The first season finale of The X Factor aired last night and a new winner was crowned!
So, who won the highly coveted $5 million prize? The lucky winner was 19-year-old Melanie Amaro! Melanie beat out her fellow finalists – Chris Rene and Josh Krajcik to take home the ultimate prize.
Chris was the first finalist to be eliminated, leaving Josh and Melanie to duke it out for the final prize.
“America, thank you for giving this girl an opportunity,” said Simon Cowell. “She is a star.” A very emotional Melanie stated after her win, “Thank you so much! I don’t know what to say. Thank you. God is good.”
Melanie’s win wasn’t exactly a huge surprise as she had one of the best auditions to get on the show. The finale began with the top 12 contestants, including Rachel Crow and Astro, singing Lady Gaga‘s “The Edge of Glory.” This was followed by performances by Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder and Leona Lewis.
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Well, In Touch Weekly now reports that what viewers saw was mild compared to what was happening behind the scenes and that Kim’s situation was far more dire than we could have imagined! In a new expose titled “Destroyed By Hollywood,” the magazine speaks to a relative and a family friend of Kim’s that claim appearing on the series caused Kim to relapse! “Before the show, Kim was sober and living a low-key life,” the relative reveals.
“Kim is a really quiet person when she’s sober,” the relative shares. “But in order to get good ratings you need big personalities. So she started drinking again almost as soon as she got on the show.” It was Kim’s sister Kyle Richards who got her a spot on the show after she introduced Kim to producers and it was also Kyle who exposed Kim’s alcoholic past and publicly worried about her drinking and behavior throughout this season.
The pressure of being on camera and dealing with the show, including interacting with the other ladies, led Kim to start drinking again. “She turns to alcohol to deal with her nerves,” the relative explains.
Initially, Kim’s silly and goofy personality along with her shy, but straight-forward demeanor earned her fans and she became one of the breakout stars of the series, but all that changed this season when viewers witnessed a very different side of Kim. According to Bravo insiders much of Kim’s behavior was so outrageous it had to be cut from the series, which is perhaps why we aren’t seeing much of her this season.
“They’ve actually edited out a lot of scenes in which she was acting really sloppy,” the insider recounts. “It was too evident that she was on something.” That lost footage was one of the reasons the network supposedly encouraged Kim to seek treatment for her addiction.
Kim apparently has a “lifelong” pattern of using alcohol and has been in and out of rehab throughout the past decade. Kim actually admitted this to fans in a Twitter blog, in which she acknowledged her past struggles with alcohol abuse and claiming that she was better now.
According to her family friend Kim was far from healed and in fact her desire to be famous fueled her addiction. “She has always wanted to be famous,” the friend shares. “Even a taste of it is addictive to her.” Indeed, Kim’s days in the limelight as a child star dwindled once she reached adulthood and pursued marriage and children.
Kim tried to break into acting as an adult, but never quite got a big break. Making it a particularly bitter pill to swallow was her niece Paris Hilton‘s rise to superstardom for a sex tape and personal scandals. Kim “actually had talent,” the family friend explains, “so to watch her niece, Paris become huge for doing nothing was especially difficult. It ate her up inside.”
The pressure of dealing with disappointment, along with the sudden new-found interest in her personal life due appearing on a hugely popular reality show pushed Kim to drink again. “She’s a closet drinker who uses alcohol as a way to escape from pressure,” the relative reveals.
And despite Kim’s ex-husband Monty Brinson‘s optimism that this time rehab will work for the struggling star, her relative is dubious about her potential for long-term success. “It’s good that she’s taking responsibility. But she won’t really get better unless she quits TV altogether.”
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THOUGHTS ON THE ARTICLE? DO YOU BELIEVE KIM WILL TRULY GET THE HELP SHE NEEDS AND BEAT ADDICTION? SHOULD KIM LEAVE THE SHOW?
Another day, another piece of news about the Kardashians! In the latest, Kim Kardashian is furious about so-called “malicious” claims that her trip to Haiti was for publicity (cough, cough) and a human rights group leader insists there is no proof that any Kardashian klothing utilized sweatshop labor. Why is there no proof? Because the organization has not finished conducting their investigation.
