American Idol: Annie Lennox Brings Down the House

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Last night American Idol took a brief but extravagant hiatus from our usual who-sucks-the-most Wednesday night routine to present the celeb-studded benefit concert portion of the Idol Gives Back campaign. Besides raising money for worthy charities from viewer donations, the night featured more famous and entertaining reasons not to totally hate on producers for the results delay.

Below, a recap of last night’s best arguments for giving.

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More Paula: Simon’s Angry This Season

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abdul2.jpgVH1.com caught up with pop legend and American Idol judge Paula Abdul to speak about her new song and video (see it here), ?Dance Like There?s No Tomorrow,? off of Randy Jackson?s Music Club, Vol. 1. In the final installment of our interview with the pop star, she discusses how hard it is to work with Simon Cowell, how she helped build Virgin records, and why she has the toughest job as an Idol judge — defending her brand against accusations of alcohol abuse.

Paula Abdul on her relationship with Simon Cowell:

?Dance Like There?s No Tomorrow,? that title alone makes me cry. I was told that I?d never dance again, and I was told I?d never sing again. People don?t know. I?m completely misunderstood because I sit next to a guy who gets off on trying to make me look like an idiot. People don?t know that. It?s not a joke. It?s real. We are who we are. For whatever reason, he has fun doing that.

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Ray J Croons About Sex with Whitney

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As Whitney Houston works toward a comeback in her career, the men in her life are blabbing about their time with Whit – and each other. Ray J drops a little TMI in his new song “All I Feel” which sends a message to Bobby Brown about what it was like making love to his ex-wife. In it, he sings: “Is that your wife, is that your shorty, well I’m her boyfriend . . . I think the problem is you don’t beat it right . . . Making love is cool, just pull her hair sometimes.”Yep, we definitely didn’t need to know any of that.

Meanwhile, Bobby attempts to define the love triangle in his new autobiography, entitled Being Bobby Brown: The Whole Truth and Nothin’ But. “For those of you who want to know, I’m aware of the fact that Whitney had been seeing Ray J, a very young R&B artist who is most famous for being the little brother of Brandy, the multi-platinum singing artist and TV star,” he writes in the book. “Their relationship doesn’t bother me. She’s open to see whoever she wants to see, just like I can see who I want to see. I know the age difference between her and the little guy is 20 years, but to each his own. The only concern I had was how our daughter felt about the age difference. As long as she’s cool with it, it’s fine by me.”

And there you have it, the whole truth – though we’d argue that Ray J is most famous for getting raunchy with our main girl Kim Kardashian on tape. Now the only person left to hear from is Whitney herself. Think she should weigh in on her love drama or stay silent? [NY Post]

Pete & Ashlee Get Engaged, Register for Eyeliner

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petenash.jpgThink they’re celebrating at the Simpson home in Texas? 23-year old Ashlee Simpson is engaged to her sensitive rocker dreamboat, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. Yes, that noise you hear is the shattering of 12-year old hearts around the world. Ashlee announced their good news on Pete’s website late last night with this message:

“We know there has been a lot of speculation recently about Pete and I and we wanted our fans to be the first to know, because you guys are the best. Yes, we are thrilled to share that we are happily engaged. Thank you for all of your support and well wishes – it means the world to us. We consider this to be a very private matter, but we wanted you to hear it straight from us.”

The singers are, however, remaining tight-lipped about the rumor that Ashlee is pregnant with a fall out baby, which possibly spurred the speedy engagement. Whatevs – can’t a famous couple just simply be in luv? All engagement presents of eyeliner and black nail polish can be sent directly to the happy pair. Mazel tov!

Thursday: Miley Messes with her Face

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mileycyrus.jpgKatie Couric Kicked Out by CBS?
The news anchor may be parting ways with her network for greener pastures at CNN. Will people like her better as part of the 24-hour news cycle? [People]

Pete Doherty: Friendless in the Clink
Apparently none of the rocker’s buddies – including ex-flame Kate Moss – give a crap that he’s locked up. Maybe he should seek out Blake Incarcerated to be his jailbird BFF? [DListed]

Solange Says Nothing ‘Bout B’s Wedding
In a recent interview this week, the younger Knowles sis revealed no details about Beyonce’s wedding to Jay-Z. Think we’ll ever know the truth or will this be the Jimmy Hoffa of nuptials? [Us Weekly]

Paris’ Bro: No Jail, No License
18-year old Barron Hilton has pleaded no contest to charges of a DUI and using a fake ID, and has been sentenced to two (that’s it?!) alcohol education classes and had his license suspended for a year. Here’s an idea – hitch a ride with your big sis! No, not Paris – NICKY. [WWTDD]

Miley Gets her Teeth Done
Awww, it’s her first cosmetic procedure! Our little pop star is all grown up – and with whiter, straighter teeth too! [Star]

Mr. & Mrs. Z Wedding Details!

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First Mary J. let the cat out of the bag, now Jay and Bey‘s florist is talking: UsWeekly‘s latest cover story features a lengthy story on the first couple of hip-hop’s wedding. According to florist Amy Vongpitaka (who probably won’t be hired for any future celeb weddings after opening her big mouth), Mr. and Mrs. Z had an almost six-foot wedding cake, 750 pounds of flowers, and an intimate guest list at their 9,000 square foot apartment. While the couple have refused to confirm or deny their marriage, Beyonce did keep her ring finger covered on Tuesday when the singer stepped out in Manhattan.

Jamie-Lynn’s Got a Gun

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jamielynn.jpgLook out, nosy photogs! Jamie-Lynn Spears‘ man Casey Aldridge is young, wild and ready to do anything to protect is baby-mama! The pair were cruising along in some sort of four wheelin’ vehicle (their friends were up ahead in an ATV) with a pit bull chillin’ in the back. As you can see in this video, Casey pulled over to yell at some paps who were supposedly lurking on private property trying to snap pics of his pregnant bride-to-be. Before he drove off he gave a little gun flash (the footage is foggy, but TMZ is claiming its a weapon) to the trespassers to prove that he means business. The dude is only 18 but he’s got attitude – and a gun! He’s giving Kevin Federline a little competition in the trashy Spears-boyfriend department, don’t ya think?? [Star Magazine/TMZ]

Wednesday: Naomi Campbell is Not Nice

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naomi.jpgNaomi Dropped Racist Slang During Arrest
The supermodel allegedly spewed racial slurs at the cops who attempted to arrest her. High fashion, low class. [DListed]

Paris Hilton Blogs her Deepest Thoughts
America’s princess, Paris Hilton, is in love with EVERYTHING, according to her MySpace blog. Her boyfriend, his band, Canada – what isn’t she obsessed with? [People]

Wanna See a Pregnant Tori Spelling in a Bikini? Totes!
Donna Martin has graduated from teen queen to MILF. [Us]

Ryan Seacrest Gets Benji Madden?s Sloppy Seconds
The Idol host has been squiring Madden’s ex-GF Sophie Monk around town. We can’t quite tell if this is a step up or down for the Aussie hottie. [JustJared]

LiLo?s Ex-Bodyguard Sues for Big Bucks
Linds is getting a legal whupping again, this time from a bodyguard who is suing for back pay. [E! Online]