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Adam Lambert who?!?

Okay, Kris Allen's incredible performance of "Heartless" didn't make us forget about this season's American Idol favorite, but it did cause us to single out a different contestant than usual as our favorite this week.

Following a rendition of One Republic’s “Apologize” that Kara and Randy didn't love (even though they chose it for him), Kris blew the panel away with his take on Kanye West's single.

Jackson thought Allen's version was better than the original, DioGuardi called it “bold, brave, fearless" and Simon said:  “I had written you out [out of the competition]. That, however, has all changed.”

Adam Lambert, Cryin

Who is your favorite finalist? Click on each photo for a closer look at each.

While Kris earned the top performance of the night, Lambert and Danny Gokey didn't disappoint. Here's a rundown of their evening:

- Cowell got special permission for Lambert to sing U2’s “One." As you'd expect, Adam knocked it out of the park, alternating from eerily quiet to impressively loud. Simon said it was “brilliant,” while Paula pretty much crowned him the season’s winner.

Up next? Aerosmith’s “Cryin,” a perfect choice. Kara summed it up simply: “We’ll see you at the finals." Listen to this rendition NOW.

- We didn't love Paula assignment of the Terence Trent D’Arby hit “Dance Little Sister" for Gokey. Neither did the judges, as it didn't receive rave reviews.

But Danny’s own selection of Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful” earned him high praise from Simon. He referred to the performance as “a vocal master class.”

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It may have come a week later than many fans were hoping, but Ty Murray was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars last night.

And the rodeo stalwart seemed psyched about it.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am,” Murray said after the show, laughing. “I don’t have to learn any more dances.”

Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower Dance

Of course, this doesn't mean Jewel's husband regrets trading in his chaps for sequins.

“The whole reason I did this show is because it was nice for cowboys to be represented in something so pop culture, and this show did in spades,” Murray said. “For me to be able to do this is a fantastic opportunity. You don’t realize how big something like this is until you’re on a show that 25 million people watch.”

This leaves a trio of celebs remaining to compete in the finals next week. Click on a shot of each of them performing during the semifinals below:

  • Off to the Finale
  • Semifinal Performance

Who do you think will win?

 

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Wow.

We'll publish a detailed recap of the final three performance show on American Idol tomorrow, but we couldn't wait another second to shower praise on one of tonight's performances.

And it wasn't given by Adam Lambert for a change!

Kris Allen delivered the goods - and then some! - with an acoustic rendition of "Heartless." Sorry, Gokeheads. But next week's finale has to come down to Allen vs. Lambert.

Watch Allen's rendition of "Heartless" below and share your thoughts in the Comments section:

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Earlier today, at a press conference announcing the confirmation of Carrie Prejean as Miss California, that pageant's co-director said there would be peace in the Middle East if we sent Donad Trump over there.

Keith Lewis may have been exagerrating, but The Donald does appear to have brokered talks between Shanna Moakler and Prejean.

An Awful Human Being

"Thanks to Donald Trump, we were able to have a meeting with Miss Prejean and her family alone for the first time since the pageant," Moakler, the co-executive director of the pageant, told People. "We were able to sit down and communicate and vent our frustrations. I am confident that she will stay true to the contract. I'm looking forward to returning to L.A. and starting fresh." 

Moakler added that the problem her and other officials had with Prejean was NOT related to her well-known beliefs on gay nuptials.

"Our issue was never about her opinions about same-sex marriage or the pictures. Our issue was with her complying with our agreement. When you sign the contract, we ask you to show us everything you are being offered. That wasn't happening. After the pageant, we lost control of our titleholder."

An understandable issue, no doubt.

Now, Moakler says, the air has been cleared and everyone can move forward. It's all she and Lewis ever wanted in the first place.

"She's part of our family. We care about her. But she's only 21 and we felt like she was being exploited. These people were not around for Miss USA, but they sure were afterward. They jumped on her bandwagon and tried to exploit her. We are trying to protect her."

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How many Keeping Up with the Kardashians viewers are aware of Bruce Jenner's career as a Gold Medal-winning Olympian?

The stepfather to Kim, Khloe and Kourtney was an American hero in 1976, as he conquered all competitors (including those evil Russians!) at the 1976 Games.

Ella Nolan Plastic Surgery

Now, sadly, Jenner has become the butt of celebrity gossip jokes.

