“Reality Roundup,” “Reader Emails,” “Dr. Reality Steve,” & 5 Videos That You’ll Hate Me For Posting

Survivor

Don’t forget to check out our “Survivor” columnist Scott Ottersen with today’s full recap of last night’s episode. His is much more lengthy than what I’m about to say, but here are some quick thoughts:

-So I read this morning that Lisa has contracted the West Nile Virus. Sucks for her. That became a big issue out here this summer in Texas since a lot of people were getting it. I guess Lisa’s isn’t fatal and she expects to be ok. You think more contestants on this show would contract something while filming, even despite all the shots they have to get beforehand.

-Is it just me, or does Lisa seem like she’s showering and getting a facial every day? My gosh, everyone else out there looks worn out, haggard, and dirty, and then you see Lisa in her ITM’s and she looks like she’s got makeup on ready to head out for the night. For 49 years old, she’s holding up REALLY well out there.

-You all know that Penner is a former actor, right? How hard was he putting those acting skills to use last night on Lisa? Wow. Best part is, it worked. Even though Lisa stayed true to her alliance, you could tell that his strategy is working on her.

-In all the seasons of “Survivor,” I’ve never heard contestants actually break the “fourth wall” when discussing strategy last night, but Penner did during his talk with Lisa. To get her to start thinking ahead about how she wants the audience to perceive her, and how the viewers are gonna see her was a brilliant strategic move. No one’s ever laid it out there like that (at least on camera) that we’ve ever seen. Even if Lisa doesn’t win this game, there’s no doubt she’ll win the $100,000 fans vote at the end. Won’t even be close. Can’t wait til next season when Tootie gets cast. Or Mrs. Garrett.

-You know who has zero chance of winning this season? Uhhhhh, Abi. And no, not because the numbers are now stacked against her but because, well, she’s an annoying b*tch. And usually when you’re an annoying b*tch to everyone in camp, chances are they’re not gonna vote for you in the end. So lets all chalk up Abi as one of the worst players in “Survivor” history.

-I don’t know a thing about Carter, nor do I care to. What an absolute zero in the personality department. At least Pete has tried some game play early on when he got rid of RC by planting the clue in her bag or whatever it was. Half the time it looks like Carter is on life support. Not to mention he’s looking like he’s weighing about 87 lbs right now.

-Somewhat sort of related, I saw glimpses of the “Jeff Probst Show” recently. 5 or 10 minutes here and there, and I gotta say…stick to your day job Jeff. Which is disappointing because Jeff is by far the best reality show host in the business. However, I guess that doesn’t mean just because you can repeat phrases every episode like “Come on in guys!”, “Ready to see what you’re playing for?,” “Immunity back up for grabs,” and the “the tribe has spoken,” can you host a talk show. There are already enough daytime talk shows out there anyway, and they’re basically all the same. No idea why Jeff got one, or even needed one.

The Voice

Did you see it when that one singer got eliminated in the Battle Rounds, but then made it back on the Knockout Rounds, only to be saved in the Elimination rounds? Ummmm, neither did I.

X Factor

I think there are many things about this show that I like, but still quite a few things that I don’t. We already know that Britney is a horrible judge. She offers nothing whatsoever in terms of critique. It’s almost like she’s afraid to speak into the mic and can’t wait until she’s done. Is anyone else bothered by the fact that all the other judges know how to talk into a microphone like normal human beings, and when it’s Britney’s turn to talk, she always has to lean forward, speak for 3 seconds, then immediately lean back? She looks so uncomfortable up there. Someone needs to coach her or something. Awful.

Here’s my problem with the whole mentors/judges. In two seasons so far, not one judge has ever had one of their singers perform, then said, “Man, that wasn’t good.” And why should they? It’d be a direct reflection on them since they are their mentors. But it just makes it so phony when CeCe Frey is god awful last night (I’m serious that her voice cracked at least 10 times during that song), all three other judges tell her she was terrible essentially, yet her mentor Demi says she killed it? C’mon. That’s just ridiculous. I think we all know who’s good on this show and who isn’t. Just because they’re one of your acts doesn’t mean you can’t say “that wasn’t very good.” CeCe, Arin, Lyric 145 just weren’t very good last night.

