LynnNChicago Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding
Do they really want us to believe that Kim Zolciak got a call while in the make up chair informing her that her florist backed out and she sat calmly and thanked the caller for letting her know. No dramatics, no freaking out, no Kim behavior? Come on! One of two things are true, either it was scripted and the florist is perfectly fine or she knew in advance and they had already resolved the problem.
Tonight’s drama is Kim’s maid of honor, Jen not being around for Kim. I don’t know if the woman ends up being in the wedding or not but the drama is a bit over the top. Does Jen really need to sit and watch Kim get her body painted? There has to be more to the story. At the beginning of the season Kim told us that her friend of 12-years will be her maid of honor but we haven’t seen her because she doesn’t like the spotlight. We haven’t heard Jen’s side of the story and likely we never will. When Kroy went to talk with her, he wouldn’t let her get a word in so no explanation was allowed on air anyway.
Let’s assume for just a minute that Jen has a life, a family and possibly another friend or two, how about a job? Kim and Kroy seem to think that Jen should be there every day asking Kim what she can do for her. Could this just be another made up storyline to create drama?
Tonight included Kim’s wedding shower thrown by her friends, her mom is in attendance and even the folks from Montana. I have to assume that this party took place during those two weeks that Kroy’s parents and sister were in Atlanta several weeks before the wedding. There is no way that they flew in just for the shower. Bravo is still playing with timelines.
The best part of Kim’s shower was that Kandi Burress was there! Love her! I was a bit surprised that Kim didn’t have Kandi in her bridal party yet Sheree was chosen. I would have thought Kandi would be chosen for sure, these two ladies had been very close, tonight Kim says that she regrets not asking Kandi to be a bridesmaid. Kandi will be singing at the wedding reception.
Sheree was absent from the shower, Kim tells us that she was ill so Kim confides in Kandi about her maid of honor issues. Kandi isn’t very helpful, rather than saying “don’t worry about it, it’ll be ok” instead Kandi adds some fuel to the fire and manages to agitate Kim even more. Kandi’s gift of a “Bedroom Kandi” product should do the trick in calming Kim down later.
The Groomsmen are all from Montana (no football buddies?) so they flew in with only a few days to spare until the wedding. With no time for an official bachelor party, the entire group goes go-karting.
Little KJ is A-Dorable, we see him twice tonight. The usual opening of Kim confiding in her son that she’s stressed about the wedding, he is so damn cute! Later we see Kim’s Daughters Ariana and Brielle playing with little KJ, the child clearly loves Ariana and but when it comes to Brielle it seems he can take her or leave her. lol
With a mere hours before the wedding, next week Kim rips the wig off and we will see her real hair. Chances are pretty good, knowing Bravo, we will see the wig land on the chair at the very end of the show and will have to wait until the following week to see her real hair.
I think Kathy should really send weekly checks to Alexis Bellino, she makes fun of her every week but in Kathy’s defense, Alexis gives her material every week. Costa Rica is actually NOT in Mexico, Alexis but you’ll learn that when they stamp your passport, it’s not important.
Kathy had three really good civilians on with her this week, an old friend of hers who was clearly a comedian, hysterically funny and unlike a few of the past guests, he wasn’t trying too hard, he was very easy and likable on the couch. Kathy’s niece joined her as well, we saw her as a much younger girl on Kathy’s “My Life On The D List” and it was fun to see her a bit more grown up, she’s got a great sense of humor. Finally a young man who isn’t afraid to speak his mind and is able to go toe to toe with Kathy, a must if you’re going to sit on that couch!
The group discussed Reality TV including The Kardashians, which premiered this week, “where is Bruce Jenner’s eyebrows?” Kathy wanted to know. We’d all like to know that but that’s another show. Scott and his baby mamma Kardashian haven’t had sex since he impregnated her and that’s a little too much information but Kathy made it funny!
