Backstreet’s Ba… okay, we’ll stop. But seriously, can you believe the Backstreet Boys are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the group’s formation this year? Time does fly. In addition to releasing In A World Like This, the fellas will tour the country with Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D in tow.

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In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva dishes on a different trend, overalls.

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

It isn’t all high life and cat fights this season on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” The fifth season of the reality show has already featured a scene with cast member Kathy Wakile encouraging her sister Rosie Pierri to get out and meet more people. Pierri is gay and Wakile may help to breakdown some of the stereotypes associated with Italian-Americans and the gay community.

“I think people need to open their eyes and see what’s really inside instead of what’s the shell,” she explained to me over the weekend following an appearance at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. “We’re good people, it’s just we take everything to the extreme.”

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Wakile was carefully not to suggest the same stereotypes apply to all Italian-Americans, or even all those that live in New Jersey. But, she also pointed out that not all of the stereotypes are necessarily negative.

“I think we’re all passionate,” she said. “We love hard, we play hard, and we get angry hard.”

Of course, Italian-Americans love to “mangia” as well. Wakile is now in the desert business with her frozen cannoli kits that she sells through her website. The “Real Housewife” broke down the key ingredients for the treat.

“First of all, you gotta make it with a lot of love,” she explained. “Then you have your Ricotta, and confectionary sugar, and then you have your shell. And that’s pretty much it.”

Wakile told me that her favorite place to grab a cannoli in Manhattan is Ferrara’s.

So I have a connection to Sunday night’s Miss USA winner, Erin Brady of Connecticut.

I judged the Connecticut Miss USA qualifier in 2011. That was Erin’s first try at the Miss USA crown. She placed first runner-up in the competition, and earned a second place vote from me.

Brady was just as beautiful then, but what held her back in my eyes was her inexperience. She admitted she dealt with social anxiety and even on stage told the audience how ridiculously nervous she was. I thought that if she was having a hard time with a local pageant in Hartford, Vegas might be too much at this stage.

Hindsight is 20/20 and I still feel we made the right decision. She would have competed against Olivia Culpo last year, who of course went on to win Miss Universe. I’d like to think that the extra year of going through the pageant system helped Brady move on to the USA crown, but then again, that would be pure speculation on my part.

Here’s the music video for the third single from OneRepublic’s album Native, “Counting Stars.” Ryan Tedder and company will perform tonight (Tuesday) on the season finale of NBC’s “The Voice.”

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” Star Kathy Wakile offered “The Ralphie Show” a quick preview of the “RHONJ” episode that will air on Bravo Sunday June 16 at 8 PM. The series is currently in Season 5.


Kathy spoke after a cannoli-demo inside Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. The reality TV star sells her own pastry kits online.

Olivia Culpo won the Miss USA crown last year, en route to also claiming the Miss Universe title. Her advice to the contestants at this year’s USA pageant is to “work your hardest,” and I’m certain she meant “work” and not “werk.”

“There tends to be a pecking order with the girls behind the stage that nobody really sees,” Culpo explained on “The Ralphie Show.” “You know who the frontrunners are because you know who’s working the hardest.”

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Culpo cited examples of what some of the state qualifiers do to catch the judges’ attention, such as never removing their heels, sitting down, or nodding off during rehearsals.

“I never wanted to think of it as that, but I did want to think of it in terms of how hard I was working and I did know that I was working my hardest,” she responded when I asked whether she considered herself a lead candidate last year. “I wanted to work as hard as I could.”

These are big shoes for 19 year-old Brittany Stenovitch to fill. The Cranston, RI-native is from the same town as Culpo and will represent the Ocean State in this year’s competition. The reigning Miss Universe made no bones about the fact that she’s pulling for the contestant that she crowned.

“I gotta keep it real with my ‘Rhody’ peeps!” Culpo insisted.

The Miss USA pageant airs Sunday night at 9 on NBC. The event will be co-hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Nick Jonas. Internet sensation Katherine Webb, who competed last year as Miss Alabama USA, will not judge but will be in attendance. Webb found instant fame earlier this year when ESPN play-by-play man Brent Musburger commented about her attractiveness during the BCS National Championship Game.

“That’s an incredible story,” remarked Culpo. “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer girl.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Lea Michele is dropping a solo album soon. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked Shakira’s IQ score and Rob Pattinson on “The Ralphie Show.”

A comeback tour has to start somewhere, and for 98 Degrees that place was Hershey, PA. The performance at the inaugural “Mixtape Festival” went so well that the guys decided to hop back in the studio and jump on the road with New Kids on The Block and Boyz II Men. The tour sold better than expected, so it looks like this might not be the last curtain call for the Ohio-born quartet.

“I think we’ll probably take a break, and then regroup and go back out,” Drew Lachey told “The Ralphie Show” of the band’s plans post-Package Tour. “(We’ll) see what’s up tour-wise or head back in the studio. One way or another, we’ll be doing something together.”

The band released its first studio album in 13 years, 2.0, in May. “The Package Tour” runs through August.

The Starz original series “Magic City” held a 50’s Miami-themed fashion show in Times Square Wednesday. The season two premiere airs this Friday. Golden Globe-nominated actor Danny Huston talked with “The Ralphie Show” about the event and America’s obsession with “retro.”