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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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Next week, fans may see Gilles Marini in the winner's circle of Dancing with the Stars.

Next season, meanwhile, they will definitely see him on another ABC series.

The French actor says he's agreed to a role on the popular drama Brothers & Sisters, though he won't reveal many details about it, simply saying:

"It’s going to be very interesting. It’s going to be a like, ‘Oh, my God.’ It’s going to be great."

Very Retro

Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini have shone brightly this season on Dancing with the Stars. This isn't the last you'll see of the French stud on ABC television.

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Remember when Shanna Moakler put her arm around Carrie Prejean and released a statement that said she and the Miss California organization were ready to move on with its victor?

That was so yesterday!

Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler Picture

Today, Moakler has released another statement... announcing her resignation from the pageant board. It reads:

"Since the press conference yesterday, I had a chance to think about what has taken place, and I feel that at this time it is in my best interest to resign from the Miss California USA organization.

"I cannot with a clear conscious move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it, or the contracts I signed committing myself as a youth. I want to be a role model for young woman with high hopes of pageantry, but now feel it more important to be a role model for my children. I am sorry and hope I have not let any young supporters down but wish them the best of luck in fulfilling their dreams.

We think Carrie Prejean is an insincere fame whore. But Shanna Moakler (left, topless) might not be in a position to judge her.

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I feel so good! I feel like I can do anything.

So stated Helen Phillips last night, after she was crowned the seventh season winner of The Biggest Loser.

Kirstie Alley Weight Loss Picture

It's hard to blame the 48-year mother of two for such a reaction, as she dropped an astounding 140 pounds and 20 dress sizes during the competition. Wow. That's like shedding three Mischa Bartons from one's body!

Helen Phillips has succeeded where other stars have failed. Cycle through our Celebrity Weight Loss Hall of Fame/Shame right now!

"I knew when I got home how hard I was working and how many hours I put into it," Phillips, who started the competition last fall at 257 pounds, said to Us Weekly after she won. "I never knew that I would take first place! I always thought maybe second, maybe third, but I did it. I took the whole thing!"

So, how will the Michigan native spend her $250,000 grand prize?

"At this point, I haven't given it a lot of thought. It really wasn’t about the money. Now it's a bonus for me - I get to live my happy life!"

One that's very well-deserved. Congraulations, Helen!

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Keith Olbermann, in the video below, addressing Carrie Prejean:

Your grandfather did not fight to protect your right to answer a question during a network television soft porn special without consequences or fallout... He fought to protect you from having the government stop us from speaking our minds.

We know you despise Olbermann, Conservatives. And it's hard for even the most left-wing nut to defend his maniacal rants sometimes.

But we beseech readers - in the interest of open, fair debate - to watch and listen to the MSNBC host's take on Prejean below. He doesn't mention gay marriage once, instead focusing on the illogical argument that Carrie was somehow simply exercising her right to free speech.

As referenced in the quote above, Olbermann argues:

  • The First Amendment has nothing to do with getting flak for speaking one's mind; it simply protects a citizen from being imprisoned for that act.
  • Moreover, Carrie wasn't punished for her answer, as she claims. She's received national acclaim and didn't even lose her crown, despite blatantly violating her contract!

All of Prejean's supporters say it's unfair to attack someone for exercising her freedom of speech. But what if she said she believes all African-Americans should be slaves? Would critics be allowed to pounce on her then? It's just her opinion, right?

Also, let's not forget: Prejean said her latest round of topless photos were due to a "windy day." We mean... come on!!!

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As he films New Moon in Vancouver, Robert Pattinson has a new age to celebrate.

The actor turns 23 today!

Pattinson, of course, got his big break in the Harry Potter franchise, portraying Cedric Diggory. He then went on to international fame as Edward Cullen in Twilight.

But loyal fans know all that. They just wanna see photos of the handsome star. In honor of his birthday, here you are:

If you can stop clicking around the Robert Pattinson pics above for one minute, remember to check out our full calendar of celebrity birthdays. See when your favorite star is next in line for a celebration!

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Celebrity gossip tabloids around the nation didn't need Emeril Lagasse to cook them up a perfect meal this week.

Various publications took one part reality TV couple, mixed it with multiple rumors of an affair by both sides, added a sprinkle of a sex tape and came up with fodder for days on end.

Indeed, one of the most buzzed-about stories in Hollywood these days centers around Jon and Kate Gosselin, heretofore innocent, admired, seemingly innocuous parents of eight adorable children.

But in the latest issue of People, Kate comes clean about the new light in which she sees her husband.

"I don't know that we're in the same place anymore, that we want the same thing," she said. "I've been struggling with the question of 'Who is this person?' for a while. I remember where I was the first time I heard her name. It's one of those things where you can try to make it go away, but there's blaring, red flashing lights." 

Wow. Harsh words, ones probably not best to share with a national magazine if you're actually concerned about your marriage.

An Affair, Covered

Coming soon: Jon & Kate Plus One Divorce?

Meanwhile, Us Weekly is turning the marital tables on Kate. Its latest edition highlights her rumored affair with bodyguard Steve Neild.

Neild - who once worked for Bill Clinton, so knows something about infidelity! - and Gosseln are "very physical, often touching each other," said an employee at a recent promotional appearance for Jon & Kate Plus 8, adding:

"She was gently poking him, giving him little love pats, totally unlike the slapping she does with Jon. She and Steve were joking around so much, I actually wondered if they were having an affair. There's a lot of open affection between them."

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Remember Katie Rees?

The former Miss Nevada 2007 was stripped of her crown when a series of racy photos of her were leaked soon after the coronation.

Now, following the announcement that Carrie Prejean won't receive the same punishment after her set of topless pics were released, Rees is speaking out. She told E! News the development is a "huge double standard."

"Semi-nude photos are semi-nude photos," Rees said, comparing the topless lingerie pics of Prejean with her own images (linked to above).

In December 2006, however, Miss Universe owner Donald Trump - the same man that said this is the "21st century" and the pics of Prejean were mostly "lovely" - deemed Rees' photos inappropriate and stripped Katie of her crown.

But what about the contracts both Rees and Prejean signed? Each stated that contestants must own up to any history of naked or semi-naked photographs.

Lost amidst Prejean's gay marriage stance is the simple fact that she violated her contract. What's the point of making such documents if there's no incentive to adhere to them?

"I don't know why I am the only one who was punished for their behavior," Rees said. "I was only 19 when those photos were taken of me, and it was me in my personal life, far before I was crowned Miss Nevada. Carrie actually posed for these professional semi-nude photos. I think that's worse."

You're totally right, Katie. But Prejean cited the Bible, said God spoke to her and got narrow-minded Christians on her side. See where you went wrong now?

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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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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: