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Mariah Carey: ‘Nick Cannon Persuaded me to Join Idol’

Mariah Carey: ‘Nick Cannon Persuaded me to Join Idol’

Posted by Adam

Friday December 14, 2012

MARIAH Carey says husband Nick Cannon convinced her join the American Idol judges’ panel.

The superstar singer was initially wary of taking a role on the judging panel of the pop star search show but Cannon talked her into it.

“He really wanted me to do this,” she said. “I had my own kind of reservations about it because I didn’t know how I would adapt to the situation. It’s a huge deal.

“I get really attached to certain people for different reasons whether it’s their story or what it mainly is is talent. Sometimes I see myself in some of the contestants when I first started and I’m glad I didn’t have to do a show like this. I would have hated it!

“It’s been really fun. We’re still in the beginning stages but I’ve learned a lot. I want to continue to be the best I can be in order to help contestants. It’s that for me.

“I don’t know if I have a judging style. I try to speak as frankly as possible, but as kindly as possible not sugar coating the whole thing because that does nobody any good and that’s boring to watch.”

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Dog Travels 500 Miles to Get Home

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By Amy Jamieson

09/06/2012 at 06:35 PM EDT

Mark Wessells and his dog Buck

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This is one dog who knows his way back home.

Buck, a 3-year-old Labrador, traveled 500 miles to get to Myrtle Beach, S.C., after his owner Mark Wessells left the dog with his father in Winchester, Va.

The journey began in January, when Wessells could no longer have a dog at his South Carolina home and subsequently relocated Buck.

When Wessells learned that Buck was missing, he was devastated.

“I thought he was gone forever,” he told South Carolina’s WPDE News.

As luck would have it, Buck turned up – several months later and some 500 miles away – back in South Carolina, where Good Samaritan Brett Gallagher found him wandering near his house and took him in.

When Gallagher, who planned to keep the dog, took Buck to Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand Animal Hospital on Aug. 31 for shots, veterinarian Dr. Amanda Thomas discovered a microchip.

A simple click revealed that Wessells, who lives a few miles from the hospital, was the dog’s owner, and Dr. Thomas contacted him right away.

“He couldn’t get off the phone fast enough, crying,” Thomas tells PEOPLE, who said Wessells raced over to retrieve the dog.

“He definitely recognized me instantly,” Wessells told WPDE. “It’s just crazy he made it down here on his own.”

No one knows exactly how Buck made it back, but Thomas credits Buck’s keen sense of smell.

“A dog’s sense of smell is pretty incredible,” she tells PEOPLE. “As we know from search and rescue dogs, they can track people who are in enclosed cars from the grass along highways. [Buck] traveled a pretty far distance to come back here.”

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Kate Middleton Makes Prince William Feel Normal!

Kate Middleton Makes Prince William Feel Normal!

Posted by Adam

Tuesday August 28, 2012

KATE Middleton keeps Prince William grounded.

The pair — who wed last year — live in a cozy farmhouse in Anglesey, Wales, where William is stationed as a search-and-rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force.

Sources say the pair don’t have a housekeeper, chef or stylist — and Kate enjoys fulfilling her role as an officer’s wife.

“Kate makes recipes learned from her mother,” a source said.

“She brings a sense of ordinariness that William has always craved.”

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Rosie O’Donnell’s Fiancée Diagnosed with Rare Disease

Rosie O'Donnell's Fiancée Diagnosed with Rare Disease | Michelle Rounds, Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O’Donnell (left) and Michelle Rounds

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Rosie O’Donnell is known for cracking jokes, but the latest turn of events in her life is no laughing matter.

The funny lady, 50, announced on her blog Friday that her fiancée Michelle Rounds has been diagnosed with a rare disease.

“Again and again, her pain grew worse,” O’Donnell writes. “It seemed impossible. No one knew what was wrong. Life changes in an instant.”

The couple went through a “maze of medical mystery,” according to the blog post, until Rounds was eventually diagnosed with desmoid tumors. O’Donnell calls it a “beyond rare” disease that isn’t cancer but “acts cancerous” and only affects three out of every million people.

“She is recovering from surgery [she had] in June,” O’Donnell reveals. “[She’s] getting stronger every day. We have joined the fight against this disease, raising money and awareness.”

Rounds’s illness has put a damper on upcoming nuptials for the couple, who in December publicly announced their plans to marry.

“We had to postpone our wedding scheduled for next summer,” O’Donnell says. In lieu of gifts for their eventual union, the couple is asking for donations to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation.

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