At the Giudices, they are decorating the hugest Christmas tree ever, but sadly it’s not made of money. Teresa wants us to know that because of the bankruptcy they only got a tree decorated in semi-precious metal and not the one made entirely of gold. D’ya hear that bankruptcy judge – they’re cutting back. If cutting back means driving a Benz and wearing Louboutins then I can only hope to cut back some day! Teresa also wants us to know that all she wants for Christmas is for Melissa’s bad energy to go away. ‘Cause, it gives her a headache.
Melissa is not happy because she just wants an authentic smelling tree for Christmas AND Jesus’ Birthday (which are NOT one and the same, apparently) as she is throwing Jesus like the best birthday party ever. Joey and Melissa discuss their concerns about Jr. Mafia not mixing well with others at their party since he is like totally responsible for the Christening incident. Uh huh. Joey Giudice totally caused the entire thing. Joey G-to-the-Orga and Teresa and Melissa and her sisters had nothing to do with it. Nothing. At. All. Uh huh. We learn Melissa’s hoping to be cast next season sister, Lyssa claims Joe G-to-the-Iudice’s mother punched her in the face at said Christening. Is that where Joe gets it from? Melissa makes it clear NOTHING is going to ruin Jesus’ party!
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We’re only two weeks into the current season of Big Brother 13 and already, it has become a lackluster season.
Similar to the big failure of the “Saboteur” twist last season during which the Saboteur was the first Houseguest evicted, the twist this season of the returning “dynamic duos” is turning out to be one big ball of fail.
As I’ve stated on numerous occasions, Big Brother might just be my favorite reality show of all time, yes, I like it even more than the Housewives, okay maybe just slightly more. The show is simply genius and manages to captivate fans year after year with crazy twists and even crazier characters. So when it was revealed this season that some of the popular past HGs would be returning, I and others were filled with glee! However the show premiered and just two weeks in, it’s become predictable, lackluster and I find myself wishing the returning HGs had never returned. My reasons are below –
The Dick Factor - While I’m no fan of Evel Dick, he was arguably the most entertaining, combative, and explosive player on the cast this season. Matter of fact in the history of Big Brother. His return was met with cheers from both fans and non-fans of his. Love him or hate him, you knew he was going to make this season one to watch. However, Evel Dick’s run in the BB13 house was short lived. As in he had already left the house by the time the show premiered on Thursday, July 7. Even worse, ED was not replaced and instead his daughter, the slightly annoying Danielle, was given a golden key guaranteeing her safety for 4 weeks. Even much worse, no explanation was given for Dick’s departure. Seriously, the viewers deserved an explanation. It’s the least Big Brother could do after his abrupt exit.
The Returning HGs - Once again, this twist sounded great in theory but my feelings started to change once the returning HGs (Jeff and Jordan, Brendon and Rachel, Evel Dick and Danielle) actually re-entered the house. Something about the return just felt a bit like deja vu, sort of like a been there done that feeling probably because they had been there and done that. As expected, Jeff and Jordan were still as adorable as ever while Brendon and Rachel were still as annoying as ever. Evel Dick and Danielle were no longer on speaking terms which was not surprising and felt very 2007. With the returning HGs, we are missing out on the magic that came out of their first appearances. Seeing Jeff and Jordan connecting on the show, possibly falling in love was a one time deal as well as seeing Brenchel connecting on the most ridiculous things. Plus having to see Evel Dick and Danielle try to mend their relationship… again with ED carrying Dani all the way to the end… again would have been pretty boring and uneventful. And isn’t it interesting that even in ED’s absence, he’s still carrying Danielle further in the game?
The New Houseguests – This brings me to the new HGs who I now find myself rooting for at all costs. Why? Well because they are now the underdogs in the game. In addition to the fact that it’s really unfair to pit the newbies against some of the best players to play the game. After all, Jordan and ED are past winners while the other returning HGs made it pretty far in their respective seasons. While the poor newbies pretended to be excited upon hearing Julie Chen’s announcement of the twist, you could clearly see in their eyes that they were none too pleased to be sharing their season and chances at half a million dollars with others who already had their chance. And just as expected, the returning HGs banded together to form a tight alliance and have been mercilessly kicking the butts of the newbies. Let’s face it, did they ever really stand a chance? And despite the newbies being stupid, not being able to stick together, and being amateurs at the game (well this is their first time playing), it’s gotten to the point where I find myself hopelessly rooting for them, and hoping they pick off the returning HGs, even Jeff and Jordan – both of whom I happen to love, one by one.
