Saturday, October 13, 2018

Watch 98 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons & ‘Big Brother’ Star Jessie Godderz Battle It Out for a Girl! (Exclusive)

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One has made a living with his pecs and one has wowed fans around the globe with his abs, but who will win the girl?
98 Degrees heartthrob Jeff Timmons goes head to head with Big Brotheralum Jesse Godderz, aka Mr PEC-Tacular, in the new video for their single, “The Girl Is With Me,” premiering exclusively on ET below.
The fun track sees Timmons and Godderz, an actor, wrestler and bodybuilder, vying for the attention of a sexy blonde (played by fellow Big Brotherstar Morgan Willett) while out a bar.
“It’s a little silly and cheesy, but that’s the point of the whole song,” Timmons tells ET. 
The two hunks decided to work together after connecting on LinkedIn, with Timmons initially asking Godderz to host his Las Vegas male revue show, Men of the Strip. Reluctant, the 32-year-old Tainted Dreams star later came around to the idea of giving music a go with Timmons instead.
Setting out to create a modern-day take on Michael Jackson and Sir Paul McCartney’s “The Girl Is Mine,” Timmons created the song concept and Godderz contributed some of the lyrics before the pair hit the studio to record.
“He was actually a lot better than I expected,” says Timmons of Godderz. “He could sing! He was very apprehensive at first, but then relaxed and it ended up being pretty incredible.”
The guys then reconvened at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles, California, to shoot the tongue-in-cheek video together.
While these days, Timmons is enjoying family life and wedded bliss with his beautiful wife, Amanda, the 45-year-old musician admits that the concept of competing for a girl’s love is all too familiar thanks to 98 Degrees’ heyday.
“When we were all single and first became popular, we were like kids in the candy store for the first time with having all the girls around,” admits Timmons, who is preparing to kick off the boy band’s Christmas tour on Nov. 1 in Winnipeg, Canada. “And when there was a certain girl one of the guys liked, pretty much all of us would like her. We had a friendly competition!”

So, who got to gloat, “The girl is with me,” back in those early days?
“Luckily, with boy bands, each guy usually has their own fan base, so I think it ended up working out an even split!” Timmons laughs.

98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons and pro wrestler 'Mr Pec-Tacular' in music video

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98 Degrees singer Jeff Timmons has collaborated with Jessie "Mr. Pec-Tacular" Godderz, a professional wrestler who also competed on two seasons of "Big Brother" for a pop song called "The girl is with me".

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98 Degrees singer Jeff Timmons has collaborated with Jessie " Mr Pec-Tacular" Godderz, a professional wrestler who also competed on two seasons of "Big Brother" for a pop song called "The girl is with me".
They have also created a video that co-stars Morgan Willett, a "Big Brother" winner and TV host.
"We met on LinkedIn. And we were going to work on something together, but it didn't work out. But we became friends," Godderz told people.com.
Timmons said with a laugh: "What Jessie is too kind to tell you is that I asked him to work on something and he turned me down."
"I asked him if he wanted to work on (Timmons' male revue reality show) 'Men of the Strip'. And he was like, 'Absolutely not. It's not a good look for me'."
"So I asked if he could sing and he was like, 'I'm not a singer'," continued Timmons.
"But I said, 'Hey, let's give it a shot'."
Godderz, who had never sung publicly before, was hesitant to get into the studio.
"Jeff helped coach me through it. He was fantastic to work with," he said.

Hanging On to the '90s With 98 Degrees

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98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons (left), Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, and Justin Jeffre

