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Prior to her passing, Whitney Houston had been working on Sparkle, a remake of a 1976 film that centers on teenage sisters who form a singing group in Harlem.

She co-stars in the film, which hits theaters on August 17 and will be dedicated to the late legend, with former American Idol champion Jordin Sparks, who fought through tears yesterday while honoring Houston at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

"When you see Sparkle, you will be so happy to see the joy that is on her face," Sparks said of Whitney, with whom she shares an interview below. "Everyday started with Whitney saying, 'How are my babies doing? Are you guys good? God is good.' It translates on the screen."

Speaking to attendees that included Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Paula Patton, Pam Grier and Kerry Washington, Sparks concluded:

"The first day she got [to the set] she's scolding me, and I'm thinking this is the best day ever. She went from being this unreachable supernova pop star to my costar, friend and someone who was like a mentor to me. It was a gift and an honor to play opposite Whitney Houston in the film."

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Did you hear? Jane Carrey, daughter of beloved actor Jim Carrey, received a golden ticket to Hollywood on American Idol this week.

But the 24-year old still has a long way to go until she's considered one of the premiere celebrity offspring singers. That's right, there are a number of famous artists with similarly famous parents. We count them down below...

10. Hank Williams Jr. - Son of Hank Williams Sr. Loses points for being a narrow-minded moron.

9. Lisa Marie Presley - Daughter of Elvis Presley. Never responsible for any major hits. But her kiss of Michael Jackson at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards was sort of a musical moment that will last forever.

8. Natalie Cole - Daughter of Nat King Cole. Who will ever forget the digitally-recorded, aptly-titled duet between father and child, "Unforgettable?"

7. Robin Thicke - Son of Alan Thicke. Has written songs for Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Mary J. Blige. Impressive!

6. Willow Smith - Daughter of Will and Jada Smith. Hasn't accomplished a great deal since whipping her hair all around, but is only 11. Still has time.

5. Jane Carrey - Daughter of Jim Carrey. Will move up a lot higher if she wins American Idol.

4. Jordin Sparks - Daughter of former NFL star Phillipi Sparks. Idol champion. Super Bowl national anthem singer. Broadway actress.

3. Chynna Phillips - Daughter of John Phillips. Would not even had made this list a year ago. But did you see Bridesmaids?!? A surprise top three entrant.

2. Liza Minnelli - Daughter of Judy Garland. Veteran of the song and stage industry, has won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. Also, recurred on Arrested Development.

1. Miley Cyrus. Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus. No Oscar, Emmy, Grammy or Tony Award. But advanced to the finals of our first-ever tournament of THG.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FAMOUS OFFSPRING SINGER?

 

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Cover your ears, readers. The New Couple Alert siren might be sounded at any moment.

Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks were spotted at Philippe Chow in West Hollywood last night, celebrating the former's 22nd birthday and looking cozy together, witnesses tell E! News.

  • Sparks, Jordin
  • Jason Derulo Picture

Are sparks flying between Jordin and Jason?

Derulo has previously been linked to his "It Girl" music video co-star Tika Sumpter... who, as bad luck would have it, will actually appear opposite Sparks in the upcoming remake of Sparkle on the big screen.

That should make for an interesting day or two on set.

[Photos: WENN.com]

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Lady Gaga, Jordin Sparks, Pauly D, Julianne Hough and other celebrities you wouldn't expect to find in the same place have gathered to ask a question:

What will you do to honor the memory and upcoming anniversary of 9/11?

These stars are featured in videos below as part of the “I Will” Public Service Campaign, an effort led by Viacom, MyGoodDeed and HandsOn Network and meant to organize the single largest day of charitable service in U.S. history this Sunday. Take a few moments to watch, and then get involved...

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It's celebrity tattoo week at The Hollywood Gossip!

First, we showed you Justin Bieber getting inked. Miley Cyrus then stirred up some controversy with her gay marriage statement.

Now, Jordin Sparks has revealed her seventh tattoo. It's on her rib cage, it reads "Respira" (translation: "Breathe) and the American Idol winner says it's in honor of her 2010 In the Heights gig on Broadway.

New Jordin Sparks Tattoo

"It's for my time on ITH, the people I met there & a reminder to take a moment when things get crazy. <3," the artist Tweeted yesterday.

It's also impossible not to notice Jordin's majorly slimmed-down figure. She lost about 30 pounds in a year and told Ryan Seacrest in May: "It was one of those things where I was turning 21 and New Year's was coming. It was like I'm not going to start my resolution on New Year's Day - I'm going to try to start it early and just stick to it."

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Jordin Sparks wants to make one thing clear: she finds Demi Lovato's latest single, "Skyscraper" to be "amazing."

The American Idol champion in no way wishes to imply otherwise. But while sitting in her New York City hotel room this week, Sparks recorded her own version of the track, putting with her own "spin" on it.

Listen to it now and then vote on your favorite:

Whose version do you prefer?

 

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American Idol surprised many viewers with its elimination last night.

But the solid, entertaining performance of Jordin Sparks could not have come as a shock to anyone, as this singer returned to the stage that made her famous and performed her new single for fans.

Check out the video below to watch Sparks roar. She's making a clear statement about her strength and independence with the track "I Am Woman."

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Hear her roar.

Jordin Sparks is back with a new single, an empowering single titled "I Am Woman" that the star will perform this week on the American Idol results show. Says the former champion of the song's title:

"I just turned 21, I'm breaking out and the world is my canvas! The song is for me and all the young women who are discovering who they are and are proud of it!" 

Sparks is set to join the New Kids On the Block and the Backstreet Boys as a guest on the groups' NKOTBSB tour stop in Rosemont, Illinois on May 25.

Click on the video above and sound off: What do you think of Jordin's latest?

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Jordin Sparks is ready for the summer.

The former American Idol champion Tweeted a photo of herself this week in order to show off a slimmer figure, depicting how many pounds she has shed over the last year. She simply wrote along with it: I don't know why but my bathing suit reminds me of fruity pebbles. :)

Compare the Tweet pic with a red carpet photo of the singer from May 2010 below:

  • Jordin Sparks Twitter Photo
  • Showing Sparks

If Jordin is happy and healthy, we're happy for her. But what does it say about society when a female celebrity must Tweet an image of herself to show the world how thin she has become?

[Photos: Twitter, WENN.com]

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Jordin Sparks made headlines over the weekend, but it wasn't for a new album or single.

Instead, the former American Idol champion posed on the red carpet of Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix with a new figure sources say is 30 pounds lighter than the one she carried around in 2010.

Slimmed down a size 6, Sparks shined at the event - which isn't to say she was overweight before. But there is a noticeable difference in Jordin's look from just a month earlier, isn't there? Compare these before and after pics:

  • Jordin in Red
  • A New Figure

Sparks has said she loves "food and curves" too much to ever be considered "stick thin," adding a couple years ago: "I learned that I'm not ever going to be a size 2. I would look so weird as a size 2. Somebody would blow and I would fall right over. It just wouldn't be healthy."

[Photos: Pacific Coast News]