Kimmie Kakes recently took to her blog to defend her trip to Haiti as righteous and without ulterior motive. #yeahright. Claiming to be “inspired” by the women of Haiti, Kim believes the trip changed her life.
Calling the experience a “very emotional and surprisingly positive journey that I will never forget,” the Kourtney & Kim Take New York star then tackles the rumors of what she really did in Haiti, writing, “some media outlets have tried to tarnish the motive behind my visit and have written completely ridiculous and untrue things.”
“The National Enquirer wrote that I went to a fashion show in Haiti and then spent a fortune pampering myself! The truth is that I was at the Haitian Artisan Fair, where the amazing men and women who make their jewelry and crafts sell them to visitors to make a living, and I bought some of their beautiful jewelry after the fashion show!! Reading this made me so disappointed in the media.”
“Taking such a positive thing and writing something malicious and untrue,” Kim continues. “The journalists obviously didn’t bother to do their research and instead published a ridiculous story to sell copies.”
“I have become accustomed to dealing with rumors and lies spread about my family or my relationships, and have learned to ignore it to a certain extent,” Kim seethes. “But when a magazine makes the decision to twist the truth and write lies like that, it belittles the entire experience we had in Haiti, and I won’t let them do that.”
Considering Kim usually likes it when journalists follow her around and report on her every move for money, I’m surprised she is this upset. Maybe it’s because this time she doesn’t like what these so-called malicious journalist have to say! A photo of Kim enjoying the fashions of Haiti are below. She was only shopping for charity, you guys!
Charles Kernaghan, the Executive Director of the Institute is claiming he advised Star Magazine against printing the untrue article! “It was a wise idea to wait on the article,” Mr Kernaghan explains, because currently there is “no proof that the specific factories the Kardashians use violated child labor standards or human rights.”
Mr. Kernaghan feels he was misquoted by the publication and that his statements were twisted to convey a certain point! Star Magazine reported him as saying: “The Kardashians are in bed with some pretty bad people. Not only are celebrities like the Kardashians taking advantage of these workers, they are holding hands with a government that spits on democracy and women’s rights.”
But Mr. Kernaghan explains that he was actually speaking, not of the specific factories the Kardashians use, but of a specific region of China known for utilizing slave labor. His actual sentiment is that while child labor practices in many of the factories are appalling he has “no proof that the specific factories the Kardashians use employ such practices.”
He goes onto add that his organization is conducting an investigation into the factories the Kardashians use to produce their merchandise, but at this time there is NO EVIDENCE of any human rights abuses, adding that “75%”of the factories in that region have violations similar to those reported by Star.
Kris Jenner has spoken out denying the accusations, telling TMZ the factories used to produce Kardashian products are “strictly policed” and do not violate child labor or human rights practices.
Finally, onto something important! Kendall Jennerturned sixteen in November, so naturally she needed an over-the-top party to celebrate this milestone. There was some sort of costume-circus theme and Khloe Kardashian played photographer for the evening. Some photos of the event are below.
TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS: DO YOU BELIEVE KIM’S TRIP TO HAITI WAS A PUBLICITY STUNT? DO YOU THINK THE KARDASHIAN’S FACTORIES WILL BE FOUND GUILTY OF ANY HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS? HOW LONG UNTIL THEY DO A PUBLICITY TRIP TO CHINA TO VISIT SAID FACTORIES WITH PHOTOGRAPHERS PRESENT?
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In Touch Weekly has just learned that Jacqueline was indeed a stripper at an illustrious and elegant establishment named the Glitter Gulch (a photo of the sign is below) — an off the strip joint that I’m sure is just as classy as Lookers ever was!
A former close friend of Jacqueline’s spoke to the mag and gave some pretty salacious details about the sweet-natured Housewives past. “She was a stripper at a Las Vegas club called the Glitter Gulch,” discloses the friend (some friend she is!). “She worked there from 1992 to 1993. Like all strip clubs, it was an awful place.”
“She was very young, she was newly divorced, and she was a single mother,” the friend reveals of Jacqueline’s decision to go into stripping.
