Photos: One Direction Now on Display at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

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ONE DIRECTION ARRIVE AT MADAME TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS
AS PART OF THEIR “WORLD TOUR”

Sensational British Boy Band Now on Display through February 2016

Wax figures of the award-winning pop group, One Direction, are now on display at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas through February 2016 as part of their “world tour.” All five original members of 1D will be featured at the attraction, including Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and recently departed member, Zayn Malik. The pop stars are featured sitting on bleachers with plenty of room for fans to cozy up to the figures for the perfect photo opp.

First launched in London in 2013, the One Direction figures were created in close collaboration with the band. Over the course of two sittings, 40 talented studio artists worked to take hundreds of precise measurements, examined their skin tones, matched their eye colors and tested hair swatches to ensure accuracy. The stars’ personal hairstylist then added the final touches to the boys’ stylish strands. Dressed in clothes donated by the singers themselves, the figures are adorned in their signature smart-casual stage style. The band members were notably stunned by the likeness of their figures. The figure creation took four months to complete and the cost for each figure totaled approximately $300,000.

One Direction launched to super-stardom in 2010 after appearing on televised British singing competition, The X Factor. The chart-topping band has consistently been one of the most requested figure creations by Madame Tussauds’ guests.

“We’re just kind of a bit overwhelmed. We’ve been to Madame Tussauds and seen the kind of people who are in there. It’s crazy to think that we will be up there with them,” commented Harry Styles.

Niall Horan was similarly elated, stating, “We were super excited to find out that they were making us and that people felt we were worthy of a figure.”

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To purchase tickets to be the first to see One Direction and Madame Tussauds’ collection of more than 100 figures, go to www.MadameTussauds.com/LasVegas.

ABOUT MADAME TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS
Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is the world-famous interactive wax attraction on the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Venetian and features eight unique rooms. Relive “The Hangover” with Alan and Phil in “The Hangover Experience,” pose for paparazzi with Lady Gaga, get on the red carpet with Sandra Bullock, and fight crime alongside Spider-Man in the amazing Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience. With more than 100 wax figures, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas allows guests to take pictures, touch and get up close in a themed setting. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas opens 365 days of the year at 10 a.m. For general admission, adults (ages 13 and up) are $29.95; children (ages 4 through 12) are $19.95; children under 3 are free. For more information, go to www.MadameTussauds.com/LasVegas, like on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MadameTussaudsLasVegas or follow on Twitter and Instagram  @TussaudsVegas.

ABOUT MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS
MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s top and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 104 attractions, 10 hotels/three holiday villages in 22 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000 employees.

Merlin has 23 attractions and one hotel in North America, including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its theme park, water park, and LEGOLAND California theme park with water park, SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas; Hollywood, California and San Francisco LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City, Missouri.; Atlanta, Georgia.; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix; Kansas City; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis and Charlotte – Concord – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator. Visit www.MerlinEntertainments.biz for more information.

 

PAULA ABDUL AND JASON DERULO JOIN NIGEL LYTHGOE AT THE “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” JUDGES’ TABLE

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TWO-TIME EMMY AWARD-WINNING CHOREOGRAPHER
AND MULTI-PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST PAULA ABDUL AND
PLATINUM-SELLING RECORDING ARTIST JASON DERULO
JOIN NIGEL LYTHGOE AT THE
“SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” JUDGES’ TABLE Cat Deeley Returns as Host for the 12th Season;
Season Features New “Stage vs. Street” FormatAuditions Begin in New York, Saturday, Jan. 24; Dallas, Saturday, Feb. 14;
Detroit, Sunday, Feb. 22; Memphis, Sunday, March 8; and
Los Angeles, Sunday, March 15

 

World-renowned choreographer, performer, singer and songwriter Paula Abdul and singer/songwriter/dancer Jason Derulo will join Nigel Lythgoe at the judges’ table, alongside returning host Cat Deeley, for the 12th season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. The upcoming season will feature a new twist in the competition: stage dancers vs. street dancers.

“With the new and exciting format comes a new and exciting panel of judges,” said executive producer and judge Lythgoe. “I’m delighted that Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will be joining me at the judges’ table this season on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Paula is an incredible artist and she brings the perfect combination of expertise and heart to the panel. Jason’s insight, humor and creativity will add a new perspective to the panel that we haven’t had before.”

“I have dedicated a large part of my career as a choreographer to discovering and mentoring some of the most iconic artists and performers from all over the world,” said Abdul.  “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has a long-standing history of launching brilliant careers for young choreographers and dancers in the industry. It’s going to be a true honor and pleasure joining this panel with Jason and Nigel, and I’m looking forward to an exciting new season!”

