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UPDATED 03/14/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 03/14/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT

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AMERICAN IDOL'S CHRIS MEDINA

SAD FAREWELL

It's no surprise Chris Medina, 27, handled his recent Idol elimination with grace. "There was no news Jennifer Lopez could have given me that was worse than 'Your fiancee might die,'" he says. In October 2009 Juliana Ramos, now 24, lost control of her car during a storm. She suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident, and Medina has played a large part in her recovery. He thought it was "cool" when Lopez cried during his elimination. "It showed that she cared." What now? The former Starbucks employee will keep singing, writing and nursing Juliana back to health so she can walk down the aisle. "That's something she has always wanted," says Medina. "She keeps saying, 'I'm so proud of you.' I'm lucky she's here. I've got to see her get back on her feet."

LOOK WHO'S DANCING!

2011 DWTS PREVIEW

ELEVEN BALLROOM-BOUND CELEBS JOIN THE NEW SEASON OF DANCING WITH THE STARS

THE REALITY STAR

KENDRA WILKINSON

"The second I was picked, I got this butterfly feeling in my stomach," says Wilkinson, 25. "It's not because I'm nervous; it's because I want to kick everybody's butt." Also ready to rumba on the March 21 season 12 premiere are actress Chelsea Kane, model Petra Nemcova, WWE star Chris Jericho, radio personality Mike Catherwood and singer-actor Romeo.

THE MVP

HINES WARD

A third Super Bowl victory eluded him this year, but the Pittsburgh Steelers star, 35, says Dancing's mirror-ball trophy "would be a great consolation."

THE FORMER TEEN IDOL

RALPH MACCHIO

What will Macchio, 49, do to win? "Sequins? Possible. Rhinestones? Doubtful. Spray tan? Maybe for the Jersey Shore number."

THE FUNNY GAL

KIRSTIE ALLEY

What does the actress, 60, hope to get out of the experience? "Three feature films, a sitcom, two miniseries and a multiple-year contract with Revlon!"

THE TALKER

WENDY WILLIAMS

The 46-year-old talk show host is bowled over by the ballroom, which she says will allow her "to embrace my inner peacock."

THE CHAMP

SUGAR RAY LEONARD

The boxer is confident: "Moving from the ring to the dance floor should be a smooth transition. I'm 54, but I've still got the same intensity."

SWEATING for THE WEDDING

THESE BRIDES-TO-BE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING FIT!

LEANN RIMES

For her wedding to Eddie Cibrian, the singer has kept up daily workouts that include hiking, Pilates and trips to the gym.

JESSICA SIMPSON

Dance aerobics and strength training three days a week-before she weds Eric Johnson-are "no joke," says trainer Tracy Anderson.

REESE WITHERSPOON

Counting down to her marriage to Jim Toth, a source says, she's "pushing herself to run faster" on daily two-mile jogs.

VANESSA MINNILLO

Ahead of saying "I do" to Nick Lachey, the actress has been working with celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson three times a week.

THEIR HALL PASS REVEALED!

THE STARS OF THE FILM SHARE WHO THEY'D HOOK UP WITH IF GIVEN THE CHANCE

"Colin Farrell. There's something about him. He looks like that bad guy we all love."

-ALYSSA MILANO

"I will stick to 1967 Raquel Welch, if you're going to give me a serious fantasy. I'd jet right back then and there. Who wouldn't?"

-JASON SUDEIKIS

"I'm a new mother. The last thing I should be talking about is that kind of thing!"

-CHRISTINA APPLEGATE (engaged to musician Martyn LeNoble, inset)

HEART MONITOR

TAKING THE PULSE OF CELEBRITY LOVE LIVES

JUST PALS!

CHORD OVERSTREET & TAYLOR SWIFT

The singers hit an L.A. Kings hockey game Feb. 24, but two days later Glee's Overstreet, 22, told a guest at the Weinstein/Montblanc party they're "just friends." The next night Swift, 21, was seen having a quick but serious-looking chat with ex Jake Gyllenhaal (inset), 30, at an Oscar party. Says an observer: "It seemed like they were sorting something out."

BITTER SPLIT

ALEX PETTYFER & DIANNA AGRON

The I Am Number Four duo split in February, and "he's been rude to her" since, says a source. Still another says it's par for the course: "Drama surrounds him."

STILL ON!

RYAN PHILLIPPE & AMANDA SEYFRIED

Despite reports of a rift, the pair hit two Oscar-week parties. "They're figuring it out," says a source.

HANGING OUT!

JOSH HUTCHERSON & VANESSA HUDGENS

Hudgens and The Kids Are All Right actor "had their arms around each other" after her Beastly premiere, says a guest.

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