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Despite her claims that she isn’t ready to date post divorce, Kim Kardashian is one of those girls who seems to always need a man. And that latest man is poor stupid Reggie Bush!

Days after, reports spotted the two lunching together and Reggie publicly denied Kim, a new report states, if it were up to Kim, the two would be back together! “Reggie and Kim have been talking since she split with Kris,” a Kardashian source tells Us Weekly. “Reggie is the one who all other guys get compared to, and the one she runs to when there’s a breakup. He is her safety net.” So basically Kimmie Kakes is using ol’ Reggie?

“He is comforting to her. But they are trying to be private about it – not even telling close friends.”

The reason? Kim’s family is totally against the relationship! “In her mind Reggie’s her great love… but he’s not a good boyfriend,” the source explains. “Her family hates to see how upset she gets when it’s over.”

“She’s always devastated and a mess. They really don’t want her to go down this road again.” But Kim is desperate to be married has “never stopped loving him.”

Kim’s family is hoping she’ll move on with someone new. “They want Kim to get back in the game and try meeting new people.” Sadly, Kim’s family and friends know Reggie will break her heart again. “It won’t go anywhere,” explains a source. “Reggie won’t commit to her in the way she needs him to.”

“He’s not ready to give up the fabulous life he has as a single guy,” the source adds. You mean he doesn’t want to be henpecked by pimpmomager Kris Jenner and used as another pawn in the Kardashians’ desperate attempts for fame, money, and attention?

Speaking of a pawn in the Kardashian famewhoring, Kris Humphries is stopping at nothing to take down the family who used and abused him! Kris’ plan is to take his divorce proceedings to court in an effort to “clear his name” after he was made into the villain on Kourtney and Kim Take New York!

Kris simply wants to prove his innocence in the matter, but the Kardashians believe his motives are vindictive because he wants to destroy Kim! “He’s doing this to humiliate her,” a Kardashian friend reports. Well, frankly she has it coming to her!

Finally, sixteen-year-old Kendall Jenner has officially become a Kardashian famewhore. The teen model has recently announced her decision to blow off college and pursue modelling full-time instead. And of course she has the blessing of her parents – who will do anything for their 10%!

“I’m not really thinking about [it] right now,” the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star told Life & Style about planning for college. “If my career really blows up, that’s what I would do. I love doing it.”

“She’ll probably have a career by the time she’s out of high school,” Bruce Jenner eagerly added. “If that’s what she wants to do, that’s good. I don’t know if college is going to be that important to her.” Oh, such awesome role modeling. What a lucky girl! Maybe she can end up just like her sister, Kim!

WILL KIM AND REGGIE END UP BACK TOGETHER? IS HER FAMILY RIGHT TO WORRY ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP? SHOULD KENDALL’S PARENTS ENCOURAGE HER TO GO TO COLLEGE?

 

 

 

 


On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, the ladies promised and swore to turn over a new leaf after their moving experience in the South African orphanage, but alas their epiphany was brief and insincere.

After seeing the heartbreaking poverty of the children of the orphanage, the ladies sit down to dinner at their five-star resort to reflect on how privileged their lives are. They have “beautiful homes, beautiful fashions, a lotta labels,” Phaedra points out. Phaedra’s speech about appreciation was tailor made for Marlo, I see. Bespoke, if you will. Too bad Marlo was focusing on something being wrong with her plate instead of contemplating the day. Everyone promises to put future petty squabbles into perspective and approach situations in a more adult manner. Kandi is the first to speak up with a a ‘yeah right!’

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Bethenny Frankel is back! Whether you love her or loathe her, the mouth from TriBeCa is returning in her wildest, loudest, and craziest season ever! To prepare us, the Bethenny Ever After star is giving us the update on what’s going on in her life and what’s next for the lady in red.

Bethenny has admitted she wants to expand her family to include another baby. “We’re trying [to have another baby],” Bethenny revealed. “I’m a little more lax than someone at 41 probably should be.”

Sadly for Bethenny and husband Jason Hoppy, she disclosed that she recently suffered a miscarriage. Appearing on the Today Show this morning, the very open star, shared her tragic loss. “We were pregnant with a second baby, and at eight weeks, I miscarried.”

