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‘American Idol’ Season 18 Winner Crowned In First At-Home Finale

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No matter who ended up in the winner’s circle after Sunday night’s (May 17) two-hour American Idol finale, they were destined to make history as the first champ to celebrate from the comfort of their own home. Not by choice of course, by due to the way the 18th season of the beloved singing competition had to completely change things up mid-way due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

And, like all aspects of the show since everyone was sent home, the coronation was… different, with host Ryan Seacrest calling the action from his garage instead of the big stage in Hollywood, judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie dialing in from their homes and the contestants making their final push surrounded by their adoring families/makeshift stage crew.

After a cut from seven to five and then the top two, the season’s most inspiring singer, Just Sam, 21, shook her head in disbelief when Seacrest read her name as she celebrated alone in quarantine while holding an iPad tuned to her elated grandmother cheering her on from afar. Dressed in an appropriately glittery gold jacket and regal red shirt, the dumb-struck subway singer said, “my dreams have come true… I would have never ever, ever expected this.”

The heart-warming win by Just Sam capped a show that began with the elimination of semi-finalists Julia Gargano and Louis Knight before America got one last look at the top five, with two performances from each that proved why they’d all earned their spot.

Spiritual cowboy Dillon James, 26, of Bakersfield, California, took a rough road to the finale, but his country-infused cover of Eric Clapton’s “Change the World,’ set amid a garden of candles in his family’s backyard, deserved to be in the final five; he returned later for a smoldering ramble through Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’.”

San Francisco’s Francisco Martin, 19, borrowed a page from another reality singing vet, Harry Styles, with his cover of the X Factor alum’s ‘ “Adore You”; he came back with an urgent acoustic version of Maggie Rogers’ “Alaska.”

Harlem’s Just Sam, went from singing on a subway to becoming the only woman to make it to the top five, capping her only-on-Idol journey to become the seventh female winner in show history following a technicolor, powerful run through original Idol superstar Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”; her second selection was Andra Day’s moving “Rise Up,” which clearly helped seal the deal.

From Nepal to Wichita, Kansas, and then Idol finale, the night’s second-place finisher Arthur Gunn, 22, proved he deserved all the “rock star” praise with a gritty rip of Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want To Be”; he then nailed a moody, wholly-original take on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.”

The last of the top five to perform was Jonny West, who blossomed from a shy wallflower to a confident crooner, working his keyboard for James & Bobby Purify’s soul pop nugget “You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down”; his second bid rolled the dice with his sensual soul/rap original, “Makin’ Love.”

As expected, Sunday’s show was more muted than past Idol finales, but producers tried to give it that some of that familiar sheen with a pared-down series of guest performances that included the TV debut of Perry’s new single “Daisies.” As promised, the performance mixed a classic Idol vibe — it began with Perry backed by a digital rendering of the show’s logo — with some cutting-edge technology that transported the barefoot expectant mom into a digital cartoon house that shifted and split apart all around her, landing her back on the holographic Idol stage at song’s end.

Knowing people might be mixing up cocktails at home during the quarantine, Bryan put on his best Hawaiian shirt for a virtual performance with his band of the good times boogie “One Margarita.” Rascal Flatts teamed with season 18 audition favorite garbage man Doug Kiker for “Bless The Broken Road.”

Other performers included Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo and the top 11 singing a medley of Aretha Franklin songs and two-time Idol auditioner Lauren Daigle and Just Sam teaming up for Daigle’s moving hit “You Say.”

The finale ended with Richie’s first TV performance in 35 years of the 1985 charity anthem he co-wrote with Michael Jackson, “We Are The World.” Joined by his fellow judges, winner Just Sam and all-star group of Idol alumi — Alejandro Aranda aka Scarypoolparty, Fantasia, Gabby Barrett, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Laine Hardy, Lauren Alaina, Phillip Phillips, Ruben Studdard and Scotty McCreery — the reboot featured the singer’s faces projected onto some of the nation’s most iconic vistas.

It wasn’t the Idol anyone signed up for nearly a year go, but season 18 brought it all back home with the elevation of a singer whose American anthem of determination and grit is just the kind of fairytale ending we could all use right about now.

Check out Just Sam’s two final Idol performances below.

