Wednesday, December 25, 2013

98 Degrees Reunites to Sing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" on 'The Sing-Off'


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Fans tuning into the finale of The Sing-Off got a special treat: host Nick Lachey brought out the other three members of his boy band 98 Degrees for a special reunion!
The group, whose other members are Jeff TimmonsJustin Jeffre, and Nick's brother Drew Lachey, joined Nick onstage for a rendition of the classic "I'll Be Home for Christmas." In keeping with the show's tradition of honoring a capella singers, the group sang a capella live. They also looked natty in their matching Christmasy black suits and red ties.
Later, 40-year-old Nick duetted with judge Jewel on the standard "It Had To Be You."
98 Degrees isn't the only '90s guy group to reunite recently. The four other members of 'N Sync joined Justin Timberlake onstage at the Grammys for a performance, and 98D went on tour with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men. So can somebody get the Backstreet Boys back together soon, please?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

98 Degrees'€™ Jeff Timmons To Answer Fan Video Questions; Enter To Win '€˜Men Of The Strip' Calendar

SOURCE is conducting a fan interview with 98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons, and is giving fans of the singer a chance to record a question for him on Uinterview's first-of-its-kind video Facebook app. Timmons is currently touring with the sexy male dance revue Men Of The Strip.

Ask Jeff Timmons A Question

To ask Jeff a question, head to Uinterview’s Facebook app, and record it. The five questions with the most Facebook likes by Dec. 30 (noon) will appear in Uinterview’s video interview, so invite your friends to like your question! Winners will also receive a free “Men Of The Strip" calendar.
“[Chippendales] is a little old and diminished. So, what I did was I thought, ‘Man, we should create something new, younger, cooler, more pop culture,’” Timmons told Uinterview. “I got together with Glenn Douglas Packard and Money Mike and we created this new brand, this new hot brand called The Men of the Strip.”

Las Vegas' Men of the Strip

Along with Timmons, who founded the Las Vegas-based male revue show with Glenn Douglas Packard, are a number of other shirtless men that Jeff scoured the country to find. The “the hottest and most talented male dancers” Jeff and Glenn recruited are now all in “The Men of the Strip” and appear in the coveted calendar.
Ask Jeff your most burning question HERE.
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WATCH: 98 Degrees Performs a Christmas Classic on The Sing-Off Finale

By Lauren Weigle 


The finale for The Sing-Off competition show was full of amazing performances and one of them was "I'll Be Home For Christmas," which was sung by 98 Degrees.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

#Fanchat w/Nick Lachey of "Sing Off" & Barkhad Abdi "Captain Phillips'

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Pat Benatar, Pentatonix, 98 Degrees Added to 'The Sing-Off' Finale

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Pat Benatar, Pentatonix, 98 Degrees Added to 'The Sing-Off' Finale

Grab your pitch pipes -- "The Sing-Off" has announced the lineup for its two-hour finale on Monday night.
Special guests Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will sing their 1984 hit duet  “We Belong," and season three winners Pentatonix will also return to the stage they conquered in 2011.
Additionally, "Sing-Off" host Nick Lachey will be joined by his fellow 98 Degrees members Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons to perform “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” from their 1999 holiday album, This Christmas, and also serenades the season's new judgeJewel into a duet of “It Had to Be You."
And following Sing-Off tradition, the final episode also pairs each judge with one of the remaining a cappella groups in the competition: Jewel will perform with professional country group Home Free,Shawn Stockman will take the stage with gospel-infused collective Ten, and Ben Foldswill join performing arts high school group Vocal Rush onstage.
All seven previously eliminated groups -- The Filharmonic, VoicePlay, acoUstiKats, Element, Calle Sol, Street Corner Renaissance and The Princeton Footnotes -- will return to perform as well.
The final night of the revived a cappella competition will feature holiday songs as part of its set list -- an element sorely missed during season three's finale. The episode will crown a season four winner, rewarded with a $100,000 prize and a Sony Music recording contract -- plus the top spot on The Sing-Off's first tour.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jeff Timmons Brings The Heat with Men Of The Strip

By Ryan Shea

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Looks like NYC Is Gonna get A Lot Hotter Thanks To Jeff Timmons

