Another week, another round of 12 talents battling it out for a place in the semi-finals on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ The stakes continue to get higher every week, and the competition was flying high (literally) on the July 30 episode.
America’s Got Talent is making itself quite at home at Radio City Music Hall. The July 30 live episode featured another set of 12 amazing talents trying to earn votes for a spot in the semi-finals. HollywoodLife.com picked our five favorites from the episode — and it’s a diverse group of talent, to say the least.
Top 5 Performances From July 30
5. Ciana Pelekai
This 12-year-old singer from Hawaii is just about the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. Ciana has big dreams of being like Beyonce and Christina Aguilera and she’s got the voice to prove it. She was understandably nervous in her first performance at Radio City Music Hall, but she gave a sweet rendition of Emeli Sandé‘s “Next To Me”. All the judges recognize this burgeoning talent and all believe she “deserves a shot” at the top.
This synchronized swimming group definitely has our attention. They performed an impeccable routine to Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” complete with dazzling high heels. The ladies had to go the extra mile due to an injury that sidelined one of their teammates. Despite the added pressure, the ladies had a captivating routine that is so different from anything we’ve seen on the show. Mel B acknowledged that the act is “different” but she likes it that way. Heidi Klumappreciated the fact that America’s Got Talent recognizes this Olympic sport as a potential Vegas act!
3. Alexandr Magala
This guy is NUTS, but in the best way possible. Alexandr literally puts his life on the line with every performance. How, you ask? He swallows a sword! Not only that, he also did back flips with the sword still in his mouth! Even though he scares us to death every time he puts his life out there, we are obsessed with this guy. Howard Stern declared “he couldn’t get enough of this act” and Mel B called his act “thoroughly dangerous and frightening.” Everyone loves a daredevil and Alexandr sure is one. It also doesn’t hurt that he performed almost his entire act mostly shirtless (oh yeah).
It astounds us that this operatic tenor group found each other online. Forte blew us away with their incredible performance of Barbra Streisand’s “Somewhere (There’s a Place For Us).” Howard couldn’t emphasize enough the “quality” and “talent” coming from this powerful trio. Howie Mandel even went so far to say that “there’s a place for you and it’s in the top ten!” We’re with Howie on this one. To take on Barbra is always a risk, but these guys pulled it off perfectly.
1. Innovative Force
This bedazzled dance group completely floored us with their amazing performance. They manage to combine dancing, gymnastics, and insane stunts for a flawless routine. One minute they’re wowing you with their tumbling skills and then the next a girl is legitimately flying through the air. Yes, we’re serious. The strength and agility required from all the girls is astonishing. The judges praised this young bunch: Heidi gave them two thumbs up and Mel B loved their energy and costumes. The great thing about Innovative Force is that they are constantly changing things up with their routine and impressing us each and every time.
Stay tuned for the July 31 elimination episode where, once again, eight acts will be cut! Robin Thicke will also perform!
So HollywoodLifers, what was your favorite act of the night? Who do you think might be eliminated? Let us know!
WATCH: Innovative Force Dance Group Blows The Competition Away
Lamar faces daily criticism about his marriage to Khloe, but he doesn’t expect that type of heat from his teammates! Read on fore more details about how some players feel about Lamar’s marriage to the famous Kardashian.
When Lamar Odom is in uniform and on the basketball court he has one thing on his mind — winning! And while there’s chatter that some of his LA Clippers teammates make fun of his marriage to Khloe Kardashian, HollywoodLife.com has learned EXCLUSIVELY that Lamar could care less.
Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom Marriage — Why LO Doesn’t Care What Team Thinks
Lamar and his teammates have better things to do than gossip about the ladies in their lives, a source close to the Sixth Man of the Year tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“They’re not a bunch of bi**hes, they’re all grown men,” the source says. “When they’re in that locker room or on the court, it’s all business. It’s about winning championships. None of those ballers are thinking about what Lamar and Khloe are doing, and he’s not thinking about what his teammates are doing in their marriages.”
In fact, Lamar doesn’t even have a best friend on the team. We’ve learned his one and only BFF is his wife!
“Khloe’s his best friend,” says the source. “He loves her unconditionally and respects her as his wife.”
Khloe Kardashian: How She Supports Lamar Odom
We told you Lamar, 33, says Khloe, 29, is the “best thing that ever happened to him."
No matter how much Lamar may at times struggle on the court, or how depressed Khloe gets after failed attempts to begin a family with her husband, the couple always has each others backs — even financially.
