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Thank goodness it's Hollywood week on American Idol. Goodbye embarrassing contestants, hello major talent!

Before we get to that talent, however, let's also greet Ellen DeGeneres... with open arms. Wasn't she great on her first night as a judge? The comedian was funny (we loved when she had singers moving all around the stage before letting each one through), but also fresh and straightforward.

Ellen won't be Paula Abdul 2.0, sugarcoating every critique and covering up bad performances by telling the contestants how nice they look. She'll bring the criticism, but in a humorous fashion, such as when she told one dude his routine "scared" her and resembled a leopard stalking his prey.

There were also no contrived cat fights, nothing that Ellen did to bring attention to herself. She seemed steady, focused and, of course, funny.

As for the best of the night...

Didi Benami has finalist written all over her. She came across as a more polished Brooke White, strumming her guitar and bringing an emotional singer/songwriter vibe. Probably our favorite performance.

But the "infectious, real" Crystal Bowersox, as Simon put it, was a close second. She also relied on her guitar and had fellow contestants applauding before she even completed "Natural Woman."

The third impressive female was Haeley Vaughn. Only 16, she offers a unique pop/country sound and a healthy dose of charisma. We were very happy to see her advance.

Ellen on Idol

Two men stood out, as well:

  1. Andrew Garcia proved that guitar-playing was a theme for the top performers so far, impressing the judges with a soulful acousting rendition of "Straight Up." We wouldn't refer to him as "genius" or compare him to Adam Lambert (closer to Kris Allen), as Kara did, but certainly someone to keep an eye on.
  2. The same can be said for Casey James, and not just because he took off his shirt for his initial, pre-Hollywood audition. We loved his bluesy number... played with the help of a guitar, of course.

Watch all five of these performances in our American Idol video section and then let us know: WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE?

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  • Hollywood Audition
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Paris Hilton is really interested in becoming Mrs. Doug Reinhardt. Why, we have absolutely no idea, but she's making no secret about her intentions.

The hotel heiress has already dropped hints about wanting to marry The Hills regular, but she took it to a whole new level this past weekend in L.A.

"I'd like to thank my future sister-in-law Casey [Reinhardt]," Hilton said from the podium while accepting an award from the Hearts for Hope benefit.

Doug wasn't there, but both his mom and sister - who you may recall from Laguna Beach as a classmate of Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari - were.

Talk about dropping hints: "At one point, Paris reached for Doug's mother's huge wedding ring," says a witness. "She looked like she was in awe."

Doug Reinhardt, you better put on a ring on it!

If Doug Reinhardt does decide to propose soon, we think his family approves.

In fact, the Reinhardts are apparently such big fans of Paris, they'll even pay to hang out with her! Yes, we know, it's really strange to try to comprehend that.

"Paris auctioned off a party picnic at her house for charity, and the bidding went all the way up to $6,000," says an E! source. "Even though Casey can obviously party at Paris' house anytime for free, she went ahead and took the final bid."

In May, Paris gushed that "[Doug's] gonna be my future husband!" They'll be registering at Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel soon it sounds like.

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Captain Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie on Deadliest Catch has died.

Sons Jake and Josh Harris broke the news on the Discovery Channel show's official site, where updates on Harris had been posted since his January 30 stroke.

"It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad - Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For us and the entire crew, he was someone who never backed down."

"We will forever remember and celebrate that strength. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. - Jake and Josh Harris"

Harris, who was 53, was based out of Seattle, suffered a stroke during an offload of crab. He was found unconscious in a stateroom, was airlifted to Anchorage for 12 grueling hours of surgery, then placed in a medically induced coma.

R.I.P. Phil Harris with sons Josh and Jake.

He had shown signs of improvement last week, squeezing hands and even telling his doctors and nurses, in his signature gruff style, to not "f--k things up."

Phil Harris, a fisherman for 32 years, was a co-owner of the Cornelia Marie, which he'd captained for 18 years; Jake and Josh work on the ship as deck hands.

Fans reached out Tuesday night on the show's message boards, where comments have been posted since Phil Harris fell ill, offering condolences to the family.

The Discovery Channel said in a statement that Phil "more than someone on our TV. Phil was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him. We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart."

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She's a woman of many looks, dressing like a sexy boxer for the music video "Dirrty" and like a burlesque singer other times.

But no matter what kind of outfit Christina Aguilera chooses, a couple things remain the same: this is a gorgeous artist with a cute son and a beautiful voice.

We can't just leave it at that, however. What fun would that be?

For her next video, or her next night, out, Christina might be choosing between the contrasting styles below and she needs your help. Which do you prefer?

What is Christina Aguilera's best look?

 

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Nancy Kerrigan's father's death late last month has been ruled a homicide, according to the Middlesex County (Mass.) Chief Medical Examiner.

According to the findings, Daniel Kerrigan died from cardiac dysrhythmia after suffering a neck injury during a physical altercation at his home.

The Coroner reports that the 70-year-old Daniel suffered a cartilage fracture to the larynx area, which was exacerbated by heart disease.

As we previously reported, Nancy's brother Mark Kerrigan faces one charge of assault and battery on an elder with serious bodily injury.

Nancy Kerrigan won medals in figure skating at the '92 and '94 Olympics/

The investigation continues, with no word on whether prosecutors will now up the charges against Mark, but the family is displeased with the coroner's report.

The family lawyer, Tracy Miner, says "The Kerrigan family is extremely disappointed that the medical examiner would release a cause of death without having all of the relevant facts. We believe this finding to be premature and inaccurate."

