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Long Islanders blew 'X Factor' judges away

Long Islanders Simone Torres and Al Calderon made Thursday's episode of "The X Factor" a mind-blowing experience. Watching Simone, 19, of Port Jefferson Station, in her T-shirt and lavender jeans break into a deeply soulful rendition of "Mustang Sally" was the kind of surprise that makes the show must-see TV. And how adorable was Al, 19, who sang "Sara Smile"? Until now, he's been working in a restaurant as a "Happy Birthday" singer. I feel a record deal coming for this guy.

-- Bonnie FullerBonnie Fuller is president and editor-in-chief of and the former editor of Star, Us Weekly, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire magazines.Gilbert's gay awakening

On Thursday's "The Talk," Sara Gilbert revealed that she knew she was gay while dating "Roseanne" co-star Johnny Galecki. "We started dating, and he would come over, and we would make out, and then I would start to get depressed," she said. "Johnny felt badly, I think, and started to take it personally and didn't know what was going on." Sara said when she told him about her sexuality, he was "super-sweet" about it.

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