Mark your calendar for November 19th! And guess what … there is going to be a third film!

In any other year, news that Vanessa Hudgens will potentially play four lookalike characters in the same Netflix Christmas movie would stun me. But amid 2020, a third movie in the identity-swapping Princess Switch franchise just makes sense. Netflix announced the release date for The Princess Switch: Switched Again, a sequel to the 2018 original film, on Wednesday. The streaming service also confirmed the movies will follow in A Christmas Prince’s footsteps to become a trilogy.

The sequel will drop on Thursday, November 19, one of several holiday films coming from Netflix this year. Hudgens will reprise her dual roles of lookalikes Duchess Margaret Delacourt and baker Stacy DeNovo and add the character of Margaret’s party girl cousin Fiona to her résumé. The movie’s plot is reminiscent of the first, which saw the identical Margaret and Stacy switch places and find love while living out each other’s daily routines. Netflix’s description of the sequel reads:

When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with Kevin, it’s up to her double Stacy to save the day before a new lookalike, party girl Fiona, foils their plans.

Sam Palladio (Nashville) and Nick Sagar (Shadowhunters) are returning as the franchise’s love interests Edward and Kevin, respectively. This will be the third year in a row that Hudgens has headlined a Netflix holiday film, following 2018’s The Princess Switch and last year’s The Knight Before Christmas. Production on the untitled third Princess Switch movie will begin in Scotland later this year and air in 2021, per Entertainment Tonight.

For those keeping track at home (just me?), this news means Hudgens will have been in as many Princess Switch movies as High School Musical releases. A new era is upon us.


Netflix has released the first image featuring Sam as Princess Edward in the sequel to The Princess Switch. Who else is excited for this new film?!?!?

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September 24, 2020 Ali Guest Appearances Leave a Comment

Restorers take on antiques and sentimental pieces in a bid to make them look brand new again.

BBC’s The Repair Shop has proven popular as the show sees a team attempt to restore a multitude of important items and completely transform them. The repeated first episode of Series 6, shown last night, involved a Jamaican pump organ, an RAF bomber pilot’s hat, naval rigging tool kit, and a crib made from wood rescued from a church that was bombed during the First World War.

One appearance that caught the eyes of many viewers is Sam Palladio, who appeared on the show to collect his grandfather’s well-travelled cap. So who is Sam? Why do so many fans recognise him? Read on to find out!

Sam Palladio is a British actor from Cornwall who is best known for his role as Gunnar Scott in the ABC musical drama series Nashville. The 33-year-old also has also had roles on comedy series Episodes and science fiction series Humans.

The actor is also a singer songwriter and father to his dog River The Whippet. His pet also has its own Instagram account, you can follow him at @riverthewhippet – or to follow Sam himself, you can do so at @sampalladio.

Sam was Calvin in British drama film 7 Lives, Shecky in thriller film Runner, Runner and Roland in the musical film Strange Magic. He was also the lead singer in a band called Salt Water Thief – and more recently, he appeared on The Repair Shop on BBC One.

NADIYA BAKES: Where is the show filmed? BBC Two filming locations!
Sam on The Repair Shop
The actor appeared on The Repair Shop to collect his grandad’s restored RAF cap, who was a pilot who was one of the last to fly a Lancaster bomber during World War Two. He recently died, so wanted to pass on the hat to his eldest grandson Sam – who he had “great rapport” with.

Toni Hazel from Sussex brought her father Owen Scott’s hat to the team at The Repair Shop, and later brought along with her Sam to collect the hat. He tries on the restored cap at a slight angle – the same way his grandad wore the important uniform piece. Sam said:

“I’m feeling fantastic. It’s got him in it, hasn’t he? It’s got character.”

Viewers soon recognised Sam Palladio as part of the Nashville cast. One fan commented on Sam’s Instagram post about the show and said: “I only watched this yesterday and was so shocked to see you. My grandad was also in the RAF, seeing your mum and the story about your gran and grandad was so emotional and humbling.”

