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'Voice' Won't Let Fans Vote But Cuts 2 & Announces Summer Tour

Wednesday April 9, 2014


The Voice Season Six has entered a brutal period for fans. This week we had the privilege of watching Battle Rounds, but had to bear the elimination of early favorites like Clarissa Sern and Kaleigh Glaton. That narrowed the field to the top five singers on each of the four teams and meant the Season 6 Top 20 would be entering the Live Playoffs.

But any joy we might have felt at the prospect of finally getting our chance to vote for our favorite singers was quickly dashed because this season the producers aren't letting us cast votes  until the judges (Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira, and Usher) eliminate another eight contestants.

At least they aren't wasting time, quickly cutting two more singers last night, when they sent home garbage man Ryan Whyte Maloney and short filmmaker Madilyn Paige (neither of whom I'll really miss--how about you?).

And NBC threw Voice fans another bone, announcing that the singing competition is launching their own tour this summer. It will hit the road June 21st and perform live in 30 concerts. 

The Voice Live Tour will be a lot like American Idol Live, although Idol fans get to see the season's top ten contestants while Voice fans will have to make due with the top three. Then again, Voice fans get a couple of previous stars and a chance to choose a fan favorite to join the tour.

Find out more about The Voice Live Tour and compare it to American Idol's Live Tour 2014 yourself.

And, while The Voice might not want your vote, I do. If it were up to you, which six contestants would you cut from Season Six's final 18? Cast your votes in the comment section.

Photo © NBC.

Single Parents With Teens Wanted For New Reality Series

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Got teens?

Then, especially as a single mom or dad,  you probably dread the summer, when you darling child is freed from the shackles of school and can use all those extra hours for trouble-making.  And even when you come up with great family vacation plans all they do is grumble and spend the whole time glued to their cell phones.

But trying out for a new reality show may be the perfect solution.

Doron Ofir Casting is casting for a brand new major network series called Summertime Share, where teenagers ages 14-20 and their single parents are "whisked away on a summer vacation they will remember forever." The casting officers say that the adult and teen cast members  will embark on an idyllic summertime adventure, meet new people, and make new friends that will last a lifetime.

They also promise lazy days of summer basking in the sun, grilling, boating, splashing in the waves; sharing those warm summer nights partying, dancing, and living it up with like minded social singles and their teens.

Sound fun? Go to www.summertimecasting.com to find out how to "love, laugh, dance, play and live the dream under the stars" this summer-- oh and bond with the kid of course.

Apply now.

'I Wanna Marry Harry' Tricks Bachelorettes Ala 'Joe Millionaire'

Thursday April 3, 2014


Fox's new reality show I Wanna Marry Harry tricks American bachelorettes in a move similar to Joe Millionaire, the dating show where the bachelor turned out not to be a millionaire at all, just a "regular Joe."

Last month, when I complained that The Bachelor, Season Eighteen star Juan Pablo Galavis proved he was "no prince;" I had no idea that Fox was already filming a Bachelor style dating competition in which 12 desperate American women are led to believe they are really truly vying for the heart and hand of a very real Prince.

I say "desperate" because I'm not sure how else to describe women who so desperately want to believe in a fairy tale world where they'll end up marrying a real Prince and they'll become real Princesses and live in the lap of luxury. It's almost delusional to think a member of the British Royal Family--even one who isn't in line for the throne--would let a reality TV show choose his dates.

Then, so many of our reality shows require a bit of suspension of disbelief. And there's the conviction held by the hundreds of thousands of fans who auditioned for American Idol, certain they will be discovered and transformed, overnight into rock stars. It is sort of delusional. We've all seen the contestants that are completely out of their elements, so terrible it's funny or cringe worthy to watch them. And yet we not only do watch, those segments of the show became an essential part of American Idol.

And as fans we also want to see rags to riches and over-night success stories.  As Americans, we often seem to latch onto the few real examples that exist as proof that we can all one day escape our own mundane existences.  And there are plenty of real world examples to fuel our fantasies. Would Fox have been able to pass of their I Wanna Marry Harry ruse if Prince William hadn't just married a commoner and thereby given millions of women dreams of landing his younger brother Harry?

Or will there always be women who so want a man to rescue them that they will try to see a prince in a man like Juan Pablo, whose own family was willing to detail his faults; or in the "average English bloke" who stars as the bachelor in Fox's dating/duping show?

I have to admit, I'm both appalled at the premise of I Wanna Marry Harry, and intrigued enough to watch--at least one episode.  I suppose I'll be watching in part to see if I would have fallen for the ruse. But what does it mean if the bachelorettes competing on the show didn't see through the charade? Does ignorance justify duplicity?

What do you think about the premise of I Wanna Marry Harry? Will you watch when it premieres in May?

Do you think this guy looks like the real Prince?

Photo © Fox.


'Chrisley Knows Best' Lavish Lifestyle at Odds With Bankruptcy Documents

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Chrisley Knows Best

Chrisley Knows Best, the new hit USA reality show,  is about a Southern family with a lavish lifestyle who fling verbal barbs as quickly as they spend money.

Is the family's apparent wealth a facade hiding massive debt? Or did Chrisley Knows Best patriarch Todd fudge his bankruptcy paperwork? Or has his finances just rebounded from 2012 when he claimed to have a mere $55 in the bank?

A bankruptcy court trustee believes he knows the answer and he's filed legal documents alleging that Todd Chrisley intentionally mislead the court with the hope of hiding assets.

Meet the Chrisley Knows Best family members in this photo album and find out more about the developing scandal here.

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