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23 Times Pop Stars and Musicians Guest-Starred on Your Favorite TV Shows

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It’s always exciting to see your favorite pop stars and musicians in a cameo on your favorite TV show.

It’s an unexpected blend of your two worlds coming together in a fantastic way that you never thought was possible.

Sometimes, these A-list celebrities play themselves, while other times, they tap into another persona and character entirely.

Oftentimes, they even appear on shows because they’re huge fans, too!

We’ve rounded up our favorite celebrity musical guest stars over the years! 

Check them out below and let us know who you’d add to the list. 

 

Britney Spears on How I Met Your Mother

The Princess of pop appeared in the episode “Ten Sessions” as Abby, the receptionist at Stella Zinman’s dermatology clinic where Ted goes to have his tattoo removed. It was some of Britney’s best work, to be honest. 

Britney also gets an honorary mention for her appearance on Sabrina the Teenage Witch as herself. 

And in another award-worthy role, Britney appears as Rogelio’s nemesis on Jane the Virgin

And finally, Britney on Glee! It was a tribute episode to the pop star and she appeared in the student’s dream sequences while at the dentist office! 

Britney was made for the screen!
 
 

Demi Lovato on Will & Grace

The 27-year-old who started her career on Disney Channel (well, Barney, if you want to be exact) returned to the small-screen when she joined the cast in season 3 as Jenny, Will’s potential surrogate.
 

 
Demi also appeared in “Shiny Happy People” on Grey’s Anatomy as Haley, a girl who has a tiny hole in her inner ear which is found to be the reason she’s been hurting herself. 
 

 

Lady Gaga on American Horror Story

The award-winning singer appeared as a main character on the fifth season of the anthology thriller themed “Hotel.” She played Elizabeth, a vampiric Countess and carrier of a blood virus who built the hotel and continues to haunt it. She also appeared as a witch in season 6 themed “Roanoke.” She won a Golden Globe for her performance in “Hotel.”

 

Kelly Clarkson on Nashville

Despite the show’s country vibe, the pop star guest starred as herself and performed “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star along with the show’s stars Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen. 

 

One Direction on iCarly

The British boy band starred as themselves on the Nickelodeon series led by Miranda Cosgrove. There were some funny bits and a performance of “What Makes You Beautiful.”
 

 

Jennifer Lopez on Will & Grace

The pop star appeared on the show’s original run and in the reboot more than 10 years later. In 2018. she appeared as both herself and her Shades of Blue character, NYPD detective Harlee Santos when Jack snagged a small role in the series as an “extra.” In 2004, she starred as herself in a few episode and even sang at Karen’s wedding. 
 

 

 

Lance Bass on 7th Heaven

In 2000 at the height of boy band NSYNC’s fame, Lance Bass guest starred on the family-friendly drama as Rick Palmer and locked lips with Lucy Camden aka Beverly Mitchell. 
 

 

Backstreet Boys on Sabrina the Teenage Witch

In “The Band Episode,” the boy banders — Nick, Howie, Brian, A.J., and Kevin — appear as a group of teens playing basketball who drink Sabrina’s magical talent potion and begin belting out “As Long As You Love Me.”

 

Madonna on Will & Grace

On “Dolls and Dolls,” Madonna appears as an office worker named Liz who becomes Karen’s roommate after she tries to connect with real people following the end of her marriage. 
 

 

Justin Bieber on CSI

The Canadian singer’s career was climbing the charts when he appeared on CSI as a serial bomber Jason McCann who acts in revenge after his brother is killed by CSI agents in an earlier episode. 
 

 

Adam Lambert on Pretty Little Liars

The former American Idol finalist joined the teen murder mystery drama for the third season’s Halloween episode. He appeared as a fantasized version of himself opposite a scene with Lucy Hale on the ghost train and performed two songs! 
 

 

Destiny’s Child on Smart Guy

In a “Date with Destiny,” T.J. steals Yvette’s spotlight when girl group Destiny’s Child hires him to be their backup dancer instead of her and a group of other dancer’s leading to some resentment! 
 