In addition to her tumultuous past as a dancer, in 1996 Jacqueline was also arrested for assaulting her then live-in boyfriend! A different former friend tells the magazine that Jacqueline spent “several years” in a “volatile” relationship that culminated when she was arrested after she “slapped him in the face and punched him in the groin,” according to the police report!
“She go into an argument with her boyfriend because he came home later than he should have,” the report states. “She no longer wanted to speak to [him], so she went into the bedroom.” It also claims that the boyfriend “would not leave her alone and kept wanting to talk about why she was angry” which led to the aggression on her part.
Ashlee recently blogged about her mom’s alleged past and flat-out denies that their pre-Jersey life had anything to do with nudie bars. When asked by a fan she responded: “NO. Stereotype much? That rumor was actually started by Teresa Giudice and Danielle Staub (go figure — LOL!). Jealousy is an UGLY thing. My mom was NEVER a stripper. She’s a cosmetologist.”
“The rumor actually started when people heard we moved to NJ from Vegas when my mom’s fiancé (Chris) was from Jersey. Teresa and Danielle just put it in the press knowing it wasn’t true to start a problem. I don’t think my Mom really cared. She thought it was kind of flattering that people could believe that. Haha. Only her right?”
Shockingly, Jacqueline has been keeping quiet on her Twitter page — for now — which is a first for the loquacious Twitter-holic. Hopefully Jacqueline is focusing on friends and family and enjoying the holiday, despite the bad news coming to light.
I have to say all in all this is a bad week for the ladies of Jersey. A lawsuit, an indictment and now an expose. Hopefully 2012 will bring better things for the most drama-filled Housewives of them all!
But on a lighter note, following in the footsteps of Teresa,Melissa Gorgais now showing off her family Christmas Card photo! “Happy Holidays!! Our Christmas card will be in the Us Weekly tomorrow! But here is a little sneak peak!” wrote Melissa on her Facebook page. The adorable photo is below!
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DO YOU BELIEVE JACQUELINE WAS A STRIPPER? SHOULD JERSEY-STRIPPER GATE BE LAID TO REST ALREADY? DO YOU BELIEVE TERESA OR DANIELLE ARE INVOLVED?
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Oh, Leah. Leah, Leah, Leah. MTV, as well as teenage pregnancy awareness groups, often advocate that the Teen Mom spin-offs (along with their 16 and Pregnant predecessors) are doing an amazing job warning young girls about the perils of practicing unsafe sex and having babies too early. While that may be very true, it’s ironic that the same girls featured on these shows as “examples of what not to do” are the ones who are learning nothing from their current situations.
Case in point, Hollybaby.com is citing a story that claims Leah Messer, the just recently divorced mother of twin girls, is expecting her third child with boyfriend Jeremy Calvert, 22. You know, the guy she met in July a month after finalizing her divorce (also the one she moved in with in October). Apparently, she’s taking things slowly for a nineteen-year-old which scares the old lady in me immensely!
One of Leah’s “friends” (God love these girls’ “true friends”) tells InTouch Weekly that Leah has wanted to get pregnant with her new beau’s baby for a while… and that ‘while’ can’t be more than a couple months just by math’s sake, given the pair’s quick courtship. The pal reveals, “She was actively trying to conceive with Jeremy. She stopped using birth control last month.” Can I make a suggestion that will likely be shot down by readers and MTV alike? If your teen moms really want to continue being teen moms several times over, it’s probably time to take them out of the rotation.
On December 9, Leah was seen leaving St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Virginia. According to the source, the already mother of two “was glowing.” States the source, “She looked like she had just heard some big news.” Said witness is apparently also a lip reader, as he/she reported that Leah called Jeremy on her way out of her doctor’s appointment — which confirmed her home pregnancy results — to exclaim, “I’m pregnant.”
The friend continues as he/she is getting paid by the word, “[Leah] sees Jeremy act like a wonderful father and she believes the baby will make the family stronger. She thinks this is the best decision for Ali and Aleeah.” No word currently as to whether the 2-year-old twins’ father, Corey Simms, agrees. I’m going to venture a guess that he’s not on board. A source close to the former spouses agrees, admitting that Corey is beyond angry with his recent ex-wife. Corey, 21, allegedly said, “[She is] a slut and doesn’t have her head on straight.” Let’s watch it with the name calling there, bud. You have daughters to raise!
