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American Idol I'm still not sure...

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I'm still not sure which Ryan Seacrest moment of the day was more disturbing: Seeing the On-Air host shave off Angel star James Marsters' platinum locks during his daytime chatfest, or hearing him talk about an Idol viewer's desire to have him put a microphone where the sun don't shine.

While John Stevens is clearly out of his league, there is something good to say about his rendition of guest host Gloria Estefan's hit "Music of My Heart." For the first time, I really appreciated the 'N Sync version of this tune. Perhaps Sir Elton has a point about the voting process being racist. How else can you explain the fact that the nearly translucent 16-year-old is still lingering among the finalists? America, stop the madness. Drop your phones and seek help if you even thought about text-messaging in your support for him last night.

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BULLETS OVER BROADWAY

Jerry Springer — The Opera is coming to Broadway in the fall of 2005. The $13.9-million musical, which has been a critical and commercial success since opening on London's West End last April, revolves around Springer's TV persona getting shot and going to hell. Which means it'll probably play across the street from Mamma Mia! read more

IT'S ALMOST OVER

Halle Berry officially filed for divorce from singer Eric Benet on Monday, Celebrity Justice reports. The couple separated late last year. "So far the divorce is amicable," says Berry's attorney, Neal Hersh, "and I expect it to stay that way." Oh, Neal. My sweet, naive Neal... read more

I'M SO EXCIT... BUSTED!

Original Pointer Sister June Pointer Whitmore was charged Monday with cocaine possession following her arrest last Thursday in Hollywood. She could face a maximum penalty of three years in prison if found guilty. Whitmore was kicked out of the Pointer Sisters three years ago after her drug problem prevented her from doin' the neutron dance. read more

LET'S GO CRAZY

MTV, MTV2, BET, VH1 and VH1 Classic will simultaneously broadcast a 30-minute Prince concert Wednesday at 9 pm/ET. The performance was taped last week at New York's Webster Hall and features material from his new CD, Musicology, as well as some classics. read more

Survivor's Alicia Points Fingers

Given her fitness pedigree, it's hardly a surprise that Survivor: All-Stars' Alicia Calaway pulled no punches when TV Guide Online interviewed her shortly after her nationally televised ousting Thursday night. The sassy finger-pointin' 35-year-old — dubbed by her tribemates as the Survivor most likely to be under the false impression that she is a) smart and b) a true All-Star — vented about her doomed alliance with Boston Rob, her beef with Shii Ann and why Amber is the real baby of the show.

TV Guide Online: How upset were you about the whole "She's not really smart" thing?
Alicia:
I wasn't really upset in a hurt way. The way I truly felt about it was frustrated. I had spent the whole entire game on my own without making any alliances. I didn't want to play the way everyone else was playing.

TVGO: That's not true. You made an alliance with Rob.
Alicia:
He came to me with that allian read more

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER

Kathy Hilton is following in her daughter's footsteps — no, not those footsteps. NBC has tapped Paris's mum to headline The Good Life, an eight-episode reality series in which the elder Hilton teaches 10 young women how to fit into high society. Each week, the Kathster will fire the weakest link, &#224 la The Apprentice, until one uppity shrew remains. The winner gets a year's stay at the Waldorf-Astoria, a new car, clothing, jewelry and a rolled-up newspaper to keep her maid in line. read more

STORK REPORT

Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, 34, gave birth to a baby boy, Roman Robert, Friday in London. This is the second child for Blanchett and her screenwriter hubby Andrew Upton, but the first to be named after a popular character from Days of Our Lives. For more on what is becoming Hollywood's hottest new baby-naming trend, click here. read more

Kid in the Hall Tells All!

Dave Foley may be best known for his five seasons on NBC's NewsRadio, but the comic's most groundbreaking work came prior to that on the surreal sketch-comedy series The Kids in the Hall (1989-95). Foley is thrilled that Kids are getting the gold-star treatment this week from A&E Home Video with a four-disc DVD set containing the first season of their hilariously absurd work. In honor of Kids' big revival, the Will & Grace guest star agreed to dish loads of backstage dirt with TV Guide Online.

TV Guide Online: What fond memories do you have about Kids in the Hall?
Dave Foley:
Oh, I remember every fight — we tended to fight a lot.

TVGO: What do you mean by a lot?
Foley:
Constantly. People outside the group would assume that we could never work together again after the things that we would say to each other. It was always personal, but thinly disguised as a creative difference. When you had a read more

SUDDENLY AN AUTHOR

Brooke Shields will write a book that chronicles her struggle with postpartum depression following the birth of her now 1-year-old daughter, Rowan Francis. By sharing her experience, the 38-year-old actress hopes to "shed light on a real, yet often hidden or ignored problem that affects women of all walks of life in varying degrees." Down Came the Rain is due in stores in the spring of 2005. read more

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