 

Prince on New Girl

The dearly departed music icon was a huge fan on the Fox comedy and reached out to the series about a cameo in 2014. Jess and Cece are invited to a once-in-a-lifetime party thrown by Prince in the episode.

 

Bruno Mars on Jane the Virgin

Bruno Mars made a surprise cameo on the season 2 finale of The CW telenovela-drama when he sang at Jane and Michael’s wedding. He serenaded the couple at the reception with a brand new song titled, “Rest of My Life.”
 

 

Taylor Swift on CSI

The larger-than-life star appeared in season 9 of CSI as Haley Jones, a rebellious teen who is found dead at a motel after a string of previous murders. 
 

 

Pete Wentz on One Tree Hill

When One Tree Hill was the top series on television, Fall Out Boy was at the height of their success, which made Pete Wentz the perfect, albeit strange, love interest for Peyton Sawyer. He bonded well with the girls at the cabin and made for one of the most memorable episodes! 
 

 

Ed Sheeran on Game of Thrones

The singer made a cameo appearance on the season 7 premiere of HBO’s hit series as a young Lannister soldier who sings a tune that Arya hears from a bit away. The show runner admitted they gave him the role because Maisie Williams is a huge fan, and in turn, Ed is a huge fan of the show. In the premiere of season 8, fans finally learn that Eddie was a victim of dragon fire. 

 

Nick Lachey on Hawaii Five-O

The former 98 degrees singer portrayed Tyler on the NBC series, who held a group of college students hostage while trying to to get money from their parents in exchange for their lives. It turns out Tyler is engaged to Susan, a worker on the cruise ship where the kids are kidnapped from. Susan is played by Lachey’s real-life wife, Vanessa Lachey. 

 

Janet Jackson Will & Grace

Janet appears as herself in “Back Up, Dancer,” the show’s seventh season. As she scouts for backup dancers, Jack auditions but must compete in a dance-off for the coveted spot! 
 

 

Kesha on Jane the Virgin

We’ve all dealt with noisy neighbors… and Kesha’s character is no different! The artist appears on The CW drama as a colorful musician and Jane’s new neighbor, and let’s just say, she’s not a baby person, which makes it a bit difficult for Jane, a new mom! 

 

Jesse McCartney on Young & Hungry

The actor and musician appeared in the first two seasons of the ABC Family sitcom as a computer genius and hacker who tapped into Josh’s app. He briefly dates Gabi before moving to China, but he can’t stop thinking about her and returns to disrupt her current relationship! 
 

 

Cher on Will & Grace

Jack meets the real Cher while out at lunch with the doll-version of the artist, but he’s convinced the person standing in front of him is a drag queen imitator. Even a “Cher-off” with the musical icon isn’t enough to convince him. 

 

Nick Jonas on Hawaii Five-O

The Jonas Brother portrays Ian Wright, a hacker who Steve and Grover initially pursue over some parking tickets before realizing that he’s a sociopathic hacker responsible for some serious crimes. He later kidnaps Grover’s daughter. 
 


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Elite Season 5 Episode 1 – 3 Review: The Party Don’t Stop… And Neither Do the Murders

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Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

Some Netflix shows have a break of several years between shows, but thankfully, that’s not the case for Elite

Note: This review will cover the first three episodes of the brand-new season as they were available to the media in advance. 

Elite Season 5 debuts less than a year after season 4, but there’s just as much angst, drama, sex, sexual fluidity, and, of course, murder, as ever. 

Honestly, have you met a group of teens that endured more death than the student body at Las Encinas?

Much like previous seasons, season 5 opens up with Samu arrested for murder, but we have no idea whose body is floating around in the water. 

The rotation of interviews with the students provides a snippet of insight, and one might narrow down the victim list to Benjamin, Omar, or Ivan. 

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Rebeka informs the cops that the killer is definitely not Samu as he’d like them to believe, but it’s unclear if she actually knows who the murderer is or if she knows it’s not him because it’s her. 

There’s enough anger directed at Benjamin from literally everyone in school to make his death plausible. Omar is also an outcast who has made an enemy of the few that still loved him and got himself caught up in a dangerous situation. And Ivan, though innocent at first, has a darkness about him; it’s clear he loves to play with fire. But more on that later.

