#ThrowbackThursday: Xtina Has Some Advice For Biebs

It’s been a while lovely La Vida peeps, but I am back for a special #TBT of articles from back in the day.

Today I take a look at when I covered “The Voice” season 4 screening for Celebuzz and when I had the opportunity to ask Ms. Christina Aguilera a question or two.

From what I remember from a year ago, it was almost wrap up time and Xtina was on the move. She was so nice and pleasant and had some words of wisdom for the troubled Justin Bieber.

Here is the article, you can see it live on Celebuzz here.

Christina Aguilera may not be coaching this season on NBC’s The Voice, but that doesn’t stop her from coming out to Wednesday’s Season 4 Premiere Screening.

“I’m just excited to be here, supporting my Voice family and seeing what it’s like behind the button and having no button pressure,” she told reporters. “It’s interesting.”

While fans were excited to see new coach Ushertalk of his protégé and megastar, Justin Biebersoon arose. Biebs is having a rocky time right now and Aguilera — who also grew up in the spotlight — did not hesitate to offer up her thoughts.

“Everybody handles it their own certain way,” the 32-year-old pop star said. “I would just say don’t let… anyone push you around or have you be something you’re not.”

“I’ve always been really honest and true to my own roots and really grounded, not letting myself stray too much,” she continued. “You live life and it’s hard from a young age to grow up in front of the camera and, like now, I take moments for myself.”

Mother to son Max, she knows when to focus on superstardom and yourself, “You learn to take moments to yourself and step away from the camera, so you can re-inspire yourself as an artist, rejuvenate and refresh. “

Will you miss Xtina’s insight as a coach this season? How do you think Usher and Shakira will do?

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Throwing It Back: Fashion Week Edition #LAFW

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Hello La Vida-ers! Welcome to the first Thursday of February so in celebration of New York Fashion Week I’ll take you back to when I covered a smaller Los Angeles Fashion Weekend back in 2012.

Read the published article below or on Celebuzz HERE!

This past Friday LA Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios kicked off in Hollywood, where Celebuzz got an exclusive seat to all of the weekend’s designers as they showed off their hottest new collections. Opening night brought us LA-based designer Anthony Franco’s SS12 presentation where he told us about his past trip to Mexico that inspired his line,

“As soon as we landed there was a sunset and we saw the orange and pink sky meet up with the beautiful blue ocean and at that point I knew my collection was going to have those color pallets. I sort of fused the two between the men’s collection and the women’s.”

The weekend’s lineup continued with shows from the ever creative and fierce Betsey Johnson, Karen Capili, Kelly Nishimoto, Dina Bar-El and Beach Rays. Some of the top buys, industry elite and stylist were among the invitees as well as some of today’s most recognized celebs.

Jack Black was one of the first stars to come out on opening night, along with True Blood star, Tara Buck, Glee’s favorite teacher Matthew Morrison who came out to support his model girlfriend, who walked in the shows all weekend, Angela Simmons sat front row for the Betsey Johnson show, as well Grey’s Anatomy  star Sarah Ramirez,  among others.

The three day celebration consisted of five shows mixed with astonishing formal gowns for all types of celebrations, flowy light-toned beachy wear, cut out party dresses, black, grey and white patterned dresses, body hugging evening wear, fun and flirty sleepwear and of course the fierce girly looks from Betsey Johnson.

Throwing It Back: The Meet & Greet – Real Talk With Christina Grimmie

Throwing it back to when I got the chance to talk to Christina Grimmie, way back when she was just exploding into the limelight! Catch a portion of the interview below and for the full article click HERE!

Christina Grimmie

Welcome back to the Celebuzz Meet & Greet, where we talk with rising actors, musicians and entertainers before they hit it big. Watch out for these future A-listers!

There’s no doubt that we’ve all been on YouTube in search of hilarious videos, music from our favorite artists or to see someone cover a familiar song. What we don’t always expect is YouTube user to break out and make a name for herself. Well, major music contender and singing sensation Christina Grimmie has done just that and Celebuzz got a chance to talk to her about her journey to stardom!

