Holy &%#@*! I feel like they’ve been on hiatus for an extreme amount of time, but it is finally time for the ladies of Mob Wives to reconvene for the first season’s reunion special. And holy host! Unless she was tag-teaming with Maury Povich on Jerry Springer’s set, I can’t imagine a better host for this reunion than Wendy Williams. This is going to be AH-MAZE-ING!
Wendy Williams, or W Squared, begins by discussing the public perception of the show. Drita can’t believe that people are upset over her representation of Staten Island. As far as she’s concerned, it wasn’t a representation of Staten Island as it was just a representation of her personal life, so what is the big deal? I can see her point. I mean, if New Jersey were judged on the representations of the cast of Jersey Shore or RHWNJ, the Garden State would be royally screwed…oh wait. W2 reminds the ladies that Mob Princess Victoria Gotti has bad-mouthed the show, calling it scripted, and that clearly strikes a nerve with Renee, but she doesn’t elaborate.
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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 good news is that all is “fine” with Maksim’s thigh as he thanked the fans for their “overwhelming” support. He added, “You’re going to need a stretcher to get me out of here.” As for Maksim’s partner Kirstie Alley, she was ready for a new topic. “You’re so pretty Brooke Burke,” said Kirstie when asked by Brooke to walk us through the fall. “Let’s change the subject.”
So on to the next subject which is who was sent packing? For the second week in a row, the lowest scorer got the boot as Wendy Williams and her partner Tony Dovolani were eliminated.
“This has been a wonderful opportunity. I want to thank the judges and I want to thank Tony for teaching me how to dance,” said Wendy, 46. “Despite stereotypes, this is one black girl who can’t even doing the running man!”
Wendy added that she was excited to get back to her normal routine. “I’m probably the busiest person in terms of flying back and forth. I have a marriage, a child and a litany of other things to hold together.”
Meanwhile, after having endured a somewhat embarrassing fall yesterday, Kirstie wants the world to know she is still standing strong. The 60-year-old actress hit up a tattoo parlor with Cheryl Burke late Monday and got the word “Unbroken” tattooed on her wrist.
“No longer broken… In body or spirit,” tweeted Kirstie later adding, “Just FYI… I was planning on getting a tattoo for awhile. Your votes sealed it. Thanks for al the great ideas….xxoxo.” Photos of Kirstie’s tattoo below.
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“It’s been nothing but a pleasurable experience,” said Mike, 32, of his time on the show. “It sucks to be sent home first, but I’ve made a lot of good friends,” he added. “America obviously knows that Lacey Schwimmer is a beautiful person on the outside, but everybody needs to know she’s equally, if not more, beautiful on the inside. I’ve made a lifelong friend.”
Do not feel sorry for Mike yet as there continues to be rumblings that he is being considered to replace Regis Philbin on Live With Regis & Kelly. Mike, a guest host on the show recently, confirmed ABC has invited him back to co-host a future episode.
Singer Chris Brown performed two songs on the show last night and it all went without a glitch as no windows were broken nor was he interviewed by show host Tom Bergeron. See, following Chris’s outburst at GMA last week, there had been some controversy surrounding his DWTS performance.
Tom went on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show this week and stated “I did tell the producers it may be to their advantage to not have me interview him.” The reason? “Don’t put me in a position where you’re asking me to not say something,” said Tom, adding “cause I won’t really do that. Even if it’s just a snarky little aside, you know, ‘How was your week?'”
Also, dancer Cheryl Burke spoke out against Chris this week. “As a victim of domestic violence, I don’t agree with him coming on the show, but it’s out of my control,” said Cheryl to Extra. Wendy Williams also stated on her talk show last week that she was “disgusted with this little boy” following his GMA incident.
Next week, the stars return to compete on Monday night with a clean slate.
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It’s week two on Dancing With The Stars, and unlike the first week, there was more at stake last night as somebody will be eliminated tonight.
This week, the dances were the quickstep or the jive. When it came to the scoreboard, not much changed from week 1 as the leaders of the pack performed well while others remained in danger of elimination.
There was a three way tie for first place with Romeo, Hines Ward, and Chris Jericho each earning 23 points. While Hines received praises for his quick step, judge Len Goodman went as far as to declare Romeo’s quick step “the best dance of the night.”
Meanwhile, the top scorers from last week, Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio, fell a bit this week, garnering 20 and 21 points respectively. Ralph received some criticism for his jive with Carrie Ann Inaba telling him he needed to be “sharper.” Kirstie received praises from the judges for her energetic quickstep with partner Maksim, which ended with a “spontaneous” kiss by the way. “I love watching you dance,” said Carrie Ann.
