Vanna White to Continue Hosting “Wheel of Fortune” Through 2024

Vanna White’s Wheels (and tiles) will keep on turnin’…

The 64-year-old half-Puerto Rican television personality and game show letter-turner and her Wheel of Fortune co-star Pat Sajak have on to continue hosting the show through the 2023-2024 season.

Vanna White

As part of the deal, Sajak has added consulting producer to his responsibilities.

Jim Thornton, who will mark his 10th anniversary as Wheel of Fortune announcer, will get an expanded on-screen presence in the new season, which premieres September 13. At the open of each episode, he will be featured at a new podium on stage as he introduces Sajak and White.

Here are some other changes in store for the upcoming season:

  • In the game show’s digital space, Maggie Sajak, Pat’s daughter, will be joining the show as Social Correspondent across all of Wheel of Fortune’s channels including: http://www.wheeloffortune.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
  • The set and music have been refreshed for the new season. The Wheel of Fortune theme song, “Changing Keys,” which will return this season with a modernized arrangement.
  • Sajak will no longer do the “Final Spin” of the game. Instead, the contestant in control of the Wheel at the time will spin to determine the amount each consonant is worth during the speed up round.
  • More money will be up for grabs in Season 39 with the removal of the “Free Play” wedge from the Wheel, which was replaced by an $850 wedge. Also, a $4,000 bonus is being added to contestants who solve all three puzzles in the Triple Toss Up Round, making the round worth $10,000. And finally, the minimum amount that can be won on the Bonus Wheel has been upped to $39,000, in honor of the show’s 39th season in syndication.
  • Returning is the show’s annual “Secret Santa Holiday Giveaway.” This popular sweepstakes gives Wheel Watchers Club members the chance to win everything a contestant wins, up to the million-dollar grand prize.

“If you think about it, by doing the “final spin” I, as host, had an impact on the outcome of the game and that has always bothered me because it just didn’t feel right,” said Sajak of the change in play of the game. “With this change, only the contestants determine the outcome of the game and the host does not impose themself in any way.”

After Wheel of Fortune hostess Susan Stafford left the show in October 1982, White was selected as one of three substitute hostesses (along with Vicki McCarty and Summer Bartholomew) to co-host the show. On December 13, 1982, White became the regular hostess. And the rest is herstory.

Rosalynne Montoya Among Transgender Artists to Sign Development Deal with Ozy Studio

Rosalynne Montoya is ready to breakthrough…

The Hispanic bisexual, non-binary transgender woman, who works as a model, actor, makeup artist and content creator, has signed a development deal with Ozy Studios, along with Puerto Rican chef Paxx Caraballo Moll, Alabama-based activist Dan Eggers.

Rosalynne Montoya

Beginning as a digital magazine in 2013, Ozy has moved into podcasts, events and original television series featured on A+E, History, Lifetime, Amazon, Hulu, OWN, PBS and BBC.

Montoya, Chef Pax and Eggers will now be part of those multi-platform storytelling initiatives.

“At Ozy we feel the immense responsibility of pushing culture forward with the content we share and conversations we foster with our audience,” said CEO Carlos Watson. “We feel this is an important moment to highlight the complexity of humanity and the truly diverse life experiences of these incredible talents are one important way in which we can do that.”

“Amplifying voices from within the trans community is not just in-line with Ozy’s philosophy: It’s personal,” said Executive Director of Ozy Studios Chris Rantamaki. “As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I know the impact of seeing ourselves reflected in pop culture. I’m excited about showcasing a wide spectrum of trans talent in our content, alongside some of the biggest celebrities in the world.”

Montoya is well-known on TikTok and Instagram.

“Queer people need accurate representation,” said Montoya. “When I felt like I didn’t have a future or life wasn’t worth living, it was seeing positive representations in the media that proved to me that I have a happy and successful life ahead.”

Chef Pax is a trans man who was named Best New Chef in 2019 by Food and Wine magazine.

“I’m excited to work with Ozy because I felt at home with them immediately,” says Chef Paxx. “I can’t wait to highlight my culinary skills and bring my queer kitchen sensibilities to the entire world.”

