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- Posted on 08/06/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
Selena and DJ Maxwell are total BFF. What can we say?�\_()_/�
Being this adorable should be a crime. Catch Selena talking new music and clowning around on the TeenNick Top 10 season premiere TONIGHT, August 6th at 10pm!
- Posted on 08/06/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
We laughed. We cried. And now we're going to do it all over again. Just in case you missed It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments (you can watch it in full here!), we rounded up a few of our favorite quotes from the iconic Degrassi cast members who took a stroll down memory lane. Here are 10 times the Degrassi special was hilarious, heartwarming and so went there.
10. When we got to see old audition footage...
...and baby Craig (Jake Epstein) owned up to his emotions.
While Adamo remembered his surprising first day on set:
9. When the actors who played LGBT characters talked about the impact of their story lines.
Like Annie Clark on the legacy of Fiona.
Or Marco's unforgettable story and how it connected not only to millions of teens, but also to Adamo's personal life.
8. When Lauren Collins (Paige Michalchuk) and Stacey Farber (Ellie Nash) remembered how their very different characters came together through Ellie's self-harm narrative.
7. And, of course, the school shooting episode that will go down in Degrassi history.
What it felt like to film those harrowing scenes...
And the importance of doing such an important story and issue justice.
6. When Ana Golja simply and poignantly described the weight of her character Zo�'s sexual assault story line.
5. And when the cast expressed how Degrassi is more than just a show about teens.
4. When executive producer Stephen Stohn acknowledged one of Degrassi's greatest conundrums.
Respect for owning up to it. #SeanAndEmmaForever
3. When Aislinn and Munro proved that they're a perfect a pair off screen.
All #goals: shattered.
2. When Alicia Josipovic confirmed all of our hopes and dreams about what it's like to be on Degrassi.
1. And when co-creator Linda Schuyler perfectly captured the spirit of Degrassi.
Do you have any favorite moments from It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments? Share them in the comments! And if you haven't seen the full special yet, check it out here!
- Posted on 08/04/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
TeenNick Top 10 fans, rejoice! Your favorite music countdown show is back and hotter than ever. This Thursday, August 6th, we're kicking off a brand-new season of TeenNick Top 10 complete with new music, new celeb interviews, new Fan Favorite voting, new Dances with Amanda and... wait for it... two new uh-mazing correspondents.
Your loyal host and taste-maker Nick Cannon is going to be passing the mic coast-to-coast for all of the latest and greatest in music, fashion and culture. Get ready to be obsessed, because YOUR new TeenNick Top 10 correspondents are DJ Maxwell and Morgan Lynzi!
If there's one thing DJ Maxwell knows a lot about, it's music. He's your go-to for what's trending, who's burning up and which fresh, new track might just be next on the soundtrack to your life. Plus, we're taking our Interview Takeovers to the next level, as DJ Maxwell sits down and clowns around with some of the biggest celebs in the game. (Spoiler alert: he is, like, total BFF with Selena Gomez.) Straight from the center of the universe, DJ Maxwell is your NYC TeenNick Top 10 correspondent.
On the other side of the country repping the Best Coast, is Morgan Lynzi. She's Top 10's authority on fashion and teen culture, and straight from Los Angeles, she's taking it to the streets to talk to you about everything you love. Fun fact: She's obsessed with Pharrell. And we're obsessed with her.
Tune in this Thursday, August 6th at 10pm for a brand-new season of TeenNick Top 10!
- Posted on 07/30/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
If there's one thing we know about Degrassians, it's that they have strong feels for their favorite couples. We asked you to show some love on Twitter for your Degrassi OTP using #MyDegrassiShip and now here they are... all cute and #RelationshipGoals. These are your Ultimate Degrassi 'Ships!
