Dancing With the Stars: Athletes recap: Who’s in the finals on Season 26?

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Ladies and gentlemen, I know it seems like we only just started watching Season 26 of Dancing With the Stars, but we’re already at the finals! I have to admit, I do not like the shortened season. I’m extra salty that they included Adam Rippon on the short season because we all need a little Adam sass in our lives . . . 4 weeks is just not enough.

Now, yes, I might be a bit biased because I’m Team Adam all the way, BUT I can be objective for the purpose of this post. I was shocked after last night’s elimination because I was certain that it would come down to Adam and Mirai Nagasu in the end. Yes, Josh Norman and Chris Mazdzer were fan favorites, but Adam and Mirai just have that wow factor. Not because they’re skaters, but because of the graceful way they express their movements. If you need a reminder of Mirai’s graceful Foxtrot, here ya go:

She was fantastic, and I definitely think her and Alan deserved a spot in the finals alongside Adam & Jenna and Josh and Sharna. Not to hate on Tonya Harding or anything, but she just wasn’t as good, technically, as the others. But also, like, she plead guilty to the whole Nancy Kerrigan situation, sooooo . . . I don’t want her hurting anyone else for that mirrorball trophy. I do think a lot of time has passed since the incident, but putting her in another competitive situation just doesn’t sit right. #justsaying  Oh, and before I get pounced on for saying that, I do think she’s done a great job on the show. I just don’t think she’s as good as Mirai and Alan have been.

With that being said, and with my bias showing, Adam is my favorite to win. If you know anything about him, you know that he is definitely not a dancer. He’s a skater, yes, but they glide, they don’t dance. His dances with Jenna have been spot-on for the past 3 weeks and I think it has a lot to do with the chemistry they’ve had from the beginning. They have something with each other that I don’t remember seeing with other partners. Sure, there was the brother/sister relationship between Val and Zendaya, and Val and Laurie, but never quite like Adam and Jenna.

What do ya’ll think? Is Adam your favorite or are you rooting for Josh/Sharna or Tonya/Sasha? Let me know! How did you feel when Mirai/Alan, Chris/Whitney and Jennie/Keo were eliminated? Did they make the right call? Talk to me!

And while you ponder those questions, refresh your memory from the past 3 weeks and watch Adam and Jenna SLAY their dances:

As an added bonus, check out the dance battle between Adam/Jenna and Mirai/Alan, where Adam and Jenna jump into what he calls “drag queen splits.” Yes, they did that:

Also, let’s not forget that I recently met Adam when I took myself and my family to see Stars On Ice here in Ft. Lauderdale for my birthday last month. He’s a beautiful human being and deserves all of the attention he’s been getting. Not because he’s an out and proud gay man, but because he’s showing people how important it is to be yourself. Even with his crazy schedule, he manages to meet fans at the shows with grace and humility. So, I’m not saying you should vote for #TeamJustFriends, but I kind of am. (DO IT!)

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Tune in to ABC on Monday to watch Adam Rippon, Josh Norman and Tonya Harding face off in the finale for the coveted mirrorball trophy!

 

New Series: SPLITTING UP TOGETHER

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Don’t miss the new comedy series from Executive Producer, Ellen DeGeneres, which airs Tuesday, March 27 at 9:30/8:30c!

SYNOPSIS: The story of a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce.

The show stars Kelsey Asbille (One Tree Hill), Jenna Fischer (The Office), Oliver Hudson (Scream Queens), Olivia Keville and Sander Thomas.

SPLITTING UP TOGETHER looks like it’s going to be a hilarious new series for ABC! Each episode will run 30 minutes, with the Pilot episode airing March 27th. Will you be watching? Personally, I’d watch anything that Ellen DeGeneres has a hand in putting out. Her comedic timing is spot on, and I can’t wait to see what Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson have put together as the lead characters.

Meet Your Newest Boy Band!! @InRealLife | #boybandabc #music #InRealLife

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You guys!!! For the past 10 weeks, we’ve had the chance to watch a group of young boys work their butts off as they competed for a spot in the newest boy band, which has now been revealed as IN REAL LIFE.

I started watching the show because I’m fascinated by the inner workings of these types of shows, and also because I grew up in the boy band era and simply can’t forget my roots! There was really no intention to continue watching past the first episode, but I got reeled in alongside my thirteen-year-old niece, Briana. I never would’ve imagined that I would become so invested in another boy band experiment, but this one was different to me.

All of the boys on the show ranged in age from 14-19 (after some 20-somethings had been eliminated) and had such a positivity about them that was infectious. These boys showed love to their families, they showed love and affection towards each other and aside from the MILD drama here and there behind the scenes, it was so refreshing to get caught up in something with some positivity. I can say that, personally, it’s brought a bonding between my niece, my mom & I that I appreciate so much. My niece was able to witness a group of people around her age that were working hard for something they really wanted to accomplish and never faltered in their love and respect for themselves or for others. A message I hope she retains for her own future.

IMG_9910I can’t say that the final band was my top 5 throughout the season though. Initially, our top 5 was JHype, Michael Conor, Chance, Drew and Mikey. When JHype (wrongfully) got eliminated, his spot on our list went to Marcus. However, that’s not to say that I’m upset about the final band either. I think any of the final 8 would have been a great addition. Jaden Gray has one of THE best voices I’ve ever heard and I truly hope he continues pursuing a career in music because it would be tragic if he didn’t. Marcus also has that star quality that I’m sure will drive his already budding solo career forward. We’re mostly sad for Mikey because I really think he fought for his spot in the band. After being in the bottom two (WRONGFULLY) twice, he still managed to win America over in the voting process and made it to the final 8. I was really hoping that they would add a 6th member to the band, but I’m just hoping he doesn’t give up on music because he’s such a personable and lovable kid with talent and the motivation to succeed. He definitely won us over, and we’ll continue to support anything he does after this.

