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2015 American Idol XIV Grand Finale

I have a confession. I love American Idol. In 13 years, I haven’t ever missed an episode, and it’s one of the few shows I watch the night it airs. Not live, mind you, because I need the power to fast forward. I constantly try to fast forward the commercials if I watch a show live. The struggle is real.

On Wednesday, I was pleasantly surprised when Nick Fradiani was named the winner of American Idol 14. Quentin Alexander was my favorite contestant this season. After he was eliminated, I was rooting for Nick, but I thought Clark Beckham had it in the bag.

“Everybody was saying I was kind of the underdog, and I think that’s true,” said Nick. He added that expected Clark or Jax to win. “Nobody had me pegged as the winner. I wasn’t doing anything that was really impressing people. Then something clicked the last six weeks or so. I got hot at the right time.” Check out pictures from the Season 14 finale of American Idol below.

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NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront - 2015

All of the Real Housewives of New York ladies are weighing in on the highlights – or the lowlights?- of this week’s episode. And at the epicenter of it all is none other than everyone’s favorite queen of delusional drinking thinking: Sonja Morgan. Dorinda Medley shares her take on their Atlantic City trip in her latest Bravo blog.

Beginning with the issue of waiting for Good Lady Morgan to emerge from her crumbling castle, Dorinda says it “would’ve been nice to have the limo there already, yes, but it’s not like we were being held in a hot subway station in the middle of August.”  She adds, “Heather [Thomson], on the other hand, was pissed…and I mean pissed. She took it very personally that we were kept waiting in the foyer and, naturally, Heather expressed it to Sonja…and Bethenny [Frankel]…and Ramona [Singer]…loud and clear. More than once.” Waiting in the rain wasn’t worth the fights that broke out afterward either considering who they were dealing with, says Dorinda: “I don’t think it required a burning at the stake. I kinda expected Sonja to be late. C’mon…she’s Lady Morgan.” 

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Reality TV Viewer Numbers RHOA Reunion

The reality TV viewer numbers are in. NeNe‘s breakdown on part three of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion attracted 2.588 million, which was down 794K from part one, and season 7 finished with an average of 3.12 million.

For comparison’s sake, part three of the season 6 reunion logged 4.29 million viewers and the season 6 average was 3.87 million viewers. While the decline is troublesome, IMHO, Real Housewives of Atlanta still brings more viewers to Bravo than the others in the franchise. Case in point: this week’s episode of Real Housewives of New York attracted just 1.385 million viewers.

Also this week, Shahs of Sunset remained steady with 1.131 million viewers, Million Dollar Listing New York slipped down to 818,000, and the Dance Moms reunion attracted 1.207 million viewers, bringing the season average to 1.55 million. Look below to see how the rest of your shows fared the week.  

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2015 NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Upfront

Absolutely nothing the public says can get Bethenny Frankel rattled these days, she says. A hot-and-cold figure as a returning cast member of the Real Housewives of New York this season, Bethenny has “given up caring what people think of her,” according to Page Six. “The line for my personal private life has been so blurred,” says Bethenny, that she has basically become immune to the comments swirling around her. Especially when it comes to her messy divorce from Jason Hoppy, who she is now forced to pay $26,000 a month, plus $100,000 in lawyer fees as part of their divorce settlement.

Despite the media’s often negative depiction of Bethenny as a wife, business woman, and even a mother, the Skinnygirl mogul says she’s become numb to bad press. “It’s great because it’s created a Teflon around me that I don’t even notice it. Nobody could say anything bad about me that would really affect me.” Claiming that her persona on RHONY is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get scenario, Bethenny says she not a person who tries “to manufacture who they are. I’m honest, and that’s why I’ve been successful at it.”

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southern charm danni craig cameran

It was all about the hot mess express on Monday’s episode of Southern Charm, but the mode of transportation wasn’t a crazy train–instead it was a golf cart! After Kathryn Dennis went off on Whitney Sudler-Smith in a cyclone-esque storm of hate (one friend described it as “feral”), Craig Conover came to her rescue with more vino, keys to a battery operated tiny-car, and sticks and sand to generate body heat. It was, as you all recall, scandalous.

While Shepard “Shep” Rose had plenty to say about Craig’s recent tomfoolery during the group’s dinner on Jekyll Island, Cameran Eubanks has been the one talking it about it post-show. While some see her as a pot-stirrer, I honestly believe she cares for these turds, and she’s at her wits end trying to help them make good decisions. Of course, we all know that good decisions make for bad reality television. Thankfully for Bravo, there is no shortage of idiotic behavior when it comes to the charming cast!

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Kim Richards leaves rehab for daughter Brooke's bridal shower

It’s already been established that Kim Richards is in the world’s most vacation-like rehab center, but has she left already!? Kim was spotted with the sister she does like – the good sister – Kathy Hilton at daughter Brooke’s bridal shower, prompting rumors that Kim has already left the pricey treatment facility! Dr. Phil would not approve… 

Kathy shared a photo of the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star wearing a ridiculously short dress and posing with Brooke. Maybe Kim was able to score a 2-for-1 day voucher from rehab: attend court where she received her criminal charges, and then hit-up a classy bridal shower?!

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2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront

There were so many reality stars flooding the streets of NYC yesterday for the NBCUniversal upfront presentations for E! and Bravo that we had to split the pictures up into two posts!  In round two of the upfront photos, we have Kim Zolciak and her drop dead gorgeous oldest daughter, Brielle Biermann, posing in front of their hotel as they head off to the event. 

The photographers caught a lot of the stars in their street clothes outside their hotels before their glam teams got them ready for the afternoon of press.  Vicki Gunvalson, Kyle Richards, NeNe Leakes, Giuliana Rancic, the Shahs of Sunset cast and more were seen dressed down as they hit the streets of NYC.

Spotted leaving for the event: the Chrisley family, the cast of Prancing Elites, Brad Goreski, Jenni Pulos, Jeff Lewis and more!  Check out the rest of the upfront photos below!

Tamra Judge

I am ready for the trashy goodness that is the Real Housewives of Orange County. Granted I am a little less excited about the return of Tamra Judge, but oh well. The trailer leads me to believe that new housewife Meghan Edmonds snatches the pot stirring spotlight away from Tamra. That could be fun to watch.

That said, it will only be fun (for me) if Tamra is bothered by Meghan, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. <stomps foot> In a recent interview with Real Mr. Housewife, Tamra described Meghan as “one of the coolest girls” she has ever met. <throws wine> Why do these housewives refuse to give me what I want?!?

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