Let’s play a game of word association. When you hear “boy band,” what’s a natural link? Many would instantly jump to "adolescence.” The '90s? 'NSync. Jessica Simpson? Nick Lachey.
Mix them together and what do you get? 98 Degrees. Justin Jeffre, Jeff Timmons, and brothers Nick and Drew Lachey make up the Grammy-nominated band that sang its way into the hearts of women everywhere in the late '90s. From selling more than 10 million records worldwide and performing with Stevie Wonder to singing at the White House for President Bill Clinton, the R&B and contemporary pop quartet did it all and then some.
Then 2002 rolled around, and the band hit pause. Founding 98 Degrees member Jeff Timmons says the catalyst was industry burnout. “We were grinding so much, and the business was so hard, and we hadn’t stopped,” he says. The singer also mentions the uncertain tide of popular music. “The radio playlist started changing, [and] the boy-band pop music started going away really quickly," Timmons says. In the end, he recalls, they decided to “take some time and create our own personal lives and get our identity back.”
Each member went in a different direction, some trying their hand at solo careers, while others pursued politics and/or hosted Chippendale shows. Marriages and kids entered the picture as the group enjoyed the luxury of being off the road. More than a decade later, the hiatus was finally broken. In 2012, the members of 98 Degrees picked up where they had left off and performed at the Summer MixTape Festival in Pennsylvania. Timmons says the reunion show was the “pivotal point” in the band’s decision to reunite. “We looked at each other and said, ‘Here’s where we test if we still have it and if the fans will still have us.’”
Re-energized, they sprang into a changed and kaleidoscopic industry. Gone were the days of the viral boy band. In their place was a musical landscape that had traded CDs for streaming services, radio airwaves dominated by DJs, and stages bereft of R&B synchronized male vocalists. Confronted with the unfamiliar, Timmons says, he and his fellow 98 Degrees bandmates have since embraced the commercial metamorphosis.
I’m a fan of social media and the paradigm of how you get your music out there. As far as the sound of music goes, you'll hear people from the '90s that go, ‘There’s never going to be another time that R&B pop will be that prevalent,' but that's not true.”
The vocalist sheds some light on why he believes people get stuck in the past. "I think as you grow older, the music changes and the style of production changes, and your ears are sort of attuned to what you liked at the time during your formative years," Timmons says. But he remains confident that "music is still good and better than ever. ”
After completing their latest holiday album, the guys are performing at venues across the nation as they prepare to embark on their At Christmas Tour. It’s far too early in the year for "Let It Snow," though, so Timmons reports that 98 Degrees is "giving the fans what they want to hear.” Songs “The Hardest Thing,” “Because of You,” and “Give Me Just One Night” are some of the original hits you can expect at the boy-band-turned-man-band’s show this Friday, October 12, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
The men of 98 Degrees are back to help listeners relive a glorious decade — but with a twist. Production in their performance will be ramped up, and so will the vocals. It’ll be bigger and better than anything you’ve heard from the quartet before, Timmons assures. “You can expect what we’d do in the '90s, but a bit of an enhanced version.”

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Nick Lachey Jokes Son's First Day of Kindergarten Is the Singer's 'Last Day for Public Kisses'

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The hardest thing Nick Lachey might have to do? Watch his little boy grow up so quickly.
On Wednesday, the 98 Degrees frontman and wife Vanessa Lachey saw their oldest child — son Camden John, who turns 6 next month — off to his first day of kindergarten.
Sharing a series of photographs presumably taken by Vanessa, Nick, 44, posed with a smiley Camden while the latter wore a sports-themed backpack and a blue-and-khaki school uniform.
The second image showed the father-son pair sharing a sweet smooch, while the third featured a cringing Camden adorably pushing his dad’s face away.
“My high & low for today: my son’s first day of [kindergarten], definitely a HIGH! Apparently also my last day for public kisses. Swipe ➡️😩 #proudpapa,” Nick wrote on the post.
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Camden Lachey
Mom Vanessa couldn’t help sharing her own tribute to her little boy as he went off to begin his new academic adventure, posting a photo of herself hugging Camden and a second of him posing next to a sign that read, “Camden’s 1st day of kindergarten,” alongside the date.
“It’s official, my first born is now off to his first day of Kindergarten,” Vanessa, 37, began her lengthy caption. “I’ll never forget our first skin to skin, his first hiccup, his first social smile, his first word (Dog), his first joke, his first ‘I Love You, Mama’ and now his first day of school. I still have so much to look forward to, his first serious question, his first girlfriend, his first time driving, his first broken heart (she better watch out!), his first day on his own in the real world and the first time he realized how we did it ALL for him and he says ‘Thank You.’ “
“Even if he doesn’t, I am so proud of this little guy and can’t wait to see the man he will become,” the mom of three added. “Camden John Lachey, the world is your oyster! To the moon and back and back again!!! Forever & Always …  my baby boy!!! 💫❤️💋”
Ahead of Camden’s first day of school, the family of five (which also includes the spouses’ son Phoenix Robert, 20 months, and daughter Brooklyn Elisabeth, 3½) enjoyed a sunny vacation together.
“Soaking up the last few days of freedom before Kindergarten & Pre-School!!!” Vanessa captioned a photo of Camden with his arm around his little sister. “These two are going to be trouble in high school together … I can feel it! ❤️”
Alongside a snapshot of their entire brood, she wrote, “Missing THIS! Take us back! 🤪❤️ #SundayFunday blues … “

