Grapevine: Kanye says he would have voted for Trump

Also, Priscilla Presley reveals she never let Elvis see her makeup-free, Calvin Johnson Jr. gets hometown support and more celeb news

Stephanie Steinberg
The Detroit News

Kanye West reveals he would have voted for Trump

At a Saint Pablo tour concert on Thursday night, Kanye West admitted he didn’t vote in the presidential election, but said he would have cast his ballot for Donald Trump if he did. West told the San José audience, which started booing and throwing articles of clothing and shoes at the rapper, that he liked certain things about Trump’s campaign. “There’s methods, non-political methods to speaking, that I like – that I feel were very futuristic. That style and that method of communication has proven that it can be a politically correct way of communication,” he said. West lamented how others advised him to keep quiet about his political views. “I hate the fact that because I’m a celebrity, everybody told me not to say that I loved the debates,” he said. “I loved (Trump’s) approach.” Last year, West told Vanity Fair that he supported GOP candidate and Detroit native Ben Carson: “As soon as I heard Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like, this is the most brilliant guy.”

Priscilla Presley says she never let Elvis see her without makeup

Priscilla Presley says she never let her husband, Elvis, see her without makeup during their six years of marriage. On the U.K. talk show “Loose Women” Wednesday, the 71-year-old dished on her relationship with the King, who she met at age 14. “He taught me, even in having a relationship, about always having a mystique — never revealing everything,” she said. “There are things you keep to yourself.” Presley also said Elvis never wanted to see her get dressed. “He wanted to see the result of getting dressed,” she says, “and I still to this day believe that. Men don’t want to see what a woman has to go through to get where she is, they want to see the product.”

Troy dance studio hopes Calvin Johnson wins ‘DWTS’

Former Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson Jr., one of four remaining celebrity finalists on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” has been rehearsing with professional partner Lindsay Arnold at Next Level Dance Center in Troy every week since the reality TV show’s 23rd season started in September. Co-owned by Rhona Fidler and Britne Bell, the center offers classes to students ages 3 to 18. Though Johnson exceeds the age limit at 31, the owners were happy to lend a dance room to him and Arnold, who practiced there about six hours a day Tuesday through Saturday. “Even though we have very little to do — actually nothing to do — with their training, it almost feels like we get to be a part of it,” Fidler says.

While Johnson and Arnold practice behind closed doors, Fidler says there’s a camera in the studio so parents can watch their children from the lobby. “We’ll let the cat out of the bag now,” she says. “Sometimes we turn it on. If there are no parents in the lobby, Britne and I have been known to sneak a peek.” Last month, the women traveled to Los Angeles to watch the Halloween-themed segment in the audience. “There’s a point in the show (after the judges’ comments), you can see he’s turning around and waving. He’s waving at us,” Fidler says. Both women say Johnson might have tough competition with IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe — the other man left in the show — but they clearly want Johnson to win Tuesday. As Bell puts it, how could they not support him? “He’s our hometown hero,” she says. Read more on

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