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PopWatch Confessional: I'm bummed that Danity Kane broke up (again)

“I have a lot of different types of music on my iPod.” That’s my go-to response when people ask for my favorite band, clearly trying to learn something about me by the fact that I like Jason Mraz or that one Mystikal song. That sentence is how I avoid judgment. But it’s also true.

I was raised on The Beatles and Queen and Simon & Garfunkel, and today, I love Mumford & Sons and The Backstreet Boys and Bon Iver and Eminem. But in between, I’ve had many musical phases, and in 2005, I was a teenager who’d just gotten her first car—equipped with a sun roof—and needed some jams that were worthy of the windows-down treatment. Essentially, I was the target audience for Danity Kane.

Danity Kane was the P. Diddy-crafted girl band formed in 2004 on the hit MTV reality show Making the Band 3. After proving their skills, both vocally and on the dance floor, Aubrey O’Day, Wanita “D. Woods” Woodgett, Shannon Bex, Dawn Richard and Aundrea Fimbres walked away the winners of Making the Band 3 and were quickly signed to Bad Boy Records. After deciding on the name Danity Kane, they released their first self-titled album two years later in 2006, with the hit song “Showstopper.”

So, at the time, as much as I loved the Beatles and Queen, 16-year-old me needed something with a little more bass if I was going to drive my besties to the mall (or wherever we went at that age). Because, you know, everything is backwards when you’re a teen and blasting Danity Kane seemed more normal than blasting Queen. (Well, that and Beyoncé’s B’Day, of course. In fact, between those two albums, I almost never rolled my windows up.)

In the next few years, I formed a relationship with Danity Kane. It wasn’t anything serious. But here’s the thing about Danity Kane’s music: You could accept it for what it was. I wasn’t walking around asking for Danity Kane to win a Grammy. I wasn’t listening to the lyrics to try and discover something about the meaning of life. I was simply playing the music at my beach house and having a dance party with my best friends in between tanning sessions and picture-taking. … Again, we were 16.

I didn’t go out of my way to keep track of Danity Kane after that. But their second album, Welcome to the Dollhouse, renewed my love for them. This album was better than their first, and having come out just in time for one last spring break during my senior year of high school, Welcome to the Dollhouse made Danity Kane once again perfectly fit into the timeline of my adolescence. So perhaps it’s fitting that my going off to college marked the end of Danity Kane (the first end, at least).

I was 15 hours away from home at college when I watched things start to go south on Making the Band 4. I’m still not positive of what happened. Diddy wasn’t happy with the person that O’Day had become, and the rest of the group seemed unhappy with the group’s management. In the Making the Band 4 finale, O’Day and Woodgett left the band, therefore putting an end to Danity Kane’s run.  I was heartbroken when the band broke up, but I was even more heartbroken when I realized that not many people cared. None of my new college friends understood my loss, so I called home and reminisce about beach dance parties with my high school friends. Because of the lack of enthusiasm around me, I didn’t dwell on the breakup long, but from that point on, Danity Kane would always be associated with good memories and an all-too-short relationship.

Jump forward to 2014, and I started hearing word of a Danity Kane reunion. Before I knew it, they’d put out a new single, “Lemonade,” and just like that, I had a new summer jam. Despite the fact that they’d lost two band mates—Aundrea and D. Woods—their sound was everything I remembered it to be. Living in New York, I was no longer a teen and I no longer had a car, but “Lemonade” seemed like the perfect fit for apartment dance parties and the occasional subway ride to work. As I should have predicted, Danity Kane’s sound had matured along with me, but much like me, it hadn’t changed all that much.

Now, just a few months later, Danity Kane is no more. I don’t really care why—whether somebody allegedly punched somebody in the back of the head, or didn’t, or whatever—because all I know is that I was robbed of what could’ve been the best Danity Kane album to date, the Danity Kane album of my 20’s. As someone who still has dance parties often, I really could’ve used it. After years of being a fan of the girl group that only ever sort-of was, I’m left feeling a little, well, damaged.

'Dancing With the Stars': The Switch-Up is liiiiiiiiiive!

It’s time for the dreaded Switch-Up — and not just the one on TV.

You know the drill: Discuss Dancing With the Stars here while it’s on, then stay tuned for what will be my final recap on EW.com.

I’ll update this post with tonight’s results.

