November 25, 2008

If Lance Bass wins Dancing With the Stars tonight, it’ll be more than just his sweet feet that get him the Mirror Ball trophy. His partner, Lacey, tells me they have a pre-show routine. "He has this little tub of glitter. A fan gave it to him and it's supposed to be his good luck dust. So what he does is, he takes it, throws it in the air and stands under it. Ever since we started doing that, things have been looking up for us." His pre-show routine involves glitter. Shocker.

Tom Cruise’s daughter does not wear the pants in the family. He told me his two-year-old Suri refuses to wear pants. "Kate finally got her in jeans the other day. We put the pants on and walk away and the pants are off and the dress is on." So Tom Cruise is having cooperation problems with both of the women in his life. Suri refuses to wear pants and Katie Holmes refuses to wear leg irons.

STAR Artists OneRepublic and Sara Bareilles have teamed up to record a beautiful duet version of OneRepublic’s “Coming Home.” The version is specifically dedicated to our troops serving our country overseas. OneRepublic’s lead singer Ryan Tedder told me he wrote the song about a friend who got engaged and then shipped off to Iraq the next day. You can hear grab the whole song off iTunes right now.

She gave up her American Idol crown to STAR Artist David Cook, but now Jordin Sparks is carrying around a much more important title: role model. Ever since Jordin defended the notion of purity rings back in September, she's has been held up as an example of the kind of artist teens should look up to. She says being that role model isn’t something she takes lightly, “But it's difficult. I have to watch what I say, what I do, who I hang out with, where I go. I'm constantly having to watch myself."

Speaking of American Idol...
A few notable candidates have made their way into the new season of American Idol that kicks off in January. You’ll see David Osmond, nephew of Donnie and Marie, Michael Castro younger brother of the dreadlocked Jason from last season, Danielle Roundtree, a.k.a. Miss New York USA 2008 and Tom and Jennifer Korbee who will go down as the first husband and wife to both make it to Hollywood on Idol.

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