Wednesday, June 28, 2017

So, Anfisa and Jorge...What Now?!?

I watched the season premiere of 90 Day Fiance, where we caught up with Jorge and Anfisa. (And also Paola's amazing hair, but that's another topic altogether.) Anyway, Jorge is clearly still smitten with Anfisa, and she gives just about every warning sign that she's only into his money and has one foot out the door.

So, in this episode, Jorge talks about loving being with Anfisa and she threatens to leave. This is par for the course. Late in the episode, though, things get interesting. Jorge admits to Anfisa that he's not a millionaire and he's actually in debt. Anfisa looks rattled to the core and accuses Jorge of lying to her. She then asks for a postnuptual agreement because she doesn't want to be responsible for Jorge's debt.

I'm trying to wrap my head around who's wrong in this situation. Or who's more wrong, rather.

Is Jorge in the wrong for lying about his finances? Or is Anfisa just wrong because she's obviously interested in Jorge's money? For the love of goodness, she straight up told him that nobody wants a poor man and she wanted him to buy her bunches of things like he promised.

Are they both wrong here, and this is just a ridiculous and totally screwed up situation? I think this is the best explanation.

Some other small notes about the episode:

  • I LOVE that Danielle is getting herself together and refused to help Mohamed when he ran out of gas. I don't want to see anyone suffer, but well, he lied to her a ton!
  • Paola's hair...amazing! I know I talked about this in the intro, but it's fantastic. And I love how she stood up for her relationship with Russ to her friends.
  • Is Alexei still upset about the bachelor party? It's time to get over it. For real.

I'm so glad the show is back!!!

Louis Van Amstel & the La Blast Fitness Class

As you may know, Louis Van Amstel of Dancing With The Stars fame is currently out teaching master classes to promote his La Blast fitness format. Fans of his will be happy to know, both he and the class are awesome.

Louis signs an autograph.
I snagged a front row spot in one of Louis' packed master classes. His energy when teaching was amazing, even though it was far from his first class of the day. He radiates stage presence and personality, and really sold his fitness format - it's a great way to get involved with ballroom dance, minus the partner drama and crazy expense typically associated with the sport.

La Blast incorporates many mainstream ballroom dances: rumba, tango, jive, Viennese Waltz and more into an easy to dance fitness format. Some songs are super intense and others are calmer, creating a great intermittent training class that's sure to appeal to those who like dance, Zumba and/or cardio.

What was really cool was Louis went to all sides of the room to lead songs. So even though some us got front row spots, he made sure everyone felt included. He even danced with a student having trouble with a step. I'm not going to lie, I was a little jealous.

I'm not here to write to an infomercial, though. I wanted to share that Louis is a really cool, down to earth person. I only spoke with him briefly, but he was kind and happy to interact with, and take pictures with, his students. Notably, when someone snagged him between songs to take a selfie, he was totally down for it.

I give Louis a lot of credit. When people get famous, they can get attitudes or act as if they're better than others. Talking to Louis was like talking to a friend - casual, chill and a completely normal guy.

Friday, June 23, 2017

ABC's Boy Band: It's Like American Idol With a Sugar High

I decided to watch ABC's new show Boy Band, as boy bands are a part of my memory and I was curious about how the network would bring the concept back to life. The show follows the American Idol format, but is super sweet and positive because the contestants are as young as fourteen.

The show, hosted by Rita Ora, had a two hour season premiere. All of the participants auditioned, then some were cut, although quite kindly. Even the judges critiques were kind. Timbaland was the voice of reason, Emma Bunton (Baby Spice from the Spice Girls) was super happy and enamored with the young talent and Nick Carter was just happy to have a job. (I kid, I kid - he's there as the one with the most experience with an actual boy band and the knowledge of the singing and dancing abilities needed to succeed.)

Some guys were cut, leaving 18 to continue the competition. The remaining guys were divided into three groups, called Six Track, Reverb and Uplift. Some awkward dancing followed, which is to be expected. Following that, Uplift performed on the show. They did surprisingly well for a new boy band.

The judges, called architects on this show, had to decide which member of Uplift would be going home. Cameron was the first of the final group to be cut, but they did it nicely - Timbaland said he wants to see him solo.

Overall, the show was nice. Fluffy, fun, kind and family friendly. The two hour season premiere was excessively long, but if future episodes aren't as long, this is a decent show to watch. Plus, I think we'll be hearing a lot of these guys on the radio in the near future.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

90 Day Fiance's Anfisa Has a Video on PornHub!

So, as if Jorge and Anfisa's relationship on 90 Day Fiance wasn't weird enough, it just got even crazier. Apparently, Anfisa made a solo video for PornHub!

This article states that the video was made before Jorge and Anfisa were an item, but Jorge was aware of Anfisa's previous career path. In fact, it reports that the pair met on a cam girl site, not on Facebook as we were led to believe. And to be honest, I believe that - Jorge saw a sexy model and Anfisa saw an opportunity, which led us to where we are today.

While it's not verified that the woman in the video is Anfisa, the images (see the first linked article, which has all naughty bits covered up) are pretty convincing.

