Is your relationship on the edge? Do you need Couples Therapy but you are not a reality TV star who is desperate for another 15 minutes of fame? If you answered yes to either question, today is your lucky day. Fox is casting a new reality TV show titled Couples Retreat.
It's Wife Swap meets Temptation Island. Couples who sign up for Couples Retreat "agree to go on a fantasy weekend with the opposite-gender partner of a similarly matched couple" in an attempt to fix their troubled marriage or to reboot their stale marriage. Oh, yes, this is trashy reality TV at its finest.
Forgive me, but I didn't realize that American Idol was still going to be churning out seasons. I used to be addicted to the original talent showcase…and not just for the crazy first round auditions. On that note, do we know what William Hung is doing right now?
Once the show started trading out judges like Housewives trade out Hermes bags and cocktails, it seemed to be on a constant decline. My dawg Randy Jackson, the only original judge remaining, decided to cut his losses after the most recent season, and his counterparts have been quitting left and right. Keith Urban appears to be the only one who has any interest remaining on the sinking ship.
However–and I never saw this coming–there are loud rumblings that the show is in talks to bring back a former judge who I'd actually tune in to see. I never gave much thought to Jenny from the Block, but I'll readily admit that I really enjoyedJennifer Lopez on Idol. If she returns to judging, maybe I'll return to watching!
Of course, when one celebrity judge leaves, it opens the floodgates for all of the speculation as to who should be passing out the compliments and critiques when the show returns for another season. If the newest rumors are true, Simon is going to be the sole dude with some very talented ladies at the judge's table.
Well, Keith Urban wants to judge another round provided the show isn't canceled after jumping the shark a few years ago. That's the kind of commitment I like to see from my superstars turned reality critics! I wonder when Mariah Carey will weigh in with her two cents…
I'll admit, I used to be obsessed with AI, but I couldn't tell you a recent winner. I did, however, name every last judge for a question last week at my local pizza place's trivia night. Blogging comes in handy all the time! It seems that I'm going to be forced to remember even more as the revolving door of panelists continues to…well…revolve.
Even with dismal ratings, American Idol (please go gently into that good-night…) still remains in the news. This time, the long-running reality show is facing a potential lawsuit brought by nine former contestants who are claiming that the show and its producers are giant racists. So, there's that.
I'm going to go out on a limb right now and say that I don't think the show or its practices exude any type of racism. If I'm wrong Jennifer Hudson is having the best last laugh ever. Factoring in the voters, the fans, and the singers, it would take a lot to skew the show in the direction of racism. To me it sounds like a bunch of sour yet talented former contestants who didn't find the fame they'd hoped when getting the boot prior to the finale. Just fade into obscurity like the rest of them…heck, Taylor Hicks won his season, and who even knows what he's up to these days! (Apparently, he's headlining his own show in Vegas, but more on that after the jump 🙂 I know, right?)
As if Khloe Kardashian having to share the stage with sister Kim's ex-husband Damon Thomas wasn't enough (I'm still crossing my fingers they'll end up biffles–how hilarious would that be?), now we have a list of the X Factor's contestants' house rules. Admittedly, while I love a singing competition, much of my viewing of them comes from YouTube clips. You all have to remember Susan Boyle's Britain's Got Talent audition, right? I get teary just thinking about it. Simon Cowell, the hardazz, chewing on his pen while falling in love? Priceless!
That said, I've been lukewarm on the X Factor thus far this season. I was actually glad that Britney Spears didn't turn into the train wreck that seemed to be expected of her, and after getting Demi Lovato's newest song stuck in my head 24/7 and knowing her struggles, I like her as well. Who is there for me to snark on if I like everyone involved? Thankfully, knowing what the contestants are and aren't allowed to do, I have a new outlet, and it's awesome. Let's face it, the rules I'm about to share with you are less about compliance and more about human decency and common sense. Thankfully, peeps who are trying to make their name on reality television have neither!
Can we get a slow clap for everyone's favorite momager Kris Jenner? On the heels of Khloe Kardashian being named an X Factor host alongside Albert Clifford SlaterMario Lopez, we're now learning more about the negotiations–or rather break down in negotiations–that occurred prior to the big announcement.
I, for one, am thrilled to see Khloe separating herself from her sisters in the business world. She needs her own platform to shine, and that will never happen if Kim is involved. I mean, didn't Kim make Khloe's infertility issues about herself when she decided to freeze her eggs so that she could breed on down the line with the tiny rapper? Khloe can't have anything–even a heartbreaking situation–that isn't overshadowed by a certain ego-driven sibling. Mark my words, Khloe and Mario will be sharing strained banter on the upcoming X Factor season, and Kim will streak across the stage, upstaging the next Susan Boyle (yes, I know she was Britain's Got Talent, but her first foray into reality television is still the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Tears.) wearing nothing but Kanye West's $5,000 high tops and a smile. I hate that I can picture it.
Now, we're learning that there is one other person in the family who also needs to reap the headlines when one of her offspring does something right. That's right. Kris Jenner needs to go quietly into the background and watch her creations succeed at…well, just being alive…and talking…in a microphone. Of course, we all know Kris' contract won't allow her to do that!