It’s all ‘Greek’ to Jesse McCartney

Ardsley native Jesse McCartney has landed a recurring role on ABC Family drama “Greek,” according to Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello.

jmc.jpgAusiello reported last week that McCartney will be in the “recurring role of Andy, a heavily recruited freshman jock who’ll be torn between rushing the KT and OX houses.”

The rising pop star also filmed a role for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” this year. GUNG-GUNG!

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Podcast: May 28

On the big show this week: Menudo at Playland, The Donald and O.J., and Jesse McCartney’s rumored ladyfriend.

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s trivia quesiton: Danity Kane is the brainchild of what hip-hop icon with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley?

A. Sean “Diddy” Combs, raised in Mount Vernon
B. DMX, Bedford resident
C. Heavy D, raised in Money Earnin’ Mount Vernon

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So who’s Jesse McCartney been ‘Leavin” with lately?

It’s good to be Jesse McCartney right now.

jmc.jpgEven if the Ardsley native gave away a No. 1 hit to Leona Lewis, his catchy “Leavin'” is soaring up the charts. Plus, lately he’s been seen gallavanting and posing for photos with Danity Kane’s Aubrey O’Day.

In addition to posting the photos in the previous link, JustJared claims the couple were “spotted in each other’s arms … at club Butter in New York City” on May 19.

Even if they’re not dating, they appear at the very least they appear to be chummy friends. No word yet if she’s been racking up the frequent flier miles on his “G5, G5,” either.

For those keeping score, O’Day is 24 years old and McCartney’s 21. McCartney might just seem younger because of his earlier start in the industry, his baby face and his recent work in “Alvin & The Chipmunks.” But now he’s legally allowed to drink you under the table, so be warned.

Of course, O’Day’s group is the brainchild of Sean “Diddy” Combs, who spent his later childhood in Mount Vernon.

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Podcast: May 21

On the big show this week: Joe Girardi visits Fox Lane High School, Emeril jumps ship from the Food Network, and Diddy’s Foxwoods bash.

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Quiz: Leona Lewis, one of the hitmakers to be helmed by Pound Ridge resident Clive Davis, scored an international No. 1 with her hit “Bleeding Love.” Which singer with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley cowrote the song?

A. Mariah Carey, formerly of Bedford
B. Kimberley Locke, North Salem resident
C. Jesse McCartney, Ardsley native

The answer, as always, is at the end of the video or after the break. It’s also revealed in, uh, the next post down.

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Without a No. 1 hit of his own (yet), Jesse McCartney gives Leona Lewis international chart-topper

You probably know by now that British singing sensation Leona Lewis, one of the hitmakers helmed by Pound Ridge resident Clive Davis, scored an international No. 1 with her song, “Bleeding Love.”

Z100's Zootopia 2008 - Press RoomBut did you know that Ardsley native Jesse McCartney cowrote the track with OneRepublic lead singer Ryan Tedder and, after opting not to include it on McCartney’s own album, gave it to her?

MTV recently scored an interview with McCartney, who elaborated on the creative process behind the single that “some people didn’t hear (as a hit) at first”:

I recorded it and decided it probably wasn’t right for my album. So we just kind of swept it under the rug, and somehow Clive Davis heard it — I think Ryan played it for Clive — and he fell in love with it and called and said, ‘I really want this song for Leona.’ And we did not expect it was going to be the biggest song in Europe of ’07.

Using the ever-popular third-person point of view, he insisted that he was not upset that he did not include his version of the song on his own album:

A hit for Leona Lewis may not necessarily mean a hit for Jesse McCartney.

Don’t feel too bad for McCartney, though. Despite the fact that he has yet to chart a No. 1 single as a singer, his latest track — the Justin Timberlakesque “Leavin'” — is soaring up the charts and could soon give him his first chart-topper on lead vocals. As of this post’s publication, it was the seventh-most downloaded song on iTunes. LoHud power!

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Kevin Kline hears ghosts, Chaka Khan phones it in and Howard Stern reflects on Westchester

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: In what year did “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” hit No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts?

A) 1938
B) 1948
C) 1958
D) 1968

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Angelina Jolie’s well-paid, Jesse McCartney’s chipmunk crusade and Susan Sarandon’s ‘Enchanted’ made (millions)

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Pound Ridge resident Susan Sarandon won an Academy Award for “Dead Man Walking” in 1996 but also has been nominated four other times. Of the following films for which she was nominated, which represents her first Oscar nod?

A. “Atlantic City”
B. “Thelma & Louise”
C. “Lorenzo’s Oil”
D. “The Client”

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Jesse McCartney channels his inner chipmunk on quest to break caroling record

jesse.jpgI try to support celebs from the Lower Hudson Valley, so while I can’t get behind the CGI/live-action freakfest film version of “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” I’ll gladly endorse Ardsley native Jesse McCartney’s quest to break a record with a holiday theme.

In an unusual promotion for the upcoming film, for which the 20-year-old pop star voices Theodore, McCartney will be leading what he hopes will be the world’s largest group of carolers when he sings “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” at the Mall of America this Sunday, Dec. 9.

He might want to break box-office records. Me, I want a hula hoop.

Tween girls can also plan to complement their singing with some squealing. Jesse is totally available … for photos and autograph-signing at the caroling event, according to Fox.

Fans in Tuckahoe didn’t have to make a trip to Minne-SOH-tah to meet McCartney last year. A year after graduating from Ardsley High School in 2005, he stopped by Tuckahoe Middle School to prank a bunch of kids into thinking they’d need to take a test to get into THS — or be sent to eight-and-a-half-grade. Of course, McCartney emerged during the prank to reveal that the students were on his “Punk’d”-esque ABC Family show, “Schooled.” He signed autographs (as seen in the above photo) and a good larf was had by all.

The wide release for “Alvin and the Chipmunks” is next Friday, Dec. 14.

(Photo courtesy of ABC Family Channel)