Clearly the situation has been devastating for Jason and Bethenny, who have opened up about considering adoption, and she isn’t ready to contemplate about trying for another child. “I’m not really thinking about it,” she admitted. “Until you become a woman you don’t know the things that come with being a woman. And I’m 41, and I don’t know. It’s not really my choice. It’s not really my option. The window’s closing.” Our thoughts and condolences to Bethenny and her family.

In the meantime she is happily focused on Bryn and where she will start nursery school. Bethenny makes it clear that despite her own prep school lineage Bryn will be a straight up public school gal! “We’re not caught up in the fancy private schools. We want to be able to walk her to school.”

Bethenny also discusses juggling mommyhood with personal time and she’s still plugging that yoga video! “Ever since having my baby, I want to be efficient with my time,” she explains to USA Weekend. “When she naps, I do 40 minutes of yoga. I wish I could just walk out of here and go to yoga for an hour and 15 minutes.” Umm… excuse me, and correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t this woman have a live-in nanny who is also a character on her show? Does she really expect us to believe she isn’t able to step out for an hour and a half to work out?

And since she’s Bethenny, she’s giving us more dieting tips. “My entire platform is about indulging,” she says of living the Skinnygirl way. “Women deprive constantly. I indulge every day. No one ever got fat off one cookie.”

Moving on, as we all know, Madame Frankel Hoppy will be gracing the small screens as the hostess of her own talk show! So what is Bethenny going to talk about? “Everything,” she says. “It’s kind of what my show does, but this could be a dialogue rather than just showing what I’m doing.”

Now that she is talking about leaving reality television behind, rumor has it that Bethenny is also thinking of leaving NYC behind! In an effort to take her business to the next level–and conquer more of the media world–Bethenny thinks there will be more opportunities for her in LA.

Unfortunately, Jason wants to remain in NYC and close to his family, which is another thing causing major tension in their marriage. “She mocks him about it and calls him a mama’s boy,” a friend tells In Touch Weekly via their print edition.

Finally, tonight marks the season three premiere of Bethenny Ever After. In tonight’s episode Bethenny is celebrating the launch of a new Skinnygirl cocktail with a blow-out bash, with both old and new friends, including Today host Hoda Kotb. While Bethenny is enjoying the ever-expanding Skinnygirl business, Jason struggles with life in the public and wishes things were a bit quieter. A preview of tonight’s episode is below!

Bethenny Ever After premieres tonight on Bravo at 9/8c!

THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY SHARING HER LOSS WITH FANS? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE WILL SHE MOVE TO LA REGARDLESS OF WHAT JASON WANTS? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT TONIGHT’S PREMIERE?

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Evelyn Lozada, Royce Reed, Kenya Bell, Shaunie O'Neal, Tami Roman, Jennifer WIlliams, Kesha Nichols, Suzie Ketcham

Oh Basketball Wives, you’re coming back to us! Tonight marks the season four premiere of the Evelyn Lozada vs. Jennifer Williams, Great Friendship Fall-Apart aka season four!

To kick things off right, the ladies are out and about letting everyone know this is definitely a season you don’t want to miss; oh, and all the drama – so not their fault! Discussing this season, Evelyn is once again explaining how things work from her perspective – and interestingly she blames, of all things, Twitter for a lot of the fighting!

Evelyn believes if people just kept their every passing comment to themselves, less people would get hurt. I’m just gonna let this one sink in, being that Evelyn has been called out for her Twitterants on more than one occasion.

“Twitter plays a huge part on ‘Basketball Wives’ because sometimes we may get to Twitter to vent, which is probably not the greatest thing to do,” Evelyn tells Sister2Sister. “I think we all are guilty of probably doing that at some point.”

“Usually it starts up arguments when we’re filming,” she explains.”You’re forced to address certain issues and things that are going on. That’s why, at the reunions, it’s always heated and there’s always arguments because that’s basically when you lay everything on the table.”

Jen agrees that Twitter is certainly the catalyst for a lot of issues. “Twitter seems to cause a lot problems on ‘Basketball Wives,’ so it would be interesting if we didn’t have Twitter to see how that would go,” Jennifer acknowledges.

