Our Chat With Out So You Think You Can Dance? and Dancing With The Stars Choreographer Travis Wall

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When Travis Wall was five days old, his mother set up his crib in a dance studio that she owned. The rest, they say, is history.

The much-in-demand dancer and choreographer, who has been featured on ever-popular shows So You Think You Can Dance? and Dancing With The Stars, isn’t new to the business: He moved to New York when he was 12 to star in the Broadway revival of The Music Man. At 14, he had a devastating injury that caused him to move back home to Virginia. However, it was a blessing in disguise. Read more »

Highs and Lows of The Bachelor, Week 5

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“Santa Fe really seems like the perfect place to fall in love.”

This is how Week 5 of The Bachelor began. Farmer Chris — who was the one who predicted such great things for Santa Fe — and the contestants spoke of Santa Fe as if they were being paid by a New Mexico tourism board. Let’s get on with this recap.

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Highs and Lows of The Bachelor, Week 4

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Unfortunately, I have some bad news about this week’s Bachelor recap: This will not be a wrap-up of the full episode last night. Thanks to the threat of snow, 6ABC cut in several times during the show to discuss the weather. To be fair, Action News meteorologist Cecily Tynan is more memorable than most—if not all—contestants on this season of The Bachelor, and the station probably only cut into a minute of the show. But The Bachelor is a complex web of intricate plot lines, and every second is necessary. I felt it necessary to warn you I may be confused this week.

Let’s get to the action.

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Teresa Giudice to Serve Sentence at Orange Is the New Black Prison

Page Six reports that New Jersey housewife Teresa Giudice will serve her upcoming 15-month prison sentence in the same Danbury, Connecticut federal prison facility where Orange Is the New Black author Piper Kerman did her time. The prison is the setting for Kerman’s memoir that inspired the popular Netflix sitcom.

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WATCH: UArts Grad Matt McAndrew Turns Chairs on The Voice, Chooses Team Adam

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Last night on The Voice, University of the Arts graduate Matt McAndrew pulled out a blind audition that had mentors Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton turning their chairs around to duke it out for him.

McAndrew—a music instructor at Bach to Rock in Wayne, Pennsylvania—decided to go with Adam Levine despite a hard sale from Pharrell. NJ.com reports that McAndrew will advance to the next round with “two female singers from Freehold, Alessandra Castronovo (also on Team Adam) and Gianna Salvato (on Team Gwen Stefani), plus Florida singer Ricky Manning (Team Pharrell Williams), who is staying with his father in Jersey City while he busks in New York City.”

Check out his blind audition above.

WATCH: Local Singer Gets Blind Audition On The Voice

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If you tuned in to NBC’s The Voice on September 23rd, you may have seen a familiar face. Jimi Milligan, of Philadelphia’s The Big House Band, sang The Temptations’ “Get Ready” for the celebrity judges during the show’s Blind Auditions.

Milligan was one of just a few dozen contestants to perform for Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton after over 100,000 performers responded to open calls. Though Milligan was not selected for one of the judges’ teams, he received plenty of compliments from the hit-makers. Shelton said, “I think you’re a really good singer,” and Williams agreed, while Adam Levine said, “You did a great job.”

The Big House Band is one of the area’s top special events bands, which Milligan has been part of for 18 years. Playing weddings, clubs, bars, casinos and more throughout the tri-state area, they average 250 dates per year.

So far only two other Pennsylvanians have made it to this season’s Blind Auditions: Danica Shirey of York and Chris Jamison of Pittsburgh. A few other local faces have graced The Voice stage in the past, including Yardley’s Matthew Schuler, who made it to 6th place during Season 5.

Big Brother’s Evel Dick Reveals HIV-Positive Status

evel dickFans of Big Brother will undoubtedly remember Dick Donato (aka Evel Dick), who continues to be the long-running summertime reality show’s villain to out-villain. He took home the top prize, $500,000, on Season 8 of the show, and he returned for an all-stars comeback on Season 13. On that latter season, however, he decided to leave the show early on without much of an explanation.

This week he’s shedding light on the reason he left: It was revealed to him in the Diary Room, where houseguests give interviews throughout the course of the show, that he was HIV-positive.

“Producers told me that something was wrong with my blood test,” he says in an interview with People. “They had done two HIV tests. One had come back positive and the other had come back negative.”

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SPOILER ALERT: How Temple’s Cody Calafiore Did On Big Brother Finale

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Again, spoiler alert!

Temple alum Cody Calafiore, who is said to have flirted his way to the end, took home the second-place prize on last night’s finale of the 16th season of Big Brother. The title earns him a not-too-lousy $50,000 prize.

Some would say he handed away his chance of winning when he decided to take Derek Levasseur to the final two. Levasseur had been praised for playing one of the reality show’s best social games of the season, and was considered to be a shoe-in for voters if he made it to the end.

The 23-year-old graduate of Temple‘s Fox School of Business grew up in Howell, New Jersey. He also played midfield on the Temple Owls soccer team.

As we reported at the beginning of the season, Calafiore makes a living working as a sales account executive, though he’s raised some eyebrows as a model in this blush-worthy underwear ad:

Philly’s Courtney Lapresi Wins Season 5 of MasterChef

courtney lapresiCourtney Lapresi caught a lot of flack on MasterChef this season for what her competitors deemed a questionable background as a stripper at Delilah’s and later an aerial dancer at The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. But last night on the show’s finale, the Philly chef proved she’s got more than, as one contestant put it, “boobs out on a pole.”

There were breasts involved in the finale, however: a sumac duck breast. That was part of the final meal that also included crispy pig’s ear and cherry meringue that wowed judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot, and earned her the top prize.

She walks away from the show with a whopping $250,000 and a cookbook deal. Many congrats!

[Entertainment Weekly]

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