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Heather Newgen

Heather Newgen has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 2004. In addition, she travels the world volunteering and launched The Voluntourist in 2017 to inspire others to give back responsibly. Heather currently freelances for various outlets as a writer, reporter and producer, and when she's not working or traveling, she loves being at home with her dog in Los Angeles.

Kenan Thompson on His New Comedy Series Kenan

Kenan Thompson has been a sketch performer since the start of his career, but on his new NBC sitcom Kenan, he shows a completely different side of his talents. Kenan premieres tonight, February 16, on NBC. The actor plays a self-titled character who is a single father of two girls and a morning show host …

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Dwayne Johnson on Young Rock, Premiering Feb. 16

Dwayne Johnson is keeping it real for his latest project and doesn’t hold back in the semi-autobiographical comedy Young Rock, in which he revisits painful moments he experienced as a kid. In Young Rock, the former pro wrestler takes viewers into his formative years and gives an honest look at what his life was like, …

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Why Ryan Gallagher Abruptly Left The Voice

The Voice returned for a night of incredible performances and revealed the Top 17 contestants for the live playoffs. But in a surprise announcement by host Carson Daly, one singer had to unexpectedly “exit the competition.” Team Kelly’s Ryan Gallagher is no longer on the show and no explanation was given at the time of …

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Preview of the 94th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 94th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will go on this year and yes, Al Roker will be co-hosting. The iconic TODAY Show weatherman recently revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and it was uncertain whether he’d take part in the festivities. But Hoda Kotb today confirmed he’ll likely be there alongside her and …

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The Voice Season 19 Preview and a Four-Chair Turn!

The show must go on! Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are back in their swiveling red chairs for The Voice Season 19. While things look a little different this year due to the health crisis, NBC never considered postponing a season of The Voice, according to the show’s executive producer Audrey …

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Ryan Tedder on Songland Season 2

As the frontman for OneRepublic, Ryan Tedder packs arenas with adoring fans mesmerized by his piercing lyrics and authenticity that shines through his emotionally-powerful performances. But off stage, the 40-year-old artist has been rising as one of the music industry’s greatest songwriters and producers, working with A-listers like Adele, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, U2 and more. …

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Hot Chelle Rae’s Nash Overstreet on New EP Tangerine

Hot Chelle Rae is back! After a five-year hiatus, the band has regrouped, made a new EP (listen to Tangerine here) and is hosting a LIVE Quarandtream release party today at 4 p.m. PST with special guests across their social media platforms. Vital Thrills chatted exclusively with Hot Chelle Rae lead guitarist Nash Overstreet about the …

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The Voice Season 18 Will Bring Some Changes

Red chairs will soon be turning again on The Voice Season 18, but there will be a few notable changes. The Voice Season 18 will premiere with a special two-night event on Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25 on NBC. Nick Jonas makes his debut and he’s the youngest coach to date. The 27-year old joins …

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Desmond Child on Teaming with Aerosmith for Multiple Hits

Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr., Jonas Brothers, Gavin DeGraw, John Legend and Alice Cooper were just some of the big names that came out to pay tribute to four-time GRAMMY-winning band Aerosmith (buy albums at Amazon), who were honored at the 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year. The legendary rock band are known for chart-toppers …

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Sara Gazarek on Her Two GRAMMY Nominations

Sara Gazarek has a lot to celebrate this weekend. For the first time in her career, the jazz singer has been nominated for two GRAMMYs, including one for her rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” in the category of Best Arrangement, Instruments, and Vocals. The second nomination is in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for …

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Chrissy Metz on the Return of This Is Us and Her Upcoming Album

Get the tissues ready. After a two month break, This Is Us is returning Tuesday, January 14th, and so many questions need to be answered – like what’s happening with Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan)? Their seemingly happy marriage starts to take a wrong turn when Toby begins to pursue different interests and …

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Lauren Graham on Playing Joan in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

The wait is over – fans can now see Lauren Graham return to her theater roots and belt out musical numbers like The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in the new NBC series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. The show follows the story of Zoey (Jane Levy), a computer coder who has the ability to …

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Kelly Clarkson’s Advice to The Voice Season 17 Winner Jake Hoot

Jake Hoot may have only been a one-chair turn in Season 17 of NBC’s The Voice, but the 31-year-old artist just proved his talents by taking home the top prize. The coach of The Voice Season 17 winner, Kelly Clarkson, said she keeps making fun of the other coaches for not turning. “Other than the one …

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The Voice Season 17 Finale Part 1 Recap and Performances

NBC‘s The Voice Season 17 finale is here and for the first time in seven seasons, every coach has a contestant still in the competition. Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani each have one singer in the finale. They all performed three times and sang one original song, a holiday duet with their coach, …

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NBC Previews Perfect Harmony, Sunnyside, Bluff City Law & The Good Place

The Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour is a two-week long event that takes place in Los Angeles and where networks bring the cast members from their new and top-rated shows to promote. Journalists attend panels with the talent and mingle with the stars to learn about their latest projects. VitalThrills.com got a chance …

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Bradley Whitford on The Handmaid’s Tale and a West Wing Reboot

With his unforgettable performances, quotable characters and interesting career choices, Bradley Whitford remains one of the greatest actors in Hollywood today. From his award-winning portrayal of Josh Lyman on The West Wing to Hulu’s drama The Handmaid’s Tale, which has earned him another Emmy nom, he’s continued to wow audiences for two decades. While promoting …

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Maelyn Jarmon and John Legend on The Voice Finale

John Legend has a message for Blake Shelton. “I really love Blake and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know him this year. He’s a very arrogant bastard,” Legend joked with reporters at the winner’s press conference following the show. “I had a feeling he was going to kiss someone’s ass after this show and I …

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The Voice Season 16 Finale Part 2 Recap

The Voice Season 16 finale was a star-studded event packed with A-lister performances leading up to the crowning of the winner. Will it be John Legend’s Maelyn Jarmon or one of Blake Shelton’s three finalists – Gyth Rigdon, Dexter Roberts or Andrew Sevener? Read below to find out how the night played out. Warning: Spoilers …

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The Voice Season 16 Finale Part 1 Recap

The Voice Season 16 finale is here! Blake Shelton has three singers in competition: Andrew Sevener, 22, Gyth Rigdon, 24, and Dexter Roberts, 27. John Legend has frontrunner Maelyn Jarmon, 26. The remaining four contestants of Season 16 performed one last time before American crowns a new winner tomorrow night. Each finalist took the stage …

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NBCU Winter Press Tour Highlights Its 2019 Lineup

The Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour is a two-week long event that takes place in Los Angeles and where networks bring the cast members from their new and top-rated shows to promote. Journalists attend panels with the talent and mingle with the stars to learn about their latest projects. VitalThrills.com got a chance …

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