10) Alli & Dallas (Tie)
#MyDegrassiShip BHANDALLAS !!— Harley (@WayfaringSavant) July 22, 2015
10) Manny & Jay (Tie)
#MyDegrassiShip Jay and Manny! They were the best couple— Marysol (@MarysolMI94) July 22, 2015
9) Maya & Zig
I SHIP MAYA AND ZIG SOOOOOOOOO HARD #MYDEGRASSISHIP— love (@__quelove) July 23, 2015
8) Bianca & Drew
7) Holly J & Declan
#mydegrassiship Declan and Holly J!!!!! Best couple ever!— Ariel Rosenthal (@ArielXX1711) July 22, 2015
DOLLYJ DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED. #MyDegrassiShip— daniella (@ravensbell) July 23, 2015
6) Maya & Cam
#mydegrassiship Maya and can <3 miss cam— NeRdAlerT-05- (@autumnalexie) July 22, 2015
#MyDegrassiShip Without a doubt Cam and Maya— Kellie Cameron (@holyfrickattoni) July 22, 2015
5) Riley & Zane
Riley and Zane, ZILEY!!! because each character represented something different, & the struggles of a relationship! #MyDegrassiShip— Vicente Rom�n (@itzchente) July 23, 2015
4) JT & Liberty
#mydegrassiship was Jiberty. Jt and Liberty should have been end game— Tammy (@tammy_lee_1990) July 22, 2015
3) Fiona & Imogen
#MyDegrassiShip is definitely Imogen and Fiona.— ~Kacey~Lovatic~ (@Fire555I) July 22, 2015
Fiona and Imogen all day #mydegrassiship— Nuri (@NuriJazminee) July 22, 2015
2) Sean & Emma
1) Clare & Eli
#MyDegrassiShip my favorite ship is forever and always ECLARE!!!!!cutest thing ever I love them so much— Ashling Beatty (@cakes627) July 23, 2015
Love is Degrassi, and Degrassi is love. Did you see your fave 'ship on the list? If not, shout it out in the comments! And don't forget to finish the Degrassi two-week finale event with us! It all leads up to It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments on July 31st, where we'll count down the most iconic Degrassi moments with your favorite cast members from all fourteen seasons!
- Posted on 07/29/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
The comebacks, the truth bombs, the zingers -- Degrassi characters give voice to hilarious, honest and heart-wrenching words that make up the show's realest moments. Writer and co-executive producer Matt Huether is behind some of Degrassi's most iconic and beloved episodes, so we asked him to take us through those truly unforgettable one-liners. These are Degrassi's Top 10 Quotable Moments... and you can quote us on that!
1) Spinner -- Season 2, "Weird Science"
A hilarious quote from a hilarious character about a hilarious situation.
2) Jay -- Season 4, "Secret"Part 1 & Season 5, "Turned Out"
No matter how dark the subject matter, a Jay line could always be counted on to lighten things up.
3) Emma -- Season 1, "Coming of Age"
Classic Degrassi. Frank, confrontational, true, and kinda badass.
4) Manny -- Season 5, 'Venus" Part 1
This line is so personal to Manny in the moment, yet also feels descriptive of the entire culture at the time.
5) Ashley -- Season 3, "Accidents Will Happen" Part 2
Ashley's Full quote: "Hey! Everybody! These two have an announcement to make! Guys? Oh, they're way too modest. So I'll help spread the joy. These two idiots are pregnant! That's right, because it's way too difficult to use a condom!"
Degrassi monologues are rare, but this one has it all�anger, betrayal, mortification, teen pregnancy...
6) K.C. -- Season 10, "Drop the World" Part 1
Here, a tense scene teams up with a killer line delivery to create one of the most viral quotes from the past few seasons.
7) Sean -- Season 4, "Back in Black"
"You want me to talk? Fine! When the gun went off, my hand was covered in warm liquid. I thought I pissed myself, but then I realized I was drenched in Rick's blood."
Devastating and real. Encapsulates a ton of feelings about the school shooting story in one small piece of dialogue.
8) Maya -- Season 12, "Zombie" Part 2
"He broke up with me by killing himself. I hate him. I hate him! I feel like I'm never going to be happy again."
Sometimes a single line can crack the shell of a tough character and let you feel their true emotions.
9) Eli -- Season 10, "Breakaway" Part 2
An incredibly simple character introduction line that somehow stole hearts and launched one of the show's most popular romances.
10) Clare -- Season 11, "Love Game"
Clare's Full Quote: "Did three months mean nothing?! Did you flip a switch and erase me from your memory?! It took you a year, A YEAR, to get over your ex. Did you ever love me at all?"
What a great piece of dialogue. What a great delivery. So fun to yell at the top of your lungs whenever you're upset about anything.
So many unforgettable quotes. Which one will be stuck in your mind forever?
Keep watching the Degrassi two-week finale event with us! Don't miss It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments on July 31st, where we'll count down the most iconic Degrassi moments... with all your favorite cast members from all fourteen seasons!
- Posted on 07/28/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
Degrassi. It can get real awkward.
1) Being at the top of the pyramid doesn't always make you number 1, especially when you have to go number 2.
