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  • Degrassi Recap: 'What It's Like'

    Posted on 03/19/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Hey, Degrassians! Did you catch last night's all-new episode? The guys and gals readied themselves for the Sweethearts Semiformal, and, well, you know what happens whenever a Degrassi dance comes around… There's never a shortage of drama school spirit! If you missed last night's episode, catch the full video online before reading our recap!

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    Since spending more time together on Degrassi TV, Becky and Imogen started to get really close. And we've all been pretty stoked that both Becky and Imogen finally found a friend in each other! But when a new girl, Jack, started at Degrassi, things began to change.

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    Jack and Imogen totally hit it off. It was pretty clear that they were, y'know, kindred spirits: They liked the same things, they had a similar sense of humor, they got each other. But their mutual love for Radiohead, high art culture, and macchiatos sorta put Becky on the outskirts of their conversation.

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    And there was one more thing: Jack like likes girls.

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    Feeling left out and afraid of losing Imogen before she even got a chance to get close with her, Becky decided that she had to do something major to lock in their BFF-ship. So, she asked Imogen to go with her to the Sweethearts Semiformal. As her date.


    Degrassi: What It's Like

    So, Jenna had this sorta silly notion that everyone at school thinks she and Connor are a "weird couple." And even though we think they're just fab, she was determined to prove that they're a little less random and a little more royal. With the Sweethearts Semiformal coming up, Jenna nominated them for king and queen, but Jenna had a hypothesis: If Connor changed his appearance, they would increase their chances of winning.

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    Connor was skeptical at first, but she convinced him that the campaign was merely an experiment. So he agreed to swap his glasses for contacts, and his polo for pleather. But as the changes got a little more intense, Connor became skeptical of Jenna's motives. Why did she want him to change so much, so suddenly? She fessed up about her insecurities, and he said something really poignant: "I don't think the problem is other people. I think it's you."

    Eventually, Jenna apologized to Connor for trying to make him change his looks for a competition. But it turns out, a good relationship is all about compromise. Yep, Connor knew this to be scientific fact, so he went through with the makeover.

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    As he turned around all shiny and new, Jenna basically had cartoon wolf eyes O_O coming out of her sockets! (And we don't blame her! The good sir looked fiiine!) It appeared that they were ready for their king and queen nominee photos, watching the throne like Jay and 'Ye.

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    But then Jenna realized something… She wasn't the only one who liked Connor's new and improved image. Uh oh.

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    When Maya couldn't find her laptop in her backpack, she suspected Zig of stealing it. She swiftly put on her best Sherlock cap (metaphorically, of course) and followed him from the school parking lot to see if he really swiped her computer.

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    As she stealthily watch Zig approach an abandoned house, she saw him jigger open a window and climb in. Confused, and frankly worried, Maya decided she had to investigate.

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    When she knocked on the door, Zig answered upset and flustered. "How did you find me here?" he said. "You need to go." Maya knew something was up, and realized it wasn't really about the laptop anymore.It was about Zig, living alone, squatting in an uninhabited house… and how it maybe, might have broken her heart to witness it.

    She started to feel really guilty about Zig's situation and told Miles, Tristan, and Zoe that she worried she might have been part of the reason he was in such a tough place. After all, she did blow him off last summer. Unsurprisingly, Zoe had a thing or two to say about it…

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    But Maya still felt responsible for helping him. Miles, however, was confused about why Maya suddenly had such an interest in Zig's well-being. He made it clear that he thought Zig was bad news, and that his personal life wasn't her problem.

    Degrassi: What It's Like
    Hm… we guess his suspicions aren't totally off-base, but let's be real for a second: We know Miles is aware of Maya's history with Zig. Could he be skeptical because he was, well, jealous?

    Without much encouragement from her friends, Maya sought advice from Ms. Grell. After explaining that Zig was, er, hanging his hat on plywood, Ms. Grell assured Maya that she'd take care of the situation.

    Degrassi: What It's Like

    But Maya quickly learned that no good deed goes unpunished, as Zig stormed out of school, livid at Maya for not minding her own business. Turns out, Zig's parents kicked him out of their home, and since he had nowhere else to go, he would probably have to go to a group home.

    Maya talked to her mom about the predicament. She was determined to make things right with Zig, and so they decided to offer him a place to stay in their extra room. Then, when Maya told Zig that he'd have a temporary home, his reaction was…

    Degrassi: What It's Like


    Degrassi: What It's Like

    And so, Maya and Zig became housemates! But um, *raises hand* something tells us this situation is going to be more complicated than who's hogging the bathroom. Maya surely did the right thing by helping a friend in need and mending a wounded friendship, but are they really just friends?

