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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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A year ago, we asked readers to name Kristen Stewart's best look.

Is she the type of actress that looks best in full-on make-up mode? Or all natural? You can still weigh in on this question.

Now, we're back to follow up on the issue. While the Twilight Saga star might never smile in photos, she does occasionally change up her appearance. Such was the case over the last few weeks, when she showed up in public with dueling hairstyles. See for yourself:

  • Kristen Photograph
  • Kristen Stewart Magazine Pic

We know Twilight fans are busy celebrating the admission by Robert Pattinson that he is "together" with Kristen, but please take a moment to respond to this poll question:

Which hairstyle do you prefer?

 

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We're glad we're not an American Idol contestant this season. Partly because we have an atrocious voice and would be laughed out of the competition.

But also because the judges seem more scatter-brained and confusing than ever: be original, they tell contestants, but not so original that you butcher a song. Be true to who you are, they add, but also mix it up and stand out.

For example: If you didn't like Tyler Grady's 70s schtick, panel, why did you select him for the semifinals?

With that complaint out of the way, we've ranked last night's set of live performances from best to worst:

  1. Casey James: Yes, we're suckers for the Bryan Adams single "Heaven." But aside from his voice, we admired James for the classy way he handled the show's focus on Kara's fawning over him.
  2. Andrew Garcia: Stop bringing up his great rendition of "Straight Up" from an earlier round, judges, and focus on each performance. We loved his arrangement on "Sugar We’re Going Down."
  3. Todrick Hall: We're probably alone with this pick, but the guy took a major risk by re-working a Kelly Clarkson classic and he gets props for that.
  4. Lee DeWyze: We had no idea he had this in him. Solid work on "Chasing Cars" and the official male dark horse.
  5. John Park: Did he try to do much with a difficult song? Yes, but he wants to marry Shania Twain and the show could use someone with a sense of humor.
  6. Alex Lambert: The judges actually did call this one perfectly. He has potential, but just needs to get more comfortable on stage.
  7. Aaron Kelly: If he had waited a year or two to try out, could have been a front-runner. Decent performance of "Here Comes Goodbye."
  8. Joe Munoz: We're just glad he didn't choose the popular Jason Mraz song everyone sings. Actually not bad, but a lack of stage presence and star power.
  9. Jermaine Sellers: Over-singing alert! The guy just tries too hard on stage and it doesn't look natural.
  10. Michael Lynche: We're huge fans of "Big Mike" as a person. Nice, sweet guy. But he simply lacks the vocal talent.
  11. Tyler Grady: We never liked his 1970s look. Way too much of a gimmick.
  12. Tim Urban: Actually worse than Lacey Brown the night before.

Browse through performance photo of the competitors from last night and let us know: Who was your favorite?

  • Alex Lambert  Audition
  • Photo of Casey James
  • Grady on Stage
  • Tim Urban Photo
  • Sellers on Stage
  • Aaron Kelly Performance
  • Daring Artist
  • Andrew Garcia on Idol

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The live performances have scarcely begun, but controversy has already enveloped this season of American Idol.

Semifinalist Todrick Hall was embroiled in scandal last summer when a Tennessee production he played a role in never actually aired any performances, depriving the families involved of money.

More recently, Chris Golightly was booted from the top 24 (and replaced by Tim Urban) because he had signed an exclusive contract with a boy band.

Now, one of THG's early favorites might be in trouble: Didi Benami has a connection to judge Kara DioGuardi that some might say gives her an unfair advantage on the show.

Didi on Stage

Didi Benami possesses a unique sound and a genuine stage presence that makes her among the favorites on American Idol.

Benami has worked with Jason Reeves, a man she referred to as a “magical genius collaborator" and thanked on her MySpace page last April. The pair wrote the single "Pretty Fool" together.

Who is Reeves? A friend and songwriting partner of DiGuardi's.

Would this affilation have any actual bearing on the competition? It's unlikely. But as the most popular show on TV, American Idol must be extra careful about any appearance of favoritism. This is a situation worth keeping one's eye on.

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Earlier today, we posted an article with the headline "Adam Lambert Rips Into Susan Boyle." *

Did we aim to capture the attention of readers with it? Of course. Did we then explain the situation - in which Lambert referred to Boyle's album as "terrible," laughed about her single "Wild Horses" and then said he was misquoted, while not providing his real quote - in great detail? Yes.

Did Lambert fans seem to care about the latter point? Not one bit.

The instant they saw one negative word written about Adam, his supporters went off. They told us we were being unfairly critical of the singer; that he was entitled to his opinion; that we were fueling the hate against him.

(* Through a debate with Lambert fans that we greatly appreciate, we changed this headline because we now agree it was unnecessarily inflammatory.)

Because we now feel as though we've been unfairly criticized, especially in light of the positive Lambert articles we've written for months, allow us to respond to each of these points:

  • Adam is a mega celebrity. Every word he utters will be scrutinized. As such, he should have realized that his labeling of Boyle's album as "terrible" would result in the stir it's created. We simply pointed that out.
  • Of course Lambert is entitled to his opinion. And we're entitled to respond to it with ours. This is the basis for all celebrity gossip sites, television reviews, movie reviews and pretty much every editorial ever written.
  • Aside from those that simply don't have a taste for his music, people hate Adam Lambert for one reason: he is a proud, gay man. These critics are homophobes. We will never cater to them, we will only pity them and nothing we say will ever change their minds.

While we admire Lambert's fans for their enthusiasm and dedication, we sometimes feel as though they treat Adam like he's a child in need of their immediate, undying defense.

