Sunday, September 25, 2011
An Elvis impersonator, Chippendales dancers and performers from Fantasy and the Peep Show — sound like a new Las Vegas revue?
It was just the zany wedding for former 98 Degrees star Jeff Timmons.
With only one week of preparation, Jeff said “I Do” to Amanda at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel on September 1.
“We had a great time,” Jeff tells RumorFix. “We just thought we’d do it up in Vegas. Here, nothing is too serious.”
Amanda was wearing a Vera Wang gown and Jeff donned a gray shirt and vest and Nike silver sneakers.
Because the wedding was thrown at the last minute, none of his fellow 98 Degrees band mates were there.
Jeff recently wrapped up a extended stint with Chippendales and is now working on his own show that will feature some of his own original songs, some covers and, of course, some 98 Degrees hits. Jeff tells us the show will also feature “some of the same kind of sexiness” that was featured in the Chippendales show.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Thanks to @brianchango for catching these videos!!!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
'The Sing-Off' will have a new judges this year, as Sara Bareilles joins Ben Folds and rest of the crew. It will also have a longer season, as its moving to 16 episodes. Lachey said the new judges bring a wealth of energy, and experience, to a set that's already brimming with its own unique vibe. The show has struck such a nerve that not only is it creating A cappella groups as part of the competition, but singers are starting to form their own groups to compete for a spot in the competition.
All the energy has inspired Lachey to get back to his own musical roots, which started in the boy-band 98 Degrees. He's venturing back into the studio to work on a new musical project of his own, and credited the show's electric atmosphere with inspiring him. It probably doesn't hurt that 'The Sing-Off' has allowed him to cultivate a new, rabid fan-base who make a perfect audience for his vocal talents.
NBC’s The Sing-Off premiered last night, in all of its cheesy glory and sans instruments, as host Nick Lachey will not allow you to forget. The little music competition show that could has been rewarded by NBC with afull season pick-up, which means one new judge, additional contenders to charm the family audience and larger prizes at stake. Yes, Nicole Scherzinger, known for her confounding statements that fall somewhere between criticism flirtation, has jumped ship to Fox’s The X Factor—check back on Thursday to see if that’s a good fit for her and her two friends—ushering in the Sara Bareilles Era, which puts the former UCLA a cappella performer alongside veteran judges Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman, thus adding a little bit more technical knowledge and legitimacy to the panel itself. Lachey is still Lachey, mind you, but did we get a fleeting sense that he’s feeling more relaxed the third time around? Guess the second televised marriage will do that to you.
To start things off, eight groups were broken into two groups of four to perform for the judges. Among them: three college groups, a family-sized brood from Wisconsin—enter your variousPartridge Family jokes now, but don’t forget to call Emma Stone!—and a super group consisting ofSing-Off contenders of yore, which really emphasizes both the love for the craft and the desperation that can take hold of humans when it comes to televised singing competitions. Yes, they’re all talented, but some of these ladies in Delilah will just not let their early exits go. The lack of versatility seemed to be the biggest threat to any group’s potential for success, as with each impending round they’ll be asked to perform genre-specific numbers instead of their familiar, foolproof set list. Of the two group’s sent home, The Cat’s Pajamas, the pride of Branson, Missouri by way of New Jersey, couldn’t make their ’60/’70s sound on Grand Funk Railroad’s “Some Kind of Wonderful” translate to the Sing-Off stage, despite playing 200 shows a year in their hometown. At least the people of the Midwest are experiencing no shortage of a cappella these days. The Fannin Family’s eight children will likely each have one stellar college entrance essay, but their approach to Selena Gomez’s “Who Says,” age-appropriate for 14-year-old lead Maria, seemed too safe, and the sibling group unwilling to ever rise above anything rated PG. Did we mention BYU’s Vocal Point changed Brian Setzer’s “can of ale” lyric to “ginger ale”? We know this is a family show, but c’mon. Live on the edge!
As four our favorites of the night? Afro-Blue, the co-ed group from Howard University (it’s always wise to give a shout-out to Diddy), whose jazzy take on “Put Your Records On” not only showcased lead singer Christie’s control, but also Reggie’s powerful bass which slowed down the Corrine Bailey Rae original to something truly soulful. Denver’s own Urban Method made a slightly overdramatic plea for stardom by explaining that they were “born to do this,” a sentiment truly unique to anyone ever making a run at stardom or doing anything they are truly passionate about in the history of the world. Rapper Mike explained his arduous quest to remove white MCs as the punchline of the music industry, one which makes him lose precious beauty sleep—so obviously he should be rewarded, right? For all the drama, the “rap-cappella” group delivered, making their rendition of Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie” huge and theatrical, second only to the fiery performances by the famous faces in Em’s music video. There will be eight more groups to get to know next week, so get adjusted to this season’s changes by watching our early favorites, below
Monday, September 19, 2011
“This show has such a contagious atmosphere to be around,” says The Sing-Off host Nick Lachey, who years ago fronted the boy band 98 Degrees. “And you see how passionate these groups and the joy that they have performing on stage each and every show. It’s contagious. It makes you want to get out there, and do it. And certainly, I miss my guys, and there’s nothing but good memories there (with 98 Degrees).”
