Tonight's finale of Hit Me Baby One More Time (9 pm/ET on NBC) offers one last crop of yesteryear's pop stars a chance to shine. We at TVGuide.com were particularly intrigued to see Juice Newton's name on the list of performers. Back in the '70s, this upbeat songstress with the funky name gained fame with hits like "Queen of Hearts" and "Angel of the Morning." Here, she answers our prayers by fielding a few nagging questions.
TVGuide.com: What current song did you choose for tonight's performance? Juice Newton: It was hard to pick because we gave them 35 songs and they turned down everything but one — "Pieces of Me" by Ashlee Simpson.
TVGuide.com: True fans remember you wearing your hair super-long like Crystal Gayle. Does it still look that way?Newton: No! It is very short. It is all gone.
TVGuide.com: I know you're performing "Quee
You may not recognize the name Thelma Houston at first, but once you hear the strains of her infectious Grammy-winning hit "Don't Leave Me This Way" you'll want to put on your boogie shoes and head out onto the dance floor. Well, you can strut your stuff on Thursday night when the disco diva belts out her famous tune on Hit Me Baby One More Time (NBC, 9 pm/ET). TVGuide.com caught up with Ms. Houston right before the show taped to find out what made her want to do Hit and if she ever gets sick of singing that same old song.
TVGuide.com: What have you been up to? Thelma Houston: I've been doing great. I've been working, I just did Atlantic City last Saturday and I was in Boston the Saturday before that. I work a lot.
TVG: It pays the bills.Houston: [Laughs] Not only that, but I really, really enjoy it. I love the performance side of it and it is a lot of fun.
TVG: How did you get involved with Hit Me Baby?
Irene Cara knows a thing or two about fame. The actress/singer, who started in showbiz as a kid, finally hit it big by starring and singing in 1980's Fame. Shortly thereafter, she topped the pop charts again with "What a Feeling," the theme to 1983's Flashdance">Flashdance, and even won an Oscar for co-writing the memorable tune. Nowadays, she jams with the all-female group Hot Caramel. But tonight at 9 pm/ET, Cara revisits her pop-star heyday on NBC's Hit Me Baby One More Time. Here, TVGuide.com connects with the 46-year-old blast from the past.
TVGuide.com: We haven't heard from you in years. Where have you been hiding?
Irene Cara: I lived in Europe for awhile and had some major hits over there as recently as 2000 and 2001. I got platinum all over Europe,
In tonight's premiere of Hit Me Baby One More Time (9 pm/ET on NBC), an assortment of ex-stars of rock and pop music take another shot at fame. They'll perform the classic oldies they're best known for, as well as their personal favorite modern-day hits, while trying to shake off that unflattering "has-been" label. Welcome to the very random and wacky world of summer TV.
Among the participants is Tiffany, who also appeared in the original U.K. version of Hit. Tonight she'll sing her No. 1 hit "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson.
"I am a big fan of vocalists," Tiffany tells TVGuide.com. "That's why I'm a big Kelly Clarkson fan. I went to the finale of American Idol when she won [the first season]."
Earlier this year, Tiff saw and heard newly minted AI winner Carrie Underwood sing her old tune "Could've Been." "It is a hard song to sing and she nailed it," the '80s songbird confirms. "Her v