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In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva talks about a trend-setter, Elizabeth Taylor.

Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “The Ralphie Show.”

Ke$ha literally went from what she describes as “a hobo” to a platinum-selling recording artist with a memoir in stores, all within a couple of years. It might take a lot to surprise her these days, but one publication did the trick.


“I was a little shocked. I was like, ‘Are you sure?’” Ke$ha recalled when she heard Vibe Magazine wanted her to grace its cover. The artist became the first Caucasian woman to appear solo on the front of the magazine. “It is shocking, but also massively flattering.”

The “TiK ToK” singer attributes the honor to the idea that with music these days, “there are no boundaries.”

“On this record especially, I worked with so many people from so many different genres of music,” she explained on “The Ralphie Show.” “From Iggy Pop, to Flaming Lips, and the Strokes, and the Black Keys, and then will.i.am and Nate (Ruess) from fun. There’s so many different genres of music represented.”

That new album, Warrior, comes out December 4. The lead singer of fun. is a co-writer on the first single, “Die Young.” He and Ke$ha haven’t even met.

“He was working with my friend Benny Blanco here in New York, and I was in LA making my record with Dr. Luke,” she recalled. “They just sent over the chorus-y, like idea. And then Luke and I were like, ‘Oh, that’s great.’”

And voila, hit record? Not so much. Ke$ha also revealed that she re-wrote the song 10 times until she felt it was representative of her. The artist’s meticulous detail to lyrics is the main reason why almost two years passed between the releases of her two full-length albums.

“I really wanted to take my time with my second record because I feel like that is the record you really make a name for yourself or it could suck,” she stated. “I just wanted to make sure that my second record was me and it was right and it was honest and it was dope.”

The Nashville-born singer is played on the radio next to artists like Rihanna, who has worked at a pace of releasing seven albums in the last seven years.

“I think I would die,” responded Ke$ha when asked if she could release music at that speed. “I have a lot of respect for her.”

In addition to Warrior, Ke$ha is also selling the Deconstructed EP through her website. The release features acoustic, broken-down versions of songs such as “Die Young,” – allowing the singer to once again prove she doesn’t need auto-tune.

“I was just like, ‘Really? You really still don’t think I can sing? F*** all ya’ll!’” Ke$ha exclaimed, eliciting laughter in the studio. “It’s really irritating when you can do one of three things in your entire life, and everyone’s like, ‘You can’t sing!’”

On April 12, 2011 – Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan uploaded a cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” to YouTube. A year and a half later, with a record deal and hit singles under their belt, the people that comprise Karmin do not seem to have changed much. Sure, Heidemann is now obtaining those blogged-about hair rolls with the help of a stylist, and Noonan’s choice of instrument is now backed by a touring band when on the road. But as for Amy and Nick themselves, the two seem pretty unfazed.

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“We met all kinds of people. The Backstreet Boys, they were like, ‘Hey Karmin!’ We’re like, ‘Hey… Backstreet Boys,’” recalled Noonan of an elevator run-in with the boy band. “We were just chillin’ with (will.i.am) talking about Nebraska football.”

The duo continued to recollect experiences from their trip to the 2012 American Music Awards with the type of enthusiasm you’d expect from a radio contest winner. It’s refreshing.

“When we found out that we were presenting No Doubt, that was kind of the icing on the cake,” Noonan said. “That’s one of our favorite, most influenced-by bands, period.”

Heidemann chimed in that seeing Stevie Wonder live, for the first time, was another big highlight of the evening.

The band flew from Los Angeles to New York on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Amy and Nick filmed a performance for a year-end special on MTV. Then Thursday, the group took part in The 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Karmin is rolling off the success of its first major label release, Hello, which spawned the hit single, “Broken Hearted.” The group is recording a full-length album.

She’s been on a strict regimen – waking up at the crack of dawn for workouts and following a rigorous diet. But what is Miss USA to do on Thanksgiving, less than a month away from the Miss Universe pageant?

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If you’re 20 year-old Cranston, RI native Olivia Culpo – you might end up counting it as a cheat day.

“You have to treat yourself,” Culpo told me in studio on “The Ralphie Show.” “I think on that one day, I’ll treat myself a little, but I have to stay focused. Otherwise, slippery slope!”

The crown-holder doesn’t buy in to the idea that her Miss Universe entourage would keep her in line – not when she comes from a big, New England-based Italian-American family.