“There would be a lot less problems,” she admits, especially Tweets of the passive-aggressive nature which then get the followers and fans involved. “It can get little messy, and by the time the reunion rolls around, a lot of stuff has been said on Twitter.”

Evelyn also reveals that the reunions are the most stressful part of the season! “On the reunion there was obvious tension between me and Jennifer,” Evelyn says – particularly because she believed everything was fine with Jen. “I felt tension from her at the reunion and after we wrapped the reunion, she left and didn’t say goodbye to anyone.” And that was pretty much the end of their friendship! Yikes. Yet another example of how reality television and friendship simply don’t mix!

Moving on, Tami Roman doesn’t blame Twitter or anyone else for her issues and when it comes to taking sides, she is squarely on Team Tami. “I kind of mind my business unless it pertains to me,” Tami told VH1′s Big Morning Buzz.

Especially when it comes to Jen and Evelyn! “So I like them both and I’m still friends with them both even though they’re in the middle of conflict,” Tami added.

Tami also let new girls Kenya Bell and Kesha Nichols know they better tow the line! “This is how I operate, let’s try to stay in this format and you’ll be fine,” she told them upon meeting them, mentioning that she still has to get to know them a little better.

And finally, below is a sneak peak of tonight’s premiere episode! All the ladies are in NYC to kick of the season, but they certainly didn’t leave any of the drama behind in Miami!

In the preview, Evelyn is planning her wedding and only her most loyal friends are invited! So I guess that means the cast is off the guest list? Jen also talks about dealing with divorce and the break up with Evelyn – she seems so sad. The video is below! Just a warning: Evelyn’s eyeshadow is horrific!

Basketball Wives premieres tonight on VH1 at 8/7c!

DO YOU THINK TWITTER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR JENN AND EVELYN’S FALL OUT? WILL THEY EVER BE FRIENDS AGAIN? WILL YOU BE WATCHING TONIGHT?

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Controversy over Taylor Armstrong‘s memoir, published mere months after her estranged husband Russell Armstrong‘s suicide, has been attracting a lot of attention in the press – particularly because speculation over the truth behind her allegations has emerged.

Recent rumors have posited that Taylor’s antics and the negative attention she is receiving because of her penchant for dishonesty (along with a recent lawsuit that may involve Bravo) has Bravo seeing her as a “liability,” which will likely jeopardize her spot on next season’s cast. Well, Taylor is speaking out defending herself and her actions – and explaining why it’s important that she remain a part of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!

Standing by her decision to publish her book, Taylor insists her motive was not money. Who does she expect to believe that? “I know how it looks,” she says, responding to a question about capitalizing from Russell’s death. She claims she wanted people to start talking about the horrors of domestic violence. “If I didn’t think this would make a difference, I wouldn’t be doing it,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “Trust me, you don’t make that much money off a book.” But you do make money off publicity tours, appearances, and advances associated with a book!

While Taylor is adamant she did not release this memoir with any untoward intentions, it is well-known that Russell’s family and friends–most vocally his sister Laurie Kelsoeare insistent that the allegations Taylor makes are completely untrue and have made Russell seem like someone he was not. Laurie believes the show has “completely defaced his character,” telling Dr. Drew in a recent interview: “Shame on [Taylor] for doing this and for thinking that all he was was bad … if that’s the case, then why did she stay there and spend his money?”

Firing back, Taylor insists Laurie wasn’t a part of their lives and had no idea what went on behind closed doors. “There are a number of people who are trying to find their way into the story of my life with Russell,” Taylor asserts. “Russell’s sister Laurie Kelsoe … has no basis for saying anything about my life with Russell. She lives almost 1,500 miles away and saw our family on a small number of occasions.”

“The facts are there,” Taylor says of what went on in her marriage. But that is exactly the problem. There are no facts – only Taylor’s so-called recollections about what occurred. Which is why more questions are emerging about the validity of her claims. The LA Times asked Dr. Catherine Hwang, an orbital and oculo-plastics surgeon at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute, about orbital floor injuries.

