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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Awards Its 24th Mirrorball Trophy

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By JD Knapp

One couple just danced their way to victory.

After a season full of shocking send-homes, “Dancing With the Stars” awarded its mirrorball trophy to winner Rashad Jennings and his partner Emma Slater Tuesday night. They beat fellow finalists David Ross and Lindsay Arnold, and Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy in order to win Season 24 of the ABC staple.

Jennings joins a line of NFL players who have won the dancing competition, including Donald Driver, Hines Ward, and Emmitt Smith. It was the first win for pro dancer Emma Slater. Had Ross won, he would’ve been the first MLB player to take the title.

Kordei’s Fifth Harmony bandmates Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui were all in the audience for the live finale and visibly disappointed by the results. Kordei’s third place finish matched her result on “The X-Factor.”

 

The finale had special appearances from past eliminated contestants — including the controversially cut short Simone Biles and Heather Morris. In addition to crowning a winner, all three finalists also performed fusion dances that combined two of the styles they learned throughout the ten-week competition.

Musical guests included TLC, Lady Antebellum, Hailee Steinfeld, and One Republic.

“Dancing With the Stars” will return for Season 25 this September on ABC.

Original link: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/dancing-with-the-stars-winner-season-24-finale-1202441683/

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Sister Wives Star Maddie Brown Brush Welcomes Baby Boy

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By Brittany King

Baby Brush is officially here!

Sister Wives star Maddie Brown Brush gave birth to a healthy baby boy — named Axel James Brush — PEOPLE can exclusively reveal.

Axel was born at 12:13 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, his exact due date. He clocked in at 8 lbs., 8 oz. and is 21-inches long.

The family’s little bundle of joy was born after 72 hours of labor — including 12 hours of hard labor and four hours of pushing.

“We’re feeling both excited and exhausted at the same time,” the couple tells PEOPLE. “We’re looking forward to having a family. Now that he’s here we excited to grow our family a little bit more and spread our love even more.”

Maddie’s parents Kody and Janelle Brown are also excited about becoming first-time grandparents.

“I think being grandparents hasn’t sunk in yet,” they tell PEOPLE. “It’s so fun. I can’t believe how much we love this baby already.”

As for the rest of the Brown family — which includes four wives total and 18 children — Kody and Janelle admit that Axel has a large extended family that is waiting to meet him.

“The whole family is excited. In fact the biggest trick will be giving Maddie her rest because there’s going to be this long line of parents and siblings that will be continuously wanting to hold the baby.”

In November, the couple happily announced the pregnancy exclusively with PEOPLE.

“We are both really excited and anxious,” Maddie, 21, said at the time. “I think every soon-to-be parent is anxious, but we have so much support from both sides of our family.”

“I think I’ll be the disciplinarian parent just because Caleb already has such a soft spot for the baby,” she added. “He already has so much love for the baby.”

In January, Maddie announced they were expecting a son, sharing a photo on Instagram featuring the duo kissing while surrounded by blue balloons.

“Little baby boy Brush! We can’t wait to meet you!!” she captioned the image.

Original Source: http://people.com/tv/sister-wives-star-maddie-brown-brush-welcomes-baby-boy-see-the-adorable-photo/

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‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Stars Open Local Italian Restaurant

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You can now dine like a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star at a new Italian restaurant in the Garden State.

Joe Gorga has opened Gorga’s Pizza and Pasta in East Hanover along with his wife Melissa Gorga and sister Teresa Giudice.

The restaurant opened Friday at the former site of Salugo Bistro.

The eatery intends to bring the Gorga family’s “authentic Italian recipes” to fans and pasta lovers alike.

Menu items include a variety of entrees, all aptly named after the Gorga and Giudice kids, pastas and pizzas.

Both Melissa Gorga and Giudice took to Instagram over the weekend to share photos from the grand opening.

“Hope you can stop by!!,” Giudice captioned on of her posts.

Can’t make it to Gorga’s Pizza and Pasta yourself? The restaurant is letting fans get a taste by offering up jars of sauce on its website.

Source: ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Stars Open Local Italian Restaurant | NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Real-Housewives-of-New-Jersey-Stars-Open-Italian-Restaurant-Gorgas-Pizza-Pasta-Giudice-423701054.html#ixzz4hubhZ5RO 

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CEG Latest Newsletter

Original Post: http://createsend.com/t/j-8370C9DCD40E5234

CELEBRITY INFLUENCERS

CEG LEADS THE PACK IN SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS

CEG’s celebrity social media influencers are the powerhouses behind the most influential branding initiatives.

