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- Posted on 12/27/2013 by Rachel1016
The Countdown to the New Year is ON! We're closing out 2013 by taking a look back at all of the amazing things that happened this year, and whether you've got big plans or are looking forward to a low-key hangout with your BBFs (furry and otherwise), we've got a few tips for making this New Year's one to remember!
And don't forget to join us for TeenNick Top 10's New Years Eve Countdown! Starting at 11pm ET on Tuesday, December 31st, special guests Echosmith and 4Count will join our Master of Ceremonies Mr. Nick Cannon for a night of music, memories, and FUN!
1.Decorate! New Year's Eve is one of the only acceptable holidays where using sparkles, glitter, and confetti in excess is allowed. String up the streamers, throw some confetti around, and blow up the balloons � the more color, the better!
2.Pile on NYE swag! What other time of year can you wear glasses, top hats, and chain necklaces with giant numbers on them? Yes, New Year's accessories are ridiculous and over the top, but if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
3. Make some noise! The louder, the better � it's time to celebrate! Grab those noisemakers, horns, hand clappers, whistles, blowouts, and party poppers and start 2014 on a loud note!
4. Dress up! Look, we love sweatpants as much as the next couch potato, but it's New Year's Eve. Why not slip on some fancy shoes, wear that nice crisp shirt, or sprinkle yourself in fun jewelry?! Or, if you're looking for something even subtler, swipe a little glitter on your face or mix it in with your nail polish or lip-gloss. Whether you're going out to a full-blown fancy party or ringing in the New Year from the comfort of your couch, those little additions will totally help put you in the spirit.
5. Dance! Whether you're a twerker, a mosher, or a sidestep shuffler, it's one of the best days of the year to dance like no one's watching! Play DJ and pick your favorite songs from the year OR have your friends each pick five songs and create an uber playlist that all will enjoy!
6. Chow down! Have some of your friends bring their favorite small dish to share. Crowd-pleasing thought starters include chips and dip, pigs in a blanket, or puppy chow! Not only will you spend less time prepping for the party but you'll be sure to have a great sampling of appetizers to keep everyone satisfied throughout the night.
7. Game on! Let's face it; everyone's got a little competitive spirit in them. Dust off those board games from the closet or show off your Dance Dance Revolution skills. Either way, your night is bound to end in laughs. It's a win-win!
8. Traditions for life! Did you know the Spaniards have a New Years Eve tradition of eating 12 grapes (one for every chime of the clock) at midnight? Or did you know that in Mexico, it' is tradition to write down a list of the bad events over the past 12 months and then throw it into a fire to help remove any negative energy at the start of 2014? Why not partake in some worldly traditions or make a new one up with your friends!
9. Capture the moment…and save it for the next day! Posting photos is so second nature now that sometimes we forget to actually live in the moment and enjoy it. When you're snapping pics, remember to put the phone down once in a while and enjoy your company. Post them the next day when people are more likely to see them�and when you can take your time choosing cool filters and writing funny captions.
10. Show the love! You know it's coming so there is no excuse to not be properly prepared when that midnight kiss comes along. Pop a mint, brush your teeth, apply that Chap Stick, do whatever you need to ensure that the first kiss (or hug with your BFF) of 2014 will be the best!
- Posted on 12/24/2013 by Cristine Prosperi
What is one item of clothing or an accessory you would never be caught dead wearing?
Oh wow. I think I could go on for days with this question!!! And I'm not sure that's a good thing! I would never ever ever be caught dead wearing those rubber slippers (CROCS)!!! Although, when we film Degrassi, all the girls wear them in between scenes... Yes they are comfortable! But they are not cute people!! Even on set when someone takes a photo of us, I always take them off for the photo. I cannot stand them!
Another fashion DON'T for me: pajama pants... in public! Why do people still do this?! Throw on a pair of leggings! Come on!
The photo below is one of Imogen's outfits. Can you spot those ugly slippers?
- Posted on 12/23/2013 by Dixie Laite
Christmas is coming, and TeenNick is giving you the gift that keeps on giving with marathons of your favorite-est ever shows! Put the X back in Xmas by Xtending the merriness with Xtra episodes of Degrassi, iCarly, Zoey 101, Big Time Rush, and Drake & Josh.
