April 18th, 2019

Will Smith Reacts to ‘Aladdin’ Genie Backlash


Fan reaction to blue Will Smith was overwhelmingly negative when his character was unveiled for the first time in February in a teaser that debuted during the Grammy awards

Smith said about the response to his Genie:

“It was very funny. There was a Sonic the Hedgehog / Genie frog. Everything is under such critical scrutiny. I came up in an era where there was no internet. It’s a new thing that I’m trying to get a handle on.”

The reaction got better once the official trailer dropped in March

Director Guy Ritchie says:

“It even came with apologies from the cynics who were so adamant initially. I’ve never seen apologies in that world. I thought, ‘Oh well, great, we’re back to where I’d hoped we’d be.’”


Are you planning on watching Aladdin, ONTD?

Azealia Banks rants on Beyoncé, Calls her Boring

Today, Beyonce released her live album, Homecoming, but Azealia Banks said she won’t watch the documentary because she finds Bey boring

Azealia says the good sis is very boring. She’s always been boring


Train to Busan star Ma Dong-Seok tapped for role in Marvel's The Eternals

* Ma Dong-Seok (aka Don Lee), who played a breakout role in the 2016 zombie hit Train to Busan, has been hired for a part which is still under wraps.
* He supposedly joins Angelina Jolie (who is said to be Sersi).
* His role is speculated to be Hercules, who has super strength and is associated with the Eternals.
* While this will be his American film debut, he speaks fluent English and worked in the US for a while as a personal trainer:

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Oprah travels with her own avocados because it's ridiculous to pay for expensive avocados

Oprah is a "very normal" media mogul, just like us!

- Her phone never runs out of battery while she's using it.

- Her bathroom never runs out of toilet paper because it's checked regularly and then folded into a triangle, just like in a hotel!

- She brings her own bread and avocados from her own avocado orchard wherever she travels.

- She will not send her underwear to a laundry service because it's $5 per pair of panties!


ONTD, do you grow your own food?

Celebrities react to Attorney General William Barr’s “lightly redacted” Mueller report

The Justice Department has released a redacted version of Robert Mueller’s report detailing the findings of the special counsel investigation. AG William Barr discussed the findings of the report in a press conference before releasing the “lightly redacted” version to Congress and the public.

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Jason Momoa shaves his beard to draw attention to climate change

  • He hasn't shaved completely since 2012

  • He took to the desert to shave his beard while talking about how plastics are killing the planet and that people need to invest in aluminum which is 100% recyclable

  • Of course true to form no one cares about his recycling message and they only care that he's gotten rid of the beard

  • Jason Momoa is now trending on twitter as people discuss whether they still find him attractive clean shaven

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ONTD can switching to aluminum help solve climate change is beardless Jason Momoa hot or not?

Jane the Virgin 5x05 promo

With everything that has been going on, Jane (Gina Rodriguez) reluctantly agrees to let Rogelio (Jaime Camil) throw her a big 30th birthday party. Jane’s mentor gives her some important advice that may help her start writing again. Meanwhile, Petra (Yael Grobglas) thinks she and JR (guest star Rosario Dawson) are finally in a good place, until she realizes that JR might see things differently.

Tim & Saoirse

'Fosse/Verdon' Episode 3 Preview: "Me & My Baby"

  • Show summary: Bob Fosse is a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors. Gwen Verdon is the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Fosse/Verdon will tell the story of these two brilliant, complicated individuals – the love they shared, the art they created, and the price they paid in the pursuit of greatness.

  • Episode 3 Tease: As Gwen and Bob pursue separate projects, Gwen thinks back to the beginning of her career, and the circumstances that led her here.

  • Airs Tuesdays at 10pm on FX.


Sam Rockwell hew? Michelle Williams is killing it. Discuss the first two episodes here!

ONTD Roundup

'Black Panther' Breakout Letitia Wright to Star in 'Death on the Nile'

Letitia Wright has booked her first non-Marvel studio film since breaking out in last year's box office smash Black Panther.

Letitia will play Rosalie Otterbourne, one of the suspects in the case, which follows Inspector Poirot as he attempts to unravel the murder of a young heiress while on vacation in Egypt.

The Agatha Christie adaptation will star Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer. The film is scheduled to start filming at the end of September.

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The latest developments on Jussie Smollett vs. Chicago

Yesterday, the Cook County State Attorney's office made public thousands of internal texts and emails on the Jussie Smollett case after a FOIA request was made by local news outlets in Chicago.