With big names such as the Bachelorette’s JoJo Fletcher, fashion icon and Are You The One cast member Hannah Rathbun, and film superstar Alexa PenaVega. CEG’s influencers have been showing up in campaigns for brands such as HelloFresh, Pepsi, FabFitFun, Vera Bradley, MVMT Watches, McDonald’s and Netflix.

Digital branding has become the newest and most effective source of advertising compared to traditional outlets such as TV, magazines, billboards and radio.

According to Forbes, digital ad spending has surpassed traditional TV advertising for the first time in history. Advertisers will spend $72.09 billion on US digital advertising. “‘Digital advertising is not only pulling dollars from traditional media, but it’s also creating new opportunities at the local and national level,’ eMarketer forecasting analyst Martin Utreras wrote in the report.”

 

CORINNE OLYMPIOS: Princess of Reality TV

Corinne Olympios is best knows as the girl you love to hate from Nick Viall’s season 21 of The Bachelor. Taking the comfortable lifestyle to the next level, Corinne embraces the luxury to take naps during rose ceremonies, and spend hometown dates shopping with her potential beau.

Since the show ended, Corinne has been traveling North America doing personal appearances, hosting gigs and meeting adoring fans around the world. Her social media ranks are climbing daily as she posts pseudo-PSAs for International Napping Day with E! News, launched her own #TeamCorn clothing line, and posted commercial-style Instagram videos for brands.

She has a year full of surprises ahead and is not going anywhere anytime soon.

BREAKING BAD REUNION: RJ Mitte & Giancarlo Esposito

RJ Mitte and Giancarlo Esposito, best known for their roles as Walter White, Jr. and Gustavo Fring on AMC’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series “Breaking Bad,” have been busy nonstop since the hit show ended.  Between filming new movies, speaking at prestigious events and appearing at select conventions around the World, you never know where you might run into them.

Since RJ appeared on Breaking Bad, he has spent his limited free time focusing on advocating and fighting for overcoming adversity & equality in the workplace for individuals with disabilities.  He has been asked numerous times by the United Nations to travel internationally as a representative for the United States on this matter, and has spoken at some of the most prestigious universities and corporations in the world. He recently went to Washington D.C. and met with US Senators and Congressmen to explain his work with his foundation and the efforts he is setting forth.  RJ also made a surprise appearance recently at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, Virginia to meet some amazing Veterans, say thanks and learn about their daily struggles.

Giancarlo has been all of the world working on new projects, and will soon be back in the spotlight on season 3 of AMC’s “Better Call Saul.”  He will reprise his role as Gus Fring.

MUSIC

AARON CARTER: Løvë gets millions of streams

Aaron Carter has been busy for the past year recording and releasing his EP, Løvë. With the release of his single “Fools Gold” late last year, he garnered interest in the media and sparked former fan’s interest with a totally different sound from his old pop albums.

Since then, he has released the single, “Sooner or Later,” which caught fire online. It currently has over 41.4 million plays on Spotify, and has been added to hundreds of radio stations across the US with over 700 spins last week. It broke the top 40 on the US Billboard chart.

Aaron has been touring around the country performing at gay prides, nightclubs and infamous venues.

LOGAN HENDERSON: Wakes up fans with “Sleepwalker”

Since Big Time Rush’s indefinite hiatus, Logan Henderson has been holding out on releasing his new music, and his fans are relieved they can finally hear what he’s been working on.

He recently released “Sleepwalker” the first video single from his upcoming EP. It reintroduced him to the world as a solo artist with a sound of his own. The video currently has over 580K views and over 270K on Spotify.

Diehard BTR fans and the new generation of Logan Henderson fans are rejoicing to see what comes next.

TELEVISION

SOUTHERN CHARM SEASON 4: Premiere pulls in big numbers

Season 4 of Bravo’s Southern Charm premiered on Monday, April 3rd at 9:00 PM. It pulled in 1.5 million viewers despite being up against Dancing With the Stars and the NCAA tournament.

The cast has returned to right where they left off last season, but relationships have shifted since fans last saw the group. They have even introduced some new permanent cast members such as Craig’s girlfriend, Naomie Olindo, Danni Baird and Austen Kroll.

CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST: Ratings are skyrocketing

The Chrisley clan has graced USA network once again and the ratings have not faltered.

The show had it’s best week yet, hitting over 2 million viewers last week against a competitive Tuesday night program schedule.

HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS: 90’s nostalgia is in full swing

 

The 90’s craze has made its way back to TV with the upcoming premiere of Pop TV’s Hollywood Darlings. The show stars Beverley Mitchell from 7th Heaven, Jodie Sweetin from Full House and Christine Lakin from Step by Step, with plenty of surprise guests that will give you all of the ~feels~.

