Daniel Radcliffe is set to perform at the Tony Awards this year, reports CTV.
If you’re anxious to see the ‘Harry Potter’ star sing and dance, be sure to tune in at the beginning of the show on Sunday, as he is slated for an early performance.
Says Radcliffe: “I think we’re one of the first, if not the first.” Yikes, he better set the bar high then!
Radcliffe will be performing the song ‘Brotherhood of Man’ from his current Broadway show ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.’
The actor unfortunately did not receive a Tony nomination, but fellow co-stars John Larroquette and Tammy Blanchard are up for awards.
“If John won it would be just amazing,” he says. “Only because I have a lot of scenes with him.”
Radcliffe last starred in the play ‘Equus,’ where he received major buzz due to his full-frontal nude scenes.
I’m excited to see this side of him. We all know he can act, but the question is, can he sing a dance as well? Is he a triple threat?
Britney Spears is taking the healthy route for her upcoming tour, reports The Sun.
The pop singer has reportedly given caterers strict instructions not to make any junk food because she’s not allowed it. That means no hot dogs, pizza and cookie dough ice cream, which have all been blacklisted. No beer or any alcohol either.
Spears has also requested that Micheal Jackson songs be played constantly in her dressing rooms. She has stockpiled his tour DVDs and enlisted the help of his dance team to recreate his routines.
A mini gym is also being transported to each show, as well as humidifiers, which Britney heard Beyonce uses to protect her voice.
This list of demands doesn’t seem too outrageous. Healthy living, upbeat music, gyms – all seem like good things. But why does someone who lip-synchs need humidifiers for their voice? Does this mean Spears will actually be singing this time around?
Spears is currently preparing for her summer tour with Nicki Minaj, and tickets begin to go on sale April 30.
You may have forgotten this but Britney Spears is actually a really amazing dancer. Well at least she was before she met Kevin Federline, had kids, went crazy, etc. Anyways Britney is bringing back some of her special mojo. Britney just released a new video for “Till the World Ends” which features more footage of her dancing.
Spears tweeted last week about the alternate video, writing, “Just saw the final cut of the dance version of the #TTWE video. Not sure which one I like best?”
However there are some rumours swirling that Britney did use dance doubles for many of the scenes. What do you think?
Nicki Minaj has told UntouchableBritney.net that shes currently in talks to tour with the queen of pop herself, Britney Spears.
“We’re talking. I would love to, but I don’t know yet. I can neither confirm or deny the rumours!”
This has come after Enrique Iglesias pulled out of the tour, although nobody really knows why. Where the tickets too expensive? Was he too egotistical to be a supporting act? Does he not like Britney as a person? We’ll never know, but what I personally think, is that Minaj is a way better choice.
Britney has a hip-hop, dance flavour to her music, so I think an up-and-commer like Nicki Minaj will definitely compliment Britney’s music. Plus, both of their fans tend to be in the same kind of demographic – the gays, the girls, and the clubbers – so it would be a good fit.
It’s not set in stone, though. For all we know, Pauly D can end up opening for her (no, no, no, no.) But who would you like to see open for Britney?
Beyonce is teaming up with The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) to encourage kids to stay active and healthy through dancing, reports Fit Perez.
The initiative, entitled “Let’s Move! Flash Workout”, is in support for Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to curb childhood obesity. The campaign encourages middle school students across the U.S. to perform a pre-choreographed dance exercise at 1:42 p.m. on May 3. The event is being produced in partnership with the National Middle School Association, the National School Boards Association and the American Association of School Administrators.
“NABEF is proud to assist the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign and supports efforts to address the epidemic of childhood obesity,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “We can think of no greater gift to America than keeping our schoolchildren healthy.”
The singer has re-written and re-recorded one of her songs, and even has recorded an instructional video demonstrating the “Lets Move! Flash Workout” routine.
On Wednesday, the First Lady spoke on a conference call to discuss advancing the “Let’s Move!” program goal of doubling the number of U.S. schools participating in the Healthier US School Challenge Program.
I couldn’t have thought of a better person for the job. Beyonce sings, she dances, she’s in great shape, and she’s someone young students can identify with. I remember many nights where I’ve done the “Single Ladies” dance with my friends (maybe I shouldn’t admit that) and Beyonce definitely has many other people dancing.