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None of the Dancing With the Stars sparklebots seem too excited to ditch their current partners next week after the results are tallied for The Switch-Up, a dramatic but much-reviled stunt intended to build buzz for season 18. There’s been scant online support for the Switch-Up, which required viewers to vote for the celebs and pros they wanted paired up… via Twitter. (ABC would orchestrate the match-up for you on its website, but if you didn’t have a Twitter account through which they could tweet on your behalf, you weren’t participating.)

We learned tonight — full DWTS recap here — that the Switch-Up will only hold for one week. So fear not, candy fans! Your beloved M&M (Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, pictured) will reunite on Week 5.  READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': Week 3 is liiiiiiiiive!

What’s happening with the Partner Switch-Up? Will Tony Dovolani — who tweeted “Shirt or no shirt?” for the rumba — make the wise choice (no shirt, yes fringed bicep band)? Will Billy Dee Williams get to dance another unprecedented foursome (pictured, above)? We’re about to find out! READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' 2014: You rank the Top 9

On Wednesday the Top 9 had to pretend they were at the forefront of a band. (Which they are anyway, every week, at least if they wanna be!) The task was much easier said than done for a lot of ‘em. Meanwhile, Harry Connick Jr. ran up onstage to steal Ryan Seacrest’s shoe and shared a giant purple gummy bear (seriously? at least get red) with Jennifer Lopez. Later, she swore, but the five-second delay zapped it out of existence. Was it an s-bomb or an f-bomb or another rendition of “I Luh Ya Papi”? We’ll never know. Anyway, there was a LOT of time to fill. Two hours, nine contestants. You do the math/eat the sugar.

Below is my ranking of the Top 9 after just a first listen. Leave your own ranking in the comments, and stay tuned for my full recap later on! Update: Here’s the recap!

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'Dancing With the Stars' double elimination: Who went home?

Tom Bergeron announced a surprise double elimination at the top of Monday’s Dancing With the Stars — and the boots could happen at any time during the show. I’ll update this post with the results.

The first couple heading home is….

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'Dancing With the Stars': Week 2 is live! Plus: How to vote for The Switch

Tonight the season 18 sparklebots attempt their second dances — supposedly the styles they’d claimed to want to do the most (though clearly some of the contestants were like “Huh? I never said that….”). We’ll also find out how the big partner Switch will work. I’ll update this post with how to vote for The Switch once we get the information.

Okay, here’s the deal with the Switch Up: You have to TWEET it. (I guess if you don’t have a Twitter account you’re not participating… which is crazy.) During Weeks 2 and 3, tweet “#DWTS” along with the first names of the people you want together. Full instructions over at ABC.com, plus they’ll tweet for you.

UPDATE: There’s a double elimination tonight (click here for the results) and it could take place at any time during the show.

In the meantime, discuss the show below, ahead of my full recap later tonight!

 

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'American Idol' 2014: How'd the Top 10 do?

Tonight the Top 10 contestants could sing any Top 10 hit. Any hit! That’s, like, any J. Lo song. The possibilities were… finite.

Below is my ranking of the Top 10 after just a first listen. Leave your own ranking in the comments, and stay tuned for my full recap later on! READ FULL STORY

How did Erin Andrews do on 'Dancing With the Stars'?

Last night’s 18th season premiere of Dancing With the Stars (read EW’s full recap here) was chock full of cha-cha-cha changes — the tallest and loudest of which was new cohost Erin Andrews, who has swept in to give Planet Mirrorballus the sports-arena treatment it apparently deserves. Unlike the somewhat robotic (yet beautiful) eveningwear paper doll she replaced (Brooke Burke Charvet), Erin wasn’t afraid to muscle her way through post-dance chit chat with the couples and ask ask questions beyond “How do you feel?” READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': Season 18 is liiiive!

Oh, my! What is this strange planet we’re seeing on its heaving (and bosomy!) 18th giant breath? The Celebriquarium is BACK! The judges are on the LEFT again. Our old pals Brooke Burke and the Harold Wheeler Band are…. GONE?!!!

Well, we can at least cheer for the Celebriquarium. The sparklebots belong higher than everyone else, as they are so on a higher level.

Discuss the season 18 premiere, Erin Andrews as cohost, and the new look, sound, and….feel?! of Dancing With the Stars below, ahead of my full recap later tonight. READ FULL STORY

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