As for Kendra Wilkinson, she continued to struggle, only improving a point from the previous week, with a score of 19. Wendy Williams also showed some slight improvement with a score of 17 for her high spirited jive. Also scoring 17 was hotnessMike Catherwood, though the cumulative total from both weeks puts him at the bottom of the scoreboard. And model Petra Nemcova scored another 18 for the second week in a row.
The stars’ scores this week will be added to last week’s points. That total will be combined with the viewers’ votes to determine who’ll be the first to go this season. The results show airs tonight on ABC at 9/8c. Chris Brown is also scheduled to perform on the show.
Below is the leaderboard. In parentheses are the scores from last night, alongside the total from both weeks –
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 45 (21) Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 44 (23) Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 43 (20) Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 42 (23) Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: 42 (23) Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas 39 (18) Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Louis van Amstel: 37 (19) Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: 36 (18) Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya: 34 (17) Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 31 (17) Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer: 30 (17)
Front runner Kendra Wilkinson did not come out on top despite being declared the early favorite. Kendra found herself closer to the bottom of the pack, only scoring an 18 for her cha cha dance.
The biggest surprise of the night however was 60-year-old Kirstie Alley who wowed both the audience and the judges with her high spirited cha cha dance, earning a score of 23. Kirstie and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy brought a lot of fun, energy and silliness into their dance. In fact, judge Bruno Tonioli declared it “the best of the night.”
And while Kirstie earned the highest score in the cha cha category, the ‘Karate Kid’ Ralph Macchio scored the highest points of the night, garnering a 24 for his foxtrot with partner Karina Smirnoff. “What an amazing surprise!” said Carrie Ann Inaba. “It shocked me that you had such elegance.” Len Goodman went on to declare his performance “the best foxtrot tonight.”
Failing to sizzle was talk show queen Wendy Williams, who earned a low score of 14 for her stiff cha cha with partner Tony Dovolani, who Wendy did not know who he was during their first meeting. USA Today‘sAnn Oldenburg called Wendy’s performance “awful” adding that “the talk show host was stiffer than Kate Gosselinwhen she took the floor for her cha cha cha.” Ouch.
Promising were Disney starlet Chelsea Kane and NFL player Hines Ward. Next Monday, all of the 11 stars will return to the ballroom for a new dance. Votes and scores from the first two weeks will be combined to determine who goes home on the first live results show next Tuesday, March 29.
The full scoreboard from last night is below –
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff: 24 Kirstie Alley & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 23 Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas: 21 Hines Ward & Kym Johnson: 21 Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke: 19 Romeo & Chelsie Hightower: 19 Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett & Louis Van Amstel: 18 Petra Nemcova & Dmitry Chaplin: 18 Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna Trebunskaya: 17 Wendy Williams & Tony Dovolani: 14 Mike Catherwood & Lacey Schwimmer: 13
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Kendra, who is the early on favorite to win, reveals her strategy to win this season will be to show off some skin! “If I’m going to go skimpy, I’m going skimpiest,” said Kendra to Extra, adding that her hubby Hank Baskett does not mind. “He’s like, ‘If you’re going to do this, go all in, and don’t be shy about anything.'”
Kendra also reveals she experienced her first injury when she hurt her toe while rehearsing with partner Louis Van Amstel. “I wasn’t wearing my closed-toe ballroom shoes. I was wearing the cha-cha shoes, and I jammed my freakin’ toe in his foot. It hurt really bad.” She added, “No pain, no gain, right?”
Meanwhile, dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy reveals he and his celeb partner Kirstie are actually working well together. “Her strengths are that she wants to do it. She just wants to dance. Sometimes I think she forgets what we are doing,” Maksim dished to In Touch Weekly “I’m like, ‘It’s a show!’ and she’s like, ‘no, just teach me [the steps], I want to dance!’”
The 11 celebrities will either dance the foxtrot or the cha cha cha tonight while the first elimination won’t take place until Tuesday, March 29.
The DWTS two-hour premiere kicks off at 8/7c.
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Above is a photo of Playboy Playmate and E! reality star Kendra Wilkinson, who has been paired up with Louisvan Amstel. According to numerous reports, Kendra, 25, is the favorite to win the show.
Meanwhile, 60-year-old actress Kirstie Alley is hoping to use the show as a weight loss vehicle. “I’ve lost 60 pounds, and I have 30 or 40 more to go,” the former Jenny Craig spokesperson told US Magazine this week. “And I think with this strenuous, rigorous dance schedule, I think it’s going to work. It’s exciting.”
That should no problem for Kirstie, who is paired with hotness/tough hard-ass teacher Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The 12th season of Dancing With The Stars will officially kick off on March 21.
The remainder of the DWTS Season 12 cast photos below!
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