Thursday, May 30, 2013

AfterBuzz TV SYTYCD: Boston Auditions

The whole gang is back together this week as we talk about the Boston auditions. It's my hometown and the dance scene is fierce in that town. It's a city that really supports the arts and it shows! I think it's the best set of auditions we have seen in awhile on SYTYCD.

Many of you have asked when our guests will be coming on. We will start with guests once we hit the Top 20. It makes the most sense since we want our guests to be talking about the true contenders for the title. From everything I am hearing, there is only going to be one winner this season. I am happy with that change from the two winner-result last season.

We have had a ton of requests for specific guests. I keep hearing Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold requested over and over. We will try our best to get both of them, but one caveat: Lindsay is not living in LA this summer. I will try and coordinate with her schedule if she happens to be in town, but that is where we stand with her situation. Finally, Anna Trebunskaya promised to come in. As many of you know, she was a great addition to our DWTS show.

If you missed the show, you can view it below or listen to the podcast. Thanks for making it the #10 most downloaded show on AfterBuzz TV last week!

And a big thanks to Kaitlyn for calling in to discuss the Boston auditions!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Perlier Shower & Bath Cream Kit Review

It's time to take a look at another beauty product that was sent to me via iFabbo. I have to say I was a little disappointed in last month's pick because of the presence of Parabens in the product. This month's pick is Perlier's Deluxe Travel Kit and I was in heaven. Given the fact that I am an ingredients reader from the beginning I was happy to see some of the products were Paraben-free.

Here is what I received:

1 oz. Honey Body Balm Mini
1.6 fl. oz. Honey Shower Cream Mini
1.6 fl. oz. Olivarium Bath & Shower Cream Mini
1 fl. oz. Olivarium Body Cream Mini
1 fl. oz. Shea Butter with Citrus Extract Body Balm Mini
1.6 fl. oz. Shea Butter with Citrus Extract Cream Shower Mini
1 fl. oz. White Almond Body Cream Mini
1.6 fl. oz. White Almond Shower Cream Mini
Clear Zip Top Bag

Description of Products:

Honey Body Balm Mini 
Helps moisture-nourish the skin
Helps improve the appearance of the skin
Honey scent
Honey Shower Cream Mini
Cleansing formula formulated with honey and other key ingredients
Formula helps moisture-nourish the skin
Olivarium Bath & Shower Cream Mini
Key ingredients include 100% organic Italian olive oil
Olive oil in formula comes from century-old trees cultivated without the use of chemical treatments
Helps create a delicate, herbal-scented bathing experience
Olivarium Body Cream Mini
Formula contains 100% organic olive oil, tomato lycopene and other key ingredients
Complex delivers a moisturizing effect to the skin
Clean, herbal scent
Shea Butter with Citrus Extract Body Balm Mini
Perlier uses a proprietary process that allows pure shea butter to be extracted and recondensed
Together with other ingredients, formula helps hydrate the skin
Scented with soft citrus notes including lemons, limes and oranges
White Almond Body Cream Mini
Formula cleanses, hydrates, helps protect skin and optimizes firmness in the skin
Scented with soft Italian almonds from Sicily, considered by some to be the best Italian almonds
Clear Zip Top Bag Cream Mini
Zip-top design
Holds all 8 minis
Perfect for travel
Approx. 9"L x 2-1/2'W x 6-1/2"H
Bath and body products made in Italy; bag made in China

The list was so long with eight items, so I encourage you to head here to see the list. I was pleased with what I saw in the shower creams, but the body creams list Methylparaben. Sigh. It is frustrating to see beauty companies still use this sketchy item in their products.

Does It Work?:
I loved the fresh scents and smells of the shower cream. It was hydrating to my dry skin and it is definitely something I would purchase again. I also think the 8-piece set is a great gift item. If Perlier can figure out a way to eliminate the Parabens from their body creams, I would give this a double thumbs-up.

