Vanna White Co-Hosting Next Episode of “American Idol” with Ryan Seacrest This Monday

Vanna White is bracing for an Idol appearance…

The 67-year-old half-Puerto Rican television personality and game show letter-turner will guest host American Idol alongside future Wheel of Fortune host Ryan Seacrest.

Vanna WhiteThe talent competition host said White would join him on Monday’s episode airing on ABC.

“A legend, a household name, a superstar named Vanna White is making a cameo on American Idol, Seacrest said on Good Morning America. “She’s watched for years, and she’s going to cohost a little bit with me on the next Idol Monday.”

Seacrest is taking over Wheel of Fortune following Pat Sajak’s retirement and will co-host the classic game show with White starting with Season 42.

Sajak has taped his final episode, which will air on Friday, June 7.

Sajak announced in June 2023 that he’d retire from the syndicated show, and Season 41 would be his last. The television presenter has hosted Wheel of Fortune since 1981 and has won three Emmys for his work.

After Sajak announced he was leaving his hosting duties at Wheel of Fortune, White said she thought about making an exit from the show as well.

“Of course it’s a thought,” White said in an interview with People magazine. “It’s like, ‘Well, wait, if you’re leaving, what am I going to do? How can I stay without you?’ It was a very hard decision for me to make, because it definitely crossed my mind. It’s like, ‘I just don’t know if I can do this without you,’ but I thought about it and I’m not ready to retire, so I am staying on.”

Seacrest has hosted American Idol since its premiere in 2002 on Fox.

The host remained in his position when the talent competition moved to ABC in 2018.

White will join Seacrest on the episode airing Monday, April 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Gabito Ballesteros Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay Chart with Prince Royce-Collab “Cosas de la Peda”

Gabito Ballesteros is celebrating a Billboard first…

The 24-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter and record producer’s collaboration with Prince Royce, “Cosas De La Peda” rises to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart as their first partnership advances from the runner-up slot to lead the February 24-dated list.

Gabito Ballesteros, Prince RoyceThat translates into a 24th No. 1 for Prince Royce, while Ballesteros scores his first champ on first try.

“Cosas De La Peda,” Mexican slang for “drunken times,” lifts 2-1 on the tropical radio ranking with by a 37% gain in audience impressions, to 6.2 million earned in the U.S. during the February 9-15 tracking week, according to Luminate.

The track trades places with Marc Anthony’s “Punta Cana” which drops 1-2 with an 11% dip in impressions, to 5.2 million.

Prior to its release, “Cosas De La Peda” received its fair share of promotion. The Bronx-born singer premiered the song live for the first time, with Ballesteros, during Calibash festival at the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles on January 12. Plus, a performance on ABC’s Good Morning America followed on January 17.

With “Peda,” Royce collects his 24th No. 1 on Tropical Airplay, continuing with the third-most leaders since the chart’s inception in 1994. Only two soloists stand ahead him: Marc Anthony with 36 No. 1s and Victor Manuelle with 29. Here’s an updated look at the artists with the most No. 1 hits on the almost three-decade-old ranking:

36, Marc Anthony
29, Victor Manuelle
24, Prince Royce
18, Romeo Santos
14, Elvis Crespo
14, Gilberto Santa Rosa
13, Jerry Rivera
12, Juan Luis Guerra 440
11, India

Ballesteros, who seasoned “Peda” with his corridos tumbados flair, lands a first No. 1 on the Tropical Airplay —and on any airplay ranking— thanks to the bachata tumbada. The Mexican producer first landed a No. 1 on a Billboard chart as a producer of the two-week champ “Lady Gaga,” with Peso Pluma and Junior H (last September).

Elsewhere, “Cosas De La Peda” flies 26-11 on the overall Latin Airplay tally. It bests Ballesteros’ previous No. 37 entry with “La Pelinegra,” with La Adictiva, last October.

Cosas De La Peda” is one of 23 songs from Royce’s latest seventh full-length album, Llamada Perdida, released February 16 through Sony Music Latin; it has not entered any Billboard charts yet. The song was produced by Edgar Barrera and Luis Miguel Gómez Castaño, better known as Casta.

Eslabon Armado Makes Late-Night TV Debut on “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Eslabon Armado continues taking the nation by storm…

The Regional Mexican group made its late-night television debut this week on Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

Eslabon ArmadoThe renowned Música Mexicana group was joined by Gabito Ballesteros—also making his first appearance on Fallon—to perform their hit collaboration “La Fresa.”

The Tonight Show is one of the top shows in the entire country, and I’ve grown up watching the show since I was a kid,” frontman Pedro Tovar said in a statement. “I’ve always seen the biggest stars be on the show, and being able to perform on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon is a major milestone crossed in our career.”

Their performance comes on the heels of Eslabon Armado’s performance on Good Morning America, where they made history as the first Musica Mexicana group on the show.

