Last night’s Survivor was a combination of never-before-seen footage, insights into alliances and background on the different castaways. In other words, CBS wants to draw out the season with an additional episode during the Thanksgiving holiday. No matter, it was entertaining and certainly shed some light on the current players of Te Tuna.
The episode begins contrasting each original tribes’ dynamics. The Savaii, led primarily by Ozzy, is a laid back, go-with-the-flow group, with Dawn and Cochran not fitting in as well as their counterparts. A scene is shown where Cochran, the only male not out fishing for the tribe, must gut the day’s catches. As a self-proclaimed PETA adherent, he has a hard time with this gig. Across the island, Coach’s focus is on creating a family bond while working hard to build a solid camp.
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Admittedly, I didn’t think I would get as caught up in Dancing With The Stars’ final three as I actually did. Embarrassingly, I didn’t think I’d be this happy for Rob Kardashian finally doing something that didn’t involve his sisters, and he’s clearly improved tenfold throughout the season. Don’t get me wrong… I still love J.R. Martinez and I have serious respect for Ricki Lake. At least I won’t be (too) disappointed if my favorite doesn’t win the “coveted” mirror ball trophy!
As to be expected, there was a lot of fluff on last night’s finale show, but that always happens when ABC tries to drag out forty-five minutes of content into two hours of programming. It’s almost as bad as the engagement episode of any Bachelor/Bachelorette season. Each of the final three’s Monday performances are highlighted. Rob goes into the final night three points ahead of both Ricki and J.R. Rob and J.R. both managed to wrangle perfect 30s as well. Before getting into tonight’s portion of the competition, Lady Antebellum (love!) performs a song off their latest album.
Each contestant will hit the dance floor one more time to perform what they believe to be their strongest dance of the season. First, Ricki and partner Derek Hough perform their tango. Len Goodman calls it one of the most memorable dances of any season, while Bruno Tonioli proclaims it “unforgettable.” He’s so dramatic! Carrie Ann Inaba continues with the love fest and Ricki seems to have had a very strong finish.
Rob and Cheryl Burke are dancing the foxtrot at Rob’s request. He wants to improve upon the dance from the first time they performed it. As the Kardashian Klan watches on – Kris is even krying! — he proves he really has come a long way in this competition. Rob has a (very) minor slip-up… so minor, in fact, that I had to rewind to see it after host Tom Bergeron congratulated him on his “nice recovery.” Carrie Ann says she’s so proud of Rob, while Len gushes — yes, GUSHES! — about how Rob does some of the best footwork of any male contestant he’s seen on the show. Ever. That is quite some praise!
J.R. and Karina Smirnoff decide to revisit their jive, although they must tweak it a bit to appease the judges critiques of the dance the first time around. Carrie Ann calls him a “catalyst of joy” before citing his sloppiness in the middle of the routine. She also professes to miss the lift they eliminated from the dance because she penalized them for it their first go-round. Huh? Len spends most of his speech recognizing the wonderful band and singers, but seems to feel the same way everyone else feels about J.R. You can NOT smile when you see him dance. Bruno exclaims that he “LOVED IT!”
For the judges, Ricki is in the top spot earning 30 points, with J.R. garnering 28, and Rob in third with 26. After adding the point to Monday’s scores, Ricki leads, Rob is in second and J.R. is in third, although only one point separates each competitor from the next. In another filler moment that lasts far too long, a blooper reel of the judges is shown. Seriously, this whole finale really only needs to last an hour.
One couple will be eliminated before the final dance of the evening. After lots of dramatic pauses, WHAT? Ricki and Derek are eliminated. I did NOT see that one coming. She’s been such a fan and judge favorite. J.R. and Rob look totally shocked. I swear Rob has tears in his eyes. True to form, Ricki goes out like the total class act that she is.
After highlighting some of the season’s shocking moments, some of the first “stars” to be voted off return to dance again. Metta World Peace and Elisabetta Canalis perform with their partners followed by Kristin Cavallari. Chyna Phillips returns for another shot at the dance that sent her home after she froze on stage and forgot her routine. The always entertaining Carson Kressley vogues, and Nancy Grace shakes her medieval groove thang. Chaz Bono and David Arquette take to the dance floor again before another performance from Lady A, singing their hit Need You Now. A less sour Hope Solo and a less combative (I hope) MaksimChmerkovskiydance again as well.
