It’s impossible to underestimate how much Cheryl Cole was the UK’s woman of 2008. A singer in group Girls Aloud, she’s been famous for years over here, but being made the new X-Factor judge (sorry, Sharon who?) by kingmaker Simon Cowell took her into another level of adoration. We loved the way she was able to weep prettily at the contestants’ sob stories without ruining those china-doll looks, her down-to-earth Newcastle manner, her envious fashion wardrobe and the fact she’d turned it around since her soccer star husband Ashley was accused of cheating on her (yes, our thoughts were WHY? too). Anyhow, up until now Cheryl has remained a fairly British phenomenon. But not for long! Simon wants to bring her over to your fair shores and a spot on Oprah.
“He’s certain he can turn her into a global star, but he just needs to iron out her visa problem. He’s employed a firm of experts in Miami and is confident they will be able to reach some kind of arrangement,” a source tells The Sun.
Ah, yes, the visa problem. Cheryl had a little problem back in 2003 when she was found guilty of assaulting a nightclub attendant in a toilet. But hey, that’s in the past, and surely the nice US visa people will see past a little youthful misfortune? In the meantime, just remember her face and do the best you can to understand her Geordie accent… [Photo: WireImage]
It’s not over! It’s back on! Woop! A few weeks ago, we plotted the burgeoning uber-feud between Katy Perry and Lily Allen, only to be a bit let down when it all seemed to fizzle out. To recap, Katy called herself a “skinny version of Lily Allen,” to which Lily slammed back that Katy was an American version of her. KP retaliated by, er, sort of apologizing and saying “comedians are not supposed to be taken super-seriously.” But even having a lovely relaxing break with her new elderly boyfriend doesn’t seem to have mellowed Lily, and she’s taken out her revenge in a fashion befitting this mature argument. Yes, that’s right, on her Facebook page.
“I have Katy Perry’s number, someone did me a favor. I’m just waiting for her to open her mouth one more time then it hits Facebook,” she writes, according to the Sun, after also joining some Katy Perry hater FB groups.
Girls, girls. Can’t we all just get along? (Actually, don’t. The world would be a much duller place and we need something to brighten our gray and gloomy January) [Photo: WireImage]
We’re getting to this a bit late, but a follow-up to the Rock of Love Charm School Reunion catfight story is in order. In case you don’t watch VH1, the background to this saga is simple: Sharon Osbourne and Megan “Bikini” Hauserman trade insults, Megan gets under Sharon’s skin, Sharon throws a drink in Megan’s face, and then the set devolves into a Jerry Springer-esque nightmare. Watch the drama above and get a behind-the-scenes look at the reunion at the VH1 Blog.
Ugly Betty actress Rebecca Romijn (remember when she was married to John Stamos?) and Crossing Jordan star Jerry O’Connell (remember when he was the fat kid in movies like Stand By Me?) have announced the birth of daughters Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip. The twins, born on Dec. 28th, are the couple’s first. Namesake Dolly Parton must be ecstatic.
You may have heard about Reborn Dolls—the incredibly life-like tots you can make from a normal doll with just a lil’ vinyl, paint and a healthy dose of empty nest syndrome. But you can’t understand the depths of the phenomenon until you see the nursery 49-year-old Linda has made for her collection. “It’s not a crazy habit, like, you know, drinking, or some sort of, something that’s going to hurt you,” says Linda. “It’s like a hobby. And it doesn’t really hurt anybody.” Dr. Phil agrees, but it still kind of freaks us out.
Check out the gallery to see just how realistic these dolls are. The next step is clearly taxidermy.
Apparently a whole lotta celebrities resolved to show way more skin in 2009, taking to the finest beaches and yachts of the world to ring in the New Year while wearing next to nothing. Stars like Lindsay Lohan, Chloe Sevigny and Beyonce all lugged their towels and tote bags to the sea or the hotel pool, where they lathered on SPF 45 and killed their brain cells reading Vogue – just like the rest of us do on vacation. The only difference: they looked way sexier while wasting away on holiday than us regular folk.
Scandalist brings you the best of the celebrity beach bums below.
Ah, winter—when Hollywood takes a massive, Oscar-hungry dump on the marketplace. Which Kate Winslet weeper should you see? Which long-ass drama? Which ’80s bad boy comeback? Which big budget stinker? If long lines and long drives in the cold don’t sound appetizing, don’t worry! We’ve got the ten juiciest spoilers of the season tucked away after the jump. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Little Lourdes Leon, Madonna’s daughter with her former trainer, is itching to get into show business, and has recently enrolled at Manhattan’s Professional Children’s School, where kids who work in (and excel at) the arts also squeeze in an academic education. The school’s most famous celebs range from trashy (Ashley Tisdale, Tara Reid) to classy (Sarah Jessica Parker, Uma Thurman).
Perhaps her first homework assignment should be watching all of her mother’s cinematic masterpieces. It could be a day-long session on what not to do in the industry, beginning with Desperately Seeking Susan and ending with the absolutely forgettable Swept Away. We have a feeling one afternoon spent with the Dick Tracy DVD will set Lourdes straight on her aspirations. It’s not like acting talent runs in the family – perhaps she shound try dancing around in cone-shaped bras instead? [Photos: GettyImages]
Everyone’s favorite blogger, Courtney Love, showed up shopping in Malibu dressed in – well, we have no idea what the hell she’s dressed in. A used slip? Lace tights from 1985? Whatever you wanna call it, her lack of fashion sense pains our brain. We were so distracted by her awful outfit that we almost missed this little panty flash she gave the cameras. Judging from this pic, 2009 is already shaping up to be a great year. We’re sure Frances Bean would agree with us.