Dr. Hwang, who did not treat Taylor, explains fractures of that nature can occur from a range of incidents. Taylor has maintained that she had no bruising after Russell “raised up one elbow and punched me hard, in the right eye.” Dr. Hwang finds that surprising, given Taylor’s age and the nature of the injury. “Usually, older patients have some sort of bruising,” Dr. Hwang mentioned. “But anything is possible.”

Taylor planned to write her book before Russell’s death – although she claims he was not aware of her intentions. If Russell had not passed away, Taylor says, “I don’t think I could have been as honest.” Citing the difficulty she had putting her life out there and down on paper, Taylor explains: “Bearing your soul to people is really hard.”

“I wanted it to be really raw and honest,”Taylor shared with OK! at Barnes & Noble at The Grove.

While Russell had no knowledge of her intentions to publish a book, Taylor recalls he had ascertained that news of her injuries would emerge in the media. “He did know, though, that the extent of the abuse would likely come out in the press.”

“I spent a couple of days in Cedars-Sinai after [the eye] incident. There were nurses around. Plenty of people saw me in the operating room. The odds of keeping that under wraps, I mean, come on. He absolutely knew it was all going to come out. That was really something he was dreading.”

“One of Russell’s big concerns, which he would bring up constantly after my eye incident, is, ‘Do you think the D.A. could press charges against me and put me in jail whether you press charges or not?’ I hate to say it, I would have wanted to protect him from that.”

As for her decision to release the novel memoir a “hot minute” after Russell took his life, Taylor believes it was imperative that she get her story out there quickly. “I just didn’t feel like waiting was necessary. Also, I didn’t want to wait until I had euphoric recall and forgetting about all of the things that had happened.”

“Unfortunately, there are so many people out there that are living in dangerous situations that I really felt like it was important enough for me to get this story out there and take the criticism that comes with it,” she adds.

And defending herself against any involvement in Russell’s financial dealings, Taylor a businesswoman herself, claims she had no role in his businesses. Multiple reports have come forward contesting this. “I scratch my head about the finance stuff all the time,” Taylor muses. “I’m still trying to pick up the pieces of the mess that was left behind.”

“I have days when I’m in a ball, where I just sit and stare at the wall and just cry. … I have every emotion in the world,” she says of dealing with the loss. “I have incredible sadness for Russell. I miss him, I long for him. But I’m angry with him for leaving this mess for me to clean up.” Apparently she’s resilient enough to hit the red carpet on weekly basis!

Confronting a recent report that she is having an affair with her married attorney, Taylor dismissed it as gossip. “Oh, it’s just ridiculous,” Taylor laughed. “I spent Valentine’s Day with my little girl and it was just beautiful for us. I am so focused on us right now and then to have this ridiculous stuff coming out in the press, is just frustrating for us, but what are you going to do? It’s what I signed up for.” And she wants to sign up for more!

Taylor thinks her story can help other woman, which is why she believes Bravo should include her in a third season of the show. “If there’s a Season 3, I think it’s important to see what happens next [for me],” she said. “I’m still working on myself. And I have to say for the first time in my life, I’m OK being alone. Every little thing that I thought was going to be so horrible, really hasn’t been. I think for a Season 3 it would be nice for people to see the progression … and the lows too, because it’s certainly not all good days.”

“There is a lot changing in my life right now and I think that people need to see what that looks like as I grow and get stronger, so I think that would be interesting!” I, personally, do not believe we need to see anymore of Taylor – but that’s just me!

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THOUGHTS ON TAYLOR’S DECISION TO RELEASE HER STORY SO SOON AFTER RUSSELL’S DEATH? DO YOU WANT TO SEE TAYLOR RETURN FOR SEASON 3 OF RHOBH? DO YOU THINK SHE WILL BE ASKED BACK?


Sweetie Hughes is tired of the speculation about why she no longer works for Kim Zolciak. The most infamous assistant to ever grace the screens on reality TV is speaking out about what really went on and setting the record straight on the rumors that she stole from Kim.

Speaking to StraightfromtheA, Sweetie reveals that the first time she heard the alleged rumor that she had stolen from Kim was on twitter, and she was shocked. Sweetie reveals that it’s absolutely absurd, and that for years she handled Kim’s money. “That shit is crazy! Do you know how much money I handled for Kim. As her assistant I had bank account access and all that… something that other assistants never had the opportunity to get that far… so as far as loyalty it’s been very high.”

