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It was “America night” on Dancing With The Starsweek 5 with some front runners starting to emerge!

Leading that pack is NFL player Hines Ward who earned the highest score of the night, a 27, for his smooth rumba set to “Proud to be an American.” Judge Len Goodman told Hines his rumba was his “best dance so far,” while Bruno Tonioli complimented him on producing “just the right amount of sensuality to make the ladies swoon. ” Hine’s score of 27 is the highest of the season so far.

And in what is emerging as one of the strongest seasons to date, three different stars tied for second place, each receiving a score of 26. Chelsea Kane, who led the leaderboard last week, received praises for her upbeat samba dance. “You have the energy of America but the sizzle of Brazil,” said Bruno. Romeo continued to show growth with his fox-trot and wrestler Chris Jericho impressed with his Viennese waltz. “I feel like we’ve underestimated you,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Chris.

Kirstie Alley remains in the middle of the pack with her score of 23 for her foxy foxtrot to “American Woman.” Luckily for Kirstie, the performance went off without any mishaps. And during rehearsals, Kirstie’s pal actor John Travolta aka ‘The Dance Doctor’ paid her and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy a visit, giving them some playful words of advice.

As for Kendra Wilkinson, she tied for last place with two others after earning a score of 22 for her foxtrot to “Yankee Doodle” which also marked the show’s 1,000th dance. Following Kendra’s comments stating that she felt “belittled and embarrassed” after Carrie Ann told her she lacked elegance, her partner Louis van Amstel advised her to view the comments as constructive criticism and not an attack. Louis’ words of wisdom seemed to help with Kendra giving her best performance of the season. “This is the most confident I’ve ever seen you,” said Carrie Ann.

The scores from last night below -

Hines Ward & Kym Johnson: 27
Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas: 26
Romeo & Chelsie Hightower: 26
Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke: 26
Kirstie Alley & Maks: 23
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff: 22
Petra Nemcova & Dmitry Chaplin: 22
Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel: 22

And on tonight’s results show, airing at 9/8c, another star will be sent packing.

TELL US – WHO DESERVES TO GO HOME TONIGHT ON DWTS?

A new episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County aired last night during which Gretchen made certain to let us know over and over again that she hates her dogs being fat, and not just Slade but also the two she shares with her ex-husband. Peggy brown-nosed Tamra during a dinner outing, Vicki continued to give Donn the cold shoulder, and Alexis gave us a tour of her non-foreclosed home – a glamour shot of a shirtless Jim included – cue up the horror music.

This episode begins with Vicki going to visit Tamra in her new digs. We learn a lot in this scene, mainly that religious iconography is the ladies’ go-to for gifting. Vicki gives Tamra a cross as a housewarming present, and Tamra was able to take a break from making out and picture taking in Spain to pick up a rosary for Vicki, which Vicki plans to keep in her car(??). Tamra also reads a text from Jesus Barbie, er, Alexis regarding Macegate 2011, stating that Vicki likes to take “the low road while preaching the high road.” Amen to that. Oh yeah, and Alexis seems to have finally made it big in the Housewives franchise because, like so many before her, her home is in foreclosure.

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Following Boobgate and Skinnygate, a new episode of Bethenny Ever After airs tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.

On the 8th episode this season titled “I Need Some Lovin’ From My Oven,” in the days leading up to Bethenny’s family Thanksgiving, the Hoppys head to Los Angeles for her first appearance on “Skating With the Stars.” While there, she squires Jason to her old haunts and scouts for homes for a possible move.

And in an interview with LA Times, Bethenny Frankel talks her new book “A Place of Yes” and what she plans to teach daughter Bryn about food and body image. Excerpts below -

Q: In writing “A Place of Yes,” what did you want to add to the dialog about success and self-help?

A: I wanted to talk about the power of positive thinking and that you don’t always have to know what you want — you can be on the road and you’ll eventually get there. It can be a circuitous route but if you stay the course you’ll eventually get there. You can’t assume anyone is smarter than you are, and sometimes you have to do things on your own without taking a democratic survey.

Q: You’ve been open about your past struggles with diet and body image. What do you want to teach your daughter Bryn when she’s older about having a healthy attitude toward food and her body?

