The show, titled “The Kandi Factory” will follow the Real Housewives of Atlanta star as she attempts to transform music hopefuls into the next big popstar. If she can do it with Kim, she can do it with anyone no?
“With her breakout personality and straightforward attitude, Bravo fans have grown to love Kandi on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’” said Eli Lehrer, Vice President of Development for Bravo. “‘The Kandi Factory’ will capture a unique look at her successful music career as Kandi transforms two music hopefuls into the next big popstar.”
In the special, Kandi will give two protégés the opportunity to come to Atlanta and learn the fundamentals of pop music success. She has identified three factors that have to fit perfectly together to create a pop sensation: the song, the look and the performance.Kandi and her team of experts at The Kandi Factory will then work with the two contestants in order to turn them into music superstars.
Kandi, one of the few housewives with an actual talent, is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and former member of the platinum-selling music group Xscape. Kandi also owns a Grammy thanks to her work on TLC’s mega-hit “No Scrubs.”
No word yet on when the show will air but those interested in participating have until Oct. 24 to submit an application at www.kandiprojectcasting.com.
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On last night’s episode of Project Runway, the designers repeated the same challenge from the week before – except this time they got to use real models – and most of the looks STILL didn’t improve! Ok, just kidding – last week they weren’t supposed to be recreating bad 70’s Halloween costumes, they just all did, incidentally. BUT last night the challenge was to look to the past. Also, I’m just gonna put this out there – the winner and the loser essentially made the same thing…
Tim Gunn meets the designers in the workroom where he is standing with Heather Archibald, Head Apparel Designer for Piperlime.com. I don’t know if you were aware, based on the fact that they repeat it over and over, but Piperlime provides all the accessories for the show. The challenge is actually to make a sophisticated seventies INSPIRED (not recreated) look. And it has to be separates. The winning design will be produced and sold on – guess where? Piperlime!
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America’s #1 Gold-digger Playboy Playmate Crystal Harris is getting rid of the engagement ring given to her by former fiance and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner!
After calling off her wedding to 85-year-old Hugh back in June, Crystal was allowed to hold on to her estimated $90,000 engagement ring, you know, despite trashing Hugh by publicly stating sex with him only lasted “two seconds.”
TMZ is reporting today that the ever so classy Crystal will auction off the 3.39 carat circular-cut diamond at Christie’s in New York City in October.
A sources tells TMZ Crystal, 25, “couldn’t bear to look at the ring anymore because it brought back bad memories.” Poor poor Crystal!
According to the auction listing, the ring is only expected to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000. A closeup of Crystal’s ring is below!
As for Cyrstal’s love life, it was reported last month that she officially moved in with her lovah Jordan McGraw, aka the son of Dr. Phil.
Well in today’s astounding news, former Playmate Holly Madison is following in the footsteps of other body conscious stars and insuring her implants breasts for $1 million! Hey, J Lo insured her butt…
Talking to People, Holly reveals she took out a policy with Lloyd’s of London insurance company, because “I thought I’d cover my assets.”
The Holly’s Word star is savvy in recognizing that her boobs are integral to her success and she isn’t willing to jeopardize her future over an injury in that department! “I’ve heard about people getting body parts insured and I thought, why not?, because if anything happened to my boobs, I’d be out for a few months and I’d probably be out a million dollars,” she explained.
Holly, who is currently performing in Peepshow in Las Vegas, is topless in certain scenes and deems the insurance a necessary professional precaution, but she’s not above laughing about it! “I think it’s kind of funny. I think they’re getting the credit they deserve,” she jokes. “They’re my primary money makers right now.”
Well, Holly – best of luck to you and your bubbies – may they have a long, firm life and bring you much prosperity!
Photo credit: Judy Eddy/WENN.com
Is Holly being business savvy or ridiculous to insure her boobs? Would you insure a body part if you had one hot enough to pay the bills?
