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Cher is not dead, but alas, Kim Kardashian was not certain

Cher. Not dead.

Cher is not dead, folks, but merely the victim of the latest Twitter death hoax -- a hoax enhanced by Kim Kardashian temporarily spreading the uncertainty to her nearly 13 million followers.

Early Friday morning, a Twitter user who goes by the name “Lorraine Star” was bragging, “I started the Cher Trending topic Because I'm God.” Seems Star on Thursday night first tweeted “Cher Died, follow me” at Justin Bieber, then sent out a fake retweet of a fake CNN message, “American recording artist Cher dies at 65 years old. Found dead in Malibu home.”

Twitter being Twitter, and @Lorraine_star having almost 15,000 followers for whatever reason, the hoax caught on and became a trending topic.

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“Did I juist [sic] hear Cher has passed away? Is this real? OMG,” Kardashian said. “I hope this is a twitter joke and not true. I don't see it on the news anywhere. I'm praying its not true...”

Guess those prayers paid off for Kimmy, who next said, “Can't believe people would make up a sick joke like Cher died. These people need to get a life! Thanks twitter for clearing that up!”

Of course, while Kardashian was going through her 140-character voyage of discovery about Cher’s health, she had actually passed along the “sick joke” to any of her 12,800,000 or so followers who might have been watching at the time. Oops.

As one tweep said in response, “Can't believe u would immediately start tweeting about it before finding out facts.”

Cher, who turns 66 in May, has not Tweeted since Sunday; however, a good friend, jewelry designer Loree Rodkin, set the record straight Thursday night, posting “Whoever started that stupid rumor needs to have their face dragged across concrete… #cher is FINE,” and adding later, “she’s so NOT dead.”

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Photo: Cher, alive and well in February 2011 at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at the Beverly Hilton. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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Chaz Bono puts a ring on it, icing engagement to Jennifer Elia

Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia

Chaz Bono and girlfriend Jennifer Elia have been engaged for a while now, but on a clear day recently in Seattle, the "Dancing With the Stars" contestant made it very official with the gift of a sparkling engagement ring.

The big moment will be shown Sunday night in the one-hour special "Being Chaz," a follow-up to "Becoming Chaz," the Emmy-nominated documentary that followed Bono's transgender process.

While calling the ring "gorgeous," "stunning" and "huge," a thankful Elia didn't have to say yes: The couple have been engaged for two years, but put off getting married until Bono's transgender process was complete.

Bono, who lasted six weeks on the most recent "Dancing With the Stars" cycle, revealed on the show's finale last week that since his elimination he'd been backstage each week cheering on the remaining contestants. On the finale, Bono did a number with partner Lacey Schwimmer and her father, Buddy Schwimmer, celebrating dancers of the not-so-slim variety; the routine was set to the tune "Big and Chunky" from "Madagascar 2."

Elia, who has said she's bisexual, told CNN's Piers Morgan in May that she finds her fiance more attractive as a man.

"Being Chaz" airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on OWN. The former Chastity Bono, child of Cher and Sonny Bono, was legally declared a man in May 2010. 

 

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-- Christie D'Zurilla
Twitter.com/dzurillaville

Photo: Jennifer Elia and Chaz Bono at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in L.A. on Sept. 10. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press



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Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer rehearse for Dancing With the Stars

"Dancing With the Stars" fans who wanted to see Chaz Bono in action with Lacey Schwimmer had to stay up late Monday night: The heavily hyped duo were the final performers on the 12-dance "DWTS" season 13 premiere.

Bono didn't seem too sure of things in the clip leading up the the performance. "Being in your 40s, and overweight, it kills my body," he said. "I really wanna not suck."

Mama Cher, however, was stoked when the music was over, tweeting, "WOW! HOW GREAT WAS MY SON! THE GREATEST THING, GREATEST THING, GREATEST THING NO MATTER WHAT! WHAT! WHAT! HES A WINNER! I Was So Nervous!"

The judges were also receptive, giving the two a score of 17 on a night when the numbers ranged from 14 (Ron Artest, newly renamed Metta World Peace) to a couple of 22s (singer Chynna Phillips, actor-veteran J.R. Martinez). Comments included

The Ministry's vote for contestant most likely to be spotted walking on air in the near future, however, goes to the boyish David Arquette, who appeared to thoroughly enjoy his time on the dance floor -- as well as the presence in the audience of daughter Coco, with estranged but smiling wife Courtney Cox.

Check out Chaz and Lacey's post-game interview with ABC, below.

 

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— Christie D'Zurilla
Twitter.com/dzurillaville

Photo: Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer rehearse on Sept. 7. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

 


Chaz Bono: Cher applauds her son's 'Dancing With the Stars' gig

Chaz Bono and Cher react to Dancing With the Stars casting

Chaz Bono, the first transgender "Dancing With the Stars" contestant, does have pro Lacey Schwimmer helping with choreography -- but it's nice to know that mama Cher is out there to give him some pointers too.