Want to schedule your holiday break around TV marathons? No problem, here you go (we don't judge):
12/23 | Big Time Rush 6pm - midnight ET
12/24 | Zoey 101 6pm - midnight ET
12/25 | iCarly 6pm - midnight ET
12/26 | Victorious 6-pm - midnight
12/27 | Drake & Josh 6pm - midnight ET
12/28 | Degrassi 6pm - 10pm ET
12/29 | Degrassi 6pm - 10pm ET
Seven nights of six hours (almost) of your fave TV comfort food! But why only 4 hours of Degrassi, you ask? Well look at it this way: it's 2 days of 4 hours, which makes 8 hours, which is more than 6. Math! (So there.)
- Posted on 12/20/2013 by Rachel1016
Throughout the month of December, you crafted along as we added festive decorations to our official TeenNick Holiday Tree! And now that the holidays are right around the corner, we finally have a finished product!
We made final touches to the body of the tree with Degrassi ornaments and topped it off (literally) with a replica of Angelica's iconic Cynthia doll from Rugrats! We want you to take creative control with these crafts, so feel free to add your personal touches, but if you're looking for a little inspiration, check out our ideas below!
Start off with some different colored construction paper, scissors, and glue!
Cut out small photos of your favorite Degrassi characters!
Play around with different colors and shapes. We decided to create a few abstract designs, a snowflake collage, and some snowmen!
And the crowning achievement of our entire holiday tree... Angelica's very special and totally not demented doll, Cynthia! All it took was one Barbie, a little glue, a red Sharpie, and some felt. Isn't she stunning?
We hope you had as much fun as we did creating these silly crafts! From all of us here at TeenNick, have a happy and safe holiday!
- Posted on 12/20/2013 by Rachel1016
Every once in a while, a band will come along and make you want to know everything about them. So let the YouTube stalking commence, y'all, because we are officially obsessed with TeenNick Top 10's newest Fresh Artist, Echosmith (and think you should be, too).
The indie-pop band of siblings, otherwise known as Jamie, Noah, Graham and Sydney Sierota, burst onto the scene this year with their debut album, Talking Dreams. We caught up with Echosmith to get some exclusive insight on their unique sound, their already blossoming career, and what lies ahead for the new year! Check it out below!
Congratulations on your incredible debut album Talking Dreams! How many months (or years) was it in the making?
Thank you! We are so very proud of it. Really, we've been working our entire lives up to this moment, releasing our first record. We spent two years writing specifically for it, and eventually came to the 12 [songs] on the record. We learned a ton while preparing and writing for this record.
You've cited several (awesome) 80's rock bands like Joy Division and The Smiths as your influences. What sort of influences contribute to the pop half of your indie-pop sound?
We love pop songs. Peter Gabriel is a huge influence on us, as is Coldplay and Fleetwood Mac. They all wrote/write such amazing pop songs, and it's something that we try our best to do as well.
Your single "Tonight We're Making History" was featured in a promo for the Summer Olympics on NBC. What was that experience like? Was that one of the first defining moments of your career?
Having our song on the Olympics was such a fun experience. It was our first time hearing ourselves on television, making it a very momentous occasion.
What is your songwriting process like? Does one person typically come to the rest of the group with ideas, or do you collaborate differently every time?
It changes per song. We don't force rules [or make] it only come from one person. We love getting different points of view and working on them together. We think it gives each song a different mood.
Many of your songs deal with universally relatable things like love, acceptance, and growing up. "Cool Kids," in particular, talks about the tough parts of adolescence. What message did you hope to send with that song?
"Cool Kids" is a story of feeling alone and being an outsider. We think it's a feeling that we all go through at times in our lives, and is a very difficult subject to talk about. With this song, we wanted to let out in the open that feeling, but also the hope past it. Often times, those [people who] have everything, have very little. There are so many beautiful unique things about us all, and we should show it. That was our message with "Cool Kids."
What was your favorite part about being on the Warped Tour 2013? Did you become close with any of the other bands?
We loved Warped Tour. Overall it was such a different experience for us [because] only our guitarist had been, and that was only once. We jumped right into a world that we really never experienced before. We got to meet so many amazing people through it. We made friends with bands like Alvarez Kings, Hands like Houses, Tonight Alive and pretty much everyone else.
Now that you've released your album, what's next for Echosmith?
Touring! We love playing live, and that has been an amazing way of getting our music out to people. So you can expect plenty of shows, and I'm sure we will always be writing through it all.
