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'Baby, It's Cold Outside': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics starts today! Over the next two weeks, EW will put the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the next 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.

UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here.

To kick off our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics, we start with a song that wasn’t even a Christmas tune to begin with, but it’s come to fit snugly with the holiday’s wintry weather: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The catchy duet, with its suggestive-verging-on-coercive lyrics, was written in 1944 by musical-theater vet Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls), who originally sang it with his wife at a housewarming party. He ended up selling it to MGM in 1948 for the movie Neptune’s Daughter, for which it earned an Oscar.

So which flirty version is your favorite? Check out our six options, in chronological order, and place your vote below:
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'Six by Sondheim': Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, and America Ferrera sing 'Merrily We Roll Along' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Theater fans, Gleeks and Ugly Betty mourners (I’m all three), get ready to lose your minds!

On Dec. 9, HBO premieres Six by Sondheim, a brand-new documentary that profiles arguably the greatest composer in contemporary musical theater, Stephen Sondheim. Directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine and produced by former Times theater critic Frank Rich, the doc takes a deep look at six of Sondheim’s greatest songs, deconstructed and defined by Sondheim himself. READ FULL STORY

Darren Criss sings 'A Whole New World' with the voice of Jasmine...at a gay bar! -- VIDEO

Darren Criss surprised fans recently with an impromptu performance at the NYC gay piano bar Marie’s Crisis. The Glee star played the piano while singing “A Whole New World” from Aladdin with Tony-winner Lea Salonga, who provided the singing voice of Jasmine in the original 1992 Disney film.

Criss made his Broadway debut last year in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. With the end of Glee near, may we suggest another musical he could step into? He already knows the words to at least one song!

Check out the video below:
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Teen Choice 2013: The esteemed bonus awards!

The official Teen Choice surfboards have all been handed out, but after absorbing Sunday’s two-hour awards ceremony on Fox, I felt there were simply not enough awards! This year’s bonus prizes are…

CHOICE BLEEP

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A wetsuited Rebel Wilson thought it was funny there’s a group called One Direction, because “That’s also the name I gave to my asshole.” Lovely!

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CHOICE BEST AND WORST MULLET

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Demi Lovato

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Aggghh, don’t touch it! READ FULL STORY

Darren Criss talks Cory Monteith: 'We're picking up the pieces now'

Darren Criss stopped by Conan last night, where the actor shared his memories about his late co-star and “dear friend” Cory Monteith. His remarks join Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele and other Glee cast members who have weighed in since the actor’s untimely death July 13.

Calling him a “wonderful guy,” Conan O’Brien asked Criss how the cast was holding up. “Obviously it’s been a very rough time,” Criss shared. But the actor tried to look forward, explaining, “We’re picking up the pieces now and there’s two things you got to remember about Cory: One, he was a really funny guy. He had a great sense of humor; he loved life. He always took care of his friends, he wanted his friends to be happy, so it’s only right that we try and start to smile again, try and laugh again. It’s something he would have wanted.”

He continued, “On a personal note, he will be severely missed but I’m just happy that a guy like him got to touch as many lives as he did while we were all lucky enough to have him.”

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Love is on the air: The winner of the Greatest TV Couple of All Time bracket game is...

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We asked, and you answered, PopWatchers. More than 150,000 passionate EW.com readers voted in the final contest that resulted in Glee‘s Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson defeating Doctor Who‘s most beloved romantic pairing to be named your Greatest TV Couple of All Time. In celebration of Klaine, who bested Marshall and Lily, Buffy and Spike, and Carrie and Big on their way to the crown — see the entire bracket here — we’ve rounded up the most essential songs (plus a bonus non-Klaine duet that, if we left it out, you would certainly savage us).

Below, a timeless, groundbreaking TV love story in six songs.

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'A Very Potter Senior Year': Darren Criss & Team StarKid's last Potter parody hits YouTube

In the beginning, God and Darren Criss created Harry Potter: The Musical, a madcap Harry Potter parody originally performed at the University of Michigan in 2009. The musical, cowritten by Matt Lang, Nick Lang, and Brian Holden and produced by StarKid Productions, arrived on YouTube that summer and quickly went viral, inspiring a 2010 sequel that helped to launch Criss into mainstream stardom. (Its popularity also inspired a name change meant to stave off the litigious Warner Bros; that’s why you now know the show as A Very Potter Musical.)

Potter‘s Harry soon joined the cast of Glee, and StarKid’s other members moved on to other projects as well. Still, though, the story didn’t seem quite finished — which is why a whole passel of StarKids (including Criss) reunited for a one-night-only performance of a second Potter sequel at Chicago’s LeakyCon convention last summer. Though the gang released the show’s cast recording in December, the full musical itself remained absent from YouTube… until this past Friday.

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Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Neil Patrick Harris in new NSFW Rock the Vote ad -- VIDEO

“This election, there are a lot of really important decisions being made that affect marginalized groups in big ways,” Jesse Tyler Ferguson declares in a new Rock The Vote ad.

“Thank you, Jesse. Which is why, as an openly straight man, I implore you to think about people like me as you cast your ballot,” Ferguson’s co-star on Modern Family and recent Emmy-winner Eric Stonestreet continues.

What follows is a whole host of celebrities giving you their best reasons to vote on Nov. 6. Kathy Griffin reminds us that everyone at a polling place is over 18, which means they’re legal. Joel McHale votes because he’s not “a motherf***ing communist” and Jane Lynch tells us that casting a ballot is the best decision you can make. A close second? Getting a One Direction tattoo, like Lynch did.

Want to know who’s proud to be an American because of Ryan Gosling (even though he’s Canadian)? Check out the full NSFW ad below: READ FULL STORY

Rock The Vote commercial stars Darren Criss, Neil Patrick Harris, a ton of other people -- VIDEO

You know what’s important? Voting.

You know who appears in a PSA telling you to vote? Nearly every celebrity I can think of.

In the “We Will” commercial for Rock the Vote, celebs such as Darren Criss, Neil Patrick Harris, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Jane Lynch, Kathy Griffin and Miley Cyrus (with her new hairdo!) come together to write on a whiteboard and also break into some choreographed dance formations…all in the name of making your voice heard!

Check out the commercial below: READ FULL STORY

Darren Criss and Team Starkid return to Hogwarts -- VIDEO

Before Darren Criss was a star of the Broadway stage and the small screen, he was just a wizard, standing in front of Ginny Weasley, asking her to love him.

Criss shot to fame in 2009, when a Harry Potter parody he co-wrote went viral on YouTube. A Very Potter Musical‘s various parts have since been viewed millions of times, allowing Criss and his comrades — collectively, they’re known as Team StarKid — to create a similarly popular sequel in 2010, as well as a variety of other productions. But when Hollywood beckoned that same year, Criss moved on to bigger things, and plans for a third Potter parody — A Very Potter 3D: A Very Potter Senior Year — had to be put on hold. Until now.

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