“I think someone just made it up and I realize that out of every assistant she’s ever had, I’m the one they always talk about… they always try to keep my name out there, which is cool, it ain’t hurting me.”

Kim confirmed in a tweet that Sweetie definitely did not steal from her and rumors that she did are completely false. “@SweetieHughes would never steal from me you sick bloggers get a life,” Kim wrote.

Sweetie explains that Kim has been using employing her for years and she has no idea why she even became her assistant in the first place.”To be honest, I really don’t even know… I guess it was just spur of the moment. I just happened to know her so well it just worked out,” Sweetie shares.

“She had so many different assistants it just worked out. I worked for her way before she was famous. I did the same thing I was doing now back then… at the age of 15. The only thing I couldn’t do back then was drive…. coffee… scheduled appointments… I did it all.” I think calling Kim “famous” is a stretch…

When asked why she was fired, Sweetie was perplexed, openly admitting she doesn’t really know, but claims that she initially tried to quit! “I actually quit in the beginning and was like.. you know… I have school and stuff… but agreed to work until she found another assistant,” she explains. “And it so happens I just continued to work… but we went back and forth basically and it just went on and on.”

“Did she call me and while I was on my way to work to say not to come in to work or ‘its not gonna work out’? Yeah she did but I been asking for that about a year ago,” Sweetie reveals! As for what prompted the initial split, Sweetie blames the camera crews, but she feels they parted amicably. “I guess it’s a lot of stress, a lot of filming going on… but it’s not like it was on a really bad note.” Sweetie and Kim definitely remain friendly if twitter is any sort of reliable source.

Sweetie isn’t interested in giving away too many details about the break-up, she just wants to clear her good name. “I don’t want to bash nobody. The one thing I have is loyalty. A lot of people don’t have that and that’s the one thing I have.”

When asked about the rumor that Kroy Biermann was uncomfortable having African Americans in his home and that prompted Kim to let her go, Sweetie was pretty nebulous in her answer, simply stating that Kroy is “cool”

“Yeah… he’s cool. He cool. That’s all I’ve got to say. I prefer not to… umm… We’re just better off cool,” Sweetie muses. Interestingly she adds, “There’s only so much someone can take.”

My two cents: I had suspected Sweetie was growing tired of Kim’s divatude and her increasing demands. Regardless of how inappropriate NeNe’s behavior was on last year’s Miami bus trip, I think there was a kernel of truth to what she said, and Sweetie knew it on some level. I personally think Kroy either didn’t want Sweetie around so much or he felt like her work wasn’t up to standard, and that played a role in Sweetie’s termination. I believe the larger role was played by Bravo in order to drum up more of a storyline for Kim’s new spin-off and RHOA, Bravo may have encouraged Kim to make that a focal point. Or really, maybe they just both grew tired of each other!

And in other Real Housewives of Atlanta news, Cynthia Bailey is once again telling us just how much she loves Nene Leakes!

On last week’s South African adventure, many wondered if Cynthia would be iced out of NeNe’s bestie circle and supplanted by Marlo Hampton, who was willing to buy NeNe’s love and access to celebrity with Gucci handbags. NeNe wisely did not take the bait – maybe cause the purse was ugly. Nonetheless, Cynthia seemed mighty left out as the other Talls played Barbie Dream House, meanwhile, she sat alone and self-styled at the breakfast table, while the Smalls speculated that she had been usurped.

Cynthia wants to make it clear that’s not the case, and the two are still very much in love, despite what the show might lead us to believe. “NeNe’s always been very supportive and very loving. I have no control over editing and what they choose to show on the show, but please believe me, NeNe supports 100 percent,” Cynthia tells Sister2Sister.

“I’ve definitely gone to her for a lot of guidance. She’s been in this game a lot longer than I have, and I think she’s smart, and she’s an incredible businesswoman,” Cynthia explains of why she values their friendship.