Cost: $19.95

Where Is It Sold?:  HSN--which you know I adore. In fact, Perlier is offering my readers a $5 discount code. Click on this link here and then add the code "ifabbo5" at checkout. Not only is that good on the Perlier Deluxe Travel Set, it is good for any Perlier purchase at HSN. Code Expiration Date: 10/31/13

Let me know your thoughts on the product using this hashtag: #PerlierOnHSN

Have you used Perlier products before? Let me know in the comments below.

Disclosure:  I was given a complimentary sample by Perlier and iFabbo in exchange for a review. I was not paid for this post. All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Media Mondays

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying the day off while remembering all of those who bravely fought for our freedom throughout history. You are appreciated--thank you!

Here are all of last week's media appearances. Pick and choose your adventure:

AfterBuzz TV DWTS: Final week....last of the controversies. You can find it all here.
The Hangover III premiere:  All of the photos are here.

AfterBuzz TV SYTYCD:  The show will ramp up once the audition rounds are over, but we are still discussing what we are seeing in each city as the contestants head to Vegas.

Tom Barnard Podcast:  We talk about the Biebs at the Billboard Music Awards and Bradley Cooper wearing a pumpkin suit at The Hangover III red carpet. I come in at 2:08.

Kellie Pickler comes out on top on Dancing with the Stars:  All of the delicious controversies...phew, glad that's over.
Jennifer Lawrence's hot bod for X-Men: No body paint this time, it's a body suit.
Lea Michele lands a book deal:  Would you buy this book?

The Amy Beth Arkawy Show: I chatted with Amy Beth about the string of TV cancellations and what we can expect from next season's TV shows. Listen here.

Friday, May 24, 2013

VIDEO: Indy 500 Featurette for TURBO

Coming July 17 in 3D, it's Dreamworks Animation's latest movie offering called TURBO. Here's an official description of the film:

"From the makers of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, TURBO is a high-velocity 3D comedy about an underdog snail whose dreams kick into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart and shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Turbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500."

The animated feature stars Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins,Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. Snoop Lion and Samuel L. Jackson.

To find out more about the film head to their website, Facebook or Twitter page. 

In the meantime, enjoy the Indy 500 Featurette just in time for the big race weekend!

What movie do you plan to see this holiday weekend?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

AfterBuzz TV DWTS: Sharna Burgess & Lindsay Arnold

Ahhh, what a season! I cannot believe it's over.  It's been a wild ride over the last 10 weeks. My wish for next season is that we are all good to each matter who we are rooting for. We are so lucky to live in a world where we can have our own opinions and thoughts, but it is important to be respectful of the opposing side.  Kellie and Zendaya are both beautiful dancers and women. While they each brought different things to the table, we watched because we love dance.  While Kellie went home with that mirror ball trophy, I think we are all going to watch Zendaya become a superstar in Hollywood...way beyond the confines of Disney/ABC. Whether she hits the music scene or takes on the film world, mark my words, she will be wildly successful.

My article about the DWTS finale >>

I know many of you aren't satisfied with the voting explanation. ABC should have done a better job with explaining what happened much like NBC did with The Voice when they had a similar issue in early May. Legally, they did the right thing by throwing out the votes. It leveled the playing field for both coasts.  While viewers were left with phone, text, and Facebook votes, I know some of you will argue it isn't fair.  Well, I can never text since I'm not an AT&T that's not fair. I also only have a public FB page, so I cannot vote via social media. I have to pick up the phone. We could go in circles about this over and over. Remember, all networks have to abide by FCC regulations and Broadcast Standards and Practices. Here are ABC's guidelines for their entire network. What ABC failed to do is explain the situation to the viewers...that is a PR misstep.

Our pre-show Vine video >>

I also think Lindsay and Sharna addressed the footwear issue very well.  There are so many other issues to deal with when you are trying to teach a celebrity to dance.  While it may not be the preferable choice for viewers with a dance background, the pros chose what they felt was best for their celebs. I prefer the line of a heel, but once I heard Lindsay and Sharna's explanations, I feel like I understand the reasoning a bit better...even if I prefer true ballroom footwear.