I thought the revealing of the audience votes last week was one of the best twists any singing competition has ever done. Simon has said they haven’t decided if they’re gonna do it every week, and they shouldn’t. They did it last week, I think they should do it once, maybe two more times and that’s it. Pretty amazing that with 10 years of “American Idol,” and three seasons of the “Voice,” and numerous other competition shows where the audience vote determines who stays and who goes, this is the first time any one of them has ever thought to post the results. You absolutely know that we’ll probably see it on “Idol” this season, and DWTS next season, and the “Voice” next season. Television is a copycat business, so I can see this becoming a standard on all the other shows now. There’s no way that NONE of the other shows ever use this. Congrats to X Factor for thinking of it first.

With that said, apparently America is on crack with their voting. Vino 4th? Emblem3 6th? Tate Stevens 1st? Wow. Pretty unexpected. We all know just because that’s the first vote of the season doesn’t mean that’s how the voting will continue. Let’s face it, I think there’s only three people who have a legitimate shot of winning this thing: Carly Rose, Emblem3, and Tate Stevens. If you’re thinking maybe a 4th candidate, that’d be Diamond White, but I don’t think she’ll win. I said it before the live shows started and I’ll say it again: Carly Rose is the best singer in this competition and she should win. Will she? Probably. But if she loses, only Emblem3 or Tate would even be considered to have a chance at beating her. 13 years old and she destroyed one of the most popular, if not THE most popular movie soundtrack song of all time. That was ridiculous. They should just call off the competition now and give her the contract. I mean, Tate Stevens has a great story (marries h.s. sweetheart, two kids, 37 year old struggling in the music business), but that’s obviously what people are voting for with him, I get it. Carly Rose is 100 times more marketable than Tate right now, and she’s the best singer. Hopefully that’ll mean she’ll win this thing.

Someone needs to put CeCe out of her misery. Child, you look like you’re going to have a nervous breakdown at the end of every performance. She’s a wreck. Her look is terrible, her voice has been off in every performance, the choreography is horrendous, and the judges all think she sucks. But hey, other than that she’s doing great.

They need to cut it with the overproduction on the performances and the background singers. Have you noticed that all the best performances are the ones that aren’t overproduced, have no choreography, and no background singers? I think it’s just because that’s what we’re used to in these singing shows. Get up there, sing your song, and show your personality. We don’t need these people pretending like they’re headlining a concert since half of them don’t know what to do anyway. If there’s no one problem with Emblem3, it was evident during last night’s performance. When they’re not playing any instruments, they just kinda stand there and sing and have ZERO choreography. Sure they’ll jump around every once in a while or collect phone numbers from the little teenie boppers in the most pit up front, but for the most part, they don’t do anything. Fifth Harmony and Lyric145 all look in sync. Emblem3 is three high schoolers just singing and having fun but not much stage presence. Sure, it can be taught, but they are not polished performers on stage yet, which is what will probably prevent them from winning.

111 thoughts on ““Reality Roundup,” “Reader Emails,” “Dr. Reality Steve,” & 5 Videos That You’ll Hate Me For Posting

  1. @lobsterandbeer-
    I think the same thing about Penner. I’ve told my husband all season that he sounds just like Alan Alda but my husband doesn’t hear it. Thanks so much for the validation!!

  2. @lobsterandbeer! Well said! I mean, come on, Whitney was a few short of a 6 pack..what a horrible, horrible girl she is. I wish I lived in Calgary..I’d track her down and give her a piece of my mind, lol! We shall see about Brad and Bianca. I honestly think the entire “journey” was more that what Brad expected, but I honestly wish him and Bianca the best. I heart Brad..I really do!

  3. ***Bachelor Canada***

    lobsterandbeer & Dianne. Hurray! Brad booted Whitney before the “final rose” … although she sounded like she was trying to beat him to the punch – she almost didn’t let him say what he had to say!

