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Controversy trailed season 13 of NBC’s reality competition “The Biggest Loser.” The conversation centered on winner Rachel Frederickson and the notion that perhaps she lost too much weight, sending a negative message towards young women. The methods that Frederickson used to shed the 155 pounds were also questioned.

Jillian Michaels did not work with Frederickson and thus has not commented on the stunning transformation. But the portrayal of Michaels and her future involvement with the show have also been topics of conversation.

“I don’t know yet,” Michaels said on “Ralphie Tonight,” in an interview that aired Monday night. Michaels had called in last week to promote her “Maximize Your Life” tour stop at the Beacon Theatre in New York. “In life there’s good and bad in everything and everyone. But ultimately at the end of the day I will always be grateful to that show because it has afforded me to connect on such an intimate level with so many people.”

Michaels also mentioned that her tour would not be possible without “Biggest Loser” but seemed to reference it in past tense.

“I’m thrilled to have been a part of it,” she continued. “You know I can’t say what the future holds right now. But as soon as there is news I will shout it from the mountaintops.”

There are two dates left on the “Maximize Your Life” tour. Michaels also recently wrapped up a cover shoot for Shape Magazine. To get herself in top shape for the shoot, the trainer partook in a regimen that shunned sugar and alcohol.

“I really enjoy working with (Shape),” she said. “They’re a great magazine and a really good partner to work with and I think we share the same kind of message of empowerment for women.”

It is a message that Michaels shared to audiences across the country on her tour; one she will surely continue to stump behind. But as to whether the trainer will be promoting that message on TV: stay tuned.


Life & Style Weekly reports that Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson may have gotten a little cozy at Coachella. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also chatted about Jimmy Fallon’s weekend out on the town and reality TV’s richest stars on “Ralphie Tonight.”

Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn was not happy. There were personal issues. There were other points of contempt with the band, maybe not with any of its members but certainly with the rigors of a touring musician on a major record label.

Glenn began to identify the problems and how to resolve them, or at least how he did not want situations to play out moving forward.

“I started writing these songs in therapy,” Glenn told “Ralphie Tonight” via telephone about the band’s third studio album, Pop Psychology. The LP was released last month. “I also felt like, if I was going to put this record out, I didn’t want to do another cycle of press where I was kind of glazing over some of the themes.”

Struggles with fame and personal relationships are two of the topics that Glenn tackles on Neon Trees’ latest effort. So in March, the lead singer came out as gay in Rolling Stone magazine.

“For me, it’s fun to be able to talk about some of that personal stuff because I think it adds a weight and a humanity to it,” he said. “Where people who enjoy the band now have another context to listen to the record in.”

Glenn does not feel like he is a new person, nor does he believe this changes the band – known for its up-tempo sing-a-longs “Animal” and “Everybody Talks.”

“At the heart of it, the record is just a fun, energetic celebration at the same time,” Glenn explained. “I think it serves dual purposes and I’m proud of it.”

If you are looking for any change in the band, return to the aforementioned context and “Everybody Talks.”

“I say, ‘And that was when I kissed her’ and I kind of stop and say, ‘It was a her at the time,’” he reveals. “Because it was. I was seeing a girl at the time. But to be able to sing these songs, there’s kind of more of an anthemic quality to them.”

Glenn will be leading those sing-a-longs, of tracks old and new, on the band’s forthcoming summer headlining tour. The trek kicks off Monday in Nashville and ends June 13 in Washington D.C. The second to last date is on June 12 in Philadelphia. The concert will be held at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, an outdoor venue near Festival Pier.

“It’s really cool to be able to say what I’ve always said which is, ‘Self acceptance is important and you should be okay with the flaws that you have.’”


In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva talked about a trend for Earth Day, eco-chic fashion.

Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “Ralphie Tonight.”


Life & Style Weekly reports that Selena Gomez was seen flirting with a former Disney co-star at a party recently. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also chatted about Lady Gaga’s boyfriend ring shopping and Britney’s weight loss on “Ralphie Tonight.”


In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva highlighted a trend seen on many celebrities who attended Coachella, matching crop tops and skirts.

Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “Ralphie Tonight.”


Life & Style Weekly reports that both Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber may be fearful of what might come from Selena’s forthcoming deposition regarding a pending case against Bieber. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also chatted about Miley Cyrus’ recent troubles and Taylor Swift’s new Tribeca penthouse on “Ralphie Tonight.”


In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva talked about a fun trend now that the season is finally changing, Temporary Tattoos.

Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “Ralphie Tonight.”


Life & Style Weekly reports that Jennifer Lopez was out a a nightclub in LA recently and got pretty cozy with one “Dancing With The Stars” cast member. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also talked about the Royal Nanny and the divorce between Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin on “Ralphie Tonight.”

Say whatever you want about Phillip Phillips except that fame and fortune changed him.

“I’m just watching everybody else lose money,” Phillips responded to “Ralphie Tonight” last week when asked if he had a college basketball pick. The “Home” singer found himself in Dallas, the host city for this year’s Final Four weekend, to perform on “Conan.” He did not fill out a bracket.

“Nah, I’m too cheap to do that.”

You could encourage him to “never change” but at this point, he probably does not need the advice. Besides, who saw UConn winning the National Championship anyways? The Huskies going all the way was about as likely as a kid of a pawn shop owner from Albany, Ga. winning “American Idol” and selling over a million copies of his debut album.

Well, if the points about his betting habits and background illustrate anything, it is that Phillips is unique. Perhaps that explains the mellow guitar player’s early success. After a cross-country trek last year with John Mayer, it does not seem that Phillips is fading away any time soon. The “Idol” winner released “Raging Fire,” the first single from his sophomore LP Behind The Light, due out in May. It is Phillips’ first song to hit radio that he received a writing credit for.

“We wrote that one so quick,” he said of the track. “First it was me and Todd (Clark) in the room and we started pounding it out. Then Derek (Fuhrmann) came in. We wrote it in less than a week and it was just all craziness.”

Phillips had a chance to return to his old stomping grounds and perform the song live. He characterized the trip back to the “Idol” set as “terrifying” at first.

“It was like a nervous little kid going somewhere that you know everyone but it’s been a while and you don’t really know how to react,” he recalled. “But it was awesome.”

His persona obviously did not change following the show, but his music might. In addition to having a bigger influence in the first radio single for this project, Phillips noted that there was another difference for his second release.

“I had more time to make this one,” he noted. “I got to do more with production and producing it as well. I got to make it sound like me.”

Phillips classified the new record as “more rock” in part because he brought in a band for most of it. He is the only featured artist on the LP but revealed that Robert Randolph plays guitar on one track. Behind The Light drops May 19. Phillips will co-headline a tour this summer with O.A.R. to support the record.

And perhaps most importantly of all, the artist will do all of this in a good physical state. After a few publicized trips to the hospital for a congenital kidney condition, Phillips said that his “health is great” and should be for many years to come.