Trying out a new web segment called, “2 Slices & A Story.” Pretty self-explanatory. Our first edition features a couple of formidable cheese slices from Don Pepi Pizza in Penn Station and the talented David Cook.

I am certainly no stranger to awkward interviews; perhaps this is why I found an appreciation for a video that popped up on my Facebook news feed of MTV News’ Christina Garibaldi chatting with Ellie Goulding. Garibaldi presents with a scenario and list of possible thoughts to see what’s on Goulding’s mind. The UK singer’s new single is titled, “On My Mind.”

The festivities kick-off with question number one… and regardless of if she’s joking, you have to appreciate Goulding’s… candidness?

David Cook stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” to chat about his new album Digital Vein and how it got him back to a place where he once again loves to write and record music. Cook was candid about how the death of his brother affected his music, and why he’s in a really good place at the moment. He also took fan questions and talked about possibly returning to “American Idol” next season.

In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva talked about a trend she spotted on the red carpet of The Emmys: heavy-metal embellishments.

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



I spent another Monday on HLN’s “The Daily Share” talking about #MondayMotivation, #AskTrump, the Dallas Cowboys and Sunday night’s Emmys. Fun times as always; big thanks to HLN for having me!

We caught up with friend-of-the-show Marc Scibilia recently on “Ralphie Tonight.” His new album, ‘Out Of Style,’ is set for an October 30 release. Scibilia just dropped the music video for the first single, “How Bad We Need Each Other,” featuring Vine star Brandon Bowen. He also made his national TV debut with a performance of the track on The Today Show.

Scibilia talked about life on the road; he’s been busy supporting James Bay followed by ZZ Ward in addition to traveling to radio stations in promotion for his single. He also revealed the one spot he always hits up in New York City; a place that has a location just blocks from my apartment and yet I have yet to stop in for this famed “Cereal Milk Ice Cream” that Marc speaks of.

Gotham Magazine Entertainment Editor Juliet Izon called in ahead of Sunday’s Emmys to chat about some of the nominees Niche Media has covered over this past year and what she was looking forward to with the award show.

Justin Bieber started the week not knowing who Shawn Mendes was. By the end of the week, he sang the fellow Canadian’s highest praises.

In the words of Shakespeare, all’s well that ends well.

Of course this all started Monday on “Ralphie Tonight.” During an interview that aired with Bieber, I asked him if he wished he could go through what Mendes is currently experiencing with the present-day knowledge that the 21 year-old currently possesses.

In a now infamous video clip, Bieber bit the cap of the water bottle he was drinking, turned to a few of the record label representatives that were in the studio and asked, “Who’s Shawn Mendes?”

Our chat hit YouTube Tuesday, and it wasn’t long before almost every major media outlet reported that Bieber threw shade to some extent at the 17 year-old.

My reaction in the video is genuine; I was shocked Bieber didn’t know who Mendes was. I didn’t perceive it as an insult, thus why I attempted to rattle off Mendes’ current-day resume.

Wednesday morning, BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw asked the “Stitches” singer about my Bieber interview.

“We haven’t met, but I guess he just doesn’t know,” Mendes told the radio host. “I’m definitely a fan of him; I’ve looked up to him for a while. But I guess he just doesn’t know who I am.

“We’ll have to let him know.”

Bieber started figuring it out after the clip went viral by following Mendes on Twitter. Then Thursday, the “What Do You Mean?” star posted a screenshot of “Stitches” on Instagram and tweeted it with the caption, “Shawn I checked out the music and I’m so proud! So glad to see another boy from Canada crushin it. #canadiansdoitbetter”

Mendes replied on Twitter with, “Thanks man! Means a lot !!!”

The course of true friendship never did run smooth.

Shawn I checked out the music and I'm so proud! So glad to see another boy from Canada crushin it. #canadiansdoitbetter

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Betty Cantrell won the 95th edition of the Miss America competition last Sunday in a live telecast on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Cantrell did not celebrate her Miss America win with an extravagant dinner or over-the-top bash, although she attended the pageant’s after-party for about five minutes.

But after showing face, Cantrell retreated to a more intimate post-crowning setting.

“My after-party was in my hotel suite with my family and friends,” Cantrell revealed in an interview that aired Wednesday on “Ralphie Tonight.” “That’s pretty much how I celebrated; by eating like little cheese and crackers.”

For Cantrell though, the real celebration was when the crown went atop her head. In person, the crown is quite stunning; even the box it travels in looks elegant. There are four points on the crown signifying service, scholarship, success and style. And while Cantrell is looking forward to her $50,000 scholarship and the success and style that the title tows, she was quick to point out first and foremost that the next year for her will be one of service.
“Miss America has to have a servant’s heart and be service-oriented,” she noted. “I love being a servant to the people and catering to the children that I so dearly love.”

“Healthy Children, Strong America,” is the platform that Cantrell plans to speak about in schools around the country. As Miss America, the Georgia-native will also represent the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

And she will travel, a lot. Cantrell’s schedule won’t keep her in the same city for more than three days. But the Broadway-hopeful, who wowed the likes of Brett Eldridge and Vanessa Williams with her Opera performance during the talent portion of the show, doesn’t seem to mind.

“I’ll just get sleep next year!” she joked, while also noting that “home base,” if you can even call it that given her schedule, will be Atlantic City.

Maybe one day she will call New York home. But Cantrell has much to accomplish before she can entertain those thoughts. Besides, the next stop on her press tour was a place she would be visiting for the first time, and also one associated with stardom and big dreams.


Monday night’s interview with Justin Bieber is creating headlines both in the States and abroad.

Everyone is talking about it for the same reason: during my chat with Bieber I mentioned 17 year-old Shawn Mendes. I find a few similarities in the two: both achieved success as teenagers, both are talented and good-looking singers who can play guitar and both are from Southern Ontario. Mendes scored a number one album this year and has a single climbing the Pop chart. The two apparently have a number of mutual friends and were even both up in the same Much Music Video Award category back in Canada.

But, now infamously, Bieber responded to an inquiry I made about the up-and-coming singer by asking, “Who’s Shawn Mendes?”

The media is having a field day with this one. Billboard, MTV News, VICE, USA Today, E! News, Entertainment Weekly and SPIN all covered it.

Then Mendes appeared Wednesday morning on BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw. Audio of their exchange is below. The original interview hit 100,000 views in 24 hours.

And in a plot twist, last night Bieber began following Mendes on Twitter.