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All-stars Continue to Close the Gap in Week 5 of DWTS

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Sabrina Bryan turned out to be the belle of the ball, for Part 2 of “Guilty Pleasures” on DWTS. She and Louis were the high scorers of the night, earning 29 points for their dreamy waltz to “So This is Love,” from the Cinderella soundtrack. In this non-elimination week, the rest of the field landed in a 4-way tie, all with 27 points.

I think the producers should have probably given the stars a few more tips about what constitutes a “guilty pleasure.” Melissa picked Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” which makes sense. But only Shawn could feel guilty about the Titanic theme, “My Heart Will Go On.”

Having said that, she and Derek offered a wonderfully romantic rumba, danced atop a raised circular “island” in the middle of the floor. In a brilliant bit of staging, Derek slid over the edge at the end of the dance, and sank into the fog. (At this point I may or may not have shouted, “SAVE HIM, SHAWN!”) Bruno was on his feet, and gave the couple raves about showing an emotional connection, describing the routine as “flawless.” Carrie Ann was also full of praise, but managed to chastise them for including what she considered a lift. While the audience booed her for that, Tom chimed in with, “Tonight, Carrie Ann plays the iceberg.” Reasons Why I Love Tom Bergeron #85.

Dance of the night:  I think Len said it best. “It wasn’t tight, it wasn’t together, but it was fun.”  Please feast your eyes on the hot mess that is… Team “Gangnam Style.”

Who’s in trouble:  Apolo and Karina. Oy! I really wanted to love their samba to “Give it to Me, Baby,” but it was more of a fizzle than a sizzle. Carrie Ann hit the nail on the head when she said, “Something is not quite right.” She went on to explain that the dance was “good,” but it’s not where Apolo should be at this point in the competition. I have to agree.  So far, his charisma is just not shining through this season. C’mon, Apolo. Give me that stuff… that sweet, funky stuff.

Best moment: During Len’s critique of Melissa and Tony’s tango, Tom reminded him that Melissa had been “taken off in an ambulance two days ago.”  Len said to Tom, “Keep your witty comments to yourself.”  Tom replied, “That was more of a factual comment in an attempt to find your beating heart.” Reasons Why I Love Tom Bergeron #86.

Quotable quote:  “Give me that towel, I’m wetting myself!” – Bruno Tonioli, to Gilles after Team “Gangnam Style” completed their routine.  And now we know the answer to that pertinent question about Gilles: it’s boxer briefs.

Headscratcher:  Head judge Len Goodman described Shawn and Derek’s rumba this way: “For me it was a Dickens novel. I had Great Expectations; I got Bleak House.” Really? Bleak House? I’m sorry, Len, but you may have slightly overestimated the audience with this one. I don’t have any real numbers, here, but I’m guessing for every Downton Abbey fan watching, you gotta figure in two Honey Boo Boos.  (Note to self:  brush up on the complete works of Dickens before the finale.  There may be a quiz.)

Scores:
Sabrina & Louis  29
Melissa & Tony   27
Shawn & Derek   27
Apolo & Karina   27
Team “Gangnam Style” 27

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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!

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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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LISTEN AND VOTE: Madonna Has A New Single. What Do You Think?

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Madonna has released her first single in three years. Her highly-anticipated 14th studio album Madame X will be released on June 14 – but the first single is out now.

The premiere single, “Medellin,”features Colombian superstar Maluma. She credits her experiences living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years as a strong influence into the tracks. 15 new songs will lean heavily into Latin and global beats. (Not to mention Maluma’s incredible popularity – he has nearly six million followers on twitter.)

Lisbon is where my record was born,” Madonna says. “I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that music across the world is truly all connected and is the soul of the universe.

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