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Hello, my loves!

I wanted to start off by saying that, for me, Valentine’s Day has never been the day that it is for most people. In high school, I had a rose gram sent to me by the guy who eventually ended up breaking my heart for the first time lol. Also in high school, I received a phone call from a juvenile detention center from a guy who made a habit out of stealing cars with his friends, but, to this day, treated ME better than anyone else had. At the time, I thought to myself, “Omg, this guy likes me that much that he’ll call me from juvi to wish me a Happy Valentine’s Day!” You know, instead of, like, not stealing cars and being with me in person?? Haha.

When my niece was born and started school, she used to make me the cutest little Valentine’s likes this one & it made my day better than anyone else’s in the world, I guarantee it.

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I always thought that if I did have a special man in my life, I’d be more appreciative of little gestures throughout the year as opposed to one day of the year where everyone thinks it’s necessary to do so. Maybe that’s my singleness showing haha. Either way, I don’t knock it for those who take it seriously, but it does kind of shine a light on those of us who haven’t had much luck in that department over the years. So, now that my niece is in high school and no longer makes me those adorable Valentines, I choose to do something special for myself. Even if it’s just buying myself some chocolate!

This Valentine’s Day, we were blessed with a new cover and music video from one of my favorite duos – SUPERFRUIT. Superfruit is composed of Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi from Pentatonix and they’re phenomenal. Their voices are SO good and their vibe is contagious. I posted yesterday about their announcement for the cover track that would be released today because they posted a picture teasing that they’d be joined by a special guest. Lo and behold, my guess on who that person was (Spoiler Alert: Adam Rippon) correct and I AM HERE FOR IT. If ever we needed a legendary trio, it’s now and it’s this one!

Side note: I had the pleasure of meeting Adam last year in South Florida for my 34th birthday and he was an absolute sweetheart!

I feel like a was tricked a bit because I thought Adam would be singing with them on the the cover of When In Rome’s “The Promise,” but he’s not. Adam skates beautifully on the ice while Scott & Mitch give off some serious 80’s vibes and incredible vocals!

So, for Valentine’s Day, I wanted to show some love and appreciation for anyone reading this and supporting my journey on the blog. Since I can’t send you all teddy bears and chocolate, my gift to you is my new favorite music video covering a song that was released in the decade I was born.

ENJOY your Valentine’s Day, whether it be with a loved one, with family or with YOURSELF! You’re not alone!

Excuse me while I go watch this video repeatedly for the rest of the day!

SUPERFRUIT Announces New Cover w/Mystery Collaborator – Cover To Be Released on 2/14

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In a series of cryptic social media posts, our favorite duo SUPERFRUIT (Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi from Pentatonix) has announced that they’ll be releasing a new cover on Valentine’s Day. They’ll be covering the classic 80’s song, “The Promise” by When In Rome — which my 80s loving heart is super excited about!

The duo first announced the cover, and then they posted a photo with three blocked out silhouettes. Then came a reveal that was not so surprising . . . Scott! Then Mitch! Now we’re left with one silhouette and a ton of questions! Who is the surprise collaborator??

Personally, you can’t convince me that that isn’t Adam Rippon. Like I’m 99% sure it’s him. First of all, has anyone else seen the video on YouTube of Adam skating and SINGING Rihanna’s “Diamonds” while being flawlessly Adam? If not, I shall make your day that much better and include that video below.

Check out the pics (& the video) and let me know who YOU think it is! Either way, I know this cover will be perfect, as usual. Because SUPERFRUIT.

Stay tuned to see who the mystery silhouette belongs to (I’m still positive that I’m correct though lol). I mean, it’s what we all deserve! Three legends being legendary!

MTV To Host Midterm “ELECTION AFTERPARTY” In Miami To Celebrate Young People Getting Out The Vote

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MTV TO HOST MIDTERM “ELECTION AFTERPARTY” IN MIAMI
TO CELEBRATE YOUNG PEOPLE GETTING OUT THE VOTE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH

Fat Joe, PRETTYMUCH, DJ Nasty and Lauren Jauregui Set to Perform

Network Initiatives for Last Phase of Midterm Election Campaign “+1 the Vote”
Include Celebrity PSAs, Parties at the Polls Across the Country and More

MTV kicked off the final phase of its first ever midterm campaign, “+1 the Vote,” by announcing a series of new initiatives and plans for an “Election Afterparty” at Miami Dade College (MDC) on Tuesday, November 6th from 7PM to 10PM ET. The event is set to be the largest youth-focused election party in the country and will feature performances by Fat Joe, PRETTYMUCH, DJ Nasty and Lauren Jauregui. The “Afterparty” kicks off when the polls close in Florida and will celebrate the efforts of young people across the nation getting out the vote.