Eslabon Armado Makes History with “Good Morning America” Performance

Eslabon Armado is celebrating a historic American television appearance…

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month festivities, the Regional Mexican band performed on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday, September 15 — making history as the first Regional Mexican band ever to sing on the show.

Eslabon Armado,Eslabon Armado, from Patterson, Calif., performed their blockbuster hit “Ella Baila Sola.” The sierreño song with Peso Pluma peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart.

“I think it’s a blessing for us,” said Eslabon’s lead singer Pedro Tovar minutes before performing on GMA. “It’s totally another feeling for us … we’ve been on other shows but this is one of the most important one for us. I remember going to school and my teachers putting on the Good Morning America show.”

Carlos PenaVega & Big Time Rush Release Music Video for New Single “Not Giving You Up”

Carlos PenaVega isn’t giving up on music…

The 32-year-old Spanish, Venezuelan and Dominican American singer/actor and his Big Time Rush band mates have released a dance-packed music video for their new song “Not Giving You Up.”

Carlos PenaVega, Big Time Rush,The song, which was released earlier in the week, follows the December 2021 track “Call It Like I See It,” the group’s first single since their Nickelodeon days eight years ago.

Originating in 2009 on the network’s Big Time Rush television series, they debuted their danceable new song four days before its release in a February 21 performance on Good Morning America.

Directed by Erik Rojas, the “Not Giving You Up” video shows Pena Vegas and his boys running what they assure is a “totally legit” love advice business, with which they assist customers in getting over heartbreak by dancing, working out and destroying teddy bears. If that sounds like the kind of help you need, the video displays a newspaper advertisement containing a phone number you can call — 1-903-BTR-9198 — to get instructions on signing up for Big Time Relationship Services’ phone book.

Big Time Rush first came back together after their years-long hiatus in June of 2020, virtually reuniting to perform an acoustic version of their fan-favorite song “Worldwide.”

Nearly two years and two new songs later, the band is set to embark on the Big Time Rush Forever Tour this summer.

Three of the four BTR members — Logan Henderson, PenaVega and Kendall Schmidt — sat down with ExtraTV a day prior to the release of “Not Giving You Up.” They revealed that the video concept was Schmidt’s idea, and Henderson said that the band’s reunion was a “long time coming.”

“It was two years in the making,” he said. “We always thought we would come back to the band at some point. During the pandemic, it kind of just showed us that life is short and it’s nice to have fun and we wanted some of that to bring to the fans.”

J.Lo & Marc Anthony’s Daughter Emme Muñiz Releases Prayer Book “Lord Help Me”

Emme Muñiz isn’t old enough to vote, but she’s already a published author…

The 12-year-old Puerto Rican singer, the daughter of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, has released her first book, Lord Help Me.

Emme Muñiz

Proud mamá J.Lo spoke with Good Morning America about Emme, who sang with her at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, and her love of sloths, which inspired the tween’s prayers book.

Emme came up with the idea with her nanny as she thought kids needed to be taught to pray, according to Lopez.

Lord Help Me

“They just kind of had this conversation, and she was like, ‘Maybe we can write a book where we can save the sloths, and we can use the money to save the sloths,'” Lopez told GMA. “I’m so proud of her to author her first book at 12 years old. She’s way, way ahead of me.”

Mariah Carey to Perform as Part of the “Good Morning America” Summer Concert Series

Mariah Carey will be waking up America with her music this summer…

The 50-year-old half-Venezuelan American songstress will take part in Good Morning America!’s upcoming summer concert series. 

Mariah Carey

There’s no official date for when Carey will perform, but GMA has confirmed that all concerts will take place virtually.

Here’s a look at the lineup:

2020 Summer Concert Series Lineup
May 22 – Katy Perry
May 29 – Kygo ft. OneRepublic & Valerie Broussard
June 5 – Billie Joe Armstrong
June 19 – John Legend
June 26 – Sia
July 3 – Old Dominion
July 10 – Shaggy ft. Sting
August 21 – Megan Thee Stallion

Dates to be announced:
Ellie Goulding
Skip Marley & H.E.R.
Black Eyed Peas
Bebe Rexha
Mariah Carey

Disney Channel Reviving Alisa Reyes’ “The Proud Family” for Disney+

There could be more proudmoments in Alisa Reyes’ future…

Disney Channel’s popular animated series The Proud Family, which featured the 38-year-old Latina actress as part of its voice cats, is making a comeback. 

Alisa Reyes

Jo Marie Payton, who voiced Suga Mama in the series which aired for three seasons from 2001-2005, has confirmed that a revival is in the works at upcoming streaming service Disney+.

It came in an answer to a question from host Keke Palmer about Payton’s Suga Mama character. “Yeah, Suga’s large and in charge. That’s all I’ve got to say — except for Suga Mama will be doing some new episodes come February,” revealed Payton.

the-proud-family

Word of a revival first surfaced in August when Tommy Davidson, who voiced Oscar Proud, told @WhereIsTheBuzzTV that the series would be revived on Disney+. 

