Hallmark Cuts All Ties With Lori Loughlin After Her Arrest

We all know that if you do the crime, you have to face the punishment.

But some fans of movie and TV star Lori Loughlin say the Hallmark channel is taking things too far, as the actress embroiled in a bribery scandal is being cut out of upcoming programs and films.

Loughlin, 54, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, 55, were both charged in the nationwide college bribery scandal dubbed “Varsity Blues” by investigators.

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Loughlin was arrested Wednesday and charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

Investigators say they have evidence that Loughlin and her husband paid $500,000 in bribes to send her daughters to the University of Southern California.

Hallmark, and the channel’s parent company Crown Media, have officially cut ties with Loughlin and say she will no longer appear in the network’s programming following the charges.

Crown Media issued the following statement about their decision to several media outlets:

We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production.

It’s a huge upset for Loughlin, who was a mainstay of Hallmark’s programs for years. She has roles in their original series When Calls the Heart, stars in the Garage Sale Mysteries franchise, and had leading roles in several of the network’s Christmas films.

In fact, Loughlin’s 2018 movie Homegrown Christmas was the most watched non-sports program on cable the week it aired, so Hallmark is losing some serious star power by dropping her.

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Another four installments of the Garage Sale Mysteries series were set to be made, but after the announcement their future is up in the air.

An upcoming episode of When Calls the Heart featuring Loughlin has already been pulled from Hallmark’s schedule this week, while the channel considers “all creative options” including editing out the star’s character.

While Loughlin also stars in the Netflix sitcom Fuller House, the streaming service has not announced if her character, Aunt Becky, will appear in the show’s upcoming fifth season.

Loughlin isn’t the only one in her family whose career has suffered because of the bribery scandal.

While she was not named in court documents related to Loughlin’s charges, the actress’ 19-year-old daughter, YouTube blogger Olivia Jade, has lost advertising deals with Sephora and TRESemme since he story broke.

Loughlin has not entered a plea yet.

[H/T: Global News, Entertainment Weekly]

Do you think Hallmark made the right choice by cutting ties with Loughlin?

The Tragic Love Story Desi And Lucy Hid From Their Fans

For 40 million viewers across America, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were the perfect image of a happily married couple.

Even decades later, reruns of the show feature the kind of love that still inspires women to search for “their Desi.”

But you can’t believe everything you see on TV.

It’s true that Ball and Arnaz shared a bond that impressed their friends and family, but their life at home wasn’t as cheery as it looked on I Love Lucy.

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Desi and Lucy were never a typical couple, but they seemed downright mismatched when they met on the set of the movie Too Many Girls in 1940.

She was 28, and a b-actress at the beginning of her movie career.

He was 23, a Cuban-American bandleader, and – as Lucy admits – not her type.

But the couple fell head over heels in love with each other, and started a whirlwind romance.

Arnaz was actually engaged to another woman when he met Lucy, but just six months later the couple were married.

One of I Love Lucy‘s directors remembered the pair as “the kind of marriage that has failure written all over it,” and their relationship definitely had a rocky start.

Early in their marriage, Ball struggled to keep Arnaz happy, as his hectic schedule sent him on tours across America.

“Lucy always wanted to please him,” a friend of Lucy’s told Closer.

“If he wanted something, she would get it for him. If they were seated and he needed more room, she would slide over. I found it surprising because she was such a strong, independent lady, but when it came to Desi, she was very old-fashioned.”

By 1944, the marriage was already on the rocks. The couple even briefly separated after Ball filed for divorce, on account of Arnaz’s drinking and womanizing.

But the birth of their first child, Lucie, seemed to calm Arnaz down, and gave him a reason to stay close to home.

Soon, Ball would have an even better reason: their own TV show.

Farrah Abraham Has Been Replaced On “Teen Mom,” And She’s Got Something To Say About It

You’ve probably heard of Farrah Abraham, who appeared on 16 & Pregnant as well as Teen Mom. She got pregnant at 16 and was left as a single mom when the father of her baby was tragically killed in a car accident. Farrah gave birth to her daughter, Sophia, and that’s kind of where things started to get messy for her.