I love celebrity do-good-ers, and I’m positive this initiative will be a success. Celebrities have that effect on people where they want to participate, it gets people’s attention. If it takes Beyonce shaking her booty to get kids moving, or Lady GaGa selling MAC lipstick to fight AIDS, then so be it. Plus, if a personalized Beyonce dance video doesn’t get kids moving, I sure to hell don’t know what will.
JFK (Jesse F. Keeler) from MSTRKRFT is a world renowned DJ who has gained a huge and dedicated following. However JFK actually has rock roots, originally playing in a band called Death from Above 1979. Once that band ended, JFK partnered with AI-P and made MSTRKRFT their full time gig. We got a glimpse of life for JFK as he played an amazing show recently on Toronto Island.
Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith stayed up past their bedtimes to hang out and relax last week after Bieber’s Madison Square Garden show. We’re not surprised to hear that what started as a casual game of bowling quickly progressed into an intense, no-holds barred, sudden death dance off.
TMZ reports that the teen heartthrobs broke it down to the tune of Kevin Rudolf’s “You Make the Rain Fall” at Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge last week. Though the Karate Kid did his fair share of popping, locking, and dropping, the win apparently went to Justin Bieber for his killer moonwalk. To be fair, Justin does have experience holding dance offs in bowling alleys, so he probably had the upper hand in the situation.
Wish you were there? Well, don’t worry – Bieber’s documentary crew caught the whole battle on film, so we’re sure that the whole gory grudge match will make its way into your hands sooner or later.
Justin has some smooth moves, but Jaden threw down pretty hard in the video for the boy’s Karate Kid soundtrack collaboration, “Never Say Never.” We’ll need to see the footage before a true winner can be declared.
For the second week in a row, So You Think You Can Dance judges cut someone because of injury, not poor performance. Ashley Galvan was cut from the competition Thursday night because of her cracked rib, reports People.com.
As she was asked to set forward as part of the bottom three contestants for the week, Judge Nigel Lythgoe explained that he had talked with Ashley’s doctors and they had determined she would need at least three weeks off to recover from her injury. She must have seen it coming, but the dancer still broke into tears while thanking her fans.
“I feel like I wasn’t ready to go,” she told People.com. “It sucks.”
Judge Mia Michaels said that Ashley could have gone far in the competition and was a contender to win—not great news for the show. Last week Alex Wong, the clear favourite to win the competition, was cut from the show due to a serious injury to his Achilles tendon.
With top dancers being axed for reasons not relating to their dancing abilities, it’s a real question whether the most talented dancers will be the last ones standing or not.
So You Think You Can Dance contestant Alex Wong won’t be taking the stage anytime soon, reports People.com.
On Thursday night Wong announced that he will be leaving the show and will be out for some time following a serious injury to his Achilles tendon. He will have surgery on Tuesday followed by a long three months of rest before he can get back to dancing.
“I’ve had an amazing time and I can’t get that anywhere else,” he tells People.com. “Not ever from day one did I ever think I was going for the gold.”
He said his goodbyes on the show and received a standing ovation from the judges, live audience, and likely teary-eyed fans watching from home. With his incredible skill, Alex Wong was a favourite to win the competition, but unfortunately for him, someone else will take the title.
“Alex is such a gift,” says SYTYCD judge Mia Michaels. “He is one of the greatest dancers, if not the greatest dancer that has ever come through our stage.”
This may not be the last we see of Alex, though. He tells People.com that “It’s a lot to give up but I would love to be back,” continuing, “I haven’t finished my journey. I have so much more to learn.”
Chris Brown broke down crying during a Michael Jackson tribute last night at the BET Awards.
Brown was performing a MJ inspired dance at the BET Awards when he was overcome with emotion. Nevertheless, if you like Chris Brown or not, it was still an awesome routine. He starts crying around 4:30 in the video below, in case you’re interested.
According to TMZ, the King of Pop is set to star in a new video game that will essentially be a “dance karaoke.” Unlike many other ventures surrounding the deceased Jackson, apparently the pop singer’s estate is totally on board for this plan. Basically, gamers will see Jackson dancing on screen and then will be challenged to imitate his movements.
