The finale of Dancing With The Stars aired last night with all 3 of the finalists bringing the heat! Melissa Rycroft talked to Us Magazine after Monday night’s final competition show. The former Bachelor star said, “Not confident, just happy. We wanted to get out there and have fun, and backstage we were just relaxed and having fun.
“This was kind of our last performance, and I felt like there was nothing to lose!” adds Melissa, who came in third place behind Shawn Johnson and Gilles Marini, who tied for first.
While Melissa claims to not be a competitive person, she however makes it clear she still wants to win – “It took me awhile to [admit] because I’m not competitive,” says Melissa. “And I thought about it and who’s left, and then I thought, Shawn went to the Olympics because she wanted to win, Gilles goes into an audition wanting the role. So, I decided to think, ‘I wanted to win this!’”
So what are Melissa’s plans once this is over? “I’m going home to Texas, and I’m going to get a puppy!” she says. “Tye said he’d get me a dog if I made it to the finals, and now I’ve been telling everyone so he has to!” Tye is Melissa’s very cute boyfriend for those not aware.
I’m rooting for Melissa or Gilles. Who are you rooting for tonight?
Former Supermodel/Newly Fired ANTM Judge Paulina Porizkova gave a new interview, and she did not hold back when speaking of Tyra Banks and the Top Model franchise. Paulina accused Tyra of constantly being late to the set, and even accused the show of casting girls solely for the drama and not for their modeling abilities. The best quote of the interview – “Go to Top Model only if you don’t want to be a model.”
So Paulina is basically saying what we’ve all been thinking for years, it’s safe to say none of the ANTM winners have gone on to become “Top Models.” Below are some excerpts from the interview -
What did you think of Teyona’s win?
Well, I was there. I had a hand in it. But you know what? Honestly, now that I’m off the show I can actually say it. I didn’t vote for Teyona.
Who did you vote for?
Allison. Well, I’m not going to name names. But two of us voted for Allison and two of us voted for Teyona and one of us had to cross the line over to the other one.
Of the three finalists, who do you think is the most likely to have an actual modeling career?
None of them.
Really? That’s sad.
I know. I’m really very sorry. But they’re not models. Look at the history of Top Model. When has a winner not fallen down into that great big hole where the other sock goes? When? That’s because you can’t pick models from a TV show. Those tall, long giraffe things that don’t really look real are rare freaks of nature. And finding a freak of nature with a personality, that’s like finding a double freak of nature. So you’d have a TV show once every 10 years.
You announced this week that you aren’t coming back.
I didn’t announce that. I announced that I was fired on my birthday—April 9th They timed it beautifully.
Why did they let you go?
Well, they said that Top Model needs to trim the fat. So they cut me. It came as a little bit of a shock. I was a little upset that I was fired roughly four weeks before the new season was starting. I was being told to go have a physical for the show and then I got fired. I think they could have done that better.
Actually a lot of my friends from the show got booted, too. Makeup and hair people. And I shouldn’t say this because this sounds bitter. But if Tyra came in on time, they would save somebody’s salary. If she actually showed up on time for the judgings and they didn’t have to pay a lot of overtime, they would save a lot of money.
Do you think you did something to bring this on?
I did get pissy about Tyra being late a couple of times. I said, “I don’t think that’s right.” And they told me I had a big ego. So maybe that had something to do with it.
If they ask you to come back as a guest judge would you go back?
No. I think there’s a little too much bad blood. I mean I don’t wish them ill. But do I want them to blossom without me? No. I’m not going to lie.
Do you have any advice for future auditioners?
Yeah. Go to Top Model only if you don’t want to be a model. These girls want to be models so desperately. And the fact is the show is not even looking for fashion models. They’re looking for personalities. It’s a Cinderella story. But [many of] the girls who succeed on the show won’t succeed [in the industry] because they’re not models. I have become friends with some of the models on the show and they actually have lost jobs when it came out that they were on America’s Next Top Model, because the fashion industry will not touch those girls with a ten foot pole.
So they have to hide the fact that they were on the show?
Yeah. And if you’re a winner you can just flush yourself down the toilet. Unless you marry a Brady, in which case you have a career.
But some of the models, like Ya-Ya DaCosta, have found showbiz success.
Yes. Some of the ones who did not win have done much better than the winners for sure. But none of them have approached top model [status]. Out of the girls that we had this season: I think Aminat might have a future in shows because she’s a terrific walker, she has a great body, and she’s very tall. But that’s the closest anybody’s going to get to fashion.
A lot of young girls look up to the show and it really hasn’t produced a top model.
They haven’t and they won’t. And now they’re doing the short girls. Like that’s ever going to catch on in fashion. It might be terrific TV. But it’s not about reality.
What are your thoughts on what Paulina had to say? Do you think the “Top Model” winners stand a chance?
29-year-old Interior Designer from Alberta, Canada Jillian Harrisis the new Bachelorette. The new season of the Bachelorette premiered on ABC tonight. Harris was one of the last three women on this season’s The Bachelor before Jason Mesnick sent her home.
This season, there are thirty men on the first show but by the end of the show, 10 of the men will be given the boot- how brutal. Harris is hopeful that she will find her “Mr. Right” the second time around.
