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Demi Lovato is taking her big voice to “Glee.” The 21-year-old singer-actress will appear in multiple episodes of the show’s upcoming fifth season, her publicist confirmed Friday.

“Glee” star Lea Michele tweeted Thursday that she was excited that two of her “very best friends” — Lovato and Broadway vet Phoebe Strole — would appear on the Fox show, and thanked creator Ryan Murphy for making it happen.

Lovato is in her second year as a mentor on “The X Factor.” She starred on the Disney Channel’s “Sonny With a Chance” for two seasons. The new season of “Glee” premieres Sept. 26 at 9 p.m.

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Steven Moyer will play Capt. Von Trapp in NBC’s upcoming live production of “The Sound of Music.” The network announced Friday that the “True Blood” star has been cast in the Dec. 5 holiday special. Carrie Underwood is set to play the governess Maria. The production is based on the 1959 Broadway play and produced by Academy Awards telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Moyer was last seen on stage in a production of “Chicago” at the Hollywood Bowl, in which the actor portrayed Billy Flynn.

Associated Press

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Singer Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson is 67. Singer Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills is 64. Bandleader Branford Marsalis is 53. Guitarist Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio is 52. Actor Chris Burke (“Life Goes On”) is 48. Singer Shirley Manson of Garbage is 47. Guitarist Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows is 47. Drummer Adrian Young of No Doubt is 44. Actress Melissa McCarthy (“Mike and Molly,” “Gilmore Girls”) is 43. Singer Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman is 38. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 33. Singer Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line is 28. Singer-actress Cassie is 27. Actress Keke Palmer (“Akeelah and the Bee”) is 20. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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