Last season on American Idol, Jordin Sparks became the youngest winner in the show’s history. The 17-year-old had originally been turned away when she auditioned in Los Angeles, but followed that up by winning Arizona Idol, a Fox affiliate-sponsored competition, which guaranteed her a place at the try-outs in Seattle. The lesson? Never let a little thing like defeat get you down. Sparks went on to win the competition without ever being in the bottom two or three, and released her self-titled debut last November. The record featured a variety of popular songs, including “This Is My Now” and “No Air,” on which she sings alongside nascent R&B heartthrob Chris Brown. We caught up with Sparks over e-mail to ask her about Chris Brown, this season’s Idol contestants and whether or not she had any tips for performing in front of the judges. Interview after the jump.
Lauren Conrad‘s bland BFF on The Hills has finally revealed her wild side – and it’s a whole lot racier than just dating a hairdresser with two names! A bunch of naked pics of Audrina Patridge have surfaced on the web (what took so long?) from an apparent attempt at a modeling/Playboy career. The reality star confessed that she, “took these photos years ago when I was just out of high school and beginning to model. I was young and very trusting of others and I didn’t know to protect myself.” Here’s one very simple way – don’t take your clothes off! Though honestly, the whole internet is glad she did.
You can peep the pics here, or enjoy Audrina, fully clothed, below. [Getty]
Beatlemania continued last night on American Idol, a questionable decision on the part of the producers, and one which gave us one of Idol’s most uneven nights yet. Even Simon conceded that the second week of Beatles tunes was “weird” and perhaps inadvisable. Be that as it may, the 11 remaining contestants tackled the Lennon/McCartney songbook with a heartfelt, if misapplied, vigor. Let’s take a look:
Who better to teach the kids about chart-topping than the chart-toppingest female artist of all time? That’s right — Mariah Carey is set to appear on “American Idol” the day after her E=MC2 drops on April 15.
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t caught Mariah’s SNL performance, her hilarious beauty-and-the-geek video for “Touch My Body,” or if you’re a little short on Mariah knowledge, we’ve got you covered — like Mariah on the front of her new record. Take the jump to find out Mimi’s tracklisting for her brand-new album, and read our review of what we got to hear.
Tyler Perry is big old star at this point. As the straight-talking, cig-smoking, pistol-packing matriarch Madea he’s made millions on the gospel theatre circuit and successfully crossed over into movies with Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Last year he followed it with Why Did I Get Married? And this Friday he’s dropping Meet the Browns. Perry is a big film buff of course. A while ago we spoke with him about five key African American movies that everyone should have in their library. Here are his choices. (Check our recent list of great African American actors, too.)
The Wiz (1978)
The first movie I ever saw was The Wiz. Gosh, I couldn’t have been more than six or seven when this thing came out. I was living in New Orleans and saw it at the Gallo Theater. I remember dancing up and down the aisles, man. That was just amazing to me. I was bowled over by the colors in it, the sets, the actors … Michael Jackson was my favorite. I loved the song “Ease On Down the Road.” The Wiz inspired me to write musicals, like my first success I Know That I’ve Been Changed. It’s too bad that you don’t see many musicals now, but I’m still a fan.
Heath’s Family Battles Over His Cash
Everyone wants the dead actor’s money, no one wants to compromise. Sounds like every other f*cked up family. [People]
Is Kirstie Alley the Next Oprah?
O has offered Kirstie a development deal to create new TV projects. Let’s hope they all involve her wearing a bikini. [People]
Shia LaBeouf’s Legal Mess
A warrant has been issued for the actor’s arrest after he was busted for smoking. How appropriately G-Rated. [Us]
Jamie Spears’ on Brit Panty Patrol
Brit’s dad alleging checks to make sure his troubled daughter is wearing underwear before she leaves the house. Now those are parenting skills. [DListed]
Simon Cowell Gives Toddler with Cancer $162,000
Believe it – Idol meanie Simon actually did something super nice! Even Paula would approve. [Us]
- Brit looks good – and acts well, too – in this brief clip from her stint on How I Met Your Mother. Emmy time! [DListed]
- Halle Berry names her baby Nahla Ariela Aubry. Shiloh, meet your new BFF. [US]
- Gwyneth cuts her hair, keeps her b*tchy face. [People]
- Jennie Garth’s family loves Crocs, each other. Grossness squared! [Page Six]
- Christina leaves the baby at home for sushi, red lipstick. Mama’s still got it. [ONTD]
What is Kim Kardashian trying to accomplish with this pose? Yes, we get that she’s going for the sexy kiss, but it just ends up looking like she’s about to eat something sour off her hand. Kim was busy hosting an event in LA and from the looks of it, her strict party schedule seems to be wearing her down a bit. See for yourself in the pics below, but she looks a bit off, even if her eye lashes appear to be inches longer. Kim also recently sat down with Us Weekly to discuss – what else – her butt. Peep the video here. The girl could run for president and all we’d care about is what she’s carrying in her trunk. It’s a good thing she never gets sick of talking about it.
Sometimes we forget that Brooke Hogan is only like, 19 years old. She’s all tall and mature and she’s dresses just a wee bit older than her age, so sometimes we get confused. Our girl Brooke’s been through a lot this year – her bro’s car accident and legal troubles, her parents’ divorce, Hulk’s alleged romance with her BFF – and that’s got be rough for someone who is still technically a teen. But our heroine seems to be working through her ish on her MySpace blog, and her latest post proves that even at 19, one can approach life’s crap with a cool hand. Will she be this levelheaded on her new reality show? We’ll have to tune it to find out. In her latest blog post, she reveals that maybe the healing has begun.
I realized your mother is your mother. Your father is your father. Nothing is thicker than blood. No matter how angry, sad or depressed you are, your family will always love you no matter what. We are all human. Yes, I’m still hurting very deeply inside, but I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m not saying I will get over this in a week, month, year or ten years. I dont know when It will be. But you must always respect your father and your mother.
MySpace has nothing on FlavorofLoveWorld.com! The site allows fans to rant about cast members, predict who’ll be eliminated next — and, um, upload their hottest pics and vids. Maybe we’re showing off, but VH1 has the sexiest users on the Internet and we’re proving it by highlighting select Flavor of Love World users. Prepare to blush.
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Visit each girls’ profile (from left to right): Ice, Bunz and Pecantanfemale.