What Did 98 Degrees Get Up To After The Band? Politics, Stripping And Transit

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The members of 98 Degrees, are pictured circa 2000: Jeff Timmons, Justin Jeffre, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey.

98 Degrees' place in North American boy band history isn't immediately obvious. They're nowhere near the top two spots, which are indisputably occupied by the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, but they did successfully avoid the one-hit-wonder status that was fatal to groups like Hanson, LFO and BBMak.
The group put out the kind of music that was also being produced by a lot of other popular boy bands — namely, R&B- and Latin-inspired dance songs, and treacly romantic ballads about the power of love. Their best songs follow that winning formula: "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)" is an occasionally Spanish-language offer for the singer to "give you the time of your life," while the video for "I Do (Cherish You)" includes wedding dresses, sunsets, and lots of slow-motion gesturing.
They did go on a "nostalgia tour" in 2016, but have mostly just had a few one-off performances since they went on hiatus in 2002. But they're reuniting at this year's MMVAs, and so we did some digging to find out what they've been doing since their last MMVA appearance in 1999.



Nick Lachey

Nick Lachey was definitely the group's best-known member and was arguably considered the cutest, and saw his fame boosted by his relationship with Jessica Simpson. After the group split up, he released several solo albums and dabbled in TV shows like "Charmed" and "One Tree Hill." He has also competed on "Dancing With the Stars."
But after his split from Simpson, things got much weirder. In November 2016, he became the voice of the streetcar in his hometown of Cincinnati. But the Cincinnati Bell Connector, as the streetcar is called, is notoriously bad: it once collided with a bus and with a cement truck in two separate incidents on the same day. It's gotten to the point that the Cincinnati Enquirer, the city's newspaper, has published articles speculating that the streetcar might be cursed.
He and his brother Drew, also a member of 98 Degrees, opened a bar called Lachey's in Cincinnati in 2015. (The project was documented on an A&E reality show called "Lachey's: Raising the Bar.") The bar closed earlier this year, several months after an employee was shot in the face. (She survived the attack.)
In 2015, he invested in a campaign to legalize weed in Ohio for medicinal and recreational use. Had it passed, Forbes speculated that he might have become a "marijuana kingpin," but it didn't.

Drew Lachey

Like his brother, Drew also competed on "Dancing With the Stars," and was the winner of season 2. He's hosted and competed on a number of reality shows, including "Overhaulin'" (where people make over other people's cars), and he beat Kristi Yamaguchi on an episode of the HGTV room-design series, "Showdown." He also appeared in several musicals on Broadway, including "Rent" and "Spamalot."

Justin Jeffre

In 2005, Jeffre ran for mayor of Cincinnati. Because he announced his candidacy on April 1, several people thought it was an April Fools' joke. He wasn't the first (quasi) celebrity to enter Cincinnati's mayoral race: you may remember that infamous talk-show host Jerry Springer was the city's mayor from 1977 to 1982.
Jeffre told a Bryan, Ohio newspaper that he wouldn't tour with 98 Degrees if he were elected mayor, but that the group would make another album if he didn't win. Maybe people were really missed the band, because Jeffre got just 708 votes in the primary — about two per cent. Critics were a bit harsh: Tim Burke, the chair of Ohio's Hamilton County Democratic Party, told E! Online that Jeffre "assumed he was far better known than he was," and that his campaign seemed to consist of "huge — and I mean huge — yard signs."



Evidently, he wasn't done with politics: in 2011, he was one of 11 people arrested for trespassing during an Occupy Cincinnati protest. "I spent the night in jail, and it was not fun," he told reporters. "But it was the place to be if you are standing up for free speech."

