Marie Osmond says she’s ‘Dancing’ in a scandal

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While most everyone agrees the current season of “Dancing With the Stars” has the best talent yet, not all the celeb contestants are happy with the judges' take. One star vented her frustration to OK! magazine about what she feels is obvious ageism.

“I think they're trying to get the older chicks off the show, and I say shame on them,” passable paso doble dancer Marie Osmond said of judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. On Monday night's show, she and fellow 50-plus hoofer, Jane Seymour, received the lowest scores for their routines. “I mean, come on — compare us to a 20-year-old! We're doing good!”

Jane remains mum on the subject, but her hubby, James Keach isn't happy with what the judges dished out to his missus. “Her dance deserved a much better score than it got," he insisted. “If I gave you my true opinion of the other dancers, I wouldn't be a popular guy here tonight.”

Anyone who witnessed Jane’s attempt at jive may notice a little marital bias on James’ part, but Jane and partner Tony Dovolani do have some beefs of their own.

After their Viennese waltz earlier this month, Jane and Tony took a tongue-lashing from Carrie Ann on the subject of lifts. Jane questioned Carrie Ann’s controversial critique in her blog, while Tony spoke more bluntly to People about the former Fly Girl's lift issue. “(Carrie Ann) does not understand what ballroom dancing is,” Tony complained. “She's never done it herself. … She really comes from the hip-hop world.”

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Following the incident, Tony graciously gifted Carrie Ann a ballroom rulebook with the relevant sections highlighted. But Carrie Ann’s response didn't impress the pro. “She laughed about it and gave me the finger,” Tony said. “I thought it was a very ladylike gesture,” he added with a hint of sarcasm “I laughed because I thought I hit home. And then I paid for it this week because … we got the lowest score from her.”

Regardless of any controversies or conspiracy theories, both Marie and Jane remained safe after Tuesday night’s “Dancing” results show. Instead, it was a shocking exit for “Cheetah Girl” whippersnapper Sabrina Bryan.

Britney boozed while K-Fed fretted? Far be it for Kevin Federline to smack talk his once and future meal ticket to the media. But that doesn’t stop his girlfriend! K-Fed’s latest lover, Nicole Narain, recently spilled the beans to News of the World, sharing what she said K-Fed fears most about ex-wife Britney Spears and her reportedly poor parenting skills.

According to former Playboy Playmate Nicole, Kevin worries that one day, Britney and/or the kids will wind up dead. He can’t bear to see his sons Jayden and Sean Preston “looking stressed, traumatized and disorientated” as Britney “carts them off on another jaunt around town, seemingly for no reason.” That’s one of the key reasons that the father of five (with three previous kids with Shar Jackson) went for custody in court, Nicole said.

“I can't allow her to have custody because I seriously believe she could harm our sons,” Kevin allegedly told Nicole. “I've shared her life and I know she's capable of anything with pills and a few drinks inside her.”

The apparently fault-free K-Fed also confided that he’d see Britney stumbling around the house guzzling vodka and Coke and looking very tipsy. “Then a few moments later, I saw her pick up Jayden and start breast-feeding him,” Nicole relayed to NOTW on Kevin’s behalf. “That sent me up the wall. I yelled at her, 'If you really wanna drink then make sure the baby gets bottled milk, not yours.'”

Britney’s purported lack of motherly instincts became an increasing concern for K-Fed in the last few months of their marriage. “She'd leave the kids near the pool unsupervised or drive around without belting them in,” Kevin supposedly said. “She always insisted what she was doing was right. There was no getting through to her. I still love her as she is mother to my two sons but I will never ever get back together with her."

Dish on the fly Eva Mendes’ recent appraisal of Joaquin Phoenix’s puppy-like acting abilities went unappreciated by the increasingly cranky actor, the New York Post’s Page Six reports. While Eva claimed she found her “We Own the Night” co-star “kind of like working with a puppy dog or a 2-year-old," Joaquin snapped, “My apologies, Eva, but I had a few other scenes that you weren't in. This puppy dog had a lot of work to do." Quick! Someone fetch a rolled-up newspaper! … Exceptionally shy Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers steers clear of the cameras when he isn’t working, mainly because he fears he’ll never work again. "You know why I stay out of the limelight?” Jonathan’s quoted as questioning in Contact Music. “I always think there will be that time that people will find out that I'm crap at what I do.” Well then, maybe he should’ve never made “Match Point.”

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