Didi Benami debut single release “Gasoline” now available on iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon

If you like non-intrusive music on your ipods, then check out this nostalgic new song from singer songwriter Didi Benami.

While Didi’s rise to fame could be attributed to her stint as a finalist on American Idol Season 9in 2010, she has been performing all her life. She did her dues and her continued love & dedication to her craft are paving way to more opportunities to share her talent to the world.

This is a highly recommended track. Didi’s sincere sound is captivating to listen to. You can’t go wrong with this purchase!

Get it on the Google play app, iTunes and or Amazon. It is also streaming on Spotify for FREE! Check out the “Gasoline” page on Viinyl.

Gasoline is co-written by Chris Seefried and Justin Gray.

Season 9 Premiere and Format Changes

Season 9 Premieres May 24

The wait is nearly over! So You Think You Can Dance, the Emmy-nominated hit dance competition series, returns for a ninth season on Thursday, May 24 at 8/7c. The auditions in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and Salt Lake City feature host Cat Deeley and resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges Debbie Allen, Lil’ C, Tyce Diorio, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Adam Shankman.

For Season Nine, during which the series will reach its 200th episode, So You Think You Can Dance will once again travel across the country in search of 18 dancers – 9 males and 9 females – from the thousands who auditioned to continue in the competition. Each week, contestants will be paired up to perform inspired pieces choreographed by some of the biggest names in the business. The following week, the couples at risk after the previous week’s performances will be asked to perform solo routines, after which the judges will decide which male and female are eliminated. If a couple is split apart, the two individual dancers who remain become a couple the following week.

So You Think You Can Dance will air once a week, and each jam-packed two-hour show will feature awe-inspiring performances and eliminations, as the contestants compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancer.

Once the series is down to the Top 10, each finalist will be joined by a So You Think You Can Dance All-Star dancer. These All-Stars are experts in various styles of dance – Ballroom, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Jazz – and will partner with one of the Top 10 finalists to perform in their specialty. Each week, it will be revealed who keeps dancing and who goes home.

As announced by Emmy-nominated host Cat Deeley, Season Eight champion Melanie Moore was voted America’s Favorite Dancer last August and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000.  Moore was featured on the cover of Dance Spirit magazine, and as an athlete in Gatorade print ads in select publications and online at www.gatorade.com.

Throughout its eight seasons, So You Think You Can Dance has received 22 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and garnered 10 Emmy wins, including Outstanding Choreography for Mia Michaels in 2011, 2010 and 2007; Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo in 2011; Tyce Diorio in 2009; and Wade Robson in 2008 and 2007. The series also received awards in the category of Outstanding Costumes for Soyon An and Graine O’Sullivan in 2010 and Soyon An in 2009, and Outstanding Lighting Design in 2011. Last year, So You Think You Can Dance celebrated eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations including two firsts: Outstanding Reality-Competition Series and Outstanding Host for Reality or Reality-Competition Series for Cat Deeley.

So You Think You Can Dance was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and is produced by 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions, inc. The series is executive-produced by Fuller, Lythgoe and Barry Adelman. “Like” So You Think You Can Dance on Facebook at www.facebook.com/soyouthinkyoucandance. Follow the series on Twitter @DanceonFOX and join the discussion at #SYTYCD.

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Courtney O’Donnell: Why I Did An About-Face And Boarded The Jenna Talackova PR Train

Transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova cracked the top 12 in the final night of the pageant. Although she didn’t win, I was rooting for her the entire way, because over the past few weeks I’ve come to realize that you can’t buy this kind of positive PR. And when such an opportunity comes your way, you’ve got to milk it for all it’s worth to win the hearts and minds of those wary of all things trans.

Not too long ago, I sort of looked at beauty pageants as a shallow part of our society; after all, people, trans or not, are more than just their looks — and to me, pageants of this sort rank very low in the grand scheme of things. Indeed, shortly after the Jenna Talackova saga first surfaced, I wrote a blog titled “The ruckus surrounding Canadian trans beauty contestant Jenna Talackova burying other trans stories.” Here’s what I said:

All the hype and hoopla in the mainstream media over the Jenna Talackova booting has pretty much wiped out coverage of other transgender-related stories for nearly an entire week. Those in the news business will know exactly what I’m talking about — with all the space given to the Jenna Talackova story, most everything else goes unreported. Indeed, there were a couple of stories I happenstance across by sheer luck — something that would not have happened during normal times.

I did not expect this reaction to my post:

Jenna’s story has opened the door for me to tell my story of transition struggles, so i’m very happy with her story going viral. i was invited onto mainstream tv to interview about her … the longer we can keep her in the news, the better! she’s a great example to show the world of what being transitioned is all about.

And this:

…truthfully, how many trans related stories are in maistream media at any given time? Even the recent horrific murders went underreported and the victims were mocked or misgendered. Jenna is getting us good press and an opening for others … I say the longer Jenna Talackova is in the news, the better!

There were dozens of such comments from social media, where my blog article was reposted.

