Celebrity Scoop – 05/05/2020
TAYLOR SWIFT SURPRISES UTAH NURSE WITH MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE FOR FIGHTING HEALTH PANDEMIC – (05/05/2020)
Taylor Swift is showing her gratitude and appreciation for a nurse working on the frontlines.
The singer surprised Whitney Hilton, a registered nurse in Utah, with a handwritten note and a bundle of Lover merchandise.
Taylor’s surprise wasn’t only in honor of Whitney’s 30th birthday, but a homecoming gift after the nurse returned to Utah after helping out at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York amid the health pandemic.
“I wanted to send you some presents and to let you know I am so grateful for you,” Taylor wrote. “I can’t thank you enough for risking your life to help people and for spreading the message loudly that people need to hear about taking this seriously.”
Taylor continued: “Also, I saw the photo of you from my show! Thank you for coming! I would love to give you a hug next time and thank you in person. With love and admiration, Taylor.”
Back in April, Whitney wrote a blog post published by Intermountain Healthcare, where she described her 2,200-mile journey to lend a helping hand during the pandemic, which she called “a modern war.”
“This is a humbling experience,” Whitney wrote. “I have so much to say but almost too overwhelmed to say it all. New York has been hit HARD. The people need help, the nurses need help, the doctors need help, everyone needs help. This is crisis mode like I’ve never seen. This is an incredible experience, albeit the hardest thing I’ve ever done AND equally the most rewarding.”
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HALSEY, SHAKIRA AND MORE SIGN UP FOR FOR ‘THE DISNEY FAMILY SINGALONG: VOLUME II’ – (05/05/2020)
ABC has unveiled the first wave of its roster for the next celebrity-filled Disney Family Singalong: Volume II airing May 10th.
Artists like Halsey and Shakira will serenade families from the comfort of their homes while actors like Rebel Wilson and Seth Rogen will show off their pipes.
Halsey will perform “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid while Rebel will be singing “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” Shakira will reprise her Zootopia hit “Try Everything” while Rogen teams up with his former Lion King castmates Billy Eichner, Walter Russell III and Donald Glover to sing “Hakuna Matata” once more.
Hosted again by Ryan Seacrest, a variety of talent will band together from home to salute mothers everywhere while singing some of Disney’s most famous melodies. The current list of performances include:
- “A Whole New World” – Idina Menzel & Ben Platt
- “Almost There” – Chloe x Halle & Anika Noni Rose
- “Hakuna Matata” – Seth Rogen & Billy Eichner feat. Donald Glover and Walter Russell III
- “Part of Your World” – Halsey
- “Poor Unfortunate Souls” – Rebel Wilson
- “Remember Me” – Miguel “Step in Time” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” – Derek Hough, Julianne Hough and Hayley Erbert
- “Try Everything” – Shakira
- “When I Am Older” – Josh Gad
- “You’ll Be in My Heart” – Disney on Broadway stars Merle Dandridge, Heather Headley, Adam Jacobs, Caissie Levy, Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey and Josh Strickland
- “Zero to Hero” – Keke Palmer
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TINA FEY SETS STAR-STUDDED CORONAVIRUS TELETHON – (05/05/2020)
Tina Fey has signed on to host Rise Up New York!, a telethon to help with the city’s response to coronavirus. The star-studded event will feature appearances from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Angie Mar, Barbra Streisand, Ben Platt, Bette Midler, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chris Rock, Christopher Jackson, Cynthia Erivo, David Chang, Idina Menzel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Fallon, Julianne Moore, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Robert De Niro, Spike Lee, Sutton Foster, Trevor Noah and New York Giants Super Bowl champions Eli Manning, Justin Tuck and Phil Simms. Plus, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Sting and others.
The virtual hourlong telethon will raise funds for Robin Hood’s relief and recovery efforts, and will go toward food, shelter, financial assistance, health care, legal services, education and more.
Rise Up New York! will air Monday, May 11th at 7 pm on local broadcast networks in New York City, News 12, Spectrum News NY1, CNBC and on iHeartMedia and Entercom broadcast radio stations.
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