- Posted on 07/18/2011 by ryanmcl
Yet again, the generous Degrassi Music Team is providing us with not just the names of the songs that were playing during your favorite scenes in the Degrassi: Now or Never premiere, but how those songs ended up there!
"The One You Call" by Keke Palmer
Keke's radio song -- the one she performs at her concert. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
" Keke was a great fit with the show. Her music sounds amazing with the picture, and when this song is performed at the concert, it reverberates in the room and looks and sounds amazing!"
"Fot I Hose" by Casiokids
From when Sav and Alli are painting their living room. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
" This is a synthpop piece from a Norwegian band called Casiokids. We love how international Degrassi has become, and so the music has to reflect that, too. The vibe was perfect for some simple house painting -- suddenly painting your walls yellow feels like a lot of fun!"
"Whoa" by Kaleo
From the scene where Bianca shows up in style.
" The title of this song pretty much sums up its entire placement. When Bianca shows up, the proper reaction is definitely "whoa." And the genre fits with her general vibe."
"Walls Come Down" by Keke Palmer
Another song Keke performs at her concert.
" Another fantastic Keke performance, this song boomed through the audience like it was meant to be."
"Harmony to my Heartbeat" by Sally Seltmann
From Fiona and Charlie's romantic scooter ride!
" This song is so personal, and the lyrics resonate with anyone who's ever waited for their crush to like them back. It's a song about hope and longing -- and it's exactly what Fiona was feeling for Charlie. Will she like her back? Will it last? Maybe there's some foreshadowing in the song..."
"The End of Broken Hearts" by Cavaliers!
From when Fiona and Charlie finally find each other... and admit they like each other.
" The beautiful duet known as Cavaliers! had captured our hearts long ago, and this song in particular has something wonderfully captivating about it. One day, will there be the end of broken hearts, all over the world? Maybe. But certainly for Fiona, in that moment with Charlie, it's the end of her heartache."
"The Greatest" by Keke Palmer
The song Keke sings to Sav over Skype.
" This may be one of the most poignant moments in Degrassi history. Sav struggles with his newfound friend and not being able to be close to her, while Drew struggles with his newfound steel and the task ahead of him. It's an incredibly internal moment for both of them, and the song and score captures both moments perfectly."
"Dead Hearts" by Stars
The final song in the episode, when Drew is hauled away in the police cruiser.
" A selection by the director, Stefan Brogren, he felt that this song pretty much told the story in this moment better than the script could. The lyrics beam out at us, and the important thing to remember here is that one important line: "They were kids that I once knew...""
- Posted on 07/18/2011 by Mary
Who would you say is the hardest working person in the Degrassi cast?
You know what... for me, I'm pretty close to what my character is actually like. For someone like Jordy, who plays Adam, that must be a pretty difficult amount of work. And not even just filming, but dealing with the fans and how you talk to people, it must be a lot more difficult for her.
Who's the best morning person?
Definitely not Munro. Definitely not me. And not Raymond -- you can't even wake Raymond up. You wake Raymond up, you'd better get ready for a karate chop. I'd have to say probably Jordy. Jordy is always happy no matter what time of day it is.
In real life, would you say that you have a taste for the bad girls like Bianca, like Drew seems to? The girls that mommy wouldn't like?
[This is the sound of Luke blushing a little.] I don't know, I guess, sorta. A little bit of danger's always good.
Have you ever felt physically threatened in the way that Drew has to deal with in this season, where you actually felt unsafe?
Not in a way that I felt my life was going to be threatened, but... yeah, when I used to go to school, there were a couple times when I was like, "Wow, I just don't feel safe walking down the halls right now." Because a whole bunch of the guys at my old school didn't like me, and there were very uncomfortable moments where your back starts getting sweaty, like, "Is someone watching me?" But not like Drew -- I never felt like [NO SPOILERS!].
Has there ever been anything that you've wanted to do that you couldn't do because you're an actor? For example, Ray's really excited about cutting his hair now...
Oh, actually yes! I always for some reason wanted to have bleach blond hair, but every time I'd be like, "OK, we're gonna do it," I'd go and get my headshots done. And in my headshots my hair's still brown, so I'm like "so I guess I can't do it." That, and I always wanted to play high level sports, and you can't do that. Like Triple A hockey... it's just so demanding. My friends who play Triple A or now play Junior A, they play hockey just as much as I'd be working on the show, so it's impossible. I'd have to choose, hockey or Degrassi.
What are you doing with your summer when you aren't working?
Wonderland. Going to Wonderland a lot, and I play hockey with Raymond and Munro and his twin brother, and that's pretty much it. I just like chilling at home with my sisters.
- Posted on 07/18/2011 by Mary
How has it been working with Justin Kelly (who will play Jake) again?
Outstanding. He's a very very good friend of mine -- we worked together on a previous show -- and it's great. He's a talented actor, and to work with him again is a pleasure. Coming to work here every day is already the peak, acting-wise, for fun and enjoyment. But the fact that he's on makes it that much better, because it's family.
