If you don’t want to be spoiled about anything upcoming in Ashleys season of the “Bachelorette”, I suggest you stop reading now. Or for a list of the guys confirmed for Ashleys season to date, click on the “Ashleys Guys” link above. I will be confirming contestants for the show along with talking about things I’ve heard since filming began March 15th. You’ve been warned.
Kind of a short column this week because there’s just not as much news to report right now. No video blog either cuz, well, I’m currently on a plane to California for the weekend. Don’t really want to record a video blog with someone sitting a foot away from me. Hey, I wonder if they read my site and have any clue what I’m doing right now? Or if they realize they’re taking up most of the armrest and making me extremely uncomfortable. Oh well. Gotta deal with it for the time being. Also, I’m gonna skip the “Idol” recap this week because I barely got to watch it last night. However, I will have my thoughts on “Survivor”, “DWTS”, and “Celebrity Apprentice” this week. Lets get started.
The Reality Rocks Expo is two days away and a few more people from the “Bachelor” franchise I’ve heard are showing up. Ali and Roberto will be there on Saturday based on what she tweeted yesterday. Also, Jillian Harris is gonna be there, but as part of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. I think I like her even more now that she’s separated herself from this disgraceful franchise. Anyway, looking forward to seeing those people there as well. Gonna try and get some interviews that I can upload to the site later on next week, but don’t know what their schedule will be like and hell, if they even want to do it. But I’ll sure try. I think talking to Ali and Roberto might be one of the more interesting interviews you’ll hear if I can get them to do it. I’ll do my best. These will be quick 10-15 interviews I’m assuming. Nothing like the interviews I’ve done in the past.
The convention is open to anyone and everyone. Tickets purchased at the door are $35 for one day, and $65 for both days. If you’re in LA this weekend, you should stop by. A lot of stuff going on, plenty of reality “stars” there, and numerous panel discussions and a way to rub elbows with producers and directors if you’re interested into getting into the industry. Might be worth your time if you want to ever be on a reality show. Or are a stalker. Should be a fun day, and hopefully I’ll able to nail down some interviews to run next week. And hey, lookie here, a bunch of American Idol Season 9 singers will be performing on Saturday too. Katie Stevens, Michael Lynch, and whoever else was on last season. Awesome. Can’t wait to be one of the tens of people in line to catch their act.
On to the little news I have to report on the progress of Ashley’s “Bachelorette” season. Here’s the locations of where they were the past 7-10 days:
-Last week they were in Phuket, Thailand staying at the Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa. Weather was terrible apparently as it rained while they were there, and a lot filming had to be done indoors.
-From there, filming moved two hours north to Chaing Mai and they stayed at the Oriental Madarin Dara Dhevi. I’ve received some pictures from there, but they weren’t of Ashley or any of the guys. All you can see are trucks and peoples heads through some bushes, so it’s tough to really make anything out. But that’s definitely where they were.
-They’ve left Chaing Mai and are now in Hong Kong staying at the Conrad Hotel. Still a good 4-5 weeks left of filming, so I’m sure I’ll be getting more info as they continue on. As of right now, I don’t know where they’re headed after Hong Kong, but I’ll let you know when I do.
In addition, I can confirm that Rob Dahm, Stephen D’Amico, Ben Castoriano, and West Lee are all back from filming. Damn. Most of the guys I’ve confirmed so far are home from filming, and others may be as well, but the ones I just mentioned and those I mentioned last week are back from filming. There’s still 10 guys left I need to confirm for this season, and once I do, you’ll be the first to know.
A lot of you have been asking me what it means that Brad has shut off his Twitter. My answer? I have no idea. Emily’s is still on last time I checked, and I know they’re still together, so I guess that’s all that matters. Chris Harrison tweeted the reason Brad shut it off was because it brought about everything he despised about being a public couple. There isn’t a law that says Brad has to have a Twitter. Just because you want updates daily from the guy on whether they’re together doesn’t mean you’re entitled to one. Look, plenty of stories have been printed in the tabloids since the finale and basically none of them are true. I’ve pretty much distanced myself from the situation. I know as much as any of you do. Once the season ends, I really don’t keep up with the final couple. If/When Brad and Emily break up, you can bet it will be on all the entertainment sites and they will release a statement. So until I hear it directly out of their mouths that they’re over, I basically don’t believe anything I read. Neither should you.
