MTV MIDTERM ELECTION AFTERPARTY IN MIAMI | #Plus1TheVote

Hello there! I was invited to attend the MTV ELECTION AFTERPARTY at Miami-Dade College’s Kendall Campus on November 6th to celebrate voter turnout, and it really was a fantastic night!

The “red” carpet was cut a bit short due to the doors opening for general admission, but we got to see hosts Charlamagne The God and Liza Koshy hit the carpet, along with PRETTYMUCH, a few of the March For Our Lives co-founders (Delaney Tarr, Tyah Roberts, John Barnitt, Adam Alhanti, Daniel Duff and Brandon Dasent), Lauren Jauregui, Amara La Negra, Jazz Jennings and Ashanti.

While DJ Nasty played some recognizable hits for the growing crowd, people could roam around, grab something to eat or drink, take photos at designated photo areas and also pick up some free swag courtesy of MTV. Liza and Charlamagne were great, engaging, hosts and the performances were high energy the whole night. There were even little dance battles breaking out in the crowd while DJ Nasty played between sets.

One thing that really hit me while attending this event was the number of young people rocking their “I VOTED” stickers. Some wore their stickers on their shirts, while others wore them loud and proud on their cheeks. Host Liza Koshy (who, by the way, is honestly one of THE sweetest people I’ve ever met & should be protected at all costs lol) found an even more interesting spot for her stickers (see above).

I’m guilty of being 34 and only just learning how important the Midterm Elections really are, so it really made me proud to be considered part of the Millennial generation that went out there and put our voices to good use this time. It also made me proud to have my niece, Briana, with me as an intern for the event. While she’s not yet old enough to vote, my hope is that bringing her to an event like this, where voting is celebrated and is gaining popularity amongst the future leaders of our country, will instill that importance in her before she’s even able to register. If we can help inform younger generations of the importance I was previously unaware of, they’ll be inspired to go out and join us at the polls in the future and that is what this country needs–informed individuals who vote for improvement on important topics like gun control, women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, climate change, police brutality, etc.

The fact that MTV hosted this event here in Miami and that the hosts, guests and performers took the time out of their busy schedules to celebrate with us as voters was very much appreciated by everyone in attendance.

While on-stage, PRETTYMUCH (Brandon Arreaga, Zion Kuwonu, Nick Mara, Edwin Honoret and Austin Porter) were asked which issues they felt most passionate about. While they’re all new to voting, Austin jumped at the chance to speak on climate change. He urged the crowd to take care of our environment and to protect it for future generations. Tyah Roberts (one of the many co-founders of the March For Our Lives movement) said she felt like a superhero as a first time voter. She insisted that everyone go out be their own superheroes by using their power to create change.

As an older part of this Millennial generation, it made me proud to know that one day we’ll be leaving this country in these mature, educated, inspirational hands. Here is what my niece, a future voter, thought of the event:

“It was awesome getting to be at an event like this. Being able to meet Liza Koshy and Prettymuch were a bonus! My aunt talks to me about the importance of voting and, even though I’m not old enough to vote yet, being around so many people close to my age that are speaking up and trying to change things really proves how important it is.  Once I turn 18, I can’t wait to do the same.”

We just wanted to send a special THANK YOU to everyone that planned the event, attended the event, allowed us to be there and especially to everyone who went out and voted! That’s what it’s about, people! Make your voices heard and create change!

 

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.

Highlights from the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards aired on MTV August 20th at 8/7c. From Radio City Music Hall in NYC, there were so many great performances that I thought I’d share some of my favorites. What were your favorite moments? Let me know!

Another good (but too short) performance that is not yet online was from PRETTYMUCH. You can also check out the full winners list below:

Video of the Year:
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
WINNER: Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”

Artist of the Year:
Ariana Grande
Bruno Mars
WINNER: Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone

Song of the Year:
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
WINNER: Post Malone – “rockstar” [ft. 21 Savage]

Best New Artist:
Bazzi
WINNER: Cardi B
Chloe x Halle
Hayley Kiyoko
Lil Pump
Lil Uzi Vert

Best Collaboration:
Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
The Carters – “APES**T”
WINNER: Jennifer Lopez – “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B]
Logic – “1-800-273-8255” [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]
N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]

