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  • TeenNick Top 10: Your Favorite Videos Plus Special Guests Kira And Jack From The Thundermans!

    Posted on 08/07/2014 by Kayla6548

    Summer's not over yet! While you spend these last few weeks lounging by the pool or hanging at the beach (before you start buying school supplies), get down with us to TeenNick Top 10's Best Hits of the Summer! We have the perfect soundtrack to help you savor every last minute of sunshine.

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    This Friday, Kira Kosarin and Jack Griffo from the cast of The Thundermans will be joining us on TNT10! They'll be chatting it up and counting it down along with Nick Cannon and fresh artist Katy Tiz. And did you know Katy's super popular debut single "The Big Bang" landed her a major label recording contract? Way to go, girl!

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    But let's not forget about last week's excitement! Fresh artists Nico & Vinz finally secured their spot at number one in the countdown! Ariana Grande, looks like your back-to-back standing in first place was stolen by this talented twosome! But don't worry guys, YOU control the fate of your favorite artists! So vote right here for this Friday's episode and tune in at 10 pm ET on TeenNick to see which videos made the cut.

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    Can't wait for tomorrow? In the meantime, check out TeenNick Top 10's Spotify Playlist. Rock out and sing along to some of your favorite summer hits, while you still can!



  • Q&A With August HALO Effect Honoree Tim Balz

    Posted on 08/05/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    HALO Effect: Tim Balz


    "Helping is more than our hobby," reads the slogan for Freedom Chairs, a non-profit organization that transforms old wheelchairs for those in need.

    Since the organization began, founder and CEO Tim Balz has combined his technical robotic skills with his inventive spirit to give the gift of mobility in his hometown of Indiana and beyond. Check out our exclusive Q&A with the August HALO Effect Honoree, and learn more about Tim's incredibly inspiring story!

    What inspired you to begin your organization Freedom Chairs? How did you come to focus on this specific cause?
    During my sophomore year of high school I noticed a student named Steven Scholl who was stuck in the hallway because he was unable to move his manual wheelchair. I got in contact with his parents and asked why he wasn't using an electric wheelchair, and they said that his insurance denied the request because he wasn't "disabled enough." I tried to fix a wheelchair that my neighbor gave me to play with on our FIRST Robotics team, but it turned out to be unfix-able. I was determined to help my new friend Steven so I traded my moped for a wheelchair that was repairable. I customized the wheelchair to be exactly what Steven needed and gave it to him just before he graduated. The smile he had when we gave him the wheelchair was so incredible that I developed a passion for helping people in similar situations to Steven, and that's how Freedom Chairs started.

    How has Freedom Chairs grown since it started in 2011?
    Freedom Chairs has given away more than 85 wheelchairs since we started in 2011. We have dozens of wheelchairs in our workshop and have work days nearly every weekend to repair and rebuild wheelchairs.

    What is the process that goes into building a Freedom Chair? What kinds of features does a typical wheelchair have?
    When we get an old chair donated to us, it is typically in pretty poor condition. We tear the chair down and repair anything that isn't in like-new condition, and rebuild it to make is as though the recipient gets a brand new chair. A typical wheelchair will have an assortment of features ranging from power seating to lights and turn signals. We have even gotten a few chairs that use head control for someone who is paralyzed.

    How did you learn how to customize these electric wheelchairs?
    I learned to customize the wheelchairs through the skills I gained in FIRST Robotics, and the countless hours spent tinkering with the chairs that were donated. I would try to understand how and why everything worked on the chair.

    With Freedom Chairs, you saw a peer in need and took action. What advice would you give to someone who has a desire to help others, but doesn't know where to start?
    If someone has a desire to help others, the most important advice that I can give is to look for ways to make a difference, because not everyone in need has a voice. Volunteering for community service through school clubs is how I got started helping others, so that is a great place to start. The biggest thing is to never let people convince you that someone else will come along and fill a need that you find.

    To learn more about Tim and his organization, check out the clip below!



  • Fashion Inspiration For The Last 5 Seconds of Summer!

