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  • Songs from Degrassi: "U Don't Know, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/09/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Trouble by Molly Thomason
    Adam tries to hide his chest; couples at dinner. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We love Molly Thomason, and she loves Degrassi. Molly is a wonderful wordsmith, and the lyrics to this song have to be listened to again and again to appreciate their full structure. For Adam, he's sinking into trouble again, and the song smoothes things over in Little Miss Steaks quite nicely."

  • Eclare fans, please check in.

    Posted on 08/08/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILER WARNING: Don't scroll down unless you've seen "U Don't Know, Pt. 1."

    If you loved Eli and Clare as a couple on Degrassi, how are you holding up this summer? Last week, we had lots of Clare and Jake "cake-out" sessions... and tonight things got pretty steamy during Imogen's audition.

    If you consider yourself an Eclare fan (or ever did), please answer the following questions:

    1.Do you think Eli and Clare will get back together?
    2.How long do you think Clare and Jake will last as a couple? Is Jake a rebound for Clare?
    3.How do you feel about Eli and Imogen's big ole kiss tonight? (He didn't kiss Sadie during her audition.)
    4.Imogen was pretending to be Clare during that kiss. On a scale of 1 to incredibly-freaking-weird, how weird is that?
    5.How will you feel if Eli and Imogen start dating? Do you see it as a rebound thing or do they have real potential?

    I know we've got some really sensitive Degrassi fans out there, so if any of you are having a tough time coping as Eli and Clare kiss other people, I just want you to know that the whole Degrassi community is here to support you. Feel free to discuss your feelings in the blog comments, on the message board, on Facebook, or Twitter. We're here for you.

    p.s. If you've got something to say about Holly J's health situation or the Adam / Katie storyline, feel free to share your thoughts on those, too. (Holly J was trending worldwide on Twitter tonight! Nice job, HJ.)

    Imogen and Eli kiss
    Elmo or Elimogen or Imogeli or whatever you want to call them.

  • Songs from Degrassi: "U Don't Know, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/08/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Music Is Fashion by Tara Lett
    The girls rehearse for the fashion show. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We originally had this song just floating in the background of the Degrassi Radio scene, until we realized it was actually the theme song for the episode. It made it through a ton of scenes and was driving the whole fashion show. So much fun!"

    "Bullets by Data Romance
    Imogen and Eli rehearse for the play. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Data Romance has that wonderful nostalgic feeling, dropping the world away so as to only include Imogen and Eli in this moment. We're wondering if it's real, or if Eli is just playing games again. We're also hinting at Imogen's vulnerability - she can't really break bullets."

    "Home by Come Gather Round Us
    Fiona and HJ discuss finding HJ's birth parents. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Such a simple thought and emotion: going home. But Holly J is wondering where she belongs, and where her home even is. This song asks all those questions, too."

  • Did Dave Do That Right?

    Posted on 08/04/2011 by Mary


    Time for a fun game of... "LET'S BOSS DAVE AROUND!" If you were the boss of Dave, how would you have told him to handle his Sadie/Allie conundrum?

    Dave and Alli on Degrassi
    Dave and Alli, thinkin' 'bout it.

    Obviously it's easy for us to play Armchair Love Quarterback now that we know how things turned out, but let's put ourselves at the crucial decision moment and take it from there:

    - Dave had been harshly rejected by Alli more than once, but thought this time... maybe there was a vibe. Was it possible he was crazy and wishfully misinterpreting "signals"? Yes.
    - Dave liked Sadie a lot. Sadie's a great girl and a great girlfriend. But he had a bigger heart-spark for Alli.

    So: dump a good, solid thing for an enticing question mark?

    One way to look at it is: if he doesn't feel 100% about Sadie, maybe he shouldn't be with her anyway.

    Another way to look at it is: being single when you had a decent thing and blew it... not as fun as the other kinds of being single.

    What would you have bossed Dave into doing?

    And on the Cake front: Well, well! Looks like Clare's not actually getting taken for a ride by Jake! I think he really likes her... I think he finds her refreshing. Plus, let's not discount the fact that they knew each other when they were little. The whole "throwing frogs" at her thing -- is there any surer sign of a youngster crush? What do you guys think of their long-term potential?

    And: I'm really glad Adam and Drew aren't leaving Degrassi. That would have been the biggest bum out ever.

