Blog | Freaks & Geeks

  • TeenNick Top 10: Kalin & Myles, Mo'Ne Davis + Brand-New Videos This Friday!

    Posted on 11/20/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    TeenNick Top 10

    Alright Top 10 fans, we made it to Thursday. Only one more day until the most celebrated day of the week! (I mean, what other weekday can boast its own acronym?!) That's right, TGIF and TGI almost time for a brand-new TeenNick Top 10. 10pm ET. On your tele screens.


    This week, prepare for some fresh new faces on Nick Cannon's countdown, which may or may not include a former Jonas Brother... Or a high-powered trio of divas... You'll just have to tune in to see which show-stopping and shimmy-inducing videos made the cut!

    But remember, we're counting on you to VOTE for two brand-new categories, The Heater and Fan Favorite! The Heater category includes acts are burning up the charts and the Fan Favorite puts two TeenNick favorites in the ultimate battle for YOUR adoration. Who will win?

    TeenNick Top 10

    And here's where it gets really good: This Friday, you'll meet our Fresh Artist, Kalin & Myles, a hip-hop duo from the Bay Area in California. Their hit-in-the-making "Love Robbery" is, quite ironically, stealing hearts everywhere.

    TeenNick Top 10

    We are also stoked to have baseball star and all-around NCredible athlete Mo'Ne Davis join us for a chat about being the first female to pitch a shut out in Little League history. Not bad for a 13-year-old.

    Don't forget about our plans Friday at 10pm ET! Pencil us in!

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Can't Stop This Thing We Started'

    Posted on 11/19/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Are you there, Degrassians? Your loyal stewards of all things capital-D Dramatic, here. There is much to discuss from last night's episode, so if you haven't seen "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" check it out online before reading our recap below!

    DITCHED BY MILES
    Degrassi: Can't Stop This Thing We Started

    Winston started feeling left out by Miles ever since Tristan came into the picture, so he decided to demand some quality time with his best-bro over an epic video game battle.

    Degrassi: Can't Stop This Thing We Started

    But when Tristan crashed their bro-date, Winston kinda flipped out: "Everything was so much better before you got here," he said. And Tristan was like, "Wha???"

    Degrassi: Can't Stop This Thing We Started

    So Miles had to address the situation: He thought Chewy was being a little bit of a jerk, but he understood why he was acting out. Miles' new relationship was confusing to Chewy, and even though Chewy still had some questions about what it all meant, Miles made it clear that no one was going to replace his best friend.

    BOW DOWN, NOVAK
    Degrassi: Can't Stop This Thing We Started

    Over in the rubber room, Zig lost an arm-wrestle challenge to Grace. He was swiftly humiliated and Tiny happened capture the whole thing on film, looping it into eternity as a GIF.

    Goodbye, manhood!

    Degrassi: Can't Stop This Thing We Started

    So Zig and the gang got some poutine (a seriously delicious Canadian dish made with french, gravy and cheese curds) and brainstormed his redemption. Grace challenged Zig to get a home tattoo and, lest his masculinity be compromised, Zig agreed. (Seriously, when will it not be a big deal for a girl to whoop a guy's tush?!)

    Degrassi: Can't Stop This Thing We Started

    But just as Grace was about to place the needle on his skin, everyone realized that it was a pretty awful idea. Turns out, Grace just wanted Zig to have the guts to say it himself. (And thank goodness he did, because we all know Grace had no idea what she was doing!)

    MAYBE WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS, TOO
    Degrassi: Can't Stop This Thing We Started

    Clare was nervous to tell Eli about her pregnancy since he seemed optimistic about their future together. She wasn't sure how he'd react to the news, so she had to find the perfect words.

    Degrassi: Can't Stop This Thing We Started

    But then Drew's mom found out about Clare's situation with her son. Clare began to feel overwhelmed when the moms started planning her baby's life for her. She was convinced that her pregnancy wasn't going to drastically change her future plans � she believed that going to school and being with Eli was still possible � but she soon realized her world was going to turn upside down.