Celebrity fragrances – everyone has one, big money makers for the celebs and there is even an award show for this crap, did you guys know that? I didn’t know that. Kathy threw out a few ideas for her own scent, my favorite, “Oprah by Kathy Griffin” that one made me chuckle!
Kathy brought on three brides who were about to take the plunge in just three days, she questioned them and found none of them had wedding planners. (in the real world, we do these things ourselves!)
My favorite part of each show has to be Kathy’s mom, I don’t care if she’s not politically correct, “Mexicans love soccer” she is real and amazingly sharp for 90-years old. Tonight they asked her if Mexicans love soccer more than Canadians love hockey and Kathy was mortified when she repeated, “It’s true, Mexicans love soccer”. Hysterical!
If you haven’t seen Kathy yet, give it a shot. Unlike Housewives, it will put a smile on your face and likely you’ll even giggle a bit, I think you’ll like it!
Duets-Week 1: Two Times the Fun by NgloriusBasterd
I’m usually hesitant about reality shows pertaining to music, singers, stars, etc., because the competition always boils down to an outrageous spectacle that becomes everything but what it’s supposed to be: the voice, the performer, the music. For those of you who have not yet seen #DUETS it makes sense to question the show; why watch it when we have American Idol, X Factor, and The Voice? I’ll tell you why. It’s rare and almost non-existent to see superstars proactively partake so intimately in a show like #DUETS where the judges/superstars like Robin Thicke, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Jennifer Nettles respect upcoming and young artists in a genuine and even more importantly, intimate manner. Usually the world watches these shows where people from different cities are just numbers rounded up and waiting to be chosen. However, on this show, the superstars are vested in whom they choose, because not only are they judging the talent, they are singing along side them too. The stakes are much greater: if the talent is not up to par, the Stars are in bad shape being that the contestants are a direct reflection of them. We aren’t just watching a star judge because of who they are or how much money they make. We are watching successful stars actively working towards creating definitive artists through not only judging, but singing with them every week as well. This is the special element I love that places #DUETS above the rest…
The show begins with a first round where Jennifer Nettles kicks off the night searching for talent and decides to choose a young fellow named J Rome. Initially, I wasn’t impressed with his audition; the tone of his voice was bouncy, his pitch was off, and he had that “on the verge type of yodeling” sound that rarely works. These characteristics equate to a formula that steers the viewers away. Yet, once it was show time, and he took the stage with Jennifer Nettles, it was a different J Rome than the previous version I saw. He came out polished, confident and on key with his notes. He was graceful and soulful with his performance, which is why he earned the number one spot; even more noteworthy was that he kept that spot. I don’t agree with this, but I’ll explain later…
John Legend came next and unexpectedly introduced the candidate he chose, Johnny Gray, to America. I wasn’t too thrilled with this choice as it seemed too much of an opportunity of a lifetime for Johnny Gray who appeared uneasy, scared, and not ready for something as grandiose as this. Yes, it’s first week so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, but as of right now I’m screaming “surprise me” and thinking “I want more…so much more.” Don’t get it twisted; Johnny was a good performer, but he sounded too much like John Legend singing “Ordinary People,” which is a song I love. In the upcoming weeks I expect to hear more of HIM and HIS personal voice. His biography states he can handle any range from Reba McEntire to Brian McKnight, but I have yet to see it…and I want to.
My other favorite artist Robin Thicke who does have a phenomenal range proceeded next deciding to go with a Sade look alike namedOlivia Chisholm. I tweeted her earlier “You remind me so much of Sade and I’m in love with Sade…so that makes me in love with you.” I meant it. She is beautiful in every way, and has the ability to sing where her voice makes you melt. Together they sang “Lost Without You” a sultry and sexy ballad that fit the pair perfectly. Out of the first round, those two had the best chemistry, but to make it in this competition, Olivia cannot rely solely on her beautiful looks. If this was a beauty contest, there’s no doubt about it that Olivia would’ve won hands down. Instead, she needs to show the world there’s more inside vocally, and exhibit a greater confidence to keep our attention.