It’s time for the final dance for J.R. and Rob, competing with a quick instant Samba to unknown music. J.R. and Karina dance first with a strong routine, but Rob and Cheryl are equally (dare I say more?) fierce. Len gives a rare standing ovation for both couples. Bruno believes both contestants are “brilliant” while Carrie Ann declares them both as winners. The judges give three perfect 10s to both J.R. and Rob. It’s all up to the viewer votes now! I love that Rob and J.R. seem to have become really good friends. After a long and entertaining season, the mirror ball trophy goes to…
J.R. Martinez!!! Woohoo!! I am beyond thrilled. What an amazing guy and I am so happy to see Karina’s first DWTS victory.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE FINALE? DO YOU THINK THE RIGHT PERSON WON? HOW GREAT WAS IT TO SEE THE COMRADERY AMONG THE CONTESTANTS?
John Salley’s teeth may be a tad whiter, his smile a bit wider and his demeanor even more subdued than normal, but there’s no mistaking his presence means that there is a Basketball Wives reunion in the works, this time L.A. style. He introduces the ladies, and apparently Gloria Govan and Jackie Christie missed the hair memo. Why Maylaysia, why? Your hair looks so good straight! I also have to give credit to a reader that commented in an earlier thread that Laura Govan looks like a long-lost member of the Jackson family. Spot on, Super Reality Junkie!
The first issue at hand is the season opening fight when Laura and Malaysia come to blows after repeated belittling and “hood-rat calling” on the part of Ms. Govan. I still love that Malaysia took off her shoes for the brawl. John recaps the fight, saying that Malaysia “pushed Jackie over like she only weighed a hundred pounds.” Oh no he didn’t! He questions Gloria who says she got her information regarding the tiff from none other than Jackie.
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Basketball Wives: L.A.’sImani Showalter does not agree that what fans saw on the hit VH1 show is an accurate representation of who she is. This season, viewers saw her bash young newbie Draya Michele and befriend Laura Govan only to toss her belongings into storage. We also got to watch an awkward date. In an interview with VH1 Access, Imani opens up about why she joined the cast, her thoughts on how she portrayed, Draya-gate and just how crazy she thinks Jackie Christie is.
Gloria Govan originally approached her about doing the show, to which Imani responded, “HELL to the NO!!!” However, she continues, “About three months later I was contacted by the VH1 and they gave me an overview of how they wanted this version of BBW to be and the direction they wanted to move in (totally different than Miami, a more positive show without all the fighting and drink throwing), and so after that meeting I agreed.”
Imani reveals, “I’d known Gloria for about a year and was introduced to her sister Laura maybe about 6 months before we started filming. Kimsha (whom I adore) and I met while we both lived Indiana a few years prior when our guys were both playing for the Pacers. The other girls I met on the first day of shooting.” Initially, she had reservations about putting her life out there for the world to see.
She admits, “Before we started filming I was very nervous about how this would be received by my loved ones. I have always been a VERY private person and I like my anonymity, however, I thought this would be a great opportunity to show the other side of being a BBW. We are mothers taking care of our families, supportive friends, faithful partners, and stable positive people.”
Jumping off to what seemed to be the buzz word of the season, Imani shares, “Not all BBW were ‘groupies’ that got lucky, which is a common misconception I hear over and over. I met Stephen in the Lincoln Tunnel (in a car so I didn’t even know he was tall Hahira) not in a club, and I was working holding it down for myself with a VERY well-paying job on Wall Street…. Just FYI.” You know what I think is a common misconception? That you don’t have to be an actual wife to be on a show called Basketball Wives…
The ladies don’t get to preview the episodes before they air. They are watching along with viewers, which means the ladies have just learned how they were edited. As for Imani, she says, “I was extremely disappointed with the way I was portrayed. I feel as though I was portrayed as judgmental and mean, which is the farthest thing from who I am… To me, they painted the show to make Draya Little Bo Peep and all the other girls as the Big Bad Wolves, and it was sooooooo not like that in real life.”
Little Bo Peep? Perhaps Draya did get a more sympathetic edit, but that doesn’t change the fact that, edit or not, Imani still called her cast mate “worthless.” She explains, “That was a very emotional and impulsive action on my part. Prior to us going into the passion party (completely off camera and in the hotel lobby), it was brought to all of our attention by Jackie, about Draya’s arrest and what the charges were.” So, Jackie, huh?
She explains, “At the time, Casey Anthony was a huge topic in the news for ‘neglecting’ her child as well, and we all know how that ended…So when the box of adjectives was passed around for me to pick from, I looked on top and that was one of the first words I saw, and out of emotion and in the heat of the moment I just picked it and put it in Draya’s box. I regretted it instantly.”
When asked if Imani feels that the show portrays Draya as being bullied by the other women, she responds, “As a viewer I agree, but as someone that was in a lot of the scenes for the full 2-4 hour duration, I strongly disagree! There were a lot of things that transpired that the viewers have no clue about because A LOT of important details were edited out.”
