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Christina Wells Takes the ‘America’s Got Talent’ Live Show

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Hometown LGBTQ favorite and 2017 Pride SuperStar, Christina Edwards Wells, will take the stage at the America’s Got Talent Live Show tonight — here’s how you can help her progress to the semifinals.

(HOLLYWOOD) – After an agonizing near-two months of waiting to hear her sing again and a couple of breathtaking performances from Houston’s very own Christina Edwards Wells, the 43-year-old LGBTQ singer will take the stage during the live shows of the quarterfinals on NBC’s America’s Got Talent tonight at 7 PM central. Wells, who has worked as a nurse in Houston for nearly fifteen years, was last seen in a prerecorded episode that aired on July 17th. At that performance, Wells received acclaim from the judges, including Simon Cowell who noted, We had to make decisions based on who do we think could really do well in the live show.” After a drama-filled pause, Cowell continued, “And that’s why, Christina, we have decided to put you through to the live shows.” Guest judge Ken Jeong (of Dr. Ken and The Hangover fame) shared with Christina that when he decided to stop practicing medicine to become a comedian — the actor-comedian once played a fictional version of his medical self in the short-lived, aforementioned ABC sitom — that his wife told him, “You’re no longer a doctor. You’re a comedian.” Jeong went on to tell Wells, “You’re no longer a nurse, you’re a singer […] an artist.”

Wells is nothing short of a celebrity here in Houston. In our recent Pride Edition interview, Wells told About that even her nursing career was filled with her beautiful singing voice. During Hurricane Harvey, the singer was so overwhelmed by the tragedy and so inspired by her city of Houston heroes, she wrote a song entitled “Come Hell or High Water” as a tribute to those who fought, lost their lives, and survived. Wells won Pride Houston’s Pride SuperStar competition in 2017 and has been an active supporter of the LGBTQ community in Houston, of which she is a part.

With Wells advancing performing tonight, audiences will have the chance to vote to keep her progressing on to the semifinals, which will begin airing performances on September 4th. Audiences may start voting tonight following Wells’ performance and can vote until 7 AM central time on August 29th — and each person can vote up to 10 times from the same phone number or email address any of the various ways. A friend of About Magazine, Christina Edwards Wells herself reached out and shared with us how audiences can cast their votes after her performance tonight.

“Okay, you guys, there are four ways to vote,” Wells said before listing off the four ways to vote — as the rising star has been sharing in cute videos and posts shared to her social media pages in recent days (see below with her equally talented bandmate, Alli Villines and her ukulele Hildegard). Here are the four ways you, her fans and loved onescan make sure that Christina stays on the show after tonight:

1. Call the 1-866-XXX-XXXX number … and make sure to do it 10 times to get 10 votes in. No. Seriously. Call 10 times. And make all your friends vote ten times, too.

This is the most basic and old school way to vote for Christina. The number to call will be available on the television screen immediately after Christina’s performance and updated here on the About Magazine website. We’ll also be updating all our social media accounts with this number. Don’t eff this up, guys. It’s literally the easiest way to vote.

2. Download the America’s Got Talent app! You can vote 10 for each email address you log in with!!

And … c’mon, guys. Let’s be real. You know that you have like 60 email addresses. I have one for this magazine, one personal one, I still think I have one for my old job that works, and I have one for my secret double life I lead on the internet as an Amish dominatrix. I bet Christina would use all of her emails to make accounts to vote for you, so you should probably do the same fo her. Plus, she’d probably sing you some inspiring song after and to build you up like she did with … I don’t know … all the patients she was stuck in the hospital caring for and the other medical staff during Hurricane Harvey. Yeah. That’s right. She isn’t just a badass person; she’s a great human being. So go vote for her.  Capisce?

You can download the app on iTunes by clicking here.

3. Go to NBC website and you can vote 10 times for each email address you have!!!

Don’t act like you don’t have a work email, too. Okay? Because you bet your ass that I will personally call Susan from HR and ask her how many of those ‘per my last email’ replies she’s had to send you over the last month. Susan is sick of you heating up fish in the break room microwave and doesn’t really like you. But do you know who does like and who might let you use her microwave to reheat fish? Christina Edwards Wells. So go vote for her.

Here’s the link.

4. If you are an XFinity customer with the XFinity X1 remote control, then you can speak into it and say, “Vote AGT!”

This isn’t gonna be one of those things where dumb Siri or dumb Alexa doesn’t understand what it is you’re saying. The XFinity remote wants Christina to move on, too. But because the XFinity remote isn’t a human, she can’t vote for Christina, just like she wasn’t able to vote for Hillary in 2016. She’s remorseful about the latter, but is trying to make it up to us by helping Christina win America’s Got Talent. So, do this. It’s easy. And if you’re not an XFinity customer, you call whatever crap cable provider you have, cancel your service, and sign up for XFinity before 7 AM tomorrow.

