Harry Connick Jr. named new host of AI

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The long awaited news has finally arrived: former mentor Harry Connick Jr. will officially be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez at the judges table for the 13th season of the Fox reality show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The news comes after Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun and hit maker Dr. Luke turned down the offer.

Randy Jackson, the last of the original judges will be moving on to mentor the contestants.

So the question that remains is: will American Idol crumble or will HCJ help bring it back to number one?

Stay tuned. Season 13 premieres on January 15, 2014.

Raven-Symone’s silent trip out of the closet

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At 27 years old, the Disney channel child star is finally coming out.

The actress recently tweeted:

She later told E!, “I am very happy that gay marriage is opening up around the country and is being accepted  . . . I, however am not currently getting married, but it is great to know I can now, should I wish to.”

The former cheetah girl’s sexuality first stirred the pot in May 2012 when rumors were afloat that she was living with openly gay model and actress AzMarie Livingston. She sent out a series of tweets saying,

“My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m datings to know. I’m not one for a public display of my life.”

“However that is my right as a human being whether straight or gay. To tell or not to tell. As long as I’m not harming anyone…And my career is the only thing I would like to put on display, not my personal life.”

You go girl.  Sing it loud and sing it proud.

Ryan Seacrest to host ‘Million Second Quiz’

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Now it’s official: we don’t know anyone who works harder than Ryan Seacrest.

The TV host, radio deejay, and executive producer has recently announced that he will host NBC’s 24-hour live competition series, which will involve “battling one another as they test the limits of their knowledge, endurance and will to win.”

NBC’s Paul Telegdy said in a statement: “When people see Ryan Seacrest, whether at the Emmys, the Oscars or New Year’s Eve, he is at the epicenter of national events.”  “He is a broadcaster, in all the traditional sense, but also in the most contemporary — he is an accomplished host of live TV and a master of social media and pop culture. This makes him perfect for The Million Second Quiz.”

Seacrest added, “I’m so excited to be hosting this new live game show on NBC, as it’s really a fun and different format that I believe will generate lots of fans across different platforms.”

The show will air September 9th.

Simon Cowell expecting a child…with his best friend’s wife?

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Looks like the saying should be “Keep your enemies close and your friends closer.”

Only two weeks after Andrew Silverman filed for divorce from wife Lauren, she is coming out to say that she is pregnant with her first child…with Simon Cowell!

While a source told Us Weekly, “Divorce has been in the works for a while now,” we can’t help but think Cowell was more than just “a shoulder to cry on.”

The New York socialite has been cited for adultery from her real estate husband and should be expected in court with the X-factor judge as a co-respondent and witness. If he is taken to the stands, he will be forced to tell all of his relationship with Silverman.

So what do we think? Was Cowell “the other man” for some time or did this conception come as a rebound gone wrong?