And how did Cher react to news that her son was climbing aboard ABC's dance show?

"She really thought it was great that I was doing it and wanted to know how I was feeling about it, if I was nervous and how it was going," Bono said Wednesday on Ryan Seacrest's radio show.

Cher also acted like a true mother hen, taking to Twitter to defend Chaz -- born Chastity Bono to the singer and the late Sonny Bono -- against critics.

"Lovelies! Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on DWTS! This is Still America right ? It took guts 2 do it," she wrote

"I support him no matter what he chooses 2do! God! will there always be haters! It took COURAGE 2 do dwts!...Chaz has an Unlimited [supply]," she added.

That unlimited supply can be seen in action Sept. 19 when "DWTS" premieres. Chaz will take the stage against celebs including David Arquette, Elisabetta Canalis, Ricki Lake and Rob Kardashian. The new cast was announced Monday.

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-- Matt Donnelly
twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Left photo: Cher at the Westwood premiere of "The Zookeeper" in July. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Right photo: Chaz Bono in L.A. in April. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times


T-Pain dumps Auto-Tune, explores new ways to sound like Cher

T-Pain

T-Pain has promised he will never use Auto-Tune again. Instead, the singer-rapper is developing a new sound he calls The T-Pain Effect.

Do not underestimate the magnitude of this promise, which, for people under 30, is probably the most exciting pledge they’ve fielded since Michael Lohan swore he would shut up. Lohan, of course, did not shut up, and it isn’t likely that T-Pain is really going to abandon his love of lucrative audiocrutches, either. In fact, if you look at the fine print of his announcement, it’s likely that, whatever the new patented T-Pain Effect sounds like, it won’t be T-Pain’s Actual Voice (TM).

Let’s take a look at the fine print of his announcement. The press release, issued Thursday, quotes T-Pain as saying, “I vow right here, right now, to never use Auto-Tune again.” Note the capital letters. Auto-Tune is a brand name, a reference to a product offered by the company Antares Audio Recordings. T-Pain signed a contract with Antares in 2009. It’s safe to say that contract is up.

But Antares isn’t the only company that can make your voice sound like the starship Enterprise under 40 feet of saltwater. Another company is iZotope, and it just so happens that T-Pain has a new deal with that company, to create his upcoming T-Pain Effect. No one knows what the effect will sound like. Maybe it’ll make T-Pain sound like Barbra Streisand, and Streisand sound like Ted Nugent. Maybe it can make my cat -- who is currently going through a phase involving yelling at me at 3 a.m. -- croon like Dean Martin after exactly two highballs. That would make me want to sign a contract with iZotope.

But whatever T-Pain plans to sound like, don’t expect, say, something intimate and natural, like Adele. Contemporary music is being overrun with the distant, angular tone that comes from robotic voice effects. It’s used in various degrees by Kanye West (who doesn’t need it), Kim Kardashian (who probably does), Imogen Heap (who doesn’t) and everyone in between. Right now, the whole world sounds like Cher circa 1998, and people love it.

“It’s pretty prevalent in most genres of music, to be honest,” says producer Kevin Kadish, who has worked with Jason Mraz, Miley Cyrus and Willie Nelson, among others. “I don’t think it’s on its way out.”

In fact, here’s a tip for you: “Everybody uses it,” Kadish says. “Sometimes you might not know it.”

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Photo: T-Pain performs at the Gibson Amphitheater in 2009. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times


Cher's Hollywood footprint ceremony typically low-key, with a busload of Chilean miners and a turquoise G-string

Cher leaves footprints in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater Cher's footprints and handprints in cement In fishnets and high heels, with a dash of turquoise and an audience of unexpected heroes, Cher left her mark in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Thursday.

The singer and actress was back on Hollywood Boulevard after the Monday premiere of her latest film, "Burlesque," which opens Nov. 24 and stars Christina Aguilera.

Cher's mom, Georgia Holt, and son Chaz Bono were on hand as she cast her footprints and handprints in cement, then topped it all off with a healthy dose of gold glitter. Surprise guests included the 33 rescued Chilean miners, who cruised past atop a double-decker tourist bus while in town for the upcoming Thanksgiving special, "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute."

On the always interesting wardrobe front, an assistant's tank top was called into emergency duty after the star realized the slip to her see-through dress was missing. But it was only a tank top, not a full slip, which is how we know her undies were turquoise.

Anything less just wouldn't be Cher, would it?

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Top photos: Cher needed a bit of assistance, right, as she left her footprints in cement in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 18, 2010. However, the finished product, left, needed no help. Click the pic of the slab to see it larger. Credits: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images

Bottom photo: The workers rescued from the San Jose mine in Chile are seen with guests on a tour bus across the street from Cher's handprint and footprint ceremony on Nov. 18, 2010. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press



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