The Kerrigans are also standing by Mark Kerrigan - who was arrested and charged with assault and battery after - saying, "The Kerrigan family does not blame anyone for the unfortunate death of Dan Kerrigan, who had a pre-existing heart condition."

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We never thought we'd see the day, but of all the Snooki pictures we've seen, this is one we can actually say does not make her look trashy or ridiculous!

Rather, she just looks pulled together and maybe - maybe! - even attractive. We don't want to push our luck, but the proof is in the Jersey Shore pudding.

Mugler Shot

Us Weekly celebrity fashion director Sasha Charnin Morrison and Inside Edition recently paired up to dress Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi down, and they succeeded.

The final result: a glam, pulled together pony tail, low-key makeup and a tasteful shift dress. She didn't really take well to it, but we think that's a plus.

"I feel like my grandmother!" whines Snooki, half-seriously. "I wouldn't be caught dead in this outfit. If I had to go to court, I'd wear this. That's about it."

Snooki cleans up nice. Who knew?

No doubt Emilio Antonio prefers Snooks in her traditional attire - absurd hair poof, far too revealing dress, no underwear - but he'll have to settle for classy this once.

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs took a blatant shot at former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today. You could say it was an open-handed slap of sorts.

Robert Gibbs addressed the press corps this afternoon with a mini grocery list on his hand. The ingredients: Eggs, Milk, Bread (crossed out), Hope, Change.

The President of the United States

This was a response to Palin using crib notes while reciting her speech and laying into President Obama at the National Tea Party convention in Nashville.

Because you really need to write down "I'm proud to be an American!" - her #1 political position - on your hand. Is memorization that hard? You betcha!

Robert Gibbs mocks Sarah Palin's "notes" from Sunday night.

Pretty funny, really, when you consider she rips Obama for using a Teleprompter. Also funny? In her Q&A, she really went off-message ... or off-English.

Make no mistake, the White House didn't appreciate Palin's cheap shots, and the administration isn't kidding when it talks about fighting back harder.

After all, Palin hates their agenda even more than Levi Johnston!

If this continues, it's going to get pretty stormy in D.C., and not just because the city's about to get slammed by a second blizzard in less than a week.

Should Sarah Palin run for president?

 

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The full autopsy report on the late Michael Jackson shed light on the King of Pop like never before - and the results are probably even stranger than you're thinking.

If you've seen any Michael Jackson pictures from, say, the last 20 years, you knew there was weird stuff going on there. So weird we don't even have to elaborate.

Michael, Paris and Prince Jackson

The pop icon's death last June not only ignited waves of new and rekindled interest in his musical legacy, but posed dozens of questions about his bizarre lifestyle.

Some notable items gleaned from the 51-page coroner's report, which was released Monday and is based on both MJ's autopsy and a postmortem home search:

  1. Jackson was telling the truth when he said his odd skin color shift stemmed from Vitiligo, a condition resulting in white patches appearing on dark skin.
  2. While his Vitiligo was real, his hair was not. MJ's hair "was sparse" and connected to a wig. His real hair was short and curly; the wig long and straight.
  3. Michael had eyeliner, lips and eyebrows permanently tattooed.
  4. There are 61 photos were taken of Jackson's body before and during the procedure - way more than you see taken by examiners on CSI or NCIS.
  5. Most significantly, in light of the charges against Dr. Conrad Murray, standards for administering Propofol were not met: "recommended equipment for patient monitoring, precision dosing and resuscitation was not present."

You don't have to be a coroner to have figured #5 out.

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Shame on you, Kendra Wilkinson. You're a mother now. It's time to set a good example.

Not a week has gone by in 2010 where Kendra has not been featured on the cover of a supermarket tabloid. She's not exactly talented. She needs to make money somehow. We get that.

But the latest issue of OK! Weekly continues a disturbing trend by magazines across the nation, most notably this pathetic rag: the focus on post-pregnancy weight loss.

Even Kourtney Kardashian acknowledges that it's perfectly acceptable to not return to a size two immediately upon giving birth. One is tired, one is taking care of a newborn, it's quite alright if one's figure shows the signs of new motherhood.

But is Kendra willing to take a stand against the unhealthy message that women must go on a strict diet as soon as a baby is no longer in their womb? Not if she can get paid for promoting it!

Bikini and a Baby

Wilkinson says she goes through "45 minutes of hardcore training and weightlifting," followed by the treadmill until she's tired. She also does squats and lunges. Hey, it's easy to find time for this routine when you have no actual job and can pay a nanny to look after your son.

Kendra's goal? To look like Kim Kardashian.

"She can be my motivation to try and get the best booty in Hollywood!" she tells the magazine.

THG's goal? For everyone to boycott OK! Weekly. Will you help us make this into a reality?

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Lil Wayne is off to prison. But first, dude needs to get his grill fixed.

After giving the judge in his weapons possession case a mouthful (har har), Weezy won a temporary reprieve from prison, where he was supposed to be sent today.

His one-year-term was to begin at today's sentencing, but it didn't. That's because Lil Wayne has to go to the dentist to fix all the bull$h!t going on in his mouth.

The judge won't throw him in the can until his surgery is complete.

L-Dubs

GRILLED: The judge in Lil Wayne's case fought him tooth and nail.

But this will be the rapper's last oral (har har!) argument. The judge said no more excuses on March 2, when Wayne shows up for sentencing ... for real this time.

The frequent baby daddy was already planning a T.I.-like farewell, having sent one final message to his fans via his Ustream page: "Don't forget about me!"

On what was to be his final night of freedom for a year (he's now got 20 more), he told his online supporters simply: "I really, really, really, really love you."

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