2) Hopefully JT realized that you can't pump all your problems away.
3) Curiosity killed the cat. At least the cat didn't steal a vibrator and have it go off in class.
4) As the wise Paige once said: "That is why no one should ever wear track pants."
5) The audition must go on! Even if your chicken cutlet falls out while playing the cello.
6) It's all fun and games until you get hit with a balloon full of pee.
7) Skip the school dance? Sure. End up watching adult films and getting caught by adults? Probably not.
8) Becoming a woman is a milestone for every young girl. Just not one that happens on the front steps of Degrassi.
9) Safety is always a priority...running into an adult when buying condoms? Not so much.
10) Because who wouldn't be embarrassed seeing their principal jazzercising? Ew.
Do you have any fave cringe-worthy moments from Degrassi? Shout 'em out in the comments! And keep watching the Degrassi two-week finale event with us! Plus catch It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments on July 31st, where we'll count down the most iconic Degrassi moments with your favorite cast members from all fourteen seasons!
- Posted on 07/27/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
This post was written by legendary Degrassi executive producer, Stephen Stohn.
Music is so integral to Degrassi and there are many ways that it enters the show. There is the score that underlines the scenes and there are the songs that come from both the independent artists and the established artists. Then there are those wonderful moments where songs are performed by cast members and guest stars on the show. Here are my Top 10 unforgettable Degrassi musical performances:
1. Craig and his band "Downtown Sasquatch" are determined to beat his ex-girlfriend Ashley and her new all-girl band "Hell Hath no Fury" in a battle-of-the-bands competition.
It was just so iconic seeing the girls in their Hell Hath no Fury tees with Craig's picture on them. It was such a beautiful way to have the battle of the bands act as a metaphor for the battle of the sexes.
2. Cassie Steele sings "Life is a Show"
So much of Degrassi has to do with things that seem to go wrong or that cause pain and questioning. But of course, there are those moments of pure joy. And one of my favorite moments like this was when Cassie Steele (as Manny) performed on top of the bus in a Hollywood Studio lot (with Nina Dobrev played the tambourine) and won her audition for Jason Mewes' movie "Mewesical High".
3. Natasha Bedingfield sings "Unwritten"
It was such a thrill meeting Natasha and her song "Unwritten" truly was one of the iconic anthems of that year. It was super fitting that she sang that song during the prom scene because in essence all of the graduates' lives were still unwritten. She also treated us to a first taste of her next single "Pocket Full of Sunshine", which also did well on the charts.
4. Whisperhug performs "Superman" in a battle-of-the-bands competition.
It was great to revisit the classic battle-of-the-bands this many years later. But this time, the performance was the backdrop for some real-life lessons that trans advocate Chaz Bono was able to impart to one of our most beloved characters, Adam Torres.
5. Hedley performs "Kiss You Inside Out"
I've known the Hedley lead singer Jacob Hoggard for almost his whole career and I'd always been hoping we could sneak a performance of his band into the show. We had already used their song "I Do (Wanna Love You)" in the airport scene in Degrassi Goes Hollywood where Craig can't say goodbye to Ellie, so I was pleased to be able to have them sing "Kiss You Inside Out" in person on our set. The scene also played out while Katie (played by Chloe Rose) was being tempted by a wealthy man's indecent proposal.
6. Ashley is performing at the Degrassi-Lakehurst talent mixer and it's going downhill. When Jimmy intervenes, their spontaneous duet makes the crowd go wild.
What can I say? A great foretelling of the future for one of those characters!
7. Keke Palmer Concert
When Keke toured the studio before her performance, it turned out that she knew more about Degrassi than I did. She pointed out so much that I had forgotten long before. Then she just went on stage and blew us away with her performances.
8. "Here Today" sung by Paula Brancati
This song always reminded me of one of my favorite bands Coldplay and I cried when I first heard it.
9. Fefe Dobson Concert
Fefe is one of Canada's secret musical weapons so it made sense to include her. The Fefe Dobson concert in this episode was a great backdrop to the introduction of Miles and Maya so it will always remind me of that.
10. "Sometimes When We Touch" sung by Stefan Brogren
I am friends with the writer Dan Hill (the writer of the song) and had to ask him for special permission for what is probably one of the worst recorded performances of his beautiful song, ever. Simpson croaks the song to entice his wife back to him and it worked!
Let us know your favorite Degrassi musical memories in the comments! And keep watching the Degrassi two-week finale event with us! Don't miss It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments on July 31st, where we'll count down the most iconic Degrassi moments... with all your favorite cast members from all fourteen seasons!
