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Earlier this week, the tween world went into a tizzy when Justin Bieber was spotted at dinner with Miley Cyrus.

The latter claims the pair is just working on a "side project," but is this code? Should Liam Hemsworth be worried?

Gary LeVox, Justin Bieber and Jay DeMarcus

No and no, Bieber says. On today's Ellen DeGeneres Show, the young heartthrob referred to the evening and said he and Cyrus are "just hanging out! If you look on the Internet, you'll see other girls that I hang out with."

Hmmm... that's not a total denial, is it?

Bieber added that he's "not really" dating anyone, a slight tease that is also likely to get the Twitter world all flustered. No way he's hinting at something with Kim Kardashian, is he?!?

As for the other topic fans care about, Justin addressed his hair. He said:

"I blow dry it and then it's done in, like, five minutes... I'm kinda liking the long hair right now. In the future, I may get bored and change it up, but for now, I like how it is."

Whoa, stop the presses! Can you imagine Bieber with shorter hair? Ponder that possibility as you also check out Justin's Oprah interview this week. The guy is everywhere.

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Last week, THG readers were given the task of writing the best caption for this picture of Ellen DeGeneres, Jessica Simpson and whatever came to mind.

Your winner for this edition of our Caption Contest is Caitlin.

Congratulations! The winning caption appears below. Honorable mentions go to nowingsnow and Miranda Brown. Follow the above link for all entries.

Thank you to everyone for playing and good luck next time!

"Hmm, cheese graters and various cheeses? Sure, I'll lend my name to that."

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Welcome, readers, to The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest, where you all try to think and post the funniest caption(s) for the celebrity photo below!

Today's subject? The legendary Jessica Simpson on the talk show circuit. What could she and Ellen be saying / doing? What would make a great caption?

You tell us! Just click "Comments" and send in your caption(s) - as many as you like. We will announce the winner on Monday. Best of luck ... go to it:

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As recounted in our American Idol rundown from last night, we thought Ellen DeGeneres made an outstanding debut as a judge. She was fresh, funny and didn't try to overshadow the contestants.

From most of what we've read online, almost all television critics agree with that assessment.

So we found it odd that Kara DioGuardi spoke to E! News today and defended her new cohort from attacks on her Idol premiere, attacks we weren't aware existed.

"How it's edited and what you see is very different from my experience," Kara said. "I remember just thinking she was very funny and critical and had heart... It's edited in a specific way. It has to be. It has to be about the contestants."

The sentiment is nice, but it's hard for DioGuard not to come across as condescending, considering how many viewers don't like her very much.

The Judging Panel

Kara added that it was impossible to compare Ellen and the woman in whose seat she occupies.

"Paula and Ellen [are] completely different, and I think they both bring something valuable to the table... It's something that takes time to get used to, and I think [Ellen] did an incredible job for her first time there."

So do we! So do most people we've talked to.

In closing, DioGuardi said "I would love to see a girl win" and, based on one night of Hollywood auditions, she may get see that hope come true. Didi Benami, Crystal Bowersox, Haeley Vaughn and Janell Wheeler all stood out this week.

What did you think of Ellen as a judge?

 

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Last night, American Idol viewers met a pair of rumored semifinalists: Casey James and Haeley Vaughn.

But while we're excited to hear more from them and other singers, the focus of the show will likely return to the judging table next week. That's because Ellen DeGeneres debuts as a panelist on Tuesday night.

Asked about her co-star by Entertainment Tonight, Ellen recently said: "He's actually meaner than I thought. It's hard to listen to him tell people things and me not to go, 'You poor thing!'"

Despite this critique, and despite rumors that she and Cowell are already fighting, an insider says everything is fine between the pair.

Yes, Simon appeared late at a taping last month, but apologized and DeGeneres "accepted it right away and was fine," says the source.

So, can Ellen offer any spoilers about which contestants make it far in Hollywood? No, but she does tease: "We have a wide variety [of talent]... somebody for everybody, I hope."

She's already getting good at this marketing game. Are you excited for her to take part on the show?

