Jennifer Lopez at the 2011 Grammy AwardsYou might not get the chance to personally hang out with Jennifer Lopez backstage on her upcoming tour. But at the new JenniferLopez.com, you&39;ll feel like you did.
The pop superstar and American Idol judge, 42, is re-launching her website Monday as a new online community featuring a "backstage pass" so fans can get closer than ever to the singer when she hits the road.
Registered users will get free access to the site&39;s "Tour Feed" section, which will feature ticket giveaways for each show, interviews, messages, photos and more behind-the-scenes content from backstage. Fans will also be able to post messages to Lopez and to one another, and be guest bloggers.
Lopez will use the site to unveil everything that goes into a big tour – the costumes, sets, dancers, singers, musicians and others who make the extravagant shows happen. She will share her tour diary and encourage fans to write in with their own experiences and share their favorite songs, costumes, dances and more.
Lopez has not yet announced her 2012 tour, but she is expected to perform in dozens of cities worldwide this summer.
Local ingredients and dedicated chefs help to make a Kelowna restaurant one of the best in the business.
For four years running, Waterfront Restaurant and Wine Bar has been named the Best Restaurant in the Okanagan by Vancouver Magazine.
The awards were held Monday in Vancouver, where a panel of judges decided that upscale dining is back and crowd favourites still take home the gold in the major awards.
Waterfront Wines Chef, Owner and Sommelier Mark Filatow, says he is humbled and honoured by the award.
"One of the reasons the judges might have chosen us is we make a lot of things in house and we use local ingredients whenever we can."
Besides amazing cuisine Vancouver Magazine says Waterfront Wines has the best wine list by a &39;country mile&39; and isa must stop on the Okanagan trail.
The restaurant was recently renovated to allow for more seating and a chef&39;s table kitchenside.
Join Chef Filatow as he highlights a dish made with local ingredients and a Waterfront Wines must try.
Other Okanagan favourites that impressed the judges were RauDZ , placing second and Unpretentious Local in third. Honourable Mentions went to Bouchons Bistro and Theo&39;s.
American Idol contestant Elise TestoneShe didn’t think she was going home.
Despite finding herself in the bottom three yet again on Thursday night’s elimination show, Elise Testone was confident she was going to move on to the final five.
Unfortunately, the voice coach from Charlestown, SC didn’t make enough of a connection with voters – and therefore won’t be around to sing in the upcoming British Week show. Which is a shame, because Idol just lost their most unique singer/performer.
It can be argued that any of the remaining Top 5 contestants are unique in their own way, but Elise was able to convey a raw energy that many of the previous Idol winners have lacked. Elise was certainly a favourite here at the Castanet newsroom, and we’re sad to see her go.
My theory, which is shared amongst many others, says that she didn’t get enough support from older voters.
So, in a media conference call yesterday morning,组图：马伊琍穿. I asked Elise what her own theory was as to why she wasn’t connecting with voters. I think that the huge majority of voting comes from Middle America, so if I can&39;t win them over, it&39;s just not going to happen, you know? That&39;s just a theory, she said. I really don&39;t know. I felt like I was honest and sang with my heart, and passion, and that&39;s the best I could do.
Could it have been a younger voting demographic? I wondered. I mean, that could be true. I feel like I still connect with them. Maybe that&39;s wrong. As a teacher, I had a lot of younger students, and I felt probably closer to them than people my age, but I don&39;t know if [the voters] saw that, given the little time they could see me on the air.
As for the best piece of advice she received from either of the judges or Jimmy Iovine, Elise was quick with a response. Being reminded of really capturing the essence of the song, and being in the moment of the song was great advice. That&39;s something I know, but you always need to be reminded of that. I did king of let that slip away sometimes, thinking about pleasing people, thinking about being judged, trying to fit in some sort of line, when really I&39;m kind of a singer who sings outside the lines, she said.
After speaking to her only briefly, it was apparent to me that this is a woman who knows where she’s going and knows how she’s going to get there.
Here are the highlights from the media conference call:
What made you decide to audition for Idol and why now?
I did audition one time when I was younger, and that didn&39;t work out, but I always felt I wouldn&39;t be ready for a responsibility of the fame until I was older and kind of learned those life lessons, you know, knew who I was more before throwing myself into the hands of others. I was very, very much inspired by the students that I teach at the school to be a role model for more people, seeing how I played a role in their lives.
What kind of album do you see yourself making?
Throughout Idol I definitely learned my forte is the rock genre, but I definitely will have the elements of blues, jazz and soul – and funk.