“+1 the Vote” was created in order to harness the power of friendship and ignite the most powerful voting bloc in the country. As part of the final phase of the campaign, MTV and Civic Nation’s #VoteTogether – with support from “Grown-ish” star Yara Shahidi and “Eighteenx18” – partnered to supercharge youth voter participation by funding parties at the polls in all 50 states. The first party took place on October 20th in Fresno, CA, and attracted hundreds of young voters, and similar events are planned for the weeks leading to the “Election Afterparty.”

Additionally, the youth brand will roll out a series of new Spanish-language PSAs encouraging young people to register and vote, and launch an interactive election map profiling young candidates and activists across the country. MTV News launched its explainer series highlighting leading artists and celebrities breaking down the importance of the midterm elections – the first of which includes Olympic star Adam Rippon. They will continue to roll out videos through election night that will feature Macklemore, R&B Duo Chloe & Halle, and Lauren Jauregui.

MTV’s “Election Afterparty” is an 18+ event and is first come, first serve subject to capacity.

Visit plus1thevote.com for more information.

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MTV TO HARNESS THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP WITH ITS FIRST-EVER MIDTERM ELECTION CAMPAIGN “+1 THE VOTE”

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MTV TO HARNESS THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP WITH ITS FIRST-EVER
MIDTERM ELECTION CAMPAIGN “+1 THE VOTE”

All-New Registration Tool Enables Young Voters to Identify and Activate Unregistered Friends

MTV to Supercharge Youth Participation Through
More than 1,000 Election Parties Across All 50 States

MTV will harness the power of friendship and unveil “+1 the Vote,” its first-ever voter campaign to ignite the most powerful voting bloc in the country for the midterm elections.

Based on research which suggests that social influence is a strong motivator in voter turnout, the cornerstone of the campaign is the +1 the Vote Registration Tool, a first-of-its-kind digital experience which will allow young people to register to vote, identify which of their friends aren’t registered to vote, and encourage them to register and join them at the polls on November 6th. Additionally, MTV will encourage its audience to vote together by supercharging youth participation with more than 1,000 parties and events at the polls across all 50 states.

“Our audience relies on their friends in both the smallest and most meaningful moments in their lives,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV.  “+1 the Vote is designed to draw on the power of friendship to turn out the youth vote and impact this critical midterm election.”

“+1 the Vote” launched with an all-new promo spot featuring Jared Leto, Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony, Fat Joe and Adam Rippon introducing the campaign, a website, and the +1 the Vote Registration tool. In the months leading up to the elections, “+1 the Vote” will expand to include content across MTV, its digital platforms, social channels; ongoing coverage from MTV News; and partnerships with leading artists and activists. MTV worked with a number of non-partisan organizations to bring “+1 the Vote” to life, including the Ford Foundation, Alliance for Youth Organizing, CIRCLE, part of Tisch College at Tufts University, Democracy Works’s TurboVote and #VoteTogether.

“+1 the Vote” was developed based on MTV/AP-NORC research showing that young people feel a renewed sense of empowerment in their ability to impact politics — 48% of 15-22-year-olds feel they have at least some effect on the government, up from 33% in March – and that friendship is a powerful driver of voter turnout. Additional MTV research found that that 76% of young people think inviting friends to the polling station is an effective way to encourage others to vote, while 70% think posting about voting on social media is also effective.

Visit plus1thevote.com for more information.

About MTV:
MTV is the leading youth media brand inspired by music, in nearly 180 countries and 450 million homes around the world, connecting with over 350 million fans across all social media platforms.  A unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), MTV operations span cable and mobile networks, live events, and the new MTV Studios unit which produces original and reimagined content for SVOD and linear networks based on MTV’s library of over 200+ youth titles and franchises.


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MTV APROVECHA EL PODER DE LA AMISTAD EN SU PRIMERA
CAMPAÑA ELECTORAL A MITAD DE MANDATO, “+1 THE VOTE”

Las Nuevas Herramientas para Registrarse Permitirán que los Jóvenes Votantes Identifiquen y Animen a Aquellos Amigos No Registrados

MTV Impulsará la Participación de los Jóvenes a Través de Más de 1000 Fiestas Electorales Repartidas por 50 Estados

MTV aprovechará el poder de la amistad para lanzar “+1 the Vote”, su primera campaña para movilizar al bloque de votantes más poderoso del país de cara a las elecciones de mitad de mandato.