Another said: “Just watched this on BBC1 and was like, that’s Gunner from Nashville.”


September 20, 2020 Ali Rebel Leave a Comment

So excited to share that Sam has a new series in the works! He will star as Luke on ABC’s new series Rebel. Here is the press release from ABC.

ABC has ordered drama series “Rebel” straight to series to debut in 2021, it was announced today by Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. The premiere episode is written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Tara Nicole Weyr. Inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today, Annie “Rebel” Bello is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.

“Erin Brockovich has never stopped the extraordinary work she does fighting for her clients like they’re family, and Krista Vernoff’s take on her life today in ‘Rebel’ is undeniable,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “Katey Sagal is a powerhouse as ‘Rebel’ and with Andy Garcia, John Corbett and the rest of the phenomenal cast, viewers are going to fall in love with these characters and the world Krista has created for them.”

“The work that Erin Brockovich does in this world is so powerful and so important that it almost defies description. Erin works tirelessly for social, legal and environmental justice despite the lack of a formal degree. She inspires everyone she meets to become their own heroes, and somehow, she also keeps us laughing. It has been a tremendous honor to get to know Erin and to create a show inspired by her,” said Vernoff. “I am thrilled to be working with a dream cast led by the extraordinary Katey Sagal with the incredible Tara Nicole Weyr directing. I could not be more excited about the series order for ‘Rebel,’ and I’m so grateful for the support of Dana Walden, Karey Burke, Craig Hunegs, Jonnie Davis and all my partners at Walt Disney Television and ABC.”

“‘Rebel’ is not just my story, it is all of our stories. There is a hero that exists in all of us, and I am so excited for Krista Vernoff and ABC to bring their visionary storytelling to this series,” said Erin Brockovich. “The name ‘Rebel’ oozes self-empowerment, courage and rising above, even in the worst of circumstances. I cannot think of anyone better to play this role than the indomitable Katey Sagal, who is such a force, as well as the rest of this extraordinary cast.”

The series stars Katey Sagal as Annie “Rebel” Bello, John Corbett as Grady Bello, James Lesure as Benji, Lex Scott Davis as Cassidy, Tamala Jones as Lona, Ariela Barer as Ziggie, Kevin Zegers as Nate, Sam Palladio as Luke and Andy Garcia as Cruz.

“Rebel” is executive produced by Krista Vernoff and Alexandre Schmitt of Trip the Light, Erin Brockovich, John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment and Andrew Stearn. The series is produced by ABC Signature in association with Sony Pictures Television. ABC Signature is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside 20th Television and Touchstone Television.

August 14, 2020 Ali Cassadee Leave a Comment

Cassadee is doing press for her album Rise & Shine and did this interview with Entertainment Tonight and talked about whether or not friends and family have been pressuring her and Sam to get married.

Casadee spoke with People Magazine about her new album and how dating Sam has helped her.

Cassadee Pope released her new acoustic album, Rise and Shine, on Friday

Like many across the country, Cassadee Pope has been feeling the emotional impact of quarantine.

“Over the last week, I’ve felt a little off because I think I neglected my processing time,” the country star tells PEOPLE. “Usually every day I either meditate or read a book. Like everyone else, I’ve been reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. And I also listen to Brené Brown’s podcast Unlocking Us. I wasn’t doing that for like a week and a half or so because it’s just been all album promo, and I’d not made the time for it.”

“So [on Tuesday], I realized, ‘Why do I feel this way? Why don’t feel like myself?'” she continues. “I opened a book and started reading, and I had tears in my eyes. I was like, ‘Oh, I’ve been starving my soul from this kind of dialogue.'”

In an effort to help others amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope, 30, released her acoustic record Rise and Shine in full on Friday. On its title track, she hopes to bring a dialogue about mental health forward.