A source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that Khloe knows basketball won’t last forever, so she makes sure Lamar saves his money.
"She's got his butt in check, financially and all," the source reveals. "Don't get me wrong, he doesn't have that rich mentality some of these other cats in the NBA do — he's smart, he's intelligent. Khloe just enhances all that. She ain't about to let him blow off his money and be broke."
It’s great that Khloe and Lamar are always looking out for each other.
Now it’s your turn to sound off, HollywoodLifers. Is Lamar smart for not listening to others about his marriage?
WATCH: Kris Jenner Tells HollywoodLife.com She Wants Khloe And Lamar To Have A Baby
Lea Michele After Cory Monteith’s Death — Spotted Out For First Time
The 26-year-old Glee star has been keeping a low profile while she mourns her devastating loss. Lea was photographed for the first time as she travelled in the passenger seat of a female friend’s car to an address in Bel Air, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.
Lea, whose eyes were hidden by dark sunglasses, looked solemn and appeared to be wearing a silver necklace spelling out Cory’s name, which she has been spotted wearing in the past. This is so heartbreaking. Lea must miss Cory desperately.
Lea Michele: Cory Monteith 'Will Forever Be In My Heart' — First Tweet
It’s been a very emotional few weeks for Lea, but it seems like she’s starting to accept Cory’s death. Lea broke her online silence on July 29 for the first time since his tragic passing.
"Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support," the Gleestar tweeted to her 3.5 million+ Twitter followers. "Cory will forever be in my heart."
Along with her tweet, Lea attached a heartwarming — and heartbreaking — photo of herself with Cory enjoying the sunset.
So sad. We continue to send our prayers and thoughts to Lea and Cory’s family during this difficult time.
Has Wilden’s true killer finally been revealed? … I doubt it.
There’s a chance Hanna (Ashley Benson) might have gone a little too far helping her mom on the July 30 episode of Pretty Little Liars. Desperate to get her mom out of prison, she decided to tell the cops that she killed Detective WIlden (Bryce Johnson), and she turned to the one person she knew could help her perfect a lie: Mona (Janel Parrish)! Unfortunately, Hanna’s knight in shining hair didn’t approve of her new ally. Could this be the beginning of the end of her relationship with Caleb (Tyler Blackburn)?
Nope! They’re still fine. (Sorry to get you all worried there.) There was a pretty big twist, though, when Mona showed up to the police station and confessed to killing Wilden herself! What does she have up her sleeve?!
Did Wilden Kill Toby’s Mom?
Meanwhile, Spencer (Troian Bellisario) dug deeper into the mystery of what really happened to Toby’s (Keegan Allen) mother. Her most unsettling discovery was that Wilden had faked her death report, and now she’s convinced that someone else wanted to see him dead. You know, besides Hanna. And Hanna’s mom. And everybody else in town.
Unfortunately, Spencer’s mom — aka Mariska Hargitay‘s stunt double — wasn’t having any of her daughter’s suspicions. I guess Spencer’s going to have take matters into her own hands… again.
A few blocks over, Aria (Lucy Hale) was up to her pretty little neck in family problems. After finding out that Mike’s (Cody Christian) teammates have been giving him a hard time, she nearly freaked out when she thought he had passed out drunk at a party. So who did she call for help? Her dashing, responsible ex-boyfriend Ezra (Ian Harding), perhaps? Nope! She punched in Jake’s (Ryan Guzman) digits, and he came running to her side in no time flat.
Once they realized Mike was fine, Aria and Jake had themselves a mini-date, only they didn’t call it a date. Even when they saw a commercial for Insidious Chapter 2 – that was some A+ product placement, by the way — Aria refused to call their future movie outing a date. She came pretty close, though!
Tears Of A Mom
And it was a rough week for the Fields family, as Emily (Shay Mitchell) and her mom dealt with the aftermath of that random car driving into their living room last week. While Emily looked to the future — she met with her old Habitat For Humanity supervisor (Rumer Willis) for a recommendation and another potential trip — Mrs. Fields (Nia Peeples) completely fell apart, faced with the mountain of stressful struggles in her life. In fact, she literally broke down at the end of the episode, crying in her daughter’s arms. (Am I the only one who cannot handle watching moms cry? It kills me every time!)
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of this week’s episode? Any new predictions for the future? It was a hectic episode, so before you drop a comment, enjoy Mikey Wax‘s song “In Case I Go Again,” which was featured on tonight’s episode!