Houston is full of immense talent in music, on the stage, on the screen, on the field, in literature (*cough* preorder my new book *cough*) and behind the scenes of so many different professions. But how often do we get to see someone that we all know and love take the stage on national TV to get their long-overdue shot at stardom? And how often is that person an LGBTQ person of color who saves lives for a living and is genuinely one of the most kind hearted people in the world?

Not that often.

About Magazine wants to help Christina succeed and we want to make sure that our loyal followers help her, too. So please take the time to watch her perform tonight — you can even head down to the very delicious Spanky’s Pizza in Pasadena to watch the show live — and make sure you vote. If you haven’t voted at least 30 times (40 for XFinity customers) you’re trash. Sorry about it, but it’s true.

Everyone at About is sending you our love and support, Christina! Break a leg. And readers, if you don’t vote for Christina, we may have to break some legs ourselves.

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“Hey Qween!” Returns With Brand New Episodes

“HEY QWEEN”, THE GAYEST TALK SHOW OF ALL TIME, GETS A MAKE-OVER FOR ITS FOURTH RAUCOUS SEASON

Hey Qween!, the world’s gayest talk show of all time, is getting a face-lift this winter.  When the show returns for its fourth season next month, it will debut a sexy new look and sound.  For three hilarious seasons, comedian Jonny McGovern and his co-host Lady Red Couture have welcomed many of the countries top LGBT and drag talent − including RuPaul, Laganga Estranja, and Candis Cayne − to their couch.  On February 15th, Hey Qween! launches its fourth raucous season on theStream.tv.

Hey Qween! is a place for gay stars and underground legends to come and tell their stories in a way they can’t on any other talk show,” explains host and executive producer, Jonny McGovern.  “We cut up, have a kiki and a gay ‘ol time.  Then, at the end of every show, the special guest gets a trophy and a lap dance from one of our in-house strippers!  It’s a half hour of pure merriment.”

“You don’t have to be gay to be on Hey Qween!,’ he adds.  “Just gay friendly and ready for fun.”

Lots of changes are in store for the upcoming season of Hey Qween! including a brand new set and the addition of a regular cast member.  Billboard charting vocalist Adam Joseph joins the gang as bandleader of “Adam Joseph and The Go To Bed Wigs”.

“For years our show has been called The Tonight Show if Johnny Carson was a big gay lumberjack and Ed McMahon was the largest drag queen in captivity,” continues McGovern.  “Now we got a glittery twink version of Doc Severinsen.”

Adam Joseph has a long association with Jonny McGovern.  He is the voice of the Hey Qween! theme song and the music producer behind all of McGovern’s albums.  The addition of a bandleader will mean more music parodies and comedy to the show.  Also new will be a series of “Drag Besties” episodes, kicking off with Detox and Vicky Vox of the Drag supergroup DWV.

Fan-favorite segments returning this season are “Betta As a Bitch Track”, where the show trolls the trolls, turning real life negative comments from the Internet into over-the-top “bitch tracks” and the “Look At Huh!” game, where guests share their personal stories of celebrities.

Jonny “The Gay Pimp” McGovern’s career began in 2003 with Dirty Gay Hits, a collection of hilarious gay themed songs.  The video release of “Soccer Practice” from the album received over three million downloads and was added to rotation on MTV Europe and MTV Asia, making Jonny an international phenomenon. Soon, he was appearing all over the airwaves, on The Ricky Lake Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Out on the Edge, and more. Jonny eventually caught the eye of Rosie O’Donnell, who cast him as a lead player on her LOGO-TV comedy show, The Big Gay Sketch Show.

“Working with Jonny is one of the joys of my life,” says Lady Red Couture from the Hey Qween! set in Hollywood.  “He’s so sweet.  I’ll never forget when RuPaul came to visit and we were filming the opening banter and I messed up. So Jonny says, ‘Don’t be nervous because RuPaul is here.’ Then RuPaul says, ‘DO be nervous because RuPaul is here!’ Oh, I wet myself laughing!”

“We’ve become the best of friends making Hey Qween!“ reflects Jonny McGovern of his relationship with Lady Red Couture. “She’s such a quick wit and naturally funny.  People think that because I’m executive producer of the show, I also direct her.  You don’t ever make Lady Red do anything. If she’s eating on the show, its cause the bitch wants a snack!  I just let Lady Red be herself and that’s more than enough.”

Hey Qween! has been so successful for theStream.tv, the online network launched the show as its own YouTube channel and has plans to launch a stand-alone website.

The show has also spawned several spin-offs, including the Look At Huh! aftershow that began airing last spring.  In March, theStream.tv will begin airing the second seasons of:  Judge Lady Red, a court show with Lady Red presiding over the disputes of young queens and deciding whether it’s ‘Shade’ or ‘No Shade’; He’s Fit, a parody of fitness shows starring lap dancer Greg McKeon as he competes in flex battles against Instagram hotties; and Hot T, a bi-monthly gossip show with Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard (from Bravo’s The People’s Couch) breaking down the hot topics of the week.   A new advice show, Hey Qween Can I Axe You A Question?, will premiere later this season.

