It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours of glitter, disco balls, lasers, too many bags of Cheetos FLAMIN‘ HOT®, but D-Day is finally here! Forget New Year’s, the biggest dance party of the year is VH1 DIVAS tonight! And based on what we saw on day one of rehearsals, it’s going to make everyone crap fireworks when the night is over. Don’t believe me? Just check out the rehearsal footage, photos and interviews from one of the most anticipated acts of the night, the Whitney Houston tribute.
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To be a good DJ, you’ve got to have a memory as deep as your music library full of past, present and wanna be hits to play for your crowd. So, VH1 Divas house DJ Havana Brown will have to put those recollection skills to the test for her in-between-performances sets. We caught up with the Australian (and gorgeous!) turntable master after rehearsals and gave her a pop quiz on recognizing the music of tonight’s performers.
How’d she do? Well, she tried to cheat at first but we got switched it up on her and she earned her cred the old fashioned way. Check it out below along with behind-the-scenes pics we snapped as a preview of her set and watch Havana mix it up live on Divas at 9PM/8C.
Rehearsal photos after the jump.
VH1 DIVAS performer Kelly Clarkson is engaged to her boyfriend of a year, Brandon Blackstock. She announced the news at Twitter early yesterday then promptly showed up to rehearsals where we all oooo’d and ahhhh’d over her new jewelry. Believe me when I say it is more gorgeous in person than the photo of the canary diamond Kelly tweeted afterward! Looks like Reba McEntire‘s step-son knows how to make sure a girl won’t “Walk Away.”
Watch Kelly’s “Catch My Breath” performance tonight live at 9PM/8C, while we try to keep from passing out over the size of that ring. Congrats, Kelly!
You heard right. America’s controversial sweetheart, Miley is performing Billy Idol‘s “Rebel Yell” at this year’s VH1 DIVAS. We sneaked a peek at her closed rehearsal set, and it’s going to be wild. One word: cages. That is all.
Now, when the song and music video for the track that made British punk rocker Billy an MTV icon dropped in 1984, the future Mrs. Liam Hemsworth was like negative nine years old. But generation gap be damned, the similarities between the two stars is kind of hard to ignore. Here are five reasons Miley is the perfect choice to cover this tune:
#1 – The Hair
The spiky platinum blonde coif Miley’s sporting is looking a little familiar. I wouldn’t bat an eyelash if she suddenly revealed she’s actually Billy Idol’s estranged daughter. When she first went blonde and sheared her signature brown tresses over the summer, people were critical of her P!nk-like pixie. So Miley did what any rebel would do. She went and shortened it more, more, more. Read more…
Today’s Friday Face-Off honors VH1 DIVAS by having friends and fellow performers Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato duke it out. Let’s see who’s video proves she’s the sassier diva before they hit the big stage Sunday at 9PM/8C: Miley’s “Party In The U.S.A.” or Demi’s “Give Your Heart A Break.” Can’t decide between the former Disney teen queens? Read our argument for each and vote while we hunt down someone to pick the brown M&M’S® out of this bowl.
Will Demi’s Lovatics or Miley’s Smilers win out?
We’re only two days out from the biggest dance party in VH1 Divas history! Now I like to think I can rock hips, sway and sip with the best of them, but don’t worry if you’re not as confident. Our host Adam Lambert was kind enough to lead a tutorial for a simple but fierce head snap move you can use in a pinch. Need more tips? Check out our GIF wall of past Divas performers’ dancing for inspiration before you watch the show live this Sunday, December 16. The red carpet live stream kicks off right here at 8PM/7C.
Dancing divas GIF wall after the jump.
Adam Lambert is just like us! No, really. Okay, so, we’re not hosting VH1 Divas, selling multi-platinum records or breaking glass with our voices. But, when it comes to recalling music lyrics, Adam has the same problem we do: “I forget the words to my own songs!”
Adam tested his self-proclaimed forgetfulness in our “Name That Divas’ Song” game. He read lines from well-known hits by Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and Kelly Rowland then tried to match the lyrics to the song and artist. How did he do? See for yourself. And watch Divas live Sunday, December 16 9PM/8C to see if Adam got the words right as show host and performer.
The time has come to end the speculation about who will sing the Whitney Houston tribute at VH1 Divas. Jordin Sparks, Ledisi and Melanie Fiona were tapped to do the honors and are offering up a medley of the legend’s biggest dance hits. The set list reads like the jukebox playlist of every bar I’ve been to on a Saturday night: “I’m Every Woman,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” and “How Will I Know.” Sounds like good times!
What do you think of the Whitney tribute plans?
Grab your inhalers Kelly Clarkson fans, because we have it on good authority that she will be throwing down a live version of her latest single “Catch My Breath” on VH1 Divas Sunday. Anyone who saw her perform the midtempo dance track on the American Music Awards, caught her brilliant VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul sets last year (ahem, she killed it wearing a cast on her foot) or watched her Unplugged gets why this is a BFD.
Ten years since “Miss Independent” won the American Idol crown and Kelly’s still delivering power vocals that leave us speechless. Her fierce penchant for keeping it real while being super endearing makes it almost feel like we’re totally estranged best friends. Get a little closer to Kelly with me on December 16 at 9PM/8C as we watch her smash another performance like only she can. Read more…
It wouldn’t be VH1 Divas week without a daily dose of this year’s host Adam Lambert. And guess what our fearless dance party maestro had to say when we told him Natasha Bedingfield, Iggy Azalea and Bootsy Collins are performing Deee-Lite‘s “Groove Is In The Heart” this Sunday? The only appropriate response: “That’s f***ing genius! I love that song!”
If it were up to me, Adam’s opinion about anything would be taken as law, because beneath that carefully coiffed mass of hair lurks a mastermind with perfect eyebrows. That said, we have journalistic integrity, so let’s back up Adam’s endorsement with some stats about the stars singing the middle school dance favorite. Read more…