    What did you think about this week's episode? Sound off in the comments, Degrassians!

  • Degrassi 101: Catch Up On Season 13!

    Posted on 03/14/2014 by Rachel1016

    Hey, new Degrassians on the block! Looking for a crash course in all the Degrassi drama? It's time to get up to speed on the BFFs, 'ships, and feuds that are dominating the hallways. We've also got some fresh episodes coming up, so here's everything you need to know about Season 13 (and MORE)!

    Degrassi 101

    Drew is Degrassi's class president, and he's kind of a screw-up, but most of the time tries to do the right thing.

    Degrassi 101

    He's also super close with his VP Clare, who's dating Eli. But ever since Eli went off to college, their relationship has gotten kinda rocky.

    Degrassi 101

    Eli and Clare went on a break, and Clare kissed Drew. Even though she's back with Eli, she pretty much has secret feelings for Drew now.

    Degrassi 101

    Uh oh.

    Degrassi 101

    Alli is BFF with Clare and Jenna. She's a science genius and her lab partner is Dallas, who is a total jock and BMOC (Big Man On Campus).

    Degrassi 101

    But he's also crushing on Alli. Hard. She really likes him as a friend, but she's not sure about taking the next step.

    Degrassi 101

    Degrassi 101

    Jenna is dating Connor. And they're a super-cute couple, but sometimes, Connor can be a little socially awkward.

    Degrassi 101

    And then there's Maya. She's in Grade 10. And she's dating Miles, who's kind of a bad boy, but they really like each other.

    Degrassi 101

    Actually, they love each other. Like, they officially said the L-word, so you know it's serious.

    Degrassi 101

    Miles also used to date Zoe, who's a former TV star. She and Maya have never really gotten along, but they sorta made up because they're both BFFs with Tristan, who has the best one-liners.

    Degrassi 101

    Degrassi 101

    Maya was put in the Remedial Room with this guy, Zig. He used to be in love with her, but now he's kinda shady and mean to her.

    Degrassi 101

    And then there's Imogen. She's a quirky, artsy girl, who's also into girls. She recently became friends with Becky Baker, who might actually be into Imogen…but she's not sure!

    Once you've committed these important facts to memory, check out all of the Degrassi character bios for more info on all the guys and gals.

    Degrassi Web Of Love

    Or, if you're a more ~visual~ learner, we put together a comprehensive flow chart of every major Degrassi relationship ever. That's right, the Degrassi Web of Love (view the entire image right here!) illustrates just who's been linked to whom, from Zoe Rivas to Jimmy Brooks.

    Degrassi High School Shuffle

    But the fun doesn't stop there! Not even close! Think you really know who are BBF and who are just frenemies?! Play our exclusive Degrassi High School Shuffle game right here to see if you can keep everyone happy! Warning: it's addictive.

    For the full Degrassi experience, head over to the Degrassi homepage for videos, photos, quizzes and more!

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Quick Fix To Common Makeup Mistakes

    Posted on 03/13/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Makeup Quick Fix

    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    FAN QUESTION: What is a common makeup, skincare, or hair mistake that you see teens often make but can be easily fixed?

    Mistakes and trial and error are all part of what makes us human, we just have to acknowledge and learn from them. A makeup error I often see is mismatched foundation. It's especially obvious when there is a sharp difference in colour of the face and neck (blending is key!). If you're unsure if the colour is your match, take it to a makeup or drug store where a specialist can help you! With the weather changing, our skin colour often changes, too. Having 3 shades of face powder (one shade lighter, colour match, and one shade darker) can help you adjust the foundation without having to buy a new one, unless it's a big difference, of course!

    A common skincare mistake I see is people touching their face or skin without washing their hands. Bacteria accumulates like crazy, and just because we can't see it doesn't mean it isn't there! Touching your face will spread those germs into your pours, making room for acne and skin problems that could otherwise easily be avoided!

    A hair error I often see is girls straightening their hair too straight. Unless you have very curly hair, I recommend straightening from the crown of your head rather than at the root. By doing this you won't lose the natural volume that your hair already has. In addition to that, there are powders, sprays and shampoos to add extra volume in the event that straightening hair makes your locks look thinned out!

    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • '90s Are All That: Our Favorite Moments from 'Hey Dude!'

    Posted on 03/13/2014 by Rachel1016 and Laura Mac

    Hey Dude

    Yippy-ta-ya-yea! Better watch out for those man-eating jack rabbits, and that killer cacti! Cowboys and the wild western frontier were all the rage back in the '90s -- Walker, Texas Ranger, City Slickers, Wild, Wild West, you name it. It's no surprise that Nick hopped right onto the saddle to take part in that cowboy craze with Hey Dude. Check out our favorite moments from the Bar None Dude Ranch!