    I didn’t find Whitney remotely attractive – especially that practically permanent scowl of hers – & couldn’t understand why Brad kept referring to her as “hot.” But then, did you notice on the visit to Brad’s family that Whitney actually looked VERY much like Brad’s sister?! Seriously, except for the platinum blondeness of the sister’s hair, they looked spookily alike!

    Whitney’s visit to Brad’s family was a disaster & her scowl was on full display. You could tell no one in that family liked her. Bianka, on the other hand, had a fabulous visit, seemed to fit in with great ease, and was genuinely liked by Brad’s family.

    That said, I believe that, just like with the U.S. Bach franchise, there’s no way these two are going to get married. They barely know each other! Eventually, Brad’s going to see Bianka’s emotional neediness; and Bianka’s going to see Brad’s immaturity (he’s got a whole lotta growing up to do).

    As for Bachelor Canada’s host … jeeze, I thought HE was in love with Brad! Did you see the overly-long hug he gave Brad after escorting him to the proposal site? Hahahahahaha.

    **Survivor Phillipines**
    I agree, lobsterandbeer, Penner sounds exactly like the Hawkeye character on M*A*S*H! I’ve said that from day one, too.

    Malcolm was smart to put the kibosh on any talk of strategy during the spa reward. I have to say, I’m rooting for him. He took a HUGE risk not playing his idol once Abi played hers, knowing that any votes against her wouldn’t count. It paid off though, so right now he’s sitting pretty.

    I am soooooo glad they forced Abi to use her idol. I can’t wait for that beyotch to leave!

    I think Penner may have shot himself in the foot when he passed on making a deal with Lisa and Stuben.

    **Thanksgiving Wishes to my Fellow Fans in the U.S.**
    Happy Thanksgiving! I didn’t get to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving as my Mum was in hospital at the time. Maybe I’ll celebrate today, instead (Mum’s out of hospital and recovering, so that’s definitely something to be grateful for)!

  4. LOL@Kasey33! Thanks for the Thanksgiving greeting, but we celebrated our Thanksgiving last month. It’s a Canadian thing, lol! Hope you have a great Black Friday! Typical Canadian stores trying to compete with the U.S. Black Friday..which is truly crazy, but then again, that’s Canada, lol!

  5. **Football**
    Good weekend for football here. Both my teams beat their arch rivals Ohio State over Michigan and Browns over Steelers. Doesn’t get any better than that for me!

    **Amazing Race**
    The best thing about last night is that we didn’t have to see the Tweenies much since did fast forward. Yikes…they get on my nerves. Jammes cracked me up in their bowties and colors. I want them or the goat farmers to win. I think just 2 more weeks.

  6. Hey all, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, enjoying turkey and family. Who watched The Amazing Race?

    TAR SPOILER ALERT
    How strange was it that “twinnies” had to convince the ticket agent to sell them a ticket? Since when does a ticket agent refuse to sell you a ticket just because they think the time between flights is too short to connect? “Awesome balls”? Did I hear that right?

    Abbie and Ryan have NO luck in Frankfurt….first they miss their connection then their plane has mechanical difficulties? Really?

    Then the “twinnies” go fruit loops over the “boat bus”! Having to eat that fish raw would totally gag me.
    I think my favorite thing about this show is getting see all the places they travel, that I most likely will never get to visit.

    Not going to lie, when the Chippendales “took it off” for the cha ching, I was mesmerized :D . I wanted to donate. How sweet are they, they struggle to U-turn any other team just because they don’t want to lose friends. But in the end…. :\ .

    What a “plan” though, to U-turn the Chippendales after seeing they had already been through so that the the “u-turned” team was pretty much guaranteed a last place, only way they were getting out of elimination was if this leg was non elim….What a refreshing change this season, everyone seems to have a conscience, well except for the “twinnies” of course.

    @helio – at this point, I’m team Chippendales all the way. Go boys!

  7. Morning, all! Hope everyone had a great long weekend. Back to reality for me at work today. (And what do I do within the first half hour, come check RS for new comments of course, sad.. ) :)

    Anyone else notice RS’s “KA-BOOM!” tweet yesterday? I’m wondeing if that was directed at Fleiss and that he’s about to release the Bachelor spoilers? Here’s hoping! I’m getting sick of Wetpaint running their same stories over and over again on FB. Especially the one that says “Did Sean Lowe get engaged this weekend?” Then you click on it and the story was posted over a week ago.

