simon Cowell with a cover of "I Want It That Way," one of The Backstreet Boys' most popular tracks.

Simon loved the crooner's deep tone and referred to the performance as simply "unbelievable." Does this mean Rachel is through to the next round? We'll find out tomorrow night. For now, just sit back and marvel at the 13-year old sensation:

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Melanie Amaro covered a Michael Jackson classic on The X Factor last night, a track whose title asks a simple question: Will You Be There?

Following another sterling audition, this 18-year old from Sunrise, Florida has certainly made one thing clear: yes, she'll be there. In the next round of the singing competition, that is.

It's still very early, but Amaro has emerged as the favorite through two solo auditions, first wowing the judges with a Beyonce number and here leaving Simon Cowell practically speechless. Watch the talented young singer in action now:

Also impressive last night: Brennin Hunt and Josh Krajcik.

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While Brennin Hunt aims to be the biggest music superstar on the planet, fellow X Factor contestant Josh Krajcik has a far more modest goal:

He just wants to get out of the burrito-slinging game.

A fast food employee and father of a 13-year old girl, let's face it: Krajcik doesn't look the part of a commercial artist. But he sang for his X Factor life last night in front of Nicole Scherzinger and Enrique Igelsis and would have done Johnny Cash proud with his version of "First Time I Ever Saw Your Face." Will it be enough to advance him to the next round? Let's hope so...

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I want to be the biggest superstar on the planet. I want to be bigger than Lady Gaga.

Yes, it's safe to say 26-year old Brennin Hunt is a confident young man. The Nashville native, who auditioned for The X Factor with an original song and told viewers at the time he believed he was the total package, sang for LA Reid and Rihanna on last night's edition of this Fox competition.

He covered "Like a Star" and reminded us a bit of John Mayer, but Rihanna had less flattering words for the hopeful. She thinks he's a bit "corny" and compares him to a "90s boy band." Ouch. Judge for yourself, readers;

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The Twilight Saga has officially merged with American Idol.

Following two months of dating and four months of an engagement, Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald got married in Malibu yesterday, as the actress gushed to Us Weekly:

"We couldn't be happier!. [We were] surrounded by our family and friends. We're so glad this day has come!" 

Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald Photo

Reed - who portrays Rosalie Hale and will next be seen in Breaking Dawn - first met the season 10 finalist in March at the premiere of Red Riding Hood. Just a month later, McDonald moved into Reed's Los Angeles home.

And the rest is romantic history.

[Photo: WENN.com]

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Dan Wheldon, a two-time winner of the most prestigious event in his sport, died yesterday in a multi-car wreck on lap 11 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was 33.

Dan Wheldon Picture

The tragedy took place during the IndyCar Series season finale, as Wheldon was airlifted from his vehicle around 1:19 p.m. and taken University Medical Center. Soon thereafter, he was was announced as the first IndyCar driver to die on the track since rookie Paul Dana in 2006.

"IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries," said CEO Randy Bernard . "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. IndyCar, its drivers and owners, have decided to end the race. In honor of Dan Wheldon, the drivers have decided to do a five-lap salute to in his honor."

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Movie goers may have gotten Footloose (Footloose!) this weekend, but they also packed theaters again to watch Hugh Jackman and a handful of robots do battle inside the squared circle.

Indeed, Real Steel repeated as box office champion.

A horror movie, political thriller and kids' flick rounded out the top five, as the top 10 box office results from the weekend is listed here:

  1. Real Steel – $16.3 mil
  2. Footloose – $16.1 mil
  3. The Thing  – $8.7 mil
  4. The Ides of March – $7.5 mil
  5. Dolphin Tale – $6.3 mil
  6. Moneyball – $5.5 mil
  7. 50/50 – $4.3 mil
  8. Courageous – $3.4 mi
  9. The Big Year – $3.3 mil
  10. The Lion King 3D – $2.7 mil

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Looper is so on!

A month after a source verified that Jennifer Lopez and Bradley Cooper went on a date in NYC, the stars were spotted out together again yesterday. See the actress/singer shield her face from photographers while out with The Hangover stud HERE.

Jennifer Lopez at the BAFTA Gala

Like what you see, Jen?

"She does like his attention, and it makes her feel good that he seems so into her," an insider tells People. "She has a fun time with Bradley and he makes her laugh."

Another mole breaks it down to even simpler terms: "She likes him," this friend says.

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It's long been suspected, but former Heroes star Zachary Quinto made the announcement this week: he's gay.

Zachary Quinto Picture

Coming off a performance on stage in Angels in America - playing a character who abandons his AIDS-stricken boyfriend - Quinto spoke to New York Magazine this week and said the off-Broadway play was "the most challenging thing I've ever done as an actor, and the most rewarding," adding:

"At the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like there's still so much work to be done, and there's still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed."

Quinto will next be seen on the FX drama American Horror Story.

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Robert Downey Jr. was honored at the American Cinematheque Awards last night, as numerous colleagues and friends made speeches in honor of the Oscar nominee and acknowledged the substance abuse-laden journey he took to arrive at the top of Hollywood.

But when it came time to take the stage himself, Downey shifted the focus to the man who introduced him: Mel Gibson.

Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson

"Mel and I have the same lawyer, same publicist and same shrink," Downey said of his Air America co-star. "I couldn’t get hired and he cast me. He said if I accepted responsibility – he called it hugging the cactus – long enough my life would take meaning and if he helped me I would help the next guy. But it was not reasonable to assume the next guy would be him.”

Speaking about Gibson - whose anti-Semitic and anti-Oksana Grigorieva tirades have been made very public over the recent years - The Avengers star added:

“Unless you are without sin, and if you are you are in the wrong f-ckin industry, you should forgive him and let him work."

Do you agree, readers? Should we forgive Mel Gibson?

 

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