Cynthia also reveals that the person NeNe is still closest to, is possibly soon-to-be-ex-husband, Gregg Leakes and a reconciliation isn’t totally out of the question for the two! “Anytime NeNe really wants to talk to somebody she really considers a true friend, she’s going to call Gregg first, and I don’t think that’s gonna change if they move on or not.” NeNe has previously admitted in an interview that things aren’t over with Gregg, even though she has been hanging out with Olives, aka John Kolaj.

As for the haters spewing hate, Cynthia just ignores them and she doesn’t take them personally – because that’s Atlanta for you! Cynthia says she definitely treats the show as a “job” and that she uses it for “the amazing platform that it is.”

THOUGHTS ON SWEETIE’S COMMENTS ABOUT KIM? WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM? ARE CYNTHIA AND NENE TRUE FRIENDS? WILL NENE AND GREGG GET BACK TOGETHER?


Bethenny Ever After premiers next week on Bravo and in anticipation for the new season, Bravo has just released the extended preview! If you thought last year was bad – hold onto your margaritas because this year features more meltdowns, more tears, more screaming, and more Bethenny Frankel being herself. I’ll let you make your own conclusion about what that entails!

Unfortunately for Bethenny this season will shine a spotlight on her marital discord as a fed up Jason Hoppy basically tells her he is over being a character in her quest for reality television domination.

After two years of marriage Jason is apparently reaching his breaking point with Drama Frankel and if you believe everything you see on TV their marriage is having some serious issues! Jason advises her to quit the show if she doesn’t want the attention and after rumors have emerged that he is tired of televising their life, that may be a major reason Bethenny is threatening to make this season her last!

After a fight with Bethenny, he even walks away from her at an airport! “An apology is not enough for you, you just keep it going!;” he snaps at Bethenny in another scene.

Of course we know the two are still married and that Bethenny is working through her perpetual issues in therapy. “In my relationship, I’m the tortured one,”Bethenny admits to her one true friend – the camera! “Jason tells me that I pay you and everybody to tell me what I want to hear,” Bethenny confides to her shrink. Yikes, Hoppy – growing some balls!

In addition to juggling marriage and career Bethenny still has some major latent issues over her childhood and worries that her daughter Bryn will end up like her! “I want her to be soft and sweet and nice — and not hard and a survivor like me,” Bethenny sobs. In another scene she is speaking with a friend about wanting to give Bryn all the love she never had growing up.

Bethenny will continue to struggle with her mother, the outspoken Bernadette Birk, and shockingly even her assistant Julie seems over her shenanigans. This season should be a wild one – wildly annoying, that is! The extended preview is below!

Moving on, Sonja Morgan might finally be getting some! The sex-crazed Real Housewives of New York star who’s made no secret of her love of men recently spilled the beans about dating a fellow Bravolebrity!

Sonja confessed to RumorFix that she has been seeing Million Dollar Listing New York realtor, Ryan Serhant after they were observed “flirting up a storm” at the Human Rights Campaign event in New York on Feb 4.

“I’m crazy about him! He made me feel like I was the only woman in the room at the HRC gala,” Sonja gushed. “He’s adorable!” Ryan, a former soap opera actor, turned hand model, turned realtor will be starring in Bravo’s new east coast version of the popular show Million Dollar Listing. Oh, did we mention he’s much a younger man?

Although their relationship is very new, but Sonja is thrilled about what the future holds! ”I’m very excited about getting to know him better and spending more time with him. Who wouldn’t? But I want to take things slowly. I’m just dating at the moment.” A photo of Ryan is below!

Bethenny Ever After premieres February 20th at 9/8c on Bravo.

ARE YOU SURPRISED BETHENNY AND JASON ARE HAVING MARITAL PROBLEMS? IS THE SHOW EXACERBATING THEIR ISSUES? THOUGHTS ON SONJA’S NEW MAN?

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On last night’s episode of Project Runway All Stars, the designers competed to make their debut on the Great White Way in a challenge to design a costume, befitting of a Broadway stage. Since many of these designers are naturally theatrical–here’s looking at you Austin STARlet–it was a pretty good challenge with room to really push the crazy ideas.

*Full Disclaimer: I’ve never seen Godspell, and I don’t know the plot save for the fact that it takes place in the seventies and is about Catholicism.