The Alabama-born Eggers is the first openly transgender person to enter a top college musical theater program. Of his new deal Eggers said, “I felt that my experience would be properly honored in the Ozy family rather than tokenized…Ozy sincerely brings forward those who have often been left behind. I am ready to help #ResetAmerica!”

Fat Joe to Face Off Against Ja Rule in All-New Verzuz Battle

Fat Joe is ready for a hip-hop battle…

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American rapper will face off against Ja Rule in an all-new Verzuz battle on September 14.

Fat Joe

The friendly competition will take place in person, live from New York.

“The summer ain’t over!!” Verzuz co-creator Swizz Beatz wrote on Instagram revealing the news.

In a separate announcement post on Instagram, Ja Rule wrote, “#ICONN.” Meanwhile, Fat Joe captioned his identical post, “The price just went [up] @fatjoe @verzuz @jarule.”

This marks the first Verzuz battle since last month, when The LOX and Dipset hit the stage to deliver some fan-favorite hit songs.

Over the course of his decades-long career, Ja Rule has released eight No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles, including “Always On Time,” featuring Ashanti, which peaked at No. 1 in February 2002 and charted for 27 weeks. The hitmaker has released a total of 17 Hot 100 songs. His debut studio album, Venni Vetti Veccipeaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, where it charted for 31 weeks.

Fat Joe, who began his career in music as a member of hip-hop group Diggin’ in the Crates Crew (D.I.T.C.), released his debut solo album Represent in 1993. His single from the album, “Flow Joe,” reached No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart.

Fat Joe’s “What’s Luv?” featuring Ashanti and Ja Rule, peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Ja Rule’s collaborative hit track “New York,” featuring Fat Joe and Jadakiss, was a top 30 Hot 100 song. It peaked at No. 27 on the list in 2004, where it charted for 14 weeks.

Hip-hop fans can catch the newly announced Verzuz battle between Fat Joe and Ja Rule on September 14 at 9:00 pm ET, which will be available for live streaming via the Triller app, FITE TV or on the Verzuz TV Instagram account.

Enrique Iglesias to Release “Final” Album This Month

It’s the Final countdown for Enrique Iglesias

During a live Q&A on Friday, September 3, the 46-year-old Spanish singer/songwriter announced that his forthcoming album, titled Final, could be his last.

Enrique Iglesias

Iglesias revealed the news to Ricky Martin and Sebastián Yatra, and their millions of followers on Instagram, during a live chat to promote their upcoming tour set to kick off later this month.

Final is set for release on September 17.

“It might be my final album,” the “Bailando” singer told them. “It’s not something that I have been thinking about for the past few months. It’s something that I have been thinking about for the past few years. There’s going to be Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, but they’re final. I’m in that moment in my life, that chapter in my life, where I think it’s the right time to put it out and I’ve been thinking about this since 2015.”

Although it might be his last album, Iglesias reassured fans that it doesn’t mean he’ll stop making music. “I’m never going to stop writing songs because I love writing songs, but I’m going to do it in a different way — meaning they don’t necessarily have to be packaged as an album — so this project to me is important.”

Final Vol. 1 will be Iglesias’ 11th studio album and will follow 2014’s Sex and Love, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart (dated April 4, 2014).

Ketlen Viera to Fight Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate in October

Ketlen Vieira is preparing for the main event…

The 3-0year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist will fight former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is back in the main event.

Ketlen Viera

 

Viera and Tate, one of the most popular women’s MMA fighters ever, will headline a UFC Fight Night on October16 in Las Vegas, according to the UFC .

ESPN has Vieira ranked No. 8 in the world at women’s 135 pounds, and this is Tate’s chance to climb the divisional ladder again. “Cupcake” made her return from retirement after five years away with an impressive,third-round TKO over Marion Reneau in July.

Tate vs. Vieira had been targeted by the UFC for several weeks, but the announcement was pending Vieira signing the bout agreement, which happened Thursday, according to Vieira’s Instagram.

