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  • Open Heart OTP of the Week: Jared and Mikayla

    Posted on 02/18/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    OTP: jared and Mikayla

    There's a chance you didn't see it coming, but when a Code Silver forced Open Heart Memorial into lockdown, something else turned out to be locked: Jared and Mikayla's lips! (LOL had to.)

    During the emergency, Jared jumped into protector mode and Mikayla shared her first-ever kiss with the high-strung volunteer coordinator. Chalk it up to "extreme emotional duress," but we're naming Jikayla our OTP of the Week!

    OTP: Jared and Mikayla

    Thanks to a peanut allergy situation, it didn't take long for Wes to find out about the smooch.

    OTP: Jared and Mikayla

    And at first, he was all... "You crossed enemy lines!" But then he asked:

    OTP: Jared and Mikayla


    What say you, Open Heart fans? Is Jikayla a premature 'ship? Or are we sailing off into the moonlight?

  • Five Times Taylor Swift's 'Style' Music Video Made Us Buckle Our Knees

    Posted on 02/13/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Swifties, REJOICE! Taylor Swift just released her brand-new video for "Style" today and it is B-E-A-UTIFUL. The video's release falls on Friday, the 13th -- which is no coincidence, since 13 is Tay's lucky number -- but the only thing truly freaky about it all is how much #RIPME is currently going on in our minds and bodies.

    We all know who reportedly inspired the third single off of 1989 (coughHarryStylescough... do we really need to say it?), but by the looks of this visually breathtaking clip, we are much more concerned with the fact that Taylor has somehow outdone herself. This might be our favorite video yet, and here are five reasons why.

    TWO PAPER AIRPLANES FLYING

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    Thank you, Taylor, for this clue of all clues. The paper airplane allusion first appeared in "Out of the Woods" supposedly as a reference to a necklace that she and Harry shared. Now, she straight-up placed said necklace in her music video. *Praise hands*

    RED LIP, CLASSIC THING THAT YOU LIKE

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    Since it's a central theme in the song's lyrics, it comes as no surprise that Tay's signature red lip makes multiple appearances in the video. But does anyone else think this image of her in wayfarer sunglasses hearkens back to the Red era? When she and Harry first met? Too much of stretch? Never.

    DAYDREAM LOOK IN YOUR EYES

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    In case you didn't know, the leading man in this vid is English actor, Dominic Sherwood. If you look closely as he smolders into the camera, you can see that he has two different colored eyes. O_O Yep. Now we think she's just actively trying to make us lose it.

    AND WHEN WE GO CRASHING DOWN...

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    In one of the video's stunning visual effects, Taylor raises her hands in front of her face, just as her the man's reflection appears. We're going to guess this creative decision was made because he is her and she is him and everything is one thing.

    ...WE COME BACK EVERY TIME

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    Taylor Alison Swift. Go ahead and twirl into the abyss as the silhouette of your love interest appears on a sunset-laden beach. Just go ahead. You've already managed to make us flat-line and come back to life all at once! Truly, this video is everything we hoped it would be.

    But enough of from us! What did you think? Did you have a favorite moment from Taylor's new video? Let us know in the comments!

  • Open Heart Heart-Stopping Moment of the Week: Wes Loves Dylan

    Posted on 02/12/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Open Heart Executive Producer Ramona Barckert said the following about Tuesday's episode:


    And she wasn't wrong. In just four short weeks, this show has succeeded in causing SOME sort of physical distress every episode with its O_O ?!?!?! OMG moments. And for us, the heart-stopping moment of the week occurred toward the end of the episode, when Wes bared his soul to Dylan.

    In case you missed it, Wes is "pretty much in love" with Dylan. And we're "pretty much" in need of a defibrillator.

    Heart-Stopping Moment of the Week

    Heart-Stopping Moment of the Week

    Heart-Stopping Moment of the Week

    Heart-Stopping Moment of the Week


    Tell us -- were you feeling all the feels as much as we were?

  • Five Valentine's Day Nail Art Designs that Will Make You Swoon

    Posted on 02/10/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    We know you're cute every other day of the year, but there is a way to be even cuter with these super sweet Valentine's Day nail art designs. Whether you're going on a hot date or tearing over The Notebook with your best friends or just doing whatever the heck you feel like doing, Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to up your nail polish game. Check out these five nail art designs we are absolutely in LOVE with!

    BUBBLY

    Valentine's Day Nail Art

    Credit: The Nail Polish Challenge


    Blogger Kelli Dobrin at The Nail Polish Challenge has definitely stepped up to the plate. Her red, pink, black, and gold polka dots look like bubbles rising out of a glass or confetti sparkling up a room. Talk about classy!

    LOVE AND LACE

    Valentine's Day Nail Art

    Credit: Chit Chat Nails


    Some people like lace on their dresses and some people like lace on their nails. Or better yet: why not have both to match? Marta Warmuz at ChitChatNails sure knows how to make us feel pretty and polished.

    SCRABBLE, ANYONE?

