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Former “American Idol” contestants come together for “Where Are We Now” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — If you ever wondered what happened to William Hung, Sanjaya Malakar and a number of other onetime American Idol contestants, Jimmy Kimmel wondered the same thing.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night — in celebration of the season finale of American Idol earlier in the evening — the late-night talk show host rented out a studio for several noteworthy former Idolcontestants to record a “We Are the World”-type song called “Where Are We Now.”

In the song, Hung informed us that, “I speak to corporations inspirationally / And, ladies, now I’m single, so Snapchat me.” Meanwhile, Sanjaya revealed, “I work at a bar mixing signature cocktails / I also do construction on the side.”

Also appearing was Kevin “Chicken Little” Covais, who sang, “I’m Chicken Little, I had a part in Transformers 4 / I’m also a notary public right here in L.A.”

Among others, the song also featured former Idol champions Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, who wondered what they were doing there among a number of American Idol rejects.

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“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” finale: Adam Rippon wins the mirrorball

ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) — Adam Rippon proved he is indeed still America’s sweetheart. The Olympic figure skater was crowned the winner of Dancing with the Stars: Athletes Monday night after four short weeks of competition. He shares the mirrorball trophy with his professional dance partner Jenna Johnson.

Adam’s fellow finalists — figure skater Tonya Harding and partner Sasha Farber, and Washington Redskins’ Josh Norman and partner Sharna Burgess — put up a good fight, though. Each of the three couples received at least one perfect score during the night.

The three pairs each performed two dances, the final one being a freestyle. Then, their votes from last week were tallied with the judges’ scores to determine the winner.

Here’s how it all went down:

Tonya and Sasha

First, they performed a Viennese Waltz. Judge Len Goodman praised the performance, saying they had “great control” and that it was “beautifully danced.” Judge Bruno Tonioli said it was like watching a “born again Tonya,” though judge Carrie Ann Inaba noted that Tonya looked more nervous than usual. 
Score: 26/30

For their freestyle, they danced to “I Will Survive,” beginning with Tonya being lowered from the ceiling on a platform. The dramatic entrance gave way to a number full of lifts, flips and spins. Carrie Ann gave them a standing ovation and gave Tonya a big hug. The dance earned Tonya her first perfect score of the competition.
Score: 30/30

Josh and Sharna

They dance the foxtrot for their first dance, and Josh kept his shirt on for a change. “Did it hinder you having all those clothes on?” host Tom Bergeron joked. Sharna almost slipped on her dress during one of the spins, but Josh caught her. 
Score: 27/30

Josh’s shirt was off again for their freestyle, a football-themed number that ended with a wall of rain indoors. Bruno praised Josh for his powerful presence and Carrie Ann gave props to Sharna for her choreography. It was perfect score material.
Score: 30/30

Adam and Jenna

Their first dance was a peppy jazz number that got a standing ovation from the audience. Carrie Ann called them the “wonder twins of dance,” while Bruno said it was “exquisitely theatrical.” It got a perfect score from the judges. 
Score: 30/30

Their freestyle was not quite as strong. The bizarre dance involved large pink fans, some vogueing and Adam in a black bowl cut wig. The judges commended Adam on the dance’s unconventional style. But Carrie Ann added that she felt like it was missing something. 
Score: 28/30

The finale concluded with a group number by all of the couples from this season, before Adam and Jenna were announced as the winners of the mirrorball trophy.

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And the new “American Idol” is… Maddie Poppe

ABC/Mitch Haaseth(LOS ANGELES) — American Idol’s two-part finale concluded on Monday with the top three finalists learning that Maddie Poppe is the newest “American Idol.”

Caleb Lee Hutchinson came in second, with Gabby Barrett finishing third.

Poppe receives a recording contract with Hollywood Records, as well as an opportunity to perform at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, and at the Radio Disney Awards.

The evening also included performances from judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, as well as the top 10 finalists returning for performances with music superstars.

Here are Tuesday’s highlights:

The show opened with the top 10 finalists joining Richie for a version of his signature hit “All Night Long”

Nick Jonas and Mustard teamed up for their new single, “Anywhere.” Afterwards, top 10 finalist Jurneejoined Nick for his hit “Jealous.”

After Bryan debuted his new single, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” he introduced Barrett, who joined him for a duet on “Most People Are Good,” the second single from Bryan’s latest album, What Makes You Country.

Next, top 10 finalist Cade Foehner jammed with Gary Clark, Jr. and eliminated Idol contestant Dennis Lorenzo on Clark’s “Bright Lights.”

Then, in one of the night’s most unusual pairings, Poppe delivered an encore performance of the song she auditioned with — “Rainbow Connection,” from The Muppet Movie. This time, she was joined by Kermit the Frog.

Hutchinson got to sing alongside one of his idols, Darius Rucker, on Rucker’s hit “Wagon Wheel.”

