Paris Hilton impersonator wins UK Celebrity Big Brother

The winner of the UK’s fourth celeb Big Brother is not a celebrity. Chantelle Houghton was charged with convincing the other celebrities–including Dennis Rodman, Traci Bingham, and MP George Galloway, whose appearance was controversial–that she was actually a star, and it worked. She pretended she was a singer in the fake group Kandy Floss, and, in the house, performed their nonexistent hit “I Want It Right Now.”

In real life, besides modeling for things such as an “outrageous lesbian erotic action” pictorial, Chantelle worked as a Paris Hilton lookalike. This was a role she was born to play, as she has the same vacant, empty, soulless look in her eyes that suggests her brain is filled with sand. And she “describes herself as a bright, blonde bimbo,” according to the show’s web site, and says, “I look like Paris Hilton, not on purpose but it’s just the way it turned out.”

After 23 days in the house, she won £25,000. Writing in the Telegraph, Quentin Letts says that, when she won, “Celebrity had just seen its own eclipse.”

Live The Dream and Chantelle Houghton [Channel 4]
Fame, the biggest loser of all [Telegraph]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.