Because aside from the new victim, there’s also the lingering mystery of what happened to Armando, Mencia’s abuser from last season.

Even all these months later, his existence still plagues the Blanco family because they have absolutely no idea he’s dead.

Only Samu, Rebeka, Guzman, and the audience know he’s at the bottom of the lake. There are a few moments where the secret is too much for Rebeka and Samu and they debate coming clean, especially as Ari tries to move on with her near-death experience and embraces a “you only live once” mentality that puts her in all sorts of questionable situations.

Her fervor for living her best life lends itself to a bit of a tug and pull in her relationship with Samu, who finds himself very loyal to Benjamin, a man he considers to be somewhat of a father figure.

Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

ELITE (L to R) ITZAN ESCAMILLA as SAMUEL, OMAR AYUSO as OMAR in episode 03 of ÉLITE. Cr. MATÍAS URIS/NETFLIX © 2021

Benjamin puts his faith in Samu and wants him to rein Ari in, and thus, Samu finds himself torn and in what can only be described as a three-way relationship with a daughter and her father. And trying to please them both means that he’s disappointing everyone.

As detectives swarm in hopes of finding out what really happened to Armando, they begin to point fingers at family members, including Patrick, whose short temper occasionally gets the best of him. In an effort to erase all of the pain she’s caused her family, Mencia decides to come clean about the arrangement she had with Armando. It’s also why she has decided to live a quieter and tamer lifestyle, which doesn’t bode well for her relationship with Rebe. 

Rebe and Mencia skirt the lines of will-they-or-won’t-they, but as Mencia tries to put herself back in the closet, Rebe puts an end to their relationship. 

Many season 4 storylines spill over into the new season, including Phillipe’s confession of abuse. Elodie uses his apology to destroy the royal by announcing that he raped her, which taints his perfect image at the school.

He begs Cayetana to confess what happened in the limo so that Benjamin will stop protecting him and kick him out of the school as it would allow him to seek refuge in his home country. She considers helping him out, but after a little persuasion from the new student, she realizes that’s the easy way out.

Honestly, this might be the most important storyline on the series as it holds Phillipe accountable for his actions. He doesn’t just get to ruin lives, run off to his safe space, and do it again. He has to face the people he hurt and the people who know what he did every single day.  He needs to build himself back up. He needs to earn a second chance. And most importantly, he needs to want to change. Cayetana drags him to therapy and promises that she’ll be by his side, and it’s sweet, but it’s not helping because he’s not the one initiating it. He’s only going so that she takes him back, which is a terrible excuse to go to therapy.

He pretty much throws a tantrum every time because he’s forced to confront the ugly side of himself and dig into why he did what he did. And when it gets tough, he runs away to his “yes girl” who makes him feel safe by throwing on rose-colored glasses, excusing his behavior, and convincing him that he’s not as terrible of a human as they say he is. 

Every new season ushers in a slew of new faces to Las Encinas.

Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

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Isadora (Valentina Zenere) joins as an Empress and heiress of a nightlife empire in Ibiza who takes a liking to Phillipe. She’s so adamant about helping him clear his name, in fact, that she suggests they enter into a fake relationship. The logic here is that two pretty and rich people together will make the public forget all about his abuse. And on some level, she likely wants the fake relationship to become real.

We don’t know much about her motivation with Phillipe, but based on a brief heart-t0-heart, it seems as though Isadora is a believer in second chances because she too has paid the price for a mistake in her past. 

The second newcomer is Ivan (André Lamoglia), the son of the greatest soccer player in the world who doesn’t know when to stop the party.

Ivan and Patrick immediately click, and while everyone at the school — and likely many fans at home — assumes Ivan is gay, he assures them that he’s very hetero. 

Patrick, however, thinks he can persuade Ivan into sleeping with him through his good looks and charm, so he concocts a “no rules” party where everyone is basically encouraged to come naked and hook up with anyone and everyone without judgment. 

Unfortunately, the night doesn’t go as planned for Patrick as he doesn’t get to hook up with Ivan.

