After almost a decade of peripheral fame as a member of the "boy band" 98 Degrees (which also featured his older brother Nick), and later as second banana to Nick on his MTV reality series "Newlyweds:...
Former 98 Degrees stars Nick and Drew Lachey will kick off 2015 in style with the grand opening of their new Ohio sports bar. Lachey's Bar in the brothers' native Cincinnati will open for business on 1 January (15). The siblings will front a new TV reality series about the restaurant.
"Happy Birthday to @DrewLachey today!! Hard to believe my "little" brother is turning 37. Where the hell did all the time go?" Singer Nick Lachey sends his best wishes to his brother and 98 Degrees bandmate Drew.
Singer Nick Lachey turned chauffeur on Sunday (23Jun13) after 98 Degrees' tour bus broke down. The boyband's vehicle ground to a halt on Saturday night (22Jun13) just hours after their performance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The group refused to let the drama affect their travel plans, so they hired a minivan and Lachey stepped behind the wheel.
In a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, the star's brother and bandmate Drew writes, "Tour bus broke down so we traded it in for a minivan. Places to go, people to see. Can't be sitting on the side of the road all day.
"On the road again. With Nick Lachey behind the wheel we'll get there in no time."
The reunited pop stars are next due to perform in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday (24Jun13).
Singer Nick Lachey had a laugh at the expense of his ex-wife Jessica Simpson's father on Tuesday (07May13) as he poked fun at rumours his former father-in-law has 'come out' as gay. The 98 Degrees star was a guest on U.S. talk show Watch What Happens Live with his bandmate and brother, Drew, when he was quizzed about his relationship with the Simpson family.
Lachey, who is now married to TV personality Vanessa Minnillo, admitted he lost touch with the singer/actress two years after their 2005 divorce, saying, "It's been years (since I've talked to Simpson). Years. Honestly, probably six years. It was like another lifetime ago."
He then took part in a question-and-answer game with host Andy Cohen and was quizzed about his ex-father-in-law, Joe Simpson, who is in the midst of a divorce from Jessica's mum Tina.
Asked what the best thing was about cutting ties with the former minister, Lachey quipped, "I don't have to play grab a** under the table on Easter Sunday!"
He quickly realised he might have landed himself in trouble after Cohen laughed and said, "That's very funny", prompting Lachey to reply, "It may not be tomorrow, but it is tonight."
Rumours about the patriarch's sexuality began surfacing last year (12) when Tina filed to end their 34-year marriage, but the Simpson family has yet to comment on the claims.
Nick Lachey and his wife Vanessa plan to leave Los Angeles in the coming years to raise their baby son in the pop star's native Ohio. Vanessa Minnillo gave birth to the couple's first child, Camden, in September (12), and the 98 Degrees star reveals they plan to put down roots in Cincinnati, where his brother Drew lives.
He tells ABC News, "I've never embraced the idea of raising my kid in L.A. I want to move back home in a few years when Camden starts school. Vanessa and I share a common understanding that family is the most important thing and we both appreciate the idea of raising our kids around their grandparents and cousins.
"I can't wait till (our kids) are running through the woods together like Drew and I used to. It's going to be a lot of fun to watch them grow up together!"
Lachey also admits the couple wants to add to its family - when the time is right.
He says, "We've definitely talked about having more than one and having one has only strengthened that. But my brother and I are almost three years apart, so I thought that was a nice age difference. So maybe in a bit!"
The end is here. Finally. After 10 weeks of anxiety and drama and watching celebrities make fools of themselves, it all came down to tonight’s Dancing With the Stars finale. And what a finale it was. Between the instant dance competition, “DanceCenter,” and Bristol Palin and Pamela Anderson’s brief but glorious comebacks, it was definitely one for the books.
Did anyone else notice how upset Len looked during DanceCenter? He barely looked at the camera, and when he did, he looked more ashamed than if Kirstie Alley had taken home the Mirror Ball.
Obviously, to take up extra time on The Show That Never Ends, all the old dancers came back for one last hurrah. Most of the performances were forgettable at best, although it was nice to rehash the season of competitors. Did anyone else forget about Drew Lachey (and his guyliner)? Because I totally did.
And dear people of the Internet, can someone please make me a gif of Joey Fatone’s jiggly tummy from his “Gangnam Style” solo? I’ve never seen something so perfect in my whole entire life. And actually, a gif of him in the DWTS DeLorean would be great too.
Kelly and Sweaty Val (seriously, did someone oil him up backstage?) were the first to choose their instant dance. They wound up with a “Cat & Mouse” jive, aka another opportunity for the lovebirds to shamelessly flirt onstage. I was just sad they didn’t come clean about their love affair — I was looking forward to that more than the actual outcome of the show. But how adorable is Val? He’s so obsessed with Kelly he couldn’t even take his eyes off her during the post-dance interviews. Ugh. Be my boyfriend?
