FOX New Year’s Eve 2020 with Steve Harvey

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“Happy 2020!

“During the third annual Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square special on Tuesday night, the comedian and TV host, 62, rang in 2020 with some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

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“Maria Menounos and former New England Patriots football player Rob Gronkowski co-hosted the special, with performances by LL Cool J and DJ Z-Trip, The Chainsmokers, The Lumineers, Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys, Tyga and The Killers.

“Gordon Ramsay, Will Arnett and Jenna Dewan also made appearances during the three-and-a-half-hour primetime celebration.

“For Harvey, 2020 is already looking to be a joyous year.”

Read the full article on PEOPLE.com

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Dancing With the Stars 2019

“After last fall’s controversial finale, Dancing With The Stars took a brief hiatus and skipped their standard spring season—they typically do two seasons a year—and fans have been itching for the Emmy-winning dance competition’s return. Mirror ball enthusiasts breathed a collective sigh of relief when ABC confirmed that the show will premiere on Monday, September 16 at 8:00 PM. The program will be bigger and better than ever, with expected format changes to keep the audience on their toes and make the competition more about dancing.”

Read the full article on the OprahMag website.

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On the controversial Sean Spicer: “Trump has been a great supporter of Spicer’s efforts, against all odds, to win this thing. And deplorable viewers at home have consistently overruled rock-bottom scores from the judges, ensuring he’ll live to stagger onstage, like a goofy rhinoceros, for another day…

“‘Vote for Sean Spicer on Dancing with the Stars,’ the president tweeted. ‘He is a great and very loyal guy who is working very hard! #MAGA.’

“The judges, who’ve continually voted Spicer last or second-to-last after enduring his crazy neon-green puffy salsa-inspired shirt and his creepy sailor suit in the latest installment, are trying to prevent their heads from exploding as Spicer knocks out dancers they consider more worthy.

“‘We keep throwing you out of the boat, and the viewers keep throwing a lifeline,’ said frustrated judge Len Goodman. ‘The mermaid had better feet than you,’ he said after Spicer plodded to the tune ‘Come Sail Away.’”

Read the full article on the New York Post website.

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On James Van Der Beek’s heartbreaking exit from the show: “Before his second dance, Van Der Beek stunned the audience with news of his wife’s miscarriage. There was not a dry eye in the house as Van Der Beek told how his wife, still in the hospital, urged him on to dance. He performed a tango in her honor.

“The pain was etched on his face in the passionate dance, which added to the pathos. Inaba was noticeably weeping as she gave her thoughts and scores.

“‘I don’t know how you got through that,’ she said, wiping away tears. ‘But in the midst of all the tragedy you’re going through, you gave me great posture.’

“The judges gave straight nine scores. But with his scores from both dances, the longtime favorite Van Der Beek was very much at risk of getting voted off.”

Read the full article on the USA Today website.

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Still, the show went on: “‘The Bachelorette’ star said she was still in ‘shock’ after winning the Mirror Ball Trophy but credited a calm that came over her during the dances.

“‘I’ve always been so nervous before I perform. It’s probably been one of the biggest struggles that I’ve had. Letting those fears get into the way of the dance,’ she said. ‘But going into tonight’s performance, I felt all that dissipate.'”

Read the full article on the USA Today website.

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Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports 2019

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“What do you get when you combine a three-time Super Bowl champion, an Olympic gold medal skier, the biggest names in sports and gallons of green slime?

“A sticky mess — and the finale competition at the Nickelodeon ‘Kids’ Choice Sports 2019.’

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“Hosted by former Super Bowl champion and two-time Emmy Award winner Michael Strahan, this year’s show featured two teams of sports stars competing in challenges that tested their athletic skills in the stickiest of surroundings.

“Captained by former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn, the all-star rosters included Shaun White, Nyjah Huston and Vonn’s NFL player boyfriend, P.K. Subban.

“The first-ever ‘Kids’ Choice Sports Championship’ was a mega-competition made up of five grand-scale, sports-themed challenges that spanned the entire show and culminated in a nail-biting final showdown. One team pulled off the biggest comeback since Super Bowl LI — but you’ll have to watch the show to see who came out victorious.”

Read the full article on TheWrap.com

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Check out more on the Kids Choice Sports official website.

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My own personal bottle of slime! Thank you, Nickelodeon!

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BET Awards 2019 Pre-Show

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“…This year, the 2019 BET Awards featured a blue carpet to honor the late Nipsey Hussle. It’s sentiments like these that make awards shows all the more special in 2019, especially seeing as this particular program is all about celebrating black excellence.

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“But not only is Nipsey being remembered by the seams of the blue carpet, but he’s also an honoree for the Humanitarian Award for all his work in supporting L.A. communities… In many instances, the rapper used his own earnings from his craft to fuel opportunities for released prisoners and people who were previously homeless, by creating spaces such as a coworking building, a barbershop, and multiple restaurants.

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The late Nipsey Hussle performing at the BET Awards 2018 Pre Show

“To show even more gratitude for Nipsey’s grind, there will also be an upcoming star-studded tribute performance featuring DJ Khaled, YG, and John Legend during tonight’s show. With all that said, it’s quite clear that Nipsey has left an unforgettable mark as a philanthropist in the lives of those who witnessed his journey.”

Read more on Bustle.com

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Miley Cyrus & Marc Cohn “Walking in Memphis” with Facebook

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“Memphis got a friendly buzz in the national media following singer Miley Cyrus’ surprise performance Saturday. Social media giant Facebook dispatched the Nashville artist to the Beale Street Music Festival to help launch its new brand campaign. Hardly anyone in the city or on the festival grounds at Tom Lee Park knew she was coming. Facebook made sure everyone who did know stayed mum. After she got up on the stage and sang, Memphis suddenly was all over the celebrity news sites.”

Read the full article on Commercial Appeal

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2019

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“The 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, The Cure, and The Zombies.

“Presenters include Harry Styles for Stevie Nicks, Brian May (Queen) for Def Leppard, Janelle Monáe for Janet Jackson, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) for The Cure, David Byrne for Radiohead, John Taylor & Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran) for Roxy Music and Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) for The Zombies.”

Read more at HBO.com

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“ ‘I have a lot to say about this,’ Nicks said in a statement, ‘but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It’s a glorious feeling…’

“Joe Elliott of Def Leppard is equally thrilled by the news. ‘Now we can stop holding our breath,’ he tells Rolling Stone. ‘How wonderful to be in the same club as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and the Who and Queen. . . . It’s a nice badge of honor.’

“For Colin Blunstone of the Zombies — who have been eligible since 1989 and have appeared on three previous ballots — this was the result of incredible patience and persistence. ‘You do start to doubt that it could happen… This is a career-defining [and] life-defining moment.’

“His longtime bandmate Rod Argent echoed Blunstone’s sentiment. ‘I know it’s fashionable in some circles to say, ‘I don’t mind whether I get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or not,’ he tells Rolling Stone. ‘But that is not how I’ve ever felt. When we were first nominated, that felt like a huge honor in its own right. And this time, to turn the corner and get inducted feels fantastic. . . . I’m just so delighted.’ ”

Read more at RollingStone.com

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