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Usher Brings His New Look Foundation to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

R&B star Usher signed his first recording contract when he was only 13 and broke onto the music scene with his first album at 16. Considering how much the singing sensation accomplished before his 18th birthday, it's fitting that his non-profit foundation, New Look, emphasizes the importance of youth in the community. "I truly do feel like youth are going to dictate what tomorrow really is," Usher says of his 10-year-old organization. "But they need the tools to do it. By motivating them, you can only hope for a promising tomorrow." The latest recipients of one of the foundation's $25,000 Powered by Service grants, the Scott family, also got a little help around the house from the music superstar. In this Sunday's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Usher, alongside teen star Selena Gomez and the Extreme Makeover team, helped rebuild the family's home in Clarksville, Tenn. Usher, 31, says this opportunity to appear on the show and break out his tool kit held a special meaning on multiple levels. "When I heard about the family, I was very excited to work with the family in Tennessee," he says. "We, through my foundation, have been trying to spread Powered by Service and Tennessee was the first on my list because I hadn't really gotten to do anything for my home state." The Scott Family, consisting of Trina Scott and her three daughters, lost patriarch Dave Scott, a police officer, in 2002 when he was killed on duty. Ever since his death, the family has contributed immensely to the group that helped them heal, Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.). "Extreme Makeover, they do incredible work," Usher says. "There couldn't be anything more gratifying for the service they actually contribute to their community." Usher, who is currently working on completing his next album for a February release, was tight-lipped about his work on the Scott house. However, aside from a dance room he contributed, he also helped build a bench and a flagpole in the front of the house to commemorate Dave. "A father is really the glue that sticks everything together," says the father of two. "This family continued to go out and help other families that had suffered the same loss in Clarksville." Usher is confident that the $25,000 grant for C.O.P.S. will help the family continue to help others. "With this project, I really feel the stars were aligned. The Tennessee volunteers, obviously, a family that couldn't be more deserving, and Powered by Service being something that really guides the kids and gives them their opportunity to have a voice." Source Here

Mary J. Blige on EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION Season 7

Check out the first photos of Mary J. Blige on EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION "Ward family" Season 7 episode 11 which airs on Sunday December 13 at 9:30 p.m. Synopsis: with celebrity volunteer Mary J. Blige -- traveled to Erie, PA to meet the indomitable Clara Ward, who has cast the adversity of her health and surroundings aside to run a nonprofit youth development and family center from her home. This episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will air SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Having experienced a childhood of hardship, Clara vowed to make a difference for the next generation, and neither modest means nor the challenges of Myostenio Gradi, a degenerative muscular disease, have stopped her so far. For decades Clara has put her personal needs second to feeding, clothing and nurturing children in her home, organizing charitable drives, arranging field trips, tutoring, giving cooking lessons and much more. But the rampant disrepair of her crumbling two-story home -- including a cracked foundation, a leaky roof, peeling walls and a faulty sewage line -- increasingly threatens the life-long mission that means so much to her and the people in her neighborhood. Furthermore, the house lacks the wheelchair accessibility she needs, requiring her to stay with her daughter and head back and forth each day. The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington and designers Paul DiMeo and Paige Hemmis, plus Six-Time Grammy Award-winner Mary J. Blige helps the design team all week long and puts some personal touches on the new home.. Source & More Photos

Usher on EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION Season 7

Check out the first photos of Usher on EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION "Scott Family" Season 7 episode 10 which airs on Sunday December 6 at 9:30 p.m. Synopsis: celebrity volunteers Usher and Selena Gomez guest in the episode -- to give Trina Scott and her three daughters the good news that their problem-ridden home would be rebuilt in just seven days. Also of note for this episode, Usher lends a hand to Paige and John, working side by side to help make the new Scott family house a home; and the family gets to visit Selena Gomez on the set of "Wizards of Waverly Place." This episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will air SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Source & More Photos

Selena Gomez on EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION Season 7