This must be a very different season for you, because last season most of your days were spent with Aislinn and now they're kind of... not.
Yeah, it's different. But I still... I still see her a lot. You'll see that in the season, we're still around each other, for better or worse.
What's your take on the new character Imogen? We're all so curious about her.
She's awesome. Really deep. I feel like there's so much to her that we don't know yet, she's a really complex character, played beautifully by Christine Prosperi. It's a very awkward character but at the same time very confident. It's really right in the middle. And Christine is so unlike Imogen. She's doing a fantastic job.
How do you feel about where Eli's going this season?
Eli... since the finale when he crashed his car, obviously something "upstairs" is not tightened properly. It's a very difficult time for him right now. I feel like Clare's trying to get over it, he's trying to get over it, they're both denying some stuff, and you're gonna see him go into kind of a dark place. But at the same time, good comes out of it. You're going to see a side of Eli that has been brewing inside of him, that a lot of people aren't ready for. What we saw in the finale was a glimpse.
Do you miss Morty?
I really do! I remember there was a scene where I'm driving in my dad's car, which is a very beautiful car, but I was like "I miss driving that hungry monster of a car!" So good. I miss him. I want him back.
Where is Morty now?
I think he's back in Newfoundland. He's a '63 Cadillac I think? But yeah, he's from Newfoundland; I met the guy who owns him, and he's a pretty sick dude. He's like 28, 29, he's not like this elderly guy who just drives around this old hearse. Apparently he drove it to prom and stuff! I wish Eli had gotten to do that.
- Posted on 07/14/2011 by Mary
Monday night is almost here... and with it, the hour-long premiere of Degrassi: Now or Never! So so soon, we get our first taste of a summer-long gushing fountain of delicious Degrassiness!
True Jackson's Keke Palmer is Degrassi's special guest to help kick off the season, so I got her on the phone to talk about the show she, I, and all of us love so much.
So I heard that you were a big Degrassi fan; how did you end up on the show?
Very much so, a huge Degrassi fan. I've watched Degrassi since... 2006 or something like that? I was always really into the show, and I kept telling Nick that I would really love to do an episode and it would mean a lot to me. And finally schedules were switched around and I was able to do one!
What were your favorite episodes?
Ooh, my favorite episode would have to be... I'm a bit dramatic so I would have to say it would be the episode when Paige got Terri drunk and took her to the dance, because she liked Spinner and Spinner like Terri and Terri was insecure. I really liked that episode, and it taught a really good lesson. And then the saddest, most heart-wrenching episode that I cried on but I loved it, was the one when Jimmy got shot.
Aww! So you're really an old-school fan.
Yes, definitely. I have to say I'm more familiar with the old cast than with this cast, but I do watch the episodes still.
Do you have a stance on Eli and Clare? Do you think they should have broken up?
I definitely think they should have broken up! I'm not understanding why Eli got so crazy like this! He's getting too obsessive over Clare. Maybe it's just because he's a teenager and he's emotional -- as a teenager, your emotions, everything is so heightened. But he's just TOO obsessed over her and it's not healthy and I'm really glad they're not together anymore.
What else are you up to this summer?
Chilling out... I'm just finishing up Ice Age 4 which I produced with Nick Cannon and starred in; I just finished that a month ago. I also did a movie with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton that's coming out in January. And then my album! I have two singles on iTunes that'll premiere on Degrassi Monday night, called "The Greatest" and "Walls Come Down".
So exciting! And are you going to watch the premiere Monday night?
Definitely gonna watch it! I'm really excited about this season, even just the promos... somebody put a GUN point blank to Drew's face! I'm like, "Oh my gosh, somebody's trying to kill him!" And Eli and Clare! Clare's like "Did you forget I existed? Did you ever love me at all!?" That line is so chilling! A lot of stuff going on that I'm waiting to see.
- Posted on 07/11/2011 by ryanmcl
Remember when life didn't suck? When we had no responsibilities, no jobs, no bills, and we learned about the important things in life from Vital Information with Lori Beth Denberg?
Well, TeenNick remembers. You heard the word on the street that it was coming, and it's almost here...
Monday July 25th, get ready to escape 2011 for a while; starting at midnight et, the '90s are coming back to restore your faith in television.
So grill up a Good Burger, put your Pokemon cards away, throw on your old baggy jeans (c'mon everyone had some, chain and everything), if possible bring back your old mushroom haircut, and zone out on the couch to The '90s Are All That.
Go give it a Like on Facebook and tell us what you think --we're listening! How do you think the '90s came back in the first place? YOU WANTED IT!
Oh yeah, by the way, I'm Ryan -- you may remember me from the Behind the Fireworks video. I'm all about the '90s, and this is my first blog for TeenNick.
See you around!