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Last week, Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard agreed last week to investigate the State Attorney's office handling of the Smollett case. The FBI's case against Smollett is still continuing and we don't know the outcome yet. The City of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Smollett failed to meet a city-demanded deadline to pay more than $130,000 into that allegedly staged attack.

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Millie Inbetween actress Mya-Lecia Naylor dies at 16

  • Though it was only reported yesterday, on Sunday, 7 April Mya collapsed suddenly where her death was soon confirmed. The cause is currently under investigation.

  • Edit: Sorry, should have included this:

  • Her final interview was given to TresA Magazine on 5 April where she expressed great enthusiasm for her future.

  • Her most recent Instagram post was made yesterday, probably by a family member hours before her death was reported.

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    I know a lot of people don't know who she is, but I casually followed her and was so heartbroken to hear about this yesterday. She was still a baby and had so much to look forward to. I feel so much for her family right now. :(
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Indie Film Release Guide: April 19th [An ONTD Original]

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This week brings us the arrival of a couple of long-awaited indies! Fast Color, Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s starring vehicle from the director of Miss Stevens, is finally hitting select theaters. And Under the Silver Lake, a film that has seen multiple release dates stretching back to last spring, is opening in just a couple of theaters and heading straight to VOD for everyone else. The big studio releases of the week are pretty underwhelming: horror flick The Curse of La Llorona, Disney’s Penguins doc, and the overtly religious Breakthrough, whose trailer (“But I don’t believe in God!!”) will haunt me to the end of my days.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia and Disney. Note that some of the movies listed are in their first week or two of limited release in the USA, so it may take them a few more weeks (or months) to show up in your local arthouse theater or on VOD. Check out the posts from the past few weeks for more movies that may have just opened near you: April 12th, April 5th, and March 29th.

Little Woods

Stars: Lily James, Tessa Thompson, Luke Kirby, Lance Reddick
Writer/Director: Nia DaCosta
Genre: Crime, Drama, Western
Plot: A emotionally-charged modern Western about two sisters in a rural area who work outside the law to better their lives.
What you should know: Director Nia DaCosta is doing Q&A’s this weekend at the Nuart Theater in LA. https://twitter.com/LittleWoodsFilm/status/1118544092701577216
Opens in: Select cities

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What have you been watching lately, ONTD? Plan on seeing anything soon?

Lil Dicky Has a New Song Featuring Ariana and Bieber

In order to raise money for climate based charity causes, rapper Lil Dicky has a new song dropping at midnight called Earth and it features 30 big artists.

Bieber is a babboon and Ariana is a Zebra. He previewed it on Ellen today.

Accurately Bieber sings about being a babboon, and Ironically in Ariana's line, she sings "am I white or black".

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blood orange premieres new music on the late late show with james corden

blood orange (a.k.a.: devonté hynes) premiered two new songs, "something to do" and "dark & handsome" on tuesday's late late show with james corden during a brief medley staged on a fake park with artificial turf and benches.

hynes begins with “something to do,” reclining on the grass strumming soulful guitar lines over a chorus of backing vocals (“waiting for something to do, waiting for something to lose”). that interlude then segued seamlessly into “dark & handsome,” with hynes belting staccato lines (“nothing lasts forever, and i told you/everything you need to know is not true/lying to myself because it hurts you”) over airy keys and programmed drums.

watch the performance below:

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ontd, are you ready for a new blood orange album or are you still getting into your feels to negro swan? favorite songs off of the album?
also, how does james corden have a tag and blood orange doesn't?!
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teyana taylor performs "issues/hold on" live on ellen

last year, teyana taylor (whose k.t.s.e. album was probably the most underrated thing to come out of the whole k*nye w*st wyoming experiment) made an all-star ’70s period piece out of her “issues/hold on” music video. today, teyana taylor turned ellen into soul train for a live performance of the single to pay tribute to the iconic music show.

ellen degeneres’ in-house dj, twitch, introduced taylor by giving an impression of soul train host, don cornelius. the set was made to look like the soul train set, with taylor performing in front of a crowd of dancers. taylor and her band were dressed the part, with taylor wearing a sort of gold-lamé bellbottom jumpsuit. and soul train wouldn't be soul train without the soul train line, with taylor, degeneres, and twitch all taking part.

at the end, degeneres even presented taylor with a gold record for her single “gonna love me,” which is absolutely the kind of thing that would happen on shows like soul train.

watch the performance below:

she sounds even better live than on the recorded version of the song and her body is beyond.
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Avengers assemble in Shanghai; answer questions for Stephen Colbert; Endgame EPK

*Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Kevin Feige, and the Russo Brothers wrapped up their international press tour for Avengers Endgame with a stop at a fan event in Shanghai.

