On Wednesday night’s episode the Idol contenders had to pick any song from 21st century. Casey “Soft Lips” Abrams clearly stole the show with his rendition of Maroon 5’s “Harder To Breathe.” He also took Jennifer Lopez’s breath away when he kissed her during his performance, giving her the most action she’s had since marrying Marc Anthony. Steven Tyler was so excited by the sexual chemistry between J.Lo and Casey – errrrr, I mean, the performance he used the F** word on live TV! Whoops! We expect that from some more low-brow reality shows (see: Housewives, ANYWHERE), but not family-friendly idol. Scottie McCreery was, of course, safe simply for being the cutest person in the world with the most adorable accent. Who cares if he can sing!
62 Million votes determined that Jacob Lusk’s touching, but sappy rendition of “Dance With My Father” put him as the first member of the bottom three. Also hanging out in the bottom three were Stefano Langone and HaleyReinhart. Haley turned out to be safe after an awesome version of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.”
Then Katy Perry assaulted both our ears (with her weird, whiny song E.T.) and our fashion sensibilities by wearing a white satin spandex, caped, sequined jumpsuit. Yes – I just typed the words WHITE SATIN SPANDEX, CAPED, SEQUINED JUMPSUIT to describe an article of clothing. *Shudder*
As for the elimination, Stefano’s long reign in the bottom three ended as the judge’s wild card pick was sent home. Poor Stefano! I know you have great things ahead of you – after all Jennifer Lopez thinks you’re “hot” and she loves you! He very graciously left by singing “Lately”
Next week we are treated to a series of fun and exciting Carol King songs as interpreted by the six finalists!
TELL US – DID THE VOTERS GET IT RIGHT? WHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR TO WIN THIS SEASON?
Jill, Jill, Jill…you’ve always got to give viewers something to talk about. Did she or didn’t she? When the always loud, often catty, and sometimes ringleader of the Real Housewives of New York took to the red carpet for the 9th Annual TV Land Awards, the media was buzzing about Jill’s dramatic new look. Plastic surgery rumors exploded on the internet, but during her recent appearance on WWHL, Jill (looking equal parts Barbara Eden circa 1965 and a 90’s Madonna sans cone bra) coyly refuted any type of surgery, but was open about her use of injectables.
No stranger to controversy and cat fights, the reality diva has been subject to these rumors before. In 2009, Jill’s personal blog set the record straight with exactly the type of maintenance she required to fight the natural aging progression. Mrs. Zarin cites an earlier breast reduction as the only time she’s been under the knife. And let’s be honest, who can blame her–I didn’t even know someone COULD be a G cup. As for the other pricey procedures, Jill copped to getting years’ worth of Botox injections (which I think is a requirement to even be considered for any Housewives cast), laser tightening of her neck, and treatments to reduce cellulite prior to pesky bikini season (shudder).
Now, in an interview this week with Wendy Williams (you have to love it when Wendy gets an exclusive!), she’s is explaining her new look yet again. While I fully expected Jill to say that her new, majorly slicked back ponytail and extensions tightly pulled her skin back for an instantly taut look, she instead introduced America to the ‘liquid facelift.’ People.com explained the process more succinctly, stating that “[r]ather than using a filler to tackle individual smile lines, the dermatologist…lifted Zarin’s face by injecting Restylane along the jaw line and up along the sides of her face.” And only at a couple thousand dollars a pop…bargain!
But wait…that doesn’t explain her slimmer looking nose, does it? That, my friends, has nothing to do with scalpels or injectable fillers, but it is instead the sleight of hand of Jill’s new hair and make-up artist. Like countless license tags (“Heidi ‘N Spencer 4EVER”) and klassy t-shirts (I Survived Spring Break ’08!), Jill is getting airbrushed. According to Jim Crawford, her new face painter, prior to his services, Jill was using plain old make-up (the nerve!). Crawford has magically thinned Zarin’s nose and face by using contouring make-up in a darker shade, as well as airbrushing the sides of her face and hairline. Sweeping her bangs away from her face also diminishes the appearance of her nose and showcases her wrinkle-free, frozen forehead.
I will say I have always thought Jill was attractive in a “ladies who lunch” sort of way, which makes sense, as that is exactly what she is. Am I in love with her new look? Um, no. But it isn’t going to give me nightmares or anything (fingers crossed). Her hairstyle and those extensions are way too severe, and while her face is free of lines, that extreme ponytail ages her because it’s such a desperate attempt to follow a trend she is just too old to follow. While she has yet to have a surgical face lift, she states, “All [of] the sudden if I woke up with jowls, that’s it. I’m going under the knife.” Regardless of how you feel about her, you have to give her credit. Jill is nothing if not honest about what is (and isn’t) going on with her face.
