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Normani Kordei brings the heat in a tight race on the first night of “Dancing with the Stars” finals

ABC/Craig SjodinMonday night’s Dancing with the Stars was the first night of an epic two-night season finale.

With no eliminations scheduled, the three remaining finalists each performed two dances – a Redemption Style dance (Viennese waltz or quickstep), and a Freestyle dance – one of the biggest competitive dances of the season.

Going into her performance we learned that 20-year-old Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei had suffered an injury to her foot, twisting her ankle, but as her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy said, “she would never admit it.”

Normani was tough and it hardly seemed to register as she and Val brought the heat to the dancefloor with a scorching quickstep to “Check It Out” by Oh the Larceny. Normani looked absolutely stunning in her sparkling black catsuit, gliding across the floor.

She and Val mesmerized the audience and judge Bruno Tonioli was at his most evocative when he stood up and shouted, calling her “brilliant.” Judges Len Goodman and Julianne Hough offered sharp critiques, but Normani still earned an impressive 38 out of 40 with 10s from Bruno and Carrie Ann and nines from Len and Julianne.

Normani and Val later got a perfect score for their freestyle to “What the World Needs Now is Love” by Andra Day and during the judges critique, she thanked everyone at the show for helping her bring her light.

Normani took second place, but still brought in a high score. It’s up to her – and her fans – tomorrow night.

Dancing with the Stars concludes season 24 Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. on ABC

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Katy Perry does “Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special,” says Taylor Swift started feud but she’s ready to end it

Terence Patrick/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.Katy Perry was the big guest on James Corden's The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special Monday night, and besides joining Corden on a string of her hits, Katy expounded at length on her beef with Taylor Swift.

"Honestly, it's really like she started it and it's time for her to finish it," Katy told the host.  "And I tried to talk to her about it and she wouldn't speak to me"

"It was a full shutdown and then she writes a song about me," she explained, "and I'm like, 'OK, cool, cool, cool, that's how you want to deal with it?...karma.'"

Katy added, "I think personally that women together, not divided and none of this petty s***, will heal the world."

Corden pressed Katy on whether she'd be willing to call a truce, asking, "Would it be enough to just receive a text from Taylor Swift that just said, 'The beef is off the grill.'  If you receive that text will you then remove the beef from the grill?"

"Absolutely.  100 percent," responded Katy, as the host vowed to get to the bottom of things.

Meanwhile, there was a lot of singing and car-seat dancing in the segment as Katy and Corden ran through "Firework," "Roar," "Darkhorse," "Bon Apetit" and "Swish Swish." The pair also tackled "I Kissed a Girl" in an extended cut on Corden's late night show.

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WALK THE MOON ready to “get weird” on upcoming new album

Image Group LA/ABCWALK THE MOON is leaving their “Shut Up and Dance” days behind them in favor of something a little different. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their new album, a follow-up to 2014’s Talking Is Hard, and they say things are getting “weird.”

Frontman Nicholas Petricca admits to ABC Radio there will always be an 80s influence in their music, but this time around they’re “incorporating a lot of noise and weird sounds.”

Band mate Kevin Ray adds, “I think when you put all the four of us in a room for two months, three months, four months, we’re bound to get weird.”

The band also prides itself on transforming the average pop song into something unexpected. “We like seeing how we can take a pop song and just like turn it inside out till you can’t tell it’s a pop song anymore,” Nicholas says.

So is there pressure this time around to top the success of “Shut Up and Dance”? “Yes and no,” Nicholas says. “In a way, ‘Shut Up and Dance’ kinda got bigger than the band ever was and so, in a way, we kinda get to start over again and be a new band, a new artist. So we’re constantly redefining ourselves.”

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Stars react to explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live NatiomCelebrities are reacting in horror at the news that 22 people are dead and nearly 60 others are injured after a reported explosion took place at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday.

Ariana's duet partner Nicki Minaj tweeted: "My heart hurts for my sister, Ariana & every family affected by this tragic event in the U.K. Innocent lives lost. I'm so sorry to hear this"

Harry Styles wrote: "I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight. Sending love to everyone involved. H"

Taylor Swift tweeted: "My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love."

Pink wrote: "My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester, any one affected, @ArianaGrande and the entire crew. Heartbreaking"

Katy Perry tweeted: "Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show"

Cher tweeted: "MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO PPL OF MANCHESTER…HAD SPECIAL TIMES THERE FROM YOUTH & BEYOND"

Demi Lovato wrote: "Tearing up imagining innocent concert goers losing their lives.. praying for everyone and all #arianators."  Adding, "My prayers are with you Manchester"

Niall Horan tweeted: "Absolutely Horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx"

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson wrote: "Our prayers and strengh to the victims and their families involved in this tragedy in Manchester. Stay strong. @ArianaGrande"

Bruno Mars tweeted: "No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel."

Lorde wrote: "every musician feels sick & responsible tonight—shows should be safe for you. truly a worst nightmare. sending love to manchester & ari"

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Ariana Grande says she’s “broken from the bottom of my heart” by Manchester concert explosion

Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co"broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."

That's the first public reaction from Ariana Grande to the explosion outside of her concert in Manchester, England Monday night.  The blast, believed to be the work of a suicide bomber, killed 19 people and injured 50.

 

 

 

Grande tweeted her message just before 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  Her manager, Scooter Braun, shared a longer message, tweeted about twenty minutes before Ariana's.

"Tonight, our hearts are broken.  Words cannot express out sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack," Braun's message reads. 

 

 

It goes on: "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.  We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester's first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives.  We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers."

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At least 22 dead, 59 injured after incident at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England

Image Group LA/ABCAt least 22people are dead and about 59 others injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, according to Greater Manchester Police. The injured are being treated at six different hospitals across Manchester.