Tate (19-7) headlined UFC 200 in July 2016 against current women’s bantamweight and women’s featherweight champion Amanda Nunes. The Washington native, who fights out of Las Vegas, stepped away from competition after a loss to Raquel Pennington four months after that, taking an executive position with ONE Championship in Singapore.

Tate,announced she’d be returning to the UFC last March — and was seeking a future chance to challenge for the title she lost to Nunes five years ago.

Vieira (11-2) has dropped two of her last three fights after starting her career 10-0. The Brazil native most recently lost to Yana Kunitskaya via unanimous decision in February. Vieira owns UFC wins over Cat ZinganoSara McMann and Sijara Eubanks.

“What We Do In The Shadows” Star Harvey Guillén to Host “After the Shadows” Social Media Talk Show

There’s a little extra Shadows play in Harvey Guillén’s future…

The 31-year-old Mexican American actor and What We Do In The Shadows scene-stealer will host After The Shadows, a pre-taped, social media talk show kicking off at 11:00 pm PT immediately after the series’ season 3 premiere on September 2.

Harvey Guillen

The episodes will be available via TheShadowsFX on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well on FX’s official YouTube channel.

Guillén, who portrays Guillermo De La Cruz on the FX series, will chat with cast, crew, and celebrity fans to discuss their love of the show and to share insight into the making of season 3.

The initial guest list includes Shadows stars Kayvan Novak and Kristen Schaal, as well as Anthony Atamanuik, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and set decorator Shayne Fox, with more to be announced.

New episodes of After the Shadows will be available immediately after subsequent episodes of the show throughout the season.

The two-episode season 3 premiere begins at 10:00 pm ET/PT with “The Prisoner” and “The Cloak of Duplication.”

Fans will finally found out what happened after the events of the season 2 finale that saw Guillermo kick vampire butt to save his ungrateful roommates. Will he finally embrace his familial connection to Van Helsing or will he keep begging after Nandor to turn him?

Returning series stars include Novak, Matt Berry, Mark Proksch, and Natasia Demetriou.

Maluma Releases New Single “L.N.E.M. (GATA),” Featuring Kapla y Miky, Philip Ariaz & Blessd

Maluma is hoping to put some up-and-coming talent on the map…

The 27-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter has joined voices with newcomers Kapla y Miky, Philip Ariaz and Blessd for the new single “L.N.E.M. (GATA).”

Maluma

The new single comes on the heels of “Sobrio” and its star-studded video featuring Scott Disick and other celebs.

This time, Maluma reels in the newcomers, as he hopes to put “la nueva en el mapa” on their collaboration.

Co-produced by Golden Mindz and Rude Boyz, the track infectiously laces a slow-tempo perreo melody with hip-hop and reggaeton beats.

“This is what making history is all about,” Maluma wrote on his Instagram.

“He wants to raise the flag,” former Billboard Latin Artist on the Rise Blessd says of Maluma. “There is no other artist like him helping those of us who are emerging so much. He’s doing a job that no one else has done. I respect him as an artist and triple as a person because of that.” 

Edgar Ramirez Encourages Everyone to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine After Losing Family Members to the Virus

Edgar Ramirez is encouraging everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine after suffering his own heartbreak…

The 44-yea-old Venezuelan actor has shared via Instagram his very personal story about his loss due to coronavirus.

Edgar Ramirez

Ramirez – a Golden Globe and Emmy nominee who has appeared in films and television programs like Carlos, Zero Dark Thirty, The Bourne Ultimatum, Hands of Stone, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and Wrath of the Titans appealed to people to take the COVID-19 vaccines, citing his relatives who died without access to them in a series of posts.

“I beg you to please read this post carefully 🙏🏽. It is the most painful and the most intimate thing I have had to publish in my life, but I think it is important to share it,” he wrote on Instagram. “At times, I feel like it is a nightmare from which I am going to wake up, but I know it is not. That this is as real as the air that at this moment it is difficult for me to breathe.”