    *Sports*
    Crappy, crappy sports results for me the past few days. Lakers lost 2 out of 3, and my Boys lost at home on Thanksgiving (not surprised there, considering all week ESPN had been repeatedly saying that Romo had never lost on Thanksgiving- thanks for the jinx, a-holes)

    *Revenge*
    Interesting episode last night! I thought the first 20 min or so lagged but it got better as it went on. At least we know for sure now why Kenny and his brother have it out for the Porter boys. Next week’s looks really good. Ewwwww about the images of Ashley with Conrad in the previews.

  8. THE AMAZING RACE
    @Helio and @Randais…I knew I would log on today to see comments from you both! :) I love the Chippendales…I am rooting them to win it all! I actually like all of the teams left (the Twinnies still annoy me on occasion, but not as much as they used to). I was happy to see Ryan go…he was definitely cast as the pretentious, arrogant male this season. I did feel bad for Abbie…I may have shed a tear when she hugged that lady after the Detour who gave them the money they needed to complete the task. They were definitely the strongest team this season. But with their departure, I have hope that the Chippendales can win it all.

    It seems like 2 things happened on last night’s episode that I haven’t seen on TAR before, although there were a few seasons that I skipped…first, Abbie and Ryan booked 2 flights in case they missed their first connecting flight. I didn’t realize that teams were allowed to do this. Also, the Twinnies definitely showed that they are very strategic players. I don’t remember another season where someone who already passed the U-turn was intentionally u-turned. It made sense so that Ryan and Abbie were unable to use the u-turn, but I don’t think this has been done in the past. However, if Ryan and Abbie were not delayed at the airport, they still may have been able to avoid elimination. I think that their flight was supposed to land at 2:30pm before the delay and the Beekman boys were not supposed to arrive until 4:45pm.

    It seems like the rest of the teams are evenly matched, so it will be a good fight to the end. While the Beekman boys do not pose a physical threat to the other teams, they are both very smart and do well at some tasks that are difficult for others.

  9. @jil – I’ve seen the double booking of airline flights before. I can’t remember specifically when but I was just as surprised as you when it happened. The u-turning a previous team, I’ve seen that too but not intentionally. In fact I’m pretty sure it happened earlier this season, wasn’t it the goat farmers, they u-turned a team they hoped/thought was behind them but they were actually ahead of them.

    REVENGE

    “Mother”….saw that one coming. “Mommy Dearest” may be a better description. Great casting. Vicky got a little “revenge” of her own, didn’t she? Talk about devious. I don’t think there is as single character on this show that doesn’t have an agenda/plan/vendetta.

    So am I the only one that thinks Victoria’s lips are lopsided? Maybe too much botox in the left side, not enough on the right, or is it just me?

    Flashback Thanksgiving 6 years ago. Well now we know where Ashley and fauxEm’s first met. Apparently the same day as fauxEm and Aiden (who was on a “mission” of his own). So are we to now think that the Russian mafia was involved in the plane wreck they blamed Amanda’s father for? The plot thickens.

    Nolan, who gives/gets presents on Thanksgiving? AND we now know where fauxEm’s got all her money from too! Way to drain an account Nolan, but we always knew he was indebted to fauxEm’s dad and thus why he is so devoted to fauxEm.

    “Perhaps Daniel should have been a poet after all”…perhaps Conrad is right.

  10. @randais, Are you really that dense??? You only got that you know now where FauxEm got all her money from too? Repeat after me, David Clarke invested in Nolan’s company. Nolan gave Amanda aka FauxEm her share of her dad’s investment. The only reason this was brought up in last night’s episode was the reveal that Nolan’s ex lover the CFO was aware of this fact so that when we go back to present day and Daniel wakes him up by calling him, we are aware he knows that “Amanda” got 500 million dollars. I suggest you go back to watching shows like Sesame Street where you can learn words and numbers and leave Revenge to people who are more intelligent than you showcase yourself to be.

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