NewsLite: Only four remain to fight for `American Idol’ title

first_img“I hope love comes to me. I’m not looking for it with a married man,” Lane, recently divorced a second time, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. – Associated Press Ashlee: Real her is same Ashlee Simpson, who made headlines last year when she turned up with a new image and profile, says she’s still the same on the inside. “I feel very confident with the way I look,” the 22-year-old singer says in Cosmopolitan magazine’s June issue, on newsstands Tuesday. “But I felt just as confident the way I looked before. I’ve always been confident with who I am.” Simpson, who is working on her third album, says she has matured both as a person and an artist. – Associated Press Hootie aids schools Hootie & the Blowfish announced a 14-city concert tour Wednesday to help collect supplies for disadvantaged schools. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring school supplies, which are in turn donated to schools in the community. The group started its school charity concerts in 2003, and has collected around $100,000 worth of supplies so far, it says. The latest Homegrown Concert Series will begin July 3 in Lewiston, N.Y., and end Sept. 3 in Detroit. Other stops include Atlanta; Norfolk, Va.; Glendale, Ariz.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Highland Park, Ill.; Charleston, S.C.; and Indianapolis. The group’s hits include “Let Her Cry,” “Hold My Hand” and “Only Wanna Be with You.” – Associated Press Lohan plans festive 21st Lindsay Lohan won’t be satisfied with a cake and some candles when she turns 21. The raspy-voiced actress, who celebrates her big birthday on July 2, said Wednesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she plans to “milk it” when she becomes old enough to legally go to clubs. She’ll celebrate by partying in Vegas, she said, and also with a dinner in Malibu with family and friends. Lohan stars in the upcoming Universal Pictures film “Georgia Rule.” – Associated Press Motley garb to be shown Vince Neil, lead singer of Motley Cr e, speaks about donating two costumes from Motley Cr e’s last tour, at the Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas on Wednesday in Las Vegas. The costumes that were donated will become additions to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With no one ousted at the end of last week’s charity-focused show, “American Idol” gave the heave-ho to two contestants Wednesday night – Phil Stacey and Chris Richardson. The viewer vote tally from last week was added to this week’s, with more than 135 million phone and text-message ballots cast in all. Stacey, 29, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Chris Richardson, 22, of Chesapeake, Va., drew the fewest votes. The number of finalists now is down to four. Judge Randy Jackson said on Tuesday’s program that Stacey’s take on Bon Jovi’s “Blaze Of Glory” was his “best performance ever.” Stacey – a “good man,” said host Ryan Seacrest – performed that song one last time Wednesday, as LaKisha Jones and other finalists wiped away tears. Richardson, a Justin Timberlake lookalike, hugged “best friend” and finalist Blake Lewis when Seacrest announced he was going home. “Thank you to everybody for keeping me in this long,” said Richardson, before giving a farewell performance of “Wanted Dead Or Alive” – again, by Bon Jovi. The final four are Jones, Lewis, Jordin Sparks and Melinda Doolittle. – Associated Press Wife catches bikini photos When a television-news friend of NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen e-mailed him pictures of herself in a bikini, they were intercepted – by his wife. Alycia Lane, anchor for Philadelphia’s KYW-TV, said the vacation pictures were part of “harmless” banter between “two old friends,” not an attempt to break up Eisen’s four-year marriage. last_img read more

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