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American Idol viewers haven't seen Ellen DeGeneres on TV yet. But Simon Cowell may have already had enough of her!

The comedian started taping the Hollywood rounds of the show last week and will debut on Fox on February 9. How is she getting along with the most important panelist of all?

“Their relationship started poorly, but now the situation has escalated,” a source told RadarOnline.com.

  • Ellen as a Judge
  • Simon Photograph

The tension stems from Ellen's very first day on set, as reports indicate Simon showed up an hour and a half and DeGeneres was "greatly annoyed" by such tardiness.

“There’s two camps on the show this season,” said a show insider. “It’s a lot more tense than previous seasons. It seems as if Ellen has decided to try to take control since Simon is on his way out and that’s created problems.”

Sounds like it will create great television, as well. Are you excited for Ellen to debut? Do you wanna see Katy Perry take over for Cowell next season?

You can also check out the leaked names of rumored season nine semifinalists. The next American Idol will likely come from this group.

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Ellen DeGeneres turned 52 years old yesterday, but her viewers got the real treat:

Adam Lambert performed his single "Strut" on the talk show, and followed it up by presenting Ellen with a special present: an autographed portrait of himself... and his underwear.

Both items will be put up for auction, with the proceeds going toward relief efforts in Haiti.

“I wore my special Ellen underwear,” he told DeGeneres, as the audience cheered. They might be a little sweaty, but these are up for auction, as well.”

WATCH LAMBERT PERFORM BELOW.

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It's official: Ellen DeGeneres is part of the American Idol family.

The comedian was announced as the show's fourth judge, taking over for Paula Abdul, months ago. But she now appears in a series of promotional photos for the competition and there's truly no going back.

Ellen will debut on the panel on February 9.

Prior to that, Idol will feature a number of celebrity guest judges - including Victoria Beckham, Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Jonas, Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry - as it narrows its season nine field down to the Hollywood round.

The New Panel

American Idol will begin its search for the next Kris Allen, Adam Lambert or Carrie Underwood is less than a week! It premieres on January 12 and THG will be there every step of the way, posing almost-daily reviews, recaps and videos of contestants.

Won't you join us? For now, check out Ellen and the rest of the cast below:

  • Ellen as a Judge
  • Simon Photograph
  • Randy Jackson Pic
  • Seacrest
  • Ellen Promo Pic
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We have a shocking development: PETA has made news for a reason other than taking off the clothes of a D-list celebrity!

Has it saved a number of animals? Of course not. This organization doesn't actually care about that mission.

Instead, it's named new American Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres and Project Runway host Tim Gunn as its Woman and Man of the Year, respectively.

"Their message that animals must be treated kindly and respectfully has reached scores of people, and many of them have changed their buying habits, all because Gunn and DeGeneres spoke up for the voiceless," PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement this week.

  • New Idol Judge
  • Tim Gunn

DeGeneres became a vegan in 2008; while Gunn always champions designs that use fake fur, faux reptile prints and other animal-friendly fabrics.

We're just shocked PETA didn't ask either celeb to pose naked. That's the way it typically makes headlines, wasting millions of dollars on Khloe Kardashian nude billboards instead of actually putting that money where the problems lie.

Click on the following photos to check out the random stars that have posed for PETA this year:

  • Nude for PETA
  • Cloris Leachman PETA Ad
  • Jayde Nicole PETA Ad
  • PETA Lover
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Set up fake dressing room and hidden cameras. Crouch down and hide in the corner. Scream and scare the living crap out of guest. Talk about a winning formula!

Ellen DeGeneres got into the Halloween spirit this week, and while her tactics were neither super original nor elaborate, the results are still hysterically funny.

Here's Ellen scaring Taylor Swift in the manner described above ...

LOL. We don't know what it is, but there's something about watching Taylor Swift react like she did which just makes us love America's Sweetheart even more.

Follow the jump for Ellen punking more celebrities in similar fashion. What's not to love about Mario Lopez, David Spade and Lauren Graham getting spooked?

Oh, and after the producers decided to turn the tables on Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel gets an award for chivalry for racing to her aid (and being quick on his feet) ...

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