Jordin Sparks Announces Baby’s Gender

Following the surprise announcement of a wedding and pregnancy, the American Idol winner is ready to reveal the gender of her baby. Today, she and hubby Dana shared that they are thankful for the baby boy they’re having in the Spring.

“IT’S A BOY!!! We have so much to be thankful for and this is definitely at the top of the list! @_danaisaiah’s gonna have a little mini me running around! We can’t wait to meet him. We love you lil man!”


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Movie Review: “Christmas Calendar”

Surprises are in store!

A professional lawyer (Emily) returns to her hometown to check in on her grandmother’s bakery and home. She quickly learns that the state of her grandma’s finances is like the Grinch that threatens to ruin Christmas. However, an unexpected Christmas calendar brightens her dark December, and Emily discovers she may have more than one admirer this holiday season.

“Christmas Calendar” will keep you guessing until the end, and it’s a special treat. The movie mirrors one of my favorite Hallmark films “The Christmas Ornament” (2013). The baking, unexpected present and moving on after a death in the family are the elements I felt were very similar. If you love classic holiday films that place a spotlight on small town, good friends and love, you’ll appreciate this tenderhearted movie. Stars Laura Bell Bundy, Brendon Zub and Paloma Kwiatkowski are featured.

“Christmas Calendar” premieres today at 7PM EST on UPtv.

*BTSCelebs sends a special thanks to UP tv for the screener and images.*

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“Nashville” Series Calls It Quits, Promises Unforgettable Last Season

January 4th, 2018 is the final season premiere.

It’s been a surprising 5 seasons for the popular Country music series “Nashville”. After being cancelled on ABC, CMT picked it up and continued the characters’ journeys.

According to a recent press release from The Lippin Group, the 6th season will be the final one, but Lionsgate, Opry Entertainment and CMT promises to make it a memorable one for steadfast fans. Fans of the cast (Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack and more) have so much to look forward to next year.

Executive Producer Marshall Herskovitz had this to say about their decision, “All of us on ‘Nashville’ are so incredibly grateful to the show’s fans, who convinced CMT to give us a chance to keep telling the story of these remarkable characters. And we want to return the favor with a final season that celebrates all the joys and passions, twists and turns — and amazing music! — that made Nashville such an exciting journey for the last six years.”

Chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, Kevin Beggs, added this about the emotional farewell, “…. After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to its triumphant close at the end of the upcoming season. We’re very proud of our incredibly talented cast and crew, the creative brilliance of our showrunners, and the loyal support of our great partners at CMT, Hulu and ABC Studios. Most importantly, we owe a special debt of thanks to the ‘Nashville’ fans who propelled the series to an incredible run. We owe it to them to make the 6th season the most exciting and memorable of all.”

Nashies should be proud of themselves. “Nashville” became CMT’s highest-rated and most-watched show in the network’s history (nearly 23 million viewers tuned in to on CMT and Nick). The final 16 episode season is aiming for a summer finale.

All the best to “Nashville” on season 6!

A Special Thanks to The Lippin Group for the press release.

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Jordin Sparks Is Married and Expecting First Baby

Jordin Sparks and husband Dana Isaiah announced to the world today that they are married! According to People magazine, the pair starting communicating with each other Super Bowl weekend and officially started dating around Easter. It was love at first sight for Jordin, while Dana realized she was the one shortly after.

During a summer trip to Hawaii, the pair eloped! She found out they were expecting their first child late August. The precious baby is due in the Spring.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Movie Review: “A Very Country Christmas”

This weekend, Greyston Holt and Bea Santoss star in the Harlequin inspired romance “A Very Country Christmas”. In the film, famous singer Zane travels back to the small town he grew up in after he becomes frustrated with life in the limelight. He meets hard-working Jeanette Williams, who is doing the best she can as a single mom to a little girl, during his trip back. Little did he know, a chance encounter with his interior designer, Jeanette, opens the door to making his dreams a reality.

“A Very Country Christmas” is as quiet and quaint as an actual small town in America. The movie resembles a country ballad more than any picture I have ever seen. It unfolds like a classic song right in front of your eyes. The main couple is not in any hurry as they meet, fall in love and decide if they want to give their relationship a try. Stars Michelle Morgan and country singer Deana Carter round out the cast of this holiday family film.