    Posted on 08/04/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Don't let those premature "Back To School" commercials get you down, there's still plenty of summer left! And no one knows this better than the poster boys of summer themselves, Luke, Michael, Calum and Ashton of 5 Seconds of Summer!

    The TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artists have taken this season by storm with their music, and we've all fallen in love with them about as much as the warm-weather vacation itself. But did you know that these boys are style taste-makers, too? Sure, they might be better known for their cute faces than their fashion, but we're sensing some serious sartorial (SAT word!) patterns. Before the days get too short, check out a few of the trends the boys have been rocking and make the best out of your last 5 Seconds of Summer!

    NOTHIN' BUT A HAIR FLIP-FLOP

    5 Seconds of Summer

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    Bassist Michael Clifford is known for his chameleonic hair changes. From blonde to brown to bright green, there's no color he can't rock. So who's to say a little tonsorial switch-up isn't in your future? If it's just a little temporary neon streak, go bold with some unexpected colors.

    I'M WITH THE BAND

    5 Seconds of Summer

    Credit: Getty Images


    The 5SOS boys are all about paying homage to the legendary bands that have influenced them, and these days you don't even have to go to a concert to nab a band tee. Head over to your local vintage shop (or your parents' closet!) and pop on a T-shirt to celebrate your favorite rockers! Extra points for 5SOS T-shirts, of course.

    HATS OFF TO YOU

    5 Seconds of Summer

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    Hats might seem like a pretty obvious summer staple, but there are always new and fresh ways to shield the summer rays. Take it from Ashton and Calum! Pork pie hats or snap backs, a topper is a great way to upgrade your ensemble. But the question remains... Are you brave enough to rock a beanie in August?

    DON'T MEAN TO CUT YOU OFF...

    5 Seconds of Summer

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    Late-summer temperatures can be brutal, so minimizing the amount of material you throw on your back seems like a logical solution to the oppressive heat, right? Right. Well, if you haven't already noticed, the boys of 5SOS really, realllly love their cutoff tees. Ahhh, let the air flow in, boys...

    HOLE-Y MOLY!

    5 Seconds of Summer

    Credit: Getty Images


    Speaking of extra ventilation, the worn-in, distressed look (as seen here by Calum and Ashton) actually has very practical applications. We're not totally sure how those holes got there (did they pay extra for them? Do they need to switch their laundry detergent? Was a tiger or other ferocious wild animal somehow involved?), but it's a ~lewk~ nonetheless. And we ~lurve~ it.

    What's your favorite 5SOS style? Which one would you adapt to make your own? Let us know in the comments!

  • TeenNick Top 10: Your Favorite Videos Plus Some More Hits With Trey Songz

    Posted on 07/30/2014 by Kayla6548

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    TeenNick Top 10 fans, listen up! This Friday at 10pm ET there's an all-new episode of your favorite music countdown. Tune in to see the return of fresh artists Nico & Vinz and a visit from celebrity guest Trey Songz!

    TeenNick Top 10


    Grammy nominee, Tremaine Aldon Neverson, or better known as Trey Songz, is definitely not a rookie in the music business. He just released his sixth album, titled "Trigga," which features his lead single "Na Na." And something tells us Songz won't be stopping anytime soon!

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    And for the second time on TNT10, fresh artists Nico & Vinz, will be joining us this week! Thanks to their awesome fans, they jumped from number three in the countdown to number two with their hit single "Am I Wrong"! But do you think a #1 is in their future? If you want to see this talented twosome top the totem pole, be sure to vote right here.

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    Okay, now it's recap time! Last week we hung out with celebrity guest MAGIC!, but unfortunately they stayed stagnant in the competition, remaining fourth in the countdown. So how do we fix this? YOU VOTE. And when will you see which summer single made the countdown? FRIDAY at 10pm ET. And where do you watch? RIGHT HERE, ON TEENNICK. See you then!