“I am truly excited, and eagerly look forward to joining the cast of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE,” added Derulo. “It is one of the most respected and longest-tenured shows on network television, and I hope to be a part of new growth and continued success.”

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE returns this summer on FOX. Auditions for the new season start in New York, NY (Saturday, Jan. 24); Dallas, TX (Saturday, Feb. 14); Detroit, MI; (Sunday, Feb. 22); Memphis, TN (Sunday, March 8); and Los Angeles, CA (Sunday, March 15).

Auditioners traveling to cities for the open calls should make arrangements to stay for at least two days following their initial audition (three days for Memphis) in the event of a callback.

Dancers either must be U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents of the U.S. or possess current legal Employment Authorization Cards enabling them to seek employment freely in the U.S. (i.e., without restrictions as to employer) by the date specified in the eligibility rules. Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age on the first day they register for auditions. Any dancer who is a minor in his/her state of residence must also have a parent or legal guardian sign all required documents. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check www.fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules.

Throughout the auditions, the dancers who advance will be placed into two teams – the STAGE dancers, featuring those trained in styles such as contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap; and the

STREET dancers, hopefuls skilled in hip-hop, animation or breaking.  As the auditions continue, the judges, along with each team’s All-Star Mentor, will eliminate dancers until only the Top 20 – 10 Street Dancers and 10 Stage Dancers – remain. When the competition goes “live,” the Top

20 will be challenged weekly to perform a variety of styles, working with world-renowned choreographers. One dancer from each genre will be eliminated each week leading up to the Season Finale. Who will win…a dancer from the stage or the street? Find out when SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE returns in summer 2015.

Paula Abdul is a groundbreaking choreographer, dancer, songwriter, performer, designer, actor and businesswoman. She is a two-time Emmy Award winner, Grammy Award winner, three-time American Music Award winner, a seven-time MTV Video Award winner and multi-Platinum recording artist who has been entertaining her fans for over 25 years. Abdul was a resident judge for eight seasons on AMERICAN IDOL and the first season on THE X FACTOR. Most recently, she was the lead judge on the Australian hit dance competition series, “So You Think You Can Dance Australia.” Her work as choreographer includes her Emmy Award-winning contributions to “The Tracey Ullmann Show” and “The 17th Annual American Music Awards.” She also has choreographed for Duran Duran, ZZ Top, the Jackson family, George Michael, Luther Vandross, INXS, Heart and Prince. In films, she served as choreographer for Patrick Dempsey in “Can’t Buy Me Love,” she transformed Val Kilmer into the iconic Jim Morrison in “The Doors,” she choreographed the memorable African wedding dance scene with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in “Coming to America” and was the choreographer for Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Running Man.” Abdul has sold more than 60 million records worldwide, and has the third longest-charting album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the longest-charting album ever with her debut album “Forever Your Girl.”

Five years in from making his debut in pop music, Jason Derulo has sold more than 45 million records worldwide and amassed almost 1.5 billion views on his YouTube Channel. “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg, is his eighth song to reach the Top 10 on the Top 40 format and his ninth Platinum-selling single. Derulo’s ubiquitous hit “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz, was his most successful track to date, having sold more than six million singles worldwide with a music video that has garnered almost 250 million views on YouTube. His fifth single from the “Talk Dirty” album, “Trumpets,” is his fifth Platinum song off of the album, putting him in an elite category of hit-making artists to accomplish the feat. The Miami native’s career started when he was 16 years old and began writing songs for artists including Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Diddy, Sean Kingston, Cassie and Danity Kane. He was the TEEN CHOICE Awards 2014 “Choice Single Male” winner and also received two additional nominations, including “Choice Summer Song” and “Choice Summer Music Star: Male.” His video for “Talk Dirty” also earned him two additional nominations at the MTV Music Video Awards for “Best Pop Video” and “Best Choreography.”

Over the course of its 11 seasons, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE has received 44 Emmy Award nominations and garnered 13 Emmy Award wins, including Outstanding Choreography for Mia Michaels (2011, 2010 and 2007); Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo (2014 and 2011); Tyce Diorio (2009); and Wade Robson (2008 and 2007). The hit series also received awards in the category of Outstanding Costumes in 2014, 2010 and in 2009, as well as awards in Outstanding Lighting Design in 2011 and 2012. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE recently celebrated seven Emmy Award nominations, including repeat nods in the categories of Outstanding Reality
– Competition Series and Outstanding Host for Reality or Reality – Competition Series (for Cat Deeley). The series won a TEEN CHOICE Award in 2012 for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming, a Critics’ Choice Television Award in 2012 for the category of Best Reality Series – Competition, and Deeley won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Reality Show Host in 2012.