“They like to stuff food down your throat,” Culpo joked. “My mom’s always like, ‘Eat your sandwich!’”

Before anyone partakes in the holiday delicacies, the Culpo family will be in New York to watch Olivia appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Miss USA then plans to head back up to Rhode Island for the remainder of the day, but soon enough she’ll find herself back in New York. After all, the Miss Universe pageant is in just a few weeks. The competition airs on NBC December 19 from Las Vegas at 8 pm. Fan voting is already live at this link.

“You’d be surprised; for ‘Universe’ there’s such less time to prepare because I have my duties as Miss USA, which are my dedications to philanthropy and other things like that,” Culpo revealed. “And then on top of that, I have to prepare myself for Miss Universe.”

Between the daily itinerary and preparations, it leaves the 20 year-old little personal time. Thankfully for Culpo, she lives in the city that never sleeps.

“I love it here. Nothing ever closes,” she noted. “That’s great for people who don’t sleep like me.”

All kidding aside, Culpo revealed that once her term is finished, she’ll look to continue her college education from Boston University at New York University.

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In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva talked about a trend that was prevalent on the American Music Awards red carpet and throughout the holiday season, sparkle and shine, from clothing to accessories.

Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “The Ralphie Show.”

“Hitchcock” is essentially a movie about the making of a movie – the director Alfred’s most notable “Psycho.” But the November 2012 release focuses more on the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife, along with the lead actress of the film, Janet Leigh. Scarlett Johansson plays the actress, who it was rumored that Hitchcock flirted with, amongst perhaps other leading ladies he worked with.

This sounds like a storyline that the modern-day, 24/7 media would eat up to the very last tweet. But Johansson doesn’t believe that Leigh would have been covered much differently in 2012 than she was in 1960.

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“She had her own challenges,” Johansson told me on the red carpet of the “Hitchcock” movie premiere at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre. “She had a very public divorce; she lived a very public life.”

Still, Johansson thinks the only thing we would have more of is “pictures of her with her kids going to the grocery store.”

Plenty of photos are taken of Johansson and other leading ladies in Hollywood – like her co-star Jessica Biel. The newly-married Mrs. Timberlake was recently photographed with husband Justin and producer Timbaland in The Rockaways, handing out supplies to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.


“It was incredibly amazing and fulfilling,” Biel told me of the experience. “Everyone has to be a part of that community and give back, so it was incredible.”

It apparently has not taken long for contestants on “The X-Factor” to pick up on the tendencies of the show’s new hosts – Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian-Odom.

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“Here’s when I know people are about to call my name,” 13 year-old Beatrice Miller started to explain on “The Ralphie Show.” “(Mario or Khloe) look at you, like they glance at you, like, ‘The next person is…’ and then they quickly glance at you, then look away.”

While Lopez is more acclimated to the hosting scene with his other gig at “Extra!” – the job is a completely new venture for the Kardashian sister. Regardless, you would have to think that no contestant, no less a 13 year-old, would be able to find a “tell” in the presentation of a Ryan Seacrest.

The topic came about because Miller was explaining her reaction to placing eighth on the results show last week. Some criticized the Maplewood, NJ native for acting “immature,” and while the teenager apologized on Twitter, she also defended herself.

“I’m a 13 year-old girl,” Miller stated. “Some people have to remember that.”

In an interview on 95.5 PLJ’s “The Ralphie Show,” Carly Rose Sonenclar revealed that she will be performing this week on “The X-Factor,” despite coming down with strep throat.

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“I hope not… I don’t know,” the 13 year-old responded when asked if she felt it might affect her performance. “It’s unfortunate but I can’t not do the show.”

The Westchester-native, who has consistently wowed all four judges, said her nerves are already up, as she has never had to perform in front of so many people while sick.

“I went to the doctor and I’m on antibiotics so I should be fine by then but I mean, I don’t know,” Sonenclar said. “I just hope I am.”

This week, contestants will choose songs based on giving thanks to someone that is important to them. The theme coincides with the results show, which airs Thanksgiving night on FOX.

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez reunited this week in Los Angeles. Senior Reporter Laura Lane also dished about Rihanna’s friendship with Katy Perry since Chris Brown returned to the scene and offered up new details on Miley Cyrus’ wedding.

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After a breakout 2012, People Magazine names actor Channing Tatum the “Sexiest Man Alive.”

People’s Chief of Reporters, Antoinette Coulton explained how the magazine chose him on “The Ralphie Show.”