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A “Glee” Filled Visit With Darren Criss!

The end of June brought a big visit to Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!  Darren Criss, most notable as Blaine from Fox’s hit series “Glee”, came to chat with patients, play a fun game, and take pictures and sign autographs.

Darren is actually touring alongside fellow “Glee” cast member Lea Michele – the pair performed at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center following his visit at Seacrest Studios!

One special patient, Sarah, played Jimmy Fallon’s “Whisper Challenge” with Darren. Hi wore headphones, listening to really loud music, while she mouthed Disney quotes, and he had to guess what she was saying.

Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta loved having Darren in studio, and we hope he returns soon!

Miss USA Celebrates 4th of July with Patients at Children’s National!

According to Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers, this was the best 4th of July yet! She spent her entire evening at Children’s National, kicking off her visit in Seacrest Studios. Patients came prepared for the interview by asking her an array of questions. We even had a studio wide sing-a-long where we belted out a popular song on-air! Following our special on-air segment, we transitioned from the studio up to our outdoor Healing Garden where the party was just starting! Sarah Rose led a dance party with patients to the Cha Cha Slide, posed for photos with superheroes, took advantage of the face painting station, and created awesome crafts with patients. At the end of the night, we enjoyed the fireworks show where we could see fireworks from Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia! When the party was winding down, one patient said “I don’t want this night to end… I hope Miss USA comes back to visit”. It was a memorable July 4th for everyone at Children’s National!

 

 

Can Shazam Beat Carly Pearce in Music Knowledge?

Written blog by Seacrest Studios intern Hannah Slater
Video by Seacrest Studios interns Scotty Gavlin and Carly Thomas

Country music singer Carly Pearce, who recently won a CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year, stopped by Seacrest Studios in Charlotte on Friday, June 15! We wanted the patients to get to know Carly a little better, so we started her visit off with some questions to try and learn some fun facts about her. We learned a lot, including the fact that Carly LOVES sweet mint gum, kale, and brussel sprouts!

Next we let Carly answer some questions asked by patients in the hospital. We found out that her favorite Disney character is Belle from Beauty and the Beast (she dressed up as Belle 5 years in a row for Halloween!), and Carly even got up to dance when asked what her favorite dance move was. Those dance moves were impressive!

After playing a game where Carly had to try and guess country songs before Shazam could, we quickly discovered that not even an app could guess country songs before her. She can, however, be stumped by Disney silhouettes when playing, “Guess that Disney Character!”

Carly finished her visit by giving a patient that was discharging a special send-off that ended in a big hug. She’s currently touring with Rascal Flatts and Dan + Shay, but we can’t wait to have Carly back in the studio for more games and trivia!

 

Surprise Celebrity Appearances at Children’s Hospital of Orange County Prom

Prom | A rite of passage in every child’s life. A moment in time to wear a glamorous dress, slide into the perfect tuxedo, and saunter off to meet your closest friends. A night that will never be forgotten.

On the first official weekend of summer, patients at Children’s Hospital of Orange County zipped up their dresses, tied their new Ryan Seacrest Distinction bowties, and freshened up with Polished for Men before heading “Around the World in One Night” for their annual Oncology Prom.

An unexpected visit from celebrities, Selena Gomez and Jack Black, left patients gushing and cell phones overflowing with hundreds of selfies. Fans even received the perfect advice from self-declared dance coach for the evening, Jack Black: “I just wanted to make sure you guys had the latest dance moves. I wanted to teach you a couple because that is the most important thing at a prom, is that you have the latest.”

And then @selenagomez shows up at your prom …. #chocprom2018 #chocprom

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Other stars in attendance included Grey’s Anatomy cast members Sarah DrewJames Pickens Jr., Caterina Scorsone and Kevin McKidd.

The annual prom supports teenagers and young adults going through cancer treatment, as well as many survivors, post-treatment.

Thank you to each and every guest and supporter who made this evening so special! We cannot wait for next year!

The Unlikely Candidates Perform in Seacrest Studios at Children’s National!

The Unlikely Candidates made their first Seacrest Studios visit to patients and families atChildren’s National in Washington D.C.

DJ $ara, our Seacrest Studios patient correspondent, took over the mics and asked the band some awesome questions! We learned that when they’re on tour, they like to bring a blanket and pillow from home because it brings them comfort when they travel. Patients also joined the band for a fun round of Would you Rather! During the game, we asked would they rather perform a duet with Elton John or have a dance battle with Beyoncé. Their answers were split—half of the band wanting to join Elton John on stage and the other half wanting to dance it out with Beyoncé!