- Posted on 07/09/2011 by Lisa
Are you watching the Degrassi marathon on TeenNick this weekend? Degrassi: Now or Never is getting sooo close. Take our How 'Now or Never' Are You? quiz, featuring a few new pictures of the cast.
I think that's pretty true. I have brave moments and cautious moments, so I fall right in the middle. I wonder if the new eps of Degrassi will bring out my "Now or Never" side...
What did you get?
- Posted on 07/04/2011 by Mary
Happy 4th of July...
Two more weeks 'til new Degrassi.
Dave from Degrassi, lighting up the night.
- Posted on 07/03/2011 by Lisa
It's 4th of July weekend, the perfect time to take a fireworks quiz!
How about you? Have you seen any fireworks yet this weekend?
- Posted on 07/01/2011 by Mary
I can't think of a better way to spend a Girls' Night than watching Beyoncé OWN the stage Live in Las Vegas.
Is it even physically possible to watch her perform the Single Ladies choreography without getting out of your chair and puttin' a little swerve in it? Check out this video of the whole number (not just a tease!):
Lord. I know Beyoncé is probably richer than three kings and a tycoon by now, but looking at her pull this out at the END of a long, eye-popping show... I'm thinking, that woman has got to be the hardest working person in show business, and she deserves every penny. And you definitely have to see the whole show tonight... she will blow your mind.
How much of the Single Ladies' dance can you do? I almost have the marching/head popping thingy down, and I can do some of the put-it-on-the-floor hip grinds if I've had a nutritious breakfast.
- Posted on 06/24/2011 by Lisa
You have to wait until July 18th to see the new episodes, but you can watch the new intro RIGHT NOW. The new theme song was recorded by singer-songwriter Alexz Johnson, and it's pretty much amazing:
Alexz is in NYC this week, but she had a time for a quick chat with me. After I fangirled out for a minute about being on Skype with Alexz Johnson, we got down to business:
I just watched the new Degrassi opening, and I love it! How did that come about?
It came up very naturally; it wasn't planned. I was sent the track, and they said "Can you do anything with this?" Demo Castellon was producing it, and he remixed my indie Voodoo album, and so I think I was just in the right place. They asked if I'd put a vocal on it, and then they liked it the best.
The latest promo for Degrassi: Now or Never is really intense, and I know some of the fans are worried about what's going to happen to their favorite characters -- but when I listen to your version of the theme song, I'm like, "They will make it through! I believe everyone will get through all this drama somehow."
That's so funny you say that, because that's what the feeling behind it was. I've been through my own hell on the career and music end, when it comes to major labels, and my own ups and downs, feeling like "Can you do it anymore?" I really pulled from my own experiences as I sang it, and it's like... "Screw it! You can do anything!" I wanted people to feel that when they heard the vocal. I really wanted it to be strong and powerful.
So we know Degrassi's going to have a crazy-intense summer. What about you? What do you have planned?
I'm working. I just released an album called Voodoo: Reloaded, which is really exciting. When I get back to Toronto, I play The Drake on the 27th, go to Nashville to do some songwriting, and then I'm back in Toronto to do a music video for "Look at Those Eyes," which is my next single. I'm expanding my reach to the States this summer. Being located in Canada can sometimes be difficult, but I'm hoping to do a U.S. tour and either open for someone or be a co-headliner.
I'm also working on my next record, and I have maybe 40 songs that are done. I have some songs with Bruno Mars, Mike Elizondo, and Toby Gad... some pretty strong writers, so I'm excited. I'm excited to put them all together and see where my head is at, and the kind of record I want to make. Being indie and being Canadian, I'm trying to really expand my reach. It's so exciting to be doing the Degrassi theme. I'm just finding a way to get my music out to people.
I know a lot of TeenNick fans were excited to see you trending on Twitter a few months back. What was that like?
It was crazy! I have some pretty awesomely loyal fans. I just did an online show yesterday, and it was really cool. I'm trying to find innovative ways to reach my fanbase, which is all over the world -- but being on an indie label, I can't just pack up my band and fly us to Europe to do a tour. I'm trying to find a way to do it all, but sticking true to my sound.
I love that you can perform live shows online, and that we can talk on Skype and see each other, even though we're a country apart. It seems like a cool time to be an indie artist. Yay, the Internet!
I have some friends who are filmographers, so I've also been making a lot of videos and putting them online, just hanging out and singing songs. It's one of those things where like... you come to terms with the fact that you don't know if you're going to make a living. You don't know how things are going to unfold, but you do it because you love it, and there's nothing else you can do. I'm at a point in my life where there is no alternative. I'm just going to keep doing music. I'm not as hard on myself as I used to be, and the last couple years have just been so much fun and creative. It's been great.
Alexz, thanks so much for talking to me. I can't wait for the fans to see the new open!
I'm so excited. This really happened out of nowhere and I'm so excited to be a part of it.
So... what do you think of the new open?