At first Lia thought it was a scam. Do you want to learn how to sing properly? Do you want to take the next step into the entertainment industry? What are you going to do today? Do what you love! A friend had spotted the ads for Born Star Training Center on Facebook and forwarded her a link. Had the note arrived a week earlier, when she was still in the hurricane tunnel of college finals, she would have trashed and forgotten it. But now Lia found herself in an unaccustomed lull. Lia Li was born in Kuala Lumpur to a Chinese mother and a Malaysian father. By the time she entered college, she spoke four languages fluently and had attended schools in five countries, yet she always tells people she grew up in Manhattan, the city where her memories began. Her Nineties childhood was happily overrun with the kudzu of American culture: *NSync and Backstreet Boys, Barbie and Pokémon. Lia’s father was a real estate developer. Her mother, originally a doctor, joined the UN and became a … [Read more...] about So You Wanna Be a K-Pop Star?
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Jimmy Fallon has a bone to pick with kids’ books: They make him weepy. “There are a couple that are just so sad, I can’t have ’em in the house,” says the scrubbyhaired “Tonight Show” host, kicking back in his 30 Rock office before his afternoon show taping. “I can’t do it. ‘The Giving Tree’? Devastating!” The 43-year-old comic’s two daughters, who are 3 and 4 years old, will clamor for bedtime stories from Dad — and sometimes he can barely make it through. “I was just reading a book to one of my kids, something about how you can wish on a star. I’m like, ‘We wished for you,’ ” he says, his voice going verge-of-tears wobbly, “‘and you’re the dream that came true!’ My kid’s looking at me like, are you having a stroke?” Behold, a squishy side to the guy long defined by his impish grin, endless goofiness and palpable joy in spoofing songs, … [Read more...] about Jimmy Fallon on fatherhood, comedy and his seriously genius inventions
RICKY Wilson is known for his energetic performances with the Kaiser Chiefs, but more recently he had to sit eerily still in a chair on The Voice UK. Here's the lowdown on the northern indie rock vocalist who was dropped from the TV singing contest... Who is Ricky Wilson, how old is he and what is his background? Ricky Wilson is a waistcoat-loving singer, best-known as the frontman of indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs. The 39-year-old was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire and was a schoolboy at Leeds Grammar School. The homebody even went on to study at Leeds Metropolitan University and studied art to Masters level, and then taught for a year at Leeds College of Art. Around that time he worked in a bar in the northern city - and singer Paloma Faith, who became his co-judge on The Voice UK, happened to be one of his colleagues. In the early noughties he was also trying to make it with his band Parva alongside fellow Leeds residents Andrew White, Simon Rix, Nick Hodgson and Nick … [Read more...] about How old is Ricky Wilson, who’s his girlfriend Grace Zito, when did Kaiser Chiefs form and when was he dropped from The Voice?