“This year has been really weird, for so many different reasons,” she says. “Obviously the pandemic has thrust us into isolation and for me, I definitely need human connections to feel normal. So I hope ‘Rise And Shine’ is one of those songs that gives them hope and lets people know, ‘Hey, through the darkest times we can get through it and we can find meaning in those times and really use it to our advantage.'”

It’s a message Pope had to learn herself throughout the years, as she worked through mental health struggles like abandonment issues.

“I went through my parents’ divorce when I was 11,” she says. “Seeing my dad leave and move on to a new family really quickly was hard. I think I brought that into my life now where I have this overbearing sense of: I need to be interesting enough and good enough and funny enough and entertaining enough for people to stick around. When someone leaves, especially someone that influential to you and that important in your life, you take that with you through everything.”

“I have a long line of divorce in my family,” she adds. “That’s something that I think about, and I want to break the chain eventually.”

Though therapy has helped her work through those issues, Pope admits she’s still a work in progress.

“I’ve continued to put the work into learning more about how things follow us and traumas stay in our bodies,” she says. “My main thing is really being able to name what I’m feeling and what is factual and what is a story I’m telling myself. Most of the time, the lack of self-worth and the lack of confidence are stories that I’m telling myself. So it’s definitely a journey and it’s still something I struggle with, but at least now I have the tools to talk myself out of it.”

Pope says her boyfriend of two years, Nashville alum Sam Palladio, has also been a huge support.

“I’m very open with my boyfriend about it,” she says. “He’s very supportive and gives me everything I need to feel safe and content. So you also need a partner to kind of help you with it too. I’m very lucky that I have that.”

On her new song “California Dreaming,” about somebody who “really” hurt her in the past, Pope enlisted Palladio, 33, to sing the backup vocals.

“I love his voice, and it’s really awesome that I get to have the man that’s making me happy and who I’m in love with singing on a song about somebody from my past,” says Pope, whose engagement to All Time Low drummer Rian Dawson ended in 2017. “It feels like this full-circle moment. It was really fun to get in the studio together. We’ve done stuff at the house and sang together and done virtual shows together, but we’ve never actually gone in a studio and recorded something officially. So it’s exciting, and it’s one of my favorite songs.”

On the song “Sand Paper,” Pope addresses a time in her life when people were telling her who to be and how to sing.

“I’ve had to really put some work into my self-discovery journey because I started in music when I was 4 years old and started to sing professionally when I was 12,” she says. “‘Sand Paper’ is me coming to a place of realization that I’ve let people manipulate me in a way where I was fearful that they knew more than I did, so I needed to listen to them. I became so, in my eyes, watered down and so not myself.”

“I was trying to hide the fact that I was in a band because I didn’t want people to think I was less country because I was in a rock band,” she continues. “But that’s what makes my sound what it is, and that’s what makes me the kind of singer I am. I was told by people that it might make people in the country industry not believe that I’m a country artist and that I’m just faking it. ‘Sand Paper’ is a song where I’m declaring that I’m done letting people try and change my shape and smooth out my edges.”

With her country cover of her former band Hey Monday’s song “Hangover” on the new record, Pope proves all of her past naysayers wrong.

“It was always one of the songs that I felt was going to outlive all the other ones,” she says. “I mean, I love all the Hey Monday songs, but I feel pretty strongly that they are such a snapshot into that time of pop punk and pop emo. We had a reunion show last year, which was incredible, but I kind of feel like I’m playing a part now. Whereas when I’m singing ‘Hangover,’ I still feel like, as a 30-year-old woman, I believe every word. I’m really excited that I got to reimagine that for the record.”

Pope was the lead singer for Hey Monday from 2008 to 2011. Shortly after she left the band to pursue a solo career, she competed on and won season 3 of The Voice in 2012.

“I came to Nashville right after the show,” she says. “People embraced me and I felt very welcomed, but I also felt a challenge to prove myself as an artist and not just a winner of a singing competition. There were some obstacles, but it was a really cool process. In the midst of trying to prove myself, I also had people who welcomed me with open arms right away that are still like family to me. I really accumulated such an amazing support system here, right off the bat, in Nashville.”

