When someone mentions celebrity fitness videos, Jane Fonda quickly pops to mind. After all, she practically invented the genre with her highly-successful exercise videos in the 80s. Naturally, everyone and their dog wanted to jump on the fitness bandwagon. Even The Golden Girl’s Estelle Getty made one. Til this day, stars are still sharing their workout routines to make a bit of extra cash.
BuzzFeed recently shared some vintage fitness videos from back in the day. There’s something about the production values during the 80s and early 90s that makes everything super cheesy.
Since the Reunion Part 2 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs tonight, I thought I’d share BuzzFeed’s list. For those who don’t watch the Bravo reality show, this season was all about the competing Stallion Booty and Donkey Booty workout videos. Check out a few of my favorites vintage ones below.
After taking a year break, LOGO is bringing back its Always Next, Forever Now Award for the 2013 NewNowNext Awards. Janet Jackson was the first to receive the “lifetime award” at the inaugural ceremony back in 2008. The following years went to Britney Spears (2009), Paula Abdul (2010) and Lady Gaga (2011).
E! Network’s Chelsea Handler will present the honor to this year’s recipient during the ceremony taking place at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA on April 13th. Why Handler? Apparently, the late-night talk show host and this musician are buddies. Read the following statement from the network and see if you can figure out who’s getting the award.
“[____] embodies what the Always Next, Forever Now Award is all about in everything that she does” said Lisa Sherman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Logo. “She continuously pushes boundaries, stunning us with her creative vision and ability to make a tremendous impact on pop culture.”
Yesterday, I shared the audio for all the performances on Glee‘s Thursday episode. Most of the covers from “Feud” are mashups featuring infamous celebrity battles such as N’Sync/Backstreet Boys, Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey and Elton John/Madonna. In between all those rivalries, there are a couple of solo performances, like this one.
Santana (Naya Rivera) who’s wise to Brody’s (Dean Geyer) shady dealings decides covering Paula Abdul’s classic 1989 “Cold Hearted” is the best way to warn him she’s onto him. As expected, my girl Santana slays the vocals and the choreography. If you’ve watched Abdul’s Bob Fosse-inspired music video back in the day, Glee’s homage captures its spirit perfectly. The only thing missing is Naya performing the rap interlude. Such a shame cuz that’s my favorite part of Paula’s version.
Check out Santana’s cover below, along with Paula’s original clip. I’ve also added a cover by The Vampire Diaries‘ Kat Graham. The actress puts her own special spin on the track and changes up the lyrics. If you still can’t get enough, I’ve embedded a scene from All That Jazz which inspired Abdul originally. Enjoy all the jazz hands.
After last week’s lackluster episode (IMHO), I’m hoping Glee rebounds with “Feud.” I have a strong feeling it might. Especially after listening to all six tracks from Thursday’s show. The mashups featuring infamous celebrity feuds are pretty awesome. Finn (Cory Monteith) and Mr. Schu (Matthew Morrison) channel their feelings surrounding Emma-gate on stage with an ‘N Sync (“Bye Bye Bye”) and Backstreet Boys (“I Want It That Way”) mashup. Bravo to Ryan Murphy. Having these two characters perform boy band songs is absolutely perfect.
The second mashup involving a highly-publicized feud involves tracks by Elton John and Madonna. His “The Bitch Is Back” is mixed with her “Dress You Up.” The last celeb battle is a recent one and absolute perfect synergy given that Glee airs after American Idol. I never thought a mashup between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj would be possible, but the show managed to pull it off. To be fair, the Carey song is actually a cover of Brenda K. Starr’s classic 80s ballad “I Still Believe” (love, love, love this track).
If mashups aren’t your thing, the episode also has covers of current hits by Tegan & Sara (“Closer”) and Marina and the Diamonds (“How to Be a Heartbreaker”). The latter is performed by Rachel (Lea Michele) and Brody (Dean Geyer). I assume it’s about Brody being a male gigolo. I wonder how much he charges ;) Speaking of that sticky situation, Santana slays it on Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted Snake” while doling out some sage advice to Rachel. Listen to all the tracks below.
I am SO EXCITED for Paula Abdul to be a guest judge on tonight’s show. She is a talent show veteran when it comes to judging and I think that she’ll actually be in her element with tonight’s challenge. Last week during the results show, the couples chose dances for each other. The catch? Each routine would be different and a lot of the dances have never been done on the show before. To say a majority of the pros will be out of their comfort zone is a complete understatement. Should be good.
Tonight, we are going to be seeing some Bollywood alongside fun dances like the Charleston and Jitterbug. Check out the evening’s performances and scores below.
A big happy birthday to Paula Abdul today who has just turned 50-years-old. In the ’80s, Abdul started out as a cheerleader for the LA Lakers, then a sought after choreographer after being discovered by The Jacksons before she finally became a pop star herself . More recently, Abdul stepped back into the spotlight as a judge on American Idol for 8 years, later moving onto CBS’s ‘Live to Dance‘, which has since been canceled. Last year, she reunited with Simon Cowell and was a judge on first season of The X Factor U.S., but is not returning for next season.
Abdul had many hits in the ’80s and and brought a level of dance to her videos that really made her stand out. Without revealing the songs and videos that made my Top 5 list, I will say that “Opposites Attract,” a song that won “Best Music Video – Short Form,” makes honorable mention. In the video, she dances with a cartoon character named MC Skat Kat. In 1997, she sang this song on Muppets tonight with Clifford.
Check out the list for my Top 5 favorite songs and videos by Paula Abdul below and be sure to share your own favorites/lists in the comments.
A BIG shake up for The X Factor next season! Firstly, it’s probably not too surprising given the drama this season, but Nicole Scherzinger will not be returning. E! Online is reporting that it was her request and that Simon Cowell gave her his blessing.
The source told E! that Scherzinger “wants to focus on her music career,” adding that “X Factor took a lot more of her time than she ever expected. She didn’t have any time really to work on her music. She was doing X Factor six days a week.” The former lead Pussycat is currently rehearsing for her upcoming European tour that starts next month.
First off, let’s make this official: this isn’t Tommy’s “I loves me a diva” or Donovan’s “I can appreciate a classic” version of X Factor US, this is mine. I’m fellow writer Adam and for the most part people either hate or hate my reviews so let’s just get that straight right away cause I will be pulling no punches this evening for my (succinct I promise) recap of yesterday and today’s finale of X Factor US. Dono is away at his handsome hubby’s family Xmas thing and Tommy is glued to her eBay screen hoping Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery somehow ends up back on sale so for now, you’re stuck with me ;)
I’m writing this article as the show occurs and hope to have it up and ready to be pummelled by unfortunate Chris Rene fans by the time the glitter falls on our winner ;) Tonight we were “lucky” to be graced by the famed likes of Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, Pitbull and (are you kidding me, “I hate gays”) 50 Cent. But, what you came here for is the RESULTS!! Also, me bitching super quickly about the missteps of last night so without further adieu…