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AUDIO — The Tara and Johnny Podcast, Episode 37: Lonely Nights

Tara and Johnny: “She’s an Olympic champion. He is a two-time Olympian. Together, they’re figure skating royalty turned NBC commentators. And now they’re pop culture icons. But more importantly, they’re best friends. NBC presents: ‘Tara and Johnny.’ Here’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

In this episode, Tara and Johnny discuss Johnny’s search for love, their backgrounds in acting, Tara’s obsession with the Food Network, and more.

Listen and subscribe now to ‘Tara and Johnny’ on AudioBoom (below), Stitcher, or iTunes.

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Johnny Weir Q&A: Yuri on Ice and More!

Binky’s Blog: At long last, but so worth the wait: below are the complete video highlights of Johnny’s Q&A session at the Skating Club of Wilmington’s Spring Ice Show (see coverage of his performances from the show here: Heartbreak and Creep).

Yes, Mr. Weir will now take your questions. And answer them as thoughtfully and charmingly as is humanly possible. All while looking fabulous in a veiled hat.

Read more and watch the video here.


Photo credit: David Keyser.

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AUDIO — The Tara and Johnny Podcast, Episode 36: SHARKS!

Tara and Johnny: “She’s an Olympic champion. He is a two-time Olympian. Together, they’re figure skating royalty turned NBC commentators. And now they’re pop culture icons. But more importantly, they’re best friends. NBC presents: ‘Tara and Johnny.’ Here’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

In this episode, Tara and Johnny discuss Tara’s final wedding preparations, the Sports Emmys, Johnny’s fear of sharks, why David Feherty is now in Johnny’s infamous red book, and more.

Listen and subscribe now to ‘Tara and Johnny’ on AudioBoom (below), Stitcher, or iTunes.

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AUDIO — The Tara and Johnny Podcast, Episode 35: Mainlining Olive Oil; Trip to Cabo

Tara and Johnny: “She’s an Olympic champion. He is a two-time Olympian. Together, they’re figure skating royalty turned NBC commentators. And now they’re pop culture icons. But more importantly, they’re best friends. NBC presents: ‘Tara and Johnny.’ Here’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

In this episode, Tara and Johnny discuss Tara losing her voice and Johnny’s interesting remedy, Tara’s trip to Cabo, Johnny’s difficulties as he prepares to skate in Japan, and more.

Listen and subscribe now to ‘Tara and Johnny’ on AudioBoom (below), Stitcher, or iTunes.

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VIDEO — Olympic Figure Skater Johnny Weir Skates to Music from Anime ‘Yuri!!! on Ice’

SoraNews24: With its loving attention to the intricacies of a sport that’s not often represented in fiction, figure skating anime Yuri!!! on Ice has proven to be a big hit not only with skating enthusiasts, but with professional skaters as well. Perhaps the highest-profile supporter of the show is Russian skating wunderkind Evgenia Medvedeva, but Yuri!!! on Ice can also count two-time American Olympian Johnny Weir as another pro among its fans.

And it’s not just Yuri!!! on Ice’s story or animation that’s struck a chord with Weir, but its music as well, as evidenced by this recent tweet in which he shows off the CD he was playing in his Lexus for the day: the Yuri!!! on Ice soundtrack.

Weir is apparently fond of “In Regards to Love: Agape,” the piece to which the anime’s supporting cast member Yuri Plisetsky performs a short program during the TV series. How do we know Weir likes this particular piece? Because he’s also shared a video of himself skating to “Agape,” artistically shot in monochrome.

Read more here.

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Figure Skating Anime ‘Yuri On Ice’ Is Very Realistic, Says Olympic Skater Johnny Weir

Kotaku: It’s not just the skating that the show nails. According to former champ Johnny Weir, the show is filled with little details that shows Yuri On Ice’s creators really know their stuff.

While in China late last year, Weir gave a somewhat in-depth interview about the anime. He talks about how got into the show (thanks to Evgenia Medvedeva) and how smartly done it is.

“It’s such a good show and there’s so much good things from the figure skating world in the show that you wouldn’t—if you’re just a casual fan—you wouldn’t know, but for us, the skaters, you see one storyline and you can see something from your life or your friend’s life,” said Weir. “It’s very interesting.”