“We’re thrilled to bring back Hey Qween! for a fourth season,” says theStream.tv’s Susan Wrenn. “Jonny and Lady Red are both so talented and passionate about what they do. Their creativity inspires everyone here at theStream.tv.”

Look for Jonny McGovern and Lady Red Couture this summer when they host Pride Festivals and bring their Hey Qween! nightclub show to cities across the country.

The fourth season of Hey Qween! begins airing February 15th on theStream.tv.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 ‘Darienne Lake’ Comes To Houston

It is official. Darienne is coming to town.

She did not win RuPaul’s Drag Race but Miss Darienne Lake came fourth in the sixth season and had some unforgettable moments, including her winning performance in Drag Race Me to Hell and her animal kingdom elephant runway.

She will appear at South Beach the nightclub on Saturday, January 16 straight from Rochester, New York. A performer who describes herself as 12 tons of twisted steel and sex appeal, Darienne won the online vote to be able to compete to become America’s Next Drag Superstar.

With her infectious sense of humor and standout performances in the “Drag Race Me to Hell” and “Snatch Game” challenges, she’s showing the world why she deserved to be there!

Find out more information here.

Sherry Vine Launches Queer Network, gaySVTVworld

We Want Our Drag TV
The Internet is getting a whole lot gayer!   International drag darling Sherry Vine and former Here-TV executive Josh Rosenzweig are combining their style, humor and sensibility into a one-stop, digital destination for all of the world’s LGBTQ entertainment needs.  gaySVTVworld premieres February 14 with original shows, specials, music videos, short films and more: all free at YouTube.com/MissSherryVine.

“The world needs gaySVTVworld because they are hungry for original programming from top queer talent,” says Vine, a comedian whose hilarious video parodies have made her a YouTube sensation.  “We got ‘em all: Haus Of Mimosa, Pickles, David Serrano, Chris Semers … and this is only the beginning.”

TBT-Pickles-logo-300x242 Sherry Vine Launches Queer Network, gaySVTVworldgaySVTVworld is created by and for LGBTQ audiences,” adds Josh Rosenzweig. A two-time Emmy Award nominee, Rosenzweig served as SVP of Here TV for ten years where he produced over two hundred hours of television including She’s Living For This, a show that starred Vine.  “Nobody is going to tell our stories like we will. While our visibility has increased enormously over the last decade with the launch of several LGBT television networks, it is essential that the community have an online space to call our own.  A destination where we can go to find like-minded artists and feel the power of the collective.”

While gaySVTVworld draws inspiration from a traditional television model, it also presents a modern digital age spin with all shows under-seven minutes long.  “We’re offering short content so people can view several episodes in the same amount of time as one traditional TV show,” explains Vine.  “Maybe you only have five free minutes on your way to work or during a lunch break.  That’s enough time to catch a hilarious episode of Fashion Puhleez on your smart phone!”

The network will kick off its first season with a slate of eight programs, releasing daily, beginning with Sunday’s Sherry and the Greek, an original talk series starring Vine and Chris Semers, discussing a variety of fun topics and performing skits, characters, and musical numbers.

On Monday, queer notables share their pop culture picks on EduGAYtion.   Then Tuesday, The Rachel Zoe Show meets Project Runway in Fashion Puhleez, with lead players in the beauty industry discussing fashion, club couture and styling.

House of Mimosa presents The Anita & Gina Marie Show, a comedic show that chronicles the daily antics of two women as they cause mayhem throughout Astoria, Queens (singing out – or rather, airing out – all their dirty laundry) gets viewers over hump day.   Then its Throwback Thursdays with Pickles, a look back at a public access show that offers a glimpse into the gay, downtown art and nightlife scene of New York in the nineties.

Celebrate the end of the workweek with The Flames of Hell’s Kitchen, a telanovela about the life of Sherry Vine, her manager Gloria, assistant Busted and sexy Latino boyfriend, Diego.  In the first season, Sherry wins big, loses everything, slips back into a life of drugs, and faces an intervention. The show stars David Serrano, Busted, Patty McKeever and Al McKeever.

Finally, on Saturday, it’s movie night as gaySVTVworld presents The SVTV Short Film Fest, an online festival dedicated to spotlighting the very best LGBTQ filmmakers from around the world.  Each week is a new short film along with interviews from the filmmakers and special bonus features.

In addition, What’s In Your Purse?, a hilarious two-minute segment featuring Vine cornering nightlife celebrities and forcing them to reveal the contents of their bags, will run throughout the week.

“We knew launching a network was an ambitious endeavor but there are so many things we didn’t think of,” admits Vine.  “Josh and I and our amazing team have literally been working every day on gaySVTVworld for almost a year now.”

“So much of that time has been spent on brainstorming ideas, reaching out to people we wanted to work with and deciding on a slate we felt confident about,” continues Rosenzweig.  “We have several shows that are in various stages of development. Our intention is to continue to keep rolling out new programs, music videos and comedy sketches.”

gaySVTVworld premieres February 14 at YouTube.com/MissSherryVine