Finishing up the first round was Kelly Clarkson and the shockingly chosen Jason Farol. I was confused at this decision, because the girl that performed previously to Jason Farol was ten times better. Her vocals were strides ahead of Jason. I’m absolutely sure Kelly Clarkson did not choose her, because she actually sounded better than her. There can only be one original American Idol and let’s not mince words …it’s Kelly Clarkson. I do give her credit for giving back what the world gave her, because she will forever hold the legacy of being the very first American Idol. Yet her choice of Jason Farol failed to impress me in any way, shape or form. I’m hoping these two will bring more to the table in the upcoming weeks or else they can be excused.
Round two of #DUETS definitely provided me with a wake up call establishing a trajectory of positive things. The performers in the second half were more upbeat, entered the competition with anticipation, and had much better chemistry with the stars than the previous contestants. John Legend brought forth Bridget Carrington who had a stage presence about her that was likeable and a voice to back it up! Together the two sang John Legend’s latest single from the hit film Think Like A Man entitled “Tonight”….Tonight was her night and she owned it! Bridget was by far my favorite when considering the entire package: vocally, performance wise, stage presence, and compatibility with the star. I can’t wait to see more of Bridget in this season of #DUETS! I agree with her when she referenced her line of employment by saying “there will be a position that needs to be filled,” because she is definitely paving her way to stardom.
Jennifer Nettles traveled to her hometown to find her next singing partner, and I was shocked to see the 4-H clover logo, because I was involved with this organization when I was younger. This scene made me laugh, because yes I had a pig that I raised and sold….enough said. Apparently, Jennifer Nettles and I have this in common because she was also an integral part of the organization as she received an honor for it. From the same place she grew up in, she chose John Glosson who like J Rome sounded shaky during his audition, but ignited the stage when he sang “Stay” with Jennifer Nettles. Like John Legend and Bridget Carrington, John Glosson and Jennifer Nettles had excellent chemistry together and really created something special between them that the audience related to and understood.
Robin Thicke had trouble finding his second partner and placed great thought into who would be the one to sing with him. Alexis Fosterwas the blessed one, and I’m glad she was chosen. As I watched her audition tape, I immediately saw a young woman with charisma, who was angelic like, and sang with a purpose: to win. Singing Robin Thicke’s hit song “Magic” off of his sophomore album, it was fun watching those two really work off one another vocally. The only critique I have for their performance was the moments when their chemistry was broken, because they were simply standing in place and not really moving with or around one another. I kept wanting for them to do just a two-step or something….never happened. The lack of using the stage and maybe throwing in a tiny dance routine was missing and it showed. Yes this is a vocal competition, but performing to the song instead of just singing is a factor that also needs to be tended to.
Ending the night with Kelly Clarkson and her chosen partner Jordan Merideth was the correct way to go. This Pink Punky-Brewster, rock like chick, hailing from Wisconsin brings it to the stage with her raw vocal talent. I agreed with the Judges/Stars when they “couldn’t tell the difference between her [Jordan] and Kelly Clarkson.” That must’ve been the best compliment for Jordan…the best compliment of the night period. Both sang Kelly Clarkson’s hit “Stronger” and Jordan Merideth is not messing around. Unfortunately, it appears the judges/stars are because her score did not properly reflect her performance as she landed in the #7 spot just one step above the very bottom #8 slot! Boo!
The main critique I have when it comes to #DUETS that extremely bothers me is the “judging” aspect in its entirety. The audience only sees the Judges/Stars enter whatever it is they are entering on an Ipad with the #DUETS logo. That’s it. We do not know or understand the criteria for how they are judging, but instead are left with eight slots waiting to be filled with each contestant. No one is able to vote through the internet or by phone. This is frustrating, because when J Rome is at the number one spot the entire show and Jordan Merideth ends up at the damn near bottom, we have a problem. The other issue is the actual critiques from the judges, who seem to “love” or “like” everything. I rarely heard any constructive criticism tonight…this has to change. I guess verbally the judges were too nice, because when it came to scoring, we were lost in translation.
