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By Joanne Rosa
On this week of DWTS, guest judge Nick Carter helped settle the scores. It’s only appropriate since everyone will be dancing to songs from boy bands and girl groups. You might even want to get off the couch and do some dancing yourself for this episode!
After four weeks of sitting on the bench, Maksim is back to dance the night away with Heather! Heather and Maks fell back into the groove of things as quickly as Maksim fell out of the competition.
There was a team dance with the guys versus the ladies. Nick told ET Online that he’s looking forward to the dance. He confessed, “I think the guys know that the women are far superior in talent than the guys, but we’re going to try to win with charisma and entertainment value.”
As for the ladies, they have everything on their side. Heather is a professional dancer. Normani is a performer, and killing it in the competition. Then there are Olympic champions Nancy and Simone. They practically have this in the bag.
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David is literally at the bottom of the board as far as scores go. Lindsay was not going easy on him in rehearsal and gave him the business. She sees David being too hard on himself. David tipped us off on Instagram that his dance would be PG-13. Oh yes, sir. It most certainly was PG-13.
Normani is at the top of the leaderboard, but was at the bottom of the fan board last week, leaving her and partner Val in jeopardy. Normani didn’t let the low fan base bring her down.
Simone Biles with Sasha Farber
“Survivor” By Destiny’s Child
Simone is struggling to find her sexy. It doesn’t help that Sasha is not exactly “sexy” in her eyes. If it was (who is Rash She?) definitely gave off some gymnastics vibes, but she brought out the sex appeal in the end. Len gave her props for the amount of control she has over her body, although she was a little off with her timing. Bruno and Carrie agreed. Nick thought this song was an on point representation of who Simone is.
Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess
“I Want It That Way” By The Backstreet Boys
Bonner’s nerves were at full force last night because he deemed himself the weakest dancer on the show. At the start of the dance a wall divided Bonner and Sharna. Bonner had to hold his own, and it was obvious he was lost without Sharna there to guide him. Nick thinks Bonner would be better off if he learned to let go while he was dancing. Len said he needs to show more emotion on the dance floor.
Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev
“Free Your Mind” By En Vogue
Nancy has been a fan of DWTS since it’s start and remembered that Mel B danced to this song in the past with Maks. Of course she freaked herself out. Nancy didn’t look happy with her performance, but let the judges give their feedback before she said anything. Carrie Ann and Nick had positive comments for her. Len kept it real, and said she needs to accept that she’s a good dancer. He thought there was too much time spent in the cage at the beginning and it threw her off. Thanks to Nancy’s great dancing skills, she got back on track pretty quickly. Nancy blamed some of her mistakes on a last minute wardrobe change with her shoes.
Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd
“Fun, Fun, Fun” By The Beach Boys
If there is one thing Nick brings to the stage every week, it’s a boatload of personality. Nick and Len thought the dance should have been more polished. Len’s specific words were, “I wasn’t getting ‘good vibrations.’” Bruno thought Nick might have gotten too much fun in the sun. Bruno respected him for bringing all of the effort. Nick plead guilty for his poor footwork. Too bad he can’t get a 10 for effort!
Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
“When I Grow Up” By The Pussycat Dolls
Be careful what ya wish for, ‘cause ya just might get it! Normani grew up trying to learn the choreography to this dance, and now she gets to do it IRL. Len thought the dance showcased what a great dancer she is. Carrie Ann thinks Normani is goals. From Normani’s lines, to her kicks and turns, she filled all of Carrie Ann’s expectations. Nick told Normani she has the potential to go all the way and win it.
David Ross with Lindsay Arnold
“I Want You Back” By *NSYNC
David put his frustration aside and danced it out last night. Bruno observed how strong David began the dance, but the obvious fact was that David almost dropped Lindsay. The near Carrie Ann straight up asked David if he was okay, to which he answered yes, but he probably doesn’t seem it because he is trying to act sexy, but it’s difficult when his daughters are in the audience watching.(please reword this sentence – don’t understand and is a run-on) Len acknowledged that some of David’s aggravation was because he had to learn two dances this week.
Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater
“Reach Out, I’ll Be There” By The Four Tops
Rashad has a lot on his plate with football and dancing, but he isn’t giving up on this competition. He totally commanded the dance floor last night. Carrie Ann and Nick were giddy after his performance. Nick even said Rashad is elite. Len loves formality and praised him for the proper tango. Bruno could see Rashad’s strength and knows he has plenty of talent to get him through this season.
Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
“Waterfalls” By TLC
Heather and Maks reunited, and Maks wanted to earn Heather back. Nick was the first to speak, and gave it to them straight: it was his favorite dance of the night. Len praised Heather’s leg action, and thought it was a knockout dance. Bruno said she was simply stunning. Carrie Ann concluded this was Heather’s best dance yet. There was a clear difference in Heather’s dancing once she was back in Maks’ arms. It only made sense that they got not only the best score of the night, but also the best score of the season.
BEST SCORE: 40/40
When everything seems to be going well, life drops a bomb on you. This week all of the guys were safe and the ladies were in jeopardy. Oh yes. Now, they have to dance with their teams. Luckily for the girls, the boys are up first.
The Boy Band
Of course, the guys went shirtless last night. They have to get those votes, and we weren’t complaining. Len called the guys out on filling the dance with gimmicks and crowd pleasing moves (like the shirtless moves), but understood that the guys did what they had to do to beat the girls. Ben called it the most fabulous mess he’s ever seen. Of course, Carrie Ann loved the routine. Nick is ready to start up a new boy band.
The Girl Group
The girls had their game faces on for this dance. If anything, the bad news that one of them would be eliminated motivated them to do their best. Carrie Ann thought the dance was somewhat underwhelming. Nick thought the girls in this group were some of the best in the competition. Len thought the dancing was at a higher level than the guys, but also noted the guys routine was more entertaining.
BETTER SCORE: 34/40
Simone with Sasha and Normani with Val were the first two couples to be saved. It’s between Nancy and Heather. Not even a perfect score could save anyone this week.
Heather and Maks were sent home. It’s unfortunate that Maks just came back into the competition, only to be eliminated. Heather and Maks thanked Alan for stepping up to the plate this season and don’t put any blame on him for their elimination.
Serena Williams took to social media on Monday [April 24] to air out retired Tennis firebrand Ilie Nastase over a racially insensitive quip he made in public, after learning of her 5 month pregnancy with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last week.
Following Williams’ announcement that she is expecting and due to deliver in the Fall, the 1970’s Romanian star posted: “Let’s see what color it has… Chocolate with milk?” Williams fired back via Instagram, writing, “It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and my unborn child.” She has pledged her support for the International Tennis Federation to investigate the matter, as it would have grounds to weigh a penalty on Nastase, who is currently the Romanian Fed Cup captain.
In venting on her disgust over the remark, Williams wasn’t done. She followed up her own words by quoting poet Maya Angelou. “Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words… you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air, I rise,” she wrote, quoting from Angelou’s classic piece, “Still I Rise.”
Barack Obama has finally reemerged from obscurity, and he did so to laughter and cheers. The former U.S. President may have been sighted in public since leaving office, with photos of him vacationing and making trips to New York City to enjoy a night or two out on Broadway with Michelle circulating social media, but it wasn’t until Monday, April 24, that he spoke to the public since January 20.
“So uh, what’s been going on while I’ve been gone?” Obama said to the cheers of a packed house full of students at the University of Chicago. While many people expected him to say some things about Trump, Obama didn’t bring up his name once. He was on hand to moderate a panel of six young people selected to represent civic leadership in South Side Chicago. The statement broke the ice for him to then give some background into his journey as a community organizer in the city three decades ago when he was all of 25 years old.
Much of what Obama had to say was in regards to the youth and leadership. He admitted to having found himself navigating through questions about what might be next for him in public life, and he said that helping to develop future leaders is about as passionate a direction he could set out on. “The single most important thing I can do is to help in any way I can to prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world,” said POTUS #44.
Adrien Broner almost didn’t make it home last Thursday, April 20, and when he did just happen to be arriving, the police officers who pulled him over discovered why. The SUV he had been driving was riddled with gunshots that came his way after he left a Kentucky night club. Body cam video of Broner’s engagement with the police and subsequent arrest revealed the kind of composure one who has been through such a scare before can keep, as he at times disputed and at times amused the officers.
In an interview released by TMZ on Monday, April 24, Broner shed a bit more light on what went down that night, and gave some insight into his state of mind, in knowing that there may be people with bad intentions, on his head. He detailed feeling free and easy, running red lights, as he zoned out to the music on his radio, and not having a concern in the world, even after hearing the first several shots. At first, Broner says, he assumed the noise was coming from the track that had been playing at the moment. But before long, he realized he was being hunted for, prompting him to push the pedal for safety.
When asked whether he knows who might have been behind the shooting, Broner said he doesn’t know a thing. When asked why he believes he may have been targeted, he said he imagines it is because of his money and celebrity status, saying he was once in that place where coming from the hood it would be a badge of honor to get one up on a big name. And when asked whether he was worried about his safety and security going forward, Broner said that he genuinely isn’t. But while he isn’t concerned for himself, he can’t live knowing that his family might be at risk.
