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OPINION: Jake Borelli – Aka Dr. Levi Schmitt – Is The McPerfect Addition To ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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The longest running medical series in television history, Grey’s Anatomy, returns for it’s winter premiere tonight, which is great news because my deficiency had some crazy side effects…my tailbone may never recover from all the rocking back and forth. There are so many reasons to love the primetime drama but there is one new addition that deserves a special shout out – the adorably charming underdog Dr. Levi Schmitt played by Jake Borelli!

Jake may have only joined the cast one season ago but fans are falling fast for the bespectacled intern. For good reason too! You don’t need 20/20 vision to see that Dr. Levi Schmitt is the bee’s knees.

He’s relatable.

We all feel a bit like a fish out water when starting a new job. There are unfamiliar systems in place. Employee cliques that seem intimidating. Plus there’s the overwhelming pressure to excel at the job. Now imagine that in addition to this, you are trying to save someone’s life. I get nervous just trying to pluck the funny bone when I play Operation. Levi reminds us all of what it means to be a beginner, which is nice to see since so much of the veteran cast has grown to be the best in their field.

He’s funny.

Oh Levi…aka Glasses…aka Bloodbank…aka Skippy. Whether you are laughing at him or with him, you can’t deny the comedy surrounding Levi. His squeamish reaction to blood and overwhelming clumsiness make for some big laughs. It’s hilarious that a surgical intern can’t wear contacts because “they required me to touch my eyeball with my finger.”

He reminds us of George O’Malley.

Hmm a cute-in-a-dorky-way intern whose nerves get the best of him…sound familiar? George’s earnest attitude and determination made him a fan favorite. The same can be said for Levi. Let’s just hope 007 is not the next nickname for the new intern!

His new found relationship with Dr. Nico Kim is beautifully necessary.

Levi’s coming out story is a powerful arc that deserves some serious recognition. Grey’s has featured lots of LGBTQ storylines but this one provides a sweet twist that not many saw. Levi has never been in a homosexual relationship, so he could have easily been written to feel ashamed about his newfound urges. Instead, he feels the opposite:

“Sex wasn’t on the table for us, so I didn’t know I was gay. I knew I had feelings for boys, but I didn’t understand it. Not until you kissed me. You kissed me, and I felt the opposite of shame. I felt like I existed and everything fell into place. For the first time, it felt like I was holding the sun sword, and I… [Nico kisses him] are you just kissing me to stop me from talking?”

Come on! How could you not be shippin’ for these two?! The only thing that surpasses the writing in this exchange was Jake’s performance. His ability unlock a vulnerability that captivates fans might have something to do with Jake’s own recent coming out! Go Schmico go!

Oh Grey’s thanks for bringing Levi Schmitt to our television screens! And a bigger thanks to the casting team for finding the McPerfect Jake Borelli!

Don’t forget to tune into the winter premiere of Grey’s Anatomy tonight on ABC at 8p EST. Click below to catch a sneak peek!

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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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Cher Slapped, Sang And Lip-Synched Her Way Through Her ‘Tonight Show’ Takeover

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If I could turn back time, I would watch Cher take over The Tonight Show again and again.

Give me a rapid vibrato and a strong hair flip and I am just about the happiest man on earth. There isn’t much the iconic Cher can’t do as proven by her lengthy career as an actress, singer and now broadway producer, so it was no surprise when she became one of The Tonight Show‘s most memorable guests in history last night. Cher wasted no time diving into the fun, giving host, Jimmy Fallon, a helping hand with his opening monologue. And by helping hand I mean she slapped him…not once but twice! I am now twice as jealous of Jimmy Fallon. The slap was of course a recreation of Cher’s legendary slap from her Oscar-award winning role in Moonstruck. All these years later and it is still a very effective way of shutting people up.

The Cher-takeover didn’t stop there! Cher hit the couch to answer some burning questions that fans (me) wanted to know about life as a living legend. During her chat she opened up about how painfully shy she was and is despite growing up in show business. She revealed that she was actually so afraid to sing in intimate settings that she lied about disliking “I Got You Babe” when Sonny Bono first introduced it to her just so she wouldn’t have to sing on the spot. It’s hard to imagine the showgirl being so shy but she confirmed that “it was really terrible, I was so shy.” During the chat Cher also confessed that she’s never actually heard a good impression of her! Even though she has to be one of the most impersonated celebrities of all time, she said she struggles to find any inkling of herself in all of the weird facial expressions and “bullish*t”!!! God I love her. The hour then segued to Cher’s new, autobiographical, hit Broadway musical The Cher Show which prompted a performance of “I Got You Babe” by the musical’s Sonny and young Cher, Jarrod Spector and Micaela Diamond. The audience nearly fell out and I audibly gasped when Cher herself joined Spector to finish the performance.

Of course a Tonight Show takeover would not be complete without a little lip-sync battle. This lip-sync battle was different than any other, however, as both Cher and Jimmy lip-synched to drunk bar patron renditions of Cher’s “Believe.” That’s right, Jimmy sent a camera crew to a karaoke bar at 1am and filmed their takes on the classic hit and used those vocals as the source of the lip-sync! Everything about this is hilarious!

The hour seemed to fly by and things only got more exciting as Jimmy brought the three leads from The Cher Show to the couch. Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond cozied up next to Cher and gushed about what an incredible experience it has been working with such an icon. All four ladies closed the hour with an incredibly performance of “If I Could Turn Back Time” and how I wish I could just to be able to relive this hour over and over! I do believe this hour will go down in books as one of the best Tonight Show moments in history.

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Sara Gilbert Announces The ‘Extremely Difficult’ Decision To Leave ‘The Talk’

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Sara Gilbert is calling it quits after nine seasons on the popular daytime talk show.

At the start of Tuesday’s episode of The Talk, original co-host Sara Gilbert announced her plan to exit the show at the end of this season. The actress, exec producer and panelist credits her exit to the amount of work she has taken on. Aside from appearing on the talk show, Gilbert is also the executive producer and star of the popular sitcom, The Conners. Working so many jobs has cut into other aspects of Gilbert’s life, so she decided to make the difficult decision.

“I obviously love it here, and like I said, this was extremely difficult. Last season, I did ‘The Conners’ as you know and was also producing and here. I loved it and felt totally empowered, but also, if I’m being honest about it, I think my life was slightly out of balance. I wasn’t able to spend as much time with my three kids as I’d like, or time for myself and as I’ve continued on, I’m starting to develop more things to produce and I’m having opportunities to act and feeling like I don’t know how I’m gonna do it all.”

Gilbert assured the distraught audience that she wouldn’t be leaving the show high and dry, and will remain at the table until the seasons end.

“I’m not going anywhere yet, I’ll be here the rest of the season, I’ll guest cohost, You’re not going to get rid of me.”

You can see Gilbert’s entire farewell below.

 

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