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel popped in to reveal the contents of an American Idol time capsule “buried in host Ryan Seacrest’s zucchini garden,” which contained alleged items from the show’s past, including a tiny V-neck tee shirt worn by Simon Cowell — complete with built-in nipples; Seacrest’s frosted hair tips from season 1; a collection of Steven Tyler’s scarves, the tips from Adam Lambert’s fingerless gloves; Sanjaya’s hair – followed by Sanyaya himself. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host joked that Clay Aiken was also supposed to be in the capsule, but Sanjaya admitted that he was hungry after all that time and “ate him.”

Next, Barrett, Lee and Poppe joined Bebe Rexha for her hit “Meant to Be.”

Top 24 contestant Layla Spring, 16, and her 7-year-old sister Dyxie – who charmed the judges during the auditions — returned to sing “Blue,” by LeAnn Rimes, who made a surprise appearance to sing with the girls.

Katy Perry made good on a promise she made to top 10 finalist Catie Turner earlier in the competition to “personally sing” with her. They joined forces on Perry’s 2012 hit “Part of Me.”

Yolanda Adams and Michael J. Woodard, backed by a choir, performed Jackie DeShannon’s “What the World Needs Now.”

Caleb and Maddie – who revealed they are currently dating – dueted on a mash-up of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World.” Afterwards, Seacrest presented the couple with a trip to Hawaii.

Finally, top 10 finalists Ada Vox and Michelle Sussett joined Patti LaBelle for her classic “Lady Marmalade.”

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Celebrities sign letter imploring Indonesian president to stop dog meat trade

DMFI – 2018(LONDON) — A letter signed by dozens of celebrities — from Ricky Gervais and Ricky Martin to Oscar-winners Hunt Hunt and Dame Judy Dench and Emmy-winner Ellen DeGeneres — is urging Indonesian President Joko Widodo to stop the slaughter of millions of dogs and cats for food.

In a haunting video from the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition, celebrities claim they “didn’t know” about the horrors of the dog meat trade, which includes not only the stealing of family pets, but the slaughter of the animals for their meat.

The dogs are piled into cages only to be killed brutally, including using a blowtorch to remove the fur from live animals.

In addition to the inhumane treatment of the animals, the stars, 90 of them in all, claim the trade is also causing the spread of rabies to people and cutting into Indonesia’s tourism trade due to outraged pet lovers the world over.

The stars are imploring the country to join the “growing number of countries across Asia” that have banned the practice.

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Commander in Stream: Barack and Michelle Obama turn producers in Netflix partnership

Joe Pugliese/Netflix(NEW YORK) — Barack Obama has gone from president to producer in a deal with Netflix that will have him and former first lady Michelle creating programming for Netflix.

Confirming news that first broke last March, the streaming giant announced the couple will produce “a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features” for Netflix’s 125 million member households. 

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” Obama said in a statement. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” Mrs. Obama adds. “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

The pair’s newly minted Higher Ground production company will shepherd the projects.

Calling the couple, “among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures,” an “incredibly proud” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said the Obamas “are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better.”  

The former president appeared in January on David Letterman’s Netflix talk show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

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“Veep” Emmy winner Tony Hale says Julia Louis-Dreyfus “doing great” post cancer treatment; shooting to resume soon

HBO/Justin M. Lubin(NEW YORK) — While promoting the return of his beloved show Arrested Development, the fifth season of which hits Netflix next week, ABC Radio asked Tony Hale about his other show, HBO’s Veep, and the awaited return of his fellow Emmy-winning star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. 

Last September, Louis-Dreyfus revealed she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer and would be undergoing treatment.  She’s bouncing back, Hale says.

“Julia’s doing great. She’s getting stronger and stronger, so we’ll … be ready [to start shooting] by the end of the summer,” the actor shared.  “You know, she’s amazing,” he added. “She’s amazing.” 

In a post to fans earlier this year, the actress noted she’d finished chemotherapy and surgery to fight the disease.

“Hoorah! Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery,” she captioned the shot. “Hey cancer, ‘F*** you!'”

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Famed chef Mario Batali investigated for sexual assault by NYPD

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — Beleaguered chef Mario Batali is being investigated by the New York Police Department for sexual assault allegations raised in a 60 Minutes report that aired Sunday.

The NYPD told ABC News that a woman came forward earlier this year to report the alleged incident from the mid-2000s.

The 60 Minutes report featured an unidentified former employee of Batali’s, who spoke out about the 57-year-old chef and former TV star, saying he drugged and assaulted her at a popular New York City restaurant more than a decade ago.

“I remember a moment where I was on his lap, kissing him. Like, he was kissing me,” she said on the program. “And then I remember throwing up in a toilet. And that is all. I woke up by myself on the floor. The first thing I think is I’ve been drugged….I’ve been assaulted,” she said.

The woman added that she spoke to police after the alleged incident but did not file a report.