Click on the media bar and listen to Lachey talk about catching New Kids on the Block in concert:
As for the possibility of a 98 Degrees reunion, Lachey simply said, “Maybe in the future, we’ll see that happen.”
Get those ears of yours in tune, America, because another televised singing competition is about to start but this time its all a cappella. That’s right, The Sing-Off is back for a third season of vocal powerhouses and I got the chance to visit the set for a taping of one of their new episodes and have a brief chat with host Nick Lachey and judge Ben Folds.
Nestled into Stage 15 on the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles, the set of The Sing-Off is an absolute joy to walk onto with vocal groups warming up all around you to make their wildly versatile voices primed to impress the judges and advance to the next round of competition. And this year, there are a whole lot more of those voices to go around with the series more than doubling its number of episodes from its first two years on the air.
“We’re bigger and we’re better!” boasted host Nick Lachey. “We’re up to 11 episodes from 5 last year so we’re like the little show that could and we’re able to showcase even more unbelievable talent, which I think is great.”
With so many music competition shows on the air right now I asked Lachey and Ben Folds, who acts as one of the show’s three judges, how they distinguish themselves to stand out from the crowd. “Well that’s pretty easy,” said Folds, “our show is rooted in a cappella competition and that engine is what makes us extremely different.”
“The structure and competition symbols of the show might be similar to other shows out there but the a cappella aspect gives it a whole different feeling that makes it really special,” continued Folds.
In a world of pop music dominated by auto-tune and electronic sounds I asked Folds if there was even a place for a cappella music on the scene and if the winners of their show have any hope of topping the charts in a such a climate. And to put it simply, he absolutely thinks there is. “A cappella is really a huge cultural movement and there is always room for it in the music industry. If anything, I think the hardest thing about this show is keeping the competition tense. The music is just so powerful that it creates an enormous generosity between the competing groups that they’re just happy for each other no matter what happens.”
And after sitting through a taping of an episode I can certainly vouch for that statement. They really do revel in the other groups’ performances and it is almost as fun to watch them watch each other perform as it is to see the performances themselves.
Since what I watched was actually the season’s 10th episode I can’t reveal much about what I saw but I will say that the talent on display is remarkable! After watching the final four teams perform I had absolutely zero envy for the judges who had to decide who should be sent home.
“That is of course the really hard part,” said Lachey, “as the host I find myself constantly encouraging and embracing them along the way so its hard to see them go.”
On top of more episodes the show also boasts a new judge this season to sit alongside Folds and Shawn Stockman of Boys II Men fame. Recording artist Sara Bareilles has joined the panel to replace Nicole Scherzinger who has moved on to be a judge on FOX’s The X-Factor. Together, the three judges bring a wealth of knowledge and experience as a cappella artists and can act as true mentors to the competing teams.
On a personal note Lachey confirmed that he has just returned to the recording booth to start work on his upcoming third solo album called ‘Soundtrack of My Life’ featuring cover songs from all of the movies that have touched him over the years and Folds will be releasing a compilation album of his greatest hits next month called ‘The Best Imitation of Myself’ that encompasses his solo work along with that of his trio Ben Folds Five.
The Sing-Off begins this Monday, September 19 at 8/7c on NBC.
Images courtesy of NBC.
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Thanks Zackoid.. 14yrs and STILL going strong as a 98 Fan!!! =)
Saturday, September 17, 2011
'The Sing-Off' stars have their own music plans.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Haute Event: Crystals Celebrates Fashion’s Night Out with Chris Saldaña, Dayna Roselli and Jeff Timmons
Photography by Al Powers
Thousands of Las Vegas’ most fashionable showed up last night for Fashion’s Night Out at Crystals at CityCenter. Crystals entertained guests with in-store experiences, heart-pumping entertainment from soul group Fitz and the Tantrums, delicious restaurant tastings, the stylish talents of KLAS-TV news anchors Chris Saldaña and Dayna Roselli, and a surprise visit from American pop singer and member of the Grammy-nominated group 98 Degrees Jeff Timmons.
Fitz & The Tantrums stole the show for the evening. Taking the stage with “Don’t Gotta,” the crowd gathered to dance to the infectious beats and even chime in on a surprise cover of the Eurythmics’ ‘80s throwback “Sweet Dreams.” The Rolling Stone “Band to Watch” closed their set by belting their breakout hit “Moneygrabber” and ended the night perfectly when devoted fan and Las Vegas local Melanie Munsell (who waited more than three hours to be in the front row) won a signed Fitz & The Tantrums’ Fashion’s Night Out tote. She wasn’t the only one squealing when the band, including lead vocalists Michael “Fitz” Fitzgerald and the seductive, velvet-voiced Noelle Scaggs, signed autographs and took pictures with a line of anxious fans during the post-show meet and greet.