One crazy photo post-show >>

Thank you all for such a great season. We really cannot do it without you. Your input, comments, questions and artful debate have been so much fun. Even when we don't agree, I love discussing the show with you.  For those of you that are fans of SYTYCD, I hope you join me, Jake, AJ Gibson, and Chloe West for a fun season. Next week, we will slide into DWTS' old time slot on AfterBuzz TV at 9pm PT, so you know where to find us. We will also be bringing in some DWTS and SYTYCD guests to join us once the Top 20 is announced.

The podcast is available to listen to here

Now feel free to comment away about the season, but be respectful of others and their opinions. Thank you! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

PHOTOS: The Hangover III Premiere

Yep, I was on the red carpet for the premiere of The Hangover III for Press Pass LA on Monday night. My article will be up shortly, but I thought you might enjoy a few fun personal photos from the evening.  (Also, check out my Facebook page for my mug right before the action began!)

Will you be seeing The Hangover III or are you already tired of the franchise?

 Just wanted to show you the back of Jamie Chung's dress...gorgeous!

 Mmmbop, mmmbop...what the heck comes next?

 Bradley Cooper drank his coffee all the way down the red carpet in his pumpkin suit. Maybe it was a pumpkin latte?

Bradley Cooper chatting with director Todd Phillips...discussing pumpkin lattes?

 The cast!

 Heather Graham looked gorgeous in emerald green.

Ed Helms looking a little like Hugh Grant in profile.

Zach Galiafinakis...finally learned to spell his last name correctly for this caption.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hugh Jackman: The Wolverine Trailer

Did you see the new The Wolverine trailer? If you haven't, it's time to see Hugh Jackman back in action as the incredible Marvel hero.

IMDB is describing the July 26 film saying,  "Wolverine makes a voyage to modern-day Japan, where he encounters an enemy from his past that will impact on his future."

I'm ready, are you?

In other Marvel news, see Jennifer Lawrence's smokin' hot body as Mystique here from X-Men: Days of Future Past.

AfterBuzz TV DWTS: Finale Preview

I cannot believe we are here.  10 weeks, thousands of comments, and millions of controversies later, it's time for our last show for Season 16 of DWTS on AfterBuzz TV.

There is so much to say, but I'm going to save that for Wednesday night. So, here are our confirmed guests for the last show.

She started our season and she's going to end our season. With one of the best storylines of the season with her partner Andy Dick, it's Sharna Burgess!

Our second guest also joined DWTS as a pro this season. We had her partner and now we finally get to hear from her, it's Lindsay Arnold!

Watch us LIVE tomorrow night on AfterBuzz TV at 9pm PT. Link is here

Now, get those comments and questions in, please put them in the comments below!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Media Mondays

It's kind of awesome to see the shows that were taped on Stage 8 on the Fox lot.

How was your weekend?  I hit a screening of the animated film Epic on the Fox lot as a follow-up to the article I did for SheKnows and I had fun on the red carpet with a lot of familiar faces from SYTYCD and DWTS at last night's Shaping Sounds performance. That article will be out later this week.

In the meantime, here are my media appearances from last week.

AfterBuzz TV DWTS:  I cannot believe we are here: finale week. I'm going to miss my weekly chats with Anna, Suri, and Jake, but we will be back next fall. (Although I do hope Anna is back on the show as a pro!)  See our interview with Henry Bylalikov here.

AfterBuzz TV SYTYCD:  Jake and Chloe West join AJ Gibson and I for our first week on SYTYCD. It's weird doing both shows at once. If you missed last week's show, you can watch it below. We will be moving in the DWTS slot beginning next week.

Paris Hilton speaks up about The Bling Ring:  I cannot wait to see this Sofia Coppola movie. It was big news here in LA when the thefts happened.
Jaden Smith wants emancipation for his 15th birthday:  The Smith family has an interesting way of raising their kids and their kids are kind of bratty.
Miley Cyrus' engagement ring is back on her finger: While I don't think she should get married so young, I like this badass new version of Miley.