Farrah immediately garnered a reputation as a diva. She constantly screamed at her parents when they were trying to help her, and she seemed to think her personal life was more important than her parenting life. As years moved forward, Farrah tried to stay in the spotlight not just on Teen Mom, but all over Hollywood. She began undergoing plastic surgery and drastically changed her appearance.

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Farrah also dipped her toes in the world of adult entertainment. She was paid $10,000 for her sex tape, called Back Door Teen Mom, although she claims it was $1,000,000. Her decision to do porn was a point of contention among other cast members, with fan-favorite Maci Bookout threatening to leave the show if Farrah was invited back.

After a few seasons of tension between the cast members, Farrah was finally fired from Teen Mom, and now she’s suing Viacom, who owns MTV, for “porn shaming” her.

“You choose to work in the adult industry, we can’t continue to film…” producer Morgan J. Freeman told Farrah on an episode of Teen Mom.

“Who are you to tell someone to chose one thing?” she fired back. “Shoot me for being who I am.”

Farrah took to social media about the network’s decision.

“Sad such a phenomenal show will no longer have its biggest talent on the show because of women hating, sex shaming, hate crimes, selfish, Weinstein company power trip behaviors against a professional hard working, honest mother,” Farrah said in her blast.

Now, a replacement for the outspoken reality star has been named, and of course, Farrah has something to say about it.

‘America’s Most Wanted’ Started With A Father’s Quest To Solve His Own Son’s Murder Case

Very few TV shows manage to make a real impact on the world, but there’s no denying that America’s Most Wanted did.

For more than 25 seasons, host John Walsh shared stories about our country’s most dangerous fugitives, urging viewers with helpful information to call a special hotline.

Tips from the show’s viewers helped catch more than 1,000 criminals, including over a dozen from the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

But very few of the show’s fans realized that Walsh was trying to solve a murder case in his own family, a cold case that baffled police for decades.

The story begins in 1981, at a department store in Hollywood, Florida, where Walsh’s wife, Revé, and their six-year-old son, Adam, were shopping.

Revé took her eyes off Adam for just a few moments to look in a different aisle, and when she returned the boy was gone.

Police were called, teams of men with dogs searched the area, and even a helicopter looked for signs of Adam, but he had vanished without a trace.

It was two weeks before Adam’s remains – only a severed head – were found in a nearby canal.

The case was heartbreaking, and it drew national attention. But even though there were no leads on Adam’s killer, Walsh and his wife were determined to get justice for their little boy.

Just days after his funeral, they began campaigning to change the way police investigate missing children’s cases.

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Their efforts led to the passing of the Missing Children’s Act and the founding of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which introduced the famous missing children ads on the sides of milk cartons.

The couple became associated with unsolved crimes and the hunt for missing children, which is why Walsh was picked to host America’s Most Wanted in 1988.

The show became just another part of Walsh’s search for justice, but he admits that interviewing parents with their own missing and murdered children was hard for him.

“I’ll always be the parent of a murdered child,” Walsh explained in a Nightline interview in 2009.

“Adam will always be in my mind. Your heart is broken. It doesn’t matter if it was six months ago or 27 years ago. Your heart is broken. People deal with it differently. Some descend into hell in different ways and you live in that hell.”

But after decades of waiting and praying, Walsh and his wife finally received the justice they had been praying for.

Boy George Was Completely Blown Away By The Final ‘The Launch’ Winner, And You Will Be Too

As the debut season of The Launch draws to a close, it continues to prove that talent, persistence, and star power come in all shapes and sizes.

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This week, Grammy award-winning artist and Culture Club frontman Boy George joined returning judges Scott Borchetta (executive producer, CEO of Big Machine Label Group) and Stephan Moccio (producer for Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion etc.) to find the perfect artist to launch the song “Giants.”

While it was a tough search, they found that artist in one of the most unlikely people imaginable: a 13-year-old singer from Toronto, ON.