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Should Have Said No, Pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/04/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Holy Ghost" by Laura Stevenson & The Cans
    Clare finds her parents' divorce papers. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "An interesting story behind this song: it was recorded live-off-the-floor and therefore had a lot of hiss, clicks, pops and background noise. The superlative sound team including Tim Welch, Jim McGrath, John Dykstra and Danielle McBride ran it through their magic machines and the result created the perfect moment for Clare finding her parents' divorce papers."

    "Flash Lightnin'" by Flash Lightnin'
    Drew's mixed martial arts training. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Angry, dissonant, confused and a little enraged, Drew was going mad, and we needed to feel his emotions through song. We chose this gritty soundtrack as Drew's companion and we think the point came across pretty well."

  • New Interview: Aislinn Paul (Clare)!

    Posted on 08/04/2011 by Mary

    Aislinn Paul aka Clare from Degrassi: Now or Never So. Clare this season.
    Clare has gone boy crazy, I would say. Back in season 8 when she said to Darcy "I'm going to school for education, not boys..." Nope! Not really, anymore. It's good though, because she's definitely growing up and going through quintessential teenage experiences.

    Were you surprised at people's anger at Clare for breaking up with Eli?
    I don't want to label any audience members who were upset, but I think some of them were maybe... distracted? By Munro, and the "damaged character" -- that's always been a magnet for young girls. So I understand how that may have skewed their opinion, but I think Clare made the right choice, personally. And I don't know if I would have been strong enough to make that choice if I were in her place, so I'm really proud of her.

    Even though Clare's the type of person that wants to help, she had given so much already that it was taking a huge toll on her, and it was important to take a new direction.

    With the casual relationship that Clare and Jake are trying to have, I think no one's sure if Clare is really built for casual. But do you think it's good for her to try?
    Clare tries to do that because she doesn't want to get hurt, and I think the experience overall is good for her. She's trying a lot of new things this season, and I think it's all good for her. As teenagers, even the bad choice is a good choice because you get the experience. And Clare's losing her naivete, I suppose.

    What does the world need to know about Justin Kelly?
    There's too much to say! He's awesomeness in a really tall package! He's a really good artist, he draws the greatest cartoons. And real sketches, too. He's hilarious. And he's really tall.

    So, with Ray and Charlotte and everybody graduating, you're kind of one of the seniors now, in terms of being a show veteran. How does that feel?
    In all honesty, I'm petrified. I'm so, so scared. I was talking about this with my friend Krista; how once Jajube leaves, I will be the longest-running cast member still on the show. And it makes me... not a leader, because we don't have that around here. But it feels almost like a burden, a responsibility. Like -- I love all the people who are leaving, but Charlotte was an idol. And a friend. And every great thing someone can be to you. I was always looking up to her and trying to emulate her, and I'm not ready for her to leave! She's always that awesome, put-together person. She did great on the show, she did great in interviews, she had great style, she listened to great music, and we just got along so well. And with her leaving... she's impossible to replace, but I do want to give that kind of attitude to the new young'uns coming in.

  • New Interview: Justin Kelly (Jake)!

    Posted on 08/04/2011 by Mary

    Justin Kelly aka Jake from Degrassi: Now or Never So! Your first season of Degrassi! What do you think so far?
    I love it! I think it's great. I've always been a fan of the show and I've always loved the work that everyone put into it, and it's great to be a part of it -- especially this season. It's like I'm watching it from a different angle.

    What did Munro tell you before you got here; did he give you any pointers or warnings?
    No... I mean, I was really fortunate to meet most of the cast when Munro signed on last year. We'd hang out and by the time I came along, it was kind of an automatic welcome. I felt welcome right away.

    What do you like about Jake? What do you have in common with him, and not?
    There's definitely an element of myself in him. I think he's very easygoing; I'm an easygoing person as well. And he doesn't like to deal with confrontation -- we kind of share that.

    He's such a breath of drama-less-ness...
    That's one thing I loved about him when I read him, 'cause we all know that Degrassi does have a little bit of drama attached to it. But he was one guy that was just like "I don't want to be a part of this drama."

    But obviously... it happens. The more he fits into the story lines, the more he gets his feet wet with that Degrassi drama.

    OK, time for "Get to know Justin Kelly." Favorite music?
    Mostly rock, '90s rock. But I do listen to everything.

    What do you do for fun?
    I play music. Guitar and bass, that's a big hobby of mine. I like to watch a lot of movies, and just hang out with friends and be social.

    Are you outdoorsy at all like Jake?
    I want to be? When I get outdoors, if I'm at a cottage or something, then I love it. But it depends on the atmosphere -- in the summer I love to be outdoors, in the winter not so much. And in the middle, we'll see.

