6 Signs You're STILL Burnin' Up For The Jonas Brothers

6 Signs You're STILL Burnin' Up For The Jonas Brothers

There’s always going to be a little place in your heart for these boys and the time spent (stalking) following them.
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The year is 2007. You’re reading your “Tiger Beat Magazine,” taking a quiz on which brother you’re destined to marry. All of a sudden, you see the opening credits to "Hannah Montana" on TV. The Jonas Brothers are guest-starring.

You squeal like the pre-teen girl you are and freak out because Joe just flipped his hair, Nick did a scoff, and Kevin, well no one is really in love with Kevin, but he’s part of the trio so you love him for it. The Jonas Brothers are now the biggest boy band since Backstreet Boys and N’Sync. It’s the first time our generation has seen a group of family members.

Now you’re a young adult and you are long past the days of these quizzes, magazines, and religiously recording these TV appearances. There’s always going to be a little place in your heart for these boys and the time spent following them. You’ll always remember the time you spent obsessing over them, and now that you’re older it’s fun to look back at those memories. Here’s how you know you were a true fan.

1. You had one favorite but loved them all


You were either Team Nick or Team Joe, and there was no in-between. Kevin was always someone everyone loved, but nobody really wanted to date him. And don’t forget the “Bonus Jonas,” Frankie. You loved him too and knew all about their family dynamics. The curly hair that Nick sported had girls swooning over him, and Joe’s pre-Justin Bieber flipped hair was somehow…magical.

2. Knowing every song wasn’t enough. It was knowing every music video detail

Between the four albums they gave us, it was easy to know every song. Every order of the songs. And possibly the length of every song. But their music videos were somehow the best part. You knew all the dialogue to the beginning of “Burning Up,” knew all the actions and situations in “S.O.S.,” and knew exactly when the beat would drop in “Lovebug.”

3. You somehow still get a little emotional when you hear “A Little Bit Longer”

Of course, it was one of a few of the slow ballads they gave us. But if you were a true fan, you know that the story behind it was the journey and struggle with Nick’s diagnosis of diabetes. As a spokesperson for “OneTouch Ultra,” Nick has been an influential speaker with his personal testimony with diabetes. As a fan, you loved him that much more for his influence on the topic and his bravery through all he had been through.

4. There was a period of time you didn’t know what the color of your bedroom walls was

If you loved them enough, you probably took every magazine you could get just to get the free posters that were inside. You plastered your walls with these posters and various pictures you found. Now that you’re older, the thought of these faces staring at you is a little terrifying, to be honest.

5. When Camp Rock premiered, it was the best thing to happen to Disney Channel

It was as if Christmas and your birthday collided when you found out the news that these brothers would be starring in the newest DCOM. When it premiered, you stayed in on that Friday night to watch it and envy a young, new star known as Demi Lovato. And if we’re being honest here, the storyline was pretty good, and the music it featured was even better!

6. You knew who they dated and hated some celebs because of it

When Joe started dating Aly from Aly and AJ, you may have thought they were a cute couple. And when he started dating Jojo it was the best pair since Jennifer Anniston and Brad Pitt. And then Joe broke hearts everywhere when he started dating Taylor Swift.

That’s when we all realized Joe was the player of all the brothers. But perhaps the ultimate dating duo was none other than Nick and Miley Cyrus. Fans did all the stalking they were able to just to see photos of them in public. And the most infamous photo one could find was the pair on a rollercoaster at Universal Studios together.

Hopefully, the walk down memory lane made the inner 13-year-old girl in you, smile. Those boys brought so much entertainment and excitement to every young girl’s life back in 2007. With the news that the brothers are coming back together to reunite once and for all, we can’t help but think if we should dust off our old posters and bring out the old merchandise.

Cover Image Credit: Cheyenne Wong

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

Cover Image Credit: Cincinnati Arts

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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