At the end of their visit, The Unlikely Candidates performed their song “Trampoline” live for patients and families. The energy was so strong and so positive in the studio that the guitarist actually broke his guitar strings in the middle of the song!

Thank you for an awesome visit! We hope to see you soon! 

Grace VanderWaal Talks AGT with Children’s Hospital Colorado!

Written Recap by Seacrest Studios Intern, Ashley Capoot

Seacrest Studios at Children’s Colorado was lucky enough to welcome the talented singer Grace Vanderwaal in February, where she was greeted by an energetic audience packed full of excited patients and families. Grace performed her hit song, “I Don’t Know My Name,” and spent lots of time chatting with her fans.

The kids were anxious to hear about Grace’s experience on the TV show “America’s Got Talent.” She explained that when her mom signed her up for the show’s open calls, they “thought it would be fun, but we didn’t think I would actually make it on the show!” She also shared some of her funniest memories from her time on the show: “We signed up to be in this really long line like you see on TV, and we had a big suitcase with, like, sleeping bags and subway sandwiches. And when we got there, it was like a fifteen-minute line!”

Grace shared the inside scoop about her experience on the show “Treehouse Masters” as well. She said that watching the progress from day to day was really exciting, and that she was very happy with how her treehouse turned out. When asked what her favorite part of the building process was, Grace said that she “got to walk across the bridge before the ropes were on it, which was really scary but really cool!”

Many kids were also curious about when Grace began writing and performing her music. She told the studio that she began performing when she was ten, but that she wrote her first song when she was eleven. She said the writing process for her first song was “frustrating, but fun of course!” The studio audience got inventive with their questions as well, and they picked Grace’s brain about all sorts of topics. Grace revealed that she loves to play basketball, she would win a sushi food eating contest, she was working on a science project about baking powder in cookies, and that she wishes she could be trapped in the TV show “Bob’s Burgers.”

To keep with tradition at BBOY45, Grace closed out her interview with a game of “Backwards Forwards.” As she attempted to say her name backwards, Grace couldn’t help but remark “that is so scary!” She kept the kids laughing, and she seemed to enjoy herself as well. As Grace prepared to take photos with the audience, she encouraged the kids to “be themselves” and thanked them for visiting with her. Grace VanderWaal proved to be a delight to have in the studio, and we are grateful for all the laughs she provided to all of us at Children’s Hospital Colorado!

 

Isabela Moner Surprises Families at Seacrest Studios in Atlanta!

The multi-talented Isabela Moner (actress, singer, songwriter, dancer, & Ukulele player), surprised patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta when she popped into Seacrest Studios on her way to the nearby neighborhood set where she is currently filming the dramedy, Instant Family.

She may be best known for her lead role on the Nickelodeon television series, 100 Things To Do Before High School or as Izabella inin the 2017 film, Transformers: The Last Knight, but soon she’ll be known for her role in Instant Family – a relevant film that shows the importance of adopting foster children. Patients wanted to know what type of film she’d like to do next and were surprised when she said “an alien blaster/Atomic Blonde type movie where I can train and get really jacked for a role!” Her dream co-star? Natalie Portman. Favorite cheat treat? Girl Scout cookies! Once the filming for Instant Family wraps, the 16 year old hopes to get her driver’s license.

Before heading to the set, Isabela inspired us with her words to live by – “Today is the most important day of your life. You’ve got to look at every day like the most important otherwise you’re just existing, you’re not living.” Thank you Isabela! Your visit was definitely the highlight of our day!

Actress & Singer, Seanna Pereira Makes a Special Visit to Seacrest Studios in Atlanta

Patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta enjoyed a special treat this week when actress & singer, Seanna Pereira stopped by Seacrest Studios to chat about and preview her upcoming movie, An Enchanted Ruby. Seanna stars as Ruby Strangelove in a story that features love, family, magic and music. Speaking of music, the 13 year old recorded ten songs for the film and happily accommodated a patient’s request to sing something live.

We were so entertained by her stories and adventures, like when she had to film in Bulgaria for six months and got so sick production was almost haltedI But the teenager has such a strong work ethic she powered through! (See if you can detect her terrible cold in a few scenes!) What a trooper! Seanna also told us how she was able to learn and perfect a very difficult Arabic accent in just ONE day while filming the hit 24: The Legacy. She is amazing, inspiring and was very encouraging to young fans who expressed a desire to act one day. She has a lot on the horizon but promised to return and share more movies and adventures with us. In the meantime, check out An Enchanted Ruby …a very sweet film with an anti­ bullying message and lots of singing by Seanna !