With that being said…the final band is:

Chance Perez, Michael Conor, Drew Ramos, Brady Tutton and Sergio Calderon!!

You can watch their first performance of ‘Eyes Closed’ below. Keep in mind that they didn’t know who was in the band until right before this performance, so as each person was announced throughout the hour episode, they were given specific parts of the song that belonged to them on the final recording. Each person had to learn every part of the song in preparation for the final decision. I give them A TON of credit for knocking out this performance with so little mistakes! I can’t wait to see where this takes them, and here’s to hoping for a tour that reunites the boys with past contestants (:::cough cough::: JHype, Jaden, Mikey and Marcus)!! Here’s to also hoping that Timbaland and Justin Timberlake reach out to JHype too! lol.

Make sure to download the actual recording on whichever platform you use for downloading or streaming music too! Let’s get these boys some exposure!

 

 

Why JHype Should Still Be On ABC’s ‘Boy Band’ | #jhype #boyband @JHypeOfficial

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I grew up during the peak of the boy band era. You know the one I’m talking about . . . the one where it was either *Nsync OR Backstreet Boys. The one where we had posters plastered to our walls like wallpaper and attempted dance moves in our living rooms. The one where we watched ‘Making the Band’ when O-Town was put together.

You know what New Kids On the Block, *Nsync, Backstreet Boys, O-Town, New Edition, 98 Degrees, etc. didn’t have?? A 14-year-old beatboxer who SLAYS.

Personally, I was an *Nsync girl because . . . Justin Timberlake, but I decided to check out an episode of ABC’s Boy Band just to see how the judging was handled even though Nick Carter was one of the architects (you can take the girl out of the boy band era, but you can’t take the boy band era out of the girl). My niece, who is 13 decided to watch it with me and that was a wrap. We both got sucked back into boy band land. Let me also state, for the record, that even the One Direction boys didn’t have the greatest auditions on X-Factor (at all), but Simon Cowell saw something in them that he thought would work as a boy band. Clearly, he was onto something because they grew into their voices and have all managed to put out great solo singles and records.

I want to start out by saying that I’ve always been a fan of hearing people beatbox because it’s just not something that everyone can do. We saw JHype’s audition for Boy Band, where Timbaland even went up on stage to join him and it was incredible. I’m not just saying that because he’s my niece’s favorite either. Here’s the audition:

Now, I can’t sit here and say that JHype ever had the best vocals on the show, but he had something that no one else had (aside from Michael Conor)–originality. My issue is that he knew he didn’t come into the competition as a singer and worked extra hard to improve, but even through all of his hard work and growth, Nick still knocked him down each week. No constructive criticism that he could take in and try to perfect, no recognition for the hard work he was putting in, nothing. The only person who gave him credit was Timbaland.

What should’ve been taken into consideration is that he was SO good at beatboxing and improving with vocals. Some of the guys only had vocals and even those weren’t consistently good over the past few weeks.

One comment that stands out in particular was when Nick said he was concerned that JHype didn’t have the tools they need to go deep into the competition. Are you kidding me?? Take a poll, sir! I don’t want another cookie-cutter boy band like all the ones we’ve had in the past. I think adding a rapper (Michael Conor) and JHype would be so interesting and different! I just didn’t appreciate that it sounded like Nick had it out for Jay from the very beginning. Stop telling him he has room for growth because they all do! I still do and I’m 33! Plus, let’s be real . . . Nick isn’t the best singer in BSB either, but they’re still relevant as a band! Now we can also add a lack of vision to that list.

With that being said, here is my ideal Top Five:

Chance, Drew, Marcus, Michael Conor and JHype

With JHype being gone now, here is my current Top Five:

Chance, Drew, Marcus, Michael Conor and Mikey

I know what you’re thinking . . . where’s Jaden?? I think Jaden is more of a soloist (and a bad-ass one at that), so I’d like to see him do his own thing. Hey, maybe he could collab with JHype & Miles!

It’s no secret that Jay will do big things now that his name is on the map and he has a strong fan base to keep that going. He would’ve been a GREAT addition, but I’m excited to see where he goes from here. Here’s to hoping that Timbaland and Justin Timberlake reach out and mentor him even further! The future is bright for him without a doubt. I can’t wait to see him prove Nick wrong!

On that note, here’s my favorite JHype performance on the show:

 

You can find JHype on social media here:

Instagram | Twitter

And while you’re at it, you can follow my niece on social media here:

Instagram | Twitter

 

 

@Thisfunktional talks with Nitzia Chama, Hansel Ramirez ABC’s AMERICAN CRIME

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Actors Nitzia Chama and Hansel Ramirez talk with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, about guest starring on ABC’s “American Crime.”

Chama and Ramirez both talk about being part of a show that’s not afraid to tackle a sensitive issue like like the near enslavement of day laborers, the difficulty in portraying illegal immigrants that speak Nahuatl, an indigenous languages from Mexico that is rarely spoken and what they were most thrilled about their involvement.

ABC’s “American Crime” airs Sunday’s on ABC. Episode 3 airs March 26.

TV Corner w/Keisha & Kristin: Cancellations, Renewals & New Shows – Oh My!

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Hey there #TV fans!!
 
Are you as shocked as we are about some of the TV news this week?! There were so many cancellations on all the networks and we needed to vent! Keisha and I got together to talk about which cancelled shows we were surprised about, which renewals we’re happy about and which new shows we’re looking forward to checking out!
 
Check out our podcast below and let us know what shows you’re excited about!
 

 
 
TV Corner w/Keisha & Kristin: Cancellations, Renewals & New Shows – Oh My!