J.R. Martinez beats Rob Kardashian for the world’s worst reality TV prize

Actor and injured Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez beat Keeping Up with the Kardashians extra Rob Kardashian to win the crummy mirrorball trophy on the finale of Dancing with the Stars, even though Rob outscored him by a single point during the finale. That represents pro Karina Smirnoff’s first win; talk show host Ricki Lake came in third.

As usual, the show filled the time leading up to the reveal with performances by eliminated dancers, including Chaz Bono, who did better without the pressure of judging, and former Queer Eye star Carson Kressley, who did an awesome dance to Madonna’s “Vogue,” if you can compare the hacked-up version of the song to Madonna’s original.

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.

about the writer

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.