Another friend (they just come out of the woodwork, don’t they?) shares, “Leah forgets that she’s only been dating Jeremy for a few months.” Concurring is Leah’s stepfather. The pal says, “He thinks she is too young for another kid.”
Hopefully, if this news is true, Jeremy is in on this grand plan. The same blog is also reporting that Leah is ready to bestow the role of new daddy on her live-in love, and she is openly gushing that she’d love to be engaged to Jeremy. Is MTV taking the hint and planning on yet another wedding as the backdrop for season 3 of Teen Mom 2?
“Leah is going full stream ahead, she loves that Jeremy is acting like a father to the girls. She is more than fine with him taking Corey’s place,” says a source, who adds,“She doesn’t see anything wrong with it and is happy to be moving on.”
Not shockingly, Corey isn’t keen on being reduced to second fiddle in the twins’ lives. He retorts, “My girls know who their daddy is. I’d die for my girls. Jeremy is not there to replace me. No one will keep me from them.”
It is a blessing that the girls are loved by so many, with Jeremytweeting on December 16, “Happy Birthday Ali and Aleeah! You girls mean the word to me. I love you both beyond words!” He followed up his well wishes on Tuesday with a declaration to their mother: “@TM2LeahDawn baby I’ll always be there for u no matter what ! I love you!” Funny… not too long ago, Mr. Calvert’s tweets were private. I guess he can’t leave his fans in the dark! Regardless, wow. Oh, Leah. Leah, Leah, Leah.
DO YOU THINK THAT LEAH IS PREGNANT AGAIN? SHOULD SHE BE TRYING TO REPLACE COREY WITH JEREMY IN THE TWINS’ LIFE? TRICK QUESTION—OF COURSE NOT! DO YOU THINK JEREMY’S TWEETS ARE APPROPRIATE OR SHOULD HE BE MORE SENSITIVE TO COREY?
It’s all about the Jersey Shore ladies today. Snooki is headed to court, Sammi ditches the extensions and talks Jersey and JWoww launches a bikini line to go with her new body!
It’s another Jersey Shore lawsuit and this time Snooki is being sued. Uh-ho! The pint-sized poufflette has been slapped with a lawsuit for $7M. The NY Post is reporting that the recently svelte Snooks has been countersued by licensing company SRG Ventures. Snooki claims she saves her money — and it’s a good thing just in case she has to pay up!
Last year, Snooki partnered with SRG Ventures company to launch a line of Snooki merchandise — because that’s just what everyone wants — but filed a suit against the company in October to end her contract claiming SRG did not fulfill contractual obligations to net her enough money or branding partnerships.
SRG retaliated and filed a mult-million dollar counterclaim against both Snooki and her management company, Neon Entertainment (yes, I know — two things that go together like bread and butter: Neon and Snooki. SRG’s counterclaim accuses Le Snooki of sabotaging the deal by negotiating with other brands “behind SRG’s back” and not following up sufficiently on development deals they arranged, such as: Snooki-school supplies, watches, shoes and lingerie.
Snooki’s rep calls these claims ridiculous, stating: “Ms. Polizzi disputes SRG’s version of the facts and looks forward to her day in court.” We shall see how this all hashes out. Maybe they should all go get drunk at The Shore and work things out the Jersey-way!
Moving along to other Jersey ladies, Sammi has been the subject of a Jane MakeUnder! The mag straightened her hair, scrubbed her face, exfoliated the fake tan away, put her in some clothes that cover her lady bits and voila! Classy! Photos of a de-Jersified Sammi are below.
While she was getting her Jersey Shore image washed away, Sammi talked to the mag about the new season and how things are going in her life. Thankfully she is still Ronnie-free! Sammi claims she is “nervous” about the upcoming season, but “excited” and reveals that she is actually closest to cast mate Deena Cortese.
“Deena’s actually my best friend on the show and outside of the show, we hang out all the time, we talk all the time,” Sammi reveals. “She balances me out. She’s loud, crazy and extremely positive and fun and I’m more calm and collected so we kinda balance each other out.”
