Boy Band: Four out of my top five made it

Boy Band ended last week with the members of the new band named. The architects also announced the name of the band. I don’t understand the thinking, but the new group is called In Real Life.

A couple of weeks ago, I named my top five — Jaden, Michael, Brady, Sergio, and Drew. Four out of my top five made it into In Real Life. The members of the group are Michael, Brady, Sergio, Drew, and Chance.

I’m truly stunned that Jaden didn’t make it. He had the best voice in the whole competition. Chance is okay, but doesn’t have the range that Jaden has. Luckily, Drew has killer vocals and Brady has great range. The band will need them.

I’m excited that Michael made it. I’m curious to see how they work Michael into the songs. The group’s first single has a rap in the middle of it. Will every song have a rap? Having Michael in the group makes In Real Life different from any other boy band.

As I’ve mentioned previously, Sergio can sing, but he also has a ton of charisma. He has that “it” factor. Sergio makes performing look easy.

I don’t know if this group will be a success. We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll also have to wait to see if Boy Band gets a second season.

Are you happy with the guys who were picked for In Real Life?


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Boy Band: My top five

I hadn’t planned on watching Boy Band this summer. I was flipping channels one Thursday night and stopped when I saw a young guy singing. He sounded pretty good and I decided to keep watching. Boy Band reminds me a lot of La Banda, another show in which a band is created. By the end of the final episode, America will have a new boy band.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve watched as the guys have competed as part of different groups. The architects made up of Nick Carter, Emma Bunton, and Timbaland have eliminated many of the guys by putting two up for elimination each week. People then vote to save one.

While a lot of guys have gone home, the guys I would put in the band are still there. My top five for the band are: Brady, Drew, Jaden, Michael, and Sergio.

Brady, Drew, and Jaden are great singers. Sergio can sing, but he also has a lot of charisma. Michael is not the strongest singer, but he can rap. I think he’d bring an interesting dynamic to a boy band.

I like the concept of the show and I hope that it is back next summer. Have you been watching Boy Band? Who would you put in the band?


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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ wins Tony for Best Musical

Every year, I like to go to New York and see one or two musicals. Thanks to the Tony Awards last night, I have more musicals to add to my list. “Dear Evan Hansen” with Ben Platt looks like a good show and I’d love to see Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!”

In case you missed the Tony Awards, here are the winners:

Best Featured Actor in a Play

Michael Aronov, “Oslo” – WINNER

Danny DeVito, “The Price”

Nathan Lane, “The Front Page”

Richard Thomas, “The Little Foxes”

John Douglas Thompson, “Jitney”


Best Featured Actress in a Play

Johanna Day, “Sweat”

Jayne Houdyshell, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Cynthia Nixon, “The Little Foxes” – WINNER

Condola Rashad, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Michelle Wilson, “Sweat”


Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Gavin Creel, “Hello, Dolly!” – WINNER

Mike Faist, “Dear Evan Hansen”

Andrew Rannells, “Falsettos”

Lucas Steele, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”

Brandon Uranowitz, “Falsettos”


Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Kate Baldwin, “Hello, Dolly!”

Stephanie J. Block, “Falsettos”

Jenn Colella, “Come From Away”

Rachel Bay Jones, “Dear Evan Hansen” – Winner

Mary Beth Piel, “Anastasia”


Best Leading Actor in a Play

Denis Arndt, “Heisenberg”

Chris Cooper, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Corey Hawkins, “Six Degrees of Separation”

Kevin Kline, “Present Laughter” – WINNER

Jefferson Mays, “Oslo”


Best Leading Actress in a Play

Cate Blanchett, “The Present”

Jennifer Ehle, “Oslo”

Sally Field, “The Glass Menagerie”

Laura Linney, “The Little Foxes”

Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll’s House, Part 2” – WINNER


Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Christian Borles, “Falsettos”

Josh Groban, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”

Andy Karl, “Groundhog Day”

David Hyde Pierce, “Hello, Dolly!”

Ben Platt, “Dear Evan Hansen” – WINNER


Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Denée Benton, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”

Christine Ebersole, “War Paint”

Patti LuPone, “War Paint”

Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly!” – WINNER

Eva Noblezada, “Miss Saigon”


Best Play

“A Doll’s House Part 2”


“Oslo” – WINNER



Best Revival of a Play

“Jitney” – WINNER

“The Little Foxes”

“Present Laughter”

“Six Degrees of Separation”


Best Musical

“Come From Away”

“Dear Evan Hansen” – WINNER

“Groundhog Day”

“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”


Best Revival of a Musical


“Hello, Dolly!” – WINNER

“Miss Saigon”



Is there a musical that you’d like to see?


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My Current Playlist for Memories of You

I thought this week I’d take a break from TV and let you inside part of my writing process. Every book I write has a playlist and one theme song. I love the theme song because it’s what I believe truly captures the story and the characters.

I’m currently writing Memories of You, the next book in my Lincoln Falls series. It tells the story of Lissa and Zach. The theme song for this book is “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship.

Here’s the rest of my playlist:

1. “Chances” by Air Supply

2. “Parachute” by Train

3. “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson

4. “Wild Wild Love” by Pitbull ft. G.R. L.

5. “Any Man of Mine” by Shania Twain

6. “Problem” by Ariana Grande

7. “Think Good Thoughts” by Colbie Caillat

8. “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon

9. “Going to the Chapel” by The Crystals

By the way, the theme song for The Best Intentions is “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry and “Roar” by Katy Perry is the theme song for Finding the Dream. Yes, I was listening to a lot of Katy Perry when I wrote those books.

What’s on your playlist?