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Ethan Young (with perhaps one of the most appropriate last names in music history) began his pursuit of a musical career at a very young age, and a 13 he’s already attended schools for the arts and even performed as part of the Mini Pop Kids, who’ve played sold out shows across Ontario.

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Despite his age, Ethan wowed the judges with a performance of “Rise Up” by Andra Day, which he said inspired him to get past being bullied for his passions. His soulful, soaring voice made him a shoe-in as a finalist to record “Giants,” alongside fellow Torontonian Grace Bakker.

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The two’s performance styles could not have been more different, with Ethan aiming for a large, emotional pop sound for the song, while Grace’s was much more stripped down and personal. Either one was a heavy contender for the winner, and both received some valuable advice about their individual styles and performances by fellow Canadian recording artist, Alessia Cara.

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Both had their individual struggles with the song as well, with Grace making sure to keep her individuality (even sometimes against the thoughts of the judges) while Ethan had a difficult time keeping his live performance subdued and focused instead of rushing through his movements.

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Of course, only one could be chosen to launch the song, and after both turned in stellar live performances, it was Ethan who was chosen to have his rendition of “Giants” released immediately. The judges were in awe of his chops, with Boy George commenting that “What I noticed about you performing was that when people really reacted to you, you were even better.”

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Ethan Young’s debut single, “Giants,” is now available for purchase everywhere. You can also follow him on Instagram and YouTube.

For more information about The Launch, feel free to check out the show’s official website!

Julia Michaels Was One Of Several People Wowed By This Week’s “Unexpected And Exciting” Winner

If you’re someone who regularly watches singing competitions, you probably know better than anybody that doing something different isn’t always the key to success. Throughout tons of competitions where a country gets to vote on the winner, you often end up getting two people who are barely any different from each other going head-to-head in a battle of pure popularity.

Well, if there was a ever a week where The Launch proved that it has a refreshingly different take on singing competition shows, this was it.

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This week the judges had to pick two people to perform the new song “Codes,” and the talent on display wasn’t just amazing, but also diverse. Executive producer and Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta, writer producer Ian Kirkpatrick (Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo), and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Julia Michaels had a tough decision ahead of them. In the end, the win went to Toronto-born R&B singer Jayd Ink.

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With a background in poetry and several years of performing already under her belt, Jayd isn’t just unique, but also assertive. She states from the get-go that she can’t get behind a song that she can’t put a personal stamp on, and even after being selected by the judges to be one of the two to move ahead and record her version of “Codes,” she insisted on doing a different rendition than had been already mixed. In short, she’s an artist.

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That’s not to say that her smooth, funky R&B rendition of the song was without competition though (More from Jayd here). Jayd was up against Zack Lane, a talented pop singer who already has an active touring schedule, and has even gotten to perform alongside legends like Jann Arden and Alabama’s Jeff Cook. Zack’s more direct and poppy rendition of the song easily could have pulled him through to the end, as he definitely had his fans (especially Julia Michaels, who seemed to be crushing on him a bit).

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In the end though, it was the more dramatic shift in songwriting and performance that won out, as Jayd brought down the house with an R&B and reggae style that seemed effortless. As Kirkpatrick commented to her, “the way you came in with ideas was really unexpected and exciting. You made it your own.” We’re inclined to agree. Check out more from him here!

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Jayd Ink’s debut single, “Codes,” is available for purchase everywhere here. You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.

For more information on The Launch, feel free to check out the show’s official website!

Here Are The Super Bowl Commercials Everyone Is Talking About

Every year the Super Bowl promises two things: a historic football game between two of the league’s best, and historic commercials that cost about as much as a full movie to make and will be remembered for decades to come. After watching all of the commercials throughout the show, we’ve brought you a comprehensive list of all the best ones for your enjoyment!

“Scandal” Actor Reveals How They Know If They’re Getting Killed Off

When you really start to get invested in a TV show, your biggest fear is that your favorite character will get killed off. Any fan of Grey’s Anatomy will understand that getting attached to someone is just not a great idea.

