Sideshow: Praise for a voice raised in praise

Candace Benson, 22, is a student at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell. She made the top two on Sunday. (Aug. 17)

Local singer a finalist

Well done, Candace Benson, 22, of Pottstown! Benson, a student at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, is one of two finalists still standing on Sunday Best. That's a gospel singing competition, a la American Idol, on BET, at 8 p.m. Sundays.

Benson made the top two on Sunday, and next Sunday she'll go up against fellow finalist Geoffrey Golden. After the show, viewers will vote, and the winner will be announced Aug. 31. Good luck, Candace!


K-Goss back on TV!

Her special in June, in which her sextuplets turned 10, drew more than two million viewers. So TLC went "Yikes! Sign her!" and local mom Kate Gosselin and her eight-pack of kids now will return to TV, for new epis of her reality joint Kate Plus 8 in December. They travel New England on vacation.


The short & short of it

Rumor: Jennifer Lopez is back with Casper Smart, from whom she sundered in June. . . . Julianne Hough, two-time pro champ of Dancing With the Stars, is returning to the show, this time as a judge, joining Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli. . . . Things We Never Wished to See: That video of Gov. Christie and Arizona Sen. John McCain dancing at a party in the Hamptons. J-Mac had a Do the Robot contest with Jamie Foxx. . . . Is Paul McCartney making a recording with Kanye West? . . . Jaycee Chan, son of Jackie, was arrested in a Beijing drug bust with actor Kai Ko.