The designers meet Angela on stage at the Rising Circle Theater. Did Kenley go out with her curlers on? I was so distracted trying to figure it out, I wasn’t even paying attention to the challenge and had to rewind twice. Clearly that is an important detail!

Angela introduces the designers to Stephen Schwartz, award winning composer and writer. The designers learn they will be designing a stage costume for the 40th anniversary revival of Stephen’s award winning hit, Godspell.  They will design a rich bitch outfit for one of the lead actresses. It’s a separates challenge, because the other actors have to dress her on stage during the performance. Eeks. per-ressure! They are instructed to think thrift store, vintage, hand me downs, but luxury as this is a character who steals from the poor to furnish her riches and wears them with pride.

The winning design will be featured in Godspell, and the designer will have their bio in the program. Austin is so excited because he’s never met a costume opportunity he didn’t love. Kenley Curlers Collins is also a huge Broadway fan.

The designers are given 30 minutes to sketch at the Rising Circle Theater, then it’s off to Mood where everyone grabs anything that sparkles. Kara starts off by having some sort of panic attack and Austin steps in to administer the Xanax in the form of a reassuring pat from a delicate porcelain doll hand. Oh, Austin – you really are a Madame Alexander Doll come to life. Candy Spelling would have swooped you right up!

Returning to the workroom everyone conceptualizes their version of an uber rich wicked queen. Austin immediately gravitates towards Marie Antoinette and Kenley somehow thinks giant feathers = millionairess. Mila is annoyed by the buddy buddy-friendsy friendsy relationship between Kenley and Kara, who she believes, overly rely on each other for advice, confidence boosters, and juvenile entertainment. She muses that if one of them goes home the other is in trouble… #foreshadowing

The real Kenley started rearing her curlered head when she started talking about how amazing she is in the interview outtakes. Oh, Kenley – we have not missed you!

Joanna Coles arrives to school the designers on how they’re messing up. She is intrigued by Austin‘s concept of Baroque opulence, which makes total sense to me given the character. Austin’s look was sort of appropriately stereotypically rich, and he sought to modernize the Victorian era. Is he designing for Madame Alexander yet?

I think Joanna gave a lot of insightful critique and I really enjoy her portion of the show. I think she reserves judgement and asks really interesting questions about the process, and the line of reasoning behind certain choices.

She is concerned about Kara not pushing herself, and acting as an all star; which has been her problem all season. She’s been coasting on bland and dated looks that aren’t with the times or the innovation level the challenges require. Joanna also has some concerns about Mila who decided (sort of) to step out of her box and into NEON! Not just neon, but a printed neon – is this a rich woman in the throes of an acid trip? That fabric is garish, frightening, and liable to cause seizures. Even worse she has envisioned a dirndl skirt. Joanna wisely steers her towards a pencil skirt.

Mondo is having a lot of difficulty. Although his idea is good and gets the vote of approval from Joanna, he starts second guessing himself and wondering what the eff he is thinking mixing all those discordant hippie gypsy prints. It actually looked more like a Jerell ensemble. Eventually Mondo makes himself push through and finds a way to incorporate all his ideas.

Austin has issues with time, per the usual, because he lives in a My Little Pony dream land. The best scene of this entire episode was Austin storming around in the midst of a hissy fit demanding a screw driver. What he wanted to do with it is a mystery I’m desperate to solve!

The guest judge, Sutton Foster – Broadway Leading Lady and Tony Award Winner. I thought she was a pretty decent judge who seemed to be having fun instead of taking herself too seriously.

Ok, let’s trash discuss some looks!

Jerell: I was surprised this didn’t get more of a reaction from the judges. For some reason I thought they would love it. It was Jerell without it being Jerell – meaning that for once he didn’t over-design and he edited. I really liked the jacket and I thought the skirt, while standard, was theatrically expected but not ridiculous. I think the muted color scheme and the rather sedate approach is what stopped him from going to the top. I know – Jerell and sedate don’t usually go together!