*RDJ was scheduled to appear, but had to leave the day before to return to the US for a personal matter.

*The actors signed autographs, posed for pictures, and answered a few questions on stage for the Chinese fans.

*Also last night, Evans, Hemsworth, Cheadle, Ruffalo, Renner and Scarjo took part in a pre-taped Just One Question on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where they answered questions such as which superpower they'd choose to have, and what is the hardest part about becoming The Hulk:

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And finally, the Electronic Press Kit for Endgame popped up online, with the cast of the film discussing their takes on the characters growing throughout the 22 films of the MCU, how they hope to defeat Thanos, and probably some other stuff that frankly I was too afraid of spoilers to fully watch:

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7 more days till Endgame! Be careful of those Endgame spoilers out there, ONTD!

Ancestry.com Facing Backlash for Civil War-Era Commercial About Interracial Couple

Amma Asante's impact!

Ancestry.com - The people who want your DNA for no nefarious reasons what-so-ever - released this commercial; A white man insists that a black woman run away with him "up north, where we can be together." The lady doesnt get more than one word out before he asks "Will you leave with me?"

Then the fade to black and WITHOUT YOU, THE STORY STOPS HERE.

While nothing insinuates that Abigail is a slave, people think it's tone-deaf, and trying to be (yet another group) of people profiting off of the horror that was the American Civil War.

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At least it wasn't released during Black History Month.

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Stans Are Still Trying to Make 'Victoria Justice Vs. Ariana Grande' a Thing

When it comes to Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice, stans and trolls alike thrive on keeping their alleged feud alive. We all know that women who don't mesh well typically like to, at worst, keep a passive-aggressive distance from eachother, and that's all that seems to be happening (if anything) with Ariana and Victoria.

But what fun would that be?

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Are you known only for the gossip you bring?
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Cannes 2019 unveils competition lineup

Cannes unveiled their full selections today.

Surprisingly, Quentin Tarantino's “ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD” is missing. Only 4/19 of the films In Competition were directed by women. The full lineup has 13 female directors all in all. Best Documentary Oscar winner Asif Kapadia (Senna, AMY) will premiere his new documentary “Diego Maradona” out of competition.

Elton John biopic “Rocketman” and Nicholas Winding Refn's Amazon Prime series “Too Old to Die Young” will premiere on the Croisette out of competition.

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Not surprised by the lack of Tarantino, but expected it because his films take a long time on post-production since Sally Menke's death.
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ONTD Original: 2006 - A year of one hit wonders, Pt. 2



Thirteen years ago, artists like Daniel Powter, Cassie, and Paris Hilton were topping the charts. Many of the artists who created their major 2006 hits were never able to replicate the success. However, it's always fun to revist the past and remember what we were doing when we were listening to these songs back in the day. This list continues "part two" of our 2000's one hit wonder series. Let's take another look at the best one hit wonders of the year 2006!


Brooke Hogan's "About Us" was released as the first single from her debut album Undiscovered in June 2006. The song features Paul Wall and is the first single released by Scott Storch's record label. "About Us" peaked at no. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2006. The song also peaked at no. 21 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart.

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Daniel Powter - Bad Day
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
Jibbs - Chain Hang Low
Cassie - Me & U
Fort Minor - Where'd You Go
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Nick Lachey - What's Left Of Me
Paris Hilton - Stars Are Blind

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What were you listening to in 2006, ONTD?
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BlackBerry Messenger (aka BBM) is shutting down on May 31st

-Emtek, who took over the app in 2016, is shutting it down because users have fleeted
-Did you know that today's BBM offered Uber ride hailing and video calls?
-If you're desperate, you can download their enterprise app BBMe, which is free but asks you to pay $2.50 every 6 months


Current mood: Feeling nostalgic for Kim K posts from the late 2000s as she carries her white BlackBerry around.

Toronto hockey fans upset at Drake after Leafs lose to Boston Bruins; Drake Curse™ to blame?

-Leafs fans were annoyed when they saw Drake sitting in a private box at last night's hockey game, wearing a jersey with the number 6
-It's believed that sports teams lose when he's around
-Fans on social media told him to wear a Bruins jersey next time
-AS Roma's soccer team has banned Drake from taking pictures with their players until the season is over

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ONTD, would you want Drake at your team's sporting event?