The crowd had more reason to cheer when Grammy-nominated 98 Degrees member and Chippendales’ star Jeff Timmons popped onstage for an impromptu appearance, modestly dismissing his fans’ applause by saying, “Tonight is not about me, it’s about these great retailers benefiting these amazing local charities.” Timmons and his adorable expecting wife were pulled to the stage after being spotted shopping by 8 News Now personality, event host and friend, Chris Saldaña.
Saldaña and his co-host and colleague Dayna Roselli guided guests through the night’s raffles with prizes. Saldaña showed his fashion chops suited in Paul Smith (right down to a pair of enviable striped socks) while Roselli wowed in a va-va-voom lace-inset Stella McCartney dress.
Their witty dialog was nonstop with all the exciting events happening across Crystals. Flirty samba dancers and a Caipirinhas bar at Assouline’s Brazilian fiesta. Kiki de Montparnasse featured live lingerie-clad “mannequins” enticed passers-by. TAG Heuer offered swanky watch and 10-year-old scotch paired with motor-inspired timepieces and studded with “real deal” scotch rocks. Hermès doormen clad in horse-heads held horse-shaped balloons and paid homage to the brand’s equestrian past. Stella McCartney had shoppers lined up for their cheeky old-time popcorn cart and photo booth with over-the-top props.
Las Vegas favorites the Nevada Pops Jazz Trio also entertained guests at Mikimoto and localite Michael Shulman provided fabulous deejaying at Dior, complete with crystal-encrusted headphones and one snazzy velvet blazer. Minglers included CityCenter President & CEO Bobby Baldwin, founder of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Larry Ruvo, Smith Center for Performing Arts President Myron Martin, Light Group President Mike Myers and Nevada Cancer Institute Vice President Shelley Gitomer.
Consistently popular were the elegant and delicious complimentary tasting stations by CityCenter restaurants: Todd English P.U.B., Mastro’s Ocean Club, Eva Longoria’s Beso Steakhouse, Social House, Lemongrass and UNION Restaurant & Lounge. Each served signature temptations to endless lines of guests. When not snacking, guests could create keepsakes for the night with a unique iPhoto booth that uploaded glam portraits instantly to a Facebook gallery.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Starting a new job is never easy. Its hard on the new employee as well as the current staff. Is the new guy going to fit in? Is he going to create tension? Is he gonna do my job better than me? These are the things that most people will think of the day the new guy is starting. In show business this is even worse. There are a lot of egos to deal with, and when the “new guy” is a celebrity there can be even more trepidation. Needless to say when it was announced that Jeff Timmonswas joining the cast our guys were a little bit wary. The stereotype for celebrities is that they are Divas, male or female. The guys were concerned that he would be stealing the spot light and that everyone would have to cater to his every desire. The Chippendales are like a family; the guys are all pretty tight. They hang out beyond the theatre and spend a lot of their time together so it is very important that the new guy fits that mold as well. If there is no chemistry off the stage there will not be any on the stage. Lucky for us Jeff Timmons fit like a glove. From the moment he came to the theatre we knew he was going to fit in just fine. Not only was he very nice, he was humble, excited, and genuinely one of the guys from the start. Aside from his obvious talent as a performer Jeff was down to have a good time. He did many interviews and promo appearances but what really set him apart was his sense of humor and total willingness to try anything. From the TMZ spoof, to virals with the guys, Jeff was not afraid to make fun of anything, including himself. In the TMZ video there is one part where he is dressed like a girl, just so you all know not only did we not ask him to do this we didn’t know it was happening. While filming this Jeff said I’ll be back disappeared for a few minutes and came back all drag queened out. I don’t think a group of people has ever laughed so hard, and it was totally unexpected. It was these types of things that made Jeff such a pleasure to work with. (The screaming fans didn’t hurt either). He will forever be an honorary Chippendales performer and is always welcome on our stage. Thanks for a great run Jeff!
Monday, September 5, 2011
Nick grew up in Ohio and attended Cincinnati’s well-regarded public School for Creative and Performing Arts, where he developed his vocal talent and aspirations to become an entertainer.
Nick is well-known for his band 98 Degrees, where he sang along with his brother Drew Lachey, friend Justine Jeffre and Jeff Timmons. Unlike other boy bands, 98 Degrees was started independently by Jeff Timmons and was later picked up by a record label. The band got its big break when they performed during a radio broadcast of a Boys II Men concert and Paris D’Jon, manager of Montel Jordan, arranged for 98 Degrees to open for Jordan on his tour. Shortly after, the band was signed to Motown. Over the years, they have sold over 10 million records and earned eight top 40 singles.
Nick is also known for the hit reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica with his then-wife Jessica Simpson. The show was on for four seasons. Recently, Nick has been working on a new album entitled “Coming Up for Air.” He has done other television appearances as Leslie St. Claire in Charmed, and has appeared on Hope and Faith and Twins.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011