Speaking of Draya, lately there have been some rumors of a Kimmie Kardashian-esque tape (minus the potty play) that documents the BBW’s reality star’s sexy time with R&B bad boy (I would really like to call him something else, but I’m trying to have love in my heart) Chris Brown. The pair dated for most of 2010, and both are denying that any such video exists. TMZ is reporting that Draya is contacting attorneys in an attempt to stop whoever is spreading the allegations.
Maybe Draya will address the Chris Brown gossip on the first part of the reunion, which airs tonight on VH1 (8PM ET). What we can expect, according to Imani, is for the women’s true colors to shine through. She teases, “I think we all showed who we REALLY are at the reunion. Some came out redeemed, others were exposed for the nut bag they are… You just have to watch.” Nut bag? I wonder to whom she is referring? Certainly not Jackie, even though she answered a resounding “YES!” to fan questions as to whether her co-star was actually crazy…
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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IMANI’S INTERVIEW? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE WAS UNFAIRLY EDITED? DO YOU THINK THE ALLEGED DRAYA/CHRIS BROWN SEX TAPE EXISTS?
In Cynthia’s Bravo blog, she tries to keep it classy, while still getting in some passive aggressive insults. “I did not attend Kim’s birthday party, because I was not invited,” she say. “We really don’t know each other that well, so it was no surprise not to get an invite. Those special moments should be reserved for your closest friends and family. I can respect that, and I wish her a happy birthday all the same.” Sounds nice enough, right?
Of course, she doesn’t end there, continuing, “I was a little surprised that on such a joyous occasion my name even came up. I thought the way the girls talked about NeNe was mean and offensive. The use of the B word and speaking in such a negative manner in front of children at a birthday celebration was just irresponsible. Where was the eating cake and ice cream and opening presents?” Mee and yow.
Referring to a comment made by the dance tune diva, Cynthia defends herself, saying, “Kim doesn’t seem to think I have a backbone, because I’m friends with NeNe. I have enough of a backbone to respect the union of marriage and not date another woman’s husband. Or did we forget about that? I really don’t understand why NeNe and Kim’s breakup has anything to do with me. I don’t have an issue with Kim. Or any of the other girls for that matter.”
And just to put the icing on the recently married Kim’s wedding cake, Cynthia ends her blog with a bang, stating, “At the end of the day, it’s so easy to be nasty, and that takes very little effort and zero talent.” It seems it truly is easy to be nasty… all you need is a blog! She sums her sentiments with a nicely veiled dig.
“I thought new love and pregnancy were happy times where you embrace life and positivity,” Cynthia muses. “Motherhood is beautiful, and being in love is the cherry on top! Rest assured, I have a backbone and very beautiful cheek bones to go with it. Enjoy your wonderful blessings and I will enjoy mine.”
Now you know Kim isn’t going to sit quietly, she did what anyone would do… calmly and privately talk to Cynthia about her hurt feelings take to Twitter! Kim fires back at her co-star’s blog, tweeting, “I wish Cynthia would STFU why is she talking about my relationship that was over 2 plus years ago!! I’m now a wife! #runawaybride4xs.”
Kim’sblog also takes shots at Cynthia, so there is some fun tit for tat going on in Bravoland. Acknowledging her recent nuptials, she begins, “As you all I know, I married Kroy on 11/11/11! I am the happiest I have ever been and feel so blessed to have found such a wonderful man. My girls are over the moon.”
Getting that piece of housekeeping out of the way, Kim spends the rest of her blog on her favorite subjects… her castmates. She exclaims, “Cynthia barely knows NeNe! Cynthia hasn’t seen her true colors. But in due time, NeNe’s going to snap at Cynthia just like she has with everyone else. NeNe’s acting is going to wear off eventually. Did NeNe say, ‘Kim and Sheree are hating on me’? What is there to hate on? Please let me know.”
Speaking of Cynthia and NeNe’s budding friendship, Kim continues, “Cynthiawants to stick up for NeNe all day long, because she knows if she doesn’t she could get attacked and her friendship contract would be revoked.” Did she really just go there? Loves it!
Taking offense to a comment made in Miami, Kim responds, “And Cynthia, why are you still talking about DJ Tracy? I’m married with a newborn! Why is my relationship with Tracy still on your mind? Seriously, find yourself some business or better yet, work on your own marriage.” Wowsers. Well, Kim never was one for subtlety.