Moving on to tonight’s new episode of the Real Housewives of NYC. On the third episode of the season titled ‘Hairy Mess,’ Alex attempts to mend her relationship with Sonja by having lunch with her. Meanwhile, Ramona, who gained infamy for her wild-eyed runway walk the year before, is asked to appear on the catwalk again. Also: Alex basks in her new career as a model; LuAnn’s boyfriend throws a get-together featuring wine and speed dating; dramas intensify between Kelly and Ramona.
The episode airs at 10/9c and a preview clip is below.
The Real Housewives of New Jerseymanaged to remain in the headlines while they filmed their third season thanks to the antics of some of the stars, which included a brawl at a christening party and a recent brawl during a vacation to the Dominican Republic.
So when Bravo finally released the season 3 trailer last week, many fans were disappointed as it seemed to be lacking the drama we were expecting. Well fret not as it seems Bravo heard the complaints. The network has released a new sneak peek giving us a look into the family drama involving Teresa Giudice, her brother Joe Gorga and his wife Melissa Gorga, and her cousin Kathy Wakile.
In the video below, Teresa says about her brother, “He was like my best friend … [But that changed] after he got married. Melissa’s my sister-in-law and we’re not exactly best friends.” We then get to see the widely talked about christening brawl which begins with Teresa walking over to her brother and his wife, words are exchanged and Joe tells Teresa, “You’re garbage.”
The family feud erupts, and well, you just have to see the madness below. Kathy sums it up best when she states: “War has lots of casualties.” The new season of the NJ Housewives premieres May 16 on Bravo.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE NEW VIDEO OF THE NJ HOUSEWIVES?
Holy moly! It seems Jersey Shore star Snooki has spent the last couple of weeks hitting the gym!
The pint-sized MTV reality star showed off her new slimmer figure this week via a set of photos on her twitter page. In her recent photos, the 23-year-old appears to be at her slimmest yet since joining the mega-hit show almost two years ago.
And if Snooki’s recent tweets are any indication, she did it the old fashioned way – through diet and exercise. “As everyones planning their night at the club, I’m wondering when Golds closes lol. #motivated,” tweeted the Snooks on April 16 referencing the popular Gold’s Gym.
“Water is my new best friend. #dieting,” she also tweeted on April 15. Snooki, who has been open about her battle with bulimia and anorexia in the past, told UsWeekly back in January, “I just want to get back into shape like I used to be.” She is definitely well on her way! More recent photos of Snooki from this week below.
Snooki and the rest of the gang will jet off to Italy to shoot season 4 sometime in May. And speaking of Italy, it seems the mayor of Italian city Florence (the city the Jersey Shore gang will be getting their GTL on) has issued the cast a list of rules to abide by during filming.
The New York Post reportsMatteo Renzi, made the list of rules public via Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera. The rules are below -
– The cast will not be filmed in bars and clubs that serve alcohol.
– The cast will not be filmed drinking in public.
– The show will not be filmed to promote Florence as a drinking town.
– The show should be filmed in a manner to promote Italy (not Americans visiting Italy) and feature it’s culture and good food.
So let’s see, no drinking in public and no bars that serve alcohol. So are you as worried about season 4 as we are? As we reported weeks ago, the Italians got a glimpse of the Jersey Shore series for the first time last month when the show began airing there and they were not impressed with the cast’s shenanigans. “They embody the worst stereotypes of Italians, multiplied by thousands and Americanized,” columnist Roberto Del Bove lamented.
And finally, Life & Style magazine is reporting that The Situation, who reportedly earned $5 million last year, is not the only JS cast member raking in the dough!
DJ Pauly D reportedly earns half a million dollars a month according to the mag! “He makes at least $500,000 a month,” an insider tellsLife & Style. And how does he earn that much? Apparently with his DJ gigs, endorsement deals, and his own spin-off TV series. He is also reportedly in talks with 50 Cent to sign with the rapper’s record label, G-Unit.
Pauly D’s most lucrative job of all is apparently being one of the nation’s most in-demand DJs right now. “That alone commands up to $40,000 per set, and he does three to six gigs per week,” the insider says. Mamma mia! It really pays to be a fist-pumper.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON SNOOKI’S WEIGHT LOSS, THE MAYOR’S RULES & DJ PAULY D’S EARNINGS?
