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Sheen drama gets even ‘more twisted’

As if domestic assault charges and the sudden need for rehab weren’t bad enough for Charlie Sheen’s rapidly declining reputation, the rumor mill’s latest low blow could knock the actor down for the count.

On Tuesday, Radar Online revealed a woman would soon step forward to share the alleged details of her sexual trysts with both the “Two and a Half Men” star and his wife, Brooke Mueller. By Wednesday, insiders confirmed the upcoming bombshell and claimed it’s even bigger than first thought.

“It’s more twisted than anyone knows or has suspected,” a source said. “It’s crazy.”

How so? According to the report, there’s more than one woman — and even a few men — who shared a bed with the Sheen and Mueller. Add to that one insider’s claim that “some of the women they slept with together also did drugs with them,” and the scope of the scandal become clearer.

Which begs the question: Why hasn’t Denise Richards chimed in yet?

Cowell ‘appalled’ by his on-air behavior “American Idol” viewers who can’t help cringing when Simon Cowell delivers his signature jabs to off-key contestants can rest assured they’re not alone. Even the acid-tongued judge finds his on-air insults hard to swallow.

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    The semifinalists for season nine have been selected. Here's a look at each of the final 24 contestants.

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    (seated, from left) Katelyn Epperly, Lilly Scott, Ashley Rodriguez, Lacey Brown, Janell Wheeler and Haeley Vaughn. (Standing, from left) Didi Benami, Michelle Delamor, Katie Stevens, Crystal Bowersox, Paige Miles and Soibhan Magnus.

    Check out this Idol photo shoot featuring the 12 female semifinalists

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    Didi Benami -

    Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

    Currently Resides: Los Angeles

    Age: 23

    Benami’s mother inspired her passion for music by singing to her when she was a little girl. She is currently pursuing a career in music in Los Angeles while learning to play the guitar and writing songs.

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    Hometown: Elliston, Ohio

    Currently Resides: Toledo, Ohio

    Age: 24

    Bowersox grew up on a farm in Northwest Ohio and has been playing music since she was 10. She enjoys playing the piano and harmonica and spending time with her son.

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    Hometown: Amarillo, Texas

    Currently Resides: Amarillo, Texas

    Age: 24

    Brown began singing when she was 12 at churches and holiday parties. Before auditioning for "Idol," she was teaching classes at her parents’ church in Amarillo.

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    Hometown: Miami

    Currently Resides: Miami

    Age: 22

    Delamor began singing at age 5 in church. Before her "Idol" experience, Delamor was working in retail and conducting a children’s choir.

    Voted off: March 4

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    Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa

    Currently Resides: West Des Moines, Iowa

    Age: 19

    Epperly was born in Iowa City, and has been singing since she was 2 years old. She is a sophomore at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., and enjoys playing the piano.

    Voted off: March 11

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    Hometown: Cape Cod, Mass.

    Currently Resides: Marstons Mills, Mass.

    Age: 20

    Magnus graduated from high school in 2008. She has been singing since age 9, and counts glassblowing as one of her hobbies.

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    Hometown: Naples, Fla.

    Currently Resides: Houston

    Age: 24

    Miles started singing in church when she was 5 years old. During high school, she was a competitive cheerleader and an after-school tutor.

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    Hometown: Chelsea, Mass.

    Currently Resides: Chelsea, Mass.

    Age: 22

    Rodriguez has been singing since she was 5. She recently graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majored in music business.

    Voted off: Feb. 25

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    Lilly Scott -

    Hometown: Littleton, Colo.

    Currently Resides: Denver

    Age: 20

    Scott was born in Houston, and grew up in Littleton. Before auditioning for "Idol," she was playing music locally and was the lead singer of a band called “Varlet.”

    Voted off: March 11

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    Katie Stevens -

    Hometown: Middlebury, Conn.

    Currently Resides: Middlebury, Conn.

    Age: 17

    Stevens was born in Waterbury, Conn., and has been singing since she was 3. She enjoys playing the guitar, piano, flute and cello, and is a senior at Pomperaug High School.

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    Hometown: Fort Collins, Colo.

    Currently Resides: Fort Collins, Colo.

    Age: 16

    Vaughn is a junior at Poudre High School in Fort Collins. In addition to playing the guitar, she is a member of the cheerleading squad.

    Voted off: March 4

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    Hometown: Tampa, Fla.

    Currently Resides: Tampa, Fla.

    Age: 24

    Wheeler began singing and songwriting in second grade. She graduated from the University of Florida at Gainesville in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre. She also enjoys playing the guitar and writing music.

    Voted off: Feb. 25

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    The final 12 guys -

    (Front row, from left) Andrew Garcia, John Park, Tyler Grady, Joe Munoz and Jermaine Sellers. (Back row, from left) Lee Dewyze, Aaron Kelly, Tim Urban, Michael Lynche, Todrick Hall, Casey James and Alex Lambert.

    Check out this Idol photo shoot featuring the 12 male semifinalists

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    Lee Dewyze -

    Hometown: Mount Prospect, Ill.

    Currently Resides: Mount Prospect, Ill.

    Age: 23

    Dewyze has been performing music since age 16. He graduated from Mount Prospect High School and enjoys playing the guitar and scuba diving.

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    Andrew Garcia -

    Hometown: Moreno Valley, Calif.

    Currently Resides: Moreno Valley, Calif.

    Age: 24

    Garcia was born in Compton, Calif., and has been singing since he was 18. He also enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with his son.

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    Hometown: Nazareth, Penn.

    Currently Resides: Nazareth, Penn.