A: We’ll incorporate it naturally into her life. I don’t think drumming it into a kid’s head is healthy. I don’t think it’s good to constantly talk about your own weight and the fact that you look fat in jeans. It’s better to be relaxed about it and have healthy foods around but not obsess about it.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW CLIP AND TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF BEA?

After being declared the early on favorite to win Dancing With The Stars well before the show premiered, Kendra Wilkinson has failed to impress the judges on the show.

Having been repeatedly criticized for her lack of elegance and well, all around lack of coordination, it seems Kendra has had it!

In an interview following Tuesday’s results show, Kendra took special offense to judge Carrie Ann Inaba’s comments about her lack of elegance. “We have our own definition,” said Kendra. “Elegance is what [my husband] Hank [Baskett] sees, not what Carrie Ann sees. That’s what I care about.”

Kendra then admits she felt “like giving up” following Carrie Ann’s comments. “Another woman telling me about elegance eats away at my ego,” she said. “I’m a huge Carrie Ann fan, and she’s [usually] so sweet, but that one comment – I felt belittled at that moment and embarrassed.” Wowzers. A new episode of DWTS airs tonight on ABC at 8/7c.

In other DWTS/American Idol news, the NY Post is reporting today that ousted AI contestant Pia Toscano, who is now more popular than ever thanks to her early departure on the show, forgot to break up with her boyfriend of 4 years Carlos Nunez before going on a first date with DWTS pro Mark Ballas.

A mutual friend of the couple tells the Post, “It seems inevitable to anyone with eyes. They hadn’t spoken as often as you’d think once she made the final 12. She kind of played a disappearing act.”

The friend reveals that problems in the relationship became more obvious when Carlos flew to Los Angeles to see Pia’s first ‘Idol’ performance but she could only find a “couple of hours” to be with him.

It gets even better as Carlos was reportedly with Pia’s family the day of her shocking elimination from Idol and even comforted her weeping family as they watched the telecast. The very next day, Pia and Mark were seen going on their first date.

Just two weeks ago, Carlos told the Post he was “confident” in his relationship with Pia. “We’ve been together for a long time. We have a strong foundation. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,” said Carlos.

As for Pia, she had the following response on twitter to a fan who kept tweeting nasty comments to her about the NY Post story. “Please don’t post this garbage on my page.. And you my friend are the dumb one for believing it! Good day,” tweeted Pia.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KENDRA’S COMMENTS & THE NYPOST STORY ABOUT PIA? WAS CARRIE ANN INABA’S COMMENT TOO HARSH?


On last nights’s episode of Celebrity Apprentice, upon finding out that Gary Busey would be managing the men’s team, Donald Trump stated we would either find out Gary is a genius or a complete moron. And by the end of the episode, uh well, let’s just say genius he is not!

The challenge was to market the meat by mail company Omaha Steaks. The teams had to create three occasion themed meals from the extensive catalogue of “gourmet” frozen (seriously um… some of that stuff looked a lot like Lean Cuisine, but whatever) and then do a live cooking demo for the executives and a studio audience. They also had to create some sort of signature theme package to feature in an upcoming Omaha Steaks catalog.

The only thing unifying the men’s team was the desire to get Gary fired so they somehow persuaded Gary to become Project Manager so they could make an undeniable example of what a disaster he is, even though John Rich is convinced he is calculating saboteur (yeah – I’m really not buying that logic). On the women’s team Hope Dworaczyk stepped up to prove that babies can lead a team of grown women to victory.

As a project manager, Gary pretty much delegated his own smoking breaks and nothing else. His only act of leadership was to walk in, stare at Meat Loaf ominously and pronounce him chef, as if he was bestowing upon Meatloaf a great honor. He did not assign Lil Jon or John “Ka-boy” Rich anything. So they sat around and talked some trash and didn’t even try to help Meatloaf, even though he was visibly stressed out. There was some drama about a menu Gary signed off on that was printed differently from the menu Meatloaf was given and Little John had to cut up pieces of paper as his only task. And everything went wrong and was Gary’s fault. Because he really did a ridiculous job of planning or as John described it a “catastrophic collapse of time management”. And yeah, what was Gary doing – he is just too nuts. That entire team was a train wreck.