Police said the situation "is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise."

If it remains classified as a terrorist attack, it'll be the deadliest in the U.K. since the July 7, 2005 train and bus bombings during morning rush hour, which killed 52 people and injured more than 700.

Early Tuesday in Manchester, Ian Hopkins, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police, said police believed the attack was carried out by one man who was killed at the scene when he detonated an improvised explosive device. He also noted that children were among the dead.

A rep for Ariana toldABC News that Ariana is OK and that they are investigating what happened.

In a statement, Manchester Arena confirmed that there had been an incident but said it occurred outside the venue. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims," it tweeted.

Concertgoer Josh Elliot tells the BBC, "Basically, she finished her last song. 'Dangerous Woman,' and the house lights came up and everyone started to walk out, and we heard like, a really like big bang - there was only one bang, people are saying there was two, we only heard one."  He added, "It was just, it was absolutely hectic, it was.. unreal - it was like, it was something out of a film, everyone was just charging towards... the doors."

Abby Barker, who was at the concert, tells ABC News, “Ariana had just gone off stage and finished the show, all the music had cut off and the lights had gone on. People started getting up and leaving the arena. Next minute there was this extremely loud bang and I looked across the arena and everyone over there started running in different directions, screaming in panic. We all started panicking too and ran out the doors and ran down the stairs out of the arena. We got outside and children were crying their eyes out, people talking about it being a bomb/gunshots, there were many parents running towards the arena but no one knew exactly what it was”

Another concertgoer, Rebecca Beatty tells the BBC, "There was a lot of people pushing and really trying to get out quickly and obviously because of the congestion of people, I can understand there being injuries."

Some fans posted video of the incident on Twitter. Concert-goer Ellie Cheetham captured the sound of the explosion inside the arena, followed by the swift build of panic as those inside began to realize what might have just happened.

 

 

Police also detonated what the initially called a "second suspect device" discovered at nearby Manchester Cathedral gardens.  The detonation occurred at around 8:32 p.m. local time.  Police then confirmed the suspect device was in fact abandoned clothing.

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Liam Payne says he almost didn’t go solo

Republic RecordsLast week, Liam Payne became the final One Direction member to release solo material. But the singer tells Billboard he never actually planned to go solo at all.

"To be honest with you, I wasn’t going to do a solo venture,” Liam says. "I was just going to go into songwriting and carry on and do that. But then I was like, ‘You’ve been trying to do this since you were 14 years old. You would be ridiculously stupid to turn down the option to have a deal.' Coming out of the band, we had some pretty good opportunities around us. I had to do something."

His first solo single, “Strip That Down,” came thanks to a drop-everything call from Ed Sheeran last summer.

"I was in a gym in L.A., and I got a call that said ‘You have to get to London now,’” Liam says. “And we had literally just gotten to L.A., so we U-turned straight back to London -- which of course you do for Mr. Ed Sheeran, because I’d do anything for the man.”

The song, which Liam co-wrote with Ed and Steve Mac, was created soon after. Then Liam had the idea to add Migos rapper Quavo to the track.

"Quavo is the man!” Liam says. "He turned the rap around in like 24 hours.”

No word yet on when Liam will be releasing a full album.

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Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” director seemingly disses Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish”

ABC/Fred Lee; ABC/Randy HolmesFirst, actress Ruby Rose took aim at Katy Perry and her rumored Taylor Swift diss track, “Swish Swish.” Now, it appears the director of Taylor’s “Bad Blood” video, Joseph Kahn, is weighing in.

"If you're gonna do a diss track, at least put a decent hook in it," he tweeted Friday, the day Katy’s single was officially released.

The director has been firmly on Team Taylor for a while now. He previously came to her defense after Kim Kardashian released a tape of Taylor’s phone call with Kanye West.

“I've worked with everybody,” Kahn tweeted at the time. “I don't need to work with anybody. Taylor is a rainbow in a swamp.”

After Ruby Rose initially called “Swish Swish” a “sloppy mess,” she decided to take a step back from the drama.

“Being mean doesn't suit me and leaves me feeling dirty,” she tweeted over the weekend, adding, “Get so triggered when I think bullies don't get held accountable and it makes me think I should say something.. but it's not [my] place.”

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Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” director seemingly disses Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish”

ABC/Fred Lee; ABC/Randy HolmesFirst, actress Ruby Rose took aim at Katy Perry and her rumored Taylor Swift diss track, “Swish Swish.” Now, it appears the director of Taylor’s “Bad Blood” video, Joseph Kahn, is weighing in.

"If you're gonna do a diss track, at least put a decent hook in it," he tweeted Friday, the day Katy’s single was officially released.

The director has been firmly on Team Taylor for a while now. He previously came to her defense after Kim Kardashian released a tape of Taylor’s phone call with Kanye West.

“I've worked with everybody,” Kahn tweeted at the time. “I don't need to work with anybody. Taylor is a rainbow in a swamp.”

After Ruby Rose initially called “Swish Swish” a “sloppy mess,” she decided to take a step back from the drama.

“Being mean doesn't suit me and leaves me feeling dirty,” she tweeted over the weekend, adding, “Get so triggered when I think bullies don't get held accountable and it makes me think I should say something.. but it's not [my] place.”

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Starboy meets stargirl: The Weeknd stars in Lana Del Rey’s “Lust for Life” music video

Nabil ElderkinThe Weeknd sings beneath a starlit sky in Lana Del Rey's dreamy "Lust for Life" music video.  

The visual's mostly comprised of the duo perched atop the famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, so you can focus on The Weeknd and Lana's vocals.  

The Weeknd is currently on his Starboy: Legend of the Fall world tour, with upcoming stops scheduled in cities including Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn and Paris.  

More information on tickets can be found via TheWeeknd.com

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