A request for comment from Batali’s rep wasn’t immediately returned to ABC News, but the chef “vehemently” denied the assault to 60 Minutes.

Last December, four women came forward and told the website Eater that Batali had sexually harassed them.

“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt,” Batali said in part at the time. “That behavior was wrong, and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”

After the Eater piece, Batali was asked to leave ABC’s The Chew and he offered to step away from the day-to-day operations of his restaurant group, the Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group.

A rep told 60 Minutes that it finds the allegations “deeply disturbing” and that “our partnership with Mr. Batali is ending…”

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Karrueche Tran dishes on how she met her new beau, former NFL player Victor Cruz

Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Karrueche Tran is focused on living her best life.

With the recent release of her headlining feature in the Zoe Saldana-produced comedy The Honor List, and her upcoming return as Virginia on season two of Claws, Tran has transformed herself from Internet personality to full-fledged actress.

With a seemingly bright future ahead of her, Tran has also gained a new relationship — with her now boyfriend, former NFL player Victor Cruz — which she is excited to talk about.

“I mean we’ve known each other for a while, but he was in a relationship before — which I totally respected,” Tran tells ABC Radio, dishing on how the two first met. “And that up until recently, you know, he was single and I was like, ‘Are you sure, you’re single…? I had to, you know, confirm all that.”

The two, who were first spotted in December 2017 simply holding hands while walking in L.A., have upgraded their public displays of affection to now kissing and hanging out on vacation together.

According to Tran, their relationship has been both “real” and authentic.

“And then so we just started like hanging out, and getting to know each other,” she says. “And it’s just very, like, genuine and real. We have a good time together, we have fun. And that’s all that matters.”

The Honor List, which also stars Meghan RienksSasha Pieterse and Arden Cho, is now available on digital, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand. Tran’s comedy Claws returns Sunday, June 10 at 9 p.m. on TNT.

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“SNL” ends season with star-studded finale and a “Sopranos”-themed cold open

Photo by: Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) — On its season finale, Saturday Night Live celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Robert Mueller investigation with a parody of the final scene of The Sopranos — complete with a diner and, yes, even Journey.

The show opened with Alec Baldwin’s Trump playing the role of Tony Soprano in a diner waiting on his “family” to show up for dinner. But instead of Carmela, A.J. and Meadow showing up, it was Rudy Giuliani, Michael Cohen and Donald Trump Jr.

As usual, Giuliani was played by Kate McKinnon, Michael Cohen was Ben Stiller and Mikey Day played the role of Trump Jr.

“So Rudy did you go on Fox News last night?” Trump asked.

“Twenty times,” he responded over Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” “I said you colluded with Russia, but then I ended with, ‘So what?'”

Host Tina Fey followed up the star-studded cold open with a monologue, joking that A-list celebrities were stealing time from the series’ cast.

Of course, she then proceeded to take questions from the audience, comprised of Jerry Seinfeld, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Rock, De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Fred Armisen, Donald Glover — who hosted two weeks ago and said he left his hat — and Tracy Morgan. Not to mention superstar Nicki Minaj was the musical guest. 

Later in the show, Fey made a return to her iconic impression of Sarah Palin to highlight all the people the Trump administration has scorned. 

“Take it from me. Politics is a wild ride. One minute you’re on top and then you’re gone in the blink of a Scaramucci,” she jokes in Palin’s signature accent, closing the season with one of the show’s signature political jokes.

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“Deadpool 2” dethrones “Avengers: Infinity War” at the box office with $125 million weekend

20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) — Deadpool 2 ended Avengers: Infinity War‘s three-week reign at the box office, nabbing an estimated $125 million in its opening weekend. However, it failed to deliver the record opening for an R-rated film, as many predicted, falling short of the $132.4 million debut of the original Deadpool.

The film, starring Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin, did manage to set a record for 20th Century Fox, posting the studio’s best overseas debut with an estimated $176.3 million, topping the $174 million for 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. In total, Deadpool 2‘s worldwide take stands at $301.3 million.

Dropping to second place is Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, with an estimated $28.7 million, bringing its totals stateside to over $595 million and making it the eighth largest domestic release of all-time. 
It also tacked on an estimated $84 million overseas, and it now ranks as the third largest worldwide release with roughly $1.81 billion. Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC.

Book Club — starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen — bows in third place with an estimated $12.5 million, ahead of Life of the Party, which drops from second to fourth place with an estimated $7.7 million.

Rounding out the top five is Breaking In, collecting an estimated $6.47 million in its second week of release.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. Deadpool 2, $125 million
2. Avengers: Infinity War, $28.7 million
3. Book Club, $12.5 million
4. Life of the Party, $7.7 million
5. Breaking In, $6.47 million
6. Show Dogs, $6 million
7. Overboard, $4.7 million
8. A Quiet Place, $4 million
9. Rampage, $1.5 million
10. I Feel Pretty, $1.28 million

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