From a young age we’ve been told, “It’s the thought that counts,” and to accept any gift with a smile. But this little boy was not about to take the disrespect. An eight-year-old boy from Guanajuato woke up on January 7 to find that his letter to the three kings was left unanswered—so naturally, he ran away from home.
Juan Daniel was found wandering the streets by police in Santa Teresa, Guanajuato.
#Estados Juan Daniel estaba triste y con un profundo desencanto dijo que su mamá le había dicho que los Reyes Magos no le iban a traer nada.
The minor was taken to Social Services where his uncles came to the rescue —his mom arrived moments later, she had reported her son missing just a few hours prior.
The officers were touched by the boy’s disappointment
Moved by the story, officers and administrative staff at the police station raised money to buy him the gifts that had not appeared.
An officer even played the role of the Kings’ emissary
Soon after, a police officer carrying a bag of toys came to the station pretending to be an emissary of the three kings. He told Juan Daniel the kings had been busy so they had asked him to help pass out toys to children.
Juan Daniel got his presents in the end.
The boy opened the bag to find the robot he had asked for, as well as a train, a ball, notebooks and a box of crayons. Meanwhile, social workers provided support to the boy’s mother for problems with addiction.
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It’s hard to imagine the 2000s without the Pussycat Dolls. Not only were their hit singles “Dontcha,” “Buttons,” and “Stickwitu”—all from their 2005 debut album PCD—bangers all over the world, but the group quickly became something of a small empire, touching everything from reality TV to commercial merchandise. They topped the charts worldwide, earned several award nominations (including a Grammy nod), and are ranked as one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. And although they experienced a great amount of success over a relatively short time (they eventually broke up in 2010), the Pussycat Dolls were marred by some serious internal drama that made even their best years a little less sparkly.
The main reason for their conflict was the excessive attention paid to lead vocalist Nicole Scherzinger.
Of the five Pussycat Dolls, there were two vocalists: Scherzinger and Melody Thornton. Scherzinger has admitted to singing 95% of the vocals during the Dolls’ heyday, even going to so far as to say that the other members of the group didn’t hear the tracks until they were finished. While Thornton did contribute to background vocals as a Doll, she never had a chance to sing lead. Years of frustration over this inequity ended up culminating in a pretty uncomfortable moment performing the bop “Dontcha”:
As you can see, Thornton clearly went off-script in this performance, taking advantage of the opportunity to finally step into the spotlight. There’s no doubt that the girl can sing, but Scherzinger was not impressed. The shade, though!
And this wasn’t the only time Thornton’s off-the-cuff solos made things awkward. Take this example from the 2006 American Music Awards (skip to 2:50 for her surprise ad-lib appearance onstage):
Earlier this year, Thornton told the UK’s Daily Mirror that she secretly went to therapy for low self-esteem during her time with the Dolls, and that it took many years for her to overcome her negative experiences with the group.
“I lost so much confidence and felt really worthless. Because it was pointed out, over and over again, that I was the weakest link in the group,” said Thornton. ”I had never felt insecure until I joined the Pussycat Dolls.”
Over the years, other Dolls have also complained about the overemphasis on Scherzinger. As a contestant on season 12 of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, Ashley Roberts said, “Even in the group, I wasn’t allowed to talk. We were told to be quiet—only Nicole was allowed to talk. We would occasionally pitch in.” Roberts confirmed that nothing in the group was split evenly, adding, “Why do you think the band broke up?”
But after almost a decade apart, and in spite of all the tea that’s been spilled, the Pussycat Dolls are back, baby!
Well, more or less. On Saturday’s episode of the UK’s X Factor: Celebrity, the newly reunited Pussycat Dolls performed a medley of their most popular songs, offering a sneak peek into an upcoming UK reunion tour. Whether surprising or not, several people served some serious criticism of the performance, conceding that while the choreography was stellar, there still seems to be too much of a focus on Scherzinger. Perhaps that’s because Thornton, as the Dolls’ only other vocalist, will not be joining them for the tour.