Jeff Timmons is known for many things.  Outside of having a great singing voice and being in one of the biggest boy bands of all time, 98 Degrees, he is also a scorchingly handsome guy who has kept the ladies (and some dudes, keep it real) screaming for almost twenty years.  Now he has taken a formula of singing and good looks and put it to the test with “Men Of The Strip”, a musical male revue show are embarking on a North American promotional tour through early 2014 and filming a docu-series before making a home on the Las Vegas Strip next year.
The show is coming to New York City tomorrow night at The Gramercy Theater, where you will get the chance to see these guys up close and personal.  The show features songs by Jeff and choreography by Emmy-nominated Glenn Douglas Packard (did shows for  Pink, Usher, Ricky Martin, Whitney Houston, etc) which will be performed by Men of the Strip cast members.  I got to sit down with Jeff this past weekend to talk about his professional endeavors with this company and what he is ultimately hopeful for with Men Of The Strip.  Take a look.
What made you want to get involved with a project like this?
Well, a couple of years back when 98 Degrees was on hiatus, I was asked to emcee a Chippendales show in Las Vegas.  My initial response was, “Hell No”, but my wife said that it is a real show with real production value and you should check it out.  When I saw it, I was in the back of the theater hoping no one saw me in here.  However, after I saw the show and saw how crazy the women went, I did a complete 180 and thought how I wanted everyone to see me in there.  It is an older brand that has a stigma to it, so what I wanted to do was something that had a younger and fresher element to it with the proper help.  I teamed up with Glen Douglas Packard, who has choreographed for the likes of Michael Jackson and Ricky Martin, and tried to develop a concept of a sexier and cooler male revue.
What kind of vibe does it have, is it more on the lines of “Magic Mike” and “Chippendales” or is it something different?
Well for one, the choreography in “Magic Mike” is vastly different from the choreography in “Chippendales”.  The ones in “Magic Mike” are all really good dancers, and not to take anything away from the “Chippendale” dudes but theirs is very basic.  Just your a-type bodybuilders moving around on a stage.  The cats that we picked can dance and sing.  They aren’t just good looking guys but very charismatic as well.  We really were very particular on who we picked for the brand, not just for the stage show but for the TV series we are doing as well.   We need those types of personalities that would translate into the television world. 
How did you incorporate this being a musical into something like a male revue?  Was it challenging?
The show is about obviously tantalizing women’s fantasies, and not just stripping.  Coming from someone who was in a boy band, even though we didn’t consider ourselves one, we know what it is like to be sexy singers on stage and what it does to girls and their reactions and whatnot.  We had to make sure that these guys knew how to sing, albeit acapaella , as a group, whatever.  We got some talented guys that not just looked the part but can sing and really entertain the audience on a much larger scale.
How excited are you about the show in NYC on Tuesday? Do you have anything special planned for the NYC folks?
We have a couple of special guests coming.  A couple of celebrities we’ve invited.  We’ve been doing a station wide tour, and it has been somewhat of a “Grass Root” type thing similar to what we did with 98 Degrees with traveling in a Winnebago to some cool places and some not so much.  Before these guys get on TV and have that kind of a life, I wanted them to experience the road life.  We’ve gone to small places where we have had 20 people and we have gone places where its been sold out with 1600 people, so it really runs the gamut.   
As for the New York show, I find that New York is truly where 98 Degrees made it big, even though we are from Cleveland.  So I am really excited for the New York show and we have a bunch of people and press coming.  Just really looking forward to seeing what happens. 
You are filming a docu-series on this.  What will it profile in particular? 
It is going to start with a 90 minute movie instead of a pilot and will probably going to come out in May or June to coincide with our launch in Vegas.  It will be something behind the scenes as opposed to what you would normally see in front of the scenes.  Of course the show is going to be amazing and will have great production value, but we are focused on the guys.  From how they get along with each other to the everyday struggles with girlfriends and wives and going to school and some of them being playboys, that is all a catalyst for craziness.  That is what was so fascinating to me when I hosted the “Chippendales” is that they are all great guys and have these outside lives which will be the central of this television show. 
What has been the craziest thing you have seen so far since you started this whole thing?
Well I would tell you, but you can’t print that kind of stuff.  I mean we have had women and men chasing us, traveling from city to city.  They already have their groupies in hand, so that is pretty great for something that is starting off so fast. 
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What are you ultimate hopes for “Men Of The Strip”, and ultimately your career in the future?
I think this could be a really mainstream brand.  Of course I love my music and I will go back on tour with 98 Degrees soon, but I think this is really cool with how “Magic Mike” is so popular now.  It used to be something that was so taboo for women that is now becoming more successful, so I would love to see this become huge worldwide and the same type of thing for the guys as well.  Just want to see this be a huge accomplishment, that’s all.
One final thing- most people around my age group of course grew up with 98 Degrees and saw your group make a rousing return this summer with “The Package Tour”, but it is tough for boy bands to have longevity.  What advice would you give to the up and coming ones right now?
I think the important thing that we didn’t know because we were working so hard was to have fun with it.  Hard work is necessary of course, but always surround yourself with good people and the experience will be that much better.
Sounds like it is going to be a good time had by all.  Check out their main website for more information and if you would like to come to what seems to be the hottest show in New York City then stop by the Gramercy Theater tomorrow night for some fun and debauchery.