For those that haven’t heard, Jake Pavelka will be gracing our reality TV minds once again. He’s currently shooting a pilot with Heidi Montag, one of the bimbos from the “Real Housewives” franchise, and some other F-list reality people who come together and have to resurrect a restaurant franchise in only 30 days. Wow. Riveting television I tell ya’. Just one question: Is there a single person that believes anything that Jake ever said when he was on the “Bachelorette” or the “Bachelor” anymore? That’s what I thought. I’m glad the news of this reality show broke this week because now I’m quite interested in asking Vienna about it on Saturday. I’m sure she’ll have quite a few opinions on it, none of which I can imagine will be the least bit positive.
-Kinda looks like the whole “lets bring back Russell idea” kinda backfired on them. I’m guessing CBS would’ve liked to have seen him last a little bit more than 3 episodes. Basically proved that if the “Heroes vs Villains” cast had any clue who he was before they started filming, which they didn’t, he would’ve been gone early in that game. For the longest time, I was a Russell supporter and saying he was one of the top 3 players to ever play the game. I don’t think you can say that anymore. I think you can be considered a great player even if you’ve never won (example: Boston Rob), however, I don’t think you can be considered one of the greatest players ever if you lasted 3 episodes in a season. And if they ever use Russell again for a future All Star season, I guarantee he’ll be gone early in that one too. Everyone knows his game now and they will be gunning for him.
-Which makes Rob’s performance so far this season even more impressive. They all know his game, yet, he’s pretty much running the show and his team wasn’t gunning to get him out in day one. Sure, they might’ve talked about it amongst themselves, but no one had the balls to try and do it. And now that his tribe has numbers after the merge, I’m guessing Rob is pretty safe. It’ll be interesting to see if he gets to the final tribal council if people award him the money this time. I mean, they should considering how great of a player he’s been through all these seasons, including this one. There isn’t a single player out there that we’ve seen so far that’s playing the game like he is. Maybe something will happen later on to convince me otherwise, but it sure doesn’t look that way.
-I mean, look at both of these tribes right now. Is there anyone worth rooting for outside of Rob? I don’t find anyone on the Zapatera tribe particularly likable, Phillip is a complete kook that’s just on the right side of the numbers right now or he’d be gone, the cute girls on Omatepe are just Robs followers at this point, and Matt has to be the worst strategist we’ve ever seen play the game. That was really embarrassing what he did last night. Horrible move/strategy, whatever you want to call it. I guess the only person who maybe is worth rooting for is Grant. He seems to know what he’s doing. Sort of. Time will tell.
“Dancing with the Stars”
-For the first time in what seems like forever, we finally don’t have a ringer on the show this season. NONE of these people have any sort of formal dance training in their past, whether it be hip hop, ballet, contemporary, whatever. Usually there’s two or three every season that you know already have an upper hand because they’ve danced in some capacity and already have rhythm. Nope. Not this season. Makes it a little more interesting, because after three weeks, I honestly couldn’t tell you who I know will be around in the end. I think Chelsea Kane will be for sure, but that’s about it. I could see Chris Jericho making the finals, I could see Kirstie Alley, Ralph Macchio, Hines Ward, Romeo, and even Petra Nemcova all making it too. Sugar Ray Leonard and Kendra are the only ones I’d be shocked at if I saw them in the finals. They’re just not good enough.
-Can someone please fill me in on more info about Chelsea Kane? Where did this girl come from? And how long before the Chelsea/Mark dating rumors start? Yes, I know she’s not even able to purchase alcohol on her own yet, but damn, she needs to stick around as long as possible. I can only tolerate Kirstie Alley for so long. And no, not because she’s not a stick figure. It’s because she’s getting to be incredibly annoying. Sorry, I just don’t find her funny. Good for her she’s dancing well and is losing weight in the process, but I don’t just find her the least bit amusing. As for Max’s thigh giving out on Monday? Uhhhh yeah, he can sugar coat why that’s the case, but if you look at the position he was in, and the position Kirstie was in (basically all of her body weight leaning into him as he’s going backwards), it’s not too hard to figure out why he fell.