He continued, “In my Instagram feed, right next to this post is an interview I had with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States, in which we discussed vital information on how to deal with COVID 19 and the urgent need to get vaccinated, especially those of us who are lucky enough to access to a vaccine. No one who has access to a vaccine should die from COVID 19. Please read this information, watch the interview and please, please share it.

Thank you very much,
Edgar

Pabllo Vittar Earns Nine MTV MIAW Awards Brazil Nominations

Pabllo Vittar is a hit with the millennials

The 2021 MTV MIAW (Millennial Awards) Awards Brazil nominations have been announced via Clubhouse and Instagram, with the 26-year-old Brazilian drag queen, singer and songwriter earning nine nominations.

Pabllo Vittar 

Vittar’s nominations include Hitmaker, two in the National Collab category and two in Hymn of the Year category.

The awards ceremony, which honors Brazil’s hottest trends, idols and top influencers in pop culture, will feature live performances and special appearances by content creators, television personalities and celebrities. The show will air Thursday, September 23, on MTV Brazil and Facebook.

Luísa Sonza is tied for the most nominations with nine, while Anitta picked up eight nods.

This is the fourth year for the MTV MIAW (Millennial Awards). The show is one of five current MTV-branded music awards shows, along with the MTV Video Music Awards (which originated in 1984), MTV EMA (Europe Music Awards, 1994), MTV Video Music Awards Japan (2002) and MTV MIAW (Latin America, 2013).

Fans can now visit mtvmiaw.mtv.com.br to cast their vote on all 33 categories, including reality royalty, artist of the year, global hit and the coveted MIAW icon.

Here’s the complete list of nominations:

MIAW ICON
Larissa Manoela
Maisa
Sasha Meneghel
Juliette
Ítalo Ferreira
Rebeca Andrade
Virgínia Fonseca
Pequena Lo

REALITY ROYALTY
Gil do Vigor – BBB
Ingrid O’Hara, De Férias Com o Ex Brasil: Celebs
Isabella Sherer – MasterChef Brasil
Jojo Todynho – A Fazenda
Juliette – BBB
Lipe – A Fazenda
Matheus Novinho – Acapulco Shore
Lucas Maciel – A Ilha

BREAKTHROUGH ICON
Bielo
Yasmin Castilho
Favelado Investidor
Fefê
Lara Silva
Mariah Nala
MC Dricka
Raphael Vicente

MEME FOR LIFE
Ai, dor
Cringe
Dogg Face
Gabi AE4
Jacaré da Vacina
O Brasil tá lascado
Pfizer
Shitty Flute

PET INFLUENCER
Amora, Bruna Marquezine
Dionísio, Lipe
Sol, Grazi Massafera
Beethoven, Marina Ruy Barbosa
Lilo, Viih Tube
Nelson, Bianca e Fred
Norbert Macedo, Anitta
Valdemar, Larissa Manoela

HITMAKER
Alok
Vitor Kley
Barões da Pisadinha
Kevin o Chris
Luisa Sonza
MC Don Juan
Pabllo Vittar
Pedro Sampaio

GIRL BOSS
Anitta
Boca Rosa
Bruna Tavares
Flávia Durante
Lorena
Maisa
Manu Gavassi
Marina Ruy Barbosa

STYLE OF THE YEAR
Bruna Marquezine
Gloria Groove
Matheus Pasquarelli
Leo Picon
Xamã
Duda Beat
Jão
Sabrina Sato

PODCAST OF THE YEAR
Vênus Podcast
Eu Fico Loko
Flow
PodDarPrado
Não Ouvo
Nerdcast
Pod Delas
PodPah

MIAWLICIOUS
Ana Maria Brogui
Bela Gil
Downlicia
Mohamad Hindi
Paola Carosella
Receitas de Pai
Rodrigo Hilbert

MEMEIRO
Ademaravilha
Alvaro
Brasil Que Deu Certo
De Sola
Melted Videos
Pequena Lo
Saquinho de Lixo
Vittor Fernando

BEST DANCING CHALLENGE
Ingrid O’Hara
Klayver Pop
Lara Silva
Lucca Maciel
Virgínia Fonseca
Cínthia Cruz
Orlandinho
Vanessa Lopes

