Sunday, August 30, 2009

Toddlers & Tiaras Did It Again!

I often wonder if parents think about their kids' well being when giving them names. Toddlers & Tiaras, once again, has given us a name that makes me want to scream.

So, before I begin, I will note that I love the name Alessandra. I love it. It's pretty, classy, unique, and ageless. However, I saw a variation of this on Toddlers & Tiaras that made me want to cringe:


That's right.
Tack Alice (sort of) and Saundra together and get Alycesaundra. I almost want to say this as Alice-uh-saundra. Or Alyssa Saundra. I mean, I get it...but saying that it is pronounced Alessandra (or Alessaundra) is a stretch.

That reminds me of American Idol a few years back where we saw Aliceyn, or something like it. Creativity is going crazy!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Some random things

I found Toddlers & Tiaras strangely agreeable. One girl, Alicia I believe, started in pageants to build her self esteem when she was diagnosed with a disease and was told that she'd no longer grow. From what I saw, pageants really do help with her self esteem, and I can totally respect that. Props to her parents for the pageant entries!

On More to Love, not much happened. Dates occurred, eliminations occurred, more of the same. However, I can't stop watching. The thing is, is it me or does Luke look older than 26?

Despite debating with myself about doing so, I started watching My Antonio, starring Antonio Sabato Jr. This show is a must watch. From surprise eliminations to his mom and ex-wife appearing on the show, this is going to be something to keep viewing. I know the season's just begun, and this outcome is unlikely, but I'd like him to choose his ex-wife as the winner. That would be such a success for an unlikely love story.

If you haven't heard, Megan Wants a Millionaire is off the air for now. I'm sad that it won't be on, but the reasoning behind it is quite justified. Look it up - the reason will shock you! The news article I read said the contestant in question also filmed another reality show in Mexico, which leads me to believe that it was I Love Money. I wonder what the fate of that show will be.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Reality TV: A Week in Review

First thing's first: I am still shocked by Jamie Sterling's actions with her daughters AshLynn Sterling & BreAnne Sterling on Toddlers & Tiaras. Granted, the episode aired a few weeks ago, but the other episodes of Toddlers & Tiaras have paled in comparison. (If you have not yet read it, read my thoughts on Jamie Sterling & the episode about their beauty pageant experience a few posts below.)

Second, what is with the names on reality TV these days? Toddlers and Tiaras is the worst, featuring names like Makynli. And also BreAnne and AshLynn. Both names are okay spelled normally, but what's with the random capital letters? Last season gave us some weird spellings too: Marleigh, Karlee, Daylee...are we seeing a trend here?

Anyway, onto this week. I tried watching Real Chance of Love 2: Back in the Saddle on VH1. Let's just say it's a yawn and a half. We've already been there, done that. The girls are not exciting, and the whole thing seems even more contrived than the typical reality TV show. I say skip this one.

A show not to miss is Megan Wants a Millionaire, also on VH1. This reality dating show is cut from a different fabric. Granted, it has the same elimination format, but Megan, and the narrator, make this show a must see. My favorite part of this week's episode was when Garth (the millionaire plumber) told Megan that her credit was declined and he wanted to leave the show. Megan, who obviously did not care, especially after Garth's rendition of "Love Mode," pretty much talked him down until he looked like a sad puppy and agreed to stay. Megan told him to stay, and he said something like, "Until the end?" to which she told him to wait and see. Lo and behold, she gave Garth the boot at the end of the episode. Clearly, Megan was not attracted to Garth at all, and he had a right to want to leave...but the girl sure can play mind games. And, she's smart at it! As much as I hate to admit it, Megan Hauserman was made for reality TV.

I watched Dating in the Dark this week. Very interesting! It may have actually been last week's episode that I saw, but in any case, all three girls liked one guy when they saw't see him when meeting in the dark. Once they saw him, all three decided not to go for him. Ouch. The truth was, though, he wasn't a bad looking guy - one girl said he wouldn't fit in with her friends, and the others thought he was too young. This show was an interesting study in how people view attractiveness and looks, as far as relationships go.

A favorite (guilty pleasure) of mine was "More to Love." Realistically, I feel like this should just be another dating show which does not focus on weight, but when I mentioned this to people, they basically said, "Put a size two girl next to a size sixteen and see who the guy likes more." This is realistic, and I really didn't have an argument for it. In any case, it surprised me how fast all of these girls fell for the love interest, Luke. It just seems so unnatural to me that all of these girls were immediately into him. It's not like he's a celebrity or something. (Note: he looks way older than 26, so I'm not really sure what's going on there.) Anyway, all of the girls instantly loved this guy. I feel like at least one should have been like, "You know, Luke just is not the guy for me!" However, the reason I think all of the girls liked Luke so much instantly is because they all have low self esteem and bad dating history. I know lots of successful, engaged or married heavy girls. None of them would dream of going on a reality TV show to find love. (Or maybe they would dream of it, but none of them did it.) All of these girls, though, talk about never having been in love, never having a date, how they're the fat girl out of their group, etc. This is clearly a class of women who have pain and low self esteem. Wait, let me clarify: these seem to be successful, attractive girls who happen to be heavy and have low self esteem. I really do hope that the women on More to Love that do not get chosen find love after the show. I mean, there are plenty of guys out there that like curvy girls, and this show will give these girls access to a much wider range of guys.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Megan Wants a Millionaire - Megan Hauserman

Just a few notes before I begin, and some are super random: did you know that the show was originally going to be called Trophy Wife, according to Wikipedia? Also, did anyone see Toddlers & Tiaras last week? A girl's name was Makynli. McKinley's not so bad, and I almost like it, but Makynli? How unbalanced do you want the name to look, geez!

Last night was the premiere of Megan Wants a Millionaire, starring Megan Hauserman, on VH1. Now, I can’t say that I’m Megan’s biggest fan after her shenanigans on Rock of Love and I Love Money, but the girl is smart! She played the ditz-turned-smart girl on Beauty and the Geek, made trouble on Rock of Love and I Love Money, and now has her very own reality show. (I think she was on Blind Date, too.)
In any case, Megan is the girl you love to hate, or just can’t stand at all. She makes trouble, relies on her body rather than her mind (on the surface, anyway) and is all about being a gold digger.
However, the girl does some things right. According to Wikipedia, she put her Beauty and the Geek winnings towards her mortgage. She has a degree in accounting. And, she can mess with people’s minds like nobody’s business.
Megan hit reality gold with her own show, Megan Wants a Millionaire, where men will compete to win her love and hand over their hard earned cash. She did two very smart things right from the start – well, one thing, two people. She brought Cecille Garr from Beauty and the Geek and Brandi C. (Brandi Cunningham) from Rock of Love on her new show. So, not only will she attract her fans to watch her show, but she’ll attract theirs too. The only flaw that I can foresee is that both Cecille and Brandi C. look great, and that might cause a guy or two to stray. We’ll see!
The show is also reality gold because of the guys that appear. One guy is so boring it’s amazing, but he’s a movie producer. Another guy is a bit rough around the edges, to say the least. Another is a stripper and has a birthmark that looks like a moustache on his stomach. And another is a plumber. Yes, a plumber.
Even if you aren’t a fan of Megan Hauserman, you won’t be able to tear yourself away from this trainwreck of a reality dating show. It’s great to watch these guys go nuts for Megan because of her bikini-model body and reality show stardom. It’s especially great to watch the really awkward guys, and watch Megan struggle with which guy to send home.
My take: watch it. I kind of hate to support Megan’s quest for “love” and money (notice only one is in quotes), but it’s a great watch, especially with the great commentator.