What&39;s next for you after you come home from the tour?
After the tour and during the tour I will be writing songs and really kind of constructing a plan to get my album ready. I&39;ve been waiting my whole life to release an album. It&39;s not going to be something I want to rush, so I&39;m going to take my time and experience it, and put it into those songs, and figure out who&39;s going to be the guests on this album, and who I want to help produce it and all of that. That&39;ll be my main focal point. I will also hope to perform as much as I can.
Who would you like toBlack Dating do some duets with?
I would love to do something with Stevie Nicks, since she mentioned it. I would love to have Brian May play guitar, as well as my guitarist, Wallace, from my band. And Steven Tyler would be a great duet.
What are you most excited about for the tour?
I&39;m really excited to see all the different landscapes and get on the road, and just travel and get some fresh air, and really just excited to sing and rock the sage. Whole songs, I keep saying that, but just singing the whole song and not just an edited version of the song. I shine best when it&39;s real and I have time to get into it, and to see the fans, all the people that have been supporting us from the outside.
Jimmy said you made two bad song choices on Wednesday during the performance night, and the judges seemed to agree with the Jimi Hendrix song. What made you choose those songs? Are you offended, or did you agree what the judges said about the song choice?
Personally, I don&39;t agree, because those were the best choices for me, and I believed in it. It&39;s everyone&39;s definition of what&39;s right is different. I guess they think what&39;s right is what&39;s the majority of people going to take a liking to. I think what Steven was saying, he said he loved the song and was a fan of it, but maybe what he meant was that the melody wasn&39;t one that people could sing along to at home. Probably the majority of people want to be able to sing along to a song. As an artist, I&39;m trying to convey the message of the song, and bring the lyrics to life, and I did that, so I feel successful.
How much do you think being out on tour with your band before the show helped you when it came to working on the arrangements and dealing with the band on the show?
A lot, I probably spoke up the most out of anyone, "oh no, there&39;s a drumbeat here that&39; missing, or "I want the back-up singers to do this," especially with the first live performance I did the Adele song. I arranged that myself, and I added actual responses that the back-up singers sang. More so than playing with just my band, I arranged so many shows in Charleston, so I was familiar with the process, and that helped me a lot in putting the songs together most weeks on Idol.
Did you have much of an opportunity to write music?
No, not really. I just actually realized I wasn&39;t doing that at all. I&39;ve been writing things in my head, but I don&39;t know if I remember them now. I&39;m carrying around a journal now, so I&39;m going to get focused on that a little bit more.
Are you going to continue to be a vocal coach, and if so, what do you think Idol is going to do to change your students&39; view of you?
I think that they probably will look up to me a little bit more. I just formed such great bonds with the students I had in Charleston, and some I had been with for three years, and I just watched them blossom. The thing that I enjoyed most about that process was just having someone come in totally closed off in their shell and watching them come out of it. That was one thing the parents always tell me, "We don&39;t care if they sing, they&39;re just so much more confident now! They can&39;t wait to see you! They&39;re so happy when they come out!" I would like to continue doing that somehow, whether it be one on one me going to them, or even opening my own place. I&39;m not really sure, just throwing this out there. I definitely would like to continue doing that and make a difference in their lives.
Since you were older than most of the contestants, did they come to you for advice or treat you any differently than the younger contestants?
They definitely would come to me for advice, which I admired, I was really excited about that. I also went to them, so it was a two-way street. When we [did] group stuff, I felt like a natural leader in that sense, just because I have arranged shows before, so I know what needs to happen and what could make something sound really great, and what would be missing. Whenever they were unsure, I could always see their eyes shifting over to me, like looking at me "Is this right?" "What should I do?" Sometimes they didn&39;t even have to ask. I&39;m sad about leaving for that.
What advice did you go to them for?
I&39;m not shy about anything I&39;m feeling, about speaking my mind. If I felt like something sounded like crap, I would just ask them. "Listen to this" or "what do you think," even just anything, even just life.
How did you feel with the pressure of continuing to be placed in the Bottom Three in recent weeks?
I never really thought about the results show. It always hit me a half hour before the show. All of a sudden, the make-up artists and hair people were like, "She&39;s feeling it." I would always go to them like "oh no." I guess I don&39;t really prepare myself too much, I just try to go with the flow and have fun and stay calm the whole day and think about it when I have to. It is a stressful time for everyone. I&39;m not only worried for myself, but I worry for everyone else. It&39;s a lot of hard feelings, and I feel like I can handle that, but it&39;s hard.
Were you surprised to be eliminated? Or did you somewhat see it coming beforehand?