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Exclusive Sing-Off Sneak Peek: Nick Lachey and Jewel Duet (and Dance!) to "It Had to Be You"


Thanks to her impressive musical knowledge and her easygoing charm, Jewel has had no trouble fitting in on this season of The Sing-Off.

But it seems no one has taken to Season 4's new addition more than host Nick Lachey

In this exclusive sneak peek from Monday's season finale (8/7c, NBC), Lachey reflects on their "magical season together" before busting into a swoon-worthy performance of "It Had to Be You." And Jewel is so moved by his efforts, she takes the stage and makes it a duet!
To hear what kind words Jewel had for Lachey and his dimples, and to see their impressive dance moves, check out the heartwarming clip

Home for the holidays! Nick and Vanessa Lachey with Camden as they jet out for Christmas break

Home for the holidays! Nick and Vanessa Lachey were seen jetting out of LAX airport in Los Angeles on Wednesday with their son CamdenGrowing up fast! The little one is only one-year-old but is growing up fastPatient: Vanessa stroked her son's head as he patiently waited in his stroller
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98 Degrees Of Separation: A Night With MEN OF THE STRIP


The first photo shoot I ever assigned and oversaw was in fall of 1998. I hadn't launched the teen-entertainment magPopstar! yet, but was in the planning stages, and—not knowing shit about teen mags other than loving the luxe, all-color British ones—I decided the first issue would be themed: The hottest men in music.
Teen girls don't really like men, they like boys. That was my first mistake.
However, gay male magazine editors do like men, so I was frantically searching for someone who would be cover-worthy, and yet would agree to pose for a non-existent magazine.
Lucky for me, the boy band craze was in full swing. It didn't take much persuading to get 98°—a new act, but a cute one that actually straddled the boy/man line pretty well—to agree to a shoot, so we met at a seedy bar on Houston Street and in my photographer-of-choice's considerably less boozy studio to take a series of pretty spectacular images that would've been as much at home in a men's fashion magazine as in a teenybopper mag.
The guys were supernice, if somewhat...nervous? See, Chiun-Kai Shih, already making a name for himself as a fashiony shooter, was documenting the entire shoot, complete with candids of them changing, and the guys were somewhat reluctant to go shirtless. (Many boy bands would start shirtless and quickly cover up once they decided it felt "gay" or "cheesy.) The 98° member with the hottest body, baby-faced Jeff Timmons, was, along with Nick Lachey, the one most often asked to disrobe, so he was pretty reluctant. We got a precious few full-on shirtless shots and some fun peekaboos. The cover looked sensational, and I would wind up working with them steadily for years.
Over the past decade and a half (!) since then, Jeff has become a good buddy of mine...and his inhibitions have loosened up considerably! He looks about the same pushing 40 as he did in his twenties and still has the voice of a man-angel, but he's now (slightly) more willing to give up the goods. Still, I was surprised when he accepted an offer to be the singing host of Chippendalesfor a spell, and shocked as shit when he announced he'd be headlining a roving male review called Men of the Strip, complete with moves by top choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard. (On second though, was I more surprised by the strip element or by the dance element? Watching 98° dance back in the day was almost as entertaining as listening to them sing, but in a different way!)
I arrived for the opening of the doors at the Gramercy Theatre on W. 23rd, only to discover the real time was an hour later. Good-bye, toes—frostbite is real. I was mingling with ladies who were all longtime 98° fanatics, and who had pretty great stories about "the good old days" of 1998. (I probably still have some underwear from that era that I wear.) One informed me that her good friend routinely shelled out thousands to go on an NKOTB cruise and was recognized, in a favorable way, as their preferred stalker. The meet-and-greet at Men of the Strip, which is also going to be a reality show, was considerably more affordable—for a mere $70, they'd all be getting hugs from Timmons later on.
When the doors actually opened, the staff couldn't find my name on the list (this is not a surprise—it happens probably 25% of the time at events) so asked me to step aside and contact Jeff. Men-of-the-Strip-6No worries! I did so, then was asked to move again. No worries! Then, the stereotypical douchebag head of security gruffly demanded I leave the building if I wasn't going in. Explaining I had already done the line and was waiting for my contact to reply led to more aggressive suggestions that I leave. I swear, hold a camera at an event and you're treated like a potential rapist.
