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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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In an ideal world, we'd never see a photo of Bethenny Frankel's daughter. This reality star would resist the urge to profit off her newborn, turning down offers to pose with her for national publications because that's just exploitive and wrong.

Bob and Brooke

That important point made, let's also face it: daughter Bryn Casey Hoppy is so gosh darn cute!

Frankel shows off the tyke in the latest issue of People, telling the magazine about her 30 hours in labor, eventual c-section and how Bryn "came out like a doll. It was amazing."

Bethenny says she and husband Jason Hoppy named their child after the latter's brother Bryan, who died in a car accident 19 years ago. When they told Jason's parents about it, “Jason’s mom was hysterical, crying. They couldn’t believe we kept it secret.”

Frankel describes Bryn as a "good baby" and adds:

“We’re so thankful and lucky to have a healthy baby. This is the new me now.”

It just wouldn't be Bethenny if she didn't conclude with a note about herself, would it?

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Nicole Scherzinger may have won Dancing with the Stars, but no perfect score on any routine is as impressive as what Michael Ventrella accomplished this season on The Biggest Loser.

The contestant first weighed in at 526 pounds this season, eventually shedding more than any player in show history and finishing his run at 262 pounds. It was more than enough to make him champion.

“I thought there was a glitch in the matrix!” said th 31-year old from Chicago after he won the title. “I thought, ‘What is wrong with the monitor?’ I can’t believe this. I just proved no matter what it is, possibility or not, it can happen.”

This is Michael Ventrella BEFORE... and this is Michael Ventrella AFTER. Wow.

Earlier in the night, Ventrella said:

"I knew going onto the ranch that I needed to save my life. The only way to do that was to bare all. I left everything I loved, everything I hated - I had to get over it. I dedicated myself so much. I had to reach into a place inside of me I didn't think existed. Even to this day, I don't feel like I'm done yet. I'm going to keep going."

Amazing stuff. We wish Michael the best in his quest to remain happy and healthy.

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She started season nine as the favorite, she faltered near the finish line, but Crystal Bowersox came through when it mattered most last night.

Of the six total songs covered by her and Lee DeWyze, Crystal put on the top two performances. She left her comfort zone (and wore a dress!) with Alannah Myles' "Black Velvet," abandoning her guitar and showing off her range.

But it was Bowersox's take on Patty Griffin's "Up to the Mountain" that should earn her the title. She delivered it with drama and feeling, as Randy Jackson rightly referred to the audition as "amazing" and Simon said it was "by far, the best performance and the song of the night."

Ryan and the Finalists

As for Lee? He did perfectly well. We've already downloaded his rendition of "The Boxer" and we're big fans of U2's "Beautiful Day."

But DeWyze's hoarse sound didn't come across well on that single. Still, it wouldn't shock us if viewers sided with Lee simply because his first song would be that contemporary, well-known U2 hit.

This is how we've ranked the six songs sung on the night:

  1. Crystal Bowersox, Up to the Mountain
  2. Crystal Bowersox, Black Velvet
  3. Lee DeWyze, The Boxer
  4. Lee DeWyze, Beautiful Day
  5. Crystal Bowersox, Me and Bobby McGee
  6. Lee DeWyze, Everybody Hurts
  • Covering The Boxer
  • Shining Down
  • Black Velvet Dress
  • On the Finale
  • Strumming on a Stool

WHO DO YOU THINK SHOULD WIN?

 

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Get better soon.

Good luck on Celebrity Apprentice!

Wear a condom!

Ever since his April 21 brain hemorrhage, Bret Michaels has been besieged by well wishes from his ever-growing fan base. Now, though, the recovering rocker - and reality show champion! - has a message for his followers: thank you.

On the rocker's Facebook page, he's written:

With all of my heart, soul and the remaining organs I have left (lol) I would like to thank each and every one of you for all of your support and awesomeness. All the good vibes and well wishes gave me the strength to go back to New York and win Celebrity Apprentice. I am not at 100% yet but I have every intention of trying to continue the tour starting Friday in Biloxi.