I was a little bit surprised because in my heart I didn&39;t feel like it was time to go, but it wasn&39;t a total shock, because I&39;ve been in the Bottom Three that many times, it&39;s kind of inevitable it was going to happen sometime. I guess I just felt sort of like a fighter and that I was going to push through.
A lot of viewers have suggested that the judges were hardest on you and Hollie [Cavanagh] so far throughout the season. Could you talk about that a little bit? Did the judges comments help you in the end or wear on your confidence overtime?
It didn&39;t wear on my confidence. Some stuff I thought was really great, but some stuff I didn&39;t agree with, I think that&39;s what was frustrating about it. People are getting to know me, and this is their first impression of me, and I felt like sometimes the criticism didn&39;t line up or was discrediting to the things I have achieved and worked hard to achieve. That was hard. I&39;m confident in myself and that&39;s why I did speak up sometimes. I believe in certain things, and I don&39;t want to just keep my mouth shut and smile. I was never trying to be rude or argumentative, just honesty.
Was there one contestant you were closest with throughout the competition?
I was definitely closest with Phillip [Phillips]. We have really nice talks and we&39;re kind of on the same page.
Who do you think has the best shot of winning the competition now, if you had to pick?
I have no idea. I just hope whoever it is has the mindset that they&39;re in it and they&39;re going to be responsible with the title, and be a role model and inspiration, whoever that person is.
Is there anything you would have done differently during the competition, if you had the change to go back? Would you change anything?
I&39;ve been saying that I wouldn&39;t, and I believe that, but just earlier today I was thinking I would&39;ve sang The Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston, because then right off the bat, it would&39;ve been a better first impression for America, I guess that&39;s the true answer. But, also maybe doing that [other] song helped me in some sort of weird way. Who knows? You don&39;t really want to mess with what happened, because you never know how it would have affected you or changed you.
Was there any week in particular you felt was the hardest for you?
The second week, Whitney Houston week was probably the hardest. It was still sort of the first impression. I felt like I was misunderstood or taken the wrong way, and I didn&39;t like that. Being misunderstood is probably the worst feeling that I ever have.
A lot of other competitors said the judges confused them a lot. Did you ever get that feeling from them?
Sometimes it would be contradicting from song to song. Also, that contradicting thing could be mistaken for us not finding the balance.
Are you planning on doing anything with your band after the tour?
I would love to have some of my band mates record on the album with me, and hopefully do a show again together, but I&39;m not sure exactly what is in store or what I&39;ll be able to do, but I absolutely miss them to death, and I had some of the best shows ever with them.
On the tour can we expect you to team up with Phillip Phillips on a duet?
Hopefully! I still haven&39;t seen that song list, but I&39;m definitely going to put a strong request for it.
Next week is British Week, what were you planning on doing?
I was planning on singing either a Jessie J song, Who You Are, or Joe Cocker, A Little Help from My Friends.
Throughout your Idol journey, what was the most valuable thing you think you took from the entire experience?
The most valuable thing is to always follow my gut, my heart, my intuition and just stay true to that.
What inspires you most in songwriting?
It&39;s just this thing I have to quench. A feeling that I can&39;t exactly touch, you just have to put out there into a melody. Sometimes the best songs come from moving my mouth, singing sounds and they turn into words because your subconscious just makes it happen.
Susan Boyle in January 2010Susan Boyle was left "terrified" after being chased up four flights of stairs by an over-zealous fan.
The 51-year-old singer was on the way back to her fourth-floor suite after performing in her musical &39;I Dreamed a Dream&39; in Liverpool, when she spotted a group of fans by the lift and decided to take the stairs to avoid them – only to then be chased by a crazed male fan.
A source said: "Some fans waited for her in the lift but Susan spotted them and took the stairs. Her room was on the fourth floor so it was a fair walk.
"This man realised she was taking the stairs so he followed her. He made a dash for her door, saying he wanted her autograph, but she managed to get into the room safe and sound.
"It was really scary for her. To follow someone up the stairs for four floors is a bit creepy. She was terrified and shaken."
The &39;Britain&39;s Got Talent&39; star was still reeling from an incident earlier in the month when her former gardener allegedly went to her home and demanded money, forcing her to call police.
Talking to the Daily Mirror, the insider continued: "The attention she was getting from fans was a bit much, especially given what happened at her home recently.
"The last thing she needed was someone trying to get into her room.
"She loves performing but sometimes the reaction of fans is really intense.
"Her nerves were already frayed and she shouldn&39;t have to worry about people hounding her at her hotel.