-The fact that Ralph Macchio is 49 is beyond comprehension. I mean, I knew he was 24 when he did the original “Karate Kid” even though he looked about 11, but still is crazy to think he’s almost 50. I think I’ve told you before my obsession with the original “Karate Kid” movie, haven’t I? It’s one of probably eight movies I can recite word for word to this day. I never took karate, nor did I ever even have an interest in it, however, for the longest time, I thought once I got to high school, that’s how my high school life would play out. I did try and buy a bike like he had, but that didn’t last long so I threw it in the dumpster. Only difference was an old Japanese man didn’t take it out of the trash and fix it for me free of charge. However, I did go to the Golf N’ Stuff numerous times that Daniel and Ali went on their first date once I was in high school, and if you don’t think for a second I tried to recreate the make out scene next to the waterslide, then you obviously don’t know me too well. I don’t know what my point is here other than you have no idea how many times I’d rush home after school in 5th grade to watch that movie. And if I ever come across it on TV nowadays, no matter what I’m doing, I stop and watch it. Yes, I’m a dork.
-I’ve never watched Kendra’s show on E! because, well, I have no interest in watching it since I know they’ll end up divorced at some point since she’s a complete bimbo and cleat chaser. Very few former strippers stay married and monogamous for their whole life. Call me crazy to think that Kendra will be the one to prove that theory wrong. Anyway, the only stuff of Kendra that I see is what the “Soup” has always made fun of, which is her laugh. Did her PR team get a hold of her and tell her to practice on changing her laugh? Because right now, it’s not nearly as annoying as it was. Either she made a conscious effort not to laugh like a machine gun, or its just coincidental. Not sure of the motivation behind it, but its definitely a different laugh than before. I guess we should all be thankful. Makes her 1/10th less annoying.
-They need to scrap the original “Apprentice” franchise and just stick with the celebrity version from now on, cuz I gotta tell ya’, this franchise is gold. Who knew so many D-list celebrities could make such an entertaining show? Yet every season of the celebrity version they pump out, I find myself highly entertained. Granted, the two hour episodes are a bit long for just one task, but I guess the longer we get of each task, the more crazy we realize Gary Busey is. I think it’s safe to say that guy deserves his own reality show. I know he had one at some point, but it was on some network that no one watches, it wasn’t promoted nearly enough, and it didn’t generate much buzz. I just think having a camera on that guy first thing in the morning til when he puts his head down at night would be a fascinating study into human behavior. And I use the word “human” very lightly in Garys case. Wow.
-However, in defense of Gary, I will say that the Meatloaf meltdown on Sunday was completely ridiculous. Really? Over some paint and brushes? Saying Meatloaf has anger management issues would be the understatement of the year. I’d hate to see how that guys acts when, you know, something important actually sets him off. Gary might be a complete lunatic living in his own world, and maybe he has the attention span of a moth, but completely berating the guy and dropping 100 f-bombs in a three minute diatribe was pretty uncalled for. Especially when it was revealed that the guy never stole anything. Hell, even if he did steal some paint and brushes, did Mr. Meat have to act like a 6 year old about it?
-Why do I have a feeling Marlee Matlin is going to win this thing? I mean, I can’t imagine any boardroom the rest of the season where someone actually comes out and starts ripping her saying her being deaf is a liability to the team. Will never happen. And considering she just raised almost a million dollars in a task that she won, chances are she’s at least getting to the finals. And if she does get there, you better be damn sure she’s gonna win it. She’s already done enough as it is to warrant winning on credentials alone, but the sympathy vote (kinda like Bret Michaels last season), is through the roof with her. Can’t imagine she doesn’t take home the title.
-I’ve never watched one episode of any season of the “Real Housewives” franchise. And now I know why. Sorry, once again, but there is nothing funny about Nene Leakes. I’m very aware that plenty of women love her and I could see why women would. But I can’t believe any guy in their right mind would ever be able to put up with that for more than five minutes. Ugh. Shoot me. She’s got some decent one liners here and there, but she is someone who has obviously been struck by the Hollywood bug, is clearly enjoying the fame being brought on by being on that show, and is a diva in every sense of the word. I just don’t deal well with women who have such a high opinion of themselves when in reality, they’ve done nothing. She takes the cake. And isn’t she running around with someone’s husband now or something? I don’t know. I thought I read somewhere that she’s started to bed down with Star Jones’ ex or something like that. If that’s true, I can’t say I’m the least bit surprised.
-I love how every season Trump has to cast some Playboy or Playmate bimbo with no business acumen whatsoever pretty much so he can just get his rocks off in the boardroom. Exactly what has Hope ever done other than take off her clothes? Certainly nothing in the first few episodes of this season. We barely hear her talk or contribute anything to this show. Not that any of these people have many business credentials behind them, but Hope seems to be the least qualified in the business world. In the naked world, by all means, she’s at the top of the list. I’d be lying to you if I said I’d never googled her before. Then I googled all over…forget it.