    What's your family like?
    I have one brother, and then mom, dad, and stepfather. And my brother is actually who I got the music gene from... even though he's a sibling. But yeah, we jam together and he's very talented, so I get a lot from him.

    Do you mind me asking how old you were when your parents got divorced?
    I was 6 years old. It was a while ago. And for sure, that's another thing that Jake and I have in common. It's different because I live with my mom, and he lives with his dad so there's that father-son element. But that's one thing I had to relate to him with at first, getting to know how he felt about it.

    What about the casual relationship thing that Clare and Jake try to have. Do you think those work in real life?
    Mmm... yeah, I think it can work. Of course it depends on the person, and I think it's hard to have just a casual thing without there being almost a paranoia going on. Like, 'What if we decided today? What would happen next?' It's very hard to just have a casual relationship.

  • Can Clare Keep It Casual? Can Anyone?

    Posted on 08/03/2011 by Mary


    Clare has a totes casual sexy kissing dream about Jake. Easy breezy!

    You know... Clare is many things, but "casual in the romance department" does not strike me as one of them.

    Although... maybe I shouldn't jump to conclusions. I mean I also never would've thought she'd date a guy who wears guyliner. Hell, a few years ago, I never even thought she'd wear actual non-uniform clothes. Clare's growing up, and maybe this is one symptom.

    And maybe it'll even be good for her. She could definitely use some fun. And what's more fun than making out with a Lumberjake?

    I don't know though. There are some who would argue that casual relationships (...or dating more than one person at once ...or friends with benefits) ever really work in the long run.

    What do you think? Can casual relationships work, and under what circumstances?

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Should Have Said No, Pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/03/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Butterflies" by Liz Coyles
    Clare and Jake kiss at school. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Not quite as epic as their first kiss, we toned the mood down a little here, and made this moment more romantic than before. Clare and Jake are establishing their relationship, so we're guiding the audience towards a sweeter side of them both."

    "For What It's Worth" by Maggie Eckford
    Clare leaves a note on Jake's truck. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We tried a few songs to this scene but the quirkiness of Maggie Eckford's song stood out amongst them all. There were so many directions we could have taken but the beat, tempo and lyrics of this song sold us all."

    "Misery Loves Company" by The Trews
    Basketball montage.
    "We love The Trews! Of course they were perfect for the basketball montage, their sports-driven music pounds with the adrenaline on the court. What a match!"

    "Look At Those Eyes" (reloaded) by Alexz Johnson
    Drew admits he's scared.
    "This fantastic remix of Alexz Johnson's "Look At Those Eyes" is so emotional that it was a perfect match for the scene. Drew finally admits that he's scared, such a hard move for such a macho guy, and the entire tag rolled around the song and its emotions."

  • Anya, listen up.

    Posted on 08/02/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILERS BELOW. Don't read this post until AFTER watching "Paper Planes, Pt. 2."

    Anya's reflection.
    Be nice to that girl in the mirror, Anya.

    Yesterday I asked the wise, Degrassi-loving readers of this blog to give Anya some advice. Here's some of what came in:

    "I'd ask her what she wants. If Anya wants to do coke um... I can't help that. If she wants freedom and happiness and stuff, I'm pretty sure we can find some other options. Especially since addiction and crashes are kind of the opposite of freedom and happiness." - Dulcinea

    "I'd tell Anya to just stop for a minute and breathe. She's had so much stress in her life and she needs to just chill for a minute. Drugs really aren't the answer." - Krystal Marie♥

    "I think that the best thing for Anya would be to just slowly get into a conversation about what happened, but not rush it and make her upset. Then when she's done telling you what happened just tell her that it's her decision to do what ever she wants but some things can really hurt her and mess her life up in the long run, and she has a lot of family and friends that want her around... they may seem like their telling her what to do but they just don't want to lose her." - I_<3_23

    "I would sit her down and talk to her and let her cry on my shoulder and be the friend she really needs." - EastCoastSwag13

    "I would just be there for her, I think she really needs a friend. Someone who doesn't tell her what to do. I don't think she would stop doing coke by being lectured or walked out on, she just needs a good influence, someone on her side." - Charlotte_sometimes311

    I wish I could zap all of you lovely advice-givers into the Degrassi world. Your real-world friends are lucky to have you.

    Meanwhile, as Anya said "Now!" to more coke, Fiona struggled with saying "Never" to champagne. Fiona seems determined to do what's best for herself (even if it means no more hooking up with Charlie), but that didn't look like an easy choice.

    Mr. Tuxedopantsp.s. I miss Mr. Tuxedopants already.