The game, currently untitled, will be available on multiple gaming platforms including Wii and Xbox 360. The Xbox version will include Microsoft’s new Kinect motion capture technology which will allow players to participate in the game without holding a controller.
Also in the Xbox version, the player will be judged based on full body moves; the game will process the player’s movements and display them on screen, dancing alongside Jackson.
If that wasn’t spectacular enough for aspiring Princes of Pop everywhere, the game also includes a karaoke feature which will allow players to sing along to Jackson songs and even funk up their voices with an autotune feature.
The game is being developed by Ubisoft (the same company behind Assassin’s Creed and Ghost Recon) and they have apparently secured permission from Jackson’s estate, so this is sure to go ahead. The game is scheduled to be released sometime before Christmas.
It’s no secret that Kate Gosselin has had some problems with her dance partner Tony Dovolani on and off the stage during “Dancing With The Stars.” However the two have come up with a Jon and Kate themed dance for next week.
According to E! Online, Tony will be channeling his inner Jon Gosselin and Kate will be portraying herself.
“It’s my story over the past two of years,” Kate tells E! Online. “We’re very, very excited.”
And there’s only one word to describe such a dance.
“Dramatic,” says Kate, to which Tony replies, “Lots of drama,” to which Kate adds a little more emphasis with an, “Oh my gosh, so much drama.”
American choreographer Merce Cunningham died Sunday night of natural causes at his Manhattan home, reports CBC. He was 90 and was considered one of the most influential figures in modern dance.
Cunningham was considered a pioneer for his early use of video and computers in combination with dance. He experimented with technology by equipping audiences with iPods so they could choose the music to accompany the visual impact of the dance.
Melissa Rycroft has gone from one reality tv series to the next. Jilted by Jason Mesnick on the season finale of The Bachelor, Rycroft will rebound on the hit show – Dancing With the Stars, People has learned.
Rycroft originally received the coveted proposal from Mesnick, and was publicly dumped six weeks later for the runner-up bachelorette, Molly Malaney. According to tvwatch.com, Mesnick is not proud of what he had to do. “After we got back into the real world, all of a sudden, we had less to talk about and I didn’t know why. I started thinking wow, what’s happening? Why aren’t we communicating the way we did when the show was going on … There was part of me that wanted things to work out with Melissa so bad. But the whole other piece was I had these crazy feelings for Molly.”
SYTYCD Canada fans love watching their favorite dancers on TV, now you have the chance to see them in person. The top 10 finalists are traveling across Canada showing off the most popular dances, and andPOP caught up with some of the dancers before the recent Toronto show. Please click below for full coverage.
President Barack Obama surprised the world with his dance moves alongside wife and first lady Michelle Obama. The couple danced at the Neighborhood Ball, and “America’s Best Dance Crew” judge Shane Sparks has given his opinion on the President’s moves.
“I think they did really good,” Sparks told MTV News. “I was actually really proud. It looked like my man got rhythm. It looked like he was in control. … It looked like he really loved her, and I loved that.”
However, the judge did give the Obamas some constructive criticism, “Their posture wasn’t perfect. I would honestly say I’m sure they could take a few lessons. They could use a little Shane Sparks in there,” Sparks joked to MTV News.
Still, the President and the first lady get at least one thumb up from Sparks, “”It was really smooth,” he told MTV News. “It looked like they knew exactly what they did and when they wanted to do it. It was 50/50. It wasn’t perfect, but the good thing was they didn’t look uptight”.
After three months of impressive performances, everything from hip-hop to jazz funk to contemporary and krump, Canada’s favourite dancer was finally announced in a two-hour finale last night.
And, like I have secretly predicted since the Top 20 were revealed, Nico Archambault– the 24-year-old sexy contemporary and hip-hop dancer from Montreal, Quebec–was crowned the winner.
“It’s too much,” he said the moment the results were revealed. “I can’t find words strong enough to express it – I’m just so happy.”
“I’m so proud of you,” said host Leah Miller. “You deserve this.”
And she is right. Sure it’s painstakingly obvious that Nico has it all physically (the smile, the body, the hair). On top of that, the boy is humble. But, most importantly, he CAN dance.