Payton’s confirmation was the first announcement on a Disney-owned network. GMA3, the third hour of Good Morning Americaco-hosted by Michael StrahanSara Haines and Palmer, is on Disney-owned ABC.

Created by Bruce W. SmithThe Proud Family was one of very few animated series at the time to center around an African American family. It followed main character Penny Proud, voiced by Kyla Pratt, and the everyday rambunctiousness of her friends and family — with guest stars like Gabrielle UnionKobe Bryant, and Mariah Carey.

Cast also included Paula Jai Parker as Trudy, Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez, Karen Malina White as Dijonay, Orlando Brownas Sticky Webb, Soleil Moon Fryeas Zoey and Tara Strongas twins Bebe/Cece and Puff the Poodle.

Maná Becomes First Act to Perform Seven Shows in One Year at LA’s The Forum

It’s Lucky No. 7 for Manáfans in Los Angeles…

Due to continuing ticket demands, the legendary Mexican rock band has added a seventh show at The Forum in Los Angeles as part of its Rayando El Sol Tour, which kicks of at the end of August.

Mana

The seventh date at the venue, which will take place on December 7, makes Maná the only act in any language or genre to ever play seven dates at the venue as part of a single tour.

“Mana makes history today by becoming the first artist that will perform seven shows in one year at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum since our reopening in 2014,” said a spokesperson for The Forum. “Mana also holds our record for most shows since the reopening at 11. The Forum is proud and honored to be the home to Mana’s historic run of shows.”

Maná, Latin music’s most successful rock band and one of the most prolific and highest-grossing Latin acts in the market, announced dates forRayando el Sol, their first tour in three years, this past February. 

Tickets sales were so strong, that additional dates were added almost immediately, and the tour, originally set to kick off September 4 from Corpus Christi, is now starting August 31 in Laredo.

New dates were also added for Chicago, Oakland, San Jose, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Los Angeles. 

Originally, Maná was slated to play four dates at The Forum, which grew to six, and now, seven. 

The group performed on Good Morning America this Wednesday, the same day they streamed an intimate performance for fans on their YouTubechannel in anticipation of their tour.

“Maná is a touring powerhouse,” Bob Roux, president of U.S. concerts for Live Nation, said in a statement back in March, talking about the sellout speed of Maná’s shows. “I’ve never seen an onsale like this in the Latin Market. This puts Maná in the rarefied realm of the biggest bands in the U.S., regardless of language.”

The Rayando el Sol tour will now play 35 stops. The tour takes its name from Maná’s 1989 breakout hit song of the same name.

“It was the song that kicked off our career when we were ready to walk away from it all,” Fher Olvera, Maná’s lead singer, told Billboardearlier this year. “We spent many years with very little money. One time, [drummer] Alex [Gonzalez] spent the night at an apartment in Colonia Roma [the Mexico City neighborhood depicted in Alfonso Cuarón’s film Roma] that didn’t even have furniture. And there, between beers, we wrote the song. At that point, I was ready to work in what I’d studied in college: communications. And Alex was going to return to Miami. But that song allowed us to breath, so we have a real appreciation. It’s a very emblematic song. It’s played everywhere.”

Maná: Rayando El Sol 2019 tour dates:

Aug. 31, 2019 — Laredo. TX Sames Auto Arena
Sept. 4, 2019 —  Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
Sept. 6, 2019 —  Houston, TX Toyota Center
Sept. 7, 2019 —  Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Sept. 11, 2019 —  El Paso, TX UTEP Don Haskins Center
Sept. 13, 2019 —  Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sept. 14, 2019 —  Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sept. 20, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sept. 21, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sept. 22, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sept. 27, 2019 —  San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
Sept. 28, 2019 —  San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
Sept. 29, 2019 —  San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheater
Oct. 9, 2019 —  Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Oct. 11, 2019 —  Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Oct. 12, 2019 —  Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Oct. 17, 2019 —  Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
Oct. 19, 2019 —  Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Oct. 20, 2019 —  Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Oct. 22, 2019 —  Fairfax, VA EagleBank Arena
Oct. 25, 2019 —  Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
Oct. 27, 2019 —  Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Arena
Nov. 6, 2019 —  El Paso, TX UTEP Don Haskins Center
Nov. 8, 2019 —  Houston, TX Toyota Center
Nov. 9, 2019 —  Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Nov. 14, 2019 —  Edinburg, TX Bert Ogden Arena
Nov. 15, 2019 —  San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Nov. 17, 2019 —  Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Nov. 22, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Nov. 23, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Nov. 24, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Nov. 27, 2019 —  Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Nov. 30, 2019 —  Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Dec. 5, 2019 —  Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Dec. 7, 2019 —  Los Angeles, CA The Forum