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The same goes for characters on Scandal. Shonda Rhimes, who created both shows along with How To Get Away With Murder, seems to know who we love the most at certain times and then find ways to write them off the show.

Scandal is currently on its last legs, with the final 10 episodes airing this year. Fans are worried that a main character is going to die off, especially with the way Quinn Perkins was left at the mid-season finale.

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But Tony Goldwyn, who plays Fitz, says not even the cast members know who’s dying off, so don’t expect any hints from them!

Netflix Spent A Ridiculous Amount Of Money To Get Rid Of Kevin Spacey

In the closing weeks of 2017, the world learned the truth about Kevin Spacey and his perverted past.

When Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of molesting him when he was a 14-year-old boy, the actor refused to deny the allegations and instead attempted to overshadow the claims by revealing that he is gay.

However, the world refused to be distracted from the real issue. After a massive uproar from fans, the studios that Spacey was working with immediately fired him and either found replacements for his roles, or canceled the projects entirely.

Ridley Scott’s movie All the Money in the World actually recast Spacey with Christopher Plummer with only several weeks before the films release.

Netflix followed suit and dropped the leading star from House of Cards after Rapp’s claims were made, and several men and women on the hit political drama stepped forward to confirm their own experiences of sexual harassment.

They also cancelled their other ongoing projects with the shamed actor, and it came at quite the cost.

‘Price Is Right’ Host Drew Carey Is Getting Married

Drew Carey, come on down…the aisle.

Yes, the game show host stunned fans when he announced that he’ll be tying the knot with his girlfriend, Dr. Amie Harwick.

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Carey, 59, met Harwick, 39, at a house part last summer, according to TMZ. Harwick is a licensed marriage and family therapist, with a pair of degrees in psychology and clinical psychology. She also wrote the book, The New Sex Bible For Women.

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While the TV host and his new fiance have only known each other for a short time, it’s obvious that Carey is head-over-heels in love with Harwick.

On his Instragram account, Carey shared a photo of him and his future bride, with the sweet caption, “Face of a lottery winner.”

This will be the first time Carey, a notable bachelor, has walked down the aisle. But it isn’t his first engagement.

Carey walked away from another engagement in 2012, but has revealed that the relationship is still an important part of his life.

Fergie Says This Week’s Winner Is Better Than “Most Of The Artists Who Are In The Top 10 Today”

It’s been evident in the winners chosen by CTV’s The Launch over the last several weeks that pretty much any genre or style of singer is fair game when trying to pick the next artist to elevate, and its fourth week was no exception.

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Featuring a panel of judges that includes executive producer and Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta, Miley Cyrus and Celine Dion producer Stephan Moccio, and Grammy Award-winning artist Fergie, week four seemed to be all about artists whose sound were at once both unique as well as throwbacks to previous decades. In the end there could be only one, and that one was London, ON-born singer POESY.

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After taking an interest in singing when she was 9-years-old, Sarah Botelho has been making her way through the indie world as POESY, an antiquated English word for “poetry.” Her biggest inspiration is Freddie Mercury of Queen, whose music she discovered by seeing the musical We Will Rock You, but she also cites Katy Perry, Florence Welch, Kurt Cobain, and Stevie Nicks as her other influences, and it shows in her music.

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The breathy-voiced singer blew the judges away with her intense rendition of Radiohead’s iconic song “Creep,” understandably so given how hard it is for someone to make that song their own. It put her through to the recording round alongside Ezra Jordan, a singing prodigy whose parents have worked with the likes of Olivia Newton-John and Rod Stewart, and the competition between the two was tight.

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The judges felt that both contestants lacked a level of confidence when it came to performing in front of an audience, but ultimately made up for it with their voices. Ezra’s performance was a soulful, stripped-down rendition of the show’s original song “Soldier of Love,” but ultimately it was POESY who won the day with her version that evoked classic 70s rock, especially in her attitude.

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“POESY can perform better than most of the artists who are in the Top 10 today” quipped Fergie, and when you listen to her rendition of “Soldier of Love,” it’s hard to disagree.