I hope to see your rockin rollin, smiling faces on the road… that is the best medicine I can think of right now. You rock my world.

Popular Rocker

Bret is scheduled to undergo surgery in the fall to fix a hole in his heart, so we have three responses to his posting:

  1. You're welcome.
  2. Put your health first.
  3. Wear a condom.

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Chances are, you haven't heard of Nicky Holender. But you're very familiar with his client base.

This personal trainer is responsible for the physiques of Kendra Wilkinson, Melanie Brown, Chris Harrison and other celebrities so famous they've made him sign confidentiality agreements that keep their names a secret.

Carrie Fisher Weight Loss Pic

How does he motivate these stars? And what's the deal behind his upcoming Kendra DVD (No, not that one!)? We spoke with the former professional soccer player today and asked him about society's weight loss craze, among other topics...

THG: Why do tabloid covers hyping various weight loss achievements sell so well?
Holender: Weight loss is a goal a lot of people strive for. The general public struggles with weight for lots of reasons, such as bad eating and inactivity. They want to know: Is it possible to get in shape? How is it possible? These stories help with that.

THG: What's your approach when meeting a new client?
Holender: I give then a nutritional plan and I determine their energy expenditure. I always ask myself: How can I get their bodies in balance? For the most part, one's body wants to remain as it is. My job is to push it someplace it doesn't naturally want to go.

THG: Is it difficult to motivate celebrities that aren't used to being bossed around?
Holender: It's easier. Most of these people have gotten to where they are in life through hard work. They know what's expected of them and don't shy away from it.

THG: Tell us about your upcoming Kendra workout DVD.
Holender: It comes out in July and focuses on people, such as new mothers, that have been away from training for awhile. We try to make working out fun by incorporating five sports into the routines. It's a 48-minute cardio workout that keeps the heart rate elevated at all times and burns calories.

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It's been a busy week for Miley Cyrus.

First, she visited a school in Hazard, Kentucky, where the singer contributed to Blessings In A Backpack. This organization provides food and supplies to poverty-stricken children.

A French Throng

As seen below, Miley met with program officials and local school representatives to receive updates on the program’s presence in the lives of its recipients and school-age volunteers. We must give her a round of props for this effort.

Said Cyrus: “Hazard, in fact all of Appalachia, has always been special to me and to my whole family. It’s where we’re from. So the health and education of these Hazard County kids was important to me, and something I felt I really could help do something about... these kids, and this organization, are really amazing.”

From there, Miley may have gotten herself in trouble with Justin Bieber and his fans.

Speaking to Q100's Bert Show yesterday, she had the following to say about The Biebs, with whom she shared dinner two weeks ago: "I have my travel-size boyfriend [Bieber] and I have my oversized security boyfriend [Liam Hemsworth]. It's perfect!"

Uh-oh, Kim Kardashian. Sounds like you have competition for your boy. Who do you think Justin should date, readers: Miley or Kim?

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Simon Cowell believes Lee DeWyze will win American Idol.

Speaking to his fellow judge on her talk show this week, Simon said: “If you’d asked me five or six weeks ago, 100 percent I would have said Crystal. But now I’ve changed my mind.... [Lee] is talented. He hasn’t had any real breaks in life, and this has given him a shot, and I like that.”

So that's Cowell's take on the finals, which gets underway tonight. How does THG handicap the matchup between Lee and Crystal Bowersox? As follows...

WHY CRYSTAL WILL WIN: She's different, she has an incredible voice and her rendition of "People Get Ready" was the best of any contestant this season. It's also about time a woman took home the crown, isn't it?
WHY CRYSTAL WON'T WIN: She may have peaked too early. She also fails to connect with the audience, almost coming across as condescending to the show in general. She's been the favorite for months and votes often like an underdog.

Two Finalists

WHY LEE WILL WIN: He's come on strong over the few weeks. He has Simon's support. He makes an emotional connection with the audience during every song. He also reminds us of David Cook and, hey, that guy won.
WHY LEE WON'T WIN: Viewers are sick of male winners. He lacks a winning personality and he reminds us of David Cook and, hey, that guy already won.