The All Star Season? – With the return of the 6 HGs this season, what does this mean for a future BB all star season? The first and last all star season was season 7 which would lead any rational fan to believe season 14 (next year) would make the second all star season. By bringing back the HGs this year, does this mean they won’t appear on next year’s all star? Better yet, what does this twist mean for next year’s all star? Is that even in the works? As a devoted BB fan, I can only hope! As the first all star season was one of the best BB seasons yet. Can you imagine an all star season with Jeff, Jordan, Brendon, Rachel, Evel Dick, Danielle, and other great players? Now that would have been something to watch! But by bringing these players back this year, Big Brother might have inadvertently ruined what could have been a phenomenal all star season 14.
And judging from the feedback of Big Brother fans online, it seems majority of them feel the same way I do. Following Jordan’s win for HOH last Thursday, many fans started to complain about the predictability of this season.
The Reality Blurred blog summed it up best – “Dominic seems like he has some game in him, so I was disappointed when he lost HOH and Jordan won. Her win makes me significantly less interested in the next week of competition because the returnees remain in control. The show and game work best when power flips, but this win plus this season’s structure means there’s little chance of that.”
Some of the comments from BB fans on twitter are below –
“[The newbies] are more like superfans than players,” tweeted TammyRene_.
“The show is predictable b/c we’ve seen the vets play before, we knw all their moves..so it’s like wtf step ur game up newbies,” tweeted IamJerves.
“Gonna be a boring week!!! I cannot take any more of Bookie,” tweeted auroralmama.
“The veterans seem so bored and not very appreciative that they are there.” tweeted RHO_TWEETS.
I couldn’t agree more. Big Brother had better hope the newbies start winning some competitions if they plan on keeping me interested this season. Because quite frankly, a Big Brother 13 season in which the alums pick off the newbies one by one and end up making it to the final 5 will be awful to watch. They had their chances. The newbies deserve a fair chance as well.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THIS SEASON OF BIG BROTHER? ARE YOU HAPPY OR DISSAPOINTED WITH THE TWIST SO FAR? ARE YOU ROOTING FOR THE NEWBIES OR RETURNING HGS?
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Days after a report questioned whether Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes’ “divorce” to husband Gregg Leakes was a publicity stunt for the series (they were photographed together looking cozy and trying to hide from cameras), a new report today sheds some new light on the behind the scenes taping of the RHOA as the 4th season is still filming.
The Decatur Metro blog ponders just how real the show is as the writer sat next to housewives Sheree Whitfield,Kandi Burruss and two of their friends last Thursday during a restaurant taping at Decatur’s Wahoo Grill. Below are some of the highlights of what the writer discovered –
“1. The conversation was repeatedly interrupted and guided by a crew member. The women would talk for a few minutes, then a crew member would approach the table and tell the women what to talk about. At one point, the crew member told the women they needed to switch to a light topic because they’d already spent a lot of time on serious topics.
2. When one of the crew members was leaving, one of the ‘Housewives’ said she would see him tomorrow at the ‘funeral home scene.’ If she’s calling it a ‘scene,” how ‘real’ can it be?
3. For some reason, the first taping of the women exiting the restaurant didn’t work. At the crew’s direction, the women returned to their seats, then taped a second exit scene.”
The writer also adds that most of the Atlanta housewives are driving rental cars. Very interesting report. It will be interesting to see how the 4th season of the RHOA turns out as reality shows always take a turn for the worse once the stars start faking it, example the Keeping Up With The Kardashians. This report is however not that surprising as with the exception of the Nene, all of the housewives seem to be getting along rather well. And what good is that for the drama and ratings?
I will add that this doesn’t mean all of the drama is fake (example the tour bus fight between Nene and Kim last season was very real) as it is actually very common practice for producers of reality shows to “guide” certain conversations and scenes. An example of this is let’s say some drama went down at an event between two cast members, the producers could encourage their costars to meet up the next day to talk about it. Also most of the housewives series have different production companies behind them so the practices are likely different for each series.
In other RHOA news, just weeks after giving birth to her son Kroy Jagger,Kim Zolciakhas lost most if not all of her baby weight!
In pictures below, Kim, 33, shows off her post baby body! In an interview with Wetpaint, the mother of three reveals just how she lost the baby weight so quickly. Excerpts from Kim’s interview below –
We saw the recent pics of you and you look amazing! How did you drop the baby weight so quickly? What are your workout and diet secrets?