    Ah, battle of the sexes: the age-old question of who's more awesome! When Ted and Danny challenge Brad and Melody to a series of competitions around the ranch, there's more than pride at stake! With the threat of a week's worth of extra chores if they lose, the two teams prepare for a one-on-one horse race. "Guys! Guys! Guys! Guys! Go!" "Girls! Girls! Girls! Girls! *air kiss* Girls!"

    It's a dark and stormy night (wait, is this an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark?), and the Bar None gang decide to pass the time by telling ghost stories. After Ted scares the bajeezus out of Brad, she plans to get him back with the help of Melody, Buddy and Danny. They concoct an elaborate scheme to scare Ted, but, too bad, it looks like he knows every trick in the book!

    This is it! The episode we were all waiting for! It was a long time coming for Ted and Brad to finally put their petty arguing aside and realize that, yeah, they like each other. Really like each other. But after their first date, cool-guy Ted gets a little discouraged when he makes a few slip-ups. Can he muster the courage to kiss her goodnight?

    Ted might be away at summer school, but the mischief and shenangians at Bar None didn't leave with him! The new kid on the block, Jake, swipes a secret comic strip drawn by Danny called "The Dud Ranch" -- it's based on everyone who works at the ranch! Jake thinks it's hilariously snarky and offers to sell it to the local newspaper, but when he realizes no one is safe from embarrassment, he second guesses himself.

    Everybody's favorite goofball is back! When the Bar None gang all get the sneaking suspicion that somebody is watching them, they embark on a hunt for the so-called "Bar None Stalker." Turns out, it's just our guy Ted trying to mess with everyone, as usual. The gang is thrilled to see him…but Ted's not so thrilled to see Kyle (the new new kid) flirting it up with Brad. Looks like Ted's still got a little soft spot for her.

    What are some of your favorite memories from Hey Dude? Share them with us in the comments!

  • TeenNick Top 10: Vote For Your Favorite Videos + Austin Mahone Stops By This Friday!

    Posted on 03/12/2014 by baileyb2112

    On last Friday's episode of TeenNick Top 10, you helped Lorde hold on to the top video spot with her hit song "Team," while Jason DeRulo's "Talk Dirty" took second place! Plus, TeenNick Top 10's very own host and TeenNick chairman, Nick Cannon, debuted on the countdown this week at #10 with his video for "Looking For a Dream"!

    TeenNick Top 10

    Here's the full countdown from Friday, 3/7/14:

    1. Lorde, "Team"
    2. Jason DeRulo feat. 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty"
    3. John Newman, "Love Me Again"
    4. One Direction, "Story of My Life"
    5. Avicii, "Hey Brother"
    6. Austin Mahone feat. Pitbull, "Mmm Yeah"
    7. Ellie Goulding, "Burn"
    8. Demi Lovato, "Neon Lights"
    9. A Great Big World w/Christina Aguilera, "Say Something"
    10. Nick Cannon, "Looking For A Dream"

    Don't see your favorite videos on this list? Make sure all of your top picks get onto the countdown by voting for this Friday's episode right here! Need even more fun things to look forward to in this new episode? Prepare yourselves, ladies, because AUSTIN MAHONE will be gracing TeenNick Top 10 with his presence on Friday!

    TeenNick Top 10

    TeenNick Top 10

    Here are a few things you might not know about the teen heartthrob and countdown favorite:

    TeenNick Top 10

    We can't wait to see this rising superstar on Friday's episode! But until then, listen to his song "Mmm Yeah," along with all the other songs in the running on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist below!

    Can Lorde stay on top for yet another week, or will you help crown another artist as this week's champion? Give us your best predictions in the comments below and tune in this Friday at 10pm ET to find out!


  • Degrassi Recap: 'Unbelievable Parts 1 + 2'

    Posted on 03/12/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Degrassians, thank you for joining us last night for a truly heart-wrenching and pivotal episode. There is much to discuss and reflect upon, and we're here to break it down with you. As always, if you haven't seen "Unbelievable" Parts 1 & 2, watch the hour-long episode right here before reading our recap.

    Degrassi: Unbelievable

    The episode began with Zoe waking up in Miles' pool house the morning after his outrageous party, with little recollection of what happened. When Miles' little sister Frankie woke her up, she showed her a series of compromising photos that ended up online. Although Zoe seemed confident that the photos were only a blip on the radar (nothing that couldn't be erased by a stellar performance at the Degrassi Sing Off), this was only the beginning.