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POESY’s first single, “Soldier of Love,” is available now for purchase everywhere. You can also follow her on her official website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.

For more information on The Launch, feel free to check out their official website!

The Cast Of Celebrity Big Brother Will Leave You Saying “…Who?”

Big Brother has been on for 19 seasons, so it’s easy to understand how people can get tired of the same old format over and over. Especially with the new trend of bringing back old cast members, fans are starting to get restless. That being said, CBS doesn’t have a summer show with higher ratings than Big Brother.

Nicole Franzel won Big Brother after returning to the house for a second time. CBS

According to Les Moonves, CEO of CBS (and husband of Big Brother host Julie Chen), it’s the reason the network is alive.

Julie Chen told The Hollywood Reporter her husband said, “You and your show are single-handedly keeping this network afloat during the summer. You’re keeping this network running.'”

With 7.35 million viewers per week, CBS needs to do everything they can to keep their Big Brother audience happy. That’s why when Chen announced an edition of Celebrity Big Brother, which has never aired in the United States, fans got excited. The UK edition has boasted some pretty impressive names in the past, such as:

  • Pamela Anderson
  • Farrah Abraham, of Teen Mom
  • Perez Hilton
  • Gary Busey
  • Ivana Trump
  • Courtney Stodden
  • Dennis Rodman
  • Jermaine Jackson
  • La Toya Jackson
  • Coolio
  • Stephen Baldwin

However, the American edition is…well, let’s just say it’s a list of names you probably don’t recognize.

Nikki Sixx On Choosing This Week’s ‘The Launch’ Winner: “It’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve made.”

CTV’s The Launch has already given us an eclectic mix of winners in its previous two episodes. Between Logan Staats, a tattooed singer-songwriter with a gravelly voice to match, and Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, a pop duo with catchy hooks and a powerhouse voice, the show could never exactly be accused of being predictable.

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So of course it comes as little surprise that this week’s winner was a 70s-style psychedelic rock band. I mean, why wouldn’t it be? Especially with an eclectic panel of judges that included executive producer and Big Machine Label CEO Scott Borchetta, Nashville producer and musician Dan Huff, and Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx.

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The Static Shift cite Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, and Howlin Wolf as influences, and it shows not just in their retro look, but in the authentic classic rock meets modern production sound. Started by friends Mitchell Brady (guitar/lead vocals), Keone Friesen (Bass/harmonica/background vocals), and Isaiah Stonehouse (drums/background vocals) after they met at a rock and roll camp as kids, the band is looking to be part of the rock revival that seems to be just on the horizon.

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After wowing the judges with a confident performance of Free’s “Mr. Big,” the trio went up against powerhouse blues singer and mother of five Amy Bishop, who came out strong with a soulful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” that had the judges awestruck. Both got to record their versions of the song “Wide Awake” and perform them for a studio audience, both struggled with it in some way, and for once, the judges were actually split on their choice for the winner.

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Huff was dead-set on Amy’s version of the song, citing her powerhouse voice and more commercial style as putting her ahead, while Sixx felt The Static Shift’s version was more confident and had more potential to inspire others. Ultimately the tiebreaker fell to Borchetta, who elected to put the band through and release their single.

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With the release of their rocking version of “Wide Awake,” we expect big things from The Static Shift in the future.

The Static Shift’s single, “Wide Awake,” is available to stream or download now! For more, feel free to follow the band on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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More info on The Launch can be found on the show’s official website.

Ellen Pompeo Dishes On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & Equality As TV’s Highest Paid Actress

As the star of beloved medical drama Grey’s Anatomy and producer to the upcoming spin off series, Ellen Pompeo has learned how to take charge both in her role and as an actress in show business.

In a recent interview, she reveals the behind-the-scene power plays she has faced down with the producers. According to her, the biggest shift in the show was Patrick Dempsey’s departure in season 11, which gave her a bargaining chip to turn the tables on the network.