Every week, since his audition in Montreal, he impressed the judges and audiences alike. He was versatile, artistic and passionate. And, in the last few weeks, he performed every routine effortlessly.
For all those boys who get teased for taking dance lessons instead of hockey—Nico just made them super cool among their peers.
Nico also proved boys with Mohawks are still sexy. But besides carrying the title of Canada’s first favourite dancer, he also receives the prize of $100,000 and a brand new Mercedes C230.
Doesn’t get sweeter that, does it?
While Natalli Reznik won fourth place and Miles Faber won third, Allie Bertram, 19, made it to the bottom two. The second place winner was happy that Nico won. “I’m just so proud of Nico. He’s been so amazing since the beginning and he hasn’t had a bad week. He totally deserves it!”
Nearly 3.5 million Canadians cast votes to choose the winner. Earlier in the evening, the Top 20 reunited to perform two all-new group routines with the season’s top duets.
Special guest judges Mary Murphy, Rex Harrington, Mia Michaels joined judges Tré Armstrong, Jean Marc Genereux, Blake McGrath and Luther Brown.
In the end, Nico took a bow to a huge standing ovation from the audience.
And he deserved it. The win. The money. And the car. Although I wouldn’t mind a piece of it all.
It only seemed like a few weeks ago that Canada’s Top 20 dancers were announced. Now, in a few short days (Sunday to be exact), the country’s top dancer will be crowned.
This week, the Top 4 had to give it their final best. Not only would they perform duets as in previous shows, but also the girls would dance together, the guys would perform as a duet and each contestant would perform a solo.
It was time to bring it on.
Host Leah Miller introduced permanent judges Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux with guest judges, Luther Brown and Blake McGrath.
Up to perform the first duet of the night were Natalli Reznik and Miles Faber. The two hit the hard-hitting hip-hop choreography but, halfway through, Miles forgot the movement and looked liked he knew he blew it.
“Do not get defeated. Wipe that look off your face right now,” Blake said to Miles. “You have two routines to come out here and blow it out of the water.”
The pair received a standing ovation from both the judges and the choreographers. “Canada loves you,” said Jean Marc.
And if you want to prove that love, vote for your favourite dancer.
Nico Archambault and Allie Bertram were up next. The lovely pair performed a beautiful contemporary piece, emulating the story of a male character going off to war while his lover shares special news with him.
Blake called it Stacey’s best piece yet. “It was just a breath of fresh air,” said Blake. “It was moving and effortless and technical and real.” Blake also said that he believed that one of them would win the competition.
I agree. Fingers and toes crossed.
“You got me going today, Allie,” Tré said, overcome by emotion. “You guys are brilliant. Thank you,” she said.
After performing their solos, Allie and Miles were paired up for a theatre routine. While Miles showed off some of his tight b-boy moves; Allie displayed her ballerina-flexibility abilities.
“Miles, thank you for rising and getting yourself back in the game,” Blake said. “I enjoyed myself a little bit, but I didn’t enjoy myself enough. Bring it harder next time,” he told the pair.
The girls took their duet to the stage with a go-go routine.
With both dancers dressed in sparkled bra tops, skirts and white knee-high boots, they looked the part but did they dance and act the part?
Luther wasn’t convinced. Nor was Blake or Tré.
“I thought it was pretty good,” said Jean Marc. “It was fantastic for me.”
Miles and Nico ended the night off with a capoeira routine. After the performance, which included energetic kicks and cartwheels, the two hugged each other. Aw, so cute. Bromantic love.
“I hope you guys inspire so many young male dancers,” Blake said, impressed.
“That was a lot of fun,” Tré said next. “You did it pure justice.”
SO WHO WILL COME OUT ON TO? Tune in for a live Finale show on Sunday, December 7 at 9pm (ET/PT). The rest of the Top will return to join the finalists to perform group pieces.
WEDNESDAY: PERFORMANCE SHOW
Last week, Arassay and Vincent were sent home. As the finale continues to draw quickly upon us, Canada’s Top 6 dancers were ready to dance for their lives.
Host Leah Miller introduced permanent judges Tré Armstrong and Jean Marc Genereux, while special guest judges Sean Cheesman (who has worked with Tina Turner, Britney, MJ and Cher) and ‘Queen of Scream’ Mary Murphy—judge on the American version of the show—also joined the panel.
