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Jann Arden Talks 'Canada Sings' and Why It's the Real Deal

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Aug 3rd 2011 10:00AM
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Lovable Canadian adult contemporary singer Jann Arden has been a bit under-the-radar lately, but she's getting back in the saddle (like all good Prairies girls do) to judge the TV singing contest 'Canada Sings.'

Along with fellow judges Rob Van Winkle (a.k.a. Vanilla Ice) and Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan), Arden is appearing on this six-part original series. The show challenges ordinary Canadians to form glee clubs with their co-workers and compete against another workplace team for a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice.

AOL TV caught up with Arden to talk about 'Canada Sings,' what being a judge is all about and why she's done with all things 'Idol.'

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Vanilla Ice on 'Canada Sings' and Why It's Anything But Another 'Idol'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Aug 2nd 2011 2:30PM


If someone asked you to list the things Vanilla Ice is up to, the last thing you'd probably say is "Acting as a judge on a Canadian singing contest/TV show." But it seems Vanilla Ice (a.k.a. Robert Van Winkle) is doing just that.

Along with fellow judges Jann Arden and Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan), Van Winkle is appearing on six-part original series 'Canada Sings.' The show challenges ordinary Canadians to form glee clubs with their co-workers and compete against another workplace team for a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice.

Unlike 'Idol,' these people have never sang before, and they're not seeking fame for themselves -- and that's partially what drew Van Winkle to the show. AOL TV caught up with the '90s phenomenon to talk about what brought him on board 'Canada Sings,' why he loves music and why this is anything but another 'Idol.'

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Tiffani Thiessen and Matt Bomer Play 'Shaved By the Bell' on 'Watch What Happens' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 1st 2011 3:50PM

'White Collar' stars Tiffani Thiessen and Matt Bomer stopped by 'Watch What Happens Live' (weekdays, 11PM on Bravo) Thursday night and played a game of 'Shaved by the Bell' with host Andy Cohen. Pivoting off Thiessen's iconic '90s role as Kelly Kapowski on 'Saved by the Bell,' Cohen showed the pair a series of pictures of '90s stars with their heads shaved and Thiessen and Bomer had to guess who they were.

Despite the fact that everyone looked like Sinead O'Connor, Thiessen and Bomer fared pretty well, nailing Blossom, Screech, Shannon Doherty, Fabio, Alanis Morissette, Kato Kaelin, Vanilla Ice and Pauly Shore. They won a '90s mix CD and Bravo 'Mazel' shirts for playing. For some of the celebs featured in the montage, it was the most screentime they've seen in years.

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Vanilla Ice Explains How He Avoided 'Going Crazy' Like Britney Spears (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 16th 2011 1:30PM
Rob Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice) revealed how he avoided the pitfalls of celebrity after the massive success of his single 'Ice Ice Baby' on 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

Van Winkle said he had a post-fame crisis like that of Britney Spears. But, instead of "going crazy" like Spears did, he chose to devote his life to family and friends.

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Tom Selleck Owns an Avocado Farm?! Plus: 8 Other Celebs Whose Side Jobs Should Become Reality Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 24th 2010 5:00PM
Tom SelleckMusicians are designing clothes and making movies, actors and actresses are recording albums and writing books (and attending 87 different graduate schools, James Franco) and, of course, a certain rapper is performing serious home renovations on the DIY Network ('The Vanilla Ice Project,' Thursdays at 9PM ET).

But Vanilla Ice and company aren't the only celebs who've got cool side projects going, and he's not the only one who could inspire a TV show. Here, a few more celebs whose moonlighting works could lead to new reality TV series ...

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Rapper Vanilla Ice Talks About Losing His Pet Kangaroo (Seriously! No Joke!) (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 28th 2010 3:41AM
Rapper Vanilla Ice Talks About Losing His Pet Kangaroo (Seriously! No Joke!)Okay, we'll admit it. Sometimes, we wish that late night hosts would have more unusual guests as their interview subjects. There are just so many shows with actors promoting their latest movie, singers promoting their latest album ... But then, in defiance of this trend, we get a weird guest like former '80s rapper Vanilla Ice. And then, he's telling us a story about losing his pet kangaroo -- and suddenly, it all becomes so much better.

And yes, this is what actually happens on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). Rapper Robert Matthew Van Winkle -- that's "Mr. Ice" to you -- talks with host Jay Leno about misplacing his beloved pet kangaroo. Yup, it's just another standard incident in the bizarre life of Vanilla Ice. Why, we haven't been this excited to hear from him since 'Ice Ice Baby' (the greatest song ever) was first released.