Tom Barnard Podcast:  I dished way too much gossip about Jeremy Piven. Way too much. I come in right at the beginning. Listen here.

The Radio Dish:  I talk about Britney Spears heading to Vegas and Carrie Underwood as the new voice of Sunday Night Football. Listen in at the 22:05 mark.

Also, listen later today to start your entertainment news week:
1:30pm PT Metro News Hotline with Dave Weekley

Friday, May 17, 2013

What's In My Gift Bag?: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Edition

I love playing What's In My Gift Bag? from time to time, so here's another round of some of the complimentary items given to celebrities for Hollywood events. Here's what the A-listers received from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Gift Lounge.

Complimentary Spa Service at their spa in LA
Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum, $60
Essential-C Sun Balm SPF 35, $25
Soothing Skin, Lip and Cuticle Care, $16
Razor Burn Rescue, $37
Essential-C Cleanser, $36
Instant Radiance Eye Cream, $68

Fred Segal Salon: Free Haircut
AquaSwiss: Vessel M watch, $825
New Balance: Custom Pair of US574 sneakers, $139.95
Chloe: Pair of Sunglasses, Hoya
Logitech: Ultimate Ears 900 Noise-Isolating Earphones, $430
Hasbro: World Series of Yahtzee, $20
Cult of Individuality: Pair of jeans, Bohemi Bootcut, $104
Thursday Friday: Tote Bag, Moto Together Bag, $65

Shampooing Hydration Brilliance
Secret De Nuit
Phyto 7

Not a bad haul for the celebrities, right? What is your favorite product in this gift bag? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclosure: Item were complimentary from LFB Media Group. I was not asked to post on these items. I am just sharing new products and fashions with you. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

AfterBuzz TV's DWTS: Henry Byalikov

This was such a fun show. I'm so glad we had Henry Byalikov back on this season for a second time so he was able to give us the inside scoop on his work with Baz Lurhmann on Gatsby.  He's always a great guest and we all know his fans are legendary.

Catch our pre-show Vine video here.

It was our last show with Anna Trebunskaya and we are going to miss her next week. She's been a great addition to the show this season on AfterBuzz TV. However, we do have two pros currently confirmed for next week's show. Be sure to come back here on Tuesday to find out who it is. I am really excited to end the season in a big way. It will be an awesome finish to a fascinating season.

I wanted to list everyone's Top 4 predictions for next week. I think our answers shocked a few of you and none of us had the same answer. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments below. See you all next week!


Suri                        Anna
1st: Jacoby              1st/2nd: Kellie/Jacoby (She couldn't decide.)
2nd:  Kellie              3rd: Aly
3rd: Zendaya           4th: Zendaya
4th: Aly

Henry                     Jake:
1st: Kellie                1st: Kellie
2nd: Jacoby            2nd: Zendaya
3rd:  Aly                  3rd: Jacoby
4th: Zendaya           4th: Aly

1st: Kellie
2nd: Jacoby
3rd: Zendaya
4th: Aly

If you missed the show, you can watch below.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

AfterBuzz TV DWTS: Week 9 Preview

We are welcoming back a return guest for us this week on AfterBuzz TV, in honor of the release of the Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby, it's Henry Byalikov. We will have the opportunity to ask him about the film and what it was like working with stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, so get those questions in now!  Remember, add them to the comments below.

You can find the AfterBuzz TV DWTS show here, Wednesday at 9pm PT.

Suri, Jake and I are definitely back this week. We are waiting for confirmation from Anna. UPDATE: Anna will be joining us. Hooray!

It's semifinals week and you KNOW we have a lot to say!

Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF40 Review

It's time for another beauty review with one of the hottest products on the market right now, BB Cream.  iFabbo and Hydroxatone kindly gave me a complimentary sample of the Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF40 to try out. This was my first time getting my hands on a BB cream so I was eager to give it a test drive.