 

Levine Children’s Hospital Welcomes Kane Brown to Seacrest Studios

Recap by Studio Coordinator, Meredith Dean

Video by Intern, Ryan Sandlin

We loved welcoming country artist Kane Brown to the Queen City! One of the most touching moments from this country star’s visit was when 5-year-old, McKenna, a patient’s sister, brought a homemade poster for Kane that he read aloud: PRAY FOR MY BROTHER KADE. PLEASE KANE, LOVE MCKENNA. Kade had been waiting on a heart transplant for several months in the hospital. She even had the opportunity to compete against Kane one-on-one where she had to get 4 ping pong balls in Kane’s Panthers cup. As a Panthers fan, he was right at home with our patients in Charlotte, NC at Levine Children’s Hospital. This Southern 24-year-old also is a HUGE University of Georgia fan and loved cheering on the Dawgs in a video with our Studio Coordinator & UGA alumna, Meredith.

Another LCH patient, Derek, even came with his own list of questions to ask Kane. He had been thrilled with the news of him coming and was prepared to interview his favorite singer! He also made sure he knew Kane’s birthday (October 21, 1993). As we passed around the Seacrest Studios Fishbowl of questions to our patients of all ages, we found out that Kane:

Used to be able to play Guitar Hero with his feet
His favorite food is chicken
Went to Young Life for summer camp in high school
His favorite song is “Location” by Khalid
Mickey Mouse is his favorite Disney character
His favorite Panthers player is his close friend, Ed Dickson

In the past, Kane has opened up about his tough childhood, so we asked him how he got through those difficult times — as a lot of our patients and families brave through several trials & tribulations in their journeys. He explained to our patients, “Y’all are going through more difficult things than anyone else has to go through. It’ll mature you faster than other kids”. Additionally, since it was International Women’s Day, he talked about the most influential females in his life: His fiancée, his mother, and his Nana. They are all very supportive of him and his mother and nana taught him to never give up.

After the interview, Kane was excited to play March Madness especially since he said his favorite X Box games are sports-related (2K & Madden). He flew through the game with all the right answers — guessing which zoomed in logo represented which college team. The only team logo he missed was for our local college team, the UNCC 49ers, but one of our nurses helped him out! We then played “Guess That Country Song” where Kane successfully guessed the artists and song titles of well-known country hits!

One of our favorite moments from the visit was when Kane performed his hit song “What Ifs”. To accompany him in his performance, he brought his piano player, Ken, and lead guitarist, Alex! He asked the crowd to sing along with him (especially the parts featuring Lauren Alaina) to which everyone happily obliged! Kane met countless patients and their families, taking photos and signing autographs. He truly made their day at Seacrest Studios!

 

All Time Low Visits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Seacrest Studio Intern, Yusuf Rowser

Hit punk-rock band All Time Low kicked things off by visiting Seacrest Studios here at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. All four members; Rian, Alex, Jack and Zack sat down to talk to the viewers and in-studio guests.

Lead vocalist Alex Gaskarth began things by speaking on how the band has been able to stay such good friends despite the increased fame and recognition. “We’re all just very lucky that we all became very good friends at an early age… It feels more like brothers than friends at this point.”

Studio staff member, Whitney Osborne, asked the band how their individual tastes in music have evolved since the band’s conception in 2003. “When we first started, I was sort of ashamed to listen to anything other than ‘punk music’ or ‘rock music,” drummer Rian Dawson stated. “But as you learn more about songwriting… A good song at its core can take so many avenues. We’ve all become a lot more broad in what we listen to, I feel.”

Whitney then shook the table by asking a staple question here at the Cincinnati Seacrest Studio – “What is each band members favorite Disney/Pixar film?” Alex and Jack both chose Toy Story. “[Toy Story] was one of the first Pixar movies, and we were probably around 7 or 8 years old” stated Jack.

To finish off their time in the studio, the band played “All Time Low or High”. A game where everyone guesses if the price of a product is higher or lower than the listed price. The band was shocked at the cost of a moon-bounce being close to $1000! All Time Low’s visit ended with the group having a meet and greet with the patients and signing autographs.

It was a great Friday afternoon that brought a vibrant energy to both the patients and the studio as a collective. Thank you All Time Low for taking time to come in and bring joy to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital!