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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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Featured in the 90th anniversary edition of French fashion magazine L'Officiel Paris, Beyonce finds herself at the center of a new controversy.

The singer/actress poses for the publication in African-inspired dresses and jewelry, honoring that region's artistic influences around the globe. But she also paints her face black, a move that has been met by criticism. In response, the magazine has released a statement that reads:

"The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fashion this season. As for the artistic make-up, the inspiration came from several African rituals during which paint is used on the face. We find the images beautiful and inspiring."

Watch the following, behind-the-scenes video of the pictorial and then give your opinion on the scandal below.

What do you think? Beyonce in blackface is...

 

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Five singers advanced to the semifinals on season 10 of American Idol last night:

  1. Naima Adedapo
  2. Clint Jun Gamboa
  3. Ashthon Jones
  4. Paul McDonald
  5. Haley Reinhart

But many viewers are talking this morning about one contestant who did NOT make the cut: Chris Medina, whose story of heartbreak regarding his brain damaged fiancee was featured on the show a couple weeks ago.

Jennifer Lopez delivered the bad news to Chris, tearing up as she explained the panel's decision and then breaking down in front of Randy and Steven as soon as Medina exited the room. It was raw, emotional stuff. Watch now:

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He caused controversy in Hollywood by kicking Jacee Badeaux out of his group. But Clint Jun Gamboa will now have a chance to make it up to American Idol viewers:

The singer has been named one of the final 24 contestants on season 10.

Gamboa received the good news last night, joining a quartet of other contestants that have also moved on to next week's live performances: Paul McDonald, Ashthon Jones, Haley Reinhart and Naima Adedapo.

Clint is is a two-time karaoke champion of Southern California and you can watch him in Idol action below.

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Remember the name Ashthon Jones. You may be hearing it often over the next couple months.

The Tennessee native joined others such as Paul McDonald and Haley Reinhart in being named a season 10 semifinalist last night. Such an honor completes an amazing journey for Jones, who started singing with her church choir.

She actually ran away at the age of 15, a year after the man who raised her since birth passed away. Ashthon has never met her biological father. A fan of painting and roller skating, Jones never gave up on her dream. Might it lead to an American Idol title? She's on her way...

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He was not featured often prior to last night, but Paul McDonald took advantage of his time in Las Vegas.

The 25-year old contestant, who originally auditioned in Nashville, first took to the stage with Kendra Chantelle and impressed with a duet of The Beatles classic "Blackbird."

He then took a risk for his final audition of the evening, donning an eccentric suit and choosing an original song, one titled "American Dreams." Apt for a hopeful who was later named to the season 10 semifinals, don't you think? Check out both performances below:

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American Idol took its show on the road last night, heading to Las Vegas for the first time and naming its first set of semifinalists.

Following an hour devoted to group performances that honored The Beatles, the judges spoke to various contestants individually and delivered either dream-making or heart-breaking news.

Two of the women who received the former? Haley Reinhart and Naima Adedapo. They have moved on to the season 10 semifinals, partly based on their most recent rendition of "Long and Winding Road."

Joined by Jacob Lusk, listen to Reinhart and Adedapo now and decide: are they worthy semifinalists?

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Charlie Sheen needs a break from not working. He's reportedly headed to the tropics, and is won't be vacationing there alone:

Insiders tell Radar Online that the actor is going away with a group that includes Brooke Mueller, Bree Olson and a woman named Natalie Kenly, possibly the mystery woman he was spotted kissing earlier this week.

This shocking/hilarious news breaks just hours after we learned Mueller was moving back in with the man who once threatened to kill her.

  • Sheen, Chuck
  • Brooke and Dad

"Charlie is back to his old self - and that's not a good thing," a source says. "[He] talked about building a porn family and now he's got these three women all living with him and taking off on vacation with him."

Backing up this story, Olson Tweeted last night: Going to a tropical wonder for a little while to relax with friends :) minimal tweets so hold tight! Be home soon babies!

Just try not to be home soon with babies, Bree. That was evidently a problem for another one of Sheen's porn star pals.

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Charlie Sheen has a disease, and not the kind one may contract when hanging out with porn stars such as Bree Olson and Kacey Jordan.

Speaking to Great Britain's Sky News this week, father Martin Sheen came to the defense of his troubled son, describing his battles with drugs and alcohol as akin to what one faces when inflicted with any disease.

"He's an extraordinary man," the veteran actor said. "If he had cancer, how would we treat him? The disease of addiction is a form of cancer, and you have to have an equal measure of concern and love and lift them up, so that's what we do for him."

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Granted, the headline above could apply to many things.

Justin Bieber is number-one in the hearts of teenage girls... talk show bookers... YouTube play lists... charitable organizations.

In this case, however, we're referring to the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, where "Justin Bieber, Never Say Never: The Remixes" sits atop the list with the most copies sold last week.

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Here's a glance at the top 10, two spots on which are occupied by The Biebs. Incredible.

  1. Justin Bieber, Never Say Never: The Remixes: 161,000
  2. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More: 133,000
  3. Now 37 compilation: 95,000
  4. Lady Antebellum, Need You Now: 85,000
  5. Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans: 61,000
  6. Eminem, Recovery: 61,000
  7. 2011 Grammy Nominees: 56,000
  8. Justin Bieber, My World 2.0, 54,000
  9. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: 46,000
  10. Rihanna, Loud: 45,000

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We have the vital intel on a couple of blockbuster celebrity weddings:

First, Kelsey Grammer will become a husband for the fourth time on Friday, as he ties the knot with Kayte Walsh at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. TMZ has uncovered the reception menu, which includes a wedding cake by designer Sylvia Weinstock, prawns, goat cheese truffles, braised beef shortribs, wild mushrooms, lobster with corn and mango relish...

Gary Shirley should stay as far away as possible.

Hugh Hefner, New Girlfriend

The Race to the Altar, Divorce Court: Kelsey and Hugh will both give marriage another try this year.

Hugh Hefner, meanwhile, has announced the date on which he'll marry 24-year old Crystal Harris: June 18 at the Playboy Mansion.

"It will be intimate with a close number of friends here at the mansion," Hefner has said of the ceremony. "No big blowout affair. Something very personal."