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BRITNEY SPEARS ON THE X FACTOR
SOLID JOB AFTER A SHAKY START
It’s a “yes” for Britney Spears! Critics worried how the new judge would fare on the show alongside returning pros Simon Cowell, 52, L.A. Reid, 56, and fellow newcomer Demi Lovato, 19, but the pop star, 30, held her own at the first round of auditions in Austin May 24 and 25. Despite a few hiccups-she missed a handful of contestants’ performances while taking breaks, and mixed up Cowell’s and Reid’s names-fan-favorite Spears consistently drew loud cheers from the audience, especially when she disagreed with Cowell’s critiques. Says a production source: “She was definitely enjoying it and grew in confidence all day.” Her fiance, Jason Trawick, 40, thinks she nailed the first round. “Princess,” he told her in a congratulatory video posted May 26, “just wanted to say I’m very proud of you and I love you so much.”
Justin Timberlake, 31, and Jessica Biel, 30, celebrated at a bash thrown by Biel’s stylist Estee Stanley (read about her home-line collaboration with Timberlake on page 122), 42, at her L.A. house May 26. Biel greeted guests including Ellen DeGeneres, 54, Lance Bass, 33, and JC Chasez, 35, with hugs as a female blues singer set the tone. When the deejay took over, the couple, who started dating in 2007, hit the dance floor before being toasted by Timberlake’s close friend Timbaland, 40, who performed his hit Carry Out with Timberlake. “Jessica looked very proud,” says a guest.
The Guest List:
Keira Knightley & James Righton
SHE SAID YES!
Keira Knightley, 27, showed off her engagement ring during a stroll in London on May 27 with her new fiancé, James Righton, keyboardist for the Klaxons, a British indie rock band. Looking blissfully in love, they smooched and held hands while rocking similar wardrobes: Both were in white tees during England’s recent heat wave. Reportedly introduced by their mutual friend, television host and fashionista Alexa Chung, 28, the couple was first spotted together in April 2011.
3 THINGS ABOUT JAMES
1 HE’S WELL ROUNDED
He studied politics and history at Cardiff, then taught English in Madrid.
2 HE LOVES SOCCER
Righton and the Pirates of the Caribbean star cheer for the U.K.’s Tottenham Hotspur.
3 HE’S ECO-FRIENDLY
The Klaxons recorded their second album in a solar-powered studio.
ON THE MARKET
Dion, 44, and hubby Rene Angelil, 70, are selling the 24,000-sq.-ft. Montreal-area chateau they share with sons Rene-Charles, 11, and Eddy and Nelson, 19 mos. The private island estate is the most expensive residential listing in Quebec.
RYAN SEACREST‘S NEW ESTATE
The 9,200-sq.-ft. home on nearly three acres was formerly owned by Ellen DeGeneres, 54, and Portia de Rossi, 39, and has three guest houses, a pool and a meditation room.
JOSH’S NEW TREE HOUSE
HOLLYWOOD HILLS, CALIF.
Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson, 19, bought this two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,000-sq.-ft. home in the Hollywood Hills. Known as the Tree House, it was once owned by Heath Ledger and is surrounded by sycamore trees.
RENT FOR $75,000 A MONTH
LEO’S BEACH HIDEAWAY
You can wake up in Leonardo DiCaprio‘s house! The actor, 37, is renting out his four-bedroom, 2,633-sq.-ft. Malibu digs. It has beach access, a two-bedroom guest house, a gym and a media room.