The kicker, though, was looking my blog stats: In the weeks that followed, the number of people visiting my blog via the keyword “Jenna Talackova” was simply stunning. That keyword outdistanced the previous high by a factor of 3. The people drawn to these pro-transgender blogs were given an opportunity to learn things — human things — they may not learn elsewhere.

Trans people who oppose pageants still have valid arguments, for example:

…not fantastically excited about further being regarded by society as … a parody of the most stereotypical view of women in the first place. Like … congratulations we’re allowed into one of the lowest forms of entertainment … this is about one step higher then Ru Paul’s drag show…

For me, personally, however, I’ve now an eye on the big picture: winning the hearts and minds of those not quite on board with trans people. If this involves embracing something seemingly shallow, so be it. It’s not like we are playing on a level playing field to begin with.

My hat goes off to Jenna for opening some doors we couldn’t have done easily otherwise.

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Martin Sheen And Emilio Estevez Memoir Explores Father-Son Relationship

— “Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son” (Free Press), by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez with Hope Edelman: First see their movie, then read their book.

Their movie is “The Way,” a crowd-pleasing indie production starring actor Martin Sheen and written and directed by his son Emilio Estevez. In the film, a father tries to connect with a deceased son by taking up his spiritual pilgrimage to northern Spain.

Their book is “Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son,” an equally engaging dual memoir by Sheen and Estevez that explores their lives and their intense relationship. Punctuated with humor and unusual frankness, the emotional highs and lows they share will resonate with fathers and sons.

One of 10 children raised in a blue-collar neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio, young Ramon Estevez found lots of love at home but little support for his ambition to perform for a living. With a loan from a priest, he moved to New York City and took the stage name Martin Sheen. He was just 21 when Emilio, the first of his four children, was born in 1962. Immature as a father and as an actor, Sheen would struggle in both roles.

A starring part in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Subject Was Roses” in 1964 was Sheen’s big break. More film and television roles came over time – “Badlands” (1973) and “The Execution of Private Slovik” (1974) were particular standouts. Selfishly, he brought his family to film locations, whether in Colorado or Italy or Mexico. He admits he needed them as he coped with the frustrations and insecurities that fueled a drinking problem. For years they coped with his drunken rages until he embraced sobriety.

For a teenage Emilio Estevez, being separated from school and friends was no longer a welcome adventure. After months and months in the Philippines while his father worked on “Apocalypse Now” (1979), he’d had enough and wanted to go home. One night they came to blows, the fracas loud enough to draw Marlon Brando to their door. Building on that low moment, they would come to a new understanding – not for the first time and not for the last.

Estevez found himself taking on the role of father as unexpectedly as Sheen had – and at 21, just like his dad. His acting career was taking off with the filming of “The Breakfast Club” (1985) when his girlfriend had their baby. Now he, too, would face the conflicts of being an actor and being a parent.

Sheen and Estevez write as much about family and spiritual matters – the recent antics of son and brother Charlie Sheen are not included – as they do about their work. “Along the Way” offers the promise that our differences don’t have to divide us if we keep love, respect and forgiveness in our hearts. That would be a comfort on any journey.

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Douglass K. Daniel is the author of “Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks” (University of Wisconsin Press).

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Trump and Pitt Sound-Off on Will Smith’s Public Slap

Days after a video of actor Will Smith slapping a Ukranian reporter went viral, real estate mogul Donald Trump and “Killing Them Softly” star Brad Pitt opened up about their opinions on the event.

Trump took to YouTube Tuesday, congratulating Will on his bravery. “Will Smith is a really great guy, and I love what he did to that wiseguy who tried to kiss him — I think on the lips!”

He added, “I look at this wacko, Sacha Baron Cohen, who’s got no talent whatsoever, going around doing all sorts of things and really abusing people… if someone would whack Cohen, he’ll never do it again.”

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‘DWTS’: Who Will Win?!

“Extra” caught up with “Dancing with the Stars” finalists William Levy, Donald Driver and Katherine Jenkins after they performed for the final time in competition Monday night. 

When Levy was asked if the score of 9 he received during his hot freestyle would hurt him, the former model said, “Not really. I think the fans are bigger than that 9.”

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VIDEO: SVU Stars: Det. Cassidy’s Return Is "Contentious"

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On the Law & Order: SVU finale, Capt. Cragen will defend an old colleague who hasn’t been on the show in more than a decade.

VIDEO: Law & Order: SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay wants Benson to find lasting love!

Season 1 star Dean Winters returns on Wednesday’s episode as Det. Brian Cassidy, now an undercover cop who is involved in the team’s latest case. “It looks like he could be a little shady, and it’s up to Cragen to say, ‘I know Brian and he’s a good cop,'” Dann Florek tells TVGuide.com. Unfortunately, Det. Amaro (Danny Pino) doesn’t quite believe him. “It’s contentious with Amaro,” Pino says. “Dean’s character is not as affable as Amaro would like.”


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House Comes to an End: Creator David Shore Answers Our Burning Finale Questions

House | Photo Credits: Adam Taylor/Fox

In the end, House‘s titular grumpy doctor almost literally rode off into the sunset with his best friend.

House finale: So, did “Everybody” die?

Although it seemed like a suicidal House (Hugh Laurie) was trapped in a burning warehouse…


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