Apoyándose en investigaciones que sugieren que la influencia social es un fuerte motivador en la participación electoral, la pieza angular de la campaña es +1 the Vote Registration Tool, la primera herramienta digital que le permitirá a los jóvenes votantes registrarse para votar, identificar qué amigos aún no se han registrado y animarles a registrarse y acudir a las urnas el 6 de noviembre. Además, MTV animará al público a votar de forma conjunta e impulsará la participación entre los jóvenes a través de más de 1000 fiestas y eventos en los colegios electorales de los 50 estados.

“Nuestros televidentes se apoyan en sus amigos en los momentos menos y más significativos de sus vidas”, aseguró Chris McCarthy, presidente de MTV. “’+1 the Vote’ está diseñado para aprovechar el poder de la amistad en la participación electoral de los jóvenes votantes y generar así un impacto en las elecciones a mitad de mandato, que son críticas”.

El lanzamiento de “+1 the Vote” tuvo lugar durante la entrega de los VMAs 2018 con un spot publicitario protagonizado por Jared Leto, Lauren Jauregui de Fifth Harmony, Fat Joe y Adam Rippon, encargados de dar el pistoletazo de salida a la campaña, dando a conocer la página web y la herramienta +1 the Vote para registrarse. En los meses previos a las elecciones, “+1 the Vote” expandirá su alcance para que dicho contenido esté presente en todo MTV, las plataformas digitales, las redes sociales; en la cobertura continuada de MTV News; y a través de alianzas con destacados artistas y activistas. MTV ha estado trabajando con varias organizaciones no partidistas para que “+1 the Vote” cobre vida, incluyendo la Ford Foundation, Alliance for Youth Organizing, CIRCLE, parte de Tisch College en Tufts University, Democracy Works’s TurboVote y #VoteTogether.

La campaña “+1 the Vote” se desarrolló a partir de investigaciones realizadas por MTV/AP-NORC, cuyos resultados demuestran que los jóvenes experimentan un sentimiento renovado de empoderamiento en su capacidad para generar un impacto político –48% de los encuestados entre 15 y 22 años sienten que tienen al menos algún efecto en el gobierno, comparado con el 33% obtenido en marzo– y que la amistad es un fuerte motivador para mejorar la participación electoral. De las investigaciones de MTV también se desprende que el 76% de los jóvenes cree que invitar a sus amigos a acudir a las urnas es una manera efectiva de fomentar el voto en terceras personas, mientras que el 70% cree que realizar publicaciones sobre las elecciones en las redes sociales también resulta efectivo.

Visita plus1thevote.com para más información.

Sobre MTV:
MTV es la marca mediática líder entre los jóvenes inspirada en la música, con presencia en casi 180 países y en 450 millones de hogares de todo el mundo, y la cual conecta a más de 350 millones de fans a través de las redes sociales. MTV es una división de Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) y sus operaciones abarcan redes de televisión por cable y móvil, eventos en directo y los nuevos estudios MTV que producen contenido original y reimaginado para redes SVOD y lineales basadas en una biblioteca con más de 200 títulos y franquicias para jóvenes.

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!

 

STARS ON ICE 2018 Tour Review | #StarsOnIce #Review

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Ice skating fascinated me at an early age. I remember stopping whatever I was doing so I could sit down to watch it with my mom whenever it was on. Scott Hamilton’s back flips were always my favorite. When I was about 11, my cousin had a birthday party at the Miami Ice Arena (which no longer exists). I was so excited to get out there and glide gracefully across the ice like Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski and Kristi Yamaguchi. Sadly, that did not happen. As soon as I put one skate on the ice it all went downhill & I spent the entire birthday party, by myself, holding onto the wall as I attempted to make my way around the rink. It was a complete disaster. I also recall overhearing my aunt telling someone that paying for me to attend the party was a complete waste of money. Luckily, I’ve since learned how to “skate”–if just making your way around the rink without falling or holding onto the wall is considered skating.

SOI_USA2018_13x19_BradieMy love and appreciation for ice skating was renewed during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Watching Mirai Nagasu become the first U.S. woman to land the triple axel in the Olympics; Maia & Alex Shibutani (#ShibSibs) winning the bronze medal in ice dancing; Team USA winning the bronze in the team event; Nathan Chen’s redemption after a devastating short program to land SIX quads in his long program, and watching Adam Rippon’s flawless routines and hilarious interviews while welcoming him into our hearts was an experience I got to share with my mom and it reignited that flame for the sport.