Britney's team feared she would have died without treatment, say she was abusing medication

In what appears to be an indirect response to the viral #FreeBritney campaign, insiders within Britney Spears' team revealed to The Blast that they feared the singer would have died without immediate treatment.

• They claim Britney had not been taking her medication as prescribed, was taking the wrong amounts of medication, and her overall mental health had “deteriorated” to a dangerous point.

• Both her team and father agreed if she did not enter a treatment facility right away, “she would be dead.”

• The source says Britney met with “several doctors” and had been placed on “several different medications” prior to being committed.

• Because Spears was recently given increased amounts of freedom and left to her own devices, they say it “was a recipe for disaster,” with the tipping point being her driving around on January 6th without her security team present. (She's obligated to have a security guard assigned to her at all times because “anytime she would drive she would get in trouble.”)

• As this contradicts reports she voluntarily entered treatment due to stress over her father's illness, they now say her team used it as a "smokescreen" to avoid the real reason getting out.

*updated with additional info

Prior updates to the story can be found here and here
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Anne Hathaway On Giving Up Alcohol For Her Son & Being Told She'd Never Get A Good Part After 35

-She said that she's giving up alcohol until her son turns 18, and says that it's not a 'moralistic stance' and it's not because she has a problem with drinking. Instead she states that the way she drinks leads her to have hangovers that last five days.

-"But, I just want to make this clear: Most people don't have to do such an extreme thing. I don't think drinking is bad. It's just the way I do it - which I personally think is really fun and awesome, is just not the kind of fun and awesome that goes with having a child for me. But this isn't a moralistic stance."

-“I didn’t put a drink down because my drinking was a problem; I put it down because the way I drink leads me to have hangovers and those were the problem."

-“My last hangover lasted for five days. When I’m at a stage in my life where there is enough space for me to have a hangover, I’ll start drinking again, but that won’t be until my kid is out of the house.”

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Michelle Yeoh on Section 31 Show & Making James Cameron's Avatar Relevant Again

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-Iconic Legendary Queen Michelle Yeoh has joined James Cameron's Avatar Sequels as human scientist Dr Karina Mogue, thereby bringing much needed legitimacy and relevancy to these films 84 years since the first Avatar took in a bucket load of box office cash.

-In Star Trek news - Michelle says the Section 31 show is in the works, and will shoot right after Disco Season 3 has finished filming.
-Says will be "more fun – less intense and more fun-driven. Visiting more planets. Going around rescuing people in our own way."
-Also says that in the Section 31 show the "deliciously evil" Philippa, aka ‘Her most Imperial Majesty, Mother of the Fatherland, Overlord of Vulcan, Dominus of Qo'noS, Regina Andor, Emperor Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius’ will be very different from previous incarnations, and the Emperor is starting to bloom again in her new role.
-Season 2 of Disco has brought out warlord space dictator Mirror Philippa’s "humanity and blithe lust for life" thanks to her love for show lead Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), but Michelle says "there’s this nicer, gentler side, but you never know when she’s going to switch around again."

-You can catch Michelle slaying the small screen tonight in the Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Finale on CBS All Access, or tomorrow on any good Netflix International account near you. 🖖

Sources: THR Twitter, Avatar, Trek News

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Inside Lenny Kravitz's Brazilian Farm Compound | Open Door | Architectural Digest

Lenny Kravitz takes us on a tour of his incredible Brazilian farm compound. Built on an 18th-century coffee plantation, his home is set on a working farm that feeds every guest that comes through. Featuring a Brazilian barbecue, a full-sized football field and 19th-century Portuguese colonial-style farmhouses and outbuildings, it's a wonder Lenny ever wants to leave home.

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Janelle Monáe For Them Magazine With A Conversation With Lizzo On Loving And Living Out Loud

-Them, Condé Nast’s LGBTQ+ brand unveiled its first magazine covered by Janelle Monáe.

-On any words for those who are struggling with their sexuality or coming out?:
“Don’t allow yourself to feel any pressure other than the pressure you put on you. And I think there’s so much power in not labeling yourself. That said, there’s also power in saying “This is how I identify,” and having community with the folks you identify with. Everyone is on a journey of self-discovery, and those of us who may not understand others’ journeys should be more empathetic and tolerant and supportive. A big thing for me is just being patient with myself, and not allowing myself to make decisions based in fear, or a fear of people not understanding me. And it’s hard. You go through experiences where you feel fearful, and you end up being depressed, or having anxiety, and not taking care of you. But that fear should not get in the way of how you love or who you love.”