Finally, he basically chased me out and into the bodega next door. I told him to fuck off, he promised to make my night a living hell. Great start! When I saw Glenn and got my all-access pass, the security thug decided to make me wait outside anyway, just for spite. The numbskull woman who was running the door for Gramercy was no help; she of course took her guy's side, saying I should've left, telling me the fact that I wasn't wearing the pass meant I couldn't go in, etc. She said I wasn't the only person there, which was funny—it wasn't a case of "don't you know who I am?" but I was not only press, I had been the second idiot in line.
Anyway, she waved me in, the guard gave me his final promise to be a pain, and I went in, heading to some seats off to the side. Even though I was fine there, the security dude found me and asked me to move...just because. I went along with it because at this point, if I were to get no pictures, the entire night would have been a waste. Luckily, it was loudly announced that they encouraged videography and photography. Otherwise, I have no doubt I would have been tackled by this guy...but he thankfully left me alone.
The Gramercy is kind of a shithole to begin with, but having that experience has put me off of it permanently. The thing is, if you make it your business to treat people in a shitty way, you're destined to have that same shitty job a long, long time. I hope they both do. End of revenge text.
The crowd was about 75% female (I'd had fun chatting with a "black gay guy from Kansas...I was born in the wrong state!"), and I'm not sure if the floor was damp from the melted snow being tracked in or from their, uh, excitement? These ladies were no ladies! They were frothing at the mouth before the first dude hit the stage. I was a little scared, but that meant good things for the show.
The show began with some remarkably off-color banter from Garo, the troupe of six's "Boston Bad Boy." This guy is superhot and, like all of his comrades, superbuilt. He also looked like he was smuggling a small suitcase in the front of his jeans. He was born to do this.
The men—who are officially "calendar boys" now—came out and did some fancy footwork before making short work of their tight clothes. I think the first all-but-bare "man butt" (as they were called from the stage) appeared within 60 seconds.
No complaints on the looks. All the guys had unassailable bods and handsome faces, plus they all had over-the-top personalities; you don't always get all three at lower-level revues. I was surprised that after some dancing they hopped into the crowd to collect cash and grind on the by-now apoplectic, sweating, slack-jawed women. God love them, they were getting theirs, $1 at a time. I was actually scared shitless by now that someone would crush my "good" camera or my "good" testicles, but I actually survived the night far better than I would if I were to go to one of Lady Gaga's Roseland shows, to which you could not drag me for that very reason.
Next, Jeff himself came out, looking fit and sounding tight. He treated the crowd to all of 98°'s best-remembered hits: "The Hardest Thing," "Because of You," "I Do (Cherish You)" and "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche). He also sang some of his new stuff. I was really into "Satellite," which was an uptempo contrast to all the balladeering from the 98° playbook.
Jeff was funny and playful onstage, mocking his dancing skills and teasing us by only going down to a wifebeater. He was generous with physical contact, hugging the closest fans before hopping down and making his way through the crowd to make some dreams come true. At one point, he was throwing out free GoTies from one of the tour's sponsors and I could tell he was trying to get one to me. I wasn't about to fight with a hardcore 98° fangirl so was kinda cringing into myself, forcing him to come off the stage and hand one directly to me.
That wasn't the end of Jeff's acknowledgment of my past support, when I had a magazine, and of my current support via this blog. Most people aren't all that grateful of support, so it was shocking when, on top of the tie, he gave me a shout-out from the stage (remembering the blog's title correctly), thanked me profusely afterward and then called me at 1 a.m. when I was editing photos to again thank me. This hasn't happened with most of the other young artists I supported during my mag days, though quite a few have remained friendly acquaintances.
There was more stripping—much more—but the guys also got together to perform a boy band tribute song to Jeff. (They sounded good.) Jeff joined in, tearing his shirt off at the end, his one concession to the crowd's thirst for his flesh. (He's still a tease after all these years.)
When it was all over, the guys (minus Jeff) posed on the stage with every fan who wanted a picture, and Jeff greeted VIP guests downstairs. That's where I was able to connect with him for some quick portraits, and it's where he cracked a joke about how 15 years later, "We're still doing the same thing!" It was true...he was posing, I was getting pictures and hoping for shirtlessness. I guess male revues aren't so dissimilar from teen magazines. There's just more testosterone.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jeff Timmons Of 98 Degrees And Men Of The Strip Take The Nation By Storm