Now it's your turn, readers. Who do you think should win American Idol?

 

  • Finalist Duet
  • The Two Finalists

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Teresa Giudice gave birth to daughter Audriana in September. But this ratings-grabbing magical event wasn't show on Bravo until last night's new edition of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

We've reviewed the episode in-depth, so sit back, get comfortable and try not to vomit over the anticis of these ridiculous, spoiled women...

NJ Housewives

The focal point of this week's episode was Teresa’s delivery of her fourth daughter.  This new baby joins her gaggle of girls who are destined to become complete bitches.  They run around their McMansion wearing hot pink tutus and dancing provocatively to inappropriate music.  Teresa delights in getting them to fling their arms in the air and scream, “Fabulous!” multiple times per day. 

The eldest daughter, Gia, is a model/pageant contestant who likes to act like she’s on a catwalk no matter where she goes.  It’s both disturbing and fascinating to watch this eight-year-old bump and grind and shake her booty wearing Daisy Dukes and a cropped top during a dance recital while Teresa cheers from the audience.

This Teresa is an interesting woman.  First of all, she seems to have the lowest hairline of any post-Neanderthal.  Her hair grows out of her forehead almost all the way down to her eyebrows.  It’s somewhat disturbing, yet she seems to pull of this unusual look. 

Teresa gained fame last season for referring to the despised Danielle Staub as a “prostitution whore” just before flipping a table at a restaurant.  This came just before she made out with her husband next to the overturned table and shattered glasses.  Something about a trashed restaurant made them just so damn hot for each other!

When Teresa realizes she’s in labor, she quickly rushes around her house to pack the necessities.  She’s ready to pop, but is still wearing a strapless top and full costume jewelry.  If it were me, I would be wearing a muumuu and slippers and cramming ice cream down my throat chased with full-fat chocolate milk. 

Teresa knows how to prioritize as she packs.  She says, “At the last minute I was packing my makeup case and jewelry.  You know, last minute things if you’re going to go to the hospital.”  Of course!  I always make sure to bring all my makeup with me to the hospital.  That and my stilettos and floor-length ball gowns.  She also tells a friend on the phone about her progressing labor, “You know I have the runs so that’s a sign." 

Way to know your body’s signs, sister.

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The stars of Sex and the City 2 graced the red carpet in New York City last night at the premiere of their highly anticipated sequel.

But let's be honest: the true attraction at this event (and the movie itself, for many fans) was the fashion on display.

Sarah Jessica Parker donned a fluorescent yellow Valentino gown at Radio City Music Hall, while John Corbett went with a Ralph Lauren Black Label suit. Purchase these looks for yourself in our THG Style Store and decide below who looked best...

SJP
  • Port at a Premiere
  • John Corbett Picture
  • Chris Noth, Wife
  • Howard Stern and Family
  • Pretty Padma
  • Pic of Alessandra Ambrosio
  • Kim Cattrall Photograph
  • Cynthia Nixon Pic
  • Jessica Szohr Photograph
  • Gorgeous Kristin

[Photos: Splash News]

Click on the images above and let us know: Which star's fashion shined the brightest at the event?

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Christina Aguilera has spent a lot of time shooting down comparisons to Lady Gaga.

But perhaps this artist should have been promoting her summer tour instead.

Sources confirm that Aguilera's summer concerts in North America have been canceled, likely due to poor ticket sales, although the performer's reps are claiming otherwise (naturally). They say the tour has merely been "postponed" until 2011 because:

"The singer felt she needed more time to rehearse the show and with less than a month between the album release and tour date this wasn’t possible."

Hey to Fans


A true sign of whether Christina's comeback has already flopped will be when her album hits stores on June 8. If "Bionic" doesn't sell well, Aguilera may be forced to embrace her inner thespian.

She does make her feature film debut in November's Burlesque, after all.

Without a tour this summer, at least Christina can spent more time at home. Toddler son Max is a certified cutie.

  • Xtina Pose
  • Lauper Lookalike
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