Jorge can't be happy about this, as people have been openly critical of his relationship with Anfisa, and this isn't going to help.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Interview With Melissa Mangold, Participant on MTV's Made

If you've seen MTV's Made, you probably realized that it's not exactly true to life. I mean, come on, all of the coincidences? The storylines that were strangely similar from episode to episode? The drama that bordered on unbelievable? Yeah, all of that. We sat down with Melissa Mangold, who appeared on Made, to hear what it's really like to be on this MTV series.

You appeared on MTV's Made to be made into a comedian. Did you enjoy the experience?

I enjoyed some of the experience! I enjoyed the opportunities I was given and the people I met. But I was happy for it to be over and I did not enjoy the final product.

What was the best part of appearing on the show? What was the worst?

Made's Melissa Mangold
The best part was being able to work with College Humor and learning from people in the comedy industry. The worst part was being manipulated by the producers and having the final episode reflect none of the highlights of the experience.

Would you say you were misrepresented at all on the show? What happened in real life versus what was shown on TV?

Yes I was misrepresented. The episode was edited in a way that made me appear as though I quit the show when in reality we were offered an audition after the filming was scheduled to end. I had a final that day and was unable to attend, but they cut from the most dramatic scene of the experience (aka me in tears) into me saying I would not attend the audition. It was embarrassing to say the least. The "final show" that we had been working towards was not even mentioned in the final product of the episode.

Do you feel that the producers manipulated any situations to create drama?

Yes. In my experience I was being "made" as a team with two other girls. The producers did everything they could to try to make us talk badly about each other. They also purposely scheduled events during our classes at school so we would have to choose school or comedy.

How did you get cast for the show?

My college sent out an email asking to student submissions. After an email submission, a Skype submission, a phone interview, an in person interview, and an in person interview with my then boyfriend, I was chosen.

Would you do another reality show if given the opportunity?

Absolutely not.

What advice would you give to future reality show participants?

Know why it is you want to do it (it better be worth it), know that the truth will be stretched, know that you'll be manipulated, know that you will not be treated as a person and your experience is nothing but a grasp for entertainment and good ratings. There will be fun moments but the best moments of filming will never make it to the final product, all they care about is drama.

Thank you, Melissa, for talking to us at Less Than Reality! We're sorry to hear that you were misrepresented on Made, but are glad you got a chance to tell the truth about it. Hopefully, your advice can help future reality show contestants.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Interview With Crystal Nelan, A Participant on Make Room for Multiples

Crystal Nelan appeared on TLC's Make Room For Multiples as she welcomed her triplet girls into the world. That's pretty amazing, if you ask me - not only was she preparing for a major life change, she was doing it in front of the camera. In our interview with Crystal, she tells us what she went through, and admits that while she did her best to appear positive, she could have been more honest - having triplets is tough!

You appeared on Make Room For Multiples. How did you get cast for the show?

Because I was having triplets, I saw a high risk doctor. He had worked with the show before and asked me if i would be willing to submit an application. Our application was chosen.


How was your experience being on the show? Did you enjoy it? Would you do a reality show again in the future?


I loved being on the show, it really was a lot of fun.  I don't think I would ever do it again though.  I wouldn't want to live my life publicly.

Do you feel that you were represented fairly on the show? Are you happy with what aired?

Yeah, the show did  great job. But it was amazing that they managed to whittle down about 50 hours of footage into 25 minutes.
 
What advice would you give to future reality show participants?

It's a lot of work. Constantly remembering where the camera was and trying to be real while trying not to embarrass yourself.  And although it's reality, they would kind of set things up sometimes, or you would say something & they would say "say that again, but like this".

If you could do it again, would you do anything differently?


I think if I were to do it again, I would be a little more honest.  Not that I wasn't honest exactly, but I definitely tried to put my best foot forward, and I really just shouldn't have cared.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

NBC's First Dates: I Loved It!

I caught NBC's new show First Dates, which showcases people set up on blind dates. While my expectations were low, and I wondered how they got Drew Barrymore to be the narrator, I was pleasantly surprised.

Produced by Ellen DeGeneres and based on the UK version, this show features couples as they meet and go through the awkward steps of a blind date. Some couples appear to be set up because they're great for each other (like episode 4's Sam and Rachael or Molly and Rena) while others are total trainwrecks (like Ommid's match with Candice).

I liked the diversity of the series: younger couples, an older couple, gay and straight couples, couples with different backgrounds and more.

On episode four, many of the participants came out looking great - they had the raw honesty and awkwardness of a true first date - but two contestants were not my favorites. Both Colleen and Candice looked like total ice queens. I mean, Candice freaked out because her date asked her age and left before the meal even began. But they were on a DATE. You have a right to know the age of the person you're dating, in my opinion. Her date, Ommid, tried to have a good time, but Candice was simply not having it. She's a big shot at her job, and her ice queen personality translated right into her date. Colleen, on the other hand, chose a key issue (gun control) and refused to see past it. Colleen came off really ditzy on the show, but I think that may be due in part to nerves - blind dates and reality shows can both make be nerve wracking!

Would I watch this show again? Absolutely. I've set my DVR to record it going forward. It was a fun, enjoyable watch, although some of the dates are rather infuriating!

Want to be on First Dates? They're casting!