A spokesman declined to comment about the hotel scare.
Last night at Sapphire night club, five bands took the stage at Castanet’s first official Garage Band Contest live showdown. All five bands are local: Paperboy, Wild Son, Sour Lizard, Sterling and Scisscorkick. The bands played 3 songs each, and all had their own distinctive style and sound.
Scissorkick rocks the house at Sapphire Night ClubThe judges&39; scores were very close, butScissorkickcame out on top and played a bonus set at the end of the night.
What impressed the judges was not only the diversity of musical styles, but the amount of pure talent these bands possess. Last night proved that the Okanagan is home to some remarkable musical talent.
Here at Castanet we want to do all we can to showcase homegrown talent wherever possible. Look forward to more contests coming up…
As for this contest, the third place band,Wild Son, will receive a first-class professional photo shoot fromClear Images Photography.
Second place finishers,Sterling, receives a gift certificate of $500 to spend on gear and equipment with the fantastic people atWentworth Music.
Scissorkickwill be booking time withRhythm Lab Studioto receive the royal studio treatment, and will be recording a full-length CD.
And, one of the great things to come from this contest is the news that many of the bands that entered will end up with a paid gig at one of the manyFestivals Kelowna/Parks Aliveshows this summer.
Last night’s event was broadcast live in a spectacular user-controlled 360-degree format, provided byImmersive Media. Look for 360-degree footage of the show coming up in the next day or so, as well as a special video feature produced by our professional news team.
Castanet&39;s Mark Stone and Kelowna Food Bank&39;s Lenetta ParryAll proceeds from last night&39;s show were donated to theKelowna Food Banktoday, and associate executive director Lenetta Parry was very pleased with the contribution.
We thank everyone who came out to last night’s event, and look forward to more events like these in the verynear future.
Photo: Contributed – Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Kristina Bumphrey/StartraksAshton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are longtime friends – but are they friends with benefits?
Kunis tells Extra in a new interview from CinemaCon, "A friend is a friend."
And the actress shoots down rumors that the two are dating, saying, "It&39;s absurd."
Still, one source close to Kutcher says the former That &39;70s Show costars – who just spent a cozy weekend together in Carpinteria, Calif. – are enjoying spending time together, but not ready for a serious relationship.
"They&39;re both single, having fun," the source tells PEOPLE. "There&39;s nothing serious going on – just friends having fun."
It should be noted that both Kutcher, 34, and Kunis, 28, have some onscreen experience with relationships that morph between friendship, romance and more. Kunis costarred in Friends with Benefits with Justin Timberlake, while Kutcher appeared with Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached about a pair who have a physical relationship that turns more serious.
Another source told PEOPLE that Kutcher, who recently split from Demi Moore, "was so in love with [Mila] for a while when they worked together. … It never happened, but I&39;m not surprised by this – at all."
Photo: Contributed – Funny or Die/FXSAMCRO fans have got a bit of a wait until Season 5 of "Sons of Anarchy" comes back, but maybe this can tide us over until then.
Where "Sons" isn&39;t exactly family-friendly, this Funny or Die trailer takes on the motorcycle gang angle from a 10-year-old&39;s perspective and is suitable for all ages.
With an assist from "SOA" creator Kurt Sutter and his wife/star Katey Sagal, here is "Grandsons of Anarchy," a look at what the show might be like if instead of grown-up outlaw bikers running guns, it starred 10-year-olds on Big Wheels with squirt guns.
The clip also features "Parks and Recreation&39;s" Jim O&39;Heir and "Reno 911&39;s" Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.
Sagal and Sutter show up at the end to spoil the kids&39; fun, and also provide the video&39;s funniest line.
If you&39;re a "Sons" fan, this is 160 seconds well-spent.
Beyonce at the MTV VMAs in August 2011NEW YORK — People magazine is naming Beyonce as the World&39;s Most Beautiful Woman for 2012.
The 30-year-old singer tops the magazine&39;s annual list of the "World&39;s Most Beautiful" in a special double issue. The announcement was made Wednesday.
Commenting on her selection, Beyonce tells the magazine: "I feel more beautiful than I&39;ve ever felt because I&39;ve given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this Earth."
Beyonce, who is married to rapper Jay-Z, gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January.
Survivor contestant Leif MansonLeif Manson may not be one of the most standout Survivor characters this season, but he was successful in outlasting almost all the men. Only the two Zans remain: Troyzan and Tarzan, as the all-female alliance have been picking the men off in attempt to rid the game of all the male players.