Check out the first photos of Selena Gomez on EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION "Scott Family" Season 7 episode 10 which airs on Sunday December 6 at 9:30 p.m. Synopsis: On October 17, 2009, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" traveled to Clarksville, Tennessee - celebrity volunteer Selena Gomez guest in the episode -- to give Trina Scott and her three daughters the good news that their problem-ridden home would be rebuilt in just seven days. This episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will air SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Trina, 44, met her husband Dave while he was serving with U.S. Army Special Forces in Fort Bragg - and it was love at first sight. After his discharge, Dave became a Clarksville police officer. In 2002, he and his partner were on duty when their police car was violently struck by a truck. The car spun out of control, hit a guardrail, caught fire and killed both Dave and his partner almost instantly. Overwhelmed with grief,Trina turned to a group called Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.), which helps the surviving family members of officers killed in the line of duty. Inspired by the help she received from C.O.P.S.,Trina devoted all of her free time to the organization and became its President in 2003. The time that Trina dedicates to C.O.P.S. represents essentially a full-time job, and that's on top of the full time job she works to support her three daughters -- Leyla, 17, Deidie, 13, and Alethea, 11.Trina has spent more than $20,000 on the mounting repairs to her small home, but the structural problems caused by termites and water damage remain. The Scott Family went on vacation to Disneyland while "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team leader Ty Pennington, designers Michael Moloney, Paige Hemmis and John Littlefield, spearheaded the design efforts for their new home. Also the family gets to visit Selena Gomez on the set of "Wizards of Waverly Place." Source & More Photos

'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Coming to Ohio

Ty Pennington and his design team are heading to Ohio to inform one lucky family that they have been selected for a home makeover by showing up at their Dayton-area home on Thursday, July 30. At present, there are five families vying for a spot on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition . While the chosen family has not yet been disclosed, the Dayton community and volunteers are gathering together to support the cause. Last Friday, volunteers met at Far Hills Community Church for a pep rally. Between 1,500 and 2,000 volunteers with donated building materials will demolish the existing house and replace it with a brand new one in less than a week. The construction on the house could begin as soon as August 1. It's a good thing Coventry Fine Homes, a custom and production homebuilder in the greater Dayton area, has committed to helping with the project. "It was an honor to have been called by Extreme Makeover to lead the building process and participate in the show," said Rob Arnold, president of Coventry Fine Homes and Prudential One Realtors in a news release from the company. "In the coming weeks we will witness how thousands of volunteers and generous sponsors in the Miami Valley region can come together for a common cause to make a difference in a local family's life through our time, talent and support." Coventry Fine Homes is currently looking for volunteers to help with the build and donations to help with supplies. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 's theme this season is "Get On The Bus," which projects the idea of the Obama administration's focus on volunteerism. In every episode, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will demonstrate the value of community service and invite a celebrity with local ties to the community to take part in the build. Source Here

Ratings: Tom Selleck's Jesse Stone Ices the Competition

Sunday's ratings summary: * 7 pm/ET 60 Minutes topped the hour with 14.12 million total viewers, besting the conclusion of Fox's NASCAR coverage (10.52 mil, No. 1 in demos). SNL: The Best of Tracy Morgan placed fourth (behind ABC's videos show), with three mil. * 8 pm Extreme Makeover (10.96 million viewers) just barely edged out The Amazing Race (10.75 mil). SNL: The Best of Will Ferrell improved on Tracy's highlights reel, delivering 5.63 mil. * 9 pm In the three-way competition between two-hour "events," CBS' Jesse Stone: Thin Ice placed first - and was the night's most watched program - with 15.13 million viewers. That marks a 16 percent increase over the mystery series' previous installment. Brothers & Sisters (ahem) "came to life" with nearly 12 million viewers, a 27 percent surge over its last outing. The second cycle of The Celebrity Apprentice premiered to 8.8 mil, an 18 percent plunge from the first season's opener. Maybe next time, the Donald should promise a "shocking death"? Source here
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