The trio became close friends off-screen and the show dives deep into the fascination behind the 90’s pop culture celebrity scene and how to get past that as adults. It borders the line as an unscripted reality show and a scripted comedy.

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 24

 

ABC’s Dancing With The Stars is back for season 24 of the mirror ball championship.

Stars such as Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, Erika Jayne from the Real Housewives franchise, NFL running back Rashad Jennings and most recent Bachelor Nick Viall are participating in this year’s competition. Joining them are the professionals like Sasha Farber, Sharna Burgess, Emma Later, and Lindsay Arnold.

Airing during the last week in March, two teams have already been eliminated, but who will be the last one dancing?

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Bachelor in Paradise’s Jade and Tanner Tolbert Are Expecting a Baby Girl!

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By Christina Dugan

As they prepare to welcome their first baby into the world, PEOPLE is exclusively following Bachelor Nation’s Jade and Tanner Tolbert’s exciting journey to parenthood.

Before finding out the sex of their first child, Tanner Tolbert — wearing a baby-blue shirt in hopes that it might be a boy — pitched a wild guess to his wife Jade (Roper) Tolbert: “I think it’s a girl.”

Well, Daddy knows best. It’s a girl!

“I’m hoping for a boy,” Tanner, 30, told PEOPLE before finding out the sex. “Not that I don’t want a girl, I actually want one of each. It’s just, I’m going to make her keep trying until we have a boy, so I’d like to get it out of the way sooner.”

“He thinks I’m going to have four children if the first three are girls, but I think he’s wrong on that,” added Jade, 30.

The duo, who tied the knot in a televised ceremony that aired on Valentine’s Day last year, revealed that they had been talking about starting a family from the get go.

“Two days after my missed period, I took the test,” Jade previously told PEOPLE. “I just knew it. Tanner wanted to be there. He was like, ‘Don’t take it without me.’ One morning we woke up and I took the test and we watched it on the counter and it turned from not pregnant to pregnant. I knew it, but it was like, ‘Holy cow, it’s happening.’ ”

The couple announced their pregnancy in March with a series of adorable photos.

“We’re crazy grateful to finally announce a little secret we’ve been keeping,” Jade revealed via Twitter last month. “We’re absolutely head over heels in love already!”

“Our parents are divorced, so there’s four packages. I’m going to send [one] to each one of our parents so they can open the package and find out if it’s a boy or a girl,” says Jade. “I kind of wanted to surprise them in that way.”

And boy (er, girl), were they surprised!

Original Source: http://people.com/babies/jade-roper-pregnant-tanner-tolbert-expecting-baby-girl/

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Breaking Bad actor RJ Mitte visits McGuire veterans hospital

By Ned Oliver (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Growing up with cerebral palsy, RJ Mitte spent a lot of time in the hospital as a kid.

So when the “Breaking Bad” actor passed through Richmond this weekend, he said it felt natural for him to schedule a visit with patients at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center.

“It gets lonely and people want to talk, people want to share,” Mitte said. “Even though they see their same people every day — they see their friends, but it’s not like a new face.

“And in the world, we have new faces. We meet new people, and this is a way for people to kind of say hello to a new face and share a story and talk.”

And talk he did. He spent the better part of Sunday afternoon visiting with patients, prompting one nurse to remark how unusual it is for an actor or dignitary to come by the hospital without rushing through on a tight schedule.

Mitte played Walter White Jr. on the critically acclaimed “Breaking Bad,” which ran five seasons on AMC from 2009 through 2013 and was created and produced by Chesterfield County native Vince Gilligan.

That Richmond-area connection didn’t figure into Mitte’s visit. Instead, he said he was on his way to Washington, D.C., for charity and foundation work and decided to stop in Richmond to make an appearance at Kabana Rooftop downtown to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

At the veterans hospital, Mitte primarily was met by an older crowd that may not have been dedicated “Breaking Bad” fans, but clearly enjoyed the chance to talk to a friendly visitor.

Dipping in and out of hospital rooms, topics ranged from books to bills to vacations and medical problems.

Vashaun Perry, a National Guardsman from Yale, a small community in Sussex County, promised to check out the show as Mitte began making his way toward the door.

“It’s kind of my claim to fame,” Mitte said.

“I think I’ve seen some previews,” Perry said.

Johnnie Genske, who serves in the Air Force, said he watched the first episode of the series in preparation for the visit.

“It hooked me,” he said.

Mitte left him with three autographed pictures, happy to introduce the show to a new fan.

“For me, I’m here to connect with patients,” he said. “I want to hear from them. I’m not here just to talk about myself.”

Original Source: http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/breaking-bad-actor-rj-mitte-visits-mcguire-veterans-hospital/article_e675394c-9324-5990-ac3a-eebe385f61b2.html