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Posts from: June 2007

Paula Abdul’s loopy TV interviews blamed on exhaustion, insomnia, the flu, audio problems

The first half-hour episode of Hey Paula introduced us to both Fun Paula and Diva Paula, but the second episode–which was not screened for critics–reintroduced us to Loopy Paula. It included footage of Paula’s disastrous live TV interviews she did before American Idol 6. If Paula truly never has been drunk before, there’s clearly something …

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“Workaholic” Ryan Seacrest is “the well-scrubbed embodiment of the PG-rated American pop mainstream”

Ryan Seacrest, host of American Idol and so much more, “is ubiquitous and as instantly recognisable as the president — and, in some quarters, almost as fiercely derided,” according to a profile in The Guardian. The paper’s John Patterson perfectly describes Seacrest as “the well-scrubbed embodiment of the PG-rated American pop mainstream” who “is also …

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Reality Cares’ charity event, reality tv convention both take place this weekend

Two events this weekend on opposite sides of the country compete to draw reality stars, the people who want to see them in person, and their dollars (for charity and for profit). On Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m., Reality Cares presents a charity event that “[t]o raise money for Operation Smile, a worldwide children’s …

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Summer reality TV reading: Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, Lost and Found, Reality: the Novel, The Homeless Channel

If you’re searching for summer or beach reading, three (relatively) new books offer the chance to take a bit of reality TV with you away from your television. Only one, though, is grounded in actual reality; the others create new, fictional worlds inspired by reality television. Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style …

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Canadian Idol producer says it’s “disgraceful” that Toronto singers get voted off

The producer of Canadian Idol has lashed out at Canadians who don’t vote for singers from Toronto. After three singers from Toronto were eliminated Wednesday, John Brunton said, “I’m not really supposed to do this. I’m supposed to be impartial. But as a born and bred Torontonian, I’m fed up with the lack of attention …

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Houseguests are enemies, rivals; America’s Player is one mole-like contestant

More details have emerged about the upcoming cast-related twists on Big Brother 8, and the newly redecorated house. CBS’ official press release about the new season reveals that next week, the 14 “Houseguests will learn that some of them will be sharing the house with an enemy, a rival or someone with whom they have …

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