“They could always use him as leverage against me —‘We don’t need you; we have Patrick’—which they did for years,” she said. “At one point, I asked for $5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey’s Anatomy and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me.”

However, once Dempsey left things began to change, and Pompeo was able to negotiate the largest salary of any woman on television right now.

“What.Is.That?” Judge Can’t Believe His Ears When He Hears This Week’s Launch Winners

After The Launch‘s first episode introduced the world to its first new superstar, Logan Staats, the show had already set the bar pretty high for the caliber of talent that we expected its winners to deliver. Thankfully, this week’s winners, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, came out swinging, and showed that the unique musical challenge show is far from a one-hit wonder.

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This week’s panel of judges included returning executive producer and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta, One Republic frontman and producer Ryan Tedder, and Jennifer Nettles, half of the country duo Sugarland. Each of them came looking for the next big thing, and in Elijah and Jamie, they found it.

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The duo from the nation’s capital of Ottawa, ON met when a friend of Elijah’s recorded Jamie performing, and the up-and-coming songwriter and instrumentalist knew that he needed to get this woman’s powerful voice recorded immediately. They’ve been inseparable ever since, and the chemistry between them showed when they performed two songs for the judges: a cover of Major Lazer’s “Lean On,” and their own original piece, “8:48.”

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The two were a shoe-in for the show’s recording and performance rounds, going up against Basil Phoenix, a singer-songwriter from Toronto whose soulful voice and commanding presence accompanied a tragic past she overcame through song. While the duo were seen as more of a wildcard by the judges, ultimately Elijah’s instrumentation and Jamie’s powerhouse of a voice put them over the top.

After they took the stage and performed their rendition of Tedder’s composition, “Ain’t Easy,” the duo were understandably nervous, as their take on the song was notably different than what the songwriter had originally intended. However, Tedder himself sung some of their highest praise, commenting that: “If I had just heard her sing and heard them play in their first single, I would immediately be like ‘What. Is. That?!’ I would invest in it.” We’re inclined to agree.

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Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine’s first single, “Ain’t Easy,” is now available everywhere for purchase. You can also follow them on Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram.

For more information on The Launch, feel free to check out the show’s official website.

Abby Lee Miller Reveals She’s Struggling Behind Bars

With months left to go in her prison sentence, Dance Moms coach Abby Lee Miller reveals she’s seriously struggling to cope behind bars.

The reality TV star plead guilty to concealing her assets during bankruptcy and not reporting an international monetary transaction last year. Authorities allege that the TV star hid as much as $775,000 of her money from appearing on Dance Moms, but Miller says her only mistake was “trusting other people with my money.”

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In any case, the TV star was facing a year and a day behind bars in California’s Victorville prison last July, and revealed to The View‘s Jedediah Bila that she was “crying her eyes out” about the sentence.

Miller was stressing out about everything from losing access to her swimming pool, to being kept away from her wardrobe for a year. “I don’t know if they’re going to have a bra that fits me,” she said.

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Miller also worried that she wouldn’t be able to keep up with her strict vegan diet behind bars. With the help of a gastric sleeve surgery and her diet, the dance coach had shed more than 30 pounds before going to prison.

“I don’t think there’s a salad bar and I doubt there’s going to be a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables,” she complained.

But after six months in the slammer, life in prison turned out to be totally different from what Miller expected.

Widow Loses Her Dream Home 9 Years After Being Featured on ‘Extreme Makeover’

Arlene Nickless’s husband Tim worked for 18 years as a nurse, so it was especially tragic when he died from Hepatitis C.

He caught the disease after being pricked by a needle at work, and suffered for years before finally passing away in 2008. That left Arlene to look after their three sons and take care of their 1860s farmhouse.

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The widow asked for help from ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and within months the cast arrived to change her life for the better.

The show’s 1,600 volunteers tore down her old house and put up a new 3,300 square foot dream home, with four bedrooms, new wood floors, stone columns, and a Lego-inspired room her sons.

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“It was like everything was lifted off of me,” Nickless said about seeing her new home for the first time. “To know that that was our home, it was beautiful […] it was a new beginning for us.”