On tonight’s episode, Kim throws a Phaedra-sized (read massive) baby shower for Kroy, and two of the househusbands get into a tiff. Sheree’s home is under construction and NeNe helps her youngest son deal with her split from Gregg. Watch a preview below.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KIM AND CYNTHIA’S FEUD? WHO’S SIDE ARE YOU ON? PLUS THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
Basketball Wives: L.A.’s Jackie Christie has been all over the internet discussing the past first season of VH1′s hit show. She’s been granting interviews with different blogs to get her side of the story to fans. Recently, she spoke with The Urban Daily to talk about her co-stars, what it’s like to be a true basketball wife, and of course, that crazy Hawaiian vacation.
The Hawaiian trip proved to be the breaking point for the ladies and Jackie. Jackie recalls, “They were like you have to leave the island. I said, ‘How can you vote the island off the island? I am the island. You guys dont have any pull. I am the island you guys are playing in my territory.’” She continues, “As for what the girls are doing in Hawaii, that wasn’t real. They really weren’t being upfront or honest about what they were doing and saying. I think the girls know what they’ve done and that all the dishonestly will come back and bite them and I explained over and over again it doesn’t matter what you do and say on TV, you have to address it.”
As for what really went down, Jackie continues to maintain, in a very roundabout way, that everything she told Imani Showalter that Laura Govan said (and vice versa) is true. “I really don’t want to knock the other cast members. People are always trying to make each other people look bad and that’s not what I’m here to do. I will just say I am being honest, I was very honest on the show. I don’t have any motives or any reason to make these girls go against each other.” A very different perception from what was shown, eh?
She explains, “My truth is what was said, was said to me! Like I told Laura ‘you said all these things about me that I’m overweight but second of all you said my hair was ugly’ and I thought we were friends. What I told those girls in Hawaii is what I said in their face. They know their truths and on the reunion it is going to be really really surprising.”
What about that much anticipated reunion? Jackie teases that a few juicy tidbits will be revealed, saying, “There will be some explosive information shared at the reunion, VERY BIG. It’s going to be very interesting. I think a lot of people will be shocked. I think a lot of people who swayed one way will probably take a second look at the way they feel or are thinking. I think it’s going to say a whole lot about who we are as people.”
Jackie has some things to say about a couple of her fellow castmates. As for Draya Michele, Jackie disputes any conjecture that she was ever mean to the new girl. As she remembers, “When I met Draya I adored her, I took her out for ice cream. I told her right off the bat that you seem to be combative. I took her under my wing off the bat, I didn’t judge her. When I found out about her and whatever happened with her son it was from one of the other cast members at the pamper party. I tried to tell the girls we’re all here, let’s all talk about it. I’ve always liked Draya.” Seems like her recollection as an instigator and mine as a viewer are maybe a little skewed.
Jackie also discusses the only other lady who, like Jackie, can actually call herself a basketball wife. Of Malaysia Pargo, she says, “I tell Malaysia ‘you’re the last person I want to have beef with. You’ve called me a million of times, you told me you don’t trust any of them’ so for you to sit there now like you are apart of this group all happy – you were the first one to get in a fight with all of them. You need to sit down and fall back!” Yikes!
While Malaysia and Jackie share the common bond of holy matrimony, only Jackie knows how hard it is to be Jackie. She won’t say the other women are jealous of her… however, she will not say it either. She muses, “I would hate to use the word jealous,but I don’t know what else it could be. I think I’m strong willed and determined, I have a path in life and you know maybe that’s what it is. Maybe they’re all still figuring it out. And they’re like who are you to tell me…” She continues, “Starting out they sung my praises, once it started going and things started coming out, colors started being shown. I can be your best friend or your worst enemy, and I said that. ‘Don’t cross me!’ I don’t know if its jealousy, I hope not.”
Finally, Jackie dishes on the break-up between Gloria Govan and fiancé Matt Barnes, “I think, even on the show it shows that we are good friends. We went out and Matt shared a lot of stuff, Gloria was even touched as well.” She says, “I’ve known him for about seven years. They are really respectful of one another. I was really shocked with that whole thing. I honestly don’t believe this break-up is permanent. What I think may be wrong is that sometimes you lose that communication and there isn’t that much intimacy where you sit down and really open up to your mate. I would love to advise them on that. Gloria seems like she has everything under control.”
Does Gloria? Those sneaky Matt Barnes and Eva Longoriarumors won’t seem to go away. TMZ is reporting that on Tuesday, Eva did something that screams “relationship,” well at least according to When Harry Met Sally. She picked up Matt from the airport. While sources continue to claim the pair’s relationship is nothing but platonic (and I tend to agree with them… they seem like an odd pairing), tongues continue to wag. And why not? Eva is a well-known TV star reportedly dating Penelope Cruz’s younger brother, and Matt is in a relatively high profile break-up. Sources say that the friendship is one based in both “celebrities” love of charity work. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that!