Let's take a closer look at the product:

Description of the Product:

BB Cream acts as an all-in-one product with cosmetic beauty and skincare benefits. This perfecting multi-functional cream can act as a foundation, concealer, sunblock, and moisturizer all at once BB cream was initially formulated and used by dermatologists to help patients who received laser surgery protect, soothe and refine their sensitive skin while also providing them with a light coverage for post-laser scars, acne, and other skin imperfections.

Key Benefits:
Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and overall skin aging as it visibly firms and lifts; make skin instantly look flawless and more youthful
Contains a potent antioxidant to reduce free radical damage in the skin
Evens out skin tone and visibly brightens dullness and discoloration with active Vitamin C and an advanced encapsulated peptide
Contains a special blend of plant extracts to help calm and sooth irritated skin
Shields the skin with powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 40
Hides uneven skin tone and minimizes the appearance of imperfections
A perfecting cream designed to visibly firm and lift the skin, brighten, moisturize and protect
Works perfectly under foundation, or all on its own
Contains a highly effective level of Vitamin C
Vitamin C help stimulate collagen used during the skin's own regenerative process
For a complete 3-step beauty regimen, partner with Hydroxatone Milky Cleanser and Hydroxatone Age-Defying Toner. For best results combine with Hydroxatone Microdermabrasion one to two times per week.

Why is Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF40 so effective?

Vitamin C:
Support optimal skin health by promoting the skin's own regenerative properties help stimulate collagen used during the skin's own regenerative process
Formulated with an ingredient that help skin stem cells maintain their natural renewal capacity
PhytoCellTec™ & EMortal™
Formulated with ingredients that increase the vitality of the skins' stem cells.
Contains ingredients that support the natural renewal process of the skin
SPF 40
SPF 40 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protects the skin from the elements including harmful UV rays and oxidative stress


Shade: Medium
Active ingredients Purpose
Titanium Dioxide 12.16% Sunscreen

Inactive ingredients
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Glycereth-26, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Alumina, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Boron Nitride, Methicone, Sodium PCA, Propanediol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Urea, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Triethyoxycaprylylsilane, Adenosine, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oligopeptide-68, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide 3, Lecithin, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Beta-Glucan, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Oleate, Sodium Phosphate, Tocopherol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phytosterols, Squalane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, sh-Polypeptide- 7, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydantoin, Iron Oxides

Does It Work?:
Hmmm, this was a tricky one to review. The shade they sent me was Medium. It is perfect for this time of year because my freckles start to pop with more sun exposure. It blended well with my skin tone. However, it was so drying that I couldn't use it alone. I had to add a few drops of Vitamin E oil to keep my skin hydrated.  So, that was a big drawback for me.  Someone with combination or oily skin would probably do very well with this product.

Some other good things about this product include the high level of SPF which is perfect for the summer sun. It should give you the coverage you need for the first part of the day.  Despite the dryness on my skin, it did spread evenly to give a smooth look once I added some additional moisture to my face.

One caveat for those that are cautious about ingredients, Hydroxatone does contain Methylparabens. Since many beauty companies are now eliminating this ingredient because of the potential dangers with continued use.  The existence of this ingredient is enough for me to not recommend this product. It's a personal health choice.

Cost:  $39

Where Is It Sold?: You can find it on the ULTA website here.

If you want to learn more about Hydroxatone, visit their social media pages--
Google +

See my other reviews for iFabbo here and here.

Disclosure:  I was given a complimentary sample by Hydroxatone and iFabbo in exchange for a review. I was not paid for this post. All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Media Mondays

 I hit the drive-in this weekend to see Alien! This is clearly a preview for All About Eve...unless aliens suddenly started wearing tuxes to fool us all.

After a whirlwind of a week, I had such a nice relaxing weekend.  I hope yours was just as fun as we head into the new week.

