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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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MTV headed back to Las Vegas for the premiere of its 25th edition of The Real World last night.

Among the highlights was a dinner scene in which the roommates played "Never Have I Ever..." and cast member Dustin Zito was forced to admit that he's been in a threesome and, yes, he's kissed a man.

Viewers were then filled in on the reason why:

In order to escape a life in Louisiana that included a bi-polar, drug-addicted mother, Zito moved to Los Angeles and joined FratPad, a Web series that features (often naked) men living together.

Is Dustin ashamed of his past? It doesn't seem that way.

But he is concerned about what his new roommates will think when they see clips such as the one above.

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Okay, so maybe Jon Cryer isn't exactly a troll-like traitor.

A couple says after Charlie Sheen spat all over his former co-star, the troubled actor has backtracked a bit from his inflammatory comments.

Being Roasted

"I'll apologize to Jon right now," Sheen said yesterday on K-EARTH 101 radio station. "I was in a mood and I threw that out to somebody... I kinda knew they were gonna print it. Yeah, I knew they were gonna print it. I confuse myself."

So, is Sheen truly sorry about what he said? Sort of.

"It's a little bit of a half-apology," he said. "An apol."

In his original rant against Cryer, Sheen mistakenly said his ex co-worker issued a statement about recent events, which include Charlie getting fired from Two and a Half Men and, well, looking like he does in the Sheen's Korner still above. In reality, Cryer has remained silent. That's what irks Sheen:

"The reason I was upset is because I didn't get a text or a phone call or anything saying, 'Hey, dude, back off, I got your back, or you got my back or there's a back involved.'"

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American Idol judges ask contestants this question every season: What kind of artist do you want to be?

This year, no finalist has an easier answer than Scotty McCreery. The 17-year old from North Carolina has a country sound and doesn't shy away from it. Case in point: last night's cover of the Garth Brooks' single "The River."

Randy Jackson applauded Scotty for remaining true to who he is, saying "if it ain't broke, don't even think about fixing it," while Jennifer Lopez gushed that McCreery us "taking us all on the ride." Where will it go from here? Watch Scotty's latest performance and try to gauge his prospects:

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A trio of THG favorites, all famous for very different reasons, celebrate a birthday today.

First, Mad Men star and Saturday Night Live host extraordinaire, Jon Hamm, turns the big 4-0. Does it get any cooler, funnier and more talented than this TV icon?

Next, House actress Olivia Wilde is now 27, as she's seen her career take off over the past year with a steady role on that Fox hit, along with lead in the sequel to Tron. We like when she poses naked.

Finally, Carrie Underwood, the most successful American Idol champion in history and a natural beauty, hits the age of 28. Send in your birthday wishes to these three stalwarts now!

  • Hamm, Jon
  • Olivia Wilde at the Golden Globes
  • Carrie Underwood at the Golden Globes

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Was it boring or did it result in roaring?

Of all the American Idol finalists who took to the stage last night, Haley Reinhart received the most mixed feedback from the judges.

Randy Jackson gave Haley props for going from Alicia Keys one week to LeAnn Rimes the next, but he also referred to her rendition of "Blue" as "sleepy" and "boring." Steven Tyler, conversely, said you could hear the parts of America who loved country western music "roaring" over the performance.

Jennifer Lopez? She just spouted praise-filled nonsense, as always. Watch Reinhart yodel her way through an interesting song choice below and gauge your own opinion on the contestant:

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One of three wild card entries, as chosen by the judges last week, Stefano Langone made a strong statement on American Idol last night: I belong!

The singer challenged himself by taking on Stevie Wonder's "Lately," mixing it into a ballad and a jazz-based arrangement. The performance left Jennifer Lopez laughing and referring to the version as a "dance remix."

Steven Tyler compared Stefano to a "soaring volcano," while Randy Jackson likely paid him the biggest compliment of all: "It's so hard to sign Stevie Wonder. He'd be proud of this, because you slayed it."

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Steven Tyler can't even judge Jacob Lusk. That's what the Aerosmith frontman told the American Idol finalist last night following his cover of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly."

Tyler meant is as a compliment, of course, as Lusk once again poured every ounce of emotion he could into every note out of his mouth. Gospel singers joined Jacob on stage at one point, as he soared along on a single perfectly suited for his voice and his style.

Lusk is at the "top" of J. Lo's list, she said after the performance. Where does he stand for you?

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Following a performance by Judas Priest last week, James Durbin channeled another famous hard hard metal artist last night in the form of...

... Paul McCartney?!?

This versatile contestant proved his range by going a bit soft during his first rendition as a finalist, covering "Maybe I'm Amazed" and earning wild praise from the judges. Said Randy: "You just kind of turned the other cheek, showed you have a sensitive side... James Durbin is dangerous, America."

Do you agree? Watch and react now:

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Prior to his performance on American Idol last night, Casey Abrams was told by Jimmy Iovine:"You can't sing like [Joe Cocker] and be casual."

At this point, though, we can safely say that Casey will never have an issue with being casual.

The Seth Rogen lookalike put on another unique performance with "A Little Help From My Friends," howling and shouting, yet remaining on key and even dropping in a falsetto when we least expected it. If the goal is to stand out, Abrams has accomplished it well through two weeks. Sum the singer up for us, Steven Tyler:

"You are a rainbow of talent, man. You are a plethora of passion."

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Making an apt statement, Pia Toscano chose a Celine Dion classic last night and covered "All By Myself" during the first night on stage for the American Idol finalists.

To many, including the judges, this New York native is all by herself atop the current leaderboard.

Toscano's rendition almost brought Jennifer Lopez to tears, while the audience rose up to give Pia a standing ovation during a soaring, sterling chorus. This woman knows how to sing a ballad, that much is certain. Watch her do so now:

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