“A Very Country Christmas” premiered this weekend on UPtv.

*A Special Thanks to UP tv for the image and movie screener.*

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Britt Nicole Asks for Prayers

Today, Britt Nicole instagrammed: “Will you guys keep me in your prayers today? Doing all I️ can to get better. The fever and coughing has not left yet, but believing for healing!!!!! Thank u ! Also shout out to Uncle T on the drums, for always praying for me and having my back! Believing for the best for tonight.”

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[Interview] Author Carla Laureano: “[God] Is A Much Better Career and Life Planner”

BTSCelebs: Who is Carla Laureano?

Carla Laureano: Wife of nineteen years. Mom of two boys. Author of nine books (two about to be published). Obsessive reader. When-I-can-manage-it yogi. Knitter. Home improvement addict. Organizational fiend/minimalist. Serious home cook and baker.

What was the first dish you ever made, and how did it turn out?

The dish I remember best was a dessert I cooked for my parents’ anniversary. I might have been twelve or thirteen. I attempted to make an apple pie from scratch for the first time. It turned out golden brown and tasty, but I didn’t realize that there was such a thing as cooking apples and eating apples, and so the filling was still raw and crunchy when it came out! My parents ate it, though. With enough sugar and cinnamon, even raw apple pie filling is tasty.

Which one of the dishes described in The Saturday Night Supper Club is your personal favorite to make at home?

While I’m capable of making most of the food in The Saturday Night Supper Club, I’m a lot like Rachel in that I cook very simply at home. Between my work schedule, my husband’s, and my two sons’ activities, I’m just happy to have us all sitting down to eat at the same time. That said, Rachel’s spring veggie frittata is from my personal repertoire and one of my favorite things to serve with fresh fruit when I have friends over for breakfast/brunch. It occasionally makes an appearance at dinner with a side salad and homemade bread, too.

How do Melody and Ana compare to your friends in real life?

I loosely based the relationship between the three women on a cherished friendship with two writer friends, without whose support I probably wouldn’t have made it this far. Rachel is like my friend Evangeline, who is incredibly single-minded about her craft and has never once considered being anything but a writer. She’s one of the most creative people I know, and I’m inspired by how easily these amazing ideas come to her. Melody is similar to my friend, Brandy—she’s a Bohemian free-spirit who has lived in a number of places and always puts things into perspective for us with her unique outlook. She’s also an accomplished baker. Ana is most like me—I’m the driven, tough-love member of the trio, though I’m also the cook.

That said, Rachel, Melody, and Ana are very much fictional—I took my inspiration from our general personality types and what our friendship means to me, but that’s about it. I would never break confidence by revealing anything truly personal about them in print!

Did your personal road to salvation inspire Rachel’s story?

Rachel’s salvation story is unique to her and very different from my own. I was raised in a supportive, loving Christian family and my parents just celebrated their forty-eighth anniversary. I’m happy to say that while my upbringing was relatively conservative, it was neither fundamentalist nor abusive in any way. What I did borrow from my own life was my realization about how much God has guided my life behind the scenes when I couldn’t even conceive of what He was doing. It has only been in the last few years that I’ve really been able to surrender my dreams to Him with the realization that he is a much better career- and life-planner than I am.

Can you give us a little sneak peek about her friends’ conversion to Christianity as well?

I don’t want to go too much into their stories because I don’t want to spoil anything! Let’s just say that Melody was raised as a Christian but will have to come to terms with the reality of her faith and whether or not it’s as solid as she’s always thought. Ana was raised in a large Catholic family and her faith is incredibly important to her, but she’s going to have to face up to her own perfectionism and how that affects her relationship with God.

Besides the supper club novels, are there any other writing projects we should anticipate from you in the near future

Right now, I’m focusing on novels (and possibly novellas) related to the Supper Club series. However, Tyndale is re-releasing my first contemporary romance series, the MacDonald Family Trilogy, including the long awaited third book, Under Scottish Stars. That will make at least six new releases or re-releases in three years, so between writing and promotion, that’s going to keep me pretty busy.

Learn more about Carla Laureano by visiting her official website. Check her out on social media by clicking here.

*BTSCelebs sends a special thank you to Tyndale House Publishers and Carla Laureano for the interview and image*

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