    Degrassi: Can't Stop This Thing We Started

    Clare finally told Eli (awkwardly, in front of Drew� and Dallas� and Alli) and it didn't go quite as swimmingly as she would have hoped. When Eli realized that not only was Clare pregnant, but that it was Drew's baby, he was dumbfounded. "Everything has changed," he said, and he tearfully rejected her before walking away.

    -----

    Do you think Eli will be able to forgive Clare? Is Clare being a little na�ve about how her the pregnancy will affect her relationships? What about Miles and Chewy? Can their friendship withstand the challenges of a significant other? You know we want to hear from you, so sound off in the comments!


  • Top 10 Reasons TeenNick Is Thankful

    Posted on 11/17/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    TeenNick Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is about a lot of things: turkey trimmings, your Grandma's famous stuffing, all pumpkin everything... But most importantly, it's a time to remember all of the things we're grateful for in life. And with the help of some TeenNick characters, we thought we'd celebrate a few of those things that make us thankful every day.

    TeenNick Thanksgiving

    Wisdom of the '90s, such as Vital Information with Lori Beth Denberg.

    TeenNick Thanksgiving

    Or mini French lessons with Pierre Escargot.

    TeenNick Thanksgiving

    If you're going through a hard time, friends are there to help pick up the pieces.

    TeenNick Thanksgiving

    And if you're really feeling down, the hilarity of a mustard and crouton shower give you a good laugh.

    TeenNick Thanksgiving

    Ummmm... this. Who remembers this heck-of-a-moment?

    TeenNick Thanksgiving


    And this.

    TeenNick Thanksgiving

    And this!

    TeenNick Thanksgiving

    A good hug. Really, is there anything better?

    TeenNick Thanksgiving

    Finding true love... Even if it took forever to get there.

    TeenNick Thanksgiving

    And finally, no matter how crazy your family is, you love 'em anyway. Hug me, BROTHA!

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Don't forget to catch all of your besties during TeenNick's Friendsgiving starting Monday, November 24th at 9pm. Tori, Carly, Zoey, Big Time Rush -- the whole gang will be there!

  • TeenNick Top 10: Brand-New Videos + Echosmith Interview This Friday!

    Posted on 11/13/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    TeenNick Top 10

    The countdown to the weekend just got a little more intense. TeenNick Top 10 is back this Friday and ready to rock your socks off... or at least your shoes because tomorrow at 10pm ET you better park it on the couch!

    That is, until you get up to dance along with Nick's hot new playlist of the BEST videos of the week. We're talking big names, you guys, like Ariana Grande, Ed Sheearn and that girl, I think you've heard of her before... Taylor Swift?

    Tune in Friday to find out exactly which videos made cut because our host-as-hot-as-toast, Nick Cannon, will handpick the most sizzling videos for your viewing, dancing and sing-a-long-ing pleasure.

    But don't think you're off the hook! Make sure to VOTE for two brand-new categories, The Heater and Fan Favorite! Remember, The Heater category includes acts are burning up the charts. It's up to you to set them on fire. And the Fan Favorite puts two TeenNick favorites head-to-head each week -- YOU decide to takes the crown!


    Catch up with former Fresh Artist Echosmith (one of this year's HALO Awards performers!) as they stop by the Top 10 studios to talk about their hit song "Cool Kids" and they're crazy experiences on your! And if you haven't already, read up on our current Fresh Artist, the lovable Betty Who!


    Friday, 10pm ET. See you there.

  • Degrassi Recap: 'If You Could Only See'

    Posted on 11/12/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Show of hands: Who tuned in to last night's all-new Degrassi and subsequently felt all the feels because this show just continues to surprise your pants off? *Reaches palms to the sky* "If You Could Only See" took us on another wild ride and if you haven't seen it yet, catch up online before reading out recap below!