Kim Zolciak: I am unable to work out for another few weeks, although I am not BIG on going to the gym. I do think breastfeeding really helps and Kroy and I walk the baby every night.
Is there any area that you particularly want to work on?
I love my curves and really just want to firm up. My least favorite part of my body I would say are my legs. I have thicker legs then I would like and have to run to keep them in shape!
Kim also adds that she is not big on dieting and believes in eating everything in moderation. Recent photos of Kim below!
TELL US – DO YOU THINK THE ATLANTA HOUSEWIVES ARE FAKING IT? THOUGHTS ON KIM’S POST BABY BODY?
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On tonight’s Basketball Wives, Evelyn Lozado confronts Jennifer Williams about a radio interview she gave regarding Evelyn’s engagement to Chad Ochocinco. On last week’s episode, Evelyn and her friend Noe implied Jennifer was jealous of the engagement, and Jennifer is now speaking out about it.
Jennifertells the HollywoodLife, “I just want to clear the air about this whole Evelyn and Chad engagement. Evelyn did not call and tell me that she got engaged, she tweeted something and people starting asking me. So I was waiting for her to call me and tell me the news, and she didn’t tell me for quite some time.”
Watching last week’s episode was surprising to her as well. She reveals, “For her and Noe to imply that I was jealous was a little shocking. I have no need to be jealous, I have been married and I know what it is like to be a wife.” And now she’ll know what it feels like to be an ex-wife once her divorce to Eric Williams is finalized.
Jennifer claims she was merely stating her concerns about her friend’s relationship with Chad. In fact she reveals she told Evelyn the same, admitting, “When I did speak to her [about her engagement], I expressed my concerns because she had just gotten out of a bad relationship and I didn’t want to see her hurt again. Evelyn and I were friends way before this show. I have watched her and helped her through two breakups with Antoine Walker just as she has watched me get married and helped me cope with my divorce.”
Moving right along to sh*t stirrerShaunie O’Neal who has recently spoken out about, specifically the portrayal of black women on the show. With the new Los Angeles cast already raising eyebrows, Shaunie has a lot to say, and she’s mainly pointing fingers at the West Coast ladies for being ‘trashy.’ She tells BET, “The L.A. cast — there are some wives and fiancés, which I’m fine with. But there’s a little bit of trash kind of sprinkled into that cast that I’m totally against.”
In case you planned on blaming her for any Los Angeles drama, as she is Executive Producer of the series, Shaunie is quick to say, “I was really very hands off with that cast. It’s just drama and…that’s not my vision. I don’t think that all money is good money. I don’t need it that bad. So we are having some issues.” So how is the show’s creator handing the issues? Two words: she’s not. Why would she? Issues create drama and drama drives the ratings! Although according to Shaunie, it seems she lost the fight to have less drama. She admits, “I’ve kind of just had to take a backseat and shut up and just let it go, let it ride. It’s David and Goliath right now.”
So tonight’s battle will be between Jennifer and Evelyn over the radio interview, while next season’s battle will be between the Executive Producer and the new cast stealing said producer’s limelight over acting like ladies and not causing drama. Can’t wait to see how each plays out!
DO YOU THINK JENNIFER IS JEALOUS OVER EVELYN’S ENGAGEMENT? DO YOU BELIEVE SHAUNIE WANTS LESS DRAMA ON THE SHOW?
In today’s news, the Salahis continue to be awful the Salahis.
According to a new report by RadarOnline, the Real Housewives of DC alums are being sued for alleged wine tour fraud as a woman is claiming she was defrauded out of the money she paid to tour Virginia’s Wine Country.
Emily McCallum, who is filing the suit, is one of the many people who have complained that Tareq and Michelle Salahi have been operating a wine tourism company and failing to deliver. The problem began when Emily, who earned her master’s degree this year, wanted to take a wine tour with her friends and family to celebrate.
“She scheduled it with a company owned by the Salahis and paid in full,” reveals a source close to Emily. “They never showed up and at the last minute, Emily had to get another company. She’s been unable to get her money back from them. I’m really glad she’s taking them to court.”
Radar confirms that Tareq is also listed as a director for the wine tour company. The case is scheduled to be heard today at the Loudoun County (VA) General District Court. We will update this post with any new developments.