Overall, #DUETS proves to be a promising show that will continue its momentum and most likely gain more throughout the season. The first round demonstrated to be the “lookers” of the season who can possibly surprise us all with a voice that we have not seen yet, but are anxiously waiting to hear. The second round of contestants are the actual singers who have a better grasp on how to market themselves and understand how to compete in a setting such as this one. Nevertheless, the talent chosen to compete in #DUETS deserve to be there with the exception of Jason Farol. When it comes down to judging this is my line up:
1. Bridget Carrington
2. J Rome
3. Alexis Foster
4. Olivia Chisholm
5. Jordan Merideth
6. John Glosson
7. Johnny Gray
8. Jason Farol
As of right now, this is the exact order. I’m excited to see how and if it changes…only time will tell. Aside from the judging part, the show was a hit. I appreciate the fact that the Judges/Stars are not catty among one another, and focus all energy and efforts towards their singing partners. I just hope the musical aspect of the show doesn’t get lost or contrived, because when competition is up, it’s easy for this to happen. As long as everyone remembers the ultimate goal: to perform the hell out of their songs, #DUETS can be the beginning of a solid positive experience for both the star and the contestant to see on National Television.
To see more of my #DUETS commentary follow me on twitter @ngloriusbasterd and/or on @getglue as NgloriusBasterd as well.
Real Housewives of New York
With just 10-days until the Premier of the Real Housewives of New York, battle lines are drawn and parties are being planned! Get ready to see these ladies on every talk show that will have them, Bravo likely called in some favors and got them on a few.
From Actors Connect:
Countess LuAnn and Ramona Singer have declared WAR! The best kind – PARTY WAR!!
While the new girls whine about their rightful salaries, the vets are busy concocting detailed soirees!
On June 4, we’ll revel in the glory of Season 5 from the Real Housewives of New York, but while we’re feasting on the dramz, the ladies will be making even more with rival premiere parties!!!
Which diva will get the most guests?? We’ll seEeEeEeeee… but our money is on the Countess!!!
I don’t know if having the most guests is going to be the deciding factor of popularity here, have you ever heard, quality not quantity? I think it’s going to be about getting the right people at your party for Ramona and Lulu. Luckily for Andy Cohen, he has to host WWHL that night and can beg off both bashes, or maybe he’ll try to make an appearance at both before shooting his show at 11pm.
I’ll be curious to see if any of the ex-New York housewives are invited to either of these parties. We know that if any of them are invited, they will absolutely be there. All of them need the publicity as they’re all sinking fast! (see bottom of this blog)
Top Chef Masters – Cast Announced
Twelve of the finest chefs America has to offer will once again compete to see who is the best of the best, as the fourth season of Top Chef Masters was announced on Thursday morning.
TCM 4 will kick off on July 25, and the fourth season has some serious firepower from the culinary world. Here’s the roster:
- Chris Cosentino - Chef/ Partner Incanto Restaurant, San Francisco; Competing for Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research
- Clark Frasier - Owner of Arrows; Competing for Outright Lewiston/Auburn
- Mark Gaier - Owner of Arrows; Competing for Equality Maine Foundation
- Lorena Garcia - Owner of Lorena Garcia Cocina Restaurant; Competing for Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Inc
- Debbie Gold - Executive Chef of Kansas City’s The American Restaurant; Competing for Children’s TLC
- Kerry Heffernan - Executive Chef and partner at Union Square Hospitality Group’sEleven Madison Park; Competing for City Harvest
- Thierry Rautureau - Chef/owner: Rover’s and Luc; Competing for Food Lifeline
- Missy Robbins - Executive Chef: A Voce Madison & A Voce Columbus; Competing for Grow to Learn NYC
- Art Smith - Executive Chef and co-owner: LYFE Kitchen and Southern Art Restaurants; Competing for Common Threads
- Sue Torres - Chef/Owner: Sueños; Competing for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Takashi Yagihashi - Owner: Takashi Restaurant and Slurping Turtle; Competing for the American Red Cross, benefitting the Japanese Tsunami Disaster Relief
- Patricia Yeo - Om Restaurant & Lounge/ Moksa Pan Asian Izakaya; Competing for Heifer Project International
If you check out Bravo’s site, you’ll see they spelled “Culinary” wrong…haha ok I have a weird sense of humor.