Ever since, Pope’s home base has remained in Nashville, where she and Palladio recently bought a home together last year. Throughout quarantine, Pope says Palladio has been her “saving grace.”

“Sam and I, we have this house and we didn’t really get into until November, then we were busy, busy, busy,” she says. “This pandemic hit, so we’re finally getting to house stuff. We just finished standing our fence, and we’re getting furniture moved around and getting new furniture and painting the walls and all that stuff. So house stuff has been taking up a lot of time.”

“But we’re also doing fun things, like we’ve gone to the drive-in to see movies and gotten better at cooking,” she adds. “I never thought that would happen, actually not burning things and cooking decent meals. We got kayaks, so we try and get out on the lake to just get outside here and there. It’s weird. You wake up in the morning and you’re like, ‘Okay, I’m going to take on the day.’ Then by the time 7 or 8 rolls around, you just wonder where the day even went. So it’s not been dragging, thankfully.”

When life gets back to normal, Pope hopes she can “get back on the road” and play her new record live for fans.

“I guess the world is going to determine a lot of what I am able to do,” she says. “I think that it would be really special to have a coffee house tour where I’m just doing an acoustic tour that’s very intimate.”

One thing that’s certain, though, is that this record is just a “preview of what’s to come.”

“For my next full-band record, I’m going to go more pop-rock,” Pope says. “I’m going to stick with my roots of when I started playing in bands and revisit that part of my life. I’ve been doing a lot of Zoom writes where I’m focusing on that and really streamlining the writing process to focus on obtaining that sound. It’s been really fun. It feels like me, and I can’t wait to get in the studio to do that. I hope it’s by the end of this year.”

Cassadee Pope (who happens to also be Sam’s girlfriend) released her newest album today and the song California Dreaming features harmonies by Sam. Here is the official audio of the song:

and check out this recent interview Cassadee did with Access Hollywood about the song and working with Sam:


I’ve been Texas-talking to myself at night
I’ve been Florida-fallin’ since I met you in ’09
I’ve been Arizona-angry over every word we said 
And Tennessee-whiskey-wishin I could take it back 

I’ve been flyin’ and cryin’ 
Tryna leave you where I’ve been
But the cracks in my heart
Always let you back in 
Keep tryin’ to lose you in the Hollywood Hills
But I’m California dreaming still
And I always will 

I’m Wisconsin-wondering what you’re doin’ right now
I’ve been Rocky Mountain high tryna put you down
Put an ocean in between us, but it still don’t work
I guess there ain’t no drownin’ out a California-hurt 

I’ve been flyin’ and cryin’ 
Tryna leave you where I’ve been
But the cracks in my heart
Always let you back in 
Keep tryin’ to lose you in the Hollywood Hills
But I’m California dreaming still
And I always will 

I’m Mulholland-drivin’ with you sittin’ shotgun 
Santa Monica kissin’ in the sinkin’ sun
This Nashville night is where I should be
But my soul keeps searching for my California dream 

I’ve been flyin’ and cryin’ 
Tryna leave you where I’ve been
But the cracks in my heart
Always let you back in 
Keep tryin’ to lose you in the Hollywood Hills
But I’m California dreaming still
And I always will
I always will

Grab your copy on iTunes now!

At the end of last year, Sam portrayed Alexander Vasilchikov in HBO’s mini-series Catherine the Great opposite the great Helen Mirren.

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In January of 2017, Sam did a duet with Una Healy on her solo debut album on a single called Stay My Love. I have added captures and promotional images from the single to our gallery.

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In 2018, Netflix released the film The Princess Switch for the holiday season. The film stars Sam as Prince Edward. I have added captures and stills to our gallery from this film … I will admit to having a soft spot for this film since it is the first role I had ever seen Sam do.

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