Christina’s YouTube channel has received over 100 million views and is filled with videos of her recording amazing covers from popular songs. Accompanied by just a piano, she has gained more than one million subscribers on her channel over the last year! At just 17 years old, her first EP debuted at #31 on the Billboard chart and she recently ended a summer tour with Allstar Weekend and Selena Gomez + The Scene.

Recently, Christina was chosen as one of three up-and-coming artists to compete in the Coca-Cola collaboration project. Her fans voted her as the winner and she will now have the honor of performing at the Coca-Cola Red Carpet Live at the AMA’s this Sunday!

How did you start your music and YouTube channel?

When I was little, I always sang — always messed around with the piano. I’ve always been into music and YouTube didn’t come along until I was 15. My friend told me to put a video up and I didn’t want to do it. She said I should just do it and I gave it a shot and, well, here I am!

How has your life changed now there’s all this attention given to you?

I’m traveling a lot now. I have so many awesome fans that I love and they are kind of like family. I’ve really gotten to bond with them and I’m getting to really make music which is what I’ve always wanted to do.

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Throwing It Back: Celebuzz Goes 1-on-1 with Elton John’s 13-Year-Old Protege Tallia Storm

Welcome to the New Year! 2014 is well on its way and let’s throw it back for this first Thursday of the year.

Starting off with an exclusive interview with Elton John‘s Tallia Storm. Below is an excerpt from the interview I conducted and for the full article go HERE!

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At only 13-years old, Miss Tallia Storm is making her mark on the music world. Discovered by the legendary Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish, Tallia is already being guided by one of the industry’s most influential artists. Celebuzz got the chance to sit down for a one-on-one with the talented star!

After getting a personal call from Sir Elton himself, she was asked to open up for his Scotland concert at The Falkirk Stadium coming up in June. Her R&B and jazz vibe showcase her deep and soulful signature voice that caught his attention. Sitting down with the young stylish singer we asked about her musical stardom, music influence’s and her unique and fashion forward style!

How did your music career start?

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Throwing It Back: THIS Is Why J.Lo Needs To Make An ‘AI’ Comeback

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Throwback Thursday to why Jennifer Lopez should have returned to American Idol…looks like she knew what was good for her since she’s returned for the new season with Harry Connick Jr. and returning judge Keith Urban. Check out the published article HERE at Celebuzz.

• BY LIZ CALVARIO •

Jennifer Lopez is making her return to American Idol, ladies and gents.
Rumors have been swirling that current AI judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj could be getting the axe, as producers are concocting a plan to get J.Lo back to the judges table.

But first things first. Lopez is set to make an appearance, but only as a performer… for now. The sexy songstress is set to strut her stuff on one of the two-part finale episodes May 15 and 16, according to E!.

While nothing is set in stone on a more permanent return to the hit FOX reality show, a source told E! that “there will definitely be changes to the judging panel for next season.”

Whether the rumors are true or not regarding Carey and Minaj getting the boot, we decided to remind you all of how J.Lo made her mark on reality TV.

Here are 5 reasons why we can’t get enough of this Jenny from the block.

1. Fashion Star

The girl earned some MAJOR style points during her two-season tenure. Those tuning in every week got more than just a reality show when Lopez’s curves (and those abs!) took center stage. You can’t argue — J.Lo makes 43 look good.

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Throwing it Back: Celebuzz Goes Behind the Scenes at Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing!

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Thursdays take us back to my old stomping grounds. This week two years ago I attended the Radio Disney Next Big Thing and aside from meeting my current lover boy, I talked with some great Disney stars and the winner.

Take a read below or find it published HERE!

POSTED DECEMBER 9, 2011 • BY LIZ CALVARIO •

If you’ve been keeping up with Season Four of Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing, you know a very lucky 13-year-old is this season’s winner!

Celebuzz got a chance to attend the Finale Concert this week, where we chatted with pop sensation Cody Simpson, the cast of Disney’s new show Jessie starring Debby Ryan, N.B.T. artists Hollywood Ending, and of course the Next Big Thing herself!

After 10 weeks of fans voting, seeing and listening to their favorite artists on Radio Disney and Disney Channel, the final two contestants, 14-year-old triple threat Zack Montana and 13-year-old singer/songwriter Shealeigh performed in Los Angeles for their anxious fans.