TELL US – SURPRISED THE SALAHIS ARE STILL UP TO THEIR OLD TRICKS?
UPDATE – The case against the Salahis has been continued until August 3 at Loudoun County (VA) General District Court because their lawyer David Silek is reportedly no longer representing them.
On the all new episode titled “Twas the Fight Before Christmas,” the Jersey girls jingle all the way during Christmas, but it’s much more naughty than nice when clashing and trashing mar Melissa’s over the top fabulous holiday party. Tempers will fly as Teresa clashes with both Kathy and another guest at the party. The episode airs at 10/9c.
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight are the Gorgas! Melissaand hubby Joe will join Andy in the Bravo clubhouse. Should be good!
In other RHONJ news, Teresa Giudice announced this week that she is getting ready to stamp her name on some wholesale make-up launch her own cosmetics line!
“My first products are nail polish, lip gloss and lipstick. The packaging looks so hot, the makeup is so great, I LOVE it! I’ll let you know where you can buy it soon!” wrote Teresa on her website. The cosmetics line will be called TG by Teresa Giudice. Cre-ative!
Teresa also gave another interview to In Touch Weekly magazine this week to talk about plastic surgery! She denies the reports that she was planning to spend over $40,000 for a full body makeover but did reveal what work she has had done.
“After I breast-fed three babies, they deflated to nothing,” she tells In Touch on her decision to get a boob job years ago. “I didn’t’ like my boobies at all, so by my third baby, I was ready.” And now she feels “sexier and more confident.” Teresa also reveals she gets regular botox. “I do it right in between my eyebrows. I go twice a year.”
And when it comes to her stomach and butt, Teresa admits she has insecurities about those parts of her body. She however states that a butt lift and a tummy tuck are not in her immediate plans though she is open to getting those surgeries somewhere down the line.
A preview clip of tonight’s RHONJ episode is below!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW, TERESA STARTING A COSMETIC LINE, & TONIGHT’S EPISODE?
Sources reveal the couple will have their separate bachelor/bachelorette parties at clubs Tao and Lavo in Las Vegas later this month. The E! network will reportedly air their wedding as a 2-hour special.
In other Kardashian news, it appears Kim’s pimpmomager Kris Jenner continues to help plan her big day by picking a location, cake, wedding dress and did we mention getting a facelift?
Yes, Kris, 55, went under the knife so that she can look her best for her favorite daughter Kimmie’s big day! And in true Kardashian fashion, the entire ordeal was caught on tape and will air on an upcoming episode of KUWTK.
In the preview clip, Kris reveals her pre-surgery jitters. “I don’t want to die,” Kris joked after calling it the “most stressful morning” of her life. “Don’t cry, you’re going to be fine,” Kim assured her mom. “If you’re scared, you don’t have to do it. I’m sure people are scared all the time.”
Kris has been keeping a low profile since having the face overhaul a month ago but Khloe assures us the results are superb. “She looks amazing,” Khloe told the NY Daily News. “They say you are supposed to have a lot of swelling for a week or so after, but I didn’t notice.”
Below is a photo of Kris following her facelift, and tomorrow a new episode of KUWTK airs on E! at 10/9c.
PEOPLE is reporting that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star filed for divorce late Friday following 6 years of marriage. In fact Taylor herself confirmed the news through a statement.
“It was a difficult decision but I have decided to file for divorce from Russell,” Taylor revealed in an exclusive statement. “Although we have tried our best to work out our differences, I have come to the conclusion that it is in the best interest of our family that we separate.”
Taylor continued, “Together we are the proud parents of a sweet and wonderful little girl and she remains my number one priority. I am sad for my marriage to come to an end, but am confident that this is the right choice for all involved.”
Meanwhile Russell also opened up to the Rumor Fix website. “The pressure of being in the TV spotlight was pretty overwhelming,” he reveals. “It took our manageable problems and made them worse.” Russell described this as a “devastating time,” adding, “I don’t want you to get the impression that Taylor and I are bitter enemies — we’re not.”
UsWeekly first reported the couple had split in May but they denied it back then. The couple had been going through therapy to try to fix their marriage. Taylor, 39, and Russell, 47, tied the knot in 2005 and have one daughter together – Kennedy, 5.
Taylor is asking for joint legal and primary physical custody of Kennedy, as well as spousal and child support. TMZ is also reporting the couple had no prenup. Wowzers.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS? IS THE HOUSEWIVES TO BLAME FOR THIS DIVORCE?