    Age: 20

    Grady is currently a sophomore at Temple University in Philadelphia. He plays the drums and is the lead singer of a band.

    Voted off: Feb. 25

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    Hometown: Arlington, Texas

    Currently Resides: Arlington, Texas

    Age: 24

    Hall grew up in Plainview, Texas, and has been singing since age 10. After graduating from Bowie High School in 2003, he went on to perform on cruise ships and in theme parks.

    Voted off: March 11

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    Casey James -

    Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

    Currently Resides: Fort Worth, Texas

    Age: 27

    James has been singing since before he could speak. He enjoys playing the guitar and mandolin, and has been a full-time musician for the past 10 years.

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    Aaron Kelly -

    Hometown: Sonestown, Penn.

    Currently Resides: Sonestown, Penn.

    Age: 16

    Kelly is currently a senior at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. He also enjoys songwriting and photography.

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    Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

    Currently Resides: Fort Worth, Texas

    Age: 19

    Lambert was born in Fort Worth, and has been singing since he was 9. He is currently a senior at Richland High School.

    Voted off: March 11

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    Michael Lynche -

    Hometown: Astoria, NY

    Currently Resides: Astoria, NY

    Age: 26

    Lynche grew up in St. Petersburg, Fla., and has been singing since he was in junior high. He played football for the University of Central Florida, and currently works as a personal trainer.

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    Joe Muñoz -

    Hometown: Huntington Park, Calif.

    Currently Resides: Huntington Park, Calif.

    Age: 20

    Munoz has been singing since age 12. In addition to playing the guitar, he is fluent in both Spanish and English.

    Voted off: Feb. 25

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    Hometown: Northbrook, Ill.

    Currently Resides: Evanston, Ill.

    Age: 21

    Park began singing in the seventh grade. He is fluent in Korean, and is currently an undergraduate at Northwestern University. He also plays the piano, guitar and drums.

    Voted off: March 4

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    Hometown: Joliet, Ill.

    Currently Resides: Joliet, Ill.

    Age: 27

    Sellers began singing at age 7. Before auditioning for "Idol," he was singing in his local church and helping take care of his mother.

    Voted off: March 4

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    Hometown: Duncanville, Texas

    Currently Resides: Duncanville, Texas

    Age: 20

    Urban has been singing and playing the guitar since he was 13 years old. He and his nine siblings were homeschooled by his mother.

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    The top 24 semifinalists are: (females) Didi Benami, Crystal Bowersox, Lacey Brown, Michelle Delamor, Katelyn Epperly, Siobhan Magnus, Paige Miles, Ashley Rodriguez, Lilly Scott, Katie Stevens, Haeley Vaughn and Janell Wheeler; (males) Lee Dewyze, Andrew Garcia, Tyler Grady, Todrick Hall, Casey James, Aaron Kelly, Alex Lambert, Michael Lynche, Joe Muñoz, John Park, Jermaine Sellers and Tim Urban.

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“There’s many, many times where I've watched the show back, and I'm absolutely appalled,” Cowell confessed in an episode of “Life Stories” (excerpted in The Mirror). “You do the show, you're not aware of what's happening in the room outside. You know, somebody just said, ‘My dog Lassie died yesterday,’ I'm in a bad mood and, you know, awful, and you see it in that context, it’s very, very difficult to watch.”

And yet, Cowell, whose bad guy image extends to U.K. talent competitions “X Factor” and “Britain’s Got Talent,” hasn’t really curbed his tell-it-like-it-is-and-then-some approach.

“You become part of a mob,” the pro panelist explained. “And when you watch the show back you realize that you've gone too far.”

‘Bachelor’ Jake is taking it slow
Now that “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love” is finally (mercifully) over, fans of the franchise can embark on the traditional will-they-or-won’t-they-wed waiting game. That could be quite a wait, if flyboy Jake Pavelka has his way.

According to the New York Post, the would-be bridegroom insists a wedding is in the cards for Vienna Girardi and himself, but he’s in no hurry seal the deal.

“We’re going to take our time with (the wedding),” Pavelka stated. “I just want to date my fiancée for a little while. We’re engaged, but we haven’t seen our first movie yet.”

While patient Pavelka’s busy playing the unexpected role of rational guy, his betrothed is already planning for their trip down the aisle. Girardi’s BFF, Miss Florida Rachael Todd, spoke to Radar Online and confirmed her pal already asked her to join the wedding party.

“I’m just so excited for her. She called me right after the engagement on the show to ask me if I’d be her maid of honor,” Todd revealed.

Dish on the fly It looks like Lindsay Lohan is still on her TMI tour through the British press. After confessing the ins and outs of her drug- and boozed-filled past to The Sun last week, LiLo gave OK magazine U.K. the scoop on two of her three rehab stints, or as she calls them, vacations. “Well, the second two times I went into rehab, to be honest with you, I had to go because it was a court thing,” Lohan admitted. “It was an obligation. I had to do it to stay out of getting any jail time. And I took responsibility for that. And it was like a vacation.” Woo hoo, inpatient treatment! … Music chart it-girl Ke$ha added her charms to Britney Spears’ track, “Lace and Leather,” but the “Tik Tok” singer felt no need to hold back when asked what she thought of the Spears lip-synched live shows. “I don't think that’s fair at all for people who are going to see the show,” Ke$ha insisted. “I think if you are going to be a singer, you should sing. If you are going to be a dancer, you should dance. If you are going to do a combination of the two, you should make it very clear when you are singing and very clear when you are dancing. I would never do that to my fans. … It's treating people as if they are too stupid to realize you are not actually singing.”

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/ReeHines.

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