    BASKET CASE
    Degrassi: If You Could Only See

    Maya began to worry about Miles. His family situation seemed to be affecting his well-being and Maya, whether or not she still has feelings for Miles, couldn't let it go. In fact, she became so concerned that he might hurt himself, she cried out in the middle of class after a nightmare in which she imagined Miles jumping from a balcony. Oof.

    Degrassi: If You Could Only See

    Ms. Grell called Ms. Matlin about Maya's outburst... and to make matters even more complicated, Maya's mom contacted Miles' parents.

    Degrassi: If You Could Only See

    When Miles found out about Ms. Matlin's concerned phone call, he was not happy. He accused Maya of meddling with bad intentions and clinging to the past: "Get over me, Maya," he said, "And stay the hell out of my life."

    OKAY WITH COMPLICATED
    Degrassi: If You Could Only See

    Since breaking up with Drew, Becky decided she was ready for someone new. She turned to the ever-promising Interwebs to secure a date for the Roller Derby with Jack and Imogen and when the digital powers-that-be found her match, he seemed perfect: Responsible, strong faith, good values. What could go wrong?

    Degrassi: If You Could Only See

    But after just a few hours on their first date, Becky realized that even though they were a perfect match on paper, it was not working out IRL. She wasn't the impossibly "bubbly" girl she used to be and the guy who may have been perfect for her a few months ago was now... annoying. So it seemed like her match made in heaven might be harder to find than she thought.

    Degrassi: If You Could Only See

    But when Becky wobbled home on her post-Power-Cheer crutches, she bumped into ex-BF Drew� and it was clear they still had some unfinished business.

    Drew may have a serious situation on his hands with Clare and her pregnancy, but Becky realized that he was worth the complication. #Drecky is not over.

    DEGRASSI NUDES
    Degrassi: If You Could Only See

    After an awkward walk-in between Frankie, Winston and almost the entire Hollingsworth family, Frankie set out to prove to that she deserved to be treated with the same amount of freedom and independence as her brothers.

    Degrassi: If You Could Only See

    And when Frankie expressed her feelings to her teammates about the double standard between guys and girls, Zo� was inspired to turn their frustration into a fundraiser. Girls were putting themselves in compromising positions on oomfCHAT and getting nothing but trouble in return.

    Degrassi: If You Could Only See

    But sending nude pictures for money wasn't exactly what Frankie had in mind. Frankie wanted to take back the narrative, expose the vicious differences between what girls and guys are expected to do � not sell her body.

    Degrassi: If You Could Only See

    Back at home, however, Frankie's mom reinforced the double standard she was trying to fight by insisting she wear modest clothes to her dad's campaign event. It was the last straw for Frankie, and in a bout of frustration she did something she won't be able to take back: She took a topless picture of herself and sent it to Degrassi Nudes.

    -----

    And now we give the floor to you, faithful Degrassians. Will Frankie regret taking that picture? Do you see some flaws in Zo�'s idea of empowerment? Was Miles too harsh on Maya? Will Drew and Becky stay strong? Go for it in the comments.


  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Betty Who

    Posted on 11/07/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Betty Who


    TeenNick Top 10 fans, you're just going to have to bear this double negative because there is quite literally nothing not to love about our Fresh Artist, Betty Who. Instantly recognizable with her platinum blonde coiff and easy-breezy pop songs ("Somebody Loves You" has been on repeat since Tuesday...), Betty Who is bliss in a bottle.

    We caught up with the Australian songstress to chat about her debut album, her classical past and her budding career so far. Check out our exclusive interview below!

    1. After releasing several EPs, how does it feel to have your debut full length album out?

    It's honestly such a relief, it's been such a long time in the making, I'm just so ecstatic to finally have it be done!