Best Pop Video:
WINNER: Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
P!nk – “What About Us”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Hip Hop Video:
Cardi B – “Bartier Cardi” [ft. 21 Savage]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Migos – “Walk It Talk It” [ft. Drake]
WINNER: Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”

Best Dance Video:
WINNER: Avicii – “Lonely Together” [ft. Rita Ora]
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me”
David Guetta & Sia – “Flames”
Marshmello – “Silence” [ft. Khalid]
Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”

Best Latin Video:
Daddy Yankee – “Dura”
WINNER: J Balvin – “Mi Gente” [ft. Willy William]
Jennifer Lopez – “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B]
Luis Fonsi – “Échame La Culpa” [ft. Demi Lovato]
Maluma – “Felices los 4”
Shakira – “Chantaje” [ft. Maluma]

Best Rock Video:
Fall Out Boy – “Champion”
Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
WINNER: Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
Linkin Park – “One More Light”
Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”

Video With a Message:
WINNER: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”
Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”
Logic – “1-800-273-8255” [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]

Best Cinematography:
Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains”
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
WINNER: The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Eminem – “River” [ft. Ed Sheeran]
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Direction:
The Carters – “APES**T”
WINNER: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
Justin Timberlake – “Say Something” [ft. Chris Stapleton]
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Art Direction:
WINNER: The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
SZA – “The Weekend”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Best Visual Effects:
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”
Eminem – “Walk On Water” [ft. Beyoncé]
WINNER: Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”
Maroon 5 – “Wait”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Best Choreography:
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
The Carters – “APES**T”
WINNER: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Dua Lipa – “IDGAF”
Justin Timberlake – “Filthy”

Best Editing:
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
WINNER: N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Push Artist of the Year:
July 2018 – Chloe x Halle
June 2018 – Sigrid
May 2018 – Lil Xan
WINNER: April 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko
March 2018 – Jessie Reyez
February 2018 – Tee Grizzley
January 2018 – Bishop Briggs
December 2017 – Grace VanderWaal
November 2017 – Why Don’t We
October 2017 – PRETTYMUCH
September 2017 – SZA
August 2017 – Kacy Hill
July 2017 – Khalid
June 2017 – Kyle
May 2017 – Noah Cyrus

Song of Summer:
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
WINNER: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper & Quavo – “No Brainer”
Drake – “In My Feelings”
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
Post Malone – “Better Now”

 

4TH AVE Attends and Performs at The VMAs

4TH AVE, everyone’s favorite boys of summer, ended off the season strong with the release of the Initiation EP on Friday and attending and preforming at the VMAs yesterday. They were seen on the pink carpet with Bebe Rexha and VMA MD and EMMY NOMINATED Adam Blackstone.

About 4TH AVE

Fresh  out  of  ABC’s  Hit  Show  “Boy  Band,” 4th  Ave  is  made  up  of  Jaden  Gray(Compton),  Marcus  Pendleton  (Nashville),  Cam  Jackson  (New  Jersey)  and  Mikey  Jimenez  (Los  Angeles),  who  all  came  together  after  making  it  to  the  season  finale  of  Boy  Band,  and  decided  to  form  their  own  group  with  the  advice  of  iconic  producer  Timbaland. 4th Ave’s journey together began in January 2018, when they officially announced the group name, website, and online store. In only a few months of working together, the group has surpassed expectations by exceeding 1 Million streams on Apple Music and Spotify. They have also amassed over 20K followers on Instagram, 8.5K subscribers on YouTube, and over 3K super fans have signed up for their text messaging service. Recent performances include The Voice with Charlie Puth, this year’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and The March for our Lives Concert in D.C. alongside Vic Mensa, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, and many others.

 

4TH AVE | Official Channels

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2017 MTV Video Music Awards Review | #VMAs #MTV

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I have to admit that, in recent years, I’ve skipped the VMAs because they just haven’t been what they used to be. This year, however, I stuck around and watched it with my niece, and while some moments were fantastic, others fell short. Here’s my take:

Katy Perry hosted the show this year and I felt like she fell a little flat. She has a great personality in that she can make fun of herself and she has a really quirky sense of humor that is rather infectious, but I feel like she might have done better with a co-host. The jokes fell flat sometimes and it felt a bit forced.