After a months-long trial, Bradley was acquitted of the most serious charge he faced — aiding the enemy. Read on to find out how stars felt about the verdict.
After Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old Army private who sent thousands of classified U.S. military documents to WikiLeaks, was acquitted of aiding the enemy on July 30, celebrities took to Twitter to voice their mixed feelings about the verdict.
Bradley Manning Acquitted — Celebs React To WikiLeaks Trial Verdict
Although Bradley was acquitted of the most serious charge brought against him, he was convicted of six espionage counts, five theft charges, a computer fraud charge and other military infractions. His fate was decided by a judge, and many celebrities took to Twitter to voice their disapproval over the verdict.
Rosie O’Donnell tweeted,“Bradley Manning’s treatment was cruel and inhuman, UN torture chief rules http://gu.com/p/365ac/tw via @guardian THIS IS AMERICA?”
John Cusack tweeted, ”Fr all you assholes quick to “hang ” snowden &manning u should try expressing deep gratitude to patriots.”
Ronan Farrow tweeted, ”Bradley Manning is no hero. He caused damage. But an aiding the enemy charge should never be applied to leaks to reporting groups.” His mother, Mia Farrow, also tweeted about the verdict, simply saying, ”Manning NOT guilty of aiding enemy.”
Singer Moby tweeted before the verdict was announced, “Here’s hoping…Judge to announce verdict in Bradley Manning case @washingtonpost http://wapo.st/18KIPX2 #freebradleymanning #bradleymanning.”
Bradley Manning’s Famous Supporters Make ‘I Am Bradley Manning Video’
After Bradley leaked the confidential reports and was arrested, a Bradley Manning Support Network Project was created online, and several celebrities backed the cause. Russell Brand, Maggie Gyllenhaal and filmmaker Oliver Stone all advocated for the whistleblower to get a fair trial in a video titled “I Am Bradley Manning.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are YOU shocked by the verdict?
Fresh off her alleged virtual affair with New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, Sydney is considering a career in porn. Read on for more details!
Anthony Weiner‘s latest sexting buddy, Sydney Leathers,is a blogger for the Indiana Progressive Liberals and former field organizer for President Obama‘s re-election campaign. But after her newfound infamy, Sydney might get a new job title: porn star!
Sydney Leathers Porn Video — Anthony Weiner’s Sexting Partner Making Sex Tape?
TMZ released a video of Sydney getting into Vivid Entertainment founder and co-chairman Steven Hirsch‘s car as she left the porn headquarters in Los Angeles July 27.
Steve tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that Sydney is in negotiations with Vivid.
“We have offered Sydney several options, but as of now no agreement has been reached,” he said. ”We hope to get a deal done with her soon.”
Sydney sat down with Howard Stern on July 30 to talk about the sexting scandal, and he asked her about doing porn.
Sydney said she wants to keep her options open, but added that she’s not nervous about appearing nude on camera. When Howard asked if she will actually “do it” on camera, she said he’ll have to wait and see!
It sounds like the not-so-shy Sydney has a promising career ahead of her. Plus, she already has a built-in porn name!
Sydney Leathers Is Anthony Weiner’s New Sexting Buddy
That’s one big baby! Baby Jasleen was born naturally on July 26 — and she weighed 13.47 pounds! But what undiagnosed medical condition caused the bigger-than-normal baby?
Oh, baby! Jasleen was born on July 26 at University Hospital in Leipzig, Germany, weighing in at a whopping 13 pounds, 4 ounces! And while most babies her size are delivered via caesarean section, baby Jasleen’s mother delivered her daughter naturally!
Germany’s Biggest Baby Born WITHOUT C-Section
Jasleen was delivered naturally on July 26, weighing 13.47 pounds and measuring 22.6 inches long, making her the largest newborn in Germany, surpassing a baby boy named Jihad who was born in Berlin in 2011 and weighed 13 pounds. Both mother and baby Jasleen are doing well, though the newborn remains hospitalized in the neonatal care unit.
The medical term used for babies who are born weighing more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces is “fetal macrosomia,” which makes vaginal delivery difficult and increases the risk that the baby will have health problems after birth.
What Caused Baby Jasleen’s Higher Than Average Birth Weight?
German newspaper Der Spiegel explains that Jasleen’s mother had a previously undiagnosed cast of gestational diabetes, citing the medical condition as cause for the baby’s birth weight.
“This condition, which develops at around the 24th week of pregnancy, can lead to a larger than usual baby size,” according to Mail Online.