- Posted on 07/24/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
Plain and simple, Degrassi friendships are special. And no one knows this better than Epitome's social media maven, Krista Legault. She's the voice behind @Degrassi on Twitter and she's here to walk us through the top 10 BFFs who prove a Degrassi bond is like no other!
1) Katie & Marisol
Friends since kindergarten, we can't deny these two have gone through their ups and downs. Why does Drew Torres always manage to get in the way? But when it comes down to it, Katie and Marisol are there for each other. You know you value a friend when you'll drop out a school presidential race to hold onto them.
2) Maya & Tristan
They've been through makeovers and Paris together, but we can't talk about Maya and Tristan without talking about their breakup scene. Cue our hearts shattering. "I just wanted this one good thing. But you of all people ruined that for me." What will the rest of Season 14 hold for these two? You'll have to watch and see ;)
3) Jimmy & Spinner
Jimmy and Spinner show that even the best of friends can go through the darkest times. But their friendship proves that forgiveness can help us move on from the past, and sustain lasting relationships. And we're sure glad they did, because we'd love to get our hands on some Jimmy/Spinner t-shirt designs.
4) Fiona & Holly J
Fighting to be the most popular girl in school can really pit two girls against each other. Holly J and Fiona turned their rivalry into an epic friendship, and even a romance? But when all is said and done, high school's not about being popular. It's about building connections that extend all the way from Toronto and New York, to Yale and Rome.
5) Adam, Clare & Eli
The Misfits showed that true friendship comes without judgment. It comes from loving and accepting your friends for who they are, being a shoulder to cry on, and someone to laugh with. The picnic table scene in My Body is a Cage will always stand out to us as a moment of sincere love and compassion.
6) JT & Toby
The most lovable friendship on Degrassi. It was always JT and Toby against the world � Trying to fit in, be one of the guys, and maybe impress a girl or two. And of course that never worked out (neither did the penis pump), but they always had each other.
7) Jake & Mo
The ultimate bromance. And let's be real, our hearts swelled and cheeks hurt from laughing when Jake and Mo declared their affection for one another at prom. We have no doubt these two will continue their friendship post-high school... and hopefully their kids will hang out together, too. ;)
8) Ellie, Marco & Paige
Ellie, Marco and Paige are one of our fav friendship trios! From the halls of Degrassi to the university house, these three go from friends to family and prove that while high school comes to an end, true friendship is forever. Oh, and Stacey, Adamo and Lauren are best pals in real life! *sigh*
9) Alli & Clare
High school is all about growing up, and sometimes growing apart. But not Alli and Clare. Even after they went through cancer, an STI scare and a little 'boiler room' drama, Alli turns to Clare and says, "you'll always have me." That's why we keep our BFF's on speed dial.
10) Emma & Manny
The most classic Degrassi friendship. In high school, every girl needs a BFF. Sure, Emma and Manny were opposites�but whether Manny was going commando to prove a point, or Emma was protesting against genetically modified foods, these girls always had each other's backs.
And our hearts.
Who's your ultimate Degrassi friendship? Shout it out in the comments! And don't forget to watch the Degrassi two-week finale event! Plus catch It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments on July 31st, where we'll count down the most iconic Degrassi moments with your favorite cast members from all fourteen seasons!
- Posted on 07/23/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
This piece was written by Adamo Ruggiero, who played the unforgettable Marco Del Rossi on Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Degrassi has always represented the LGBT experience when many television shows did not. For many LGBT kids, Degrassi was like the book you read under your covers after lights out -- hiding from your folks, yet making you feel ever so visible in its stories and characters. Degrassi has deeply informed my personal experience as a gay person, as it did and continues to do for LGBT youth worldwide. So let's take a walk down memory lane and visit my top 10 LGBT moments from the last 14 season of Degrassi!
1) "Secrets & Lies" - Ashley discovers her dad is gay.
As a 14 year old viewer, this was one of the first LGBT stories I saw on television -- and certainly was the first time I learned parents could be gay too.
2) "Pride-Part 1" - Marco comes out to Spinner in alleyway.
The Degrassi moment I hold dearest. Part fiction and part reality -- this scene marked the beginning of Marco and my coming out journey. Together.
3) "Pride-Part 2" - Marco is gay bashed; Jimmy comforts him.
By far, the hardest scene I shot on the series. In many ways, it inspired my coming out publicly -- to support LGBT teens like Marco.