I was happy with the performances for the most part. MTV allowed some people (:::cough cough::: Fifth Harmony) to take forever giving their acceptance speeches, so they made up in time by cutting the length of some performances, which I thought was odd. In all honesty, I could’ve done without Lorde’s interpretive dancing to her new single (with no live singing whatsoever) in exchange for seeing some more awards being announced or full performances. Especially the Linkin Park tribute that Jared Leto so eloquently introduced. It’s been reported that Lorde was suffering from the flu, so if that was the reason for not actually singing, then I give her credit for still showing up. If I had the flu, my ass would’ve been in bed, under the covers with a box of tissues binge-watching something on Netflix, not jumping around on stage.

We also got an exclusive premiere of Taylor Swift’s new single, “Look What You Made Me Do.” Now, I’m all for the exclusive premieres because they’ve done that for years, but 1) Taylor Swift wasn’t even in attendance and 2) It felt like the video was like 10 minutes long. Again, I would’ve rather seen some more live performances or awards being announced.

Either way, there was a huge theme going on throughout the show where celebrities used their platform to address important issues going on in the world right now and I applaud them for speaking up without hesitation. Paris Jackson, daughter of the late Michael Jackson, used her time as a presenter to say,  “I hope we leave here tonight remembering that we must show these Nazi, white supremacist jerks in Charlottesville and all over the country that as a nation with liberty as our slogan we have zero tolerance for their violence, hatred, and their discrimination,” adding: “We must resist.”

P!nk accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and used her time to speak up about self-image and how her six-year-old daughter felt she was ugly because she felt she looked like a boy.  P!nk addressed her daughter and all others struggling with self-acceptance by saying, “We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty. …And you, my darling girl, are beautiful. I love you.”

One of my favorite moments was when Logic, Khalid and Alessia Cara performed “1-800-273-8255” and sent an extremely powerful message about mental health to everyone listening. The artists performed the song, whose title is the phone number to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, surrounded by a large group of suicide attempt survivors. You can watch the performance below and listen to the speech at the end for yourself (and you definitely should) OR you can read the speech here:

“I just wanna take a moment right now to thank you all so much for giving me a platform to talk about something that mainstream media doesn’t wanna talk about: mental health, anxiety, suicide, depression and so much more that I talk about on this album, from racism, discrimination, sexism, domestic violence, sexual assault and so much more. I don’t give a damn if you’re black, white or any color in between. I don’t care if you’re Christian, you’re Muslim, you’re gay, you’re straight. I am here to fight for your equality because I believe that we are all born equal, but we are not treated equally, and that is why we must fight. We must fight for the equality of every man, woman and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed and sexual orientation. So I say here and now, if you believe in this message and my message of peace, love and positivity and equality for all, then I demand that you rise to your feet and applaud, not only for yourselves, but for the foundation we are laying for our children.”

You can listen to what Brancey and I thought of the show by clicking play below:

Here are a few of my favorite performances of the night:

 

 

 

Did you watch the show? Let me know what your thoughts were and whose performances stood out to you the most!

FEAR FACTOR is back! Tune in to MTV on May 30!

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FEAR FACTOR is back and more exciting than ever with new host, hip-hop superstar and actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.

The new installment will include thrilling new stunts inspired by today’s technology, horror films, and viral videos. MTV is asking participants to perform the most insane stunts in Fear Factor history! Contestants will be put under extreme pressure and forced to overcome their biggest fears while battling it out for the $50,000 grand prize.

Are you ready for the most exciting reality revival on TV? Catch the new generation of Fear Factor, premiering on MTV, Tuesday, May 30 at 10/9C.


El show FEAR FACTOR vuelve a la televisión con más fuerza que nunca! Entre sus múltiples novedades tiene nuevo conductor, la superestrella de hip-hop y actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.

La nueva entrega incluirá emocionantes e impactantes nuevos escenarios inspirados por la tecnología actual, películas de terror y videos virales. MTV pide a los participantes que realicen las acrobacias más locas de la historia de Fear Factor! Los concursantes serán sometidos a presiones extremas y serán forzados a superar sus mayores miedos mientras que luchan por el premio de 50.000 dólares.

Estás preparado para el regreso del reality más emocionante de la televisión? No te pierdas la nueva generación de Fear Factor, estreno en MTV el martes 30 de mayo a las 10/9C.