Carrie Bell and Timothy Gunatilaka
June 06, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

FINALE

”We were honored she wanted to sing with us,” says Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, who duetted with American Idol Carrie Underwood on May 25. ”She is a powerhouse vocalist and has a great career ahead. We’re just glad we didn’t get voted off.”

CONTEST

A: The winner of the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions. Q: Who is Brad Rutter? But seriously, who is this dude? The 27-year-old former record store clerk came out of nowhere May 25 to beat know-it-all 74-game winner Ken Jennings (and some other guy), taking home a whopping $2 million — the largest single payout in TV game- show history. Rutter led throughout the three-day final, and while we’re not saying Jennings wasn’t trying. . .was Jennings even trying? — Whitney Pastorek

ENGAGEMENTS

Confirming rumors that Paris does, in fact, love only Paris, reality star Paris Hilton, 24, is engaged to marry Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis, 22. No date has been set.

EXPECTING

King of Queens star Kevin James, 40, and wife Steffiana De La Cruz, 30, will welcome their first child in November.

BIRTHS

This is the true story of former Real World: San Francisco roomies Judd Winick, 35, and wife Dr. Pam Ling, 37, who welcomed a son on May 27. Winick is the creator of the Cartoon Network’s The Life & Times of Juniper Lee. . . .Also on May 27, The Young and the Restless hunk Joshua Morrow, 31, and his wife, Tobe, 29, welcomed son Crew James Morrow. . . .Stevie Wonder, 55, and designer wife Kai Milla greeted their second son on May 13. He has three children from previous relationships.

HIRED

NBC Universal named Angela Bromstad, 43, president of the network’s TV production wing on May 25, replacing David Kissinger, 43, who left to run Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Productions.

DEPARTURES

Cure keyboardist Roger O’Donnell, 49, and guitarist Perry Bamonte, 44, have left the band after 10 years. . . .Also making an exit, Frankie Poullain, 33, bassist for British hair rockers the Darkness, has left the group due to ”musical differences,” according to a May 23 posting on the band’s website. Poullain’s replacement ”will be announced within coming months.”

ARRESTS

New York City police say they arrested Christian Slater, 35, on the morning of May 31 for groping an unidentified woman on the street ”for no legitimate purpose.” The actor pleaded not guilty to ”forcible touching” and third-degree sexual abuse and is due back in court July 14. . . .On May 18, French police arrested Chechen Bislan Ismailov, 25, in connection with the murder of controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam last November. Dutch police say they believe Ismailov is an associate of the alleged killer, Mohammed Bouyeri. Van Gogh’s body was found with a note threatening to kill the writer of van Gogh’s film Submission, a critique of violence against women in Islamic society. Ismailov and Bouyeri could not be reached for comment.

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