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James Maslow rose to fame as James Diamond on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush. Now, after an international tour with his band from the show (also named Big Time Rush), he’s taking his performing career to the next level as a contestant on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars! Alongside prodancer Peta Murgatroyd, Maslow will put his foxtrot, salsa, and cha cha skills to the test.

Every week this season, Maslow is blogging for about his insider’s take on the drama before and after each performance. Read his blog every week at

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I have a confession to make: I feel a little bit like Mindy Kaling. She’s always asked about all the hot guys she’s cast on The Mindy Project—and why not? It is her show. Well, here at Glamour I decided to start a new series called “On a Date With…” where I take some of Hollywood’s leading guys on lunch dates to stare at them find out what they look for in a woman, what they consider their dating Dos and Don’ts, and life in general. Our first date? Dancing With the Stars and Big Time Rush heartthrob James Maslow.

James and I met up in his neck of the woods (that would be Venice, a laid-back beach town near Los Angeles) at trendy hot spot Gjelina. We’ve had a chance to get to know each other these past few weeks at DWTS, so sitting down for lunch felt like meeting up with an old friend. Coming from a photo shoot earlier that morning, James arrived promptly at 1 P.M. and declared right off the bat that if this was a real date, he would absolutely be paying (and asking me lots of questions too!). What transpired over the next two hours was one of the most fun dates I’ve ever been on (real or not), and that’s all in part to the charisma and maturity of James, who is far beyond his 23 years.

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James Maslow’s DWTS Blog: His Biggest Competition, Performing with Peta, and His ‘Old Man’ Bedtime

James Maslow rose to fame as James Diamond on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush. Now, after an international tour with his band from the show (also named Big Time Rush), he’s taking his performing career to the next level as a contestant on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars! Alongside pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd, Maslow will put his foxtrot, salsa, and cha cha skills to the test.

Every week this season, Maslow is blogging for about his insider’s take on the drama before and after each performance. Read his blog every week at

You can also follow him on Twitter @jamesmaslow or check out his official Facebook page
I feel pretty good about last night! I couldn’t foxtrot two weeks ago and I look back on last night’s performance and it looks like we knew how to foxtrot. I was more nervous to do that little minute and 10 second performance than playing for 20,000 people a night on tour just because I was out of my element. But I guess that’s part of the show. I’m glad I got the first one over with—it’s good to know what it feels like to be in that room, to have everybody cheering and know how big the space actually is—and it was fun!

Going into the performance my partner Peta and I had to change a few things last minute to accommodate the space because we took up so much of the floor, we had to make it smaller. That was a little stressful, but overall rehearsals were a lot of fun. I’m tired and I’m starting to go to bed at like 9 o’clock at night like an old man, which I don’t think I’ve ever done, but you know, I’ve got to get some sleep!

As for our relationship outside of the ballroom, we expected the producers to mention it in the video to a point, but we hadn’t seen what they put together until right before we were prepping to do our dance. They definitely exaggerated at parts to make it sound like we’ve got this great big dating history that we’re hiding, but we don’t. I’m psyched that I got her. We obviously get along and like each other as friends and as people, so we don’t have to fake that chemistry on the floor, which would just add another element of stress. It’s genuinely there, and I like that.

I think we did a good job. I think we were early on in the scoring and that was probably the highest we could have gotten depending on how good the dance was. I feel really good about that and think that between that and the fans, I’ll definitely be there next week. If you were looking at technicality dance-by-dance, the scoring was subjective, it wasn’t like the scores reflected the dances 100 percent. Having said that, some of the people had some amazing dances and deserved the high scores that they got. I’m not worried or upset about it, I think 7s are a great places to start and I don’t think the dance deserved three 10s, trust me. Had we gotten that, where would we go from there? I think that’s a great place to be.

After seeing everyone perform, I think it’s still hard to judge the competition. We had two weeks to work on that dance, and that’s more than twice as long as we’ll have for any dance here on out. It’s hard to say 100 percent who the biggest competition is, but Charlie White and Meryl Davis are professional dancers and they’re going to bring it. Cody Simpson has a big fan base as well, so he’ll be big competition and Candace Cameron-Bure took us all by surprise and had a great performance. I think it’s cool that there’s some real competition this year, it’s not like I’m a shoe-in, I have to work hard for this.

When it comes to the big switch they keep talking about, they tell us very little, so I’m not sure if it’s going to happen next week. They’ve described multiple different scenarios where we can choose to go back to our partner if we like or that could be a fan vote as well. I hope that I have the choice to go back to Peta because we’ve worked really hard together already; we’ve established a team and I don’t want to start over with somebody else. Please don’t take this out of context in a dating sense, but I don’t want to shun Peta with some other dancer. She’s spending her time and effort to understand me, it’s like a little relationship that you’re developing throughout this for all of the contestants.