    Valentine's Day Nail Art

    Credit: One Nail To Rule Them All


    It's not okay to play with hearts, but no one said anything about playing Scrabble! Our girl Alice from One Nail To Rule Them All is making us giddy with her super cute Scrabble tile-inspired nail art. #Winning

    HEARTBREAKER

    Valentine's Day Nail Art

    Credit: I Feel Polished


    Try not to break too many hearts with this crackled heart nail art design by Heather from I Feel Polished! Sweet and edgy--what more could we ask for?

    PLAY IT COOL

    Valentine's Day Nail Art

    Credit: The Nail Polish Project


    Take the (dreamy, romantic, moonlit) road less traveled by and mix it up with some non-clich� cool-toned hearts thanks to Jen from The Nail Polish Project. They're not your usual Valentine's Day reds and pinks, but lavender and periwinkle are soft colors that are perfect for the occasion.

    This Valentine's Day, treat yourself and your nails to one of these fab-u-lous nail art designs. And don't forget to get yourself a big box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get! ;)

  • 10 TeenNick Bromances That Are Like Spongebob and Patrick

    Posted on 02/04/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

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    Some say it's one of the greatest friendships of all time. That the bond between a sponge and starfish is both eternal and unshakable (but maybe a little squeezable). SpongeBob Squarepants and his BFF Patrick have a bromance like no other, and when The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water hits theaters, they're going to embark on a mission fit only for the very best of buds.

    The power of the bromance is real, so to celebrate this aquatic pairing soon to be all over the big screen, we rounded up ten of our favorite TeenNick bromances that have surely taken a cue from our these deep-sea dudes. Are you ready, kids?!

    BROS DRESS UP TOGETHER

    Bromance

    Whether they're troubadours...

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    cheerleaders...

    Bromance

    lovely ladies...

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    or fruit.

    BROS GET DOWN TOGETHER

    Bromance

    Everyone knows a key ingredient of a healthy bromance is a happy dance.

    Bromance
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    Extra points for impressive choreography...

    Bromance

    and flawless execution.

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    What can we say? Perfect pairs are never out of sync.

    BROS ARE WILLING TO MAKE SACRIFICES

    Bromance

    Bromance

    And misery loves company.

    BROS ARE NOT AFRAID TO SHOW AFFECTION

    Bromance

    Sometimes the emotion is just too much.

    Bromance

    So what if it's awkward?

    Bromance

    There, there, Andr�. Beck's got your back.

    BROS DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'D DO WITHOUT EACH OTHER

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    And at the end of the day, your best friend is gonna be there for you. That's what bromance is all about, right?

    Bromance

    Bromance

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    Check out more epic bromantic moments between SpongeBob and Patrick when The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water hits theaters on February 6th!

  • Open Heart OTP of the Week: Seth and London

    Posted on 02/04/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    OTP: Seth and London

    Londeth? Sethdon? What shall we call them, guys?

    This week's One True Pairing goes to adorkable lab tech Seth Park and his high-strung counterpart, Dr. London Blake. The nerdmance started last episode when the two shared an unexpected kiss in the hospital lab, but their 'shipdom is all but Facebook official this week.

    Dr. Hud tricked Seth into thinking an acrophobic London (meaning, she's afraid of heights) liked rooftops. So, Seth invited London to join him on the roof of the hospital to take a break from the ER, soak in the romantic vista and talk about their relationship. But when London finally bopped to the top, she had about a full-on panic attack.


    Seth quickly realized what was going on and calmed her down with his gentle kindness and irresistible smile.



    So are we, Seth. So are we. What do you guys think of this budding 'ship? Is Seth going to be the fruit to London's loop? The honey to her comb? Let us know in the comments!

  • Open Heart: What We Know

    Posted on 02/04/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    This season on Open Heart, Dylan starts her investigation to find out what truly happened to her father. With the help of some friends, she searches for clues in and around Open Heart Memorial and uncovers other mysteries along the way. Every week, we'll recap each episode's findings to keep you in the loop until Dylan uncovers the truth.

    Last Things First


    Last Things First


    Last Things First


    Last Things First

  • Meet Our February HALO Effect Honoree, Stanley Celestine!

    Posted on 02/03/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    HALO Effect: Stanley Celestine


    Have you ever heard of STEM? Do you know what it stands for? Do you know what kind of impact it will have on the future of education?

    15 year-old Stanley Celestine is a champion of the STEM curriculum. A fervent advocate for giving STEM subjects the focus and attention they deserve, Stanley founded WETEACHSTEM, an educational program in his hometown of Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. We caught up with our HALO Effect honoree for the month of February to learn more about his vision and what STEM is really all about.

    Can you explain 'STEM' to those who might not know what it stands for?

    STEM is an acronym referring to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. I've considered STEM to be a multi-disciplined approached to teaching and learning that integrates science, technology, engineering & mathematics, with the objective of strengthening problem solving skills and curiosity. One unique thing about STEM is rather than approaching these disciplines as separate subjects, STEM requires a partnership from students, teachers, and parents to think about how these disciplines work together.

