Fans of the coffee-guzzling, fast-talking mother-daughter duo were out in full force on Wednesday morning for the Luke’s Diner takeover of three local coffee shops: Summermoon Coffee Bar, Vintage Heart Coffee and Caffe Medici. Diehards across the country were treated to a free cup of joe courtesy of Netflix, which is releasing its “Gilmore Girls” revival next month.
There was flannel. There were backwards baseball caps. And oh, was there coffee.
On this week’s episode of the singing competition, Elia Esparza from El Paso stood on the nationally-watched stage and belted out Selena’s “Como La Flor” for judges Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine.
The judges’ curiosities peaked the moment those opening notes that are all too familiar to those of us from Texas began. She gave an impressive performance that would probably would have made Selena proud and by the end, Esparza had convinced Levine, Cyrus and Shelton to turn their chairs.
The rapper recently released his latest song, titled “Stranger Things,” in which he samples the theme song heard round the world. Khalifa takes bits of the eerie synth-driven, ’80s-inspired track created by Austin band Survive and turns it into a hip-hop beat featuring rapper J.R. Donato.
Throughout the track, Khalifa makes use of song’s namesake and repeatedly uses the word “stranger” — like a lot. “It’s like I’m talking to a stranger/ Now everybody getting stranger,” Khalifa sings. “They’re stranger/ I think I’m in danger, gotta wake my game up/ Gotta stay the same, watching everybody change/ Ah now they’re getting stranger.” How inspired.
Tonight’s the night. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes his “Dancing With the Stars” debut Monday at 7 p.m. on ABC. Join American-Statesman features editor Sharon Chapman and social media editor Eric Webb as they live-tweet Perry’s quest for the mirror ball trophy.
Okay, so maybe he did miss a bunch of the lyrics and he looked a little uncomfortable on stage sometimes. But give the guy a break. He’s not used to being on land, he channeled his #Phelpsface and even gave an A+ mic drop at the end.
Ahead of pulling center stage September 12, Rick Perry took to social media to share several pictures of himself and “Dancing with the Stars” partner Emma Slater as they made a stop to film in Texas and appeared, earlier today, on “Good Morning America.”
Slater shared a picture of herself receiving an “adult beverage band” before heading into the Fayette County Fair, where Perry mentioned they spent the day filming (and where he hopefully picked up one of his favorite fair foods).
The pair, Perry’s glasses and several of their fellow “Stars,” appeared this morning on “Good Morning America” for a little Season 23 pre-party. When asked if he was starting to have fun now Perry hesitated before saying, “That might be a little stretch.” He also launched into an interesting metaphor in which he described himself as a piece of coal being shined into a diamond by Slater.
Deep within the “Dancing With the Stars” archives is a tale involving injuries, hustling for swing votes, a controversial political figure and leopard print. Following the news that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will appear on this upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars,” the internet got all sorts of riled up. But he’s not the first in his field to compete for that coveted mirror ball trophy, nor even the first from the Lone Star State.
No, siree, that distinction belongs to the former Republican U.S. House Majority Leader from Sugar Land: Tom DeLay. You may or may not remember his appearance on the ninth season of the televised dance competition, but what better time to recap DeLay’s bizarre moment of televised stardom?
Back in the day, DeLay was joined on the dance floor by former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin and throwback pop star Donny Osmond. In a 2009 American-Statesman article, DeLay’s spokeswoman Shannon Flaherty said the then-62-year-old former congressman was intrigued by the opportunity to dance on national TV because “he’s always looking for a new adventure.”
The American-Statesman’s John Kelso, in a column written when the news broke, poked fun at DeLay, who had been indicted on money-laundering charges and violation of state election laws just four years earlier. Here’s an excerpt of what Kelso had to say:
“Can you think of anyone more awkward for ‘Dancing With the Stars’? OK, so Hillary Clinton. Ain’t nobody gonna call her Diddy any time soon… This is not the first time ‘Dancing With the Stars’ looks like it should change its name to ‘Dancing Behind Bars.’ Rapper Lil’ Kim , who made it onto the show, did 10 months in prison.”
Though DeLay was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to three years in prison, the ruling was overturned in 2013 — meaning this scandal was looming over him throughout his entire appearance on “DWTS.”
