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And then there were eight.

Following the unsurprising ousting of Megan Joy from American Idol last week, the competition heads into tonight's performance show with a lot on the line.

How do our Power Rankinks reflect the status of various contestants? Let's find out...

5. Lil Rounds: This is your last chance, Lil! Drop the outdated looks, abandon the ballads and let loose! We all know you have the vocal chops, but your performances have grown more stale with each passing week.

4. Matt Giraud: Simon Cowell gave his best advice of the season to Giraud last week: you're talented, stop trying to emulate other artists. We didn't appreciate this crooner's attempt to replicate a hit from The Fray a week ago. We hope to see something more original tonight.

3. Kris Allen: Holding steady. Last week's wonderfully arranged "Ain't No Sunshine" was his best routine of the season. Continues to prove that he's more than a pretty face.

2. Danny Gokey: We go back and forth on Gokey each week. Following his most recent performance of "What Hurts the Most," though, we're back to being Gokeheads!

1. Adam Lambert: It's official. He's our favorite American Idol contestant of all-time.

Like The Fray

Which of these finalists is your favorite? Click on each photo to enlarge it.

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Denise Richards is either...

... the world's most understanding celebrity;

OR:

... Hollywood's most attention-starved, exploitive mother.

While most famous parents bristle at celebrity gossip photographers that dare to encroach on time with their children - even a notoriously quiet, beloved star such as Julia Roberts has been known to get into it with paparazzi that follow around her family - Richards appears to embrace the attention.

Imagine that.

Earlier this week, the terrible actress and booted Dancing with the Stars contestant was spotted at the playground with daughter Lola. She spent more time smiling for the camera than keeping an eye on her child:

Misplaced Priorities

Pssst, Denise Richards: your daughter just took a swan dive off the slide. You might wanna look away from the camera for a second.

No way Richards invited photographers along for this play date, right? No chance she told them where she was going in exchange for a few bucks and a few minutes in the spotlight, right?

Click on the following images for larger shots of the actress exploiting her adorable daughter...

  • Hi, Cameras!
  • Fake Play Date
  • Smiling for Attention
  • Contrasting Reactions
  • Doting Mother

[Photos: Splash News]

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After hearing the news that Chris Brown formally pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, where he faced charges of allegedly pummeling Rihanna, Ronald Fenty, her father, said that Brown "needs to stop being in denial" about the attack.

"So what happened? Somebody else did this to Rihanna then?" Fenty said to Us Weekly. "I just would like justice, to see it go in the right direction."

The singer, 19, entered a not guilty plea on both of his felony charges of assault and making criminal threats to Rihanna, 21, on Monday afternoon.

"I don't want his career to be damaged - it’s damaged already," Fenty said.

"I think [Chris Brown] is a very talented guy, but everybody should have to pay. When you do the crime, you do the time. I don't want to see him locked up for a long time - I just want him to acknowledge and get some help."

Rihanna: Prince?

If Chris Brown is not guilty, as he claims in court, of attacking and threatening to kill Rihanna February 8, Ronald Fenty wants to know who is responsible.

"Who did it - that’s the question now," he said.

"If he’s not guilty, who did it? He should say 'guilty' and let the court be leaning into him and try himself to the mercy of the court, see if he gets a fine."

The father of Rihanna, who's home in Barbados, added: "He’s going to go beyond that and it could go longer, it can be even worse for him in the long run."

We don't think it's a stretch to say that Brown is very much guilty of his role in the attack on Rihanna. The plea of not guilty is just a formality, buying time while his lawyers and the D.A. try to reach a deal to avoid a trial.

The last thing Chris Brown or Rihanna want is a protracted court scenario that drags this out for weeks. The question is if the D.A. will allow Brown not to serve time, or if he's willing to serve some to make this end sooner.

Follow the jump for a video of Chris Brown in court yesterday: A two-minute clip that shows his not guilty pleas to both felony charges ...

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Not exactly.

The First Lady's appeal is widespread, but she hasn't emerged as a celebrity magazine-selling fixture equivalent to the late Princess of Wales, despite publishers' hopes.

Vogue's March cover story on Michelle Obama called her "The First Lady the World's Been Waiting For." No doubt she's been embraced by the media world, appearing on magazine cover after cover, from People and Us Weekly to Newsweek.

Michelle Obama fashion is all the rage these days, and her approval ratings are quite high, but magazine sales of issues featuring the First Lady are mixed.

A Michelle cover doesn't hurt a general-interest magazine, the numbers suggest, but it doesn't produce more than an occasional lift either. New York magazine's March 23 issue (below) looks to have produced only average sales.

When Michelle appears in a magazine with strong African-American readership, however, or when she appears with the president, sales seem to jump more.

Essence, O and Ebony covers featuring Michelle solid far more copies than usual.

Celeb gossip magazines are mixed. Us Weekly's November 17 cover, "Their Amazing Journey," sold 923,161 copies, 16 percent more than average. Yet summer's "Michelle Obama - Why Barack Loves Her" cover sold just 2 percent above average.

On the bottom end? The September Ladies' Home Journal, picturing both Obamas, sold 182,233 copies - 21 percent below average. Although the teaser about saving money at the pump didn't help. Way to play up your cover photo.

Click to enlarge Michelle Obama photos on magazine covers in the past year:

  • Barack Obama New Yorker Cover
  • Michelle Obama Vogue Cover
  • Michelle Obama's Life in the White House
  • The Obamas at Home
  • At Home with the Obamas
  • A New Day
  • Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
  • Barack and Michelle Obama

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Racking up another ten, maybe twenty grand at least in legal fees, Britney Spears' lawyers were back in court yesterday for a conservatorship hearing.

These are usually fairly routine arguments about money - but this hearing could mean Britney Spears is taking her tour to Australia. Hide the Fosters!

