Danielle Staub and the most awkward TV performance ever

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub appeared on New York’s PIX 11 yesterday to perform her single “Real Close,” and holy shit. If she really is leaving the show, she’d better have options other than singing and dancing.

Seriously, it’s the weirdest thing you’ll watch all day–and I don’t mean weird in a good way, like Prince Poppycock’s awesome version of Bohemian Rhapsody from America’s Got Talent last night.

From the first few seconds, when one of Danielle’s back-up dancers starts gyrating, to the very last moment, it is so awkward that it feels like a middle school talent show act, where we have to clap politely while pretending not to cringe because we know these kids worked hard on this for exactly one hour after school and think everything they’re doing is amazing even though it’s awful.

But it’s impossible not to cringe, because WHAT IS THIS? (Click “full screen” to get the maximum effect.)

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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.