Lambert would be the first to tell them thank you... but calm down. He's not a saint. He's just a regular person. That's really Adam's main appeal: he's a normal guy that is open to discussing his sexuality and appreciates the opportunity he's been given.

But he may say a dumb thing or two. He may release a single we dislike. When that happens, we're gonna call Adam out on it. Are readers entitled to get mad at us for it? Absolutely.

We just fear they're defending Adam, almost coddling him, in a way he wouldn't appreciate. He's never asked for any special treatment. We're sure he wants nothing more than to be analyzed and written about like any artist out there.

This may result in some people hating him, and that's okay. It also may result in some of his biggest followers - like the THG staff - taking issue with a few of his decisions. Not only do we think this is also okay, we think it's exactly what Adam would want.

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Let us answer the question posed above immediately: No, Justin Bieber pictures are not too cute to be true.

These actually exist!

The 15-year old singer put on a show for fans in Paris this week that grew so out of control, police almost got involved. Such is the life of a teen heartthrob.

Below, fans can click on a slew of Bieber photos from the event. Be warned, however: these pics make puppies look like Heidi Montag, post-plastic surgery!

A Hit in Paris
  • Justin Bieber Image
  • Beloved Artist
  • Such a Major Cutie
  • Paris Concert

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While everyone has been assuming a female will come out on top of American Idol this season, the ladies left the door open for the men last night, didn't they?

It's very early, but no woman stood out on the first live performance show of the year.

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Two singers very happy about this development? Jermaine Sellers and Lee DeWyze. The crooners will take the stage this evening, along with 10 other men, and aim to impress all four judges and all 30 million people watching from home.

Sellers is a professional church singer and takes care of his ailing mother. She's been diagnosed with Spina Bifida.

DeWyze, meanwhile, wasn't seen very often during the initial Hollywood rounds. He hails from Mount Prospect, Illinois.

Compare the hopefuls and then vote below in our poll:

Who will go farther this season?

 

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This is how a real pimp rolls.

Once the cameras grow weary of your attempts to remain in the news by thrusting your daughter in the spotlight, you must adjust. How does a dedicated, shameless attention-getter change things up?

By exploiting his deceased child's mother, right, Larry Birkhead? The former lover of Anna Nicole Smith was spotted out in attire that bears her face this week.

  • Cry for Attention
  • Serious Pimp

Larry Birkhead: Anne Nicole Smith t-shirts, and dignity, for sale! [Photos: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

A photographer, Birkhead knows what sells. That's why he's seen here in a shirt that honors Anna Nicole Smith in the most appropriate way possible: by milking her likeness for fame and fortune.

It's really not a question of how much Birkhead made for posing with this top on. It may have been nothing at all. It's a question of how he sleeps at night.

** THG CORRECTION: Larry Birkhead is not a pimp in the literal sense. He does not manage a harem of prostitutes. We jokingly used the term to refer to his propensity for shamelessly posing for pictures with his daughter, an endeavor for which he is likely paid. We regret the error.

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Come on, Kellan Lutz.

It's not enough that you have a ridiculous body? You also need to love animals and pose with puppies more adorable than all the Twilight Saga stars combined?

Kellan Picture

The actor stars in a new PETA campaign. Unfortunately, he isn't naked, like so many other animal-loving celebrities have been when appearing in ads for this organization.

But Lutz still has an important message to send, as the poster below reads: “Buying Animals Is Killing Animals. Save a Homeless Dog or Cat - Always Adopt and Never Buy.”

Said the actor:

"There are surprisingly so many animals in these animal shelters. It’s sad, and knowing that they get euthanized... and there’s a lot you can do... spay or neuter your pets so that doesn’t happen.”

Seriously, Kellan. You already have a hard body. Must you match it with a soft heart?

Leave some girls for the rest of us, will ya?

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According to his rep, Charlie Sheen has entered rehab as "a preventative measure."

The associate wouldn't elaborate on this reason and we may know why: sources say Sheen is trying to prevent a further relapse into cocaine and alcohol.

Charlie Sheen Party Poster

RadarOnline.com claims the Two and a Half Men star has fallen back into the dangerous habits that led to a pair of previous stints in treatment centers. For the sake of his family, Sheen had no choice but to step away from his sitcom for a few weeks.

“He loves his children and ultimately that’s what convinced him to get help,” an insider said.

Friends say the Christmas Day confrontation that has led to charges against Sheen was fueled by a bender both he and wife Brooke Mueller were on. Each had been partaking in drugs and alcohol that night, allegedly.

“But the partying didn’t stop there. He’s used coke and been drinking many, many other times since then," the source said, even adding that Sheen got high with Mueller the night before she went into rehab.

It's unclear what the future now holds for this couple, but this much in undeniable: Two and a Half Men is incredibly lame and unfunny.

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When two trusted sources of journalistic integrity - such as Life & Style and In Touch Weekly - publish contrasting stories, it's a bit like watching parents fight.

Whose side do you take? Who in this world can you trust? Where does the truth lie?

Such is our reaction today, as Kourtney tells Life & Style that she loves Scott Disick and really wants "to make it work."

"Everything between us is amazing," she said. "It's definitely been hard. But I just reached a point where I needed everyone to get over it. This is the father of my baby.

HOWEVER, this cover of In Touch Weekly paints a very different picture... literally!

In breaking, truly startling news, the tabloid states that Kourtney and Scott actually don't get along. They are - gasp!!! - faking their relationship for the camera. It also begs the question:

Is E! the "Devil?" We always thought that was Spencer Pratt, or the Smoke Monster from Lost, but we're open to it being any network that airs a show dedicated to the life of Bill and Giuliana Rancic.

You tell us: Has Kourtney made a deal with the devil?