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and is from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions. The series is executive-produced by Fuller; Lythgoe; Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions; Barry Adelman, Executive Vice President of dick clark productions; James Breen; and Jeff Thacker.

Visit the official SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE site at fox.com/dance to view exclusive videos and photos. “Like” SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on Facebook at facebook.com/SoYouThinkYouCanDance. Follow the series on Twitter @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion using #sytycd and #stagevsstreet. Follow host Cat Deeley at @catdeeley, and follow the judges Nigel Lythgoe @dizzyfeet, Paula Abdul @PaulaAbdul and Jason Derulo @JasonDerulo.

THE “2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS” PARTNERS WITH YAHOO

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THE “2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS” PARTNERS WITH
YAHOO AS OFFICIAL DIGITAL DISTRIBUTOR OF
“SAMSUNG GALAXY RED CARPET LIVE! @ THE 2014 BBMAs” ON MAY 18

YAHOO TO EXCLUSIVELY LIVE STREAM TWO HOUR RED CARPET PRE-SHOW AT
6PM ET

RED CARPET SHOW HOSTED BY LANCE BASS, JORDIN SPARKS, TED STRYKER AND MORE. LIVE PERFORMANCES INCLUDE MULTI-PLATINUM SINGER, SONG-WRITER CHER LLOYD AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

dick clark productions announces the “Samsung Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2014 Billboard Music Awards” red carpet pre-show will stream LIVE online for fans worldwide on Yahoo, this year’s official digital distributor, beginning at 6pm ET/3PM PT. The two-hour digital stream can also be watched at Billboard Music Awards.com, Billboard.com and additional online destinations by embedding the Yahoo Screen media player. The red carpet live stream pre-show precedes the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC at 8pm ET/PT.

The “Samsung Galaxy Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2014 BBMAs” will be hosted by Lance Bass, Jordin Sparks, Ted Stryker, with additional hosts soon to be announced.

Yahoo will provide fans with exclusive red carpet access, including celebrity arrivals, interviews special musical performances and a Vine 360 Station for talent to show off their red carpet fashion choices. Fans can learn more about the experience at https://music.yahoo.com/programs/billboard-music-awards/.

“I am thrilled to be co-hosting this year’s ‘Samsung Red Carpet LIVE! at The 2014 Billboard Music Awards.’ I am looking forward to bringing fans around the world live coverage of their favorite musicians as they arrive,” said Bass

“I am excited to be part of this year’s red carpet show. Through Yahoo, we will be able to bring celebrity interviews, fashion and news as it happens, so fans don’t miss a beat,” said Sparks.

Live red carpet performances include multi-platinum singer, song-writer Cher Lloyd and more to be announced.

Though she first burst onto the scene in 2010 as a finalist on the U.K. version of The X Factor, Cher Lloyd began to make waves in the U.S. the following year with one of the summer’s most irresistible songs, “Want U Back,” a double-platinum hit off of her debut album Sticks & Stones. Cher is gearing up to release her very personal, sophomore album Sorry I’m Late on May 27th and during the red carpet show will be performing her latest hit “Sirens.”

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions.  Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers.  Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers. For additional information on the “2014 Billboard Music Awards” visit us at www.billboardmusicawards.com or the Billboard hub at www.billboard.com/bbma.

Media can also embed the Yahoo Screen media player to provide their readers instant access to the LIVE red carpet. To request an embed code for the red carpet live stream, please contact Megan Rose at merose@yahoo-inc.com.

For additional news and exclusive content, follow @OfficialBBMAs on Twitter, like us on Facebook and join the conversation on Instagram and YouTube. The official hashtag for discussing all-things Billboard Music Awards across social media is #BBMAs.

ABOUT BILLBOARD
Billboard is the world’s most influential music brand, built on the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to Billboard.com which is the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry’s most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music ­the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike.

ABOUT “2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”
The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The show will showcase this year’s hottest and biggest music stars.  Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 11, 2013 through March 9, 2014.  The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Michael Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers.

ABOUT dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised events.  dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”  dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” and owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp’s award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming.  In 2014, dcp will debut “The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards” on NBC and joint venture Keshet DCP will premiere the weekly television series “Rising Star” on ABC.   For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.