Samu, however, gets to lock lips with him before Ivan informs Ari that he’s completely smitten with her. She’s kind of into it, but also totally against it. It seems as though she’ll likely give in to temptation by the end of the season given her “live life” attitude.

And as I mentioned before, Ivan’s desire to walk a dangerous path will likely infuriate more than one person, including Samu and Patrick. 

Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

ELITE (L to R) ANDRÉ LAMOGLIA as IVÁN in episode 02 of ÉLITE. Cr. MATÍAS URIS/NETFLIX © 2021

Benjamin sets his sights on the students in hopes of forcing them to finally focus on school and less on partying, drugs, and hooking up, but the harder he pushes, the more they rebel. 

Patrick’s party, during which he encourages everyone to go on airplane mode so that they can’t be tracked by the adults including his father, who is referred to as the “dictator” by some students, is just one example of it. 

Social distancing definitely takes on a whole new meaning on the series as it has nothing to do with COVID. 

At one point, in a fit of revenge, Benjamin forces the class to vote on which student they would like to expel as punishment for the drug-fueled party.

Omar is the deciding vote, and he votes for Samu knowing that the “teacher’s pet” won’t actually get expelled. 

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Benjamin announces that Samu will be expelled for three days, and the moment is the last straw for Samu and Omar’s already fractured friendship. 

Ever since Ander left and hasn’t been responding to Omar’s messages, Samu has felt suffocated in the friendship. Omar’s parent-like vibe is overbearing. It’s likely something they could’ve come back from, but when, Omar takes pity on a man named Bilal who comes to the restaurant looking for food, gets a job, and then is caught stealing at the end of the shift, it throws their friendship in a new direction.

Samu thinks Omar is too trusting, yet Omar opens up the home he shares with Samu as shelter for Bilal, who reveals that she’s trying to avoid some gangsters that are coming after him.

Bilal once again bites the hand that feeds him when he steals Samu’s laptop, and yet, Omar shrugs it off by defending him and saying that he needs it more than Samu.

There’s definitely too much animosity between these two, which leads me to believe that it might just be Omar who will be the season’s victim, especially as he’s gotten involved in a dangerous situation if Bilal is telling the truth.

He has gotten pretty entwined with the storyline, and while he said that helping people might have illuminated the path to social work for him, maybe he gets in too deep?

Then again, maybe Bilal made it all up to take advantage of Omar? 

Maybe Patrick kills Ivan in one of his uncontrollable fits of rage? 

As the rest of the season unfolds, we’ll get all the pieces to do the puzzle, but until then, what did you think of the first three episodes of Elite season 5?

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Season Finale Dates spring 2022

Spring showers bring TV season finales to your screen. 

The major networks — NBC, FOX, ABC, and CBS — have announced all their season and series finale dates for the spring of 2022.

Check out the list below to find out when your favorite shows are coming to an end this season! 

 

ABC

TUESDAY, APRIL 12
9 pm  Abbott Elementary Season 1 finale

TUESDAY, APRIL 19
9 pm black-ish series finale

SUNDAY, MAY 15
10 pm The Rookie Season 4 finale

MONDAY, MAY 16
10 pm The Good Doctor Season 5 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
8 pm The Goldbergs Season 9 finale
8:30 pm The Wonder Years Season 1 finale
9 pm The Conners Season 4 finale
9:30 pm Home Economics Season 2 finale
10 pm A Million Little Things Season 4 finale

THURSDAY, MAY 19
8 pm Station 19 Season 5 finale
10 pm Big Sky Season 2 finale

THURSDAY, MAY 26
8 pm Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 finale (two hours)

 

CBS

FRIDAY, APRIL 8
8 pm Undercover Boss Season 11 finale

THURSDAY, APRIL 21
9 pm Ghosts Season 1 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
10 pm Good Sam Season 1 finale

FRIDAY, MAY 6
9 pm Magnum P.I. Season 4 finale
10 pm Blue Bloods Season 12 finale

SUNDAY, MAY 15
8 pm The Equalizer Season 2 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
9 pm Beyond the Edge Season 1 finale (two hours)

THURSDAY, MAY 19
8 m Young Sheldon Season 5 finale
8:30 pm United States of Al Season 2 finale