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Jeff Timmons skyrocketed to fame in the nineties when he was a member of the popular boy band 98 Degrees. He built a massive fan base and made women melt with his sexy voice and smoldering good looks.

So where is he now? Jeff has not only done some solo musical projects, but he also has become a Chippendale dancer at theRIO in Las Vegas. In addition, he is also working on Men Of The Strip, another Chippendale/Magic Mike esque project where he and Glenn Douglas Packard search the country to try and find some of the best, sexiest male dancers to perform in Las Vegas.

I recently  chatted with Jeff to promote the project, which you can find out more about on

Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I’m just a neurotic singer that loves being a husband and dad.

What made you decide to go into the music business?
 At first it was for the girls and money, but now I'm in it for the music.

You gained quite a fanbase as a member of 98 Degrees. How does it feel to still have those fans follow your career?
I feel blessed.

 Tell me about Men Of The Strip.
Men of The Strip is a sexier more talented version of Magic Mike.

How did you get involved with this project? 
I thought it would be a novel idea and hooked up with Glenn Douglas Packard and Money Mike.

What attracted you to it?
I wanted to give back to our fans in a sexier way.

What do you hope to gain from working in Men Of The Strip?
Fun times and worldwide fun for females.

What are some of your future plans?
Just to keep having fun and being able to create. I would also love to do Dancing With The Stars!!!!

'You've done singing, Men Of The Strip, songwriting and reality TV. What else do you want to try?
I would love to produce music.

If you were to go back to recording, who are some artists you want to collaborate with?
I would love to work with NeYo.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I'm shy!

Any last words for America?
I appreciate all of the love and support!

Thank you to Jeff and his publicity team for this interview and be sure to check out Men Of The Strip.

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Jeff Timmons and The Men of The Strip Take It Off On ‘The Gossip Table’


VH1's hit show The Gossip Table usually breaks news stories with In Touch's contributing news editor Noah Levy, but today things went in a very new direction!
Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees decided to come by with his all male review called The Men of The Strip to give Marianne Garvey andChloe Melas some love since they both recently got engaged.  
Noah surprised the ladies by taking them away from their round table in Time Square and had them sit in two seats where the hunky men gave them a lap dance live on air.  Check out the clip below! Don't worry, the show will be back tomorrow with even more breaking news from In Touch Weekly!

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Nick Lachey Performs Holiday Favorites for Sick Children


Nick Lachey Performs Holiday Favorites for Sick Children

Nick Lachey gave back this holiday season by performing for kids at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. 

Accompanied by his guitarist Jay, Lachey, who recently turned 40, sang holiday favorites and songs from his album A Father's Lullaby in a playroom at the Los Angeles hospital on Friday. 

For some children who were too ill to leave their rooms, Lachey put on scrubs and took the show to them and their parents, singing for the kids at their bedsides. 

"The kids had the biggest smiles on their faces, and Nick was so touched by the strength of the children – there was not a dry eye in the room," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. 

A parent himself, Lachey and wife Vanessa have a 1-year-old son, Camden John, and have talked about expanding their family