Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Paul from 90 Day Fiance - His Past - Oh My Gosh!

You know how Paul on 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days talks about a secret past? Oh my gosh. OH MY GOSH.

I'm going to give you some info, but the original story is here.

When I first saw Paul, I was like, okay, he's close to his mom and probably has low self esteem, and he's had some girls cheat on him or something. (His mom giving him some hair to take with him was a little weird.)

But then I read the article linked above and some other stuff that accuses Paul of stalking people! And on top of that, this article states:

According to the Kentucky corrections website, Paul was found guilty of felony arson in 2014. Back in 2007, he allegedly committed second-degree arson and "Burning Personal Property To Defraud Insurer" and was convicted seven years later. Starcasm added, "The site says he is currently being supervised under shock probation, which means that he probably served a brief amount of time in jail before being released.

Whoa. WHOA. I get that the guy creates a great storyline (I think he's the one we see being mugged - I would NOT want to be the crew on his segment), but...why does TLC want to be associated with this? I guess all drama is great for ratings, and Paul's got us talking, which is what TLC wants. So, there's that.

Also read this, which shows that there may be more to Paul's storyline than we know, and the fact that he goes by an alias online, calling himself Seth.

But my goodness, this is quite a secret for Paul to keep from Karine! Yikes!

TLC's The Spouse House: What Is Happening?

I've been sort of watching TLC's dating experiment called The Spouse House, and I'm confused.

It's kind of entertaining, but also a little bit cruel. Why? Because you're taking clearly damaged people (some of them anyway) and putting them in a house that encourages quickie marriages. For example, Kelli Jo is used to being second best, and this house puts her in a situation where it's a given that she'll feel that way again. (Although I hope she and Jimmy make it work!) And Tom, well, he's trouble...and he's not doing anything good for Ashley Lauren.

My real question is this, though. Who are these people who despite failed marriages, incredible insecurities and whatever else, wanted to go into a closed environment and marry people they've only known for weeks? And what happened to their jobs - are they taking breaks? Leaving during the day to work? That's impossible for flight attendants so I'm not sure how these people can afford to just not work, unless TLC is paying quite well.

If you've got insider info, let me know, please.

Also - I'm totally team Yesnaya and Danny - I hope they make it work!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Random Reality From The Week

Here's some random thoughts for the week. Nothing big, but some reflections that have been on my mind.

Catfish: This week on Catfish, Robin wanted me to meet her online love Wayne, who used a fake picture because that's the kind of guy Robin liked.This episode was particularly striking for three reasons:
  • Wayne clearly used this opportunity to promote himself and his organization, as he was showing off what he has, and wore different colors of the same shirt showing his organization throughout the show.
  • He was also clearly narcissistic. If I recall properly, he said he liked talking to Robin because it was like talking to himself. (I could be remembering this wrong, so please let me know if I am.) Additionally, he acted with Robin as if they were in a relationship, yet was sleeping around - he justified it by saying he has needs. And that's fine if he wants to sleep around (and even be married for a while!) but it's not fair to string Robin along the whole time. I think he also talked about making sure Robin was who she said she was, even though he was a barrel of lies. It's like he couldn't even see what he was doing wrong.
  • Wayne was awful to Robin. He was like, I love you and I want to be with you...but we need to have another woman in the relationship. Not to worry, Robin, you'll never be alone - we'll all be in the relationship together! We can share a bed! He seemed surprised when Robin wasn't going for it. I'm glad for Robin's sake that she has more self respect than to take Wayne up on this. Don't get me wrong; I have no issue with polyamory if it's voluntary and agreed upon by all parties. But Robin was clearly seeking a monogamous relationship, and Wayne was like, you can be with me, but you have to share!

Married at First Sight: We had decision week, and all three couples decided to stay married! The producers and matchmakers must be thrilled after the disasters in previous seasons (Jamie and Doug aside!) Danielle and Cody staying together didn't surprise me, same with Ashley and Anthony. I wasn't sure about Sheila and Nate, but I'm glad they made it work. We'll see though - nothing's final until we see next week's episode. Lots of splits happen after the cameras stop rolling.

90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After: Someone on Facebook recently posted that Anfisa and Jorge were spotted together, which leads me to believe they're a couple, which is truly unfortunate. It's so evident how much Anfisa is purposely hurting Jorge and his family. Whether it's due to spite or just immaturity, it's awful, and almost painful to watch Jorge suffer as he does. It's just awful.

Oh, and Chantel's family visiting Pedro's in the Dominican Republic! That was a mess! Pedro's family served chicken feet, and Chantel's mom took that as an insult or as voodoo, especially since Pedro's mom and sister won't eat them. Here's the thing though - Pedro ate them and seemed completely oblivious to the issue. So whether it was malicious or not, I'm not sure, but Pedro is so trusting and clueless!

Also, Pedro's family requested that he provide them with expensive things like a laptop and television (to which he obliged, despite Chantel's frustration). This is tricky because Pedro keeps attributing it to his culture. Chantel should have been aware of this before she entered a relationship with Pedro. (It's reminiscent of the issues Melanie and Devar have faced.) Pedro truly seems to feel indebted to his family and provides for them because that's what his culture dictates. That being said, if I was Chantel, I'd be totally losing it! He's sending loads of money, bringing tons of gifts, etc., and they're living in a one bedroom apartment? American culture and Dominican culture are different - for this pair, they need to reach a middle ground.

I also watched Spouse House but I'm kind of over it, although Albert seems to really get the short end of the stick. And I tried watching First Dates, on which we watch people go on first dates, but I fell asleep, so I guess I wasn't loving that either. I kept up with Boy Band, which is enjoyable in a fluffy kind of way (I watched it when I had insomnia and wanted something that didn't require any focus). I am curious whether the final band will be successful. I am not sure who will end up in the final band, but I am pretty sure Chance Perez will be one of the members. We will see!

Any thoughts on reality TV this week?

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.