For their meals, the men did some kind of anniversary dinner with a bizarre story about the romance filling your stomach so you can look into the eyes of your loved one, a father’s day meal that involved flying a kite with the Omaha Steak logo on it (?!?), and I don’t even remember what the last thing was I was so distracted by Gary’s crazy. Then they made some sort of package that had about 500 different seasonings, because Gary wanted to convince Omaha Steaks to sell flavored steaks. Meatloaf did look like he did a great job, though.

This is off topic, but I wonder – do you think Gary and Kelly Killoren Bensimon have met? I think they might make a great couple! They are eerily similar. They both ramble nonsensically and leave you wondering what end is up and they seem ok with being on a totally different planet than the rest of us.

On the women’s team La Toya Jackson, our poor spoiled Jackson princess, has never cooked because all her many servants have always lovingly prepared her every meal, so she just pretty much set off fire alarms trying to make a hamburger on the stove. “Whoops” she mused in her twee little voice, blinking her giant crazy cartoon eyes slowly like a Lisa Frank trapper keeper unicorn. Nene Leakes made a snide comment about La Toya trying to turn her into Michael Jackson by… I guess setting her hair on fire– which was actually kinda funny. Star bossed everyone around and then sexually harassed (totally obliviously!) the very sweet chef helping the women. Which ew – nothing makes me feel less like eating an Omaha Steak than the thought of Star Jones touching some poor man’s area – and he was cute too! I am sure he is still crying in the corner at the Culinary Institute while holding his head in his hands.

Then there was a lot of bickering and back stabbing and complaining about each other behind each other’s backs and La Toya and Nene whining, and it looked like nothing was getting done, but then voila! or should I say Omaha! A presentation appeared. The women did hamburgers, a petite sirloin heart-healthy dinner, and a lobster tail. Then they made a “Poker Night” package filled with hamburgers and some other stuff perfect for the rich and spoiled who cannot go to the grocery store and buy a pound of hamburger and make their own patties. I do think their presentation seemed very professional and well put together.

Anyways, they won! I think it was because Nene cooked a lobster – what do you think? In the boardroom, Mr. Trump made a big to-do about Hope’s age and how young she was to lead a troop of tough old broads out for blood. Nene sweated – oh excuse me, glistened in a lady-like manner – through lying about what she thought about Hope’s PM skills, she was apparently just “good” not great. By the way, does anyone else love Hope’s wardrobe?

The men did everything short of begging Mr. Trump to fire Gary by having Meatloaf stutter with anger, and Lil Jon complain about how he had no tasks except advising a grown man about putting tissue paper in a box, and John complaining about being addressed as boy. So some dispute ensued about Gary calling him boy or “Ka-boy” which is a term used for cowboys? Ummmmmmmmmmmm… So Mr. Trump finally accepted that relying on Gary to carry the ratings for this show was wearing thin and fired him, then he let Nene and Star know that they better do something crazy to make up for Gary leaving or else one of them goes home next. And that was that – next week we FINALLY get to see some serious Nene vs. Star dramz! Yay!

TELL US – WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON LAST NIGHT’S CELEBRITY APPRENTICE?


Apologizes in advance as we bring you today’s news that’s guaranteed to induce vomiting.

According to TMZ, Tareq Salahi, star of the now canceled the Real Housewives of DC, is planning to take it all off for Playgirl magazine.

TMZ adds that while nothing has been signed yet, both Tareq and Playgirl are very interested in making a deal. Tareq is however adamant about not going full-frontal.

Sources from both camps reveal it’s practically a done deal as Tareq has already sent in some test shots, two of which are below for those with very strong stomachs.

The plan is for a polo-themed picture shoot to feature Tareq riding into the sunset on a horse while completely naked. And months ago, Tareq’s wife Michaele Salahi was also reported to have been in talks with Playboy for a full-frontal nude shoot but thankfully that never came to light.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TAREQ POSING NUDE FOR PLAYGIRL & HIS TEST SHOTS?


More legal drama for Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi as she is now being sued by her former business partner & make-up artist RonAnn Meyers.

The DBKP blog reports both Gretchen and boyfriend/rumored fiance Slade Smiley are being sued by RonAnn to the tune of over $100,000 in damages. The reason? RonAnn is accusing the twosome of defrauding her and cutting her out of the Gretchen Christine Beaute makeup line.