    2. You have a background as a classical cellist. That's so awesome! Has that training influenced your music in anyway?

    Yes I think it definitely influenced me. I think I started writing music so early because of my classical training and background. It also influences my ideas of melody I think. Some of my favourite melodies I've ever heard come from my favourite symphonies.

    3. What are you looking forward to most about going on tour with Katy Perry?

    I honestly am just excited about watching her show and hanging out in Australia, it's been such a long time since I've been home so that's definitely a plus.

    4. Where do you draw inspiration for your songwriting? Does inspiration come to you spontaneously?

    It definitely comes from experiences. Sometimes maybe I'll have a conversation with somebody and I'll walk away thinking about what they said and I'll say to myself "I have to go write that down right now."

    5. What is one accomplishment or milestone so far in your career that makes you particularly proud?

    Being on The View was pretty cool... I think playing a sold out show at Irving plaza this month, though, is definitely something that is up there and will be forever.

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Betty Who a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    Shawn Mendes



    If you want to catch more of Betty Who, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Is Back and Better Than Ever!

    Posted on 11/05/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    We know you've been waiting. We know you've been missing your favorite countdown of today's hottest music videos. And we know you're ready for a new season TeenNick Top 10!

    Consider your wish granted, music fans, because TeenNick Top 10 is BACK! And we're not talking just new episodes with a countdown of fresh music videos carefully put together by our host-with-the-most, Nick Cannon. We've got two brand-new voting categories that are sure to put your fan skillz to the test.

    Here's how it works: It's up to you to VOTE and tell us which video is going to be named one of two major titles.

    TeenNick Top 10

    First up, we've got The Heater: These acts are burning up the charts and may just be the next big thing. Can they count on you to jump-start their stardom?

    And then there's Fan Favorite: Two videos enter, but only one can be your fave. It's time to gather your fan armies and battle it out!

    And what would a Top 10 episode be without some celebrity guests? Join the Degrassi cast and our latest Fresh Artist, Betty Who for some fun in the TeenNick Top 10 studio!

    Friday, 10pm ET. You don't want to miss it.

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Wise Up'

    Posted on 11/05/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    It's week two in a brand new season of Degrassi and we have a lot to discuss! During the Season Premiere, we learned that Clare decided to keep the baby, #Triles got caught in the middle of Hollingsworth family drama and Zo�, well, Zo�d her way onto the Power Cheer squad. What's up this week? If you haven't seen "Wise Up" yet, watch it online before reading our recap below!

    IN A BETTER PLACE
    Degrassi: Wise Up

    After Miles went on-record to call his father a homophobe, Mr. H decided to take Miles golfing to presumably work things out. It turns out, however, that Mr. H was just trying to stage a reconciliation to show the papers that he was once again on good terms with his son. When Miles realized what was going on, he ran off frustrated and disappointed.

    Degrassi: Wise Up

    Back at the Hollingsworth house, Miles and his dad got into another heated argument. But this time, Mr. H. shoved Miles into a wall.

    Degrassi: Wise Up

    And realizing that his behavior was not OK, that his unacceptable actions had turned into physical abuse, he bribed Miles with a new car.

    ...What?

    Degrassi: Wise Up

    Back at Degrassi, Tristan thought that Miles was just using him to anger his dad. Miles was unwilling to jeopardize another relationship in his life, so he made a peace offering to Tristan, which included a dinner invitation and a ride in his new car.

    Apology accepted... but are there some bigger issues at play? We can't ignore what happened between Miles and his dad.

    OFF THE HOOK
    Degrassi: Wise Up

    After learning that Clare planned to keep her baby, Drew was totally distraught over his uncertain future. He tried to talk Clare out of going through with the pregnancy, citing his immaturity as a major reason it probably wasn't a good idea for them to have a baby together. But Clare, headstrong in her ways, just said she didn't need Drew to be involved.

    And unsurprisingly, Drew thought he was off the hook.

