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Washington D.C. Gossip Diary

The parties continued long after Barack Obama was sworn in as our 44th President yesterday, and Scandalist‘s own Libby Keatinge brings you the inside news from the inaugural balls and parties. Click the photos below to enter our gossip diary.

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Happy Hump Day!

It’s Wednesday, and that means you’ve made it halfway through the work week and halfway to the weekend. Congrats!

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Idol‘s Tatiana Nicole Del Toro Is Crazy Like A Fox

Between her blatant desperation and that frightening giggle, we understand if you hope Tatiana Nicole Del Toro doesn’t make it into American Idol‘s Top 24. But this girl wants to make it. She doesn’t care what judge she has to bulldoze, audience she has to slay, or article of clothing she has to take off. She will make it.

If I have to outsing everyone, one by one, on the planet to get a record deal, I will…and I have. I promise you I can be the greatest artist you have ever seen.

Since Tatiana said “thank you” when Kara and Simon called her photos “naughty,” we’re sure she wouldn’t mind you checking out the risque photos of her in the gallery below. Whether she makes it to the top anything, we’re sure Idol hasn’t shown the last of her.

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Birth Dating: Who’s Older? Cat Power Or Baby Spice?

In 1996, indie folksinger Cat Power released What Would The Community Think?—which failed to make the Billboard Top 200. That same year, “girl power” enthusiasts the Spice Girls released Spice, selling 23 million copies worldwide. In 2008, Cat Power‘s latest album made the Top 20…while the Spice Girls’ Greatest Hits only reached no. 93. Both Cat Power and Baby Spice were born on January 21st. Click on the photo to find out which singer is older.

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Politicians And Celebs Sparkle At Inaugural Balls

While most of the country spent last night glued to the TV watching President Obama and the First Lady dance to “At Last” over and over again, celebrities swarmed the Capitol celebrating at various balls in Washington D.C. We’ve gathered pics of all the stars and their glamorous (or in the case of Fall Out Boy, not so glamorous) outfits for your viewing pleasure below. Just think, you can squeal with delight at Michelle Obama and Jill Biden‘s gorgeous gowns all over again. Wheeeee!  [Photos: GettyImages]

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Is Joaquin Phoenix’s Rap Career A Hoax?

Joaquin Phoenix, who handed Hollywood his resignation last October, rapped for an audience at club LAVO in Las Vegas last weekend. It came as no surprise that he sounded like a 34-year-old actor who has suddenly decided to become a rap star. But what did surprise the crowd was the enormous hole in the crotch of his corduroy pants, his off-kilter dancing, and the way he fell — plummeted, more like it! — off the stage after his set.

These oddities have only contributed to speculation that his rap career is an elaborate stunt. After all, Joaquin’s brother-in-law, Casey Affleck, was there to capture the concert for a documentary about his attempt to make it in music. According to the Daily News, the ever-present cameras have “left many wondering whether Phoenix’s foray into music is a drawn-out joke.” Joaquin claims it’s not. “Are there people out there who think I’m a joke? I’m sure there will be,” the actor-turned rapper told People. “I can’t worry about that.”

Joaquin’s first rap album, reportedly being produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, doesn’t yet have a release date. Let’s hope it stays that way.

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Idol‘s Raquel Houghton Is No Amateur

After last season’s deluge of industry vets (Former MCA recording artist Carly Smithson, Syesha Mercado from The One, Cheyenne‘s ex Jason Castro), we shouldn’t be shocked that some of this year’s audition winners previously had recording contracts (Joanna Pacitti) and appeared on other reality shows (Rock The Cradle’s Lara Johnston). But there are plants…and then there is Raquel Houghton. Houghton not only hit red carpets several years ago as Dane Cook‘s girlfriend, but spent some time as the singer for the Valli Girls—an all-girl bubblegum rock group that appeared on the 2005 Kid’s Choice Awards soundtrack and in a ridiculous Cosmo girl! clip, “Born To Lead,” seen above.

Unsurprisingly, Houghton is a little less than forthcoming about her past. In an interview with the LA Times, taken after her July ’08 audition, she fails to mention The Valli Girls at all, instead describing a childhood playing violin.

LA Times: What’s your musical background, did you play in bands, sing in bands?

Houghton: Yeah, I played the violin—not amazingly well, but did play for a long time, and I’ve been singing forever. Disney was like the first thing I was, like, obsessed with.

Yup, she’s just been singing Disney in the shower since she was a kid, working as a waitress until Simon and the gang gave her a second chance at stardom. Will America decide that Houghton was born to lead after all?

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Lil’ Adolf Hitler’s Mother Breaks Gag Order, Begs For Help

The New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services has yet to explain why they’ve taken Adolf Hitler Campbell and his two sisters into state custody, but Deborah, their mother, has broken a court order to give her side of the story. “[The DYFS] felt the children were in danger for their lives. They didn’t say physically, mentally…nothing like that…The names, I believe are the problems. But they just don’t want to come out and say that…We would like you to please help us get my three innocent children back.”

The family is also being evicted by their landlord, Larry Lippincott, after he heard overheard a relative threatening to “firebomb the house.” “They’re not destroying anything, the house is clean and they pay their rent on time,” said Lippincott. “[But] there comes a point when you say, ‘Enough is enough.’”

Jeanne Coverdale, Adolf’s aunt, made a rather unfortunate analogy to defend the Nazi-themed names:

What about tomorrow night when the President of the United States stands up and say, is forced to say, my name is Barack Hussein Obama. How’s that going to hit the world? I’m saying the one with the middle name he has, was a terrorist…[It's] no different.

Except Hussein is a common Muslim name and there’s nothing common about naming your kid “Adolf Hitler.” But nice try. With father Heath in the hospital for stress and Deborah defying the judge by speaking to the media, it’s uncertain when the parents will be allowed to argue in court for the return of the children.

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Lindsay And Sam Have Not Split, OK?

Well, it looks like the rumors were off the mark, as our favourite celesbian couple Samantha and Lindsay Lohan-Ronson (hey, we like the sound of that double-barrelled!) have been snapped out and about together for the first time in flipping ages. They pitched up in Washington D.C. for the Declare Yourself Inauguration kick-off event, and shall we say it, looked really cute together on the red carpet. And they even spent a precious few minutes puffing away on the cigarettes outside later together, too. Hey, the couple that smoke together, stay together. Or something like that.

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Diddy, Beyonce and Jay-Z: Inaugural Outfits

Look who we just spotted enjoying President Barack Obama‘s (!!!) inauguration! It’s Diddy, Beyonce, and a dude in a giant fur hat. Oh wait, that’s Jay-Z, sporting the first fashion faux pas of the Inauguration. We almost gave that title to Aretha Franklin‘s bow hat, but she rocked it too hard to deserve a diss, even if that bow almost did eat her head.

Also spotted: Oprah Winfrey, Adrien Grenier, Rachel Leigh Cook, Sting, Trudie Styler, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Anne Hathaway, the Bush twins, Malia and Sasha Obama, and of course our new President Obama and Vice President Biden with their wives Michelle and Jill! Pics below.  [Photo: Getty Images]

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