SUNDAY, MAY 22
9 pm NCIS: Los Angeles Season 13 finale
10 pm S.W.A.T. Season 5 finale

MONDAY, MAY 23
8 pm The Neighborhood Season 4 finale
8:30 pm Bob Hearts Abishola Season 3 finale
9 pm NCIS Season 19 finale
10 pm NCIS: Hawai’i Season 1 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 24
8 pm FBI Season 4 finale
9 pm FBI: International Season 1 finale
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted Season 3 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
8 pm Survivor Season 42 finale (three hours)

THURSDAY, MAY 26
10 pm Bull series finale

 

FOX

THURSDAY, MAY 5
9 pm Call Me Kat Season 2 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
9 pm Domino Masters Season 1 finale

MONDAY, MAY 16
8 pm 9-1-1 Season 5 finale
9 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star Season 3 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 17
8 pm The Resident Season 5 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
8 pm The Masked Singer Season 7 finale

SUNDAY, MAY 22
8 pm The Simpsons 33 Season finale
8:30 pm The Great North Season 2 finale
9 pm Bob’s Burgers Season 12 finale
9:30 pm Family Guy Season 20 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 24
9 pm Name That Tune Season 2 finale

THURSDAY, MAY 26
8:30 pm Welcome to Flatch Season 1 finale

THURSDAY, JUNE 23
8 pm MasterChef Junior Season 8 finale

 

NBC

TUESDAY, APRIL 12
10 pm The Thing About Pam limited series finale

MONDAY, MAY 2
10 pm The Endgame Season 1 finale

MONDAY, MAY 9
8 pm American Song Contest Season 1 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 17
8:30 pm Mr. Mayor Season 2 finale

THURSDAY, MAY 19
8 pm Law & Order Season 21 finale
9 pm Law & Order: SVU Season 23 finale
10 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 2 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 24
8 pm Young Rock (new episode)
8:30 pm Young Rock Season 2 finale
9 pm This Is Us series finale
10 pm New Amsterdam Season 4 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
8 pm Chicago Med Season 7 finale
9 pm Chicago Fire Season 10 finale
10 pm Chicago P.D. Season 9 finale

FRIDAY, MAY 27
8 pm The Blacklist Season 9 finale

SUNDAY, JUNE 19
10 pm Transplant Season 2 finale


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Best Shay Mitchell Movies and TV Shows to Watch

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Best Shay Mitchell Movies and TV Shows to Watch

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Shay Mitchell has amassed quite a following on social media with her hilarious and relatable TikTok videos, but on-screen is where she delivers the real gold and pours herself into the most challenging roles.

Here are the best movies and TV shows starring Shay Mitchell to add to your must-watch list:

 

Pretty Little Liars – Freeform

Shay became a household name after bringing Emily Fields to life in the ABC Family/Freeform mystery drama. Emily and her best friends attempted to solve the mystery surrounding their best friend’s disappearance while fielding text messages from a digital stalker at every turn. Shay’s portrayal was also pivotal as it brought to life one of the best LGBTQ characters for the network! 

 

Dollface – Hulu

After being dumped, Jules (Kat Dennings) rekindles her female friendship with Madison (Brenda Song) and the eccentric Stella (Shay) and re-enters the world where your girlfriends trump romantic relationships. Each character brings a certain personality to the series, but Stella is definitely the most vibrant and worldly. 

 

You – Netflix

In its first season of the psychological thriller, Shay tackled the role of Peach Salinger, the best friend of Joe’s (Penn Badgley) first obsession Beck (Elizabeth Lail). And you know that any friend of Beck’s is an enemy of Joe’s. 

 

 

The Possession of Hannah Grace – Sony Pictures

Shay flexed her horror muscle as cop-turned-morgue worker Megan Reed, who accepts a delivery of a disfigured cadaver during the graveyard shift and is plagued with horrifying visions as she’s possessed by a demonic spirit. 

 

Mother’s Day

The film revolves around several different mother’s day events, including one with Sandy (Jennifer Aniston), a single mom that finds out her ex-husband is marrying a younger woman, Tina, played by Shay.

 

 

 


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