This will be chanllenging for Jillian who says all the men, “are good looking and charming, smart and articulate.”
“Falling in love with one person is the most incredible thing in the world”, Harris says. She continues by saying she wasn’t expecting to fall in love with Jason but it happened so she is really looking forward to getting to know “Mr Right”.
Even though Jillian is excited about the show, she worries about hurting their feelings. We wish Jillian the best in her quest to find love.
As the last three contestant Cheryl & Gilles, Shawn & Mark , Meilssa & Tony duke it out on the dance floor who will take home the trophy? According to our polls, we project Gilles and Cheryl as the winners of the 8th season of DWTS. However based on tonight’s performance, I think that Shawn and Mark were phenomenal and should win.
There is no doubt that these three dancers can bring it anyday but who will Americans vote for? Be patient and stay tuned tomorrow as we crown the new winners of DWTS.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey premiered last week on Bravo to very high ratings. It was the highest ratings ever received for a premier episode of the Housewives franchise. So with all the fame must come some scrutiny right? The NY Post wrote a very interesting article about these housewives and their skeletons. Below is a basic summary -
JACQUELINE LAURITA, 38 – Franklin Lakes Confesses on the show’s Web site to once having been arrested for fighting.
TERESA GIUDICE, 36 – Montville Owes money to design firm, a fertility clinic and vacuum cleaner company. Delinquent debts include $15,000 for a decorative railing on the mansion’s grand staircase. North Hudson IVF, a fertility clinic in Englewood Cliffs, is seeking $11,276 from the Giudices, according to a civil claim filed in November.
DANIELLE STAUB, 46 – Wayne Has a $130,557 federal tax lien against her and her ex. Claims to have been a Ford model; agency has no record of her.
DINA MANZO, 37 – Franklin Lakes Runs a charity that claims to be a nonprofit but does not have IRS taxexempt status.
CAROLINE MANZO, 47, Franklin Lakes Dina’s oldest sister, married to Dina’s husband’s brother. Hubby’s father found shot to death in the trunk of a Lincoln Continental in 1983.
Another major rumor going around is the Dina and her husband are currently separated and are no longer together due to his alleged cheating ways.
Is Kelly Bensimon having regrets about doing the Real Housewives of New York? Well according to a new report, she is.
According to the Post, the 41 year old model, has been telling her friends she regrets she signed aboard in the first place. “She realizes it was a mistake,” a friend of Bensimon says. “It has ruined her socially. She knows how bad she came off.” This sounds about right as the show did not show Kelly is a positive light at all. She definitely came off as being shallow, delusion, self absorbed, and perhaps a little “crazy,” I mean really, who runs in the traffic?
Another insider claims, “They’re definitely going to need some new blood for the next season because these women are all starting to hate another.”
The other housewives have also been very vocal in regards to Kelly’s part of the show. Jill Zarin feels she should quit the show as it as ruined her, while Ramona states she did not enjoy filming with her, “there’s something missing. You know what I’m saying? I’d rather film with Alex and Simon. I get more spice out of Simon and Alex.”
Kelly is however denying these claims through her spokesperson saying, “I think that’s laughable. I had a fabulous experience on the show. My friends love me and had a ball watching me.”
Every body’s favorite mean girl, Tamra Barney is at it again. The Real Housewives of OC’s star spoke to RadarOnline and had nothing nice to say about Gretchen Rossi.
Tamra slammed Gretchen’s claims of having a stalker and once again questions her moral character. “I was subpoenaed as a witness in a hearing involving…a restraining order she filed against her ex-boyfriend, Jay Photoglou,” Barney said. Gretchen had previously claimed Photoglou threatened the lives of she and her dogs, former Housewives cast member Slade Smiley, and vandalized her CA home.
Gretchen however failed to appear in court to address charges which led to them being dropped.
“I showed up in court only to find out the charges were dismissed after waiting 30 minutes. I find it strange for Gretchen, whom allegedly feared for her life because of this ‘stalker,’ wouldn’t even appear in Court for her hearing,” said Barney. “This speaks volumes about her character.” And what does your lame attempt at getting another woman “naked wasted” say about your character?
Tamra also goes on to claim Gretchen and her new boyfriend Slade Smiley drunk dialed her. ““A few weeks ago, [Rossi] and [Smiley] drunk-dialed me. Her conversation started out guarded with ‘why don’t you like me?’ She wanted to make amends, but she didn’t appear too sincere,” says Tamra.
Tamra goes on to insist she participated in the hearing in the spirit of honesty, and that Photoglou was “apologetic” for the waste of her time in court. Right Tamara.
Former Bachelorettestar Jen Schefft tied the knot this weekend in Chicago with her fiance Joe Waterman. The two got married at the Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia in Chicago Friday night . Jen was previously engaged to Andrew Firestoneafter winning his season of the Bachelor.
“She looked beautiful,” said a guest who attended the wedding, held in a room overlooking Lake Michigan. “It was a very small wedding but very fun.”
The married couple, Schefft, 32, and Waterman, 35, had met on a blind date in February 2008. “We really get each other,” she told PEOPLE last year. “I guess it’s true things move fast when you meet the right person.” Good luck to the newlyweds.