Brace yourself as Simon, hubby of Alex McCord, unleashed his debut single, ‘I Am Real,’ on us today via Popeater. I Am Real is described as “a bass-thumping, synth-heavy dance track filled with defiant lyrics aimed at “cheeky tongue waggers.”"
“I thought ‘I Am Real’ is a fun song with lyrics that suit me to a ‘T,’” says Simon. “It’s cheeky and catchy and captures my four years on reality TV.”
Simon’s new song include genius lyrics such as “Gold and diamonds glitter. But the taste is slightly bitter. When wives attack behind my back, they trash me on the Twitter.” Are you paying attention folks at the Grammys!? When asked what artist is most similar to him, Simon states, “I’d say Jarvis Cocker, but I don’t want to be Pulp’d.”
So, no need to wait any longer. The new single of Simon van Kempen is below! And it’s actually not that bad no?
Emily Calls It Quits. What Will Happen to Brad Woeisme?
In an absolutely unforeseeable, unpredictable, and downright shocking turn of events, it appears that two-time Bachelor star Brad Womack and his fiancée Emily Maynard have called it quits. Again. For good. This time. For real. Now, I realize that I really shouldn’t be surprised. After all, of all the seasons and all the engagements, the only couples who have made it down the aisle are Trista and Ryan Sutter, and that guy with the kid who dumped his original pick on live television to go for the runner-up. I kid, I kid…Jason and Molly Mesnick, such a cute couple. Not to mention, Brad doesn’t exactly have the most stellar track record–he didn’t even pick a lass his first time on the merry-go-round. I mean, the actual show dubbed him “The Most Hated Man in America” in an effort to hype his sophomore season.
According to Life & Style, Emily ended the relationship by phone on April 9th because her beau was “not acting like a fiancé, and she’s knows that he’s not going to change.” Sources add that Brad was far from the perfect fiance. He reportedly ignored Emily for days at a time, until she finally picked up the phone to tell him it was over. “Emily has spent nights alone in bed crying,” a source tells Life & Style. “[She was]waiting for Brad to call her back or pick up the phone when she’s called him.”
The article additionally claims that Brad made an offer on a house without even consulting his (much, much) better half, and that recent erratic behavior led Emily to believe that Brad may have been unfaithful. That erratic behavior includes Brad skipping out on trips to go visit Emily & her 5-year-0ld daughter Ricki in Charlotte. “He’s backed out of plans to come and visit her,” says a friend. “He’s even gotten drunk and canceled a flight at last minute.”
As Bachelor fans will certainly recall, Emily expressed concern about Brad’s temper to host Chris Harrison on After the Final Rose, even admitting the couple had split briefly after the filming commenced. OK Magazine also cited pressure to move to Texas and fit in with Brad’s lifestyle as a reason for the breakup.
So why only speculation at this point? Life & Style reports that Emily was contacted by ABC on April 13th with a friendly reminder of her binding contract not to disclose the details of their (now nonexistent?) relationship until ABC gives its permission. ABC is reportedly encouraging Emily to try to work things out with Brad, because they want Bachelor couples to make it down the aisle. Emily, who has stopped wearing her engagement ring, also explained to a friend that Brad is “insecure and not stable.” And she does not want to subject daughter Ricki to his nasty temper.
“She wants to be in a happy, healthy, loving relationship, and if she could make things work with Brad she would be ecstatic,” says the friend. “But for her daughter’s sake, Emily fears that she has to move on. She just doesn’t know what else to do.”
Not to bring up any sour grapes, but heck yes Brad wants to get married. We knew that before he’d picked Emily when the show was still in production…mainly we knew that when Brad’s former on-and-off girlfriend Laurel Kaygay went to US Weekly in February. Laurel revealed text messages Brad sent to her before he left to film the Bachelor, some imploring he’d like to marry her. I know, I know. “Consider the source!” you’re thinking. I’m just saying that maybe he does really want to get married…he just may not be concerned about the “to whom” part. Either way, current girlfriend Emily may be better off…
I (admittedly) watched this past season of the Bachelor religiously, and I really liked Emily. She seems like a down-to-earth chick who is not only making decisions for herself, but also considering what’s best for her young daughter, little Ricki. And honestly, if ABC plays its cards right, Brad could pull off the Triple Crown of Bachelor stints…seriously, girls who just want to be on television have done much crazier things for their fifteen minutes of fame.
