Soap Opera Digest's editorial director Stephanie Sloane is back with our Sonia Isabelle to talk about Eric Braeden's interview & the first impressions that new stars had when meeting their on screen partners!
Eric Braeden's Revealing Interview
Eric Braeden turned 80 last month, but the word "retirement" is not even contemplated in his vocabulary. Sloane shares:
"He says it surprises him how much that is a relief to fans, but it also makes him happy that it is. Eric says he's grateful to have been paired with Melody Thomas Scott for so many years."
Essentially, Braeden is not going anywhere.
First Impressions From New Stars
"John was the first one to welcome Delon into the family and Delon says he really wanted to impress him."
"But Ally welcomed her with a bug hug and a smile."
"She discovered a sweet and down to earth guy, her co-star Michael Mealor. Courtney says he's so honest and doesn't put on any errors and she really appreciates that."
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From the very beginning of the performance, the viewer enters a colorful place surrounded by planets: Coldplay stands at the very center of the stage. As the chorus hits, the audience can't help but dance along with Chris Martin, who jumps left and right on stage and gets close to his band members.
The lyrics match the entire feeling of the performance:
"You've got a higher power, singing every second and dancing every hour."
But apart from performing their new single, Coldplay's singer Chris Martin also served as mentor for 7 contestants. In occasion of Mother's Day, each contestant had to bring a Coldplay cover performance and another one of their choice.
Casey Bishop opened the show with a cover of Coldplay's "Paradise." Although Katy Perry would've liked "more tornado," the singer defined the performance "perfect." Right afterwards, Bishop performed "Ironic" of Alanis Morissette in occasion of Mother's Day.
Chayce Beckham sang "Magic" by Coldplay. Katy Perry was pleasantly surprised by the performance and even complimented Beckham saying "you have that Chris Martin magic." Later on, Beckham performed "Mamma," an original song definitely appropriate for the occasion.
Willie Spence sang Coldplay's "Yellow" and Lionel Richie that the contestant's voice perfectly matched the intensity of the song. Subsequently, Spence sang "You Are So Beautiful," a song by Joe Cocker.
Caleb Kennedy brought some country-rock with his cover of Coldplay's "Violet Hill." But Kennedy seemed way more comfortable in performing his original song, "Mama Said" for Mother's Day.
Arthur Gunn performed Coldplay's "In My Place" song and Katy Perry encouraged him to "play along" more. He later covered "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd that didn't convince the judges as the first cover.
Grace Kinstler sang Coldplay's "Fix You" and convinced the judges. Katy Perry complimented the contestant saying "your vulnerability is your strength and people resonate with that." Luke Bryan added "it was amazing." Afterwards, Kinstler performed "When We Were Young" by Adele.
And finally, Hunter Metts sang Coldplay's "Everglow" and finished with an original song called "The River."
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Derek Hough is an accomplished guy. He's lead a record six celebrity partners to victory on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, and now, he's showing off some acting chops. You can catch Derek in the all new season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney+!
Derek is playing a rival theater teacher (and old flame) who knows exactly how to get under Miss Jen's skin. Derek talked with us about working on the set:
"I love shows that are just entertaining, and enjoyable to watch, and have great music, and dancing, yeah. It's just a lot of fun to be a part of, and sorry my guy [Derek's cat pops in the background] is making a little appearance here"
Despite having one of the more successful adulthoods you could ask for, Derek had a tough time as a kid finding a school where he belonged.
"I was bouncing around schools all the time, because I was getting, you know, bullied or beaten up or just didn't vibe. I just didn't have a great experience to be honest with you, and I eventually went to a school that was more performing arts, you know. Where it was celebrated to be a dancer, celebrated to do performing arts, I really thrived, I found my community, my place where I belong.
This may be his first acting role, but Hough is no stranger to the world of Disney, performing for multiple specials. And, of course, he's a mainstay on Dancing With the Stars, where Derek will be returning next season!
"I'll be back for season 30, which, can you believe it? Season 30? Like, what a milestone."
Until then, catch Derek on Disney+ sporting some of that Wildcat spirit!
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