According to Kim Kardashian, Jenner will actually undergo plastic sugery on this week's episode of the family reality show. Because the show is taped months ahead of time, this act has likely already taken place.

Still, we're interested to hear from readers: Do you think this public act is a good idea for someone of Jenner's status?

 

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Billy Arnone is a professional dirt bike racer and the brother of Carrie Prejean.

In a recent interview, he dispassionately defends his sister, while casually fighting back against rumors that he's a racist skinhead:

On being racist: I've never been a skinhead or racist. I ride dirt bikes with a lot of black guys.

On Carrie dating Michael Phelps: I don't think they're dating... they hung out a couple times.

On Prejean's reaction to the media frenzy: She's been doing good. She's a tough girl. [The media takes] the truth and twists it into a big lie.

We've been more interested in deli meat sales at the grocery store than Arnone seems to be in his sister's plight. Watch the interview below:

Do you think Donald Trump should have kept the Miss California crown on Prejean's head?

 

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So soon after the High School Musical franchise ended for her, is Vanessa Hudgens already desperate for work?

Without major prompting, the actress told E! Online this week that she'd gladly get naked in a future film.

"I will show nudity in a film when the time is right," Vanessa said. "Right now, I wouldn't feel comfortable doing it, but like I said, when the time's right, if it's an amazing movie that I'm really passionate about and that's what it calls for, then we'll see."

Might Hudgens be aiming for retribution against Zac Efron, following his risqué photo shoot in Interview magazine in March?

After all, it's not like Hudgens needs to make any birthday suit promises in order to land a role.

This summer, she begins shooting a pair of movies: Beastly, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast; and Sucker Punch!, based on a girl that is sent to a mental institution by her stepfather.

Vanessa's history of nude photos might actually hurt her bare box office appeal. Why shell out $10 for a movie ticket when someone can surf the Web for free?

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Amanda Beard has proven that she's as fast on land as she is in water.

The seven-time Olympic medalist swimmer evaded paparazzi often enough in the last few weeks to get knocked up and married with almost no one finding out.

Amanda Beard Topless

Until now.

Beard told People that she's now married to photographer Sacha Brown, whose child she's been carrying for almost 6 months now.

"It was absolutely perfect," Beard said of her May 1 wedding on Wakatobi, an archipelago in the Banda Sea off southeastern Indonesia. "It was stress-free, and super low-key."

The couple exchanged vows in a sunset ceremony on a private beach. They also followed local custom, as bride and groom adhered to Muslim tradition and covered most of their bodies for the event.

Beard donned a black, long-sleeved tunic, a sarong and a white veil; while Brown also wore a sarong a hat and a sword.

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That may have been the worst 30 minutes of our lives.

We just sat through a press conference hosted by Donald Trump, the owner of the Miss USA pageant, as he spoke glowingly about Carrie Prejean and gave her the opportunity to stand on a soap box and peer down at the ignorant, hateful Americans that dared to question her right of free speech.

Before we detail the event in full, here's a nauseating rundown of the main points:

  • Prejean will remain Miss California USA;
  • Trump would love to have Perez Hilton as a judge again next year;
  • Carrie's grandfather fought at The Battle of the Bulge in World War II and (cue tears!) Carrie said what happened to her should NOT happen in America. It undermines the Constitutional rights her grandfather fought for.
  • Regarding the topless photos that were leaked this morning, Prejean said (READY FOR THIS????) that they were the result of a "windy day" and that she had no idea the photographer would ever release them.
  • Seriously, folks: Carrie Prejean claims the wind, and an immoral photographer, are to blame for this picture!

It bears repeating, over and over and over: Carrie Prejean says she is only showing a nipple in this photograph because it was a "windy day."

The press conference began with Trump, clearly loving the attention, summarizing the recent series of events involving Miss California. He said she gave an "honorable" answer to a controversial, fair question and that Carrie's response echoed that of the President of the United States.

He also said if Prejean's beauty wasn't so great, nobody really would have cared what she said. (Got that message, ladies? Ugly women needn't ever bother giving their opinions!)

Trump said he reviewed the semi-naked photos carefully and emphasized that this is the "21st century." He determined the photos were "fine... beautiful... risque.. and, in many cases, actually lovely."

Regarding Miss California officials Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, Trump said they met for hours with Prejean in his office. The miscommunication issues they had with her are "totally solved" and Carrie will make them proud.

It was then time for Prejean to read a statement from the podium.

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