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American Idol's top 5 contestant Jason Castro had performed the first of two songs during a Neil Diamond-themed episode in April when Paula Abdul told him, "The second song, I felt like your usual charm was missing for me. It kind of left me a little empty and the two songs made me feel like you're not fighting hard enough to get into the top four." Oops! Later, she called the gaffe
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JUST A SIP
So much for that New Year's resolution! Just two months out of rehab, Lindsay Lohan was caught sipping from a bottle of champagne while ringing in 2008 in Capri, Italy. "The good news," her lawyer told PEOPLE at the time, "is that Lindsay stopped herself, called her sponsor, and got herself back on track."
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A vacation in paradise turned ugly when the family of Nikki Blonsky was involved in a brawl with the family of Top Model contestant Bianca Golden at a Turks and Caicos airport. "Things got out of hand in an argument over seats in the departure lounge," a police source told PEOPLE in August. Charges were filed and Golden's mother ended up in the hospital while Blonsky's father ended up in jail.
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"We got caught up in the moment of filming, and we made a mistake and forgot to buckle our seatbelts," Billy Ray Cyrus said in a statement, following the February release of the hit 3-D movie Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour, in which he and daughter Miley were seen riding in a Range Rover without their seatbelts fastened.
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After denying he had an extramarital relationship, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards confirmed in August that he had an affair with a 44-year-old woman who had worked for his campaign. "I made a very serious mistake, a mistake that I am responsible for and no one else," the senator said in a statement. "I told [my wife] Elizabeth about the mistake, asked her for her forgiveness, [and] asked God for his forgiveness."
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A TAXING ORDEAL
Although he faces charges of conspiracy and tax evasion, Dancing with the Stars champ Helio Castroneves claims he's innocent. "He relied in good faith on competent professionals for tax advice," his lawyer told PEOPLE. "We don't feel he did anything wrong and will be vindicated in court."
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Asked on the red carpet in Cannes about the earthquake in China that killed 80,000 people, Sharon Stone said she was "not happy with the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans" and wondered, "Is that Karma, when you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?" The actress later admitted, "I misspoke. I could not be more regretful of that mistake." Still, she wasn't invited to the country's Shanghai International Film Festival, which she had attended in 2007.
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"I have voluntarily entered a facility for the treatment of sex addiction," David Duchovny admitted in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE in August. The actor was released from rehab in October, but also released a statement saying he and his wife Téa Leoni had separated months before.
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CAUGHT ON TAPE
"Rehab" singer Amy Winehouse was seen smoking what The Sun claimed was a crack pipe in footage posted on the U.K. paper's Web site in January. Police questioned the singer, but Winehouse was not arrested and no charges were filed. She was, however, initially denied a U.S. visa. It was later issued – just not in time for her to pick up her trophies in person at the Grammy Awards.
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WORST VALENTINE'S EVER
On Feb. 13, Bai Ling was arrested at Los Angeles International airport for allegedly shoplifting $16 worth of celebrity magazines and batteries from a terminal convenience store. Her excuse? Valentine's Day blues. It was an "emotionally crazy" day, she said later, blaming a "huge problem of breaking up [before] Valentine's Day."
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It was a mistake that went viral in seconds: While discussing The Vagina Monologues with playwright Eve Ensler and Meredith Vieira on the Today show, Jane Fonda said the "c-word" on live television. "It was a slip and obviously she apologizes, and so do we," host Vieira said after a newsbreak. "We would do nothing to offend the audience. So please accept that apology."
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Miss Teen Louisiana Lindsey Evans didn't only tarnish her crown, but she also lost it after getting arrested for skipping out on a $46 bill at Posados Cafe in Bossier City, La., in October. Police were summoned to the restaurant and found a purse, which contained the 18-year-old's driver's license and what officials suspected was marijuana.
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She strikes again: After a disturbance aboard a British Airways plane, police officers were called to escort supermodel Naomi Campbell off the aircraft. "She threw a few things around the cabin and then spat at the cops," a source told PEOPLE. Campbell pleaded guilty to four charges and was sentenced to work 200 hours of community service and to pay a $4,500 fine in June.
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WALK IN THE PARK
CNN journalist Richard Quest was ordered by a New York judge to undergo six months of counseling after he was discovered in Central Park past the 1 a.m. curfew with a rope around his neck (and tied below his belt), a sex toy in his boot and what Quest told the cops was "some meth" in his pocket, according to the New York Post.
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LET'S FACE IT
While promoting his Iraq war film Stop-Loss, Ryan Phillippe got an unusual request from Tonight Show host Jay Leno: "Can you give me your 'gayest look?'" "Wow," Phillippe replied. "That is so something I don't want to do." Leno later apologized, admitting, "It was a dumb thing to say."
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"I made a giant, horrible mistake that I regret and feel really ashamed and embarrassed about," Tatum O'Neal told PEOPLE after police arrested the Oscar winner for allegedly purchasing two bags of cocaine from a dealer near her Manhattan home. "I got close to relapsing," she later told Oprah Winffrey. "It was close enough. Too close for comfort."
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The Insider and host Pat O'Brien "parted ways" in September, reportedly after O'Brien sent an email in which he sang his own praises – and insulted the staff. While calling himself a "favorite son" of the ordinary folks in Iowa, O'Brien said style segments made by his coworkers made viewers "want to vomit."
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It was a moment of déja vu when Miss USA contestant Crystle Stewart tripped and fell during the evening gown competition at the Miss Universe pageant in Vietnam in July. In 2007, Miss USA Rachel Smith took a similar tumble during the competition in Mexico City.