    Degrassi: Unbelievable

    As the photos began to spread around the school, Becky pitched a story to Degrassi TV about the dangers of underage drinking. At first, she was determined to prove herself a serious journalist by getting to the bottom of what really happened at Miles' party. But when an anonymous person using the pseudonym "The Watcher" posted a video of Zoe, drunk on the floor in nothing but her bikini, Becky realized that there was more to the story. In the video, it appeared that two boys tried to jokingly harass Zoe as she lay near-unconscious. Becky realized that the real message here wasn't just about holding teens accountable for their actions under the influence. It was about how no one, under any circumstances, should be taken advantage of.

    Degrassi: Unbelievable

    Becky, Drew and Imogen sifted through the photo evidence from the party, and were determined to figure out who took the video. They couldn't seem to get a lead on anybody until The Watcher posted another anonymous video containing security camera footage of Miles and Winston carrying Zoe into the pool house. Now, it appeared that the two boys were lead suspects.

    Degrassi: Unbelievable

    Later on, at the Degrassi Sing Off, Zoe, Frankie and Keisha took the stage. In the middle of their performance, however, Zoe started having flashbacks to the party and became distraught by the fear of what may or may not have happened to her in the pool house. She quickly ran off stage and went to the doctor to get some answers. There, she learned that she was sexually assaulted.

    Degrassi: Unbelievable

    Becky noticed as Zoe became increasingly tormented by the incident, and she realized that she couldn't keep the story to herself any longer. Becky informed Principal Simpson of her suspicions about Miles and Winston, and he immediately decided to involve the police. When the police questioned the boys, however, Winston was able to pull up a time code in the security footage to prove that it wasn't them in the assault video. So, if it wasn't Miles and Chuey, who was it?

    Degrassi: Unbelievable

    Eventually, Grace came forward as The Watcher and told Becky, Imogen, and Drew that she wanted to help them figure out who was in the video. They determined that Becky's brother Luke and his friend (who, incidentally, was the same guy that tried to put his hands on Maya in 'Barely Breathing') were involved. And even though Becky didn't want to believe that her brother could be capable of such a disgusting act, she found the assault video on his phone. Luke Baker was Zoe's attacker. And Becky was dazed and devastated.

    Zoe meanwhile learned that the pep rally for the basketball team was cancelled because of the accusations. Zoe didn't make the claims (she had, in fact, kept pretty quiet about the whole thing), but angry students started spreading nasty rumors that Zoe wasn't actually assaulted. They said that she willingly had sex with the two boys in the video, regretted it, and then decided to tell the police that she was violated. It's important to understand that Zoe was not only being ostracized by her peers for the events that took place, but they were now falsely accusing her of making the whole thing up. And despite her reputation for getting entangled in controversy, Zoe was the victim here. The victim who was being portrayed as the villain.

    Degrassi: Unbelievable

    After it came to light that Luke was in the video, he approached Zoe to ask her to drop the accusations and "just forget everything." He even dared to suggest that no one would believe her side of the story anyway: "I'm a good Christian guy, I'm a hockey star," he said. But right before the basketball game, Zoe saw Luke carelessly flirting in the background, she charged toward him. She mustered enough infuriated strength to announce in front of everyone that he was other person in the video. He sexually assaulted her. And before he could try to defend himself, Becky jumped in and confirmed that her brother was indeed guilty. As swift as a coursing river, he was carried away by police.

    Degrassi: Unbelievable

    The next day, Zoe walked in to school as Miles, Maya, Tristan, Drew, and Dallas waited for her. They promised to have her back and to be there for her as she began her recovery process. But before taking Miles' hand, Zoe turned around and saw Becky. She walked over to her and thanked her for coming forward, for speaking up against her own brother. And even though Becky said it wouldn't be easy, she knew she had to do what was right. In that moment, we felt our hearts swell to burst.

    Zoe's story in this episode 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.

  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Rixton

    Posted on 03/11/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Rixton

    If you've never heard of Rixton, let us enlighten you: The four-piece pop-punk outfit comprised of Jake, Danny, Charley, and Lewi, hail from Manchester, UK and have a sunny sound that is every bit roll-your-windows-down and cry-your-eyes-out good.

    The guys came on to the scene with a viral video for their song "Make Out" which parodied a few iconic videos (oh, you know, from like Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Miley Cyrus) but they're about to make some serious waves all on their own. Each of the four lads sings, they all play instruments, and they've got personality for DAYS. Check out our exclusive Q&A with the latest Fresh Artist below!

    1. If you had to describe your sound in three words that begin with the letter "S" what would they be?
    Sexy. Sultry. Super.