The discussion for the book club selection, Skinnydipping by Bethenny Frankel has been re-scheduled for:
Tuesday, May 29 7pm – 6pm central.
Don’t miss it!
Bethenny Ever After
Just as suspected, all of the media outlets are now back peddling after reporting what that Jason and Bethenny were getting divorced. Star magazine reported and RadarOnLine picked up the
bullshit story. Here’s what NYDailyNews had to say…
Don’t believe everything — or most of what — you see on reality TV.
Despite rumors that Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy are nearing the end of a rocky marriage, the reports simply aren’t true.
“They are together and all is good,” a source tells the Daily News.
Frankel, 41, has been married to the real estate businessman for two years and the couple have a daughter, Bryn, together.
RadarOnline.com originally reported that a divorce was “imminent” for the pair, and even have a prenup in place for whenever that day comes.
“Bethenny wasn’t going to get married without a prenup, to protect both herself and Jason,” a source told the site. “Bethenny has watched plenty of her friends over the years get divorced and has always vowed to never end up dependent on a man for financial stability or security.
“The prenup clearly outlines that ALL of Bethenny’s business deals, endorsements, Skinnygirl, are hers, period.”
The former “Real Housewives of New York” star was recently spotted out on the town with her business partner, Matt Hesse, sparking rumors that she has been seeing him in private.
But Frankel’s pal tells the Huffington Post that this is definitely not the case either.
“This is not Bethenny’s style,” the source said. “If she wanted to leave Jason for Matt, she would do it. She is not the sort of girl to sneak about behind anyone’s back.
“She is honest to a fault and has no problem saying exactly what she wants, including when it comes to her marriage.”
Watch What Happens Live
Andy recently did an interview on Sirius XM Radio with Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa’s Husband. It originally aired yesterday and will be re-run on Sirius XM twice this weekend, take a look at the article from their website below for dates and times if you’d like to listen.
A good friend of the blog has done a critique of the show for us – she was really REALLY annoyed with Mark Consuelos as apparently he interrupted Andy several times just as Andy was going to spill some really good Housewives dirt. Grrrrrr This is why amateurs shouldn’t do interviews! Here are her notes on the interview:
~Andy talks endlessly about having a three-way with Kelly and Mark, saying Mark can “help him”
~Jenny McCarthy first crush
~He says he lied to Oprah’s face when he was new in business
~Said Gayle King was a “sweet supporter of the book”
~Said he cursed way too much on the Stern show
~Is very excited about Heather Dubrow being the first Jewish housewife on OC
~Wished he had mentioned working at CBSNews in his book so he could have talked about seeing “THE INSIDER” and then having to be on a conference call wtih Andrew Hayward
~Mentions he LOVES “Big Arians” almost as much as Mark Consuelos
~Says he and Lance Bass has a fling at sea and that he has pretty sea blue eyes
~Says he would be an exotic dancer who strips as a Jewish lawyer or accountant or a Today Show Anchor if he were not doing what he’s doing now
~If he were on death row he would probably have Teresa Guidice fix him his last meal or choose Kurtis so he could “sexually assault” him…Mark then says, “That would be a different kind of meal but you would be full.”