Carrie Ann: 9.5
Melissa and Tony got stuck with the “Life is a Highway” samba. I think Melissa got a little overzealous with the fake tanning this week — fluorescent yellow was probably a bad color choice, girlfriend. Lousy costume or not, though, she looked great on the dance floor — and Len called her his favorite! Take that, Kelly and Shawn!
Carrie Ann: 9.5
Shawn and Derek wound up doing a cha-cha to “Respect.” They started out the evening in last place after getting panned by the judges last night. Not like that mattered — they nailed it tonight, scoring a perfect 30. More importantly… ohmygod Derek crying was simultaneously the cutest and saddest thing I have ever seen. It was like watching a tiny puppy get left home alone all day. I might have shed a tear. Might have. Okay, okay… I bawled like a baby.
Carrie Ann: 10
And at the end of everything, drumroll please, ladies and gents…
MELISSA AND TONY took home the Mirror Ball Trophy!!!!!!
Yay! Finally, proof that underdogs can win. Ah, my heart is bursting. Sorry, Shawn — you’re great and all, but you had your time to shine. Now everyone can share the love!
What do you think? Did Melissa deserve the win or should Shawn or Kelly have taken home the trophy? Shout it out in the comments!
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Reality TV personality Melissa Rycroft saw off stiff competition to be named the winner of U.S. ballroom contest Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars on Tuesday (27Nov12). Rycroft took home the mirror ball trophy after triumphing over rivals including Kirstie Alley, Pamela Anderson and Drew Lachey.
This week, there are two reasons to tune into Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars: Not only will Monday night feature guest judge Paula Abdul, but this season is turning into a nail-biting competition. (Just see Sabrina Bryan's surprising flirt with danger last week.) On Tuesday, America said goodbye to two previously winning teams: Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya and Hélio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower. This week, will another former winner be sent packing? And while Kelly Monaco, Season 1 returning champion, hopes it's not her, she's realistic about the competition. "Somebody has to go home every week," Monaco tells Hollywood.com. "People are disappointed that people go home, but it’s a dance competition. It’s the nature of the beast. Everyone is expecting somebody to get eliminated. Everyone is expecting someone to be in the bottom two."
And Monaco often thinks that she herself could be in the bottom two. Though the General Hospital actress scored a 27 out of 30 possible points and tied with Melissa Rycroft at the top of the competition, she still doesn't even feel safe. "The show isn’t just based around your dancing ability," she says. "It’s a popularity contest as well as a dance contest, and everybody in this contest has been through this before. Nobody is safe, ever. I was just at the top of the leaderboard, and I certainly didn’t feel safe."
Still, it's hard to believe Monaco would fear for her DWTS safety when less skilled dancers — like Bristol Palin, who finished last on the leaderboard with 22 points last week — continue to score below average. "She’s got a huge fan base," Monaco explains. "She represents young mothers out there who have a goal, and she’s trying really hard. It’s super commendable, and it takes a lot of bravery to get out there. She’s awesome.”
And Monaco also has to watch out for the more skilled dancers competing. "I’m not comfortable with any of these dances," she admits. "Seven years ago, I danced for six weeks [when she won Season 1 of DWTS]. I haven’t danced since, so everything is new to me. Every week is a challenge. Every dance is new.”
So how does Monaco cope with the stress of an unpredictable competition? The actress' philosophy: Just to have fun. "I’m just out there having a good time," she says. "I don’t feel any pressure to win. It doesn’t really matter at this point. If we’re having fun and enjoying each other, [it's] kind of a our journey, you know?
Be sure to catch an all new episode of DWTS Monday night at 8 PM on ABC.
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Joined the second season of ABC's hit reality show "Dancing With The Stars"; winner of the competition
Released multiplatinum second album 98 Degrees And Rising
Released debut album 98 Degrees
Appeared as himself on several episode of "Newlyweds: Nick And Jessica" (MTV)
Hosted the ABC reality TV show, "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann"
Broadway debut as King Arthur's trusted manservant, Patsy in Monty Python's "Spamalot"
Signed with Motown Records
Announced that 98 Degrees were not breaking up, but were taking a break
Sued by former managers for $25 million
Formed the band 98 degrees with brother Nick
After almost a decade of peripheral fame as a member of the "boy band" 98 Degrees (which also featured his older brother Nick), and later as second banana to Nick on his MTV reality series "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica" (2003-05), Drew Lachey finally came into his own in 2006, albeit under offbeat circumstances - he took home the winning trophy in the second season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2004- ). The singer bested such competition as ex-NFL player Jerry Rice, Tia Carrera, and hip-hop mogul Master P. Regardless of the somewhat silly nature of the program, the "Dancing" win did underscore what many fans already felt about the <i>other</i> Lachey - his time in the spotlight was long overdue.