  • Degrassi Finale Recap: 'Thunderstruck' Parts 1 + 2

    Posted on 07/30/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Is it really true? We've wrapped up another season of Degrassi? It feels like just yesterday we met Zoe, Winston and Miles for the first time, but it sure has been a wild ride! And last night's one-hour finale was no exception, as a storm caused a dramatic downpour at the Degrassi dance (say that three times fast) and made us really, really excited for Season 14. Hopefully you've caught up on "Thunderstruck" Parts 1 & 2 online because we have lots to discuss!

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    Because of someone named Shmaya Shmatlin, both Miles and Tristan decided to skip the dance. Instead, they set out to have the Best Bro Date Ever at Miles' house. But when the power went out in the midst of the thunderstorm, Miles, Tristan, Frankie and Winston decided it was time for an epic game of Murder. But the game really started to heat up when Miles found Tristan's hiding place and Tristan said, "Come any closer, and I'll kiss you."

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    Miles said, "Go ahead."

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    Since Becky was having a hard time in the aftermath of the trial, Drew swooped in to comfort her. It wasn't really clear whether or not he was interested in her as more than a friend, but once the storm unleashed its wrath upon campus, thiiiiings started to happen.

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    While the whole school took shelter, Becky freaked everyone out by hiding out alone in the boiler room. When Drew finally found her there, the door locked behind them and they were trapped. A mysterious toxic gas started to leak from one the pipes (LOL "Did you fart?") and it started going to their heads.

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    One thing lead to another, and they kissed. ...Becky and Drew kissed.

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    Meanwhile, Maya went to war with Zoe about everything that had happened in the past few months. She drunkenly accused Zoe of stealing all her "people" (Tristan... Miles... Zig...) and ran away into the storm in a fit of anger. But it seemed like Zoe, after everything that happened between them, genuinely wanted to work it out. So she followed her into the tempest.

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    The storm was so violent, however, that Zoe had to break into The Dot so she and Maya could take cover. It was kind of a blessing in disguise, though, because being trapped together finally gave 'em an opportunity to work it out. Yep, Zoe and Maya decided to be on the same team for once (...and we're so glad because they harmonize realllllly well together).

    In New York, Clare soaked up the city before her Columbia interview. After exploring the sights and roaming the different NYC neighborhoods, nothing could bring her down.

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck


    Until something did.

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    What Clare thought was a fateful Eli-spotting brought her face-to-face with a pole and landed her in the Emergency Room. Her admissions interview would have to wait.

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    Which brings us to this. Clare got her interview rescheduled for the morning, and in need of a place to crash for the night, she called Eli. After everything that happened with Drew this year, the two had a heck of a lot to work out. But as it turns out, a mature conversation was all it took to patch things up.

    In fact, after Clare aced her interview the next day (YAY!), Eli confessed what every single Eclare fan hoped he would confess.

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    "I'm not over you." *Gasp* Things were starting to look up for Clare, and a promising future seemed totally attainable.

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    ...Until she got a call from the hospital. After her routine blood work, Clare found out that she and her, um, baby were going to be just fine.

    ...

    Well, Season 14, here we come!

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    By the way, #Triles may be more than a one time thing.

    Degrassi: Thunderstruck

    Oh and #Brew? That might be a thing now, too.

    What were your reactions to this game-changing finale? Could these new romances last? Will Clare be able to deal with this life-changing news? Shout it out in the comments!

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Nico & Vinz

    Posted on 07/25/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Nico & Vinz


    By now you've probably cruised down the highway to Nico & Vinz's breakout single "Am I Wrong?" blasting through the speakers. Or maybe you've tapped your toes to its infections beat at a pool party. In whatever way this inspiring and totally danceable summer smash has soundtracked your summer, it's pretty obvious that this Norwegian hit-making duo is doing something so right.

    But here's the thing: For Nico & Vinz, there's a lot more where that came from. We caught up with our new Fresh Artist to learn more about their debut album, their musical influences, and fun facts about their past! Check it out!

    1. Coming from Norway, how does it feel to see your music spread across the globe?

    It's almost indescribable. We're are having the time of our lives right now, trying to soak it all up. We always had a dream of having our music reach and touch people all over the world, and to see that dream happen is beyond amazing. We're truly grateful for the support and we're working to pay you back with the best music we can make!

