Reality Rocks announces weak list of reality stars, panels about getting famous

The Reality Rocks expo, which is billing itself as “the ultimate reality TV fan experience,” has announced its confirmed stars, and the list stretches the definition of reality TV. The people worthy of being mentioned in the subhead are, and I quote, “Nick Cannon, DeAnna Pappas, Audrina Patridge, Eric Roberts, Karina Smirnoff, Daytime TV’s Top Courtroom Judges and Cast Members of Ghost Hunters.”

It will be held April 9 and 10 in Los Angeles; tickets are $35 a day or $65 for both days. As I’ve written, I hate the infantilizing title, but if you actually want to draw fans who think reality TV rocks, I’m not sure judge shows and Nick Cannon are the way to go.

There’s a bigger list of confirmed stars on the event’s web site, which hilariously includes a lot of American Idol 9 contestants–forgettable people from a forgettable season, and others including Top Chef‘s Ilan Hall and Amazing Race 17 winner Nat Strand. But the bulk of the list are minor characters on smaller network shows, who perhaps have their own rabid fan bases, but don’t quite qualify as “celebs.”

The press release also announced the panel discussions, which include “How to Become a Host/Reality Star — Parlay Your 15 Minutes of Reality Fame Into a Career,” “Brand Yourself: Using Social Media to advance Your Career in Reality TV,” “How to Make It In Hollywood,” and “How to Win a Competition Show.”

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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.