As for who she doesn’t get along with, the answer is very clear: The Situation! “I just don’t get along with him at all; he’s crazy,” Sammi explains. “Mike’s the troublemaker in the house and I think he loves it. He loves to stir up the drama, that’s just who he is.” But despite their tumultuous relationship he still has a place in Sammi’s heart. “He’s a part of my family, he’ll always be a part of my family… but he’s like that brother that you just never really wanted.”
As for her relationship status, Sammi is definitely still single! “Right now I’m single,” she shares. “Ronnie’s cool. We’re really good friends, I’ll always love him, but I’m working on myself and my career and doing what’s best for me.” Good for you, Sammi! Stay strong, but not steroid strong!
Surprisingly, this season their relationship was pretty low-key. “You’re not gonna see too much drama with the relationship because there barely was any,” Sammi relays. How boring!
Sammi also dishes on The Situation’s supposed financial situation and his situation with Snooki! “I have no idea what even goes on with the Nicole and Mike drama,” Sammi confesses. “For some reason, I don’t know, I feel like something did happen between them. Nobody knows because they have their own issues and beef with each other in Italy and that definitely falls out and carries over in Seaside, so I mean, I don’t know what really went on with them but they used to be best friends and when we go back to Seaside it’s just madness.”
For the upcoming season, Sammi says expect the usual! “The whole Mike and Nicole drama thing is definitely gonna happen again, and then the whole Nicole and Jionni thing, but that’s really it. In Seaside we really got along — you see less drama with me. Of course, there’s gonna be hookups, partying … the whole nine yards.”
You can read the rest of the interview at xojane.com; it’s a good read and she discusses her life away from the shore, what she thinks of her other castmates as well as her beauty routine!
Finally, JWoww has released the sun worshipper’s dream bikini line! Using her public persona to confront the important things to a Jersey Shore girl, JWoww has partnered with Perfect Tan to release the Perfect Tan Strapless Stay-Put Bikini. That’s right — no tan lines girls! Never again worry about sitting up unexpectedly while sunbathing only to have your boobies exposed to the world. Thank goodness Jenni has offered a classy solution to a very important sun bathing dilemma!
Photos of her Perfect Tan Strapless Bikinis are below. I have to say, pretty hot if you’re into that sort of thing! The line is available in February 2012. Just in time for Jersey Shore’s fifth season!
TELL US- WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE LATEST NEWS? IS SNOOKI’S COUNTERSUIT JUSTIFIED OR FRIVOLOUS? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SAMMI’S MAKEUNDER? WOULD YOU BUY ONE OF JWOWW’S BIKINIS?
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Proving that she’s just as cray in real life as she is on TV, Bad Girls Club New Orleans star Judith Jackson a.k.a. Judi Jai is now wanted by the police!
According to TMZ, the drama with Judi began last month on November 9 when cops pulled Judi over for driving erratically. She failed a sobriety test and then placed under arrest for suspicion of a DUI.
So this is when things get a little cra-cra folks! See, instead of simply allowing herself to be arrested, Judi decided to climb out of the squad car and run down the street while the police were searching her car.
According to the Illinois arrest report, cops found Judi hiding in a nearby home and ended up taking her to the police station where she was booked on three charges — DUI, resisting arrest, and theft. The theft charges were a result of Judi attempting to run away with the cops’ handcuffs. Wowzers.
Oh, but it gets even worse as Judi was scheduled to appear in court on Monday but failed to show up. This led to a bench warrant being issued for her arrest.
Why did Judi miss her court date you ask? Oh, she tells TMZ she had more important things to do a.k.a. she had to host an out of town event! However, Judi states she plans to take care of that minor warrant arrest issue asap.
Below,Taylor Armstrong is pictured with Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino, Kyle Richards attends a Disney event, Camille Grammer steps out with her boyfriend! Countess LuAnn and Sonja Morgan attend an event, Lisa Vanderpump and her white Bentley! Plus more photos of Kathy Wakile, Rachel Zoe& more!
Also belowKim Kardashian and her family attend the opening of their new store in Las Vegas, and Khloe Kardashian cheers on Lamar in Dallas, Patti Stanger steps out! Plus Maksim, Holly Madison,& more!
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