Julianne Hough back to 'Dancing' as judge
NEW YORK - "Dancing With the Stars" says two-time champion Julianne Hough is returning to the ballroom as a judge this season. She will preside alongside Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
After serving as a company dancer-choreographer, Hough left the show in 2009 to focus on acting and music.
"Dancing With the Stars" is hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. Its new season launches Sept. 15 on ABC.
Statue to honor Amy Winehouse
LONDON - Amy Winehouse is to be commemorated with a statue in the London neighborhood where she lived and worked.
The late singer's family says the statue will be unveiled in Camden Town on Sept. 14, her 31st birthday.
The bronze likeness by Scott Eaton will stand in Camden's bustling market, which draws tourists from around the world with its food, craft and clothing outlets and street performers.
It had initially been slated for outside the nearby Roundhouse concert hall. But the singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, said Thursday that the new site would be more accessible for fans. He said that "now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever."
The beehived diva died at her Camden home in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning. She was 27.
Tennis star Serena does karaoke
NEW YORK - Serena Williams replaced her tennis racket with a microphone at a karaoke event a week ahead of the U.S. Open.
The top-ranked athlete performed "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" on Wednesday night at Arena in New York City. She danced and swayed her hips in a mini dress as she sang the song in falsetto and attempted high notes.
Williams told the crowd before she began: "I'm really nervous."
She was joined by fellow tennis player Jack Sock, "Orange Is the New Black" stars Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba, "Glee" actor Darren Criss and comedian Kathy Griffin at the event for Delta Airlines.
Williams, a karaoke enthusiast, called the singing sport "my favorite thing."