A day after we reported on the drama that took place during the annual Posche Fashion Show on Tuesday night, we now have more details on what really went down thanks to an insider who was not only at the event, but is actually close with the cast members.
According to the insider, Monica Chacon was NOT at the event, and neither was Kim G. though the producers of the show wanted her there and even invited her. Kim G. however sensed the set up and declined the invite which in itself is quite shocking.
The insider reveals the drama all had to do with Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice. Apparently, Kim D. akaKim DePaola, who is the owner of the Posche Boutique, was attempting to expose Melissa's alleged past as a stripper during the fashion show. Even worse, Teresa was apparently in cahoots with Kim D. though she tried to play innocent in usual Teresa fashion.
"Teresa was involved in a rumor that started which stated Melissa was a stripper," the insider tells Reality Tea adding that "Melissa was never a stripper."
The insider continues, "Of course, once Teresa got caught, she [started] playing the blame game. Teresa and Kim D were part of this "set up" which is why Joe Gorga came at the end of the fashion show."
The above is the reason Joe Gorgawas extremely upset yesterday and tweeting up a storm about his sister. Joe tweeted Wednesday morning – “I thought the saying was blood is thicker than water. #BULLSHIT”. Upon arriving at the fashion show, Joe had it out with Kim D and had to be calmed down by Caroline.
The source reveals that Jacqueline Lauritaand Caroline Manzo are no longer on speaking terms with Teresa and that they only sat at the same table with her because Bravo made the cast sit together.
The insider also confirms Jacqueline did NOT attend yesterday's reunion as promised. Wowzers. In fact, PEOPLE magazine is reporting today that Jacqueline has officially quit the show after tweeting yesterday about her displeasure with the turn the show has taken. "Jacqueline [Laurita] definitely quit," a source tells PEOPLE. "She had to walk away for her sanity."
As for the stripper accusation, Melissa denied this on twitter. She wrote: "Fact: I was never a stripper… But have nothing against them."
Teresa, who passive aggressively encouraged Danielle Staub to leak out any information she had about Melissa weeks ago, also passive aggressively defended Melissa. Teresa tweeted – "And for the record: I don’t believe MG was a stripper but I wouldn’t care anyway. (I have lots of ex-stripper friends… ahem…)"
Our source however insists Teresa was in cahoots with new BFF Kim D. (she has alienated all of her costars) to expose Melissa's alleged stripper past, stating that Teresa and Kim D. even arrived at the fashion show together in an Escalade limo. The two had been filming all day together — at a spa and getting ready for the event.
And right after Teresa wrote her tweets yesterday including this particular one – "I don’t even wanna go there b/c I don't fight on twitter not w/ fans, not haters, not w/ mean RTs & def not w/ a friend (ahem) or my family!", Jacqueline responded making it 100% clear her tweets from yesterday about somebody being set up were indeed about Teresa setting up Melissa. Jacqueline wrote -
"I love the blame shifting when someone is caught in lies. Unbelievable… There is no real love there. Things aren't always what they seem. SOME people live a different life OFF camera then they do on. ( ahem)… You'll all see through the bullshit if you look closely enough. I think you all are pretty smart."
You gotta love the use of "ahem" aka the same word used by Teresa minutes before Jacqueline's tweets. Can you say so much drama?
And finally, RadarOnline is reporting today that Joe Giudice, Teresa's husband, was caught having a friendly dinner with another woman on Tuesday night – the same night the Posche drama was going down. In fact the site obtained a photo (posted below) of Joe with the other woman, who is described as being "in her late 20s or early 30s.”
And eyewitness tells Radar: “They were drinking martinis and when the woman finished hers she took a sip out of Joe’s glass too. They looked like they were having a good time together and laughing with each other." The source adds that after a waiter brought the two wet naps the woman opened hers and “wiped Joe’s hands off with hers."
"It was really intimate to see her touching his hands like that," states the eyewitness adding that Joe and the other woman "looked very comfortable and cozy together." Ai ya ya. That photo of Joe with the mystery lady is below. Unfortunately for Tre, this isn't the first time Joe has been spotted out with another woman.