TOP THREE:

Congratulations Mondo! When I initially saw this it wouldn’t have been my pick for the win – it seemed a little silly. And truthfully it didn’t seem like a Mondo look at all, which may have been why it got so much attention from the judges. Still, the jacket was beautiful, artistic, and cray-cray without being dumb or tacky, and he actually incorporated the boho prints pretty well. That being said, she looks pretty bat-sh$t crazy, but maybe she is, since this is supposed to be the early seventies! The judges were gaga over how he hit all the notes and listened to all the instructions – it should be refined yet bohemain, etc. I think they also liked the story he gave behind why he did the jacket. One issue I have is that he made a dress, when it was supposed to be a separates challenge. Or maybe it wasn’t a dress?

Austin – is it Starlet or Scarlett?: This would have been, hands-down, my pick for the win. I loved every nuance and I loved that he really thought about what the character exemplified. I thought the material and the cloche hat were spot on and I really appreciated the Marie Antoinette reference – “Let her them wear Austin Scarlett!” Ok, my second favorite part of this episode was the exchange between Isaac and Austin over his name – and that Isaac actually seemed to believe it was Austin Starlet! PERFECT! Ahhh… The Starlet letter.  The judges thought this was a bit too young for the character – and I could see that – but I think with some tweaking it would be pitch perfect. It’s big, it’s vibrant, it tells a story, and it truly looks like stage wear.

Michael: It’s interesting that Michael used the exact same skirt shape as Austin, particularly coming off last week’s issue with shape sniping, and considering that none of his sketches incorporated the flouncy skirt. Austin either didn’t notice becuase he’s in Scarlet dreamland, or didn’t care because he’s Austin. Regardless, this is a good, if not uninspired look. I loved the color combo of the super pop purple shoes with the chartreuse, and I think chartreuse was a great color choice. The judges were right to comment that the accessories carried the look more than the clothes, and without them, this could easily pass for regular clothing instead of stage wear. I think that was likely the problem – this didn’t go far enough into the wackadoo category and was a little too safe. Just like Jerell’s.

BOTTOM THREE:

Good-bye Kara! Kara’s been a wreck all season and the judges have been itching to send her home the last couple weeks. If Austin hadn’t made straight up ‘granny goes the library’ wear last week, she would have surely been in the bottom and sent off on her merry way. Kara’s head hasn’t been in the game, and she’s needed constant redirection and reassurance. Much like Michael, she made ordinary clothes and thought a few zhu-zhu tricks would save them. A big faux fur vest with a Christmas bow was not going to get this on Broadway. She was probably hoping it would skate by, but the judges have been unimpressed with her all season, and so she got the axe. Furthermore, tons of fit issues. What was that skirt? Any designer should be able to get a pencil skirt together and Kara usually has great craftsmanship -  the execution of that skirt just shows how scatterbrained she was.

Mila: Unlike Kara, Mila has been impressing all season, but this was horrible. I have no idea what she was thinking! This does not fit the challenge at all. This is not wacky (which is clearly the character they were designing for) – this is Paris Hilton stumbling out of 10ak at 3 am. The skirt was a mess. I don’t understand, especially after Joanna tried to steer her away from such a weird skirt shape (the judges even commented that she should have done a pencil skirt). The top was pretty interesting, but for the skirt she should have definitely gone with a fabric that was better incorporated to the theme above the waist. Also, the skirt fabric looked cheap and flashy. Ahhh… mullet dressing at its finest!

Kenley: Once again Kenley ignored the challenge and designed for herself. The judges are clearly on to her, as evidenced by Angela’s comment that Kenley gloamed onto the “vintage” aspect of this challenge and ignored all the other directives. The jacket was cut beautifully, but the addition of the feathers was foolish, silly, and one detail too many, on an already incredibly busy outfit. Same thing with the polka dot top which had no relationship to the other two incredibly loud pieces. She said she was going for west village circa the fifties, and great she achieved it, but this was just a straight up stereotype or cheesy costume instead of stagewear. Kenley better watch her back, the judges have their eyes on her!

In the end Mondo wins by a hair, and Austin visibly deflated on the runway. I really wish we could have seen the look on the stage.

Next week: Kenley continues to annoy her co-stars and I have absolutely no clue what the challenge is about!

THOUGHTS ON THE RESULTS? MONDO OR AUSTIN? WAS KARA THE RIGHT CHOICE TO GO HOME?

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