REELER OF THE YEAR
Gustavo Tubarão
Camilla de Lucas
Yarley
Lucas Guedez
Pequena Lo
Bielo
Ruivinha de Marte
Vittor Fernando

BREAKTHROUGH REELER
Lorenza Valloto
Josy Ramos
Gabriel Holtz
Lucca Najar
Matheus Cardoso

FAVE COUPLE
Bianca e Fred
Caíque Gama e Flavia Gabe
Ícaro Silva e Lucas Leto
Lahn Lahn e Nanda Costa
Ludmilla e Brunna
Sasha e João Figueiredo
Vitória Strada e Marcella Rica
Zé Felipe e Virgínia

PROUD ICON
Bruna Linzmeyer
Dora Figueiredo
Gil do Vigor
Lia Clark
Pepita
Douglas Souza
Spartakus
Tarso Brant

LOL [BEST COMEDY]
Afonso Padilha
Evelyn Castro
Bruna Louise
Dani Calabresa
Rafael Portugal
Marcelo Adnet
Renato Albani
Thiago Ventura

NATIONAL COLLAB
Liberdade Quando o Grave Bate Forte – Alok, MC Don Juan e GBR
Deixa de Onda – Dennis feat Ludmilla e Xamã
Modo Turbo – Luísa Sonza, Pabllo Vittar e Anitta
Bandida – Pabllo Vittar e Pocah
Atenção – Pedro Sampaio e Luisa Sonza
Fala Mal de Mim – Pedro Sampaio, Wesley Safadão e Daniel Caon
Leão – Xamã e Marília Mendonça
Tranquilita – Zé Felipe e Virgínia

BEST BRAZILIAN RAP/TRAP ACT
BIN
Djonga
Filipe Ret
L7nnon
Lourena
MC Cabelinho
Tasha e Tracie
Xamã

HYMN OF THE YEAR
Deixa de Onda – Dennis, Ludmilla e Xamã
Tipo Gin – Kevin o Chris
Rainha da Favela – Ludmilla
Modo Turbo – Luisa Sonza, Pabllo Vittar e Anitta
Bipolar – MC Davi, MC Pedrinho e MC Don Juan
Quero Ver É Me Esquecer – Barões da Pisadinha ft. Jorge e Matheus
Bandida – Pabllo Vittar e Pocah
Atenção – Pedro Sampaio e Luisa Sonza

GLOBAL HIT
Positions – Ariana Grande
Love Sick Girls – Black Pink
Levitating – Dua Lipa
Peaches – Justin Bieber
Montero – Lil Nas X
Midnight Sky – Miley Cyrus
Good 4 U – Olivia Rodrigo
Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran

BEST VIDEO
Não Passa Vontade – Anavitoria e Duda Beat
Girl From Rio – Anitta
Sistema Obtuso – Criolo e Tropkillaz
Coringa – Jão
Morena – Luan Santana
Modo Turbo – Luisa Sonza, Pabllo Vittar e Anitta
Lokko – Giulia Be
Pensa – Vitão

BEST FUNK ARTIST
Kevin o Chris
Kevinho
MC Don Juan
MC Dricka
MC Hariel
Tati Zaqui
Rebecca
MC WM

BEST DJ
Alok
Dennis
DJ GM
DJ Guuga
GBR
Lucas Beat
Pedro Sampaio
Rennan da Penha

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Anitta
Luisa Sonza
Lagum
Ludmilla
Pabllo Vittar
Papatinho
Kevin o Chris
Xamã

GLOBAL COLLAB
Girl Like Me – Black Eyed Pease e Shakira
Kiss Me More – Doja Cat e Sza
Beautiful Mistakes – Maroon5
Qué Más Pues? – J.Balvin e Maria Becerra
Prisoner – Miley Cyrus feat Dua Lipa
Monster – Shawn Mendes e Justin Bieber
Leave The Door Open – Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars e Anderson Paak) –
Save Your Tears – The Weekend e Ariana Grande