    2. Your sound has roots in African rhythms and textures, but with a Scandinavian pop twist. What do you think is most special about that unique combination of influences?

    The most special thing about it is that it's very personal, it's Nico & Vinz. We figured that the best way to be unique, is to be yourself, because there's no one like you. So we started making music with that mentality and mixed our personalities and backgrounds in the music. Born and raised in Norway with parents from Ghana, Ivory Coast and Norway, influenced by the hip hop-culture.

    3. Has music always been your main focus and passion? How did you two become a duo?

    Nico wanted to be a professional soccer player and Vinz was studying before we decided to focus on music at the age of 20.

    4. Can you remember the first album or record that made a lasting impression on you?

    Nico: Nas Illmatic
    Vinz: Dr. Dre 2001

    5. For fans who are eager to hear more music from you, what can they expect in the coming months?

    Right now we're in the midst of finishing up our debut album Black Star Elephant, which will be out during fall. The album is a story based on our journey from where we started to where we've come now. We are very excited about releasing it and we definitely feel like this is our best music so far!

    RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked nico & Vinz a series of silly questions, and here's what they had to say!

    5SOS: Rapid Fire



    If you want to catch more of these guys, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in this Friday at 10pm ET!

  • TeenNick Top 10: Vote For Your Favorite Videos + Some MAGIC! Headed Your Way This Friday!

    Posted on 07/24/2014 by Kayla6548

    The competition continues, and this Friday we're letting you in on ALL the action with a new episode of TeenNick Top 10. And wow, do we have some BIG news for you!

    TeenNick Top 10


    Joining us this week on TNT10 are new artists Nico & Vinz! This Norwegian dynamic duo is making great strides toward the top with their hit single "Am I Wrong." Just last week they were third in the countdown, but a lot can happen in a few days! Be sure to vote right here! Oh, and look out, Ariana Grande, your reign over first place may be in jeopardy. To read more about the singing/songwriting pair, be sure to check out our Q+A with Nico and Vinz themselves!

    But speaking of the long-locked pop star, Ariana Grande has been TAKING OVER! Did you know her song "Problem" has been certified double Platinum? Not to mention that the music video was nominated for three 2014 Video Music Awards ("Best Pop Video," "Best Female Video" and "Best Collaboration"). Way to go, girl!

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    And let's not forget about our celebrity guest MAGIC!, who will also be joining us this Friday. Last week the totally original, Canadian band was at number four in the countdown with their single "Rude." But maybe with a little help from their fans, they'll make the top three this week!

    So take those headphones off for just a minute and listen closely everyone! Make sure you vote for your favorite song right here, and tune in at 10 pm ET on TeenNick to watch TeenNick Top 10. You won't regret it!

    TeenNick Top 10




  • Degrassi Recap: 'Believe' Part 2

    Posted on 07/22/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    It's hard to believe that we're nearing the end of the chapter, but that doesn't mean the Degrassi drama is slowing down one bit! If you haven't seen "Believe Pt. 2", watch it online and then read our recap!

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    Maya and Miles started getting re-cozy, but Miles was nervous that his testimony in court would shake things up (again). Remember when he almost kissed Zoe at his fateful party? Well, Maya didn't. And sooner or later, she was going to find out.

    When Winston took the stand, he testified that Miles and Zoe were about to fool around before Zoe passed out.

    And Maya decided she had had enough.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2


    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    Meanwhile, a gossip TV segment that was released surrounding the trial revealed that Zoe was actually booted from West Drive for pill popping. She was trying to move on from the trial by focusing on her audition, but this new video launched a disastrous wrench into her plan. Now the whole world knew her little secret.

    As the video started to spread, things went from bad to worse. And when Zoe didn't know where to turn, she picked up her old habit: She swiped a few pills from Zig and popped them in school.

    It didn't take long before Zoe, high on prescription drugs, started hallucinating in class.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    It seemed like her world was beginning to crumble. Was Zoe starting to crumble with it?