4) "The Lexicon Of Love- Part 2" - Guest star Kevin Smith advises Paige to follow her true feelings for Alex.
A very sweet and endearing moment. Who wouldn't take relationship advice from Kevin Smith? Gay or straight.
5) "Beat It-Part 2" - Riley tells Fiona he can be "cured" of his homosexuality.
Filled with self-hatred, a desperate Riley reaches his breaking point. For me, this scene showed how homophobia from others can make you homophobic against yourself.
6) "My Body Is A Cage-Part 1" - Bianca rips open Adam's shirt, revealing his "binding."
Adam taught me a lot about the challenges faced by Trans teens. Adam feels both socially and physically caged�and in this heartbreaking scene, Bianca exposes Adam's secret and mocks his gender identity.
7) "Tonight, Tonight-Part 2" - Adam gets advice from guest star Chaz Bono.
One of the coolest cameos on Degrassi! Faced with the pressures of being a Trans teen, Adam turns to LGBT icon Chaz Bono for advice. The twist? Adam is Chaz's hero.
8) "Hypnotize" - Imogen and Jack fall in love through dance.
The best first date in Degrassi history! Also my fav LGBT couple. Imogen and Jack turn up the heat and find the rock and roll in high school love.
9) "Out Of My Head" - Tristan and his teacher, Mr. Yates, secretly kiss in janitor's closet.
Whether you're gay or straight, young love can be very intoxicating. In this scene, Tristan is tempted by the allure of a mature romance and finds himself in an inappropriate relationship with his teacher!
9) "Thunderstruck Parts 1 & 2" - Tristan and Miles have a 'Rom Com' moment in the rain.
I simply love this scene. And I'm incredibly jealous it never happened to Marco. Or me.
Keep watching the Degrassi two-week finale event with us! And don't miss It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments on July 31st, where we're counting down the most iconic Degrassi moments... with all your favorite cast members from all fourteen seasons!
- Posted on 07/22/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
Everyone's got a secret at Degrassi. But if one thing's for sure, they don't stay secrets for long.
1. "Rumors and Reputations"
Emma spreads a rumor that Liberty is having an affair with Mr. Armstrong.
Emma inadvertently spread a huge rumor about Liberty, when in reality all she saw was Mr. Armstrong encouraging Liberty to work through her learning disability, dyscalculia.
2. "Accidents Will Happen" - Part Two
Manny gets pregnant with Craig's child.
Manny tried to keep her pregnancy news under wraps, but when a vengeful Ashley announced it to the entire caf, it all became too much for her.
3. "Bark At The Moon"
Paige begins to have a relationship with Mr. Olliander... a teacher.
Tired of avoiding each other, Paige and Mr. O made their secret relationship official. *Spoiler alert* Things did not end well. But they never do when you DATE YOUR TEACHER! (Plz, don't do it.)
Emma hooks up with Jay at the infamous Ravine.
Emma shocked us all! There are no words, really.
5. "Heart Like Mine"
KC's Basketball coach crosses the line.
K.C. need to blow off some steam. But we're not sure hiring a prostitute was the best solution for him. Totally inappropriate basketball coach alert!
6. "All Falls Down"
Alli almost hooking up with Owen for fifty bucks.
At Casino night Alli cries because Drew cheated on her, so Owen offers her money if she hooks up with him. Sav walks in on Owen pressuring Alli in the boiler room.
7. "Should've Said No"
Clare and Jake are secretly hooking up, but then they get a surprise of their own.
Clare's mom and Jake's dad sit them both down and tell them they are dating. Hmm... do they know that Clare and Jake are also in a relationship?
Becky finds out that Zoe was raped by her brother, and now has to choose between her family and what is right. Will she tell the police�or not?
9. "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Who is Clare's baby daddy?
In the bathroom Alli confronts Clare about being pregnant, but Clare doesn't reveal who the father is. Does she actually know?
10. "I'll Be Missing You"
Who is sending Zoe threats about Degrassi Nudes?
At the Cheerleader's bake sale Zoe gets delivered a creepy doll that has a note, indicating that an outsider knows that the cheerleaders started Degrassi Nudes. Let the paranoia begin.
Do you remember a Degrassi secret that was just too scandalous to forget? Let us know in the comments! And keep joining us for the Degrassi two-week finale event! Plus catchIt Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments on July 31st, where we'll count down the most iconic Degrassi moments ... with your favorite cast members from all fourteen seasons!