Archive for the reality TV Category

Outwit, outplay, outside-the-limits-of-words-I’m-able-to-pronounce [Survivor]

Posted in North Americana, recaps, Survivor on February 15, 2009 by jetsamjr

TocantinsSo I’m watching Survivor: Tocantins, which has gotten off to a good start except for the part where I have no idea how to pronounce “Tocantins”. Which makes me feel stupid, because if Jeff Probst knows how, I should know how, dammit. To-can-tins? To-chan-tins? To-can-chins? It sounds like a species of Pokemon.

PS, so far I kind of love Sandy (who at 53 is the “older woman”; cue diatribe about how society doesn’t value women once they reach a certain age), even though she is clearly a bit stupid and crazy.

And you thought the real Paula Abdul was a nutbag… [American Idol]

Posted in American Idol, North Americana, WTF? on January 31, 2009 by jetsamjr

American IdolThis is the point where I stop pitying Paula Goodspeed, the Paula Abdul stalker who committed suicide outside the front of the American Idol judge’s home last year, and go back to thinking that she was just a crazy weirdo:

A post-mortem examination of Goodspeed’s body revealed a variety of piercings and body art, some of which were “artificial” tattoos drawn with makeup or paint. Vladimir Levicky, a deputy medical examiner, noted that during the autopsy “another tattoo is found over the inner aspect of the lower lip. It appears to read the name ‘Paula Abdul.'”

She had “Paula Abdul” tattooed inside her mouth?! That poor woman. (Aww… see, I do feel sorry for her after all.)

I bet there will be a soccer challenge [Survivor]

Posted in North Americana, spoilerama, Survivor on December 13, 2008 by jetsamjr

Jeff Probst has apparently confirmed that the next season of Survivor (the 18th) will be set in Brazil, the second time the series has dropped into the South American country – the sixth cycle, Survivor: Amazon, was set there in 2003.

(I agree with the TV Squad writer who wants to see Survivor set in a cold country… but only because, as an entertainment writer, I’m a total whore for bad puns, and there would be ample opportunities to make all kinds of “ice to see you”-type gags.)

Shut up, you horrible little man [news]

Posted in news, North Americana, reality TV, Ugly Betty, WTF? on December 13, 2008 by jetsamjr

Have you ever seen Flipping Out? It’s a terrible reality show starring a horrible little man called Jeff Lewis, who goes around renovating houses and being awful to people.

Anyway, Lewis is involved with a legal stoush with Ugly Betty‘s Ashley Jensen, because he’s renovating the house next door to hers and she and her husband aren’t happy about it. Weirdly and obnoxiously, Lewis has released a deluded statement accusing Jensen of suing him purely to “increase [her] media exposure”. Because it’s totally plausible that the Emmy-nominated star of Extras and Ugly Betty would go after an attention-starved reality whore for publicity.

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Plastic surgery disasters [Big Brother]

Posted in Australiana, Big Brother on December 13, 2008 by jetsamjr

Here is what 2006 Big Brother contestant Krystal Forscutt looks like now:

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If Tori Spelling’s boobs and Lisa Rinna’s lips had a daughter, she would look like this.

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Paula Abdul is annoyed, hypocritical [American Idol]

Posted in American Idol, news, North Americana on December 10, 2008 by jetsamjr

American IdolPaula Abdul is pissed off that American Idol producers taunted her now-dead stalker when she auditioned for the show in 2005:

“I said this girl is a stalker of mine and please do not let her in,” Abdul said during an interview with Barbara Walters on her Sirius XM radio show…. Abdul said Idol producers ignored her protests and brought Goodspeed on the show “for entertainment value”. “It’s fun for them to cause me stress,” Abdul said. “This was something that would make good television.”

Paula was so offended that she refused to be involved in her stalker’s audition in any way. Except for the part where she was. But the incident disturbed her so deeply that, shortly after it occurred, she quit the show. Except for the part where she didn’t. But her stalker’s recent suicide finally compelled Paula to walk away from the show for good. Except for the part where she hasn’t:

When Walters asked why Abdul remains on a show that put her in peril, Abdul replied: “I’m under contract.”

Oh, okay.

Ricki-Lee Marked for love [Australian Idol]

Posted in Australian Idol, Australiana, gossip, Ten on December 1, 2008 by jetsamjr

Australian Idol

Ricki-Lee, who divorced her husband of one year not long ago, is not dating Idol wannabe Mark Spano, according to her rep. “Ricki 4 Mark” is one of those rumours that I never heard of till someone denied it.

Besides, Australian Idol has been over for a week. Can’t we just forget about it already?