Janelle Pierzina, Katharine McPhee win VH1′s Big in ’06 awards

On last night’s Big in 06 awards on VH1, one of those boring awards ceremonies that tells the celebrities in advance that they won so they’ll bother to show up, Janelle Pierzina was named the “Big Reality Star” of the year, Katharine McPhee was named the “It” Girl of the year, Paris Hilton got some award from Perez Hilton, and America’s Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff won for biggest comeback.

Janelle defeated Flavor Flav, Chris Daughtry, and Mario Lopez for the reality star award. Of Janelle, comedian/commentator Arden Myrin (clearly, the Best Week Ever people weren’t willing to give up their time or material for this crap) said Janelle was nominated because “she won a lot of the challenges, she played the game really well. Oh, and she has huge breasts and blonde hair.”

Accepting the award, Janelle said, “Oh, wow. Thank you guys. This award is so unexpected. I had no idea I would win this,” she said, completely, utterly unsurprised. “I just want to thank my friends and family, and most importantly, the fans who voted for me to win this. Thanks, America! [giggle]” If Janelle wants to remain America’s reality TV sweetheart, she needs to encourage CBS to release a DVD of last season Big Brother 6 and stop showing up on TV to ruin her image.

Also on the show, various female cast members from different series (including Miss Jay from Top Model) showed up during an odd song/montage that was a tribute to the “Ladies of Reality TV.” During their tribute, they did not get to talk, and instead just showed off their bodies in evening gowns, because that’s the only reason women are on reality TV shows anyway, apparently.

Big in ’06 [VH1]

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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.