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#TT: Amy Poehler Honored at Variety’s Power of Comedy Event (PHOTOS)

Throwing it back EXACTLY two years ago when my Variety of Comedy article was posted on Celebuzz. A great event honoring Amy Poehler and benefiting a great cause. See the full article below and HERE!

Celebrities attend Variety's 2011 Power of Comedy Awards

Posted 2 years ago   •   by Liz Calvario

The second annual Variety Power of Comedy event tickled some funny bones this past weekend and Celebuzz was there! This year’s honoree was none other than the hilariously talented Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler.

The event honored Amy for her numerous contributions to comedy, followed by a night of stand-up and sketch comedy performances benefiting the Noreen Fraser Foundation (which focuses on women’s cancer research).

Stand-up acts included T.J. Miller, The League star Nick Kroll, Casey Wilson, Happy Endings starand Sarah Silverman. As the night came to a close, SNL and Up All Night actress and comedian Maya Rudolph spoke some wise words of congratulations by telling the crowd:

“Tonight, I would like to sing a song for you, a beautiful song, by the always tasteful and utterly brilliant lyricist Mr. R. Kelly, and it is entitled ‘Sex in the Kitchen.’ You’re welcome.”

She proceeded to sing the dramatic song for the audience.

The hilarious, comedy filled night ended with comedic superstar Will Ferrell presenting the honor to the woman of the evening. Amy came up to accept the honor by giving an exuberantly comical and entertaining speech. Picking out her favorite quotes of the night, she went on to say:

“This has been my kind of night; everything’s kind of hard to hear, everything’s a bit sloppy, the ceiling is too high but everyone’s heart is in the right place…it is an honor to be honored.To all the wonderful people who did a video tonight, thanks but no thanks. I know how easy it is to do a video. Videos are easy. You can’t drag your ass down here to shake my hand in person, you’re dead to me.  So I don’t care about your words and I don’t care about you.

The Variety Power of Comedy award has a very long and prestigious history dating back to 2009. I am the first woman to win. Yes it is about time! Ladies we are really breaking barriers tonight!”

Also in attendance was Amy’s husband Will Arnett, Whitney star Whitney Cummings, Parks and Recs costars Aubrey Plaza and Adam Scott, plus David Henrie, Gene Simmons, Sarah Colonna, and many more celebs who had nothing but kind words to say about Amy.

Throwing It Back: Rob Kardashian, Brenda Song & Aly Michalka Party at OP Winter Wonderland!

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Two years ago at my time at Celebuzz I attended the OP Winter Wonderland party showcasing and celebrating the holidays and their new clothing line. The result of my attendance to this soiree is below and you can view it the site HERE!

Posted 2 years ago   •   by Liz Calvario

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Hollywood as OP celebrated “Winter Wonderland” with its 2011 celebrity cast, including Rob Kardashian, Aly Michalka and Brenda Song!

Celebuzz was in attendance and took in the holiday festivities — chatting with celebs and enjoying the fake snow (we don’t get that here in LA!) The event was filled with yummy holiday snacks, sleds and a snuggle shack where the stars gathered together to celebrate the Fall/Winter 2011 campaign.

When we got a chance to talk with Aly about the brand and what’s next for her, the lovely Hellcats star said:

“I’ve gotten to represent the brand for the past year and I think it’s a huge honor. The brand is really cool and really fresh. This is a perfect event! I wish it would snow in LA! This is awesome.

As for her career, she told us:

“Basically, I’ve been working on music right now. In March we’re going to be doing the album and recording that in New York, so I’m going to be kind of busy for a couple months just doing music. Right now, I’m just in LA finishing up the writing, anything that’s just loose ends on the album. And next year I’m going to be in a movie that’s coming out called The Light of Mine.”

When we asked newly engaged Brenda Song about her favorite part of the holidays she told us:

“Spending time with my family, it’s the one time that everyone goes home and we make the effort and I just think the holidays should be all the time, because they are the best!”

The festive party continued with appearances by actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell, former OP cast member Trevor Donovan, and Stephanie Pratt among others.

Throwing It Back: Celebuzz First Look: Disney’s New Show ‘Austin & Ally’!

Taking it back to another great event I went to exactly two years ago today! I had the opportunity to go on the set of the Disney Channel Show Austin & Ally before it even premiered and interview the cast. Read below for the full article and see it on Celebzz HERE.

