Monday, September 28, 2009

Flavor of Love's Pumpkin on Judge Pirro

I happened to flip on the tv today and saw Judge Pirro on the screen. Amazingly, there was a preview showing that Brooke Thompson, AKA Pumpkin from Flavor of Love was on! If there was ever proof that people go on this show for fame, rather than legal reasons, this is it. She was on there with an ex-friend suing for the $4,700 or something that she lent her for a boob job. The whole thing was so staged. Pumpkin was like, ugh, I hate her, she owes me money! Clearly, though, both Pumpkin and her friend looked fine and happy! No hate there! My thought is that Pumpkin and her friend were both after some more fame. Pumpkin even talks about her time on VH1 during the show! (She was on Flavor of Love, Charm School and I Love Money.) She wants more fame – let’s face it. But you know what, I think Pumpkin rocks, so it’s all good! I’m so glad I caught this episode.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Amazing Race 15: Season Premiere

The Amazing Race 15 premiered tonight. And to be honest, I'd rather call it the Eh-mazing Race. Why? Well, it was 'eh.' Not great, not awful, not terribly memorable. Just kind of 'eh.'

Episode one of The Amazing Race 15 began like any other reality show. How is that, you may ask? Well, it started with some dramatic music. After that, there was a man with a deep voice saying very dramatic things that aren't really dramatic. In this case, it was an announcement about being near the Los Angeles river, and all of the drama that would follow. You know the stuff - we start with twelve teams, and not all of them will make it through today. It sounds so final, but in reality, the eliminated contestants get to go home, or even better, to an offsite hotel so they can't spoil the plot by walking around in society. Reality TV life is good.

Anyway, the show began by introducing the teams. A notable team was Ericka Dunlap and her husband. Who's Ericka Dunlap? You probably don't know, right? She's a former Miss America winner. She probably saw this as a great opportunity to jump back into the media. After all, pageant contestants get more press for falling on their butts (like the Miss USA whose name I forgot) or making drama like Carrie Prejean, who had a sex tape with Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart. Anyway, America loves pageant queens, apparently, so this was a great opportunity for Ericka.

You've also got the other stereotypes: the muscle team, the strategic team, the we-want-to-be-famous team (singers, this time), the somewhat famous team (basketball players) and the underdogs: Zev and Justin. You know what, though? I like Zev and Justin. It takes guts to get out there and talk about having Aspergers. If Zev moved ahead and overcame the difficulties caused by his disability to win The Amazing Race, it would be excellent motivation for the thousands of kids out there with Aspergers Syndrome. Somehow, this seems less exploitative than it did when America's Next Top Model showed the contestants talking about how weird Heather was due to her Aspergers.

As the race began, the host told the contestants that they would encounter "every possible obstacle." Really? Every possible obstacle? Does that include my mother in law? Because that's quite a challenge for me! Seriously, I'm all for seeing these teams overcome obstacles, but seriously? Every possible obstacle?

He then noted that the contestants could win one million dollars in a way that half reminded me of Dr. Evil, and half reminded me of a person who wished he was making that kind of money himself.

As it turns out, Eric and Lisa were the first to go. They actually had a positive attitude, stating "We took the beating for everybody. We set them free." Now, that's great and all, but really, well, they didn't. They came in last place. However, I've got to give them credit. They could have gotten angry, but they handled the loss very well. Props to Eric and Lisa for being great game players. I hope you get a chance at another competition.

Maria and Tiffany, the professional poker players, showed their strategic sides right away. They stated that they didn't want anyone to know that they make money because people wouldn't want to help them. Well played!

My overall review of this show - I could do without it. It's okay, but I don't think I could really follow this whole season. None of the contestants really stood out in a good way - or a bad way. No one was amazing, and no one was pure evil. Maybe the players' true colors will emerge as the show goes on, though. We will see! What we really need is a Speidi (like on the Hills) or something like that.

If you're looking for more info about the show, and who was victorious in episode one of The Amazing Race 15, read this article. It's great and very informative. Plus, the writer is awesome.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sparkal Queenz?!?!?