In the 37-page lawsuit filed on April 13, 2011, RonAnn accuses Gretchen, 33, and Slade, 42, of ‘breach of oral contract’, ‘fraud/deceit’, ‘fraudulent conspiracy’ amongst other wrong doings.

RonAnn, who appeared on season five of the OC Housewives as Gretchen’s makeup artist and business partner, reveals she had been both Gretchen’s friend and personal makeup artist for seven years.

According to RonAnn, she came up with the idea of starting a makeup line in February 2009 and Gretchen “expressed an immediate interest” in becoming her business partner. Both ladies agreed to a partnership that was a 50/50 deal in ownership, control, and profits.

If you recall, it came out last year that Gretchen Christine Beaute was simply the resale of wholesale makeup ordered from Lady Burd, a private label manufacturer. RonAnn also claims she was the one who had a long established relationship with Lady Burd.

Ultimately, RonAnn alleges Gretchen and Slade cut her out of the loop, and negotiated a deal with Lady Burd Cosmetic’s New York office. Gretchen and Slade also allegedly omitted RonAnn’s name from certain business filings and financial documents. RonAnn states in the lawsuit that she and Gretchen each deposited $5,000 into a joint business account but at a later date, Gretchen cleared out the remaining $2100 in the account without informing her.

We reported back in March of 2010 about the drama involving Gretchen Christine Beaute after it was first discovered the makeup was simply relabeled wholesale makeup from Lady Burd, and that Slade’s name was on the company’s paypal account being used for website sales. Not only was Gretchen reselling wholesale make-up but she neglected to change the names of the shades, using the same exact photos and names for her eyeshadow collection.

And on tonight’s all new episode of the OC Housewives titled “Riches to Rags,” Vicki visits Tamra at her new house to gossip about the rumors surrounding the Bellino’s possible home foreclosure. Gretchen is upset that all the men in her life are fat, both the dogs and Slade. Vicki and Donn try to spend some quality time together by going to the spa, but things get uncomfortable when the conversation turns awkward at dinner.

The episode airs at 10/9c. A preview clip is below.

Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight will be Tamra Barney and beau Eddie Judge.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LAWSUIT AGAINST GRETCHEN & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?

Another milestone for Reality Tea as two writers have finally been hired following an intensive search that began a month ago.

Reality Tea continues to grow with March being our biggest month yet. Last month, we received over 729,000 unique visitors with over 3,055,000 page views. In other words, holy moly!

In other to continue to keep the site growing and most importantly, so I can stop carrying my laptop with me to people’s weddings, family outings, & events a la Vicki Gunvalson stop having to work 365 days a year, it was the right time to get some new blood!

Following an applicant pool of over 280 interested writers, I was able to narrow it down to two phenomenal writers! Trust me folks, they are goooood. Below are the bios of the new assistant writer Lauren Rounsville and contributor Mary McClelland -

Lauren – Lauren is an attorney living in South Carolina who has been captivated by all things Beverly Hills, Bravo and Bieber. She loves 80’s sitoms (Benson, Silver Spoons, Magnum P.I.), 90’s country music (the cheesier the better) and the accessibility of pop culture in the (now not so new) millennium. When she’s not reading the latest tabloids, this former first grade teacher loves trying new food, hunting down designer bargains, watching college football, listening to Waylon Jennings, and patiently waiting for Andy Cohen to realize she’s his new best friend, second only to Ben Weiner. Oh, and drinking cheap wine. Duh.

Mary – Mary is an avid collector of vintage clothes, lover of vertiginous shoes, reader of delightful books, and a possessor of a degree in Sociology – the evidence of which now sits sadly and uselessly in a box in her basement. She became an apostate of bitchy gossip from an early age – waiting for her mother’s trips to the grocery store so she could read US Weekly with glee. Other than that she is a mama to a little boy and a basset hound named Theodore Lovely.

Lauren & Mary will begin reporting to duty tomorrow and from here on out, there will be a new byline on top of each story letting you know the author. I will continue to write majority of the stories for the blog.

And in the comments section of this post, please let us know what shows you would like us to cover, what types of stories you would love to see or any other amazing ideas you might have for the future of this blog. Thank you and I can assure you the best is yet to come for Reality Tea :)RT.

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