But DeLay’s quest for the trophy was short-lived. The man who had come out with a bang for his debut on the show in a brown, sparkly, leopard-print lined vest and orthopedic shoes lasted but three weeks. Stress fractures on his feet forced him to quit before his chance at elimination. (Or victory.)
That’s not all. In 2006, DeLay had actually stumped for votes for “DWTS” contestant and country singer Sara Evans. According to an American-Statesman article, DeLay had been emailing his supporters, urging them to vote weekly for Evans. From DeLay’s email:
“One of her opponents on the show is ultra liberal talk show host Jerry Springer. We need to send a message to Hollywood and the media that smut has no place on television by supporting good people like Sara Evans.”
What a wild ride. Anyway, now it’s time to see if Perry has more luck on the dance floor than this Texas contestant did.
The news that Rick Perry will compete on the upcoming season of “Dancing With the Stars” stirred up cha-cha-chatter when it was first reported Monday night, as the imaginations of politicos and average Joes alike lindy-hopped to various conclusions. Will the former Texas governor’s spin on the ABC show bring the mirror-ball trophy to the Lone Star State, or will he say adios quicker than you can say “Paso Doble”? Will Perry’s tango with the celebrity ballroom competition be a dance with disaster? Or can the most famous pair of glasses in Texas boot-scoot to victory? Will we still be able to come up with dance puns by the time the show airs?
No matter your political persuasion or your thoughts on Carrie Ann Inaba’s judging abilities versus those of Bruno Tonioli, Perry’s participation is certainly a curiosity. But don’t write off the former presidential candidate’s chances just yet.
Here are five reasons Perry might beat expectations and join Bindi Irwin and Emmitt Smith in the “DWTS” hall of fame.
1. He’s been to more than a few balls: Let’s not pretend that the art of the dance is completely foreign to political life. As longtime governor of Texas (and lieutenant governor before that), Perry was no stranger to inaugural balls, even if he did try to loosen up the black ties with a Ted Nugent performance in 2007.
3. He’s got dancing shoes: Though “Dancing With the Stars” is a ballroom contest and not a televised honky-tonk, Perry’s cowboy boot collection shows he prefers his feet to be fancy. You don’t swagger around in “Come and take it” boots unless you want people looking at your footwork.
4. He’s got a sense of rhythm: As columnist Ken Herman points out, Perry is a musician, “including talent on the piano and drums.” He sang and drummed with ZZ Top in 2005, in fact.
A few days ago. the streaming site announced everything that’s coming and going next month and it seems like a pretty good trade-off.
So what will you be able to watch from the comfort of your home in no time? First off, “Jaws.” And we’re talking all four of them. Other ’80s classics include “Footloose” and “Top Gun.”
More recent films include 2004’s “Crash,” “Saving Private Ryan,” Academy Award-winning “The Imitation Game” and the animated hit “Zootopia.” Those are just scratching the surface so you should check out Entertainment Weekly’s full list here.
Everything comes at a price so of course we have to say goodbye to a few big films. Leaving Netflix will be “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “A Walk to Remember” and “Zoolander.” You can check out the rest of the list here.
On Thursday, some familiar gentlemen will start their engines, and the best (of the best) women will eventually win a coveted crown. The second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” premieres Thursday, featuring fan-favorite contestants from past seasons of the drag competition reality show.
One local face, unfortunately, not join beloved drag queens like Alaska, Katya and Alyssa Edwards: Austin’s own Cynthia Lee Fontaine.
Fontaine (born Carlos Hernadez) didn’t steal the crown at the end of season 8 of “Drag Race” — she sashayed away in the third episode — but she did manage to snatch the title of Miss Congeniality, a title often awarded to queens with a strong fan following.
Before the debut of season 8, the fixture of local gay bar Oilcan Harry’s said in an interview with Austin360 that competing as the show’s first contestant from Austin was a source of pride:
“It’s a wonderful experience to represent Austin, Texas, my Hispanic community, and my community here in Austin. We are equipped with great performers — female, male, androgynous, campy, trashy, whatever — and this city provides everything in between. So I’m just proud that I can represent a little piece of that and share it with the entire world.”