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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 12/23/2011

‘X Factor’ crowns a winner; Justin Bieber donates $500k to charity, sings with little sister

The first American “X Factor” winner was crowned Thursday night. (Spoiler alert!) 19-year-old Melanie Amaro was named the winner and given a $5 million recording contract. “I don’t even know what to say — God is good!,” Amaro said after her win. Read more at The TV Column.


Justin Bieber and sister Jazmyn Bieber. (George Pimentel - Getty Images)
Justin Bieber gave the Children’s Wish Foundation in Toronto a $500,000 check Wednesday after he performed at a charity concert. He was late to the show, according to the Hollywood Reporter, for a very good cause: he was meeting with three very ill fans.

He also brought his 4-year-old sister Jazmyn, or Jazzy for short, to the stage for an adorable rendition of “Baby.” (Watch video at the second link) Give your heart over to the Bieb if you haven’t already, America. (THR; YouTube)

Harrison Ford has joined the cast of the sci-fi film, “Ender’s Game.” (Vulture)

Cate Blanchett? Meryl Streep? Neither won the Reliable Source’s Person of the Year for 2011. Maybe they didn’t tweet enough. See previous winners here. (The Reliable Source)

At a recent benefit in West Philadelphia Los Angeles, Will Smith and most of the main cast from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” reunited for a photograph. Missing from the get together were Aunt Viv one and Aunt Viv two. (Facebook Will Smith)

Jonathan Ames, creator of the tragically canceled “Bored to Death,” invited fans of the show to a wake at a Brooklyn bar Thursday evening. The cost of mourning? $1,600. Side note: Am I the only one who adored that show? Ted Danson, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Schwartzman getting into marijuana fueled mischief every week? Sigh. (NY Post)

Pink saves an adorable life, after the jump

Pink reportedly paid $5,000 to save the life of a puppy who had been tossed in the Los Angeles river. And now the pooch — who I assume is adorable — has been adopted by a new family. And now I feel weepy, so great job, Pink! (TMZ)

Louis C.K. has now made over $1 million off his new $5 download special. He will donate $280,000 to charities, including Kiva and Green Chimneys, and will use $250,000 to give his staff bonuses. (Louis CK)

Brigitte Nielson, one time wife of Sylvester Stallone, movie actress, reality star and former girlfriend of Flavor Flav, was hit by a suspected drunk driver. “She’s sore and resting,” her rep said. (TMZ)

Kate Finneran may hate her “Teenage Daughter,” but the TV actress must like babies: She’s expecting her second child. (People)

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