Here are my media appearances from last week:

Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson: Haven't spoken in 6 years--Nick went on Bravo TV and dished some good gossip on their marriage.
Pete Wentz's pill addiction post-Ashlee Simpson divorce--Let's go 2-for-2 on the Simpson girls and dish about Ashlee's marriage, too.
Penn Badgley on Blake Lively: "I didn't send a wedding gift"--What the heck? Let's dish on Blake Lively's marriage as well!

Press Pass LA:
TCM Film Fest kicks off with Funny Girl--If you are a classic film fan, be sure to join the awesome #TCMParty on Twitter. You will meet a lot of great people. 

The Prince and Princess of Norway visited during my Houston gig.

DWTS: I was in the chat room for the show since I was working in Houston on another gig. However,  I did write an article about the Zendaya debate that stirred up a bit of controversy. You can read it here.

The Radio Dish: This week we chatted about the American Idol judges' table and what a hot mess that has become and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's it over? Listen in at the 17:45 mark.

By the way, I am cleaning out my closet and I am selling a few items. Make sure to check my Twitter and Facebook page for updates. I just sold a cute dress and these sunglasses are up for grabs. 

Also, listen later today to start your entertainment news week:
1:30pm PT Metro News Hotline with Dave Weekley

Friday, May 10, 2013

DWTS: It's Time To End The Zendaya Debate

Enough with Zendaya.

She's not a ringer, she's a girl who has had Hip Hop classes. I might take this debate more seriously if she were a trained ballet dancer or ballroom dancer, but it's time to stop.  Here are my reasons for ending the Zendaya discussion on DWTS:

1. It's a TV show: Having great dancers and bad dancers all lumped into one variety show is fun. I cheered on Andy Dick as much as I have cheered Zendaya and Kellie Pickler this season.  I did make fun of Sean Lowe's dancing a bit, but it made for some interesting topics of discussion on our AfterBuzz TV show.
    And guess what? By constantly debating that "Zendaya is a ringer" and "Kellie is being underscored"(Although the "7" from Len was ridiculous, it also made for good TV.) topics, you are playing into exactly what ABC wants...controversy.  It makes for good television and it gets us all watching each week.
    One other argument is that ABC wants to promote its own network stars. If you look at the statistics, this is a bad argument.  Let's look at the ABC stars who have won DWTS:  Season 1 Kelly Monaco, General Hospital. That's it, kids.  You could argue Melissa Rycroft from Season 15 as she is a former ABC employee with The Bachelor franchise/former GMA Bachelor Pad host, but ABC has not used her in that capacity since April 2012. If there were a series of ABC winners, I would agree with you. 1 winner out of 15 does not make for an ABC push for a winner.
Supplemental reading: Carrie Ann Inaba talks Kellie Pickler 

2.  Zendaya Hears You:  If you think this 16-year-old doesn't hear your criticism, she does...and she takes it personally.  If you read her Access Hollywood blog, she knows exactly what is going on in the forums.  I feel badly for her because I remember being 16 and we don't need to help anyone's teen insecurities along.

Supplemental reading: Zendaya's blog

Even with dance training, Zendaya doesn't have lines like Kellie does. Beautiful!

3.  Twitter followers:  Yep, Zendaya has more followers than anyone, but she's also of a generation that is more tuned into social media than say...Wynonna's fans.  Different generations, different demographics, different use of social media.
      I know many of you are upset that Zendaya got Hip Hop this week. She asked for it, the fans gave it to her. Aly asked for Afro-Jazz, Kellie asked for Flamenco, everyone got the exact dance they wanted. While Flamenco might be harder for Kellie than Hip Hop is for Zendaya, it is Derek who wanted this dance. He has something in mind choreographically just the same way Mark wanted to try Afro-Jazz on Aly.  They know their partner's strengths.
      Also, ABC is trying to keep up with the times and keep this show as interactive as possible for all of the fans.  Twitter is social media site that keeps growing while Facebook's growth has stagnated over the last two years, that's why they are using it for voting.  While not every experiment on DWTS works, I like that they are trying to keep current and relevant.