~ Says Apollo is hot but Joe Gorga is the most fun to hang with
~Of the NYC firings he most looked forward to not having to see Simon in his banana hammock
~In a hunger games Deathmatch, Mark asked Andy who would win between Jeff and Tabs…this is where it got weird..someone is talking off-mic and almost telling Andy what to say. I don’t know if it was an audience member or someone with Andy, but he differs to her so much that he can’t answer the question. This woman goes on to answer more and more questions for him…WEIRD
~Andy says Mark Ruffalo is his doppleganger (I have attached a photo for you)
~Andy talks about the ridiculousness of dogs tweeting..describes how upset Jill was that he did not prefer her dog. Kelly Ripa says she refused to follow the dog and reads the passage about Jill’s dog in an exaggerated accent
~Andy talks about Ramona getting Ramotional when she came in to negotiate her own contract..wore sunglasses “in a conference room.”
~says he wants to be equal to all housewives during reunions but it’s hard when there is real emotion
~Cleaning house is NY was hard because he is emotional and nostalgic
~Said Mauricio is great “top to bottom so to speak”
~Audience member asked if he had been embarrassed by Jerry Seinfeld asking his to sit up straight and close his legs..he sounded upset. Asked the audience member what she thought and she said, “it was rude..it’s your show.” It was a genuinely uncomfortable moment.
~ Mark interrupts a couple of great questions
~ On Andy’s bucket list ..doing it with Lance Bass
From Serius XM RAdio’s site:
Bravo’s Andy Cohen Throws a Live Party on SiriusXM to Celebrate Launch of his Memoir “Most Talkative”
Bravo impresario Andy Cohen will celebrate the launch/publication of his new memoir MOST TALKATIVE: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culturewith a live on-air 80s prom-themed party hosted by Mark Consuelos at SiriusXM studios in New York City.
In front on an intimate, exclusive audience of SiriusXM subscribers, Cohen will share his personal story—from his childhood in St. Louis idolizing Farrah Fawcett and Susan Lucci to coming out of the closet in college to working as an intern and then producer for CBS to his rise in the television industry to Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Development and Talent and host of “Watch What Happens Live.”
SiriusXM’s “Andy Cohen is Most Talkative” special will air on:
SiriusXM Book Radio ch. 80 May 23 at 9:30 pm ET, May 24 at 10:00 am and 11:30 am ET.
SiriusXM Stars ch. 107 May 26 at 8:00 am and 9:30 am ET and May 26 at 5:00 pm ET
SiriusXM OutQ ch. 108 May 27 at 9:00 pm ET and May 28 at 9:00 am ET
EXCLUSIVE Real Housewives of DC
None of the big media outlets have picked up on it yet, you all are the first to know! The five, (yes all five) DC Housewives have been spotted around town together with Bravo cameramen following them.
We saw four of the ladies together at Andy’s Book signing in DC, Cat, Mary and Lynda have kept in touch and been friendly since the show ended but Staci joined the ladies to support Andy, that was our first clue. They’re keeping Michaele Salahi under wraps as it would give it away for sure!
told assuming that it won’t be the usual season two of a Housewives show as all five ladies are no longer married, more of a unique show about single ladies and catching up with the ladies. All of them appeared to be happily married (taken in Lynda’s case) when the show premiered and Cat was the first to divorce before the season even finished airing. More recently Rich and Mary Amons announced their divorce and it was just a few months before that we heard the news of Staci’s divorce from Jason. Michaele and Tareq Salahi’s separation and divorce was big news as she ran away with Journey band member Neil Schoen. Lynda and Ebong who weren’t married and weren’t even living together have not made any formal announcement as of yet but word is they’ve split as well.
The show could be just a few episodes initially to see how well it does but could turn into a regular series if ratings are good. I can’t wait to see what the ladies have been up to since the series ended. I understand Cat has some really big news!
On a personal note, I met all of the DC Housewives just a year ago in New York. (With the exception of Michaele who was not invited to Cat’s Book launch.) A nicer group of people you will not find anywhere. Down to earth and sweet, Lynda and Mary were very open and I spoke with them both at length. Cat of course invited me and was so attentive even while being the guest of honor she took me around and introduced me to so many people! I hope they bring back everyone’s favorite stylist, Paul Wharton too, I met him as well he is a great guy!
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