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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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Why are newspapers on the verge of bankruptcy?

There are a few theories: they don't charge for online content; immediate access to news via the Internet and cable news have made them irrelevant; and they have their priorities confused.

If you need an example of the latter point, look no further than a copy of The Los Angeles Times from last week:

LA Times

The newspaper feauted Khloe, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian on its FRONT page, immediately below news on President Obama's health care plans and the capture of a major Taliban figure.

Imagine what happens if Khloe actually makes a sex tape. She might be above the fold next time!

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Remember when Whitney Houston was an incredible singer with a slew of number-one hits?

If were born after 1992, the answer is probably: Whitney who?!?

The crooner is attempting a comeback this year, performing a number of concerts in Australia. Following a stop in Brisbane this week, however, the tour is off to a worse start than last week's Tiger Woods' press conference.

Thousands of fans walked out in the middle of the show, after Houston humilated herself with the following version of "I Will Always Love You." In between coughing fits and flat notes, a back up singer actually sung the high parts. Amazing. Depressing...

How does Andrew McManus, Whitney's tour manager, defend his client, who has an entire European tour ahead of her this spring?

By admitting she's totally washed up, but trying really, really hard.

"[She] is now up on stage, warts and all, presenting herself like an open book for the world to see," McManus said. "If they expected to hear the Whitney of 20 years ago, go buy a CD. If they want to see a true professional artist give 100%, come along and enjoy the ride of an amazing talent, on stage, letting her heart and soul out."

She's also letting a lot of phlegm out in the clip above. Houston should probably get that checked out.

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Earlier this month, Lindsey Vonn posed seductively for Sports Illustrated.

While there were a few claims of sexism and a few objections from those that believe Vonn was hurting women's sports by focusing more on her topless form than her downhill form, there also appears to have been a rallying cry among male Olympians:

We can do better!

Led by Gold Medal-winning figure skater Evan Lysacek, a handful of U.S. men have posed with their shirts off for OK! Weekly. Does Justin Bieber have cuteness competition? You tell us.

Ogle these athletic studs below:

  • Ben Agosto
  • Steve Nyman
  • JR Celski
  • Louie Vito
  • Charlie White

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Julianne Moore has a message for Elizabeth Hurley: Nipple, schmipple!

During the same week the British star attended a charity event with her boob in full view, Moore proved that elder actresses can take things one step further. She's totally naked in a new campaign for Bulgari.

Moore, whose 30 Rock quotes during her recent run on that NBC sitcom were muddled by her attempt at a Boston accent, poses below in shots by photographers Mert & Marcus. The only things she's wearing?

A handbag, bracelet and earrings...

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Earlier this week, Elizabeth Hurley attended a charity function as part of London Fashion Week. The event was titled "The Love Ball" and benefited The Naked Heart Foundation.

That's apt, because the British actress showed up in a see-through saree that put the body part closet to her heart on full display. Check it out:

  • Totally See-Through
  • Nipple Exposure

A source told The London Telegraph that Hurley donned this outfit to please husband Arun Nayar.

“Arun is quite old-fashioned about these things,” the insider said. “She is doing this to please him. It’’s her publicly accepting that she is his woman.”

Showing one's bare boob to the world is an odd way of proving that one is truly off the market, but who are we to judge? All we can say is this:

Hugh Grant, you're a moron.

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A day after an Internet uproar was created over Adam Lambert's critique of Susan Boyle, we know how badly fans of the singer want the spotlight to shift away from this topic.

Trust us: we really know. We've been engaging in a lively debate with supporters over their occasionally intense reaction to negative talk about Adam.

But as fellow fans of the talented crooner, we agree: let's move on. Let's make sure Lambert is NOT misquoted when it comes to his personal sense of style.

With that in mind, we've posted an extensive interview with Adam below. In it, he chooses three words to describe his fashion taste; dishes on the outfits he wore on American Idol and in music videos; and comes across as the well-spoken star millions and millions admire.

Continue Reading...

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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.