If you want to catch more of Echosmith, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And, of course, don't forget to tune in tonight at 10PM ET!
- Posted on 12/18/2013 by baileyb2112
You guys showed Katy Perry some unconditional love on last Friday's episode of TeenNick Top 10, helping her steal the #1 spot from Selena with her video for "Unconditionally!" Plus, countdown favorites Imagine Dragons climbed to #2 with their video for "Demons," leaving Selena to settle for the bronze.
You're not going to want to miss this week's all new episode, because you're in for a VERY special treat! The iconic trio of brothers known as HANSON will be gracing us with their presence at TeenNick headquarters, mmmbopping all the way. This will be the last episode of 2013 before TeenNick Top 10 takes a break for the holidays, so make sure to tune in! We'll see you in the New Year!
Here's last week's full countdown:
1. Katy Perry "Unconditionally"
2. Imagine Dragons "Demons"
3. Selena Gomez "Slow Down"
4. Zedd f/ Hayley Williams "Stay the Night"
5. Ariana Grande f/ Big Sean "Right There"
6. One Direction "Story Of My Life"
7. One Republic "Counting Stars"
8. Wonder Broz "What They Call That"
9. Jason Derulo "Marry Me"
10. A Great Big World "Say Something"
If you want to see all of your favorite artists on the countdown this Friday, vote NOW for this week's episode right here! As always, don't forget to check out all of the songs in the running, including this week's new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist! Take a break from all that Christmas music and rock out to these jams instead!
Can Katy Perry hold on to that lead, or will your votes crown a new champion? Find out the results on TeenNick Top 10 this Friday at 10 PM ET. Until then, let us know what you thought of Friday's countdown in the comments!
- Posted on 12/18/2013 by Rachel1016
Last week we brought you the Ultimate Classic Holiday Playlist, a collection of tunes that have become standards in the holiday music canon. And even though these cherished songs only come around once a year, one could argue that by mid-December they get a little stale. (YEAH. WE SAID IT.)
So, if you're in the mood for a little Yuletide refresher, here are some holiday tunes that you maybe haven't heard before! Including both heartfelt renditions of classics and original compositions, some are fun, some are somber, and some are straight-up weird! But we're pretty confident that all of them are going to bring you a healthy dose of not-at-all-ironic holiday cheer. This isn't your grandmother's playlist, guys! (But we're pretty sure she'd actually love it anyway.)
That Was The Worst Christmas Ever! - Sufjan Stevens
Alright! Starting it off with a party! The not-so-holly-jolly subject matter aside, this Sufjan original is an example of the songwriter's unique talent for pairing earnest stories with compelling, catchy melodies.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - She & Him
It is pretty much known fact that Zooey Deschanel is indie rock's #1 diva, so we'd be terribly remiss to not include her and M. Ward's cover of this wistful classic.
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - Alvin & The Chipmunks
Chances are, you've actually heard this one before. Grab your helium balloons and sing along, y'all!
Getting Ready For Christmas Day - Paul Simon
You'd have no idea this tune was a Christmas song if it weren't for the lyrics. Laid over Paul Simon's signature buoyant, campfire-like instrumentation, the song features a sample of the gospel singer and preacher, The Revered J.M. Gates and is about a son returning from Iraq for the holidays.
Christmas Lights - Coldplay
Even though the holidays seem to insist that the universe be super cheerful for an entire month, this time of year can actually be really tough. Coldplay know know feeling, and they put on their best melancholy for a story of Christmas longing.
Feliz Navidad - Sea of Bees
This delicate folk version of Jos� Feliciano's classic is totally surprising and really delightful.
The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
Brooding vocals + grungy garage textures + Danish roots = Automatic Indie Cool.
Ho Ho Hopefully - The Maine
Who doesn't love a little pop-punk take on romance during the holidays? Or a Santa pun? I mean…come on, guys!
Valley Winter Song - Fountains of Wayne
You might know Fountains of Wayne because of their famous ode to "Stacy's Mom," but the band actually have a nice little collection of other great songs in their arsenal. This little number is one of them.
Wonderful Christmastime - The Shins
Indie heavy-hitters The Shins don't stray too far from the classic tune's original arrangement, but The Shins can sort of do whatever they want.
- Posted on 12/16/2013 by Cristine Prosperi
There are so many cute styles of boots but I don't know how to pair them with outfits! What types of boots go best with pants vs. skirts and dresses?
