LifetimeBobbi Kristina Brown turned 22 Wednesday.
The daughter and only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston has remained in a medically-induced coma at a hospital in Georgia since she was found face-down in a bathtub in late January.
In a message posted Wednesday on WhitneyHouston.com, Patricia Houston, the late singer's sister-in-law and the president of The Whitney Houston Estate, writes, “Today is Bobbi Kristina's 22nd birthday and we ask you to continue to keep her in your prayers as she is still fighting the battle of her life.”
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FOXWednesday’s edition of American Idol featured the season’s first live show, with host Ryan Seacrest revealing which eight guys would get the chance to sing once again for America’s vote to secure a spot as a top finalist.
The top eight guys, as decided by America’s vote, are Daniel Seavey, Mark Andrews, Rayvon Owen, Adam Ezegelian, Clark Beckham, Nick Fradiani, Qaasim Middleton and Quentin Alexander.
It was the end of the line for Riley Bria, Trevor Douglas, Savion Wright and Michael Simeon.
The top eight girls will be revealed Thursday night.
The top eight guys took the stage at The Fillmore Detroit Theater in the Motor City and performed classic Motown songs for judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as America’s votes.
Aretha Franklin opened the show with a performance of “I Will Survive.”
The first performer of the night was 15-year-old Daniel Seavey, who sang Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).” Keith loved the performance, declaring, “For me, all you need is to just keep doing this.” Keith, however, did urge Seavey to play around with the melodies a little more. Jennifer was also pleased with the performance, overall, but thought the key was a little low for Seavey. Harry didn’t think Seavey was “singing and swingin’ hard enough,” and said the teen needed to feel the beat a little more.
Mark Andrews was the next artist called to the stage. He tackled The Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” The performance felt a little flat for Lopez, who said she didn’t “connect” with it. Connick loved what he called Andrews’ “jam band” arrangement, but wondered how far he would go in the competition if he did too many of them.
The next act up on the stage was Rayvon Owen, who followed with another Temptations song, “My Girl.” Harry complimented Owen on the performance, as well as his stage presence, but wanted to see other sides of Rayvon’s personality in the future. J-Lo praised the singer for making the song his own.
Adam Ezegelian sang “I Want You Back,” by the Jackson 5. Urban thought it was a great song choice. Jennifer also thought Ezegelian did an amazing job on the song. Harry declared the singer’s voice was his most “dangerous” talent, noting he was able to tackle a lot of really high notes and nail every one of them.
The next name announced was Clark Beckham, who took on Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “The Tracks of My Tears.” The audience enjoyed it, as well as Lopez, who declared Beckham had one of the best voices in the competition. She did, however, pass on some advice Aretha Franklin gave her about singing live, noting Clark should “not think so much” and just “let loose and feel” the song. Connick thought the performance showcased all of the strategic things an Idol performance needs, including a lot of high notes, but it lacked “a beginning a middle and an end.” Urban would have liked to see Beckham ditch the band and deliver a more stripped down performance.
Nick Fradiani tackled Stevie Wonders’ “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Connick thought it was a great arrangement and performance, showcasing Fradiani’s guitar-playing skills, as well as his vocals, but urged Nick to smile a little more. Urban didn’t think the singer looked comfortable playing the guitar, noting it seemed to prevent him from moving around the stage.
Qaasim Middleton followed with Wonder’s “I Wish,” complete with some flashy dance moves. Keith said when Middleton gets in front of an audience he "just explodes." Jennifer also thought Middleton owned the stage, but warned him not to forget the vocal aspect of his performance. Harry declared, “That’s what we’re looking for.”
The last act to sing for America’s vote was Quentin Alexander, who had the audience and judges bopping to yet another Stevie Wonder tune, “Master Blaster (Jammin’).” After gushing, “I’m glad you’re here,” Lopez called Alexander’s performance “easy and smooth” and declared him one of her favorites in the competition. Connick said Quentin “settled into the groove” of the song, but noticed a little reservation during the performance, chalking it up to Alexander being “freaked out because was the last guy to get put through.” Urban praised the performance and said Quentin knows who he is and what songs suit him.
American Idol continues Thursday on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
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Peter Hapak for Men’s HealthJustin Bieber is shirtless again -- this time on the cover of Men’s Health. The singer and Calvin Klein model, who recently turned 21, bares his abs, and a little bit of his soul, in a new interview for the magazine’s Reinvention Issue. "This is almost like a full 180 from how I was," he tells the magazine.