“Listen, um, don’t get me wrong I’m not worried, I’m not scared of this, because I’ve been through this before, you know. But at the end of the day, you know, I want the best for my children. I want the best for my family, I want the best for my siblings,” said Broner. “So now all I just have to do is just take myself out of the equation.” After elaborating on what he means, he was asked whether he’d consider moving, and Adrien said that he thinks it might be best to move, but not too far away from Ohio.
Mel B’s former German nanny filed a defamation lawsuit against her.
Then, Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are spending a lot of time together. Wendy’s got the receipts.
Plus, Mary J. Blige’s divorce took a messy turn. Mary says Kendu spent $420,000 of her money during their marriage and claimed it was “travel expenses” but he really spent it all on his new girlfriend.
Wendy spills the tea in Hot Topics.
Don’t call it a comeback because Snoop Dogg Neva Left.
On Monday (Apr. 24), the Long Beach legend officially announced his forthcoming 15th studio album with its throwback artwork. Featuring a younger Snoop — with Jheri curl and all — the Chi Modu-shot cover is meant to represent the LP’s theme.
“Throughout the years, I’ve had my hands in a lot of different projects, but music has always remained at my core,” said Snoop. “This album reflects every phase of me throughout my career. I’m excited for ya’ll to hear this new project that highlights the evolution of the Dogg.”
To go along with the album art and title, Snoop has released his star-studded “Mount Kushmore” single featuring Redman, Method Man, and Cypress Hill’s B-Real. With a West Coast bounce, the banger features several references to marijuana.
Snoop is currently on the “Mount Rushmore Wellness Retreat Tour,” a 16-city trek that features Wiz, Cypress, Red & Meth, Lil Uzi Vert, Berner, Flatbush Zombies, and more.
Neva Left, the follow-up to last year’s Coolaid, is due May 19.
Mary J. Blige is giving you a peek into her life.
As she gears up for her new album Strength of a Woman on April 28, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is chronicling the emotional process in her documentary, The Making Of: Strength of a Woman.
The VH1 special about MJB’s heartwrenching LP documents Mary’s journey with the album and her divorce from longtime husband, Kendu Isaacs.
“[Divorce is] not something I wanted to do but I had no choice,” she explains in the nearly two-minute clip. “I’m not writing an album preaching to anyone about what they should do. I’m literally trying to heal myself through writing, singing, through some kind of way, getting it out of my system.”
Narrated by Diddy, the trailer features cameos from DJ Khaled, Missy Elliott, Hit-Boy, Jazmine Sullivan, and other collaborators who contributed to the project.
“For almost 20 years, she has been writing and singing music that both cuts us and helps us heal at the same time,” says Puff Daddy. “Her realness, music, style, energy, and performance make her loved by millions.”
The Making Of: Strength of a Woman premieres May 2 at 11 p.m. on VH1. Watch the trailer, which includes a reference to Beyoncé’s LEMONADE, below.
Produced by Squat, the track allows the Maybach Music Group MC to sing about an unwilling partner. “What am I to do with you, if you not fucking tonight?” he asks. “We coming through. What am I to do if you not fucking tonight?”
Rock joins in with similar sentiments. “Shawty, I ain’t trying to hear no excuses,” he sings. “I ain’t trying to chill, I’m trying to make you moan / You know you want the same / I don’t care what you claim / So girl, don’t be playing games / I am not like these lames / I’ll make you scream my name / And fuck up your everything.”
“Dilemma (F-cking Tonight)” is slated to appear on Wale and DJ Luna’s upcoming mixtape, according to HotNewHipHop. Beyond that, Folarin is gearing up to drop SHINE on May 5.
Listen to “Dilemma (F-cking Tonight)” below.
It’s going up on a “Monday.” Offset celebrates the start of the week with a new slapper that’s an ode to convertibles and money-making moves.
“I ain’t playing no more,” he says over the OG Parker and Deko production. “Different mindset, different motivations. I’m trying to get more money. I’m not satisfied. I want everything. I want it all.”
From the moment he kicks off the track’s first verse, one third of Migos brags about his cash and his weekly routine. “I got money across the country,” he boasts. “Fucking on a thot every Monday / Drop my top, let the roof loose / Look at these diamonds, Fruit Loops / Ride like the president, bulletproof / Shoot it all you want, you won’t get it through.”
Offset is coming off Migos’ platinum-selling Culture LP and some crowd-pleasing sets at Coachella with Quavo and Takeoff. This year, he’s also released solo work with Cardi B (“Lick”) and Young Thug (“Guwop”).
Listen to his latest solo release “Monday” below.