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Ariana Grande is going places. The 20-year-old Boca Raton native was snapped by paps earlier this week in a London restaurant, cozying up to British boyfriend, The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes.

The day before the Right There singer stopped off in Paris, mobbed by fans. “Thank u to my French luvs for the overwhelming welcome, I love you too much!” tweeted the jetlagged star, who also posted a selfie of herself sleeping. Ariana is across the pond promoting her debut album Yours Truly.

Catch her performing at Y100’s Jingle Ball 2013, along with twerker Miley Cyrus, Dec. 20 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Tickets: Y100.com

‘X’ marks the spot

Does Key Biscayne teen Celine Polenghi have what it takes to make it through the Simon Cowell gauntlet on The X Factor?

The 16-year-old is part of the band Sweet Suspense, competing in the Fox reality competition’s Groups category, and she’s ready for whatever comes her way. To make it this far was quite a coup for the junior at Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart.

“It’s very overwhelming, in a good way,” Celine says on the show’s website. “I don’t think I’ve really fathomed it all yet. I’m so excited, it’s so surreal.”

Celine originally auditioned as a solo act; watch her compete at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Retail therapy

Need a new pair of heels? Shoe designer Donald J. Pliner and wife Lisa are making a public appearance at his namesake Aventura store from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. The shopping event is to raise money for Fur Angel Rescue, helping neglected and abused animals around South Florida. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the cause. Grammy-winning artist Willy Chirino will be on hand (his wife Lissette is big into animals). RSVP: mailto:furangelsrescue@gmail.com; 786-368-8005.

Girls’ night

Oh, to be a fly on the wall in this dining room: Hell’s Kitchen survivor Paula DaSilva — formerly of 1500° at Eden Roc, now back at 3030 Ocean in Fort Lauderdale — is gearing up for an auspicious occasion. The chef is hosting the “Chefs & Farmers Celebration” at the James Beard House in NYC Monday night. DaSilva has assembled an all-star lineup of her favorite female chef colleagues from around the U.S., including locals Lindsay Autry of Sundy House in Delray Beach and Lauren Deshields of Fort Lauderdale’s Market 17.

Madeleine Marr

Merry, merry

Chestnuts and an open fire go together for Christmas. But hard rocking Heart and Miami Sound Machine architect Emilio Estefan?

The Miami producer, and La Glo’s hubby, hopes so as he was behind the boards for the new Heart two-song Christmas digital single, Please Come Home for Christmas, a 1961 R&B Christmas classic originally cut by Charles Brow n and a Top 20 seasonal hit by the Eagles in 1978. The other song is All Through the Night, a traditional Welsh tune.

Guitarist Nancy Wilson, along with Estefan and University of Miami Frost School of Music dean and pianist Shelly Berg, wrote a new arrangement for the latter tune. Richard Marx offers harmony vocals. Ann Wilso n sings Please Come Home for Christmas with Aaron Neville.

“I have loved Aaron Neville’s amazing, soulful voice since I was a teenager,” Ann said in a news release. The single is out on iTunes Tuesday.

Howard Cohen

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