One person who believes the answer to that is yes is none other than her fellow DWTS cast-mate Niecy Nash. “I like to see the growth,” says the comedian to PEOPLE. “Nicole today is who she was when she got here — she was a great dancer and she still is.”
Nicole, who beat out Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, was the favorite from day one, and many fans, including Niecy, feel the show is quickly losing sight of its original premise, which was to take celebrities out of their comfort zone and onto the ballroom floor.
“There were moments you couldn’t tell her from the pro dancers,” says Niecy of Nicole, who received high praises from the judges, even being called the best dancer the show has ever seen by Carie Ann.
“Dancing With the Stars is something that resonates with me when the contestants have a journey. I was such a big fan of Kelly Osbourne last year because she had the most transformation,” continues Niecy. “I cheer for the people who have evolved. To me, that’s what the competition should be.”
TELL US: DOES NIECY HAVE A POINT? DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH NIECY?
While the past two weeks has focused on the Kellamity known Kelly Bensimon, in tonight’s episode, Jill Zarin appears eager and ready to snatch the spotlight back from Kelly!
After Kelly’s bizarre “nervous breakthrough” (her words) last week, she decides to leave the vacation early much to the joy of the other housewives, who are likely relieved they no longer have to sleep with one eye open.
Now relaxed, Alex and Sonja throw Ramona and Bethenny a surprise bridal shower where much hilarity ensues! But back in NYC, Kelly decides to fill Jill, LuAnn and Jennifer Gilbert in on her emotional trip – will they see her side?
And finally, Jill decides to follow through with her self serving plan to steal the spotlight surprise the group on the trip, how will each of the ladies react? We’ll find out tonight at 10/9c on Bravo.
In the meantime, below is a preview clip of Kelly telling her distorted version of what happened on the trip to Jill, LuAnn and Jennifer –
On the heels of the release of her sex tape yesterday, porn star reality star Kendra Wilkinson is speaking out for the first time since news of her sex tape hit.
In a new interview with the E! network, the 24-year-old former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner reveals she’s having a hard time coping with the release of her sex tape, but reveals she is also thankful that her husband Hank Baskett has been supportive.
“He’s doing a good job because he’s understanding,” said Kendra of her NFL player husband of one year. “He’s like, ‘Kendra, we just have to hold our heads high because, yeah, we’re going to get attacked, but we can’t run.”
During the interview, set to air during the May 31 season finale of her E! show Kendra, she reveals she made the tape with an ex-boyfriend when she was 18, and hopes the public won’t judge her based on actions from six years ago. “That was me, but that’s not me now,” says Kendra, now mom to 5-month-old Hank Baskett IV.
“It broke my heart because how can [someone] do that when I have a baby?” continues Kendra. “It just sucks. It’s the hardest thing to deal with right now.”
And as for how the sex tape will affect her relationship with hubby Hank, Kendra says, “It’s going to be really hard. It’s going to probably be the hardest time of our lives.”
Lee, a shy 24-year-old painter from Chicago, appeared shell shocked after being announced the next winner of AI by host Ryan Seacrest. “This is amazing!” said Lee. “Thank you guys so much for everything… I can’t believe this… I’m so happy right now. I’ve never been happier in my life!”
Lee continued, “Throughout the season, the word ‘confidence’ has come up with me a lot. I think looking confident and being confident are two different things for me,” he said. “If I wasn’t confident, I wouldn’t be able to do this.”
However the night wasn’t all about Lee, as it was also judge Simon Cowell’s last night on the hit show. Simon, who is leaving AI after eight years to become a producer and judge on the American version of The X Factor, set to debut in 2011, got a bit teary eyed during his farewell.
“I didn’t think I was going to be this emotional, but I genuinely am,” said Simon as he joined past AI contestants onstage. “The show will go forward, it’ll be different, but I just want to thank you for the support, the fun and… everyone, your sense of humor, thats what’s been the best part.”
Along with past Idol contestants, former judge Paula Abdul also returned to bid farewell to Simon. The finale show also included a hot performances by Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Alice Cooper, and Alanis Morisette, as well as a surprise performance by rocker Bret Michaels.
TELL US: DID THE RIGHT CONTESTANT WIN AI? WHO DO YOU THINK WILL HAVE A BETTER SINGING CAREER?
The new season of The Bachelorette featuring Ali Fedotowsky premiered Monday night, but the hot topic on the minds of viewers seems to be the upcoming scandal this season, when it is discovered that one of the men vying for Ali’s heart already had not one, but two girlfriends back home.
That man is Canadian wrestler Justin Rego aka Rated R. Interestingly enough, Justin was voted by the other men on the show as being there for the wrong reasons on Monday’s premiere episode. And while some of the past douche bags on the show were able to get away with two timing, think the Wes scandal from Jillian Harris’sseason, Justin wasn’t quite so lucky, as one of his girlfriends actually called Ali during filming of the show.
The girlfriend that made the phone call to Ali (set to air during a later episode) was Jessica Spillas, pictured in the white top above. According to RealitySteve, Jessica is a 19-year-old from Toronto, Canada, and according to her, Justin was her longtime boyfriend who only went on the show to further his wrestling career.
So why did Jessica decide to out Justin out to Ali? Well apparently while the show was filming earlier this year, Jessica found out Justin had been tow timing her with another girl named Kimberly Kerekes (pictured in the middle above). Jessica then contacted former Bachelor contestant Jessie Sulidis, who also ails from Toronto. Jessie put Jessica in touch with the show’s producers, thus leading to the infamous phone call to Ali.