Once again, the remaining dancers chose new partners. Each pair would perform two duets. Up first to perform were Natalli Reznik and Nico Archambault with the disco.
“It’s very hard thing to do to shake your buttocks properly,” said choreographer Melissa Williams. “I have a stiff bum,” joked Nico.
The pair, like always, managed to wow the audience and the judges with their 1970s number. With high kicks and complicated lifts, Mary was ecstatic.
“That was just great, for crying out loud,” said Mary. “This choreography needed polish and you did that. You were fabulous out there.”
“What a powerhouse couple,” Sean said. “I’ve been waiting for this team and it was worth the wait.”
Allie Bertram and Izaak Smith were up next with a hip-hop routine—choreographed by Luther Brown.
With their hard-hitting and aggressive moves, the pair took the stage with matching black toques and baggy one-piece jumpsuit that Allie later undid to reveal a pink satin bra.
Again, like EVERY week, the judges were not blown away by Izaak’s performance.
“Izaak, when you get a character, you really go for it, but when you don’t, you end up getting lost. You didn’t deliver,” said Mary.
“The routine that I saw was amazing, but the performance was just good. At Top 6, you can’t be just good,” said Tré. “You need to be a lot tougher. You need to give a lot more.”
Am I the only one who thinks Izaak’s stay is long overdue?
Lisa Auguste and Miles Faber were paired up once again. The duo performed an emotional contemporary piece that choreographer Blake McGrath dedicated to his recently deceased grandmother.
“It’s about a female who wants to see [her husband's] face one more time,” Blake explained.
“You know, every once in a while on this show a number comes along and really tugs at my heart strings,” Mary said, stating that this was one of those pieces.
“Your delivery was spectacular,” Jean Marc told the two. “This performance was priceless and will be memorable for a long, long time.”
For their second performance of the night, Natalli and Nico took the quickstep to the stage.
The duo performed with grace, elegance and tackled the quick footwork.
“Wow! Lemme tell ya, the quickstep is one dance you can’t fake and you guys really did it fabulously,” said Mary. “You guys are pure glamour out there,” and stated the two were her favourite couple of the night.
Tré was also impressed. “I know what I like and I loved that! You guys looked so graceful.”
Allie and Izaak got groovy with an old school jazz routine. Izaak starred as Prince Charming while Allie played the Cinderella character—in a white dress and pink sneakers. The high-energy routine actually impressed the judges.
“That number makes me want to go ‘aw.’ It was so sweet,” Mary said. “Allie, you looked like an angel out there on the dance floor.”
Jean Marc said that Izaak had a great night but added that he did not think it might be enough in the end. “I love you guys,” he added.
Lisa and Miles were up last with a cha-cha routine. The sultry routine included sharp hip movements. To end it off, Lisa ripped Miles’ shirt off.
Mary was blown away and gave the two the first class ticker to her Hot Tamale Train. “Woo woo!” she said, standing.
“All I have to say is that’s just fierce,” said Sean.
Jean Marc put Miles and Lisa on his V.I.D (Very Important Dancer) list. “You are very special people,” he said.
THURSDAY NIGHT: TOP 4 REVEALED
After Wednesday’s performance, Canada voted a recording breaking three million times. After the Top 6 kicked off the show with Tré’s step dance number, the girls and the boys each performed a solo.
At the end of the show, host Leah Miller announced that Lisa and Izaak would be heading home.
While I am disappointed that Lisa left, I think it was Izaak’s time to go.
“Those two are amazing,” said Jean Marc. “I’ve seen you both transform and do miraculous things.”
So Canada, here are your Top 4:
ALLIE Bertram, 18, a Ballet dancer from Calgary
MILES Faber, 21, a Popper and Boogaloo dancer from Calgary
NATALLI Reznik, 28, a Hip-Hop/Latin dancer from Toronto
NICO Archambault, 23, a Contemporary/Hip-Hop dancer from Montréal.
Watch the Top 4 hit the stage in a two-hour final show performance Wednesday night at 8 p.m. E.T.
Canada’s favourite dancer will be revealed during a two-hour results show on Sunday, December 7 at 9 p.m. E.T on CTV.