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POSTED 2 YEARS AGO   •   BY LIZ CALVARIO

If you’re an avid Disney Channel watcher, you know there’s major excitement over their newest show Austin & Ally — and Celebuzz got to go on set with the cast!

Austin & Ally is a new musical comedy about an overly confident singer/musician named Austin (played by newcomer Ross Lynch), and talented yet shy songwriter Ally (played by Laura Marano). The two team up as a full-on musical force to make their dreams come true…and the story begins!

The energetic Ross told Celebuzz:

“The music aspect is a lot different, it’s got really good fun music, and the connection between [our group of] friends is really strong.”

The show starts out with Austin and his best friend Dez (played by Calum Worthy) “borrowing” Ally’s song without her knowing. As the music video and song become a hit, Austin becomes an overnight sensation. Ally and her best friend Trish (played by Raini Rodriguez — whose real life brother is Rico Rodriguezwho portrays Manny on the hit show Modern Family), make a plan to let the world know that it was Ally’s song. The show progresses by showing us how the two come together to make a dynamic musical duo.

The talented 15 year old, Laura told us a bit about her character,

“Ally is a very insecure, wonderful, talented songwriter who is so insecure to the point where she can’t show the world her talents in life. Thankfully Austin comes in … he needs songs to perform and I have an outlet for everyone to see my songs.”

When asked about the hardest part about filming the comedic show Calum state:

“The biggest challenge was also the most fun part of the show. It’s trying to come up with funny moments all the time in the show, those crazy wild ideas to bring to the table. When they give you the scene, they love you to have some of your creative input back into the episode and they are open to ideas and new concepts. They are always trying to find the best way to make it and a way that is different.”

When it came to confidence Raini had an over abundance and said,

“To know that I am in an environment that I love and that people love me and support me so much here, that’s definitely a huge thing. And it’s just a lot of fun, what’s not to love.”

The chemistry with this foursome is undeniable! Make sure to watch the premiere of the show Sunday December 4th on the Disney Channel.

Throwing it Back: What’s All The Fuss About #UshersLeg? #TT

Happy Halloween kiddos! While everyone’s posting the best and worst costumes, movies, activities and things to do for tonight’s festivities, I decided to go back and give you a taste of when I tried by best at being Usher.

That’s right, U-S-H-E-R, R-A-Y-M-O-N-D, and if you didn’t spell it out like he does in his song “Nice & Slow” then you’re just not feeling my vibe right now. Anyway, not too long ago when Ush was on The Voice he became pretty known for his sitting position and hashtag ‘UshersLeg’ became a trending topic. I’ll let the below explain from my post on Celebuzz or view it HERE on the site.

What’s All The Fuss About #UshersLeg?

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This week struck an interesting trending chord in the Twitter-sphere as an unusual hash tag made its way to the top.

While record-breaking music artist and The Voice Season 4 coach Usher is no stranger to the spotlight, it’s actually one of his body parts that’s made headlines rather than his body of work.

As one of the new judges on the hit NBC singing competition, his fame and out of this world talent have been put to good use so far as the final blind auditions came to an end. But, surprisingly, what has captivated America most aren’t his smoldering good looks, swooning smile or dynamic dance moves.

It’s his leather-clad leg that’s stealing the show!

Trending worldwide Tuesday #UshersLeg made its big debut on social media afterThe Voice’s Twitter page decided to “play a game.” It didn’t take long before hundreds of fans took over and submitted their own versions of the kicked-back, relaxed pose with that draped arm that drips with cool.

So what more came out of this trending phenomenon?

Well, for starters the @UshersLeg Twitter page was created, and the hilarious parody account may only have three tweets, but well over 450 followers and counting.

From pets to kids and even 90-year-old grandmothers, Celebuzz gathered the best photo versions of #UshersLeg that came out of Tuesday’s fan frenzy over Usher’s now infamous appendage.

We have a feeling #UshersLeg might be staying around for a while as the singing competition starts to heat up.

And as the saying goes — “if you can’t beat them, join them.”

So I couldn’t help but jump in on all the fun and take a stab at perfecting that Usher swagger.

Which do you think is my better #UsherLeg pose?

Sweet? Or with some attitude?