    Degrassi: Wise Up

    Dallas, being a teen father himself, gave Drew some tough love about what it actually meant to be off the hook: By letting Clare raise the baby alone, he would still be a father� just a lousy one. Drew felt caught between warring opinions and a desire to do the right thing, but also didn't want to turn his life upside down. So he tried to lean on his girlfriend Becky for support.

    Degrassi: Wise Up

    But considering how the whole ordeal had put her in a very difficult situation, Becky decided she couldn't help him clean up his mess.

    #oomfCHAT
    Degrassi: Wise Up

    Zo� discovered several #oomfCHAT pictures of nude Niners on Zig's phone and was not pleased that Zig was so casual about the dismaying and troubling messages. Since they weren't officially dating, Zig didn't seem to see the problem. But just when Grace had knocked some sense into him and convinced him to delete the app, he got one of the very same oomfCHATs from Zo�. Ugh, twist.

    Degrassi: Wise Up

    Zig tried to tell Zo� she didn't need to send him compromising pictures, but Zo� took it personally and accused Zig of judging her. After everything that happened with the sexual assault trial, Zo� wanted to make it clear that she didn't need to be sheltered. She didn't need Zig telling her what to do with her body.

    Degrassi: Wise Up

    And even a grand (shirtless) apology couldn't change her mind.

    -----

    Things are rumbling at Degrassi. What say you, dedicated fans? Are Zig and Zo� over before they ever really started? Is Zo� asserting her strength and independence in the right way? Has Miles really forgiven his Dad for what he did? Will Drew be able to step up to the plate? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

    If you or a friend is confronting a situation similar to Miles, Joyful Heart Foundation has resources and links to other organizations that may be helpful. As always, please remember you are not alone.

  • Degrassi Premiere Recap: 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

    Posted on 10/29/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Welcome back, Degrassians! Last night, we kicked off a brand new season of Degrassi as our fave guys and gals returned for their final term (and brought a bunch of drama back with 'em). If you haven't seen the season premiere yet, watch "Smells Like Teen Spirit" online and then read our recap below!

    THERE'S A LITTLE PERSON INSIDE OF ME
    Degrassi: Smells LIke Teen Spirit

    After Clare discovered she was pregnant, she had to figure out how it would affect her future. Drew didn't understand why Clare continued to avoid him until he realized that he, apparently, had gotten her pregnant. Upset and confused, Clare decided she would get an abortion. And Drew (who just started dating Becky like, a second ago) was relieved for obvious reasons.

    Degrassi: Smells LIke Teen Spirit

    But then, Clare found out that her becoming pregnant after cancer was somewhat of a miracle. As a cancer survivor, her chances of being able to conceive were slim� but she was living proof that it was possible. In her head, an abortion sounded right, but in her heart she couldn't go through with it.

    Degrassi: Smells LIke Teen Spirit

    Just as swiftly as she resolved to get the procedure, Clare decided she would keep the baby. And Drew was back in the hot seat.

    Degrassi: Smells LIke Teen Spirit

    Oh, and just in case there wasn't enough to handle already, Clare found out she got into Columbia. In New York. Where Eli lives.

    This roller coaster is about to get real.

    YOU'RE A DISTRACTION
    Degrassi: Smells LIke Teen Spirit

    As captain of the Power Cheer team, Becky decided that after Zo�'s sexual assault trial against her brother, she didn't want Zo� cheering by her side.

    Degrassi: Smells LIke Teen Spirit

    The only problem was super-tumbler Zo� had a stellar try-out and kinda deserved to be on the squad.

    Degrassi: Smells LIke Teen Spirit

    And when Becky told Zo� she didn't make the cut, Zo� was upset, confused and (surprise!) a little vengeful.

    Degrassi: Smells LIke Teen Spirit

    Zo� happened to overhear Clare's pregnancy news, and decided to use it against Becky (the potential baby daddy's girlfriend, remember) in a famous Zo� Rivas stunt. She blurted out Drew's exciting news during Becky's performance, which sent Becky tumbling to the cold hard ground wondering� How ??? And why?? And what?! Her brand-new BF was going to be a dad?! Broken heart. Broken ankle.