The 27-year-old San Diego, California native probably didn’t get a fair shake in the game, but in a phone interview yesterday morning he doesn’t sound at all bitter about anything that took place on the island. As easygoing as Leif appears to be, he certainly had some choice words for those who had a hand in voting him out.
Leif was not at all shy about sharing his opinions about Kim, Chelsea, Kat, Colton and Tarzan. Some good stuff follows…
What was it like watching last week at home? Were you shocked Tarzan voted for you?
It definitely really hurt a lot. But at the same time, you can never get a really good read on that guy. He was always going left and right, up and down…
He was so unpredictable. Did you get a read he was going to vote for you?
It was definitely a complete shock. Him and I were having a good talk in the water, he was even washing my paint off my face… he and I were on the chopping block, I told him we need to get something going and vote a girl off somehow. There’s only so much that you can do when you’re giving it your 100% and it’s not panning out for you.
Chelsea called you wishy-washy. Was that an unfair assessment of your character?
That’s what the game is. I mean everybody has to be wishy-washy and go back and forth. So for her to say that, I mean that’s the name of the game.
Was it hypocritical maybe?
Yeah, definitely. She was just… when she’s just riding along on coattails she can run her mouth how she wants to.
We really didn’t get to see too much of you out there. Can you tell us a story of something that went down you were involved in that wasn’t shown?
I know I had a real strong alliance with the guys in the beginning. Tarzan, Troy, Jonas, myself… we had Jay on board with us and I know as the game progressed more and when we got to where we swapped tribes, that was definitely a big changing point where we went from sticking with the guys to where a lot of the guys were making pacts with the girls. That’s what got us voted out. Nothing but girls.
Why do you think Alicia and Christina were so afraid to go against Kim? Is she really that convincing of a person?
She is one of the greatest liars I have ever seen. She will just straight-faced lie to ya and not even… you won’t even know it. That’s what makes her so very, very dangerous. A lot of the guys – it was too late for us to see that. There were a lot of gamechangers… Colton being evacuated, those guys voting Bill out instead of letting the girls go to tribal council.
That must have been a head-scratcher. How did that go down?
I mean, Colton at that point was in full control of what’s going on and part of me thought I wasn’t going home but another part had no idea really. It’s pretty hard to tell fact from fiction actually.
When you see what Colton said about you, did you take it personally? What was your relationship with him like?
I take it personally but I also take it with a grain of salt. He’s a very closed off person from the world. He’s never had a real job before, so he’s really ignorant to all that, which makes it understandable but at the same time he should be grateful for what he does have. It was a shocker to see what came out of this guy’s mouth. He offended every race, religion…
In your opinion, who was the weakest player out there?
Hmm… [thinks for a moment]
Is there someone who is 100% riding on coattails?
I think it would definitely be Kat. Isothought I would at least get pasther, but I probably… I was just shocked to know that… I tried to form a plan with the guys to at least vote Kat out but Jay had an alliance with her, so that definitely wasn’t going to happen. It was a constant struggle.
Is there anyone in the tribe that you hope to keep in touch with after the reunion? Did you make any long-lasting friendships?
Definitely Jonas. He and I were family men, we were always the providers, providing food. I was his sous-chef on the side for making sure the fire was nice and hot for cooking.
This courtroom sketch shows Jennifer Hudson right, and her fiance David Otunga looking on in the courtroom during the first day of William Balfour&39;s murder trial at the Cook County Criminal Court in Chicago, Monday, April 23, 2012Jennifer Hudson listened with her head down and eyes closed as a police officer testified Tuesday about finding her mother&39;s body in a pool of blood in the living room.
As prosecutors introduced evidence about the murder scene, Hudson sat next to her fiancé in the Chicago courtroom while Sgt. David Dowling also described finding the bloodied body of Hudson&39;s brother in bed.
Later, Hudson left the courtroom with her sister, Julia, avoiding the testimony of a forensic investigator who identified crime-scene photos that showed the bodies.
The grisly testimony came in the second day of the trial of Hudson&39;s former brother-in-law, William Balfour, charged with fatally shooting her mother Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson and 7-year-old nephew Julian King in 2008.
The Oscar-winning actress was the first witness on Monday, breaking down on the stand as she told the jury that the family had warned Julia against marrying Balfour because he treated her badly.
Sgt. Dowling testified that Hudson&39;s mother was found in the South Side Chicago house with gunshot wounds to the back and that her brother had a gunshot wound to the head.
A search for the then-missing nephew ended three days later with the boy&39;s body being found in an SUV, another witness testified.