Not to jump back to Jackie’s interview, but I think she sums up this blog post so eloquently when discussing the cast of Basketball Wives: L.A. Jackie matter of factly states, “I feel like all of them are cooky.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT JACKIE’S RECENT INTERVIEW? DO YOU BELIEVE THE HYPE BEHIND THE EVA LONGORIA AND MATT BARNES RUMORS? THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK WILL BE EXPOSED DURING THE REUNION?
On last night’s Survivor, the cavemen Savaii trifecta find themselves on Redemption Island, Coach continues to preach (literally) about the importance of unity and loyalty (in a game that can have only one winner) and the former Upolu continues to drink the Kool-Aid while the Savaii are picked off one by one.
Marijuana Jim joins Keith and Ozzy on Redemption and Ozzy refrains from telling him “I told you so” after hearing about the Upolu’s latest bakery fix while the three remaining Savaii tried to save themselves. Back at camp, Coach reminds his congregation that they are a family who has just voted out the most dangerous outcast. Really? MJ is dangerous? Crass, sure. Immature, definitely. But dangerous? Please. In his interview Coach stresses how important it is to make everyone feel comfortable so they won’t be ready for an upset. I wonder if that’s what Jesus did…NOT.
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Unless you were too busy watching Brandon Hantz Crazy Pants’ outbursts at tribal council, you probably noticed a few of the castaways from this season’s Survivor getting a tad friendly with one another. I’m sure it gets lonely in the jungle. Two members of Savaii’s former Team Pretty, Whitney Duncan, 27, and Keith Tollefson, 26, had a total spark for each other during their time in the South Pacific. And why shouldn’t they? They’re both young, fun, good-looking, and single. Wait, is one of them married?
Keith is the laid-back water treatment technician from San Diego, while country crooner Whitney hails from Tennessee and made it to the top five of the Nashville Star singing competition. Both came to Survivor single and ready to mingle, according to their bios, and the pair was quickly joined at the hip. However, one additional player has come out of the woodwork… Whitney’s husband, Donny Fallgatter.
While the story of Whitney and Donny’s relationship is different than most, the couple was definitely married when she appeared on the show. They married on August 10, 2010 after two months of dating. However, they never shared this information with family and friends or Survivor producers. Whitney would often travel with fellow musician Donny’s band, and in May of this year, before Whitney left to film Survivor, the pair announced their engagement. Um…
A source tells People.com, “They were good together, and they looked good together. They both fell hard.” The insider continues, “Donny was totally faithful while she was gone. He even went to help out at her parents’ house in West Tennessee a couple times.”
After filming of Survivor concluded, but before the castaways were sent home, Whitney called her husband, who later admitted to a friend that things sounded a bit off. The source says, “He said she sounded weird, like something was up, and not like she was looking forward to seeing him.” Indeed, in a later phone call, Whitney admitted that she had fallen hard for her tribe mate, Keith. The friend recalls, “Donny sent me a text that said, ‘Whitney got into a Survivor relationship.’ I called him and he was really upset so I went over to his place.”
At that point Donny revealed the couple’s secret to the source. “That’s when he told me that she wasn’t his fiancé, but his wife, that they had gotten married the summer before. I was totally shocked.” While the new Survivor sweeties have been spotted around Nashville, Donny reportedly went home to North Dakota so that Whitney could move out of his home.
Not surprisingly, Whitney and Donny have filed for divorce, which was heard and granted last week on November 8th. As soon as the judge who heard their petition signs the paperwork, the divorce will be final leaving Whitney free to pursue other endeavors…wink, wink.
Not to be one-upped by Donny’s People.com source, a Whitney insider has been talking to UsWeekly, stating that no infidelity occurred. “Whitney and Keith did not expect to fall in love on the show but they did. She is divorced and never lied to her ex about falling for Keith. She told him the day she returned from Survivor,” asserts the source.
The insider continues, “Whitney and her family have had a very trying year.” The source is of course referring to the tragic kidnapping of Whitney’s twenty-year-old cousin Holly Bobo, adding, “I think learning about her cousin being abducted the same day she found out she would be on Survivor gave her a new perspective on life and love and made her realize that life is too short to be unhappy.”
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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHITNEY’S SECRET MARRIAGE? DO YOU THINK HER SURVIVOR LOVE WITH KEITH WILL OUTPLAY OUTWIT OUTLAST?