Baby Jasleen NOT The Biggest Baby Born This Year
While Jasleen may be a big baby, breaking the record in Germany, would you believe it if we told you that she’s not the biggest baby born this year? George King was born to a British couple in March, and weighed 15 pounds, 7 ounces!
Nothing stands in the way of Selena her chicken! The singer hit up an LA Hooters restaurant with a couple friends, and she couldn’t look happier. Is it because Justin Bieber made it to her birthday party?
Selena Gomez is recovering from a week of partying and celebrations after turning 21 on July 22, and what better way to chill out than with a trip to Hooters with friends. Looking really happy, Selena took some cute pictures with fans, and looked happy. Things must really be going well with Justin Bieber then!
Selena Gomez At Hooters
Selena, 21, wore dark glasses, gray sweatpants and a white tank top to Hooters, where she ate with some friends. Now that she is 21, perhaps she had a beverage with her food!
Selena is smiling in both pics, and perhaps this is because Justin showed up at her huge birthday party on July 27, with a red rose for the birthday girl!
Selena may be happy to be on good terms with Justin, but there is one person who is not!
Taylor Swift Skipped Selena Gomez’s Party To Avoid Justin Bieber
There was one notable face missing at Malibu’s Revolve Beach House, and that was Taylor Swift‘s. So why did Taylor not make it? HollywoodLife.com learned that Taylor did not go because she didn’t want to see Justin.
A source close to Taylor tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively:
Taylor isn’t mad that Selena’s party was in LA. Taylor has been busy and will celebrate with Selena sooner than later and has contacted her to wish her a Happy Birthday, but she would have avoided going to the party because she would know Justin was there and she isn’t a super partier.
She is actually happy that she was busy so she had an excuse to avoid the hoopla herself as she would avoid the drinking and the carrying on. Taylor is very much a homebody and a little reserved so she is not to torn up that she missed out.
Taylor, 23, was performing on the East Coast, so it was always going to be difficult for her to make the party, but Justin being there gave her a nice excuse to get out of it.
What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Do you think Selena looks cute in these pictures? Do YOU think she is dating Justin again?
Kanye is fed up with Ray J’s recent insults, and he’s warning Ray J to knock it off before their paths cross! Keep reading for all the EXCLUSIVE details!
Look out, Ray J – Kanye West is mad at you! After Ray J mocked Kanye yet again by reenacting the infamous airport scene where the Yeezus artist allegedly attacked a photographer, Yeezy is demanding Brandy Norwood‘s brother stop insulting him before their paths cross, HollywoodLife.com is EXCLUSIVELY reporting.
Ray J Mocks Kanye West: He’s Being ‘Disrespectful’
In a video posted to TMZ on July 30, paparazzi for the gossip site are shown following Ray J and his crew as they leave Tru Nightclub in Hollywood on July 29, and asking him a series of questions. Jokingly, Ray J says to one cameraman, “I told you at the airport,” and begins to fake a scuffle with him.
“Ray J is being disrespectful and he’s looking for trouble,” a source close to Kanye tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Kanye and Kim [Kardashian] haven’t done anything to him for him to come at them all foul. It’s just bad for business.”
“Make no mistake, their paths will cross and when they do, Kanye will have words for him,” the source adds.
This isn’t the first time Ray J has pissed off the 36-year-old “New Slaves” singer. Earlier this year, Ray J released a single about his relationship with Kim titled "I Hit It First.”
The song contains lyrics like, “Hit it from north/Brought her head down south/Now that I'm finished/She's on to Mr. West." Needless to say, Kayne was not pleased.
Our source says Kanye believes Ray J is desperate for attention, and he’s lashing out at the famous couple simply to stay in the press.
“Ray J is hurt because deep down he probably still likes Kim and wants to be relevant and clock major figures like Kanye and Kim, but he can’t and that’s why he’s acting out like the little b**ch he is,” the source reveals.
Kanye West Attacks Photographer Again … Allegedly
Ray’s diss was based on an incident in which Kanye allegedly attacked a photographer outside Los Angeles International Airport on July 19. Kanye asked an "especially aggressive" photographer not to ask him any questions upon his arrival, and when the photographer continued to probe, Kanye allegedly "attacked, attempting several punches."
Kayne definitely caused a scene, but is that any reason for Ray J to publicly diss him again? What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers. Will Kayne have words with Ray J if he sees him in public?