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    Still high on the pills, she lashed out at the reporter who spread the terrible stories.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    And later on, Zig found Zoe crying in the back of the bus. She had reached the end of her rope, but Zig sat with her, comforted her, and tried to give her perspective.

    Back in the courtroom, before Becky's testimony, Luke accidentally revealed something really important: At the time of the alleged assault...

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    When Becky heard this, she was certain that Zoe never consented. As heartbreaking as it was, Becky knew she had to tell the truth on the stand.

    As things were finally starting to turn around, Zoe mustered enough strength to give her honest and moving impact statement in court.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    After her statement, she thanked Zig. And gave him money to pay off the gang, and get out of dealing drugs for good.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    And when the jury finally came to their decision, Luke and Neil were found...

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2


    Guilty.

    Degrassi: Believe Pt. 2

    Although Zoe was able to find justice in this heart-wrenching case, Becky's world was now turned upside down. Thanks in large part to her testimony, her brother was now convicted of sexual assault. And when Becky turned to her mom for support, she was cold. Oh, so cold.

    Zoe's story sheds light on the complicated issue of sexual assault. It can happen to all kinds of people, and all-too often blame is assigned to the victim. Situations like these aren't easy to talk about, but if you or someone you know have been affected by sexual assault, there are resources available and it is never too late to get help. Tell someone you trust. You don't have to deal with this alone. Call the Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE or go to www.rainn.org.



    What did you all think of this eventful episode? What do you think is in store for the finale? Get to talkin' in the comments!

  • Alien Dawn Marathon Coming To TeenNick + New Adventure Game!

    Posted on 07/21/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Alien Dawn Marathon


    Meet Cameron Turner. He's a totally normal 16-year-old boy who goes to school, enjoys skateboarding with his friends, and spends most of his time searching for his missing astronaut father.

    Hold up, what?

    Let us explain: Sixteen years ago, Cameron's father was on a mission to intercept an asteroid headed for Earth. But when he suddenly disappears without a trace, it's up to Cameron and his friends to find Mr. Turner by uncovering clues hidden in the animated pages of a comic book.

    Alien Dawn Marathon


    And now it's time to get your paranormal party pants on because Alien Dawn is coming to TeenNick for a full series marathon starting July 26th at 12pm ET! Tune in for every episode of this epic mystery to see Cameron and his friends kick some serious alien butt. It's gonna be out of this world.

    Alien Dawn Marathon

    Alien Dawn Marathon


    But there's MORE! While you wait, uncover how the comic conspiracy began by playing this brand NEW Alien Dawn adventure game! It's up to you to unlock what lies behind the mystery of the comic... before time runs out!

    Alien Dawn Marathon


  • TeenNick Top 10: Your Favorite Videos, Every Witch Way and the Return of 5 Seconds of Summer

    Posted on 07/17/2014 by Kayla6548

    TeenNick Top 10


    Can you believe that it's already mid-July?! Summer is flying by, but that doesn't mean we're slowing things down here at TeenNick. In fact, we're just getting started! So while you're catching some rays by the pool or sipping on a cold glass of lemonade, be sure to turn on this summer's best hits.

    TeenNick Top 10


    This Friday, TNT10 will be welcoming the cast of Every Witch Way, as well as the return of fresh artist 5 Seconds of Summer! So don't sweat it if you missed them on previous episodes, because now's your chance to check out this four-piece Aussie band. And did we mention that listening to their hit single "She Looks So Perfect" is the best way to gear up for a summer sunset?

    TeenNick Top 10


    And let's not forget last week's episode featuring a Kid's Choice Sports 2014 Takeover! We hope you all voted for your favorite A-list athletes. But just in case you were too busy hanging out at the beach, there's still time to vote before the show on Thursday, July 17th at 8pm ET!

    TeenNick Top 10



    Be sure to tune in at 10 pm ET on TeenNick to watch this week's ultimate countdown! In the meantime, let us know which summer single you think is the hottest by voting right here.