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VIDEO — Exclusive Clip: E!’s ‘Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry’

Real Screen: Hollywood medium Tyler Henry is returning to E! to deliver readings to celebrities looking for advice, connection, and closure.

In this upcoming season of Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, Tyler sits down with Tanya Thicke just months after her late husband, Alan Thicke, passed away from heart complications.

Additional celebrities meeting with Tyler include Khloe Kardashian, Bobby Brown, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Eva Longoria, Ryan Lochte, Ru Paul, T-Boz, Lisa Vanderpump, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Mel B, Janice Dickinson, Patti Stanger, Nico Tortorella, Johnny Weir, Kim Zolciak Biermann, Reza Farahan, Joanna Krupa, Elisha Cuthbert, Nancy Grace, Portia De Rossi, Tabatha Coffey, Mischa Barton, Brett Eldredge, Jaleel White, Dr. Drew, Marlee Matlin, Lil’ Kim, The Chrisleys,  Ice-T and Coco and more.

The new season begins Wednesday, May 17 at 8 pm ET/PT on E!

Read more here.

See Johnny at the end of the new clip below, beginning at about 0:51.

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Mega-Gallery: ‘Creep’ As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Binky’s Blog: Back in January of this year, Johnny performed his now-legendary ‘Creep’ for what was meant to be the final time, at the University of Delaware’s special US Nationals Send-Off. The video of his performance has thus far garnered more than 300K views, and has risen to fourth place on the list of most-watched Johnny YouTubes ever, just behind his 2010 US Nats short program, Poker Face, and Bad Romance.

And then, in response to international fandom outcry, Johnny graciously decided to bring Creep back once more for the Skating Club of Wilmington’s Spring Ice Show.

SCW is Johnny’s home rink, and the annual two-day spring event is also their major fundraiser for the year. The club goes all out to create an engaging and high-quality production: last year’s show was excellent, and this year’s was even better.

And that meant that at last, we could video and photograph Johnny’s black-and-red Creep performance as it was meant to be showcased, on glittering ice under brilliant spotlights.

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Photo credit: David Keyser.

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Medvedeva’s Dominance Holds No Limitations

IceNetworkIceNetwork will announce its choice for 2016-17 Person of the Year later this month. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor from IceNetwork contributor Sarah S. Brannen.

Evgenia Medvedeva hasn’t lost a competition since the 2015 Rostelecom Cup. This past season, the Russian was not just undefeated — she was utterly dominant, setting new world-record scores and then repeatedly breaking those marks on her way to a second consecutive world title. It’s hard not to write things like “she crushed the competition” — which can seem odd when you’re talking about a slight, fresh-faced teenager who is still just 17 years old — but this particular phrase fits when talking about Medvedeva’s abilities.

NBC commentator Johnny Weir, who has seen his fair share of Medvedeva in action, has not been shy about expressing his admiration for the dominant star.

“What makes Evgenia great isn’t simply her technique or her ability to maximize every element in her programs — it’s her determination and belief in every character she has portrayed that makes her very special to watch,” Weir wrote via email. “Her consistency in training translates to her confidence in competition and allows her to be more than just a competitor…[she’s] a true artist.”

“As an audience member, you can feel calm watching her, which is certainly a rare quality and part of why she is so loved and respected,” Weir added. “She has proved time and time again that she really is that much better than her competitors. Again, this comes from consistency.

“There are skaters who can rival her in specific categories — [Carolina] Kostner in artistry, other Russians in jumping ability, and so on — but nobody has been able to put it all together consistently like Zhenya.”

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AUDIO — The Tara and Johnny Podcast, Episode 34: Long Story Short

Tara and Johnny: “She’s an Olympic champion. He is a two-time Olympian. Together, they’re figure skating royalty turned NBC commentators. And now they’re pop culture icons. But more importantly, they’re best friends. NBC presents: ‘Tara and Johnny.’ Here’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.”

In this episode, Tara and Johnny discuss Johnny’s trip to Iceland, going on Access Hollywood, Tara’s bridal shower, Johnny as Bambi, and more.

Listen and subscribe now to ‘Tara and Johnny’ on AudioBoom (below), Stitcher, or iTunes.

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