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Vanilla Ice to Teach Home Renovation With New DIY Series

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 6th 2010 9:45AM
Robert If you miss Bob Vila's home improvement shows ... well, this may not help much. Nevertheless, Robert Van Winkle, better known by his former stage name, Vanilla Ice, is set to teach you the tricks of the trade in a new home improvement show he's hosting for DIY Network, as reported by The Boombox.

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Vanilla Ice Gives Surprise Performance on 'Lopez Tonight' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Aug 3rd 2010 6:40AM
Vanilla Ice Raps 'Ice Ice Baby' on 'Lopez Tonight'George Lopez listens to his fans. Vanilla Ice they want? Then the infamous white '90s rapper they get.

Lopez got a tweet asking when the host would have Vanilla Ice on 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS). "How 'bout now?!" he said.

Making an unannounced appearance, the rapper (Robert Van Winkle) performed 'Ice Ice Baby' for the cheering studio audience. They joined in, too, chanting "Ice Ice Baby!" Meanwhile, Lopez showed off his dance moves.

So can he still rock a mic like a vandal? You decide.

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Best TV of the '00s: Trashy Reality

by Michael Pascua, posted Jan 1st 2010 2:02PM
The season five cast of The Surreal LifeMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the cheesiest in reality from the decade. And there was a lot of cheesy going around.

The turn of the millennium was the point when television networks were watching the rise of Survivor, The Amazing Race, and American Idol and thought, "I can do that!" What they didn't realize was that to maintain a high quality level, they still needed a big budget.

Instead of monetary prizes, networks turned to things like love, the experience, and the belief of fifteen minutes of fame to entice people to participate. Slowly with the help of networks like Fox, E!, and VH1, reality shows got more classless and turned trashy. Like a car accident, viewers can't stop watching. The decade has provided a countless number of trashy reality shows and here is TV Squad's favorites of the decade.

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Don't forget Celebrity Bull Riding tonight!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 10th 2007 4:42PM

Johnny FairplayCan we all agree that if you're a TV, film, or music star and you are reduced to going on a show called Celebirty Bull Riding, your career has pretty much at its lowest point?

It's Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, to be precise, and it premieres tonight at 9 on CMT. The celebs (or "celebs") involved in the six episode show include Leif Garrett, Stephen Baldwin, Vanilla Ice, and Johnny Fairplay from Survivor (the one who lied about his grandmother dying). The object of the show is for the gentlemen to learn how to rides bulls so they can participate in a rodeo in Nashville.

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MTV Networks, BBC America, Discovery and more - TCA Report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 15th 2007 2:02PM

tva logoFriday's TCA, which continued cable TV presentations, felt like three days rolled into one.

Just how jam-packed and eclectic are the programs and announcements that were made?

Here's a sample: Dynasty diva Joan Collins is checking into BBC America's Hotel Babylon, Richard Dreyfus (Jaws) is not afraid to get back into the water as host of The Discovery Channel's Ocean of Fear: The Worst Shark Attack Ever and Jonny Fairplay (Survivor) of CMT's Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull-Riding Challenge sadly announced that his beloved grandmother passed away two weeks ago.

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Ten awkward TV interviews

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 9th 2007 1:03PM

microphoneVia Digg comes ten YouTube clips featuring some of the most awkward television interviews ever conducted. Some of them are classic, such as Barbara Walters asking Katherine Hepburn what kind of a tree she'd like to be, but most of them are fairly recent: Michael Richards on Letterman, a seemingly spaced-out Paula Abdul, and Tom Cruise talking down to Matt Lauer. My favorite is the various clips of Mike Tyson being, well, Mike Tyson.

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Surreal Life all-stars compete in 'Fame Games'

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 14th 2006 11:23AM
vh1 logoBecause they lost their dignity long ago, the most popular "stars" from VH1's The Surreal Life are reuniting for a competition that will determine who is most famous. Hosted by Robin Leach, who also has no self respect, the contestants will compete in weekly single-elimination games that determine their level of fame. Games include "Paparazzi Hide-and-Seek", Scandal Video Film Festival", and "Hotel Room Trash-a-Thon". As is customary for The Surreal Life, all the contestants will live in the same house. Only, their success at the Fame Games will determine whether they live on the A-list side of the house where they eat gourmet meals and are pampered, or on the B-list side with a ping pong table and crackers.

Celebs signed up for The Surreal Life Fame Games are: Brigitte Nielsen, Chyna Doll, Vanilla Ice, Pepa, Emmanuel Lewis, C.C. DeVille, Ron Jeremy, Jordan Knight, Verne Troyer, Andrea Lowell and Tracy Bingham. The new season begins January 7 at 9 pm on VH1.

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