WATCH: Kanye West Demands Photographer Not Talk To Him
Princess Diana may be gone, but ‘The People’s Princess’ is most certainly not forgotten. ‘Vanity Fair’ has placed an absolutely beautiful picture of the late Princess of Wales on their 2013 Style Issue, and it reminds us just how lovely Diana truly was.
Princess Diana tragically passed away on August 31, 1997 at the age of 36, yet her legacy lives on. Case in point: Vanity Fair has placed her on the cover of their coveted September issue. The article inside the mag focuses on Diana’s much talked about love life and relationship with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, but we were more preoccupied with how stunning she looked on the cover.
Princess Diana On Vanity Fair’s September 2013 Cover — Gorgeous Blue Eyes
Princess Diana shows off her signature gorgeous blue eyes in the famous photo shot by Mario Testino in London in March of 1997, just five months before her untimely death.
While some may find Vanity Fair‘s decision to place Diana on the cover as in poor taste, we actually find it to be a touching tribute. After all, with the recent birth of Diana’s grandson Prince George, the former Princess’s memory is now quite present in the public conscience.
Plus, the cover only serves to remind us just how lovely the Princess of Wales was — both inside and out. This iconic photograph features her lovely English rose complexion, much-talked about blonde hair, and of course — her beautiful, kind blue eyes.
Tell us how you feel about Diana on the cover of Vanity Fair, HollywoodLifers!
Well, that’s not awkward at all! The MTV starlet is expecting her very first bundle of joy, a baby boy who is due this fall!
Congratulations are in order for Nikki Deloach, 33, who is expecting her first child, a boy, this October! We’re so excited that this funny lady is going to be taking on the mothering role!
Nikki Deloach Expecting A Baby Boy
Nikki, who plays Lacey Hamilton on MTV’s series Awkward, announced her pregnancy by way of a shopping trip at a Back-To-School event at The Children’s Place. Preparing for her baby’s first day of school already? How unlike Lacey!
Prior to heading out shopping, Nikki tweeted: “So excited to shop for the little one @childrensplace today. Who knew buying things in miniature could be so much fun.”
Miniature clothes are half the fun of expecting a baby, Nikki!
MTV confirms that Nikki is due in October 2013. Congrats!
Nikki Deloach Picks Out Boy Clothes At The Children’s Place
While picking out clothing, Nikki took an Instagram pic of herself holding up clothes fit for a tiny baby boy! The funny girl didn’t lose any of her signature wit, tweeting:
After [years] of dressing my cats in mini, in a few months, I’ll have a real life baby of my own to dress. HUGE thx to @childrensplace for my 1st clothing shopping spree.
We wouldn’t expect any less hilarious of a comparison from Nikki!
What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Are you excited that Nikki’s expecting a boy?
Katy spends quite a bit of time in her Elle UK September interview talking about her incredibly close friendship with the former Twilight star. But you’ll never believe just how close these two get and why it doesn’t make for a good dating life.
Katy Perryloves Robert Pattinson but just as a friend. The 28-year-old gives a very intimate interview to Elle UK about her dating life and she says she’s always looked at Rob as simply a friend.
Katy Perry Reveals Why She’s Never Dated Robert Pattinson
The singer talks quite a bit about how the reports that claimed she and Rob were more than just friends. She explains in the article that she was trying to be there for Rob after the break up with Kristen Stewart.
But above all, Katy says she see Rob like a little brother and that she actually does gross things around him she’d never do if she had romantic feelings for him.
OK, so here’s the proof there was never anything going on with me and Robert Pattinson,” she says. “I fart in front of him. Properly fart. And I never, ever fart in front of a man I am dating. That’s a rule. He’s my bud, I’m like his big sister. We just hang out. The other day, I said: ‘One of the things I’m most proud of is not sleeping with you, Robert.’ And that’s true.
We told you that Katy also said in the same interview that she reached out to Kristen when the rumors were rampant to try and assure her nothing was going on.
“I sent her a text message saying: ‘I know you’ve seen all this stuff but you know I would never disrespect you. I’m not that person,’” she said. “I’m just trying to be a friend to him but it is unfortunate that I do have a set of t*ts.’”
Rob & Katy Spend Tons Of Time Together After K-Stew Break Up
We told you that the pals were spotted out together quite a bit after the Robsten split. They were spotted out a concerts, out in NYC together and even crashing a wedding together.
It’s nice to hear that Katy went out of her way to make K-Stew feel comfortable about the situation.