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- Posted on 02/12/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
Open Heart Executive Producer Ramona Barckert said the following about Tuesday's episode:
I try for a moment in every ep where the only appropriate response is to go lie down. Tonight's #OpenHeart has like, 3 of those moments.— Ramona Barckert (@ramonabarckert) February 11, 2015
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.
Tell us -- were you feeling all the feels as much as we were?
- 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!
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
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.
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
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
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! ;)
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
Whether they're troubadours...
BROS GET DOWN TOGETHER
Everyone knows a key ingredient of a healthy bromance is a happy dance.
and flawless execution.
What can we say? Perfect pairs are never out of sync.
BROS ARE WILLING TO MAKE SACRIFICES
And misery loves company.
BROS ARE NOT AFRAID TO SHOW AFFECTION
Sometimes the emotion is just too much.
So what if it's awkward?
There, there, Andr�. Beck's got your back.
BROS DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'D DO WITHOUT EACH OTHER
And at the end of the day, your best friend is gonna be there for you. That's what bromance is all about, right?
Check out more epic bromantic moments between SpongeBob and Patrick when The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water hits theaters on February 6th!
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!
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.
- Posted on 02/03/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
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!
- Posted on 01/29/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
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.
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- Posted on 01/23/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
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!
- Posted on 01/14/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
Holy winter finale, Degrassians. Can you believe the first chapter of Season 14 has come to a close? We're only pushing pause of Degrassi for a bit, but it's a probably a good thing since the Winter Finale is a going to take a minute to digest. Are you ready to recap?
THESE ARE MY CONFESSIONS
Zoë did everything she could to keep the Power Cheer squad together, despite the fact that they found out she started the fake FaceRange page about Frankie. Zoë reminded them that they were so close to making nationals, and, of course, that she was only trying to protect them. It would all be worth it, she promised.
When it seemed like she had gotten their forgiveness, Zoë left the gym to meet up with Zig. But when she got to their meeting place, she realized she had been tricked. Frankie and Winston locked her in the room and tried to get her to admit to everything.
But then the fire started. And as the smoke billowed, the real talk began. Frankie called Zoë out for everything she had done: "You're a bully," she said. And the Power Cheer girls? "The only reason they stuck around so long is because they're worried about going to jail." She warned Zoë that if she didn't come clean -- that if she wasn't honest for once -- she would ruin her friends' lives.
After Zoë escaped the fire, Zig found her outside. Wondering why she didn't compete, Zig asked Zoë if she was OK. "No, but I will be after I take care of something," she replied. Was it finally time for Zoë to humble herself? Right then, she approached a police officer and said, "There's something I need to tell you."
Let the rain fall down, I'm coming...
YOU THERE, ECLARE?
Imogen spilled the beans about Eli actually being the father of Clare's baby. Eli's attitude toward Clare completely changed with this information and he rushed to be by her side.
At first, Clare wasn't too quick to forgive Eli's recent erratic behavior: He punched Drew, called her names, and condemned her for their situation. His recent change of heart wasn't enough. "I don't feel like I can trust you," she said.
But then Eli wasn't going down without a fight. He insisted that he was capable of loving and helping care for their child. He was the father, after all, so Clare decided to give him a chance.
Eclare, how we've missed you.
EVERYTHING AND NOTHING
After another heated argument, Mr. Hollingsworth got physical with Miles again. This time, he hit him. When Miles told his mom about it, she was convinced there must be a logical explanation: Had Miles provoked him? Who actually started the fight? They had been at each other for months. Realizing he wouldn't get the support of his mom, Miles decided to take the matter into his own hands.
He confronted his dad and laid it all out: He told him he was a horrible father and that he used his children as props and lashed out anytime they as much as sidestepped perfection. Mr. H. fired back with anger in his eyes and animosity in his voice. And when it got heated, Miles drew a punch: "Do it," his father said. But Miles couldn't.
Feeling helpless, Miles wrote a goodbye letter to his siblings. He felt like there was nothing left to do but leave, and when he saw Maya at Degrassi, he asked her to pass along the message. But when Miles spotted a display for his dad's campaign, he took one the flyers and set it on fire. Almost immediately, the fire started to spread.
You know what happens in between, but once the Hollingsworth siblings had escaped the fire safely, Mr. H. arrived at the school to pick them up. He didn't seem concerned that his kids' lives were in danger, just that they had once again skirted their campaign responsibilities. How devastating that even after his shocking and unconscionable actions, Mr. H. reacted this way.
The three siblings realized they had to stick together against their dad. And they did.
Whew, there is a lot to look forward to this spring. But in the meantime, what did you think of the Degrassi winter finale? Will Zoë actually be able to redeem herself? Is Eclare back for real? What is next for Miles and his siblings? Let us know in the comments.
This episode deals with a very serious topic. 1 in 10 children in this country experience child abuse and neglect. If you or anyone you know has experienced abuse, you are not alone and there is help available. Call the ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) or visit www.childhelp.org for more information.
- Posted on 01/09/2015 by TeenNickBlogger
You know those voices that come along every once in a while? Those totally arresting, chilling vocal pipes that can take any one song and transform it into something that, really, no one else could match? Well, if you can't remember the last time you were truly blown away by a top-notch singer, meet Jacquie Lee.
Our newest Fresh Artist made a name for herself on NBC's The Voice, but is poised to break out in her own right. Already a proven cover QUEEN (have you seen her cover of Sia's "Chandelier"? Or Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie"?), Jacquie is now making a name for herself as a talented and focused singer-songwriter. Learn more about this powerhouse performer in our exclusive interview below!
1. What was some of the best advice that your coach Christina Aguilera gave you on The Voice?
Journal! It helps you stay grounded and remains constant in your life when everything is changing.
2. As one of the younger contestants on the show, you were known for your unique ability to emote and really express yourself with your voice. How do you connect with music you perform?
Well CeeLo says I swallowed an old lady but I don't think that's the case... Unless she snuck in there while I was sleeping. My connection with the music I sing comes from a place deep inside of me. It comes from my heart, my gut and my soul. I'm just lucky and look at it as a gift.
3. Your breakout song "Broken Ones" has such a relatable message. What was the inspiration behind it? Why did you choose that particular subject?
It's something that needed to be said! Everyone has their insecurities and demons they face on a daily basis and they shouldn't be scared or feel alone. Music is one way to never have to feel alone.
4. Having gotten your start singing covers, was it important for you to establish yourself as a writer and artist?
So glad this question was asked. It's so important for me to establish myself as Jacquie lee rather than "that chick from The Voice." I want people to see me as what I am, and everything that is happening post voice is truly a blessing. Getting signed to Atlantic records with supporters like Lyor Cohen and Julie Greenwald is truly unbelievable and makes me work even harder.
5. What is one of the most star-struck moments you've had since being on The Voice?
Since then, it was probably opening for Christina Perri at her Fresh In The Park concert. It was surreal, and meeting fans after the concert was fun.
6. What is one thing that your fans would be surprised to learn about you?
Probably that I am very athletic. I dislike working out so I get the majority of my exercise from playing flag football.
7. What's next for you and your career?
More music, fun, laughs and work. I will work until I get to where I want to be.
If you want to catch more of Jacquie Lee, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!