Okay, okay, what? Let's take a step back here. Toddlers and Tiaras has given us some absolutely awful names before, but this one takes the cake.

A little girl's name...

Sparkal Queenz.

Her mom's last name is Queenz, although I kind of feel that she made it up. Anyway, this is not the issue at hand here. The girl's name is Sparkal. Okay, Sparkle would be weird. But Sparkal? SPARKAL?!? When you take a word and make it a name, at least spell it correctly!

Watch her YouTube videos that her mom makes...she's grooming her daughter to want to be in the limelight. I think it scares me.

The best Toddlers & Tiara's quote of the night: I'm a pageant mom. Probably no worse than a welfare mom.

Wow, just wow.

In other reality news, Luke chose Tali over Malissa on More to Love. I have to say, I was on Team Malissa, but she really was on the show for the experience, not for love. I do believe she was hurt when she wasn't chosen, though. In any case, all the best to Luke and Tali. Hopefully we'll find out if it works for them.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Toddlers & Tiaras - I can't get enough!

While I still can't get over how sick Jamie Sterling made me feel on Toddlers & Tiaras with her daughter AshLynn Sterling (see rant a few entries back), I think next week's episode may be somewhat close to that. The previews make it look pretty bad. We will see.

That being said, this week's episode of Toddlers & Tiara's didn't drive me too crazy. Except for the beauty salon called "Head'z to Toe'z" or something. Okay, the Z thing I can deal with, but unnecessary apostrophes? Come on now! Didn't the signmaker see any problem with this madness?

I couldn't find any really bad names this week...sure, Haley's not my favorite spelling of the name, but it's definitely legit. Props to the parents on this week's episode for naming their kids, well, names. You know, without gratuitous capital letters. (I'm talking about you, Jamie Sterling...AshLynn and BreAnne do not need those mid-first-name capitals.)

Speaking of, I wonder what happened to Jamie Sterling's marriage after this episode aired. I wonder if her husband took a second look at her pageant lifestyle and made Jamie stop what she was doing. I sure hope so! I'd love to know, if anyone happens to have an update.

You know, it was interesting what a stark contrast the Sterlings are from the family that was on Toddlers & Tiaras last week. I don't remember the kids' names, but the mom had one daughter pretend to be a year older than she was (11 vs. 10) because she didn't want her daughters competing against each other. Major props to this mom! Kids should not compete in that capacity.

On More to Love this week, Luke, who looks more like 36 than 26, eliminated Mandy, leaving Tali and Malissa. While I can't say that I love the spelling of Malissa's name, she's my pick for the winner. Yes, she may break Luke's heart, but I think she's great! Team Malissa!!! (Tali's cool too but I want Malissa to win.) I guess I just don't get these Bachelor type shows, in any case. Like, how is it that everyone's drawn to whoever the person on the show is? Is it fame-seeking? The need to find love that you'll love whoever's closest? Or really good personality research to find great matches? I just don't know!

Speaking of dating shows, has anyone been keeping up with My Antonio? I like it. Although I think the whole Tully thing is quite staged. I really do, sadly, want Antonio to end up with Tully. Yes, she's on the show to make trouble, but a reconciled marriage would be so romantic. And, she looks awesome for her age!

In non reality TV news, Glee was on this week. I liked Glee, but I'm not sure how the season will pan out. I liked Privileged, too, but that got panned. 90210 is back, but I think I'll skip season 2...it's just not worth it.

Oh yeah, and Michelle Duggar is pregnant again. Yikes! That baby's niece will be younger than him or her. What can I say, though...I love watching 18 Kids and Counting!

OMG...The Sterling kids are AshLynn and BreAnne, BriLeigh and AinsLee. WTF RanDom CapiTals?!? And isn't BriLeigh, like half of BreAnne and AinsLee? Poor AinsLee! That is by far the worst of all!!! (How do you say BriLeigh anyway? Bry-lee? Bree-lee? Reminds me of Brillo.) The other kid is Brooklyn...where's the random capital? You're letting us down, Jamie Sterling!