American Idol Loses Another Contestant

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04/17/2014 at 11:25 PM EDT

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From left: Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.

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Stress is expected on elimination nights at American Idol, and this Thursday was no exception.

After judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. gave rave reviews to most of the Top 7 during Wednesday night’s performance show, it was anyone’s guess who would be sent home from the FOX reality singing competition this week.

The tension in the studio was palpable, as host Ryan Seacrest began to reveal which contestants had been voted into the Top 6.

Warning: Spoiler ahead!

Eventually, only Jessica Meuse, and Dexter Roberts were left in jeopardy of being sent home by America’s votes, with Roberts ultimately being eliminated from the competition.

“I had a great time. So many [memories],” Roberts said before he closed out the show with a reprise of his performance of “Lucky Man” by Montgomery Gentry.

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Donnie Wahlberg Talks Boston Marathon … and Marriage!

04/17/2014 at 07:45 PM EDT

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Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg

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It’s been a busy few weeks for Donnie Wahlberg, between wrapping the fourth season of Blue Bloods and expanding his family’s burger joint Wahlburgers to include a Fenway Park location … oh, and asking Jenny McCarthy to marry him. But if there’s one thing he always makes time for, it’s his beloved city of Boston.

The actor and New Kids on the Block star will be heading to his hometown on Sunday for the Boston Marathon, a year after two bombs went off at the finish line.

“We were all really affected last year,” he tells PEOPLE, remembering that he heard the news while filming on the set of Blue Bloods in New York City. “The crew, who had all lived through 9-11, started coming over to me one by one, saying, ‘There is something wrong in Boston, you should go call people.’ “

This year, you’ll find Wahlberg watching along the race route, shoulder-to-shoulder with his fellow Bostonians. “I can’t even imagine how proud I’m going to feel standing there,” he says. “I had a notion of running it myself but I decided to put my energy into supporting my brother [Jim], my bandmates [Joey and Danny], and all the other thousands and thousands of people running.”

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From left: Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre and Jonathan Knight

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Jim Wahlberg oversees the Wahlberg Foundation and is raising $100,000 for Boston inner-city youth. “I can’t believe he’s doing it,” says Donnie, laughing. “He spent his whole life running from the cops and now he is running the marathon… He is a hero to me right now.”

One’s thing’s for sure: Wahlberg is getting used to these emotional moments. Last weekend he proposed to McCarthy with the help of her 11-year-old son Evan.

“I just went with my heart,” Wahlberg says. “I had these other plans of being on a boat or in some spectacular romantic location, but we were having a good time with Evan and I thought, ‘This is the time to do it.’ “

As for Jenny’s yellow sapphire bling? “I saw it and knew it was the perfect ring.”

When it comes to wedding planning, he’s hoping Jenny will take the lead – “Isn’t the bride supposed to do that?” – but Wahlberg seems to be kicking around ideas for a “bachelor event” that may happen during NKOTB’s four-day weekend extravaganza in Vegas in July. If his fans are still standing, that is.

“We have some pretty awesome fans, and if we want them to turn Vegas upside down, they’ll turn Vegas upside down,” he says.

After that, though, it’s back to filming season 5 of Blue Bloods. “I have a great time doing this show,” says Wahlberg. “I’m running around the streets of New York with my shield on, being a cop. I can stop traffic if I need to. And I’m only a few blocks away from my fiancée. She can come by at any time and give me a hug. It’s pretty awesome.”

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American Idol’s C.J. Harris: My Son Helped Me Through the Week

American Idol

04/17/2014 at 07:15 PM EDT

C.J. Harris wants to be the next American Idol, but he has one fan that means more to him than all the others – his 2-year-old son, Jordan.

“It really helped me out a lot to get away and have my son with me,” Harris told PEOPLE after Wednesday night’s performance show. Their time together was the first since Harris became an American Idol top 12 contestant more than two months ago.

“I would get done with my day around 7 p.m. and would run over there and stay with him until around 1 a.m.,” said the doting father.

Harris told reporters he spent the past week “glued to” his son, who reinvigorated his passion to do well in the FOX reality singing competition.

“It reminded me that I have something to do,” said Harris. “I just stayed focused on working on my pitch and my rhythm on my guitar.”

Harris even had a little help from Jordan on the latter goal.

“He crawled up in my lap and we played the guitar together,” Harris added. “I loved spending time with him because I don’t know when I’ll see him again.”

But if Harris’s performance of John Mayer’s “Gravity” did not score him enough votes to make it through another week of the competition, he takes solace in knowing his plane ride home will be alone.

“Tonight, I said, ‘Hey, my son is over there. If I am going home, I am going home with him,” he said.

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Tom Cruise and Laura Prepon Haven’t Met!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

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TOM Cruise has never even met his rumored girlfriend!

The actor was rumored to be dating his fellow Scientologist, 34-year-old Orange Is The New Black actress Laura Prepon.

But Cruise’s rep has told Britain’s Daily Mail that not only are the two not romantically involved, they have actually never met.

Last November, Grazia magazine reported that Tom took Laura to a fancy dinner at The Renaissance restaurant inside LA’s Manor Hotel.

‘He had her picked up in a vintage car, knowing it was one of her favorite, and had pre-ordered a vintage bottle of 1979 Merlot, which was on the table when she arrived,’ the magazine reported. ‘They spent three hours laughing and joking.’

Grazia added, ‘Tom has known Laura for a few years now and they are all in the same social group that includes John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston.

‘He’s always been fascinated by her and, since seeing her in Orange Is the New Black, that has turned into an attraction. So he bit the bullet and asked her out.’


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