So, needless to say, when I saw that Stars On Ice would be making its way down to South Florida, I just had to buy tickets–especially considering the fact that my birthday was the day after the show. It’s like the stars aligned!

The tour kicked off in Ft. Myers on April 6th, with a follow-up show in Orlando April 7th that was filmed for television (check your local listings for Saturday, April 14th). Skaters included Olympic Bronze Medalists Maia & Alex Shibutani and members of America’s Olympic Bronze Medal-winning team Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu, Bradie Tennell and Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue. Plus Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White, World Silver Medalist Ashley Wagner and U.S. Champions Jason Brown and Karen Chen.

1323356447_STARSONICEStarBNWREL[1]Our show was in Ft. Lauderdale/Sunrise, Florida on April 8th and it was nothing short of amazing. The lights reflecting off of the ice were mesmerizing, and the outfits sparkled like hundreds of tiny diamonds. (The only thing missing was Adam singing Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” but I digress.)

The show opened with a group number to P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass,” followed by individual performances from each skater. There were also mini performances sprinkled throughout the entire show with 3-6 skaters at a time. Adam joined the ShibSibs for one song; Zachary, Madison, Meryl, Charlie, Nathan & Ashley combined forces to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”; a beautiful performance featuring Ashley, Karen, Bradie and Madison; there was a girls only number, and an energetic boys only number to Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still.” You can also expect a brief 20-minute intermission in the middle of the show that returns with more individual performances and a group number that closes the show. Some of the other songs you can expect to hear during the show are “Remedy” by Adele and “Let Me Think About It” by Ida Corr (Adam Rippon), “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake (Jason Brown), “Elastic Heart” by Sia (Meryl & Charlie), “Never Enough” by Loren Allred (Karen Chen), “This Is Me” by The Greatest Showman Cast (Bradie Tennell), “Nemesis” by Benjamin Clementine (Nathan Chen), plus songs from P!nk (Ashley Wagner), Wicked on Broadway (Mirai Nagasu), Hamilton on Broadway and more.

Sadly, I missed Nathan Chen’s quad in person because workers at the BB&T Center kept walking down to stop people from recording videos on their phones and were blocking my view, BUT I know it happened because everyone went nuts. The atmosphere was amazing and it was nice to see people of all ages and backgrounds in one room–just don’t try to record video because it does distract from other’s experiences. There’s a strict policy against flash photography and video recording, so just don’t.

Since our show took place the day before my birthday, I splurged a bit and bought Meet & Greet tickets for my niece and I. When we finally made our way to the room where it was taking place, the skaters were all seated at tables waiting to sign their lives away. You have the opportunity to speak with each skater, have them sign autographs and take photos. It wasn’t like other “meet & greets” where someone is standing there rushing you through the process. You actually got to meet them, which was nice. Everyone was so kind. Taking into consideration the fact that they’d just completed their third show of the weekend and had to wait until the meet & greet was over so they could eat, I was surprised at the level of kindness they all had for everyone.

Stars On Ice is a show I highly recommend to people of all ages. The music was great, the atmosphere was so positive, and the skating was phenomenal. The entire event is put together so well. Meet and greet tickets are sold out for the remaining shows on the tour, but the show itself is well worth the money. You’re guaranteed to be in awe of the grace, beauty and talent of these skaters on and off the ice.

You can find more information regarding skaters, tickets and merch by visiting the Stars On Ice official site HERE.

You can also click HERE to help Adam Rippon on his quest to raise funds for GLAAD‘s youth program.

 

 

Adam Rippon Goes IN On Some Spicy Wings On Latest Episode Of HOT ONES

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What’s up, everyone??

If you’ve been anywhere in the past 2 months, you should definitely be aware of the name Adam Rippon. He won over the hearts of (most) Americans throughout the 2018 Winter Olympics and he’s been making his way through the TV/Interview circuit ever since. This week he made an appearance on HOT ONES, where he had to feast on spicy wings with host Sean Evans.

My brother got me to watch a few episodes of HOT ONES on YouTube a few weeks ago, so I was stoked to find out that Adam would be on it this week! He’s hilarious in regular interviews, so throw some fiery wings in the mix and it was sure to make people cry with laughter.

Check out the episode below to see if Adam is able to hold his shit together!

SPOILER: I give him a ton of credit because he ate more chicken on each wing than most of the other guests have on the show!

HOT ONES Official Channels:       YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

Adam Rippon Official:       Twitter | Instagram

Sean Evans Official:       Twitter | Instagram