Jeff Timmons

In 2011, Timmons joined the Las Vegas all-male dance revue Chippendales for a three-week contract. "We broke box office records in Vegas and I thought, 'What if we do this more mainstream, step up the production, hype it up a lot more, utilize our resources and draw attention to this sexy taboo brand?'" he told E! He did just that, and created his own all-male dance revue, Men of the Strip. In 2014, a "docu-soap" about the group appeared on TV, which Timmons described as a mix of "Magic Mike" and Sex and the City." In one promotional image, he's shirtless and draped in an American flag; in another, he's shirtless and holding an axe. If that sounds appealing to you, keep an eye out for the next time the group hits the road — in 2014, they went on a 42-city tour.

98 Degrees Gives 2018 MMVAs A Blast To The Past With Nostalgic Hits: 'The Hardest Thing' & More

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98 Degrees turned up the heat dial at the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs, making everyone’s hearts melt with their smooth vocals we oh so love and remember!

This may be a 2018 award show, but 98 Degrees gave the iHeartRadio MMVAs a much needed dose of ’90s and early 2000s nostalgia! The four group members — Jeff TimmonsJustin Jeffre and brother duo Nick and Drew Lachey — took the stage in Toronto, Canada on Aug. 26 to perform their classics in matching black leather. And we’re so happy with their song choices of “Because Of You,” “The Hardest Thing,” and “Give Me Just One Night.” We swooned over their contemporary pop and R&B vocals, which gave us a chance to slow down (just a tiny bit) after hype sets from artists like Bebe Rexha, 28 and Meghan Trainor, 24!
The four rocked their signature coordination on the red carpet tonight, all in suits. Nick and Jeff kept it more casual in head-to-toe black with loose-fit blazers, while Justin and Drew suited up in tuxedo jackets. Nick even admitted on the red carpet that they “stepped it up” for this MMVAs appearance, and we can tell! All were just as dashing as they were in 1996, when 98 Degrees first formed. The last six years must have really brought the men back together! After a hiatus from 2002 to 2012, 98 Degrees reunited and have been returning to dozens of stages. We most recently covered their appearances at the 2018 Miss USA Competition on May 21, and the talented men even took over HollywoodLife’s Instagram Story last Thanksgiving at the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! They were such a delight. So of course, we were happy to see them delight even more fans tonight!
But 98 Degrees isn’t just a throwback group. They’ve been releasing new material since 2013! For the group’s 20th anniversary, they released a Let It Snow album in 2017, just in time for Christmas.The four-man dream team will even be going on their holiday-themed 98° At Christmas 2018 tour on Nov. 1. Well, their voices definitely make us feel oh so warm and cozy!
Now, let us go back to partying like it’s 1998 again. We love nothing more than handsome men dancing in synchronization!

Nick Lachey holds hands with wife Vanessa as they take in Justin Timberlake's concert

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Nick Lachey used to compete with Justin Timberlake when they were both in boy bands.
Nick was singing for 98 Degrees and Justin was a member of NSYNC.
But on Sunday evening Nick proved to be a fan of the hitmaker as he hit Timberlake's concert at The Forum in Inglewood.
On the town: On Sunday night, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey were audience members for Justin Timberlake, who performed at The Forum in Inglewood
Nick, 44, left a couple of buttons open over his chest and held hands with his wife when they were photographed stepping out in Inglewood.
Vanessa, née Minnillo, slid into a tartan button-down dress with a slit up the front, offering a full view of charcoal boots that complemented her black hat.
Date night: Nick, 44, left a couple of buttons open over his chest and held hands with his wife when they were photographed stepping out in Inglewood
Coordinated: Vanessa, née Minnillo, slid into a tartan button-down dress with a slit up the front, offering a full view of charcoal boots that complemented her black hat
On the go: Miss Teen USA 1998, who is now 37, caked her face in makeup and wore her wavy hair down, slinging on a sleek black leather purse
Busy weekend: The Top Chef Junior star was not only a presenter at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmys on Friday, but was nominated there as well, failing to win
Building a family: Nick, whose first wife was none other than Jessica Simpson, has been married to Vanessa since 2011, and they have since had three children
Background: Their son Camden was born in 2012, their daughter Brooklyn in 2015 and their youngest - a son called Phoenix - in December of 2016