-About the state of queer acceptance in 2019?:
“To be young, queer, and black in America means that you can be misunderstood. You can be hated. It also means that you can be celebrated and loved. And I think there’s a lot at stake when you’re living out loud in that way. One thing I’ve realized even more was that when you walk in your truth, you can inspire and encourage people to walk in theirs.”

-Lizzo says that representation is so important and wants to see more drag queens at the Oscars, and one actually host them:
“I think the entertainment industry has not caught up. We’re making some waves, but we can do better. And again, it’s about normalizing and telling more stories, and inviting more LGBTQIA+ folks into the conversation on the front end, and giving us a seat at the table early on. Because we can’t afford to see things in a binary way. That’s not how the world works.”

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Carly Rae Jepsen releases album cover + song credits revealed

With less than a month away from the release of Carly Rae Jepsen's fourth studio album, Dedicated, the good sis has revealed the real album cover.

All of the writers and producers that she worked with on this album were also revealed today:

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Lastly, her new song Julien is out!


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Do you like the new album cover?

Detective Pikachu star Rita releases the official theme song for Detective Pikachu with Kygo

Musician, mogul, megastar, and actress Rita Ora released her new song with Kygo "Carry On" for her upcoming Detective Pikachu movie. She says it's the only song on the whole soundtrack.


Johnny Depp tried to get Amber Heard fired from Aquaman in 2016

Depp played a role in trying to "blacklist" Heard at Warner Bros.
He personally lobbied Tsujihara to remove the actress from Aquaman and block her from getting other projects.
Depp is said to have also tried to block Heard from obtaining jobs at other studios

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Joey Fatone reflects on *NSYNC's performance at Coachella


On Joey's podcast, Two Cups of Joe, he discussed *NSYNC's performance at Coachella with Ariana Grande. Some highlights:

-One of the most special moments for him was seeing the reaction his 18-year-old daughter Briahna had seeing him perform on stage because she was a baby when *NSYNC was popular. Said he got "teary-eyed".
-Ariana's management reached out to JC about the performance. JC reached out to the rest of the group to make the performance happen.
-Joey said that Justin wanted be part of the performance but couldn't because he was just finishing his tour, but JT gave his blessing to do it without him.
-The guys rented a tour bus and that was the most fun they had the entire weekend, being on the bus traveling to and from Coachella. It was just like old times.
-When they got back to LA Chris wanted all of them to go visit their Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.
-Said they won't be performing this weekend and *NSYNC has no future plans and they haven't even spoken about what the future might hold.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus looks fab and talks about Veep with Seth Meyers

  • She and Seth met in 2006 when she hosted SNL (she was the first female cast member to return and host the show)

  • They tease her son, Charlie Hall, for wearing a shirt with a pineapple on it

  • Charlie was on Veep (he played a mega donor's young boy-toy in the second episode of the seventh season)

  • She refuses to say Trump's name

  • Trump has pushed the show to be more ridiculous and absurd

  • People have asked her to run for office but she thinks she doesn't have the skill set (Seth Meyers thinks she does now that Trump has been elected)

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She's the cutest.


The Amazing Race 31 (TAR vs BB vs Survivor): Who was the first one to go home?

The teams:
Leo & Jamal (TAR 23 and TAR: All Stars)
Art & JJ (TAR 20)
Colin & Christie (TAR 5)
Becca & Floyd (TAR 29)
Tyler & Korey (TAR 28)
Chris & Brett (Survivor 33)
Corinne (Survivor 17 and 26) & Eliza (Survivor 9 and 16)
Rupert (Survivor 7, 8, 20 and 27th) & Laura (Survivor 27th)
Janelle (BB 6, 7 and 14) & Britney (BB 12 and 14)
Nicole (BB 16 and 18) & Victor (BB 18)
Rachel (BB 12 and 13, TAR 20 and 24) & Elissa (BB 15)

[who got eliminated]

Art & JJ

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ONTD Original: Top 10 N'SYNC's live performances.

Since the Syncmageddon has started and there's even talks about a reunion. Let's revisit N'sync's best live performances.

10. 'Space Cowboy/Makes Me Ill'
N'sync HBO Concert Special

Space Cowboy is such a ridiculous song, but they made it so entertaining and fun during the performance of their HBO Concert Special. Raise your hands if you did the Space Cowboy dance routing on the tip of your toes! 🙋‍♂️

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