Supplemental reading: Carrie Ann Inaba names best DWTS dancer ever

Honestly, I would rather talk about the great dancing we are seeing from Zendaya and Kellie this season and how much I've enjoyed watching them each week.  Val and Derek have both stepped up their game choreographically and it's been a treat for the viewers.  With two weeks left, let's end the debate and see who's going to come out on top.  Remember last year, we all thought Shawn Johnson was going to win.

Let's end the debate. You are missing some good dancing.

Okay, your turn to comment. Please post in the comments below...

UPDATE:  Thanks for all of your responses so far. While some of you agree with me, I want to address those that don't agree with me...of course, I respect your opinion. However, hurling insults my way weakens your case. Instead, why don't you comment below and give me some facts to back up your argument.  I am totally up for rational discussions. It's refreshing to hear a different perspective when it's done with respect.  

The other thing you must remember is that I compliment both Zendaya and Kellie in this post. I like them both. I haven't chosen sides.  

I also want to disclose I have interviewed Zendaya many times, so I was very familiar with her work pre-DWTS. If you want to see some of that coverage, go here and here

Anyway, thanks for all of your feedback. I appreciate it!   

Host Louise Roe: From 'Fashion Star' to Carrera Ignition Night

 Louise Roe at the Carrera Ignition Night event in NYC

Tonight is the season finale of NBC's Fashion Star and host Louise Roe is touting a dramatic finish.

She told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, "It's so dramatic, and purely by chance, each finalist is on a different team: One is on Team Jessica, one is on Team Nicole, and one is on John's team. So that means the mentors are getting quite emotionally involved. After 10 weeks, they've totally bonded with the designers, not only onstage with me but as their mentors as well. There is a whole lot at stake. It's $6 million worth of clothes in these huge stories."

Besides the end of the fashion show for Season 2, Roe is can be seen everywhere from the Oscars red carpet to hosting a new series Beauty School on Look TV. She was also recently spotted at the Carrera Ignition Night in New York sporting the hottest shades from their current collection.

Roe shared, “Sunglasses are my favorite accessory! You can wear them anytime, anywhere and look exceptionally put-together.”

The fashionista chose peach-hued frames that are perfect for the summer season.

To find out more about Carrera, visit their website.

Who do you think will win Season 2 of Fashion Star?

Images courtesy of Marion Curtis/StarPix

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Preview: AfterBuzz TV DWTS, Week 8

Okay, I know a lot of you have been asking who are guests are this week. My answer...I don't know yet. Jake is working hard on it back in LA, so hopefully we will have a guest this week. If not, you all know we have plenty to talk about with Len's "7", Sean's elimination, and Kellie and Derek were in jeopardy-ish this week.

UPDATE:  Our guests tomorrow night are Sasha Farber and Emma Slater...get those questions in!

DOUBLE UPDATE: Tristan MacManus is coming, too! #PartyTime

TRIPLE UPDATE:  No Anna tonight. She's performing in Vancouver.

So...if you have been following my tweets, I am not in LA. I am working in Houston this week.  In addition, Suri is not in LA this week either. She's starting the ProGym Challenge in Pennsylvania. It will air on ESPN2 in two weeks.  We will both be joining the discussion via the phone while Jake and Anna hold down the fort in LA.

I will be LIVE tweeting tomorrow night again like I did back in March when I was out of town for work.  Remember to use the official hashtag to talk with me and Suri:  #ABTVDance.

I am still collecting questions for Anna here on my site, so make sure to leave all of your comments and questions below.  Can you believe we only have 2 weeks left?

If you are a fan of SYTYCD, I will be starting the AfterBuzz show next week with my co-host AJ Gibson. I will have more details on time and date soon.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Media Mondays

Flying over the Grand Canyon last week while traveling back to LA.

How was your Cinco de Mayo?  Mine was spent rehearsing in Houston and eating a taco at Taco Cabana. Nothing too fancy for me this year, but I need to be on my A-game this week for work.