Lawyers raised the idea of expanding Britney Spears' Circus tour to include dates in Australia and Europe, bringing the hotness to the whole world.

I Love Y'all!

Currently Britney's tour dates are in the U.S. and Canada, with a few dates in London in June. Because she is under the control of her father Jamie Spears and attorney Andrew Wallet, all such moves must be okayed by the court.

Jamie's control has been a point of contention lately, with reports surfacing that Britney even conspired with Sam Lutfi to break free of the conservatorship.

Nothing was decided upon re: the tour, with a new hearing set for April 14. We can only hope Australia and Europe are treated to images such as these, from Britney's show in Minneapolis. You can even make out Chase Benz in one!

  • Bad Cop
  • Going Down ... Under!
  • Britney and Dancers
  • Great View
  • Chase Benz, Other Dancers
  • Behind Britney

[Photo Credits: BritneySpears.com]

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One point.

Just one measly point.

That's all that separated Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini from their second consecutive perfect score on last night's Dancing with the Stars.

Despite being told by Carrie Ann Inaba that their Paso Doble "almost brought tears" to her eyes, and despite Bruno Tonioli's raves that it "was more than a dance, [it] was a battle for supremacy," the couple was denied another 30 because Len Goodman referred to the routine as "hectic."

No matter. Burke and Marini still sit atop this week's leaderboard. Here's a look at last night's scores:

  • Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke: 29
  • Lil' Kim and Derek Hough: 26
  • Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas: 26
  • Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 25
  • Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough: 23
  • David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson: 22
  • Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower: 21
  • Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska: 20
  • Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer: 18
  • Steve-O, Lacey Schwimmer on Stage
  • DWTS Partners

Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer have had fun this season, while Derek Hough and Lil Kim are all business. Read more about each couple's most recent performance via this Dancing with the Stars recap.

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The latest on the break up between Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan is far from pretty.

According to Us Weekly, the British DJ's mother and sister asked Beverly Hills police how they could file for a retraining order three days after Lohan was barred from a Ronson family event.

"They were directed to the court to get a restraining order," Beverly Hills Sgt. Nutall said.

Was the request focused on Lohan? That's unclear... but quite likely.

Samantha Smokes

On Friday night, at an event honoring Charlotte Ronson, security were told not to open the doors for Lindsay. Following the snub, Lohan Twittered insults directed at the Ronsons; she then attempted to barge into Samantha's brother's hotel room.

Following that ugly incident, the locks on Samantha’s house were changed yesterday.

Meanwhile, Lohan has not owned up to her actions - but she has admitted to the break up. She told E! News:

"We are taking a brief break so I can focus on myself."

Is Lindsay implying that she does not focus on herself every second of every day? That's funny.

Click on the images below to relive this up-and-down relationship:

  • Peeved Lindsay
  • Whoa! Boobs!
  • Lohan and Ronson Nightcap

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Kendra Wilkinson has hinted that her days of posing naked are over.

Or are they?!?

Expecting Couple

The former Playboy model told E! News over the weekend that she might don her birthday suit again, under one condition: fiance Hank Baskett joins her!

"The discussion has come up, and the only way I would do another Playboy shoot is if Hank shot the photo shoot," Wilkinson said.

Kendra Wilkinson will get naked for fans again... as long as Hank Baskett is by her side.

Speaking of naked people, Wilkinson also took a few moments to hype her upcoming reality show, Kendra.

She said that close friend and Playmate Brittany Binger will be a major player on the series. Also, look for Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt to make cameos.

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Chris Brown entered a plea of not guilty to two felony charges - aggravated assault and making criminal threats - in court this afternoon at 3:26 p.m. PST.

With ex-girlfriend Rihanna, the victim in the "alleged" incident, nowhere in sight, Brown showed up at L.A. County criminal courthouse to officially face the music for "allegedly" pummeling her into oblivion back on February 8.

He is due back in court on April 29.

After hearing the counts against him, Brown was asked for his plea by the judge. The singer answered with a hushed, short "not guilty, your honor."

Brown's legal camp, headed by attorney Mark Geragos, has been working on a plea deal around the clock, with the goal of preventing him from having to serve jail time (he is looking at up to years and eight months if convicted).

As of now, though, there is no deal.

All in all, the star's arraignment was uneventful. What happened outside the courtroom, however, is another matter. Donald Etra, who is Rihanna's lawyer, spoke to reporters - and did so almost as if he were speaking on behalf of Brown.

Etra said Rihanna, who is chilling in Barbados and distancing herself from the case right now, would be pleased "if it [the case] were over quickly."

As in, if a plea bargain for Chris Brown were finalized ASAP. Asked what kind of deal she wants, Etra said the singer recognizes that it isn't up to her.

She has made it clear, both implicitly and explicitly, that she does not want to go to court, although Etra says Rihanna will cooperate if ordered to.

Geragos didn't speak to the press, but prosecutors would surely be far from thrilled if he did so while negotiations for a plea deal are ongoing. So it is all the more intriguing that Rihanna's lawyer answered all of the questions.

Stay tuned ...

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Whether or not Jennifer Love Hewitt looked better than Julianne Hough at last night's Academy of Country Music Awards is a matter of opinion.

But, as was confirmed at the ceremony last night, the actress' relationship with Jamie Kennedy is a matter of fact.

The pair stepped out as a couple for the first time at the event, as Kennedy admitted he had assistance from his girlfriend when it came to his choice of a white suit.

"She teaches me a lot," the actor said. "She's teaching me to be a sharp dresser."

Hewitt, who presented at the awards show, added that the pair is as content as ever.

"Life is good," she said, clearly ignoring all the men she's made miserable by dating a loser such as Kennedy.

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