As for next week, I think the salsa is cool and I’m excited to do the second dance and do something different than the foxtrot. I’m so sick of frame! I started to appreciate it more than ever. My back is sore, let’s do something that’s not as upper-body demanding. I think if I can take anything away from the first performance it’s as soon as I forgot about the crowd, just as if I was performing on tour, I started having fun and people noticed. Even if the dance wasn’t perfect, they enjoyed that aspect. I want to continue to remember that and continue to have fun.

source Big Time Rush Singer Kendall Schmidt Launches Record Label

Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive has formed a private record label, TOLbooth Records, to release music by Heffron Drive, among others.

A play on the word “toll booth,” the “TOL” stands for “Tree of Life,” named for a tree in the Schmidt family yard that stood next to his bedroom window with deep, gnarly roots and huge, expansive branches. TOLbooth Records is currently building its talent portfolio and will specialize in developing new, aspiring artists.

“When I was starting out, I was lucky to have had the help and support of a few champions. I’m excited to now pay it forward and help highlight those who need a boost of their own,” said Schmidt. “I have always loved working with new artists and it is a dream come true to be able to do so in a more official capacity.”

A very cool venture, indeed. We wish Schmidt all the best.

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Us Weekly reports on Carlos & Alexa’s wedding!

Big time romantic rush! Spy Kids star Alexa Vega started off the new year marrying Big Time Rush rocker Carlos Pena, Jr. in a romantic ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Saturday, Jan. 4.

The couple, who both changed their last names to PenaVega, told Us Weekly exclusively, “We are so blessed to have been able to spend this special day with the people we love the most. We look forward to sharing a happy and healthy life together.”

For her big day, Vega, 25, wore a stunning Eduardo Lucero gown for her ceremony and a Gold Hawk dress for her reception. The wedding was held at Grand Velas in Riviera Nayarit, in Mexico and put together with the help of Luxe Destination Weddings.

The couple had nine bridesmaids and nine groomsmen, making for a massive wedding party of 18 close friends and family members. After the ceremony Vega and Pena, Jr. cut their giant three-tier wedding cake.

The couple started dating last year and announced their engagement in September 2013.

This is Vega’s second marriage. The former child star filed for divorce from film producer Sean Covel, 37, in July 2012 after two years of marriage.

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Kendall in the January 2014 issue of Naked Magazine!


Kendall Schmidt in Naked Magazine’s January 2014 Issue

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Big Time Rush Singer Kendall Schmidt’s Solo Transition Gets Feature Documentary

EXCLUSIVE: Big Time Rush’s lead singer Kendall Schmidt is taking a solo sabbatical, and the results will be turned into a feature documentary he’ll make with producer Garret Grant. Grant — whose credits include Hairspray, Rock of Ages and Justin Bieber: Believe — will join Schmidt on his upcoming debut tour with solo band Heffron Drive, which takes Schmidt through 20 major cities throughout November and December. Schmidt is the first of the current boy band stars to go solo, and though he’ll make himself available for Big Time Rush reunions, putting the results on film is a way for him to broaden his horizons.

“It’s awesome to have Garret along to document this crazy time in my life,” Schmidt says. “It’s scary, it’s new, but it’s a really special moment, debuting Heffron Drive, heading out on tour and reuniting with all the amazing fans. It’s all I’ve ever wanted.”

The 23-year-old, who grew up acting, is taking his film ambitions further. With partners and producers Rob Minkoff, manager Michael Cammarata and brother Kevin, Schmidt will be part of the animated film The Great Migration. He’ll be joined by Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Ashley Benson. That group will voice the lead characters and score the original soundtrack. They expect to start production in the winter and release the film through the newly formed CMI Entertainment group.


Kendall Schmidt talks with The Oracle about Heffron Drive!


Since the end of the popular Nickelodeon TV show “Big Time Rush,” the front man of the teenage boy band with the same name, Kendall Schmidt, has been touring as a member of Heffron Drive with his friend Dustin Belt.
Heffron Drive is about to embark on a winter tour consisting of 21 stops including one at The Orpheum in Ybor City on Nov. 28.
The Oracle spoke with Schmidt to talk about leaving the show, his solo career and life on tour.
The Oracle: How do you want this tour to differ from the ones you’ve done with Big Time Rush?
Kendall Schmidt: I want it to be more intimate where I can make my fans feel like a part of the band and get them more involved. It’s more about a good performance this time instead of all the production.
O: How is the music different?
KS: The music is a little older, and it’s more about what I’ve been going through and my real life experiences; also it’s more relatable.
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Carlos Pena & Alexa Vega are Engaged!


A congrats is in order for Alexa Vega and Carlos Pena – they are engaged to be married!

“Hello fiancé…,” the 25-year-old actress posted on Instagram, along with a pic of her 24-year-old Big Time Rush beau.

“My angel!!! @vegaalexa awesome road trip so far!! Now we just need to get back…” Carlos tweeted that same day. It looks like they just got back from vacay together!

There’s no word yet on when or how he proposed, but check back for details!

Congrats again to the happy couple!

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