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The 15th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars kicked off with a predictable start last night, full of familiar faces and fan favorites.

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The 15th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars kicked off with a predictable start last night, full of familiar faces and fan favorites. Predictable in a good way, since the all-star cast is populated with former winners and high-ranking finalists from seasons past. We expected to see some quality dancing from the get-go, and that’s just what happened.

Missing was the almost manic level of excitement you typically get from a brand-new cast of stars, whose collective nervous energy drives the first episode. The absence of a loveable “class clown” also means there’s no built-in comic relief ahead. Instead, viewers are going to witness a higher level of competition than ever before, with lots of neck-and-neck performances.

With contestants so evenly matched, how will the judges differentiate between them? Enter the half-point scoring system. This should ensure a lot of nit-picking from all three, and even more audience booing for Len than usual. The pros’ skills as choreographers will be key going forward, as they will need to continually challenge their partners in terms of difficulty and precision. Every week, it’s going to be all about the “wow” factor to win those crucial viewer votes.

Dance of the night: Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke’s cha-cha-cha to “Chain of Fools.” The couple won the mirror ball trophy together in Season 3, and that partnership should allow them to go from strength to strength in the coming weeks. And let’s face it, people, the man is just smooth. He made some very exacting footwork look effortless, and had fun in the process. As Len said, “you can’t teach flair.” Emmitt just has it in spades. This performance landed Emmitt and Cheryl at the top of the leader board with a score of 24.5.

One to watch: Sabrina Bryan. Despite being one of the strongest dancers, she was eliminated in Week 6 of her original season, much to the dismay and surprise of the judges and fans alike. In a recent viewers’ vote, she won out over former contestants Carson Kressley and Kyle Massey, to take the 13th slot in this season’s cast. With new partner Louis Van Amstel, this former Cheetah Girl has something to prove, and the chops to go all the way. Their cha-cha-cha (“That’s What Makes You Beautiful”) brought in a solid score of 22.5, the third highest of the night.

Who’s in trouble: Pamela Anderson. Bless her heart. Amy Winehouse’s “You Know That I’m No Good” proved sadly prophetic as a song choice for her cha-cha-cha with partner Tristan MacManus. Unsure on her feet during her dance, the look on her face was a cross between “I’m scared,” and “I’m sorry for screwing this up, Tristan.” Bruno admonished her that she has to “put in the work,” but with the night’s low score of 17, I doubt she’ll get the chance.
Best moment: Kirstie Alley lays a lengthy liplock on host Tom Bergeron, ostensibly as congratulations for his Emmy win on Sunday night. I’m sure it made a nice change from the usual goose he gets from Maks every week.

Quotable quote: “I want to see firm but not rigid.” – Carrie Ann Inaba to Drew Lachey, regarding his shoulders. (But I reserve the right to use this later on in regards to anything to do with Derek Hough.)

Scores:
24.5 Emmitt & Cheryl
24 Gilles & Peta
22.5 Sabrina & Louis
22 Shawn & Derek
22 Apolo & Karina
21.5 Helio & Chelsie
21.5 Drew & Anna
21.5 Kelly & Val
21 Melissa & Tony
20.5 Joey & Kym
19.5 Bristol & Mark
19 Kirstie & Maks
17 Pamela & Tristan

First elimination tonight, 8 PM on ABC.

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Kygo and Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love” Video is Full of 80’s Fun

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An eighties inspired dance number, a gorgeous ensemble, and the incomparable Whitney Houston come together for a fun flashback in the new video!

Houston had often performed Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” during her concert tour, and recorded the song thirty years ago. This summer, a new version re-mixed by Kygo hit the top of the dance charts.

The video stars Vanessa Morgan and Mason Cutler, both of whom are absolutely stunning to look at. See for yourself!

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Compare and Decide: A Jury Decided Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” Copied Flame’s Song “Joyful Noise.” Do You Agree?

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Katy Perry’s got a Grammy nomination for her 2013 hit “Dark Horse.” But a jury says the tune lifted a riff from a Christian rapper’s 2009 song “Joyful Noise.”

There’s little doubt there is a part of the song that is similar in both tunes. The question is, how much will it cost Perry’s camp. The jury was unanimous that there was some ample borrowing going on. (I’m paraphrasing.) And ultimately decided that Perry and her collaborators should pay him $2.78 million.

For your consideration, the two songs are below. Listen to at least a minute of both. You’ll hear the part they’re talking about.

The price of that little riff could be a high one. Last year, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay nearly $5 million to Marvin Gaye’s family over similarities in their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”

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Lizzo Is An Icon In The Making – And Here’s Why

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Mirror, mirror on the wall don’t say it ‘cause we know Lizzo cute. And by cute I mean extremely talented, gorgeous and totally inspiring!

A few months ago I was watching The Ellen Degeneres Show when I witnessed one of the most fun, exciting and awe-inspiring performances I’ve ever seen. Lizzo popped onto the screen in a sparkly, pink getup and began singing what would become her big hit song, “Juice,” – I was immediately hooked (more like obsessed). During this performance she also jammed out on her flute alongside her plus-sized backup dancers and suddenly I knew I had been changed forever. I did some more research on the rapper/singer and found out I had been sleeping on this gem! Lizzo has been doing bad all by her damn self for years, having already released two albums in the past. I am suddenly mad at every single person who neglected to tell me to jump on the Lizzo train sooner! If you’re like me and need a bit of catch up, I’m going to break down exactly why you need to know this icon in the making.

You can throw a stone in any direction and hit a triple threat nowadays. Lizzo’s brings talents we have yet to see in the mainstream music industry.

If singing, rapping and dancing make Lizzo a triple threat, what does flute playing making her?!? A STAR THAT’S WHAT! Lizzo has displayed her abilities as a talented flautist, which is not an instrument you would necessarily think of in conjunction with the rap genre making this talent all the more extraordinary. Lizzo even used her flauting skills to compete (and defeat IMO) with Ron Burgundy. Not Will Ferrell, but Ron Burgundy.

Oh, and she can also twerk while playing the flute. 

As if playing the flute wasn’t impressive enough, Lizzo can also twerk while playing. I really hope some high school kid is deciding to take band just so he/she can flutwerk their way around campus like their fav flautist, Lizzo.

Lizzo uses her platform to inspire and raise up everyone around her.

Lizzo uses her voice for more than just creating fire music, ya know. She uses her platform to defend the belief that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Her Twitter is filled with positivity and strong messages about acceptance.

 

Uhm…she’s straight up gorgeous. 

We cant forget to mention that Lizzo is a straight up beauty queen. She is known to switch up her look but I’ve never seen a bad pic of this queen. To solidify my point, she is now officially the first, plus sized black woman to be featured in Playboy magazine!

Credit: Playboy.com

Move over Avenger’s, Lizzo has been in a comic book too!

Ok indulge the nerd in me on this one…Lizzo was even featured in a comic book!!! That’s right, she has become so influential that even Marvel comics wanted a piece of the Lizzo-pie. Check out this shout-out in Unstoppable Wasp #4!

 

So now that you have become as obsessed as I have, you are probably wondering how you can get even more Lizzo in your life. Well lucky for you, her new album dropped TODAY! Her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, is available anywhere you listen to music and let me tell you, YOU WILL LOVE IT. The album is varied and showcases all of Lizzo’s incredible range with some songs being upbeat and funky, and others being slowed down and heart wrenching. For a taste of what to expect, click below to listen to the title track of the album. If the new album still doesn’t satisfy the hunger for more Lizzo, she’s also on tour! You can click here for more info on tour dates.

Oh Lizzo…you are most definitely 100% that bitch.  

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