    Degrassi: Smells LIke Teen Spirit

    And suddenly, a spot for Zo� opened up on the team.

    TRILES AND TRIBULATIONS
    Degrassi: Smells LIke Teen Spirit

    Now that Miles and Tristan have gotten together, it didn't take long for Miles to stir up some tension with his family. Mr. H. wasn't so sure Miles' new relationship was the best thing for his campaign, and Miles wasn't so sure he cared.

    Degrassi: Smells LIke Teen Spirit

    When a campaign reporter asked Miles to share some of his father's words of wisdom, he facetiously relayed his father's motto: "Being gay is ridiculous."

    Degrassi: Smells LIke Teen Spirit

    And the first stone has been thrown (or, like, the fortieth). But we have to wonder, is Miles' relationship with Tristan just a ploy to provoke his father? Or are his feelings for Tris real?

    -----

    What did you think of the Season 14 premiere? Will Clare figure out a plan for her baby? Will Drew be a part of it? Can Zo� and Becky both get what they want? Does Miles care more about sabotaging his father's campaign than he does about his new BF? Get to talkin' in the comments!

  • Six Things You Need To Know For The New Season Of Degrassi

    Posted on 10/21/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Here we go, Degrassians. A new season is fast approaching (coughONEWEEKcough), and we can hardly contain our hopes, dreams and predictions for our favorite group of high-drama high schoolers. We know it's been a while since you've walked the hallowed blue and yellow halls, so while you're catching up on the latest full episodes (we repeat: FULL EPISODES!) from last season, here are six things you need to need to know before an all-new Degrassi premieres on October 28th at 9pm ET.

    Ready... GO!

    6. CLARE DUMPED ELI SO SHE AND DREW COULD GET TOGETHER

    Six Things You Need To Know

    Six Things You Need To Know

    Yeah, we all thought EClare were soul mates, too. Clare called it quits with her longtime love Eli so she could see where things would go with her Prez, Drew Torres. Little did she know...

    5. DREW DITCHED CLARE BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE A 'REBOUND'

    Six Things You Need To Know

    First, she had two boys. Now she has zero boys.

    THEN CLARE WENT TO NEW YORK AND BUMPED INTO ELI

    Six Things You Need To Know

    And it turned out she may have some unfinished business with her ex-boyfriend, after all.

    BUT WAIT... CLARE IS WHAT?!?!?!

    Six Things You Need To Know

    The phone call that will live in infamy: "Everything looks A-OK for you and your baby." Yes, Clare is pregnant. And we know you've got a lot of questions.

    4. DREW AND BECKY ARE TOGETHER

    Six Things You Need To Know

    A steamy kiss while trapped in the boiler room began what we will heretofore call #Drecky. They've decided to take it slowly, but will they actually be able to get their feet off the ground?

    3. OH, AND THERE ARE SOME MORE NEW COUPLES

    Jack and Imogen...

    Six Things You Need To Know

    Their mutual quirkiness seems like a match made in heaven. Nothing can stop them... we think.

    Alli and Dallas...

    Six Things You Need To Know

    #Bhandallas, if you will. Grade 12 and on top of the world. Their future is bright, right?

    2. ZIG'S FRESH START

    Six Things You Need To Know

    Zig is trying to break away from the gang world. He wants to turn his life around once and for all.

    1. AND FINALLY, #TRILES.

    Six Things You Need To Know

    In case you didn't hear, Miles and Tristan got together. And it might be more than just a one-time thing. But based on Miles' track record, do you think it will last?


    We are SO excited for the new season of Degrassi! Are you ready?! Don't forget to catch up on all the latest episodes right here and tune in October 28th at 9pm ET for the season premiere!

    Tags: