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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spotted at Chanel

Plus: Madonna tour delayed two days; Zohra Sehgal turns 100; American Idol down to five singers; Farhan Akhtar sprints through Milkha film and Middle East stars endorse hair products.

Kim Kardashian was spotted at Chanel with Kanye West. Rob Griffith / AP Photo
Kim Kardashian was spotted at Chanel with Kanye West. Rob Griffith / AP Photo

If Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are dating each other for publicity - it's working.

The reality starlet and rapper have refused to confirm they're a couple, but they arrived hand-in-hand at Chanel's seventh annual artists dinner at the Tribeca Film Festival last week. The two happily posed for the cameras, then sat among a gallery of stars at the event.

West and Kardashian - already each tabloid magnets in their own right - have garnered even more attention since they became a rumoured couple. West recently confessed his love for her in song, and they've been spotted out together in New York.

Kardashian, who made a cameo appearance on 30 Rock's live Thursday episode, attended the White House correspondent's dinner yesterday, through an invitation from Fox News.

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Madonna tour delayed by two days

The highly anticipated opening of Madonna's MDNA Tour is now planned for May 31 in Tel Aviv, two days later than previously scheduled due to production delays, according to the promoters Live Nation and Shuki Weiss. All tickets dated May 29 will be honoured at the rescheduled event.

Madonna has announced 76 concert dates around the world - including a stop in Abu Dhabi on June 3 and 4 - with confirmed sales of over 1.4 million tickets to date. The tour has recently announced additional concert dates in Mexico and South America, followed by a visit to Australia, where she has not performed in 20 years.

Actress Zohra Sehgal turns 100

Bollywood celebrities stormed Twitter with birthday greetings for the actress Zohra Sehgal, as the Indian cinema icon turned 100.

The actress Shabana Azmi posted: "Zohra, you are an inspiration to all of us."

The producer/director Karan Johar tweeted: "Zohra Sehgal turns 100 today; just one word to describe the grand young lady: wow!"

Other well wishers included Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Ranvir Shorey, Vivek Oberoi and Dia Mirza.

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American Idol down to five contestants

The 28-year-old teacher Elise Testone was eliminated Thursday on American Idol, in a performance week dedicated to the band Queen.

Remaining in the competition are Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Skylar Laine and Joshua Ledet.

The latter impressed the judges the most with his energetic take on Queen's Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

"Is it bad for me to say Joshua's part of the show is my favourite part of the show?" beamed Jennifer Lopez.

The finalists were also accompanied by Queen's guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor for a medley.

The remaining singers will return to the stage on Wednesday, where they will perform songs by British musicians.

The winner is scheduled to be crowned on May 23.

Farhan Akhtar sprints through Milkha film

The filmmaker/actor Farhan Akhtar has returned to Mumbai after a gruelling shoot for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Run Milkha Run), a biopic about India's Olympic sprinter Milkha Singh.

"My work on BMB's first schedule complete. Back home in Mumbai. Time to rest. Recuperate. Recharge. And then resume," he tweeted.

Akhtar went through a month-long training programme to prepare and the first pictures of the actor playing the sprinter were complimented by Sonia Milkha, the athlete's daughter, who said Akhtar closely resembled her father.

The actor also impressed with his performance on the track, finishing a 100-metre dash in less than 12 seconds.

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Middle East stars endorse hair products

The UAE singer Ruweida Al Mahrouqi joined the Lebanese actress Nadine Al Rasi and the Egyptian star Rania Yousef at Dubai's The Palace Hotel on Wednesday for the launch of Parachute Gold's new hair products. A special preview of the ad starring the three, filmed over five days in Sri Lanka, was also screened.

"It's great to be part of the campaign. Women around the world use this product, not just those in the Middle East," said Al Mahrouqi.

Al Rasi said filming in Sri Lanka was unforgettable, while Yousef said she was thrilled to be involved. "I was happy to work with such amazing women. Working in Sri Lanka with the whole team was fantastic."

* Maey El Shoush

Singapore to host India awards

Singapore is scheduled to host this year's edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards from June 7 to 9.

Launched in 2000, the event is intended to promote Indian cinema overseas. The actors Anil Kapoor and Bipasha Basu made the formal announcement about the venue last week.

First held in London, the awards have travelled to South Africa, Canada, Sri Lanka and the UAE.

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