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During Monday night’s episode, Taylor discovered an unflattering portrayal (is there any other kind?) of her marriage and her figure in a gossip column and accused Ms. Vanderfabulous of pedaling the story to the press! The indignity!
Taking to her Bravo blog, she calls out the notorious liar Taylor! “I had no idea that Taylor was accusing me of something so sneaky and despicable as going to the tabloids with her personal information,” Lisa fumes!
“That is deplorable, and as a woman with a conscience, who has many celebrity friends (where secrecy is crucial), and who also owns restaurants and is therefore privy to many situations shall we say, is an absolute insult, and I must say hurtful.” Wow!
Responding to Taylor’s accusations that Lisa may have had an ulterior motive for wanting to help, despite their rocky relationship, Lisa makes it clear she had no ill will in mind! “I knew Taylor to be in a situation that, from what she had told me, was a very difficult one. I have many times said to her, “I know we are not that close but if you ever need me, call me at any time of the day or night.” I always worried about her,” Lisa declares.
“Each time I saw her she was extremely emotional. She told us in Colorado that she didn’t eat and was losing weight at an alarming rate.” And she slams Taylorexic for misleading the ladies about the reason behind her drastic weightloss. “I feel foolish now as she later gave an interview regarding some new diet pills she’d been taking,” Lisa quips!
Lisa also insinuates that perhaps those with enormous elephantine skeletons in their closet should avoid the reality TV spotlight, as she describes why she chose to appear on RHOBH. “I have nothing to hide. I am honest and straight forward and not in the habit of being disloyal, and I try to be as supportive as possible of those close to me.”
Taylor has not responded to Lisa’s statements, as it appears she may have bigger issues to contend with. Star is reporting that Taylor’s drinking has become “out of control” since husband Russell Armstrong’s suicide. A source reveals “A pal told Taylor that she drinks too much,” and encouraged her to “go to rehab for the sake of her daughter.” The source also continues, “Taylor agreed and said she is open to going to some kind of rehab center.”
“Taylor doesn’t know that friends and family will have a real intervention with her if she doesn’t follow through with some kind of treatment,” the source adds. Gee… I wonder if Lisa is the “source”? Kidding, kidding.
Especially considering that Lisa describes the current state of her relationship with Taylor as being “much closer.” Why do I believe Lisa is more of a friends close, enemies closer kind of a girl?
And in some Lisa news I am truly excited to report, the in-the-know lady of all things fabulous has written a book! Oh my gosh – is it true? A housewives product I am actually interested in purchasing?!
The book which is touted as a guide to “easy elegance” the style for which Lisa is known, features “tips and tricks for creating the perfect gathering,” and “offers simple décor ideas and more than 50 recipes in mix-and-match menus for any kind of ‘Day’.” Fun!
Thoughts on Lisa’s blog? Do you believe she and Taylor are “much closer” or is this blog an indication of her true feelings? Do you think Taylor will seek help for her drinking problem? Are you excited about Lisa’s new book or is that just me?
Bethenny Frankel is talking exercise and alcohol – two of her favorite subjects – as she announces the addition of two more products to the Skinnygirl empire!
The uber skinny star of Bethenny Ever After recently did a sit-down with Self to talk exercise and her newly released, Bethenny’s Skinnygirl Workout DVD.
Revealing her exercise philosophy, Bethenny admits that in the past she was a “binge exerciser,” but has since changed her ways. “Now I’m a person who fits it into my lifestyle. It’s consistent, but not regular. I do it when I can. It ends up being 2 to 3 times a week.”
Bethenny’s workout DVD is yoga-centered and is divided into three 15-20 minute segments all geared towards the total body. “This morning, when my baby was sleeping, I did 45 minutes of yoga,” she says. “Each 15 minute section works out the entire body, so if it’s a day when you’re really crazed and you just want to get something in, you can do one segment and actually feel good instead of beating yourself up because you couldn’t fit in the whole thing.”