He talks about making the transition from boy to man, and how that process was sped up by living a life in the public eye. “I had to grow up so quick,” he tells the mag. “And it was almost like I grew up for the public but I didn’t necessarily grow up. There were things I had to do, as far as the way I had to make relationships, and conversation, but as far as actually growing up, there were a lot of things I missed out on.”
As was perhaps evident from his recent apology tour, which included appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and heartfelt Facebook video confessionals, Justin says this past year has been one of progress. “This has really been a big year for me, as far as figuring stuff out,” he says. “This is almost like a full 180 from how I was. Yesterday -- a year from yesterday -- I was in jail.”
But while he’s keen on not repeating certain mistakes of his youth, he doesn’t want to say goodbye to his childhood completely. “There’s a part of me that I don’t ever want to grow up,” he says. “I want to always remain...to have that sense of purity inside of me where I don’t...I don’t want to lose that sense of purity.”
Justin, who’s gearing up for his Comedy Central Roast on March 30, also reveals some other interesting tidbits about himself. For example, he can solve the Rubik’s Cube in less than a minute and he has a man crush on Ben Affleck. Selena Gomez’s ex also says he’s “very much a relationship guy” and is attracted to brunettes.
The April issue of Men’s Health hits newsstands March 10. Of course, the Internet is already speculating about whether or not Justin’s muscles in the cover photo were enhanced with the power of Photoshop.
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Ivanko_Brnjakovic/iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Nashville, Tennessee, teen is celebrating that she's regained the ability to walk after suffering sudden paralysis.
Just six weeks ago, Jessica Shainberg, 15, woke up with no feeling below her waist.
"She was very calm," her father, Jeff Shainberg, told ABC News. "I didn’t believe her at first, 'You gotta wake your legs up and we got to go to school.'"
Days earlier, Jessica had felt tingling in her legs, but after a trip to the emergency room, doctors found no signs of anything serious and sent her home, Jeff Shainberg said. But now the family was headed back to the hospital.
Doctors at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital diagnosed Jessica with transverse myelitis, or inflammation of the spinal cord. Doctors then told the teen and her family there was only a one-third chance she would be able to walk normally again, according to Jeff Shainberg.
"They don’t know where or when it occurs," Jeff Shainberg said of the inflammation's cause. "They didn’t have any way to trace it....They didn’t find any infections in the spinal fluid."
The teen's father said doctors told the family that if Jessica wasn't able to walk within about six weeks then she was unlikely ever to be able to walk again.
For a week, Jeff Shainberg said that his daughter showed no improvement. Then, he said, she was suddenly able to feel a tingling sensation in her toes again. While just a small improvement, the teen was sure that she could recover.
"I was like, 'There we go, there we go,'" Jessica Shainberg told ABC News affiliate WKRN-TV in Nashville. "That’s the building block to everything else I’ll be doing."
To help the teen rehabilitate her legs in the short time frame, the family traveled to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital. During the weeks of rehabilitation, the teen surpassed all of her doctor's expectations, according to her father.
"Every day she’s getting better and stronger. It’s a miracle," said Jeff Shainberg. "She just always had a great attitude and was willing to do the work with the therapist. They loved her attitude and they wanted to work with her continuously."
Now the teen, an honor roll student and tennis player, is not only walking, she's been able to do some light running.
In Atlanta, doctors also realized that Jessica had signs of a rare inflammation of the brain, called Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), in addition to her inflamed spinal column, according to Jeff Shainberg. The second diagnosis could explain why she was able to recover relatively quickly, because patients with ADEM tend to have better recovery rates.
"The doctors didn’t expect her to recover like that," said Shainberg. "They were so impressed with her rehab. They hadn’t seen a patient like this in a while."
For now, the high school freshman remains out of school while she gets her strength back. Her father said she has a walker and wheelchair -- but never uses either unless she's standing for a long period of time and needs to sit.
"I’m so blessed and lucky to be able to be walking again," Jessica Shainberg told WKRN-TV.
While the teen is likely to start school in a few weeks, her father said doctors are keeping a close eye on her as she recovers. If the rare symptoms reappear again, there's a chance it could be a sign of multiple sclerosis.
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