TELL US – DID EMILY MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION IN DUMPING BRAD? DO YOU THINK BRAD IS A CHANGED MAN?
From L to R: Kim Lewin, Raquel Miller, Pat Smith, Tina Majerle and Lori Citron
Will there or won’t there be a Real Housewives of Scottsdale seems to be the lingering question today.
According to a number of local media outlets in Arizona, the new housewives franchise is indeed in the works! KPHO.com reports a pilot for the Scottsdale Housewives will begin filming this week at the VIP opening of Scottsdale Quarter’s Drybar.
A source tells the site that three cast members have admitted to having signed show contracts. Another media outlet Arizona Foothills confirms the same story, stating that three women have signed on for the show.
Those three women are Lori Citron, wife of anesthesiologist Gregg Citron; Tina Majerle, wife of former Phoenix Suns player Dan Majerle; and, Kim Lewin. The three ladies are pictured above at a 2008 event. Other possible cast members include Juliette Irakliev, Raquel Miller, Raya Cavernes and Char Hubb.
Sounds pretty good right? Except Bravo’s own Andy Cohen denied the news on his twitter page yesterday. When a fan asked him about the show, he simply replied “No truth.”
However, it is very possible that both Andy and the media outlets are right. Why you ask? Well for one, shooting a pilot simply means shooting a pilot. It means the show hasn’t been officially picked up by the network yet, and will only get picked up if the network likes what they see.
So the moral of this story folks is that it’s a definite possibility the Real Housewives of Scottsdale might soon be a reality… show; that is if the ladies can bring the drama. We’re guessing following the D.C. and Miami disasters, Bravo is playing it safe when it comes to new franchises. So the Scottsdale ladies had better bring it or else the show will just remain a pilot.
As for Andy’s previous comments of there being no plans for new housewives series, it’s very unlikely he has the lone say in that issue as there are other higher ups at Bravo that get a say as well. But at the end of the day, the fact that Bravo is shooting a new housewives pilot debunks that statement as it at least confirms the network is still open to adding on more housewives series. Plus Andy made that statement before the recent cancellation of the DC Housewives, which leaves room for the network to add a new franchise.
In the meantime, we will continue to daydream about our dream franchise aka the Real Housewives of Dallas. Sigh.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SCOTTSDALE? WHAT IS YOUR DREAM FRANCHISE?
In a recent interview with E! Online, Celebrity Apprentice contestant Hope Dworaczyk speaks out about the erratic behavior of co-star Nene, calling her unstable and describing her behavior as “out of control”; she also gives the dirty details about just how much of a hot mess Celebrity Apprentice is – comparing it to another show where B-list celebrities go to extend their 15 minutes: Celebrity Rehab! Yikes – the Donald isn’t going to approve of that.
Not surprisingly, Hope and Nene got along well when Hope was just another minion, but when she stepped into the Project Manager role and had to be Nene’s boss, things went south. “I liked Nene a lot until I had to be her boss,” said Hope. “It got a little weird after that. I had to tell her what to do and I don’t think anybody wants to take direction from someone who is a lot younger than them.” Well that’s shocking! We all know Nene is hardly the domineering type who needs to be in control of everyone around her.
Hope also further ruins Nene’s stellar reputation as a polite, quiet, and respectful person who would never cause a scene, by letting us in on a little secret: Nene is an emotional mess and an out of control bully who attacked fellow contestant Star Jonesin a manner that would justify Star needing a bodyguard. “I think if I had been yelled at and attacked the way Nene gets in Star’s face, I would have wanted a bodyguard, too,” said Hope. Nene Leakes!? Our Nene Leakes? Never!
Hope goes on to clarify that: “One minute she was crying and opening up about herself and sharing something about the past that’s very very personal, and the next minute, she’s yelling. I think you call that unstable.” Yes, I would say you definitely call that unstable.
Well Hope, that sounds like the Nene we all know and sort of sometimes… love? Ok, ok – like, on occasion, for comic relief. I guess that’s the risk you take when associating with Ms. Leakes – one minute she’s your bestie and the next minute she is calling you the B*word on national TV and screaming in your face! Just ask Kim Zolciack!
The E! story also briefly touches on Meat Loaf’s verbal assault on Gary Busey. Meat Loaf describes his actions as a “brief moment of total insanity.” In Nene Leakes’ case I guess you could describe her actions as a lifetime of total insanity!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON HOPE’S COMMENTS? DO YOU THINK NENE LEAKES IS UNSTABLE?