    2. Every single member of the band sings. How do you think that sets you apart from other acts? Have you ever done an impromptu a cappella performance?
    It shows our overall musicality. One of the songs on our album is a capella.

    3. What was it like opening up for Justin Bieber at Brooklyn's Barclays Center with just 24 hours' notice? Did you even have time to get nervous?
    It was mad!

    4. What is one moment so far in your career that's made you wonder, "How did we get here?"
    We met Tom Hanks and Will Smith recently. We all look up to those men and being in their presence was immense!

    5. In addition to your original music, you've made a name for yourself on YouTube with brilliant covers of popular songs. Of the famous artists you've covered, with whom would you like to collaborate most?
    We'd love to work with Drake.

    6. The last question's for Lewi: You're rarely seen without your backpack on, so what's in it?
    You'll never know!

    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Rixton a series of silly questions, and here's the first thing that came to mind!

    Rixton: 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!

  • Get Ready For The Best Spring Break Ever!

    Posted on 03/10/2014 by Rachel1016

    Best Spring Break Ever

    Are you so ready to shed your winter skin? Is it about time you traded in your snow shoes for some sunnies?

    Well, here at TeenNick, we want to make sure you spring into the season of color and renewal (and hopefully not allergies) with the Best Spring Break Ever! No matter where you'll be on your week off, we're packing your Saturdays from March 22nd through April 19th with all of your Nick favorites like Victorious, iCarly, and Big Time Rush!

    But the fun doesn't stop there! We want to show your epic spring break on air! Whether you're traveling to an exotic island, volunteering for those in need, or spending quality time with family and friends, we want YOU to send us pictures of your adventures! And we might put them on TV!

    Best Spring Break Ever

    It's super easy: Follow us @TeenNick and tweet us your spring break photos while holding our Best Spring Break Ever picture. Download and print the image right here, and take it with you wherever you go!

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: The Secret to Long and Healthy Hair

    Posted on 03/06/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: The Secret to Long and Healthy Hair

    You know and love Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, but if you've followed her outside of the show, you've probably noticed she has a knack for style and beauty. We are so excited because Melinda has offered to share her image expertise with us in a brand-new beauty blog! Over the next few weeks, Melinda will periodically pop in to answer questions you sent us via Facebook and Twitter about hair, makeup, skincare and everything in between. She's taking to the blog to share all of her secrets, so stay tuned!

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: The Secret to Long and Healthy Hair

    FAN QUESTION: What do you do to get your hair so long and healthy?

    Aside from keeping up with monthly hair trims, I have a couple of secrets to healthy hair growth success. Don't over wash your hair. Oil seems gross and annoying but it's actually providing moisture and the nutrients needed to have healthy hair. I also give myself head massages to massage the hair follicles and then I brush my hair out, spreading the natural oils to the rest of my hair!

    Once a month I'll get messy and drench all of my hair in castor oil before showering. Castor oil is incredible for hair growth and will provide your scalp with extra vitamins and nutrients.

    (Bonus Tip! Apply castor oil on your lash line before bed after washing your face for long, thick lashes!)

    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • TeenNick Top 10: Vote For Your Favorite Videos + Hot Chelle Rae Join Us This Friday!

    Posted on 03/05/2014 by baileyb2112

    On last week's episode of TeenNick Top 10, Lorde's team of #1 fans voted her to the top of the countdown with her video for "Team," knocking Ellie Goulding off of her throne. Plus, the heartthrobs of One Direction managed to climb their way to the #2 spot with their video for "Story of My Life."

    TeenNick Top 10

    Here's the full countdown from Friday, 2/28/14:

    1. Lorde, "Team"
    2. One Direction, "Story of My Life"
    3. Ellie Goulding, "Burn"
    4. John Newman, "Love Me Again"
    5. Jason DeRulo feat. 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty"
    6. Avicii, "Hey Brother"
    7. Austin Mahone feat. Pitbull, "Mmm Yeah"
    8. Lea Michele, "Cannonball"
    9. A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera, "Say Something"

    Want to make sure you see all of your favorite videos on next week's countdown? Vote NOW for Friday's episode right here! Then, tune in Friday to learn which videos made the cut, and stick around for some very special guests: Hot Chelle Rae! Can't wait until Friday? Here are some facts you might not have known about this sizzling pop group:

    TeenNick Top 10

    Don't miss this group of Nashville boys on this Friday's episode of TeenNick Top 10! But until then, check out all of the songs in the running for this week's countdown, including all of the new nominees, on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist below!

    Will Lorde continue to reign over the countdown next week, or will another superstar take her place? VOTE, give us your best predictions in the comments below, and tune in Friday at 10pm ET to find out!

    Hot Chelle Rae