BEST PERFORMER
BIN
Nick Cruz
Jovem Dex
Hyperanhas
Tília
Morenna
Duquesa

BEST NEW ARTIST
Hyperanhas
Jovem Dex
Kawe
Keyblack
Mautê
Orochi
Recayd Mob
Sidoka

BEST CHOREO
Gueto – Iza
Errada Ela não tá – Jottapê, Kevinho e ARON
Senta com Amor – Kevinho e Zé Felipe
Rainha da Favela – Ludmilla
Bilhete Premiado – Gabily, Kevin o Chris e MC Kevin
Bandida – Pabllo Vittar e Pocah
Atenção – Pedro Sampaio e Luisa Sonza
Peligrosa – Urias

ALBUM OR EP OF THE YEAR
Cor – Anavitória
NU – Djonga
Te Amo Lá Fora – Duda Beat
Imaterial – Filipe Ret
Doce 22 – Luisa Sonza
Portas – Marisa Monte
Batidão Tropical – Pabllo Vittar
Zodíaco – Xamã

BEST MUSIC FOR A CHALLENGE
Amor ou Litrão – Petter Ferraz e Menor Nico
Apaga a Luz e Apaga Tudo – MC Torpe
Bipolar – MC Davi, MC Pedrinho e MC Don Juan
Disco Arranhado – Malu e DJ Lucas Beat
Em Homem a Gente Não Confia – MC Manu
Meu Pedaço de Pecado – João Gomes
Preta do Cabelo Cacheado – MC Don Juan, TH CDM, DG e Batidão Estronda
Tipo Gin – Kevin o Chris

BEST BINGE
Bridgerton – Netflix
Manhãs de Setembro – Amazon Prime Video
Elite – Netflix
Gossip Girl – HBO Max
As Five – GloboPlay
Pen15 – Paramount+
The Handmaid’s Tale – Paramount+
Wandavision – Disney+

BIGGEST FANS
Anitters – Anitta
Beliebers – Justin Bieber
Blink – Black Pink
Boca Rosers – Bianca Andrade
Gavassiers – Manu Gavassi
Cactos – Juliette
Little Monsters – Lady Gaga
RBDManíacos – RBD

Nicky Jam to Launch ‘Infinity Tour’ Next February

Nicky Jam is heading back on the road…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American rapper, singer and songwriter is returning to touring in his first official post-pandemic tour to kick off in early 2022.

Nicky Jam

Entitled the Infinity Tour after his upcoming studio album, which is set to be released this year, Nicky Jam will visit major cities across the U.S. and Canada, starting February 3, 2022, at Boston’s Agganis Arena.

He’ll then make pit stops in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, before wrapping up March 27 at the WAMU Theatre in Seattle.

“Thank you, God, for allowing us to tour again. I’ll wait for you there,” the reggaeton artist, rapper and actor told his more than 41 million followers on Instagram.

On the tour, presented by CMN Events, Nicky will sing some of his biggest hits as well as his upcoming releases live for the first time.

Tickets are officially on sale via CMNevents.com.

In addition, Nicky Jam is set to headline the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Week, returning to Miami in September with a weeklong event that unites the top Latin hitmakers, influencers and executives, and features live performances and conversations with superstars. For more information and registration, visit billboardlatinmusicweek.com.

Here’s a list of the full tour dates and venues:

February 3, 2022 — Boston @ Agganis Arena
February 5, 2022 — New York @ United Palace
February 10, 2022 — Atlanta @ Coca-Cola Roxy
February 11, 2022 — Chicago @ Rosemont Theatre
February 25, 2022 — Toronto @ Coca-Cola Coliseum
February 27, 2022 — Montreal @ Place Bell
March 3, 2022 — Orlando @ Amway Center
March 12, 2022 — Houston @ Smart Financial Center
March 13, 2022 — Hidalgo @ Payne Arena
March 19, 2022 — Ontario @ Toyota Arena
March 20, 2022 — Los Angeles @ Forum
March 25, 2022 — San Jose @ SAP Center
March 27, 2022 — Seattle @ WAMU Theatre