No, it’s not because Thornton has held a decade-long grudge against Scherzinger—in fact, neither Thornton nor any of the other girls have ever been angry at Scherzinger for the disequilibrium of the group. Instead, Thornton took issue with the label, Interscope Records, and the way the group was managed. Still, she insists that she has no bad feelings toward Scherzinger or Robin Antin, who founded the group back in 1995 when it began as a burlesque troupe.
“People would assume that I was so mad at Nicole because she sang and I didn’t. Well, no. That was her dream and it was coming true for her. I just wanted it for myself too,” said Thornton. “I wanted the best for everyone. I’m a phenomenal vocalist, you just never heard it. But it wasn’t Nicole’s fault.”
Both Robin Antin and Ashley Roberts insist that Thornton’s past difficulties with the group are not the reason for her absence from the 2020 reunion tour, which will reunite Roberts and Scherzinger with group members Carmit Bachar, Jessica Sutta, and Kimberly Wyatt.
“She was included in all of this. She’s our sister, and the door is always open, but it just wasn’t the right timing for her right now,” Roberts told the BBC. “We wish her well.”
We all know that having a perfect quinceañera takes a hell of a lot of effort. And also, that Murphy’s Law is a thing, hindsight is 20/20 vision, so there’s probably many things that you think you would probably do differently if you were doing your quince a second time around. Chances are, the first thing you would do would be get this soccer team on the case for designing your quinceañera routine, since it’s pretty much the definition of fire.
First, let’s start with the soccer team in question.
How long does it take a bored soccer team to create a quince routine? And no, this isn’t the start of a joke, or a riddle. This particular boy’s soccer team took only two minutes to choreograph a full routine! We’re pretty sure there’s gotta be some real proper teamwork coming from these guys, to put together a dance so quickly. Our other theory is that at least one person on the team knows how to dance. But, we digress.
A video of the routine surfaced on Twitter earlier this week, and it’s already been viewed more than 500,000 times.
It shows the boy’s soccer team dancing to “El vals de las mariposas,” taking us through the quinceañero dancing with everyone on the court. And while they’ve definitely got skill, the real draw was the boys’ enthusiasm for the dance. At the end of the day, it’s not really a proper celebration without happy partygoers, right?
The reactions on Twitter said it all: the team definitely impressed.
Some knew that the team was onto something – and wanted to know why they just saw something that was better than most quinces they had attended.
Some on the team were upset they missed the now viral sensation.
One team member was left out of the whole affair, since he had decided to go home before the real fun started. Clearly he missed out! Here’s hoping the team can adjust the routine and include their last team member. Or even better – that all of them get to use their routine at an actual quince.
One word: flashback!
Other Twitter users had flashbacks to the days when their mom was yelling at her and her friends. Apparently the quince practice sessions were a bit too much for that family!
Others pointed out the strong message of confidence and security being shared in this video.
One sharp Tweet pointed out that this is exactly the sort of thing that we should be seeing from boys who are secure in themselves. We love a little commentary on gender.
Is there any way we can hire this soccer team to make a quince routine for us?
If you’re really starved for choice, then you could always review their version of a quinceañera dance floor after a few drinks! Which, okay, still doesn’t solve the problem of putting together a fire quinceañera routine. At this stage, we haven’t seen any offers from the guys to turn their dancing abilities into a fully-fledged business, but who knows! It may be just a matter of time.
That being said, there are a bunch of different ways you can mix it up at a quinceañera!
This father-daughter duo took the chance to show their waltzing skills to a haunting, mystical Enya tune. It definitely gave the impression of princess dancing in a fairytale! It’s definitely one way to keep quinceañera guests entranced.
Seriously, YouTube is full of Quince inspiration!
This crew knew one hundred percent what they were doing when they came up with this quince choreography. We can easily envisage the birthday girl getting in on a routine like this one – although the quinceañero in this case decided to sit it out and watch the show in this video.
Umm…can I go back in time and celebrate a quince like this, please?
It doesn’t get much more extra than this quinceañera routine! We’re guessing that everyone involved must have been either part of a hip hop dance crew, a cheerleading team, or spent hours putting together the dance!
So what was your quinceañera routine like – and how long did it take for you to learn it? Tell us about it on our Facebook page!
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