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I Got My Husband From Miss Malaika Exposure : Former Beauty Queen Delsey Hamilton Talks Malaika Experience | WATCH

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Delay Hamilton of Miss Malaika 2016 fame, now formally known as Mrs.5 Delsey Biney, has made it known that if she’s counting her blessings on earth, she’d probably count the Miss Malaika pageantry show twice because out of it, she found her missing rib.

The 2016 Miss Malaika 2nd runner up was speaking to Leah Brown, winner of the competition that year, on the Queen In The Making online workshop, about life as a pageant.

Delsey Hamilton also spoke on the dos and don’ts that anyone looking up to contesting in a pageantry show must consider.

Watch below.

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Leave Our Employees Out Of This : Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Fires Back At Donald Trump And Mark Zuckerberg

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Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey has fired back at President Donald Trump after he accused the social media platform of meddling in the US election which will be taking place later this year. He also tackled Mark Zuckerberg after he suggested that Twitter was trying to be “an arbiter of truth”.

The exchange ensued after Twitter applied its fact-check label to two tweets shared by President Donald Trump, which prompted readers to fact check the president’s claims.

Dorsey’s response was spured by a Fox News appearance by senior White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, where she goaded viewers to harass Twitter’s head of site integrity, Yoel Roth.

He stated that Trump’s tweets were fact-checked because they “may mislead people into thinking they don’t need to register to get a ballot.”

Dorsey tweeted;

Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me. Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.

Per our Civic Integrity policy (https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/election-integrity-policy…), the tweets yesterday may mislead people into thinking they don’t need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots). We’re updating the link on @realDonaldTrump’s tweet to make this more clear.

Mark Zuckerberg’s comment in which he outlined Facebook’s obsessively neutral approach to policing its platform with Twitter’s present situation in an interview with Fox News, was also addressed by the Twitter CEO.

Zuckerberg had said; “We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this.

“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.

“Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”

Reacting to the comment, Dorsey rejected Zuckerberg’s tag and also cited the company’s Civic Integrity Policy.

He added; This does not make us an “arbiter of truth.” Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions.

The company also made a clarification on its decision to add a fact-checking link to two of Trump’s tweets.

It read; We added a label to two @realDonaldTrump Tweets about California’s vote-by-mail plans as part of our efforts to enforce our civic integrity policy. We believe those Tweets could confuse voters about what they need to do to receive a ballot and participate in the election process.

On Wednesday evening, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters President Trump would soon sign an executive order “pertaining to social media,” widely expected to be a shocking though likely unsubstantial strike back at Twitter’s policy enforcement choices this week.

The order may rehash the White House’s previous stalled efforts to threaten Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a vital legal provision underpinning the modern internet and wielding power against social media companies through the FTC and FCC.

Ahead of the expected retaliation, Trump tweeted “Stay Tuned!!!” to his more than 80 million followers.

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Actor Kwadwo Nkansah LilWin Unveiled As Brand Influencer For BetPlanet

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One of Ghana’s recently launched online gambling company, BetPlanet has officially unveiled popular Ghanaian comic actor and musician, LilWin, who has his government name as Kwadwo Nkansah, as the brand-influencer to encompass the and represent and elevate the betting firm to its new and old patrons.

BetPlanet sealed an undisclosed mega-deal with the actor, as they look to reach greater heights in the very competitive gaming industry.

LilWin as part of the deal will spearhead the company’s commercial activities across the country.

In relation to the deal, LilWin himself said; “I am pleased with the opportunity to be part of this big family (BetPlanet), I will make sure and do my best to push BetPlanet effectively and I believe that together we can expand on the contributions to sports development in Ghana.”

Other Ghanaian top stars who were unveiled as Influencers are John Dumelo, Efya, Eno Barony, Sister Derby, Moesha Boduong, Salma Mumin, Kelvynboy, Zynnell Zuh, DKB, Nadia Buria, among others.

BetPlanet, a betting company owned by Planet Sports Limited is licensed under the Gaming Commission of Ghana, BetPlanet is a leading gaming system provider that develops and markets a range of technology solutions for electronic gaming machines for clubs, pubs and hotels.

BetPlanet offers the best when it comes to online betting. Whether it be sports betting in Ghana or even casino betting, you can find amazing odds, markets, and tops right here. We want players to be able to be excited when it comes to betting and that is why we offer such a wide range of sports to bet on. If you are after the excitement and great odds when it comes to betting, then you have come to the right place. Find out what makes us one of the best betting sites in Ghana!

Visit Betplanet on www.betplanet.com.gh to place your bet or visit any of their shops.

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