The other girl, Kimberly, also gave a recent interview to RadarOnline, during which she reveals she had no idea Justin had another girlfriend back home. Kimberly also reveals she had been dating Justin for three months before he left to do the show.
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It’s been days since the infamous meltdown of Kelly Bensimonon the Real Housewives of New York City, and interestingly enough, all the housewives who went on the November yacht trip continue to echo the same sentiment: What we saw on TV was actually tame in comparison to what really took place in real life.
The latest housewife to speak out is Alex McCord. “It was much more [crazy] in real life,” says Alex to Usmagazine. “Much more crazy!” According to Alex, the editing actually made Kelly look “better.”
“I remember the first time that Kelly mentioned that she thought I was channeling the devil. It was in the middle of the soup course!” Alex tells Us. “That wasn’t the first time that had happened. Throughout the trip, it just came out of the blue.”
And although Alex, Sonja Morgan, Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer initially found Kelly’s outbursts amusing, they quickly realized her tantrums were no laughing matter.
“Sonja was the one who pegged it at one point, saying, ‘Wow. We’re dealing with someone who is not being rational. We have to stop,'” explains Alex. “There was definitely a moment when we all clicked into realizing we had to stop picking part all the insane things being said because there’s a reason beyond anyone’s control, beyond her control.”
And in other NYC Housewives news, the reunion show is being filmed today and according to a Life&Style report, Jill and Bethenny will be seeing each other today for the first time in months. And though Bravo has yet to announce the official air date, some of the housewives tweeted about the big day this morning.
Ramona tweeted her outfit for the day and also revealed that she would rather be a fly on the wall than participate in the all day taping (yes the reunion tapings take an entire day), while Kelly also tweeted her outfit for the show, and well you will just have to see what Kelly decided to wear.
Off topic, is it wrong that I kinda sorta want to see the unedited footage of Kelly from the yacht trip?
UPDATE: Turns out Kelly actually wore a white dress for the reunion show, a picture of that is below. Also here’s what Andy Cohen tweeted about the reunion show –
“@BravoAndy: Wrap Alert: THE. MOST. ANTICIPATED. REUNION. IS. ALSO. THE. MOST. DRAMATIC. IN. HOUSEWIVES. HISTORY.”
To which Simon replied to Andy, “I am here & agree.” Simon also revealed filming took over 9 hours.
UPDATE #2 – More photos from the reunion have been added.
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The two hour finale show aired last night and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was announced the third runner up, leaving Evan Lysacek and Nicole to battle it out for the mirror ball trophy.
Nicole’s win isn’t much of a surprise as the Pussycat doll is a professional dancer who dances and sings for a living. Whether or not Nicole being in the amateur ballroom dance competition remains a debate, but when all it said and done, Nicole was consistently the best dancer this season. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba even declared her the best dancer ever in DWTS history.
“I’m going to give it to my mom because she’s the reason I really did this show,” the Pussycat Doll, 31, told UsWeekly after the show. “This is for her!”
Nicole, and the rest of the finalists flew to NYC this morning and appeared on Good Morning America. The finale show however wasn’t without controversy as Kate Gosselin returned to torture the viewers with a final dance performance. Unfortunately for Kate, taking time away from the show did not improve her dancing skills. She however seemed to have more fun this go around.
ABC also announced the 11th season of DWTS will premiere September 20th. It will be interesting to see how they attempt to top this pretty phenomenal 10th season.
My thoughts on Nicole winning – Not a big shocker, she did deserve to win because she was the best dancer after all. Do I think she had an unfair advantage? Of course she did, she dances for a living. Having Nicole in the competition would be similar to having a top College basketball player play in an amateur celebrity basketball tournament. Yes Nicole has no ballroom dance experience, but let’s be real, being a pro dancer helped her tremendously and she was earning 10s in early weeks for a reason. The fact is none of the other competitors really stood a chance. I’m conflicted on this because while it is fun to watch the Nicoles and Evans give amazing performances, the show should really be about the Ochocincos and Erins, and about their journeys in improving week to week. And yes Erin was on a dance team in college, but being on a cheerleading dance team over a decade ago while in college doesn’t really compare to being a Pussycat doll.
TELL US – ARE YOU HAPPY NICOLE WON? IS IT FAIR TO HAVE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS ON THE SHOW?
E! reality star Kendra Wilkinson’ssex tape has officially been released today by Vivid Entertainment, and just like that a porn star is born!
And how much did Kendra get for selling her soul sex tape? The previous reports had her receiving $100,000 plus 50% of sales, but the newer reports reveal the 24 year-old new mom actually received a $680,o00 check as well as 50% of profits.
Based on sale predictions, Kendra will likely earn millions and millions from her tape. According to Vivid, Kendra’s tape is on par to be the best selling celebrity sex tape ever, even beating out the sex tape of her fellow E! reality star – Kim Kardashian. Vivid, which has has distributed tapes with the likes of Mindy McCready, Shauna Sand and Kelli McCarty confirms the pre-sale orders for Kendra Exposed are the biggest in their history.
As for the status of Kendra’s marriage, RadarOnline reveals her marriage with Hank Baskettis surviving despite the sex tape. Though Hank was not aware that his wife tried to sell her sex tape just 2 years ago, he was apparently aware the sex tapes existed.
“This happened when she was young. He already knew about this. She told him about this before they got married,” said Kendra’s friend.
Kendra and Hank were also photographed this weekend visiting his parents at charity golf benefit in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The photo of them is below.
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