If you missed my media appearances last week, they are all here in one tidy pile:

AfterBuzz TV DWTS: As always, it warrants its own page. You can find it here.

My article for Starpulse was the top trending item on Google for the Tony Awards...woo hoo!

The Tony Awards Nominations:  Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson in one room?  Oh yes!  View it here.

Eat.Taste.Live:  Joel Bryant and I wrap up our yummy experiences after the show. I mad the strawberry quinoa salad a few days later. It's so darn good!

Tom Barnard Podcast:  Ahh, we talked about Maria Shriver needing a bacon cheeseburger, Stephen Baldwin's tax bill, and General Hospital. How's that for eclectic? I come in at 4:45.

The Radio Dish:  Mary and I chatted about the Daytime Emmys, a Two and a Half Men star gets a raise, and IronMan 3! I come in at the 21:30 mark.

On set last week with some super white legs....whoa!

Cocktails and Conversation:  What is happening down in Atlanta?  Reese gets arrested, Chris Kelly passes's a crazy town.  I jump in at the 0:15 minute mark.

More Reese Witherspoon arrest footage: Hubby blames her!--I'd like to say I'm surprised by this, but I'm not
Amanda Bynes to Jenny McCarthy on Twitter--"You're ugly!"--The story is bizarre, hilarious, and sad.
Pink dishes on her date with Joey Fatone--2 Cute 2 B 4gotten.

Friday, May 3, 2013

My interview with Gwyneth Paltrow for Iron Man 3...Part 2

If you missed the first part of my interview with Gwyneth Paltrow for the Iron Man 3 press junket for iVillage, click here. She talked about how she explained the Boston bombing to her kids since we were in the midst of the aftermath.

In part 2 below, she talks about donning the Iron Man suit this time around, love in Hollywood, and how to deal with the goop haters. She's pretty honest and refreshing in this interview.  You can also read the article here.

Are you headed to Iron Man 3 this weekend? Let me know! It's kind of awesome. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

DWTS on AfterBuzzTV, Week 7: Shirley Ballas, Yegor Novikov

How great of a guest was Shirley Ballas? She offered up some awesome insight and she talked about the fact that there is politics on the show. However, she showed that they are fair and balanced when it comes to moving the top leaders around on that scoreboard. It's boring if Kellie or Zendaya win every week and no one should discount Jacoby for the top spot in the end. I also love that Shirley confirmed the Maks/Val/Derek's true, it exists.

As for Yegor, he was so sweet and he gave the best critique of the night when it came to Sharna and Andy's journey. He showcased what Sharna did as a choreographer for her celeb who was a great performer, but not a great dancer.  It was fantastic to hear his opinions on them.

If you missed the show, you can watch it below or download it on iTunes. Thank you for making the show #10 this week of Top Podcasts on AfterBuzz TV.  We love you guys!

I also want to thank JC Rubio and Jackie Miranne for taking your questions to the red carpet. It's awesome to have their clips and your questions featured on our show.

I can't believe we only have 3 more shows left. Sniff...I'm going to miss you all until next season...or come join me as I co-host Season 10 of SYTYCD on AfterBuzz TV beginning May 14.

Finally, you are all so sweet for sending my mother lovely birthday wishes! xoxoxo kb

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Iron Man 3: The Gwyneth Paltrow Interview

Gwyneth Paltrow has been in the news nonstop over the last six weeks for things like her $450,000 spring wardrobe suggestions, selling string bikinis for little girls on her site goop, and talking about her bushy bikini line. Yep, she's a pop culture headliner.

I had the opportunity to interview Paltrow during the Iron Man 3 press junket for iVillage. I actually found her completely the opposite of what those headlines assumed about her. She answered all of my questions openly and honestly as she sat with her shoes off and relaxed in her chair.

You can see the article my iVillage colleague Ali Gray wrote about this interview here.

Watch the interview and let me know what you think!  See Part 2 here.

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