    Why do you think STEM is so important in school curricula? What would you say to someone who thinks of himself/herself as "more of an English and History" person?

    Our society is becoming more STEM-focused each and every day. Students will need to have experiences and exposure to a variety of STEM topics in order to survive. Research has shown that American students are performing below other countries in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. I believe that students should be exposed to STEM in elementary school. This lays a foundation for later success and exposure at a young age will increase proficiency and interest in STEM subjects. Implementing a STEM curricula also allows students to become problem solvers and collaborate with peers. For someone who's more of an English or History person, I would strongly recommend to research how that particular subject relates to STEM.

    WETEACHSTEM offers several different programs � which one is your favorite?

    My favorite WETEACHSTEM Program is our STEM Education Program. This program has a huge impact on student's attitude and achievement in the areas of mathematics and science. This program also addresses a national issue facing our country. When I developed this program the goal of it was to improve the recruitment and preparation of African Americans and other minority students, particularly women through participation in STEM Enrichment Workshops that improve students' knowledge in a variety of STEM areas.

    As a student, do you feel like you bring a unique perspective when working with members of the school board? How have you made your vision clear?

    Yes, there is a common core value that recognizes WETEACHSTEM as a resource for schools, families, and the community. The school board acknowledges both the need and desire to maintain this partnership in the face of changes in the nature of families, the workforce and societal expectations for schools. I've made my vision clear by presenting research based presentations and relating my experiences with programs similar to WETEACHSTEM to school board officials.

    What has been one of your most rewarding experiences with WeTeachSTEM thus far?

    Building long-lasting, caring relationships with youth, families, and members of the community.

    To learn more about Stanley and his organization, check out this video below!



  • Enter Dylan Blake's World With The Open Heart: Unlocked App!

    Posted on 01/29/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Open Heart: Unlocked Open Heart: Unlocked

    Want to know everything Dylan knows? Want to follow along with her investigation in real time and get an exclusive glimpse inside her phone? Download the Open Heart: Unlocked App and follow the clues as she searches for her missing father.

    Open Heart: Unlocked allows you access to Dylan's personal life and ongoing investigation by unlocking images, videos, blog posts and text messages on her phone. Unravel the story as it unravels in Dylan's world.

    DOWNLOAD ON THE APP STORE

    DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY


  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Ella Henderson

    Posted on 01/23/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Ella Henderson


    If you haven't heard of Ella Henderson, chances are you've heard her hit song. "Ghost" — the one with the ear-wormy line, "I keep going to the river to pray..." — is a soulful, stomping pop tune that combines the driving power of Adele with the honeyed vocal tricks of Leona Lewis. The chart-topping single is basically a microscopic representation of Ella's immense talent, so you better believe there's more where that came from with this pop diva.

    Ella's debut album Chapter One was released roughly two years after her time on X-Factor UK. It recently charted at #11 on the Billboard 200, proving her undeniable transformation from contestant to star-in-the-making. We sat down with our brand-new Fresh Artist to hear more about her life, her career so far and... oh, something about dolphin noises? Check it out below!

    1. The lyrics in "Ghost" are pretty metaphorical. What does "ghost" in this song refer to?

    When I wrote this song is was at a time when I'd spent almost 2 years writing the album but I still didn't feel like I'd found my first single. People were telling me that when you have your first single you know, you just have that gut feeling; and I was frustrated that I hadn't had that yet. Ghost is about that something or someone that is 'haunting' you; you can't eat, you can't sleep, it's tormenting your mind and you can't get rid of it. The thing I love about Ghost is that it means different things to different people, but regardless of what your personal 'Ghost' is, it's a feeling everyone can relate to in some way.

    2. What is the best advice you've ever received or the single most important lesson you've learned about the music industry?

    To be yourself, stay true to who you are and to work hard. And most importantly to enjoy it.

    3. What was one of your most memorable moments as a contestant on X Factor?

    My first arena audition. I was so nervous! I always said I was never going to cry on TV but getting a standing ovation from the judges and the audience was so overwhelming and unexpected. Having praise from the judges I think it was the first time I started to really believe in myself.

    4. When you need a breather from your crazy life, what do you like to do to relax?

    When I have a day off I love to spend it with my family and close friends and do 'normal' things like going to the cinema and walking my dog!

    5. Do you have any pre-show rituals or interesting warm-ups you do before you perform?

    I make a weird dolphin noise before I go on stage! I have a fear that my voice will give out when I open my mouth so by doing it offstage it means I don't wobble later.

    6. What is one moment in your career so far that has made you wonder, "How did I get here?"

    I remember shooting my first music video for Ghost and being out in New Orleans in this amazing location with a whole team of people around me, all there for my video. That was definitely a big pinch me moment! But I have pinch me moments almost daily! I feel so lucky to be doing the job I've always dreamt of. To be out in America performing and releasing my album over here is surreal!


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