But just nine years later, the family’s world had been flipped upside down. Not only were they evicted, they also had to ironically hitch their moving trailer to the new car they received from the TV show.

And the reason for the heartbreaking twist is actually surprisingly common for Extreme Makeover contestants.

This Week’s “Launch” Winner Stole Shania Twain’s Heart, And Yours Is Next

Standing nearly a head taller than his peers, with torso-length hair, a nose piercing, a wide-brimmed hat, and a sleeve of tattoos on his right arm, Logan Staats is the complete opposite of what you’d expect the winner of a TV singing competition to look like. Then again, The Launch isn’t exactly your typical singing competition.

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Premiering on CTV and featuring an all-star panel of judges, the show aims to give unsigned artists their big shot at recording a hit single, and launching their career in popular music (see what they did there?). This week’s panel included Executive Producer and President/CEO of Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta (Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line), writer/producer busbee (Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, P!nk), and country music superstar Shania Twain.

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Logan immediately impressed the judges before he even started singing, thanks to his effortlessly cool folk-rock persona and his deep connection to his Native heritage. Born on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve and raised in the town of Brantford, ON, he received his first guitar from his father and has since taught himself not only how to play, but also how to sing.

His humble beginnings and love for his family really seem to have made a mark on his music, as Logan blew everyone away with his deep, soulful voice and commanding presence. It made him an instant shoe-in to move onto the second round, in which artists record and ultimately do a live performance of a song written by busbee himself, along with co-writers Bleta Rexha, Maureen “MoZella” McDonald, Justin Franks, Casper & B.

The only other person to make it through the first round was 14-year-old Vivian Hicks, an aspiring pop singer with tons of social media followers and a desire to perform just like her idols Fifth Harmony, Bruno Mars, and Meghan Trainor. You couldn’t ask for two more diametrically opposed singers.

Competition was tight, but ultimately it was Logan’s powerful, rocking rendition of the song “The Lucky Ones” that sealed the deal. Shania Twain said it best during the final round of the competition, when she commented: “When you started to sing, in that moment, you just sang like there was nothing else in the world.”

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Logan’s first single, “The Lucky Ones,” is now available everywhere. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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The Launch airs Wednesdays at 9 PM on CTV. For more information, feel free to check out the show’s official website.

‘Fixer Upper’ Contestant Reveals What They Don’t Tell You About The Hit Show

We hate to break it to you, but your favorite reality show isn’t as “real” as you think it is.

Of course, we can’t stop watching reruns of HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper, and we’re even keeping up to date on hosts Chip and Joanna’s pregnancy news. But we’ve also discussed the controversy and lawsuit that followed one of the renovations on their show.

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Now, we’re sharing the sad news that appearing on Fixer Upper as a homeowner isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.

Former contestants are revealing what it’s like to have Chip and Joanna fix up your house, and it turns out you need to jump through a lot of hoops just to get on the show.

First, you need to be in the market for a home in or around Waco, Texas, because Chip and Joanna don’t travel for work. Next, you have to actually buy the home before they’ll even tape the show. So any home hunting segments you see on the network are all fake, sadly.

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But the most surprising fact revealed by former contestants is you have to cover the cost of your own renovations. Even though you’re on a TV show, you have to fork up at least $30,000 for Chip and Joanna to do any real fixing.

And some contestants say they end up paying much more than that.

The Secrets To A Successful Marriage From “Married At First Sight” Power Couples

Love at first sight is a common movie trope that happens when two people are bound to be together forever, but would you honestly be ready to make a lifetime commitment right on the spot?

That’s what Married at First Sight wanted to find out, and most people were surprised at the results!

In the first season, six people were introduced and put into an unlikely, intimate position. They were matched based on relationship experts and agreed to get married as soon as they met their new partners.

They got to have a honeymoon, and then spent two months living together as a married couple, the real test of any marriage.

At the end of the two months, they had to decide if they would continue to remain married, or to file for divorce. Here are the couples who took a chance on each other, explaining how they made it work!