Reality TV Rush
Ryan Lochte (FayesVision/WENN.com)
Dose of reality.
It’s a new week, which means there is news of more reality TV shows coming down the pike. As for favorite standbys, one reality TV show judge faced possible deportation, while another decided to hang it up. There’s also news of divorce for a former “Housewife” and new real estate for a Kardashian. Soaps.com also got some scoop on the upcoming season of “American Idol” from Nigel Lythgoe.
Soaps.com sat in on a conference call with Nigel Lythgoe in anticipation of the January 16 premiere. During the call, he previewed what, besides the new judges, would be different this season. Among other things, Lythgoe said, “First time ever in Hollywood Week we split the weeks up and gave a week to the boys and then a week to the girls, which really gave us an awful lot more focus on our talent this year that allowed us to see the woods through the trees, if you will. We’re going to continue to do that during the Vegas rounds as well up until the point we get to our top ten.”
When asked about Keith Urban’s involvement as a judge, Lythgoe talked about “AI’s” history with country music and noted that each of the judges was looking for something different. “I think Nicki [Minaj] is looking for an artist. I think Mariah [Carey] is looking for the complete singer/songwriter. Randy [Jackson] is looking for somebody that sings on pitch, and Keith isn’t just looking for a country star. Keith is looking for an instrumentalist, a good singer, and somebody that can capture that sort of magic charisma, if you will, and connect with the public. They all have their own agendas. Keith is a great addition this year.”
With Minaj, who recently won Favorite Hip Hop Artist at the People’s Choice Awards, on the judging panel, Lythgoe was asked if the show was going to embrace her genre of music more and possibly produce a rapper as the winner? “I don’t believe so,” he said. “I don’t think rap really fits into ‘American Idol’ in the sense that I believe rap is an art form in itself more akin to poetry, more akin to drama, if you will. I think rap in the street when they have rap competitions is thrilling because these kids are making it up and having a go at each other. They’ve got something to say. This is about getting their frustrations out. Hip-hop is a way of life. It isn’t a genre in truth in ‘American Idol.'”
The Hollywood rounds will begin on February 6, the new semifinalist round in Las Vegas will begin on February 20 and the top 10 finalists will be announced on March 7.
America’s Got Talent:
Former “AGT” judge Piers Morgan’s criticism of America’s gun laws haven’t been very popular with certain groups, leading to a petition demanding he be deported from the U.S. It gathered quite a bit of steam, as it collected 100,000 signatures on the White House’s “We the People” petition site. Responses are given to petitions with at least 25,000 signatures. Obviously this one earned some attention. The official White House response from Press Secretary Jay Carney acknowledged the Second Amendment guaranteeing American’s the right to bear arms, but also reminded those wanting Morgan to go back to England of the First Amendment: the freedom of speech. Looks like Morgan isn’t going anywhere unless he wants to.
“Celebrity Apprentice All Stars” debuts on NBC on March 3. As you can imagine, the tempers and personalities flare once again as the returning celebs compete for another chance to impress Donald Trump. Take a look at the fireworks to come in the promo below.
Dancing With The Stars:
Two of the show’s celebrity alums will appear in the ABC Family movie “Home Again.” Jennie Garth (ex-Kelly, “90210”) and Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, “All My Children”), who both competed in season 5, have starting filming the holiday movie about a high-powered workaholic (Garth), who is sent home on business to the small town she did her best to leave behind. While there, she must convince the town’s denizens to allow a new discount store to move in. She also reconnects with her family and ex-boyfriend (Mathison). When the small town starts to cave in on her, she tries to leave, but falls and wakes up in an alternate universe where she never moved away and married her childhood sweetheart. “Home Again” will air during ABC Family’s “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” in November.
The bounty hunting reality show returns to CMT this April. Viewers will follow Dog and Beth Chapman as they travel the country helping struggling bail-bondsman companies. Their son Leland will join them. Each episode will see the team working with one local bounty hunter as they track down criminals, while assessing the state of their businesses.
Jon & Kate Plus 8:
Former reality TV star Jon Gosselin hasn't had an easy go of it since he left his wife Kate and their reality TV show featuring their eight children. Reports recently surfaced that the IRS served him with a tax lien of $39,000 for money he didn't pay the government in 2009. The year he walked away from it all. Do you ever wonder if Gosselin wishes it was 2008 again?
Keeping Up With The Kardashians:
Jenny Craig has said they wouldn't even entertain the idea of using Kim Kardashian as a spokesperson should she look for a company to sponsor her weight loss after giving birth in a few months, but at least the reality star will have an $11 million dollar home to console herself in. Kardashian and Kanye West reportedly bought a 10,000 square foot Italian-style villa in Bel Air, California. Read about it in Soaps.com's Celebrity News.
The Governor's Wife:
Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards and his 34-year-old wife Trina will be featured in the new A&E reality series. Did we mention he is 85-years old? And that he was in federal prison for eight years on bribery and extortion charges? Premiering on February 27, the series will focus on their relationship – they were pen pals while he was in prison – and their children. His kids are in their sixties, while hers are in their teens. Sounds like a recipe for an instant guilty pleasure.
Playing With Fire:
E! will unveil their first ever culinary reality series in April. "Playing With Fire" will go inside New York's food scene by following some of the city's food stars including author Anna Boiardi, tastemakers Daniel and Derek Koch, pastry chef Julie Elkind and chef Candice Kumai.
The Real Housewives Of New York:
The couple made the announcement that they were separating before Christmas. Now, after two years of marriage, Bethenny Frankel has officially filed for divorce from Jason Hoppy. The two met while Frankel was still on "TRHONY." They broke off from that show and filmed two spin-off series, "Bethenny Getting Married," and "Bethenny Ever After." Will their divorce be televised as well? Take a look at what she had to say on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" about the end of her marriage in a recent interview.
Judges from "The Voice" received some love this week from the people. Christina Aguilera won People's Voice Award while Adam Levine's Maroon 5 won Favorite Band. Take a look at Aguilera performing her new song "Blank Page" at the awards show.
What Would Ryan Lochte Do?
Swimmer Ryan Lochte was a breakout star of the 2012 Summer Olympics and E! took note. The entertainment channel will air a six-episode season that will follow Lochte as he trains and hits the town in Gainesville, Florida. The series will premiere in April.
The X Factor:
Apparently one season of judging other people's talent was enough for Britney Spears. The pop star is said to not be coming back for another season. Maybe all the young performers showcasing their talent made Spears miss singing herself, as she is reportedly leaving the show to focus on her own music. To get things started, she is in the studio recording an album with the likes of Will.i.am and producer Hit-Boy.
Spears' fellow "X Factor" judge Demi Lovato might consider sticking around a bit, as she just won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Celebrity Judge. The show itself won for Favorite Competition TV Show.
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- Lori Wilson