I can see how this could get tricky! Lucky for us, there are so many different styles of boots to choose from these days! Boots have become such a staple in people's wardrobes. In my opinion, it's always good to have booties, knee high boots and a motorcycle boot.
I used to be a little frightened about wearing any style of boots with skirts, but these days you can totally pull that off. When wearing a skirt I would probably wear booties with a small heel. Or if it's a little colder outside throw on a pair of leggings and knee high boots. For knee highs, I would suggest getting a tighter boot so they hug your calves!
- Posted on 12/13/2013 by Rachel1016
Last week, we showed you how to make a colorful felt garland perfect for draping around any holiday tree. This week, we're adding a little something sparkly: pipe cleaner snowflakes! This craft is a perfect way to add a unique, but classically elegant ornament to your tree!
1. Gather your materials. For this project, you'll need five pipe cleaners per snowflake and a pair of scissors.
2. Cut each of the five pipe cleaners in half so you have a total of ten pieces.
3. Take three of the smaller pieces, fold them in half around each other to make a six-point star.
4. With the remaining seven pieces, cut two-thirds of the length of each piece. You should now have seven longer pieces and seven shorter pieces.
5. Take one of the longer pieces and fold about half way down each stem. Repeat for each of the remaining five stems on the snowflake. (You will have one extra piece in case you mess up!)
6. Repeat step five with the smaller pieces at the top of each stem. Again, you will have one extra piece!
Feel free to mix and match colors, or add embellishments to your snowflakes! After all, no two snowflakes are exactly the same.
Check in with us next week for our final phase of decorations! It may or may not involve Degrassi. (Hint: it most definitely will).
- Posted on 12/12/2013 by Rachel1016 + ChrisMcPherson
What would the holiday season be without a soundtrack? You know, collection of songs to accompany every cup of hot chocolate, every snow angel, every mistletoe moment? There's no feeling quite like revisiting those holiday standards when, each December, you realize that they're just as special as when you first heard them.
And even though we're aware that at this point in the season holiday music is mildly inescapable, we decided to assemble our classic holiday favorites into one grand (but not absolute) playlist! Here are some of the tunes that have found their way into our living rooms for over five decades!
Silent Night - Bing Crosby
This peaceful, soothing standard reminds us that Christmas isn't only about inflatable Santas and sugar comas: there's a story to be remembered and celebrated! And although Bing Crosby's iconic crooning will never be matched, you can softly whisper the lyrics with friends without anyone discovering your true vocal chops (or lack thereof).
Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra
Now, this sing-a-long favorite falls on the other side of the karaoke spectrum. Feel free to belt these lyrics whenever you… feel free! We can hear the debaucherous chorus now: "Laughing all the way, HA HA HA."
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey reigns as Queen of Christmas (after Mrs. Clause, of course), so it's only right that her mega-hit, ''All I Want For Christmas is You'' makes the list as a classic. The slow build in the intro, the glorious choir's backing vocals, that incomparable whistle tone; Mariah just brings us that the warm fuzzy feeling every time this song plays.
Santa Clause is Coming to Town - Jackson 5
Although "he sees you when you're sleeping" may not be the most comforting line, it's a reminder to always be nice. No one wants to be on the naughty list when Santa arrives.
Last Christmas - Wham!
Heartbreak is tough, especially during the holidays. But this song shows that you're not alone! This year, to save you from tears (and to save you from spending too much $$$ on a remote control helicopter), give your heart to someone special.
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
It's completely normal to wish for extravagant gifts this holiday season. You never know, Santa may hook you up with some goodies.
Do You Hear What I Hear? - Bing Crosby
Do you hear what I hear? A beautiful story of miracles, new beginnings, and peace on earth? Thought so. Plus, bell sounds.
O Holy Night - Nat King Cole
Ok, this song. THIS SONG. The stars brightly shining, baby Jesus, the soft, captivating melody that builds to an explosive release when you get to the last ''O night, DIVIIIIINE!'' Boom. *Drops mic*
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jackson 5
Spoiler alert! Mom wasn't really kissing Santa. Just your average Christmas misunderstanding.
I'll Be Home for Christmas - Elvis Presley
Fun fact: this song is sung from the point of view of WWII soldier who was excited to reunite with his family for the holidays. Which is also sort of relevant since Elvis served in the United States Army for two years (not during WWII, though)! #history #supportthetroops