A big yoga fan (I can tell by her zen-like attitude), Bethenny describes the practice as “the only thing that I consistently need to do in my life.”
“It’s like getting a massage and exercise at the same time and it just keeps you lean,” she says of her new DVD, which includes a book of recipes to encourage healthy eating.
In other Bethenny news – guess what?! She is hawking even more products! I know you’re all totes excited to give her more of your hard earned money, so here’s your opportunity. In addition to her workout DVD, 150 Calorie Skinnygirl Bars full of ingredients “you can trust,” (like sodium benzoate?) will soon be on the market.
And Bethenny just debuted the newest Skinnygirl cocktail flavor: Skinnygirl White Cranberry Cosmo!
Announcing the newest low-cal bottled beverage from her website, Bethenny describes the drink as “the most fun, flirty and sexy cocktail you can drink.”
“I created the Skinnygirl White Cranberry Cosmo to give you a more elegant twist on a classic without the guilt. Finally, a pretty, flirty, clear cocktail that won’t stain your carpet or couch!” Hmmm… I don’t see the ingredients listed…
Thoughts on Bethenny’s New Workout DVD – Would you try it? Are you excited about the new Skinnygirl White Cranberry Cosmo?
It’s Jersey Shorevs. Governor Chris Christie take two, as the New Jersey Governor recently blocked a $420,000 tax credit that was promised to the production company behind the MTV hit show.
Gov. Christie, an outspoken critic of the Jersey Shore, did not mince his words or feelings in explaining why he vetoed the credit. He stated that he was “duty-bound” to stop taxpayer money from going to “a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens.”
While his reasons seem fair enough, Gov. Christie, who allowed tax credits for other TV shows and films to go forward, is now facing criticism from some who feel he went above and beyond by blocking this tax credit. A piece written by the NYDailyNews criticizes Christie for doing the same thing he attacks the show for — which is playing to the cheap seats.
The article states that while the Jersey Shore is indeed a trashy show, MTV spent $2.1 million filming in New Jersey and therefore deserved the $420,000 credit it applied for. The article adds that Christie’s decision could end up hurting NJ as companies thinking of filming in the state will now wonder if they could lose already-approved financial incentives because some politician “wants to score easy points.”
In other Shore news, Deena Cortese is now speaking out following the airing of the kiss seen around the world. One half member of ‘Team Meatballs’ explained her never-ending makeout session with Snookiduring an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Deena stated, “Me and [Snooki] make out when we’re drunk sometimes, it happens! Team meatballs! Meatball power! It was kind of stupid. The roommates were all being so lame and judgmental when they have seen it happen before! It was like, ‘why are you surprised?’”
Deena went on to add that another explanation for the makeout session was also the lack of guys in Italy. “I felt very lonely in Italy. A lot of them had boyfriends and I was like the single girl having a good time,” said Deena. “It was hard to find guys out there because some of them didn’t speak English, some of them hooked up with their sisters! It was hard to communicate.”
And speaking of Snooki, she is also getting media attention after she was pictured above over the weekend during an event in Atlantic City. Many media outlets credited her with a drastic weight loss (not really seeing this) to which she credited the Zantrex weight loss pill. She has an endorsement deal with them. Snooki tweeted, “Glad to hear reports that say I look good =) but it’s not because of HCG! Thanks @Zantrex!”
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the Jersey Shore. On the 9th episode this season titled “Three men and a Snooki,” Snooki is devastated over her big fight with Jionni, and decides to take a break from the relationship while also turning to drinking. Mike thinks it’s finally his chance to win her over, but it’s someone else who ends up comforting her. Meanwhile, Deena has a pregnancy scare.
The episode airs tonight on MTV at 10/9c.
And as for Snooki and boyfriend Jionniiiiii, they are still together! The Snooks tweeted the below photo of the two just hours ago with the caption “Always.”
Photos credit: PR Photos
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