Hell’s Kitchen (Season 10)

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Hell’s Kitchen is one of the shows I would like to stop watching but won’t. Though the format is somewhat of a pattern, the personalities on the show always keep things interesting. As I watched the first two episodes of season 10, I came up with a set of rules that contestants should but don’t follow:

1. Learn to cook scallops.

2. Do not serve raw fish.

3. Never say “I’m probably a better chef than Chef Ramsay.”

4. Learn to cook beef wellington.

5. Do not say “You are so lucky we’re not in the hood.”

6. If Chef Scott hands you a potato puree, check that it’s not cauliflower.

7. Don’t cook 6 fish if only 3 have been ordered.

8. Don’t make statements like “Men cook better than women. It’s a proven fact.”

9. Perfect your signature dish.

10. Don’t get drunk the night before a challenge or a service.

Now, if only I knew how to cook, I swear I could win!

Heavy

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The A&E documentary show “Heavy” is inspiring but certainly nothing new. The show follows two morbidly obese individuals as they spend 6 months at Hilton Head Spa losing weight.

The show is emotional, sad, and uplifting. I enjoy the personal stories, the transformations, and the perseverance that each episode evokes. That being said, the show is simply a different form of “The Biggest Loser” or “Shedding for the Wedding” or “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” “Money Hungry,” “Losing It with Jillian,” or any other weight loss show.

Still, I like watching it.

I give it 5 stars!

The Voice

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I admit, from the very moment that I saw my very first “The Voice” commercial, I knew I would watch it. Secretly though, I wanted to hate on it. I wanted to compare it to “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent” and every other reality talent show, and I wanted it to come up short.

It doesn’t.

Now, that’s not to say that it’s perfect or even that new of an idea. But it is at least a little different from everything else and for me, that’s enough.

In the first round, the singer’s perform one at a time (or in pairs if that is their act) while the judges must use only their voice and not appearance to pick. The judges cover a span of genres: Christina Aguilera (pop diva), Adam Levin (crooner of Maroon 5), Cee Lo Green (the funky, out there), and Blake Shelton (country). The idea of picker the singers solely based on voice is fantastic… but I would have liked to have had that opportunity too. Instead, the audience and viewers see the artist all along. I guess I could have looked away? If more than one judge picks a contestant, the contestant then gets to choose whose team they would like to be on.

Once the judges each picked 8 singers, we moved into round two. These 8 singers formed that judge’s team and the judge then chose two singers to battle against each other. These match-ups have been AMAZING and the song choices have been interesting as well. While I don’t always agree with the judge’s choices, I do know that Javier gives me goosebumps, Frenchie rocks out, I love watching Beverly, and that I think Blake made a mistake picking Patrick Harris over the nerdy ginger.

In the next round, the winners of the battles will form each judges team of 4, who will (presumably) continue to battle.

The show is very entertaining to watch, from amazing singers to Christina Aguilera’s hot mess outfits/lipstick. Though I watched a slew of finales tonight, it was somehow the nonfinale episode of “The Voice” that had me most entertained.

Also, I call it now, I think Javier should win.

Do you think “The Voice” will make it more than one season? Voice your opinion below!

I give it 7 stars!

Genuine Ken (Finale)

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I can’t even pretend to be excited about this. The two finalists were exactly who I predicted in the finals from the very first episode and while the winner wasn’t the one I had guessed, watching the finale episode certainly made me agree with the selection.

SPOILER:

This guy won.

Congrats, Kurtis. His winnings included a Ken doll being created in his likeness, a modeling contract, and .. money maybe? Honestly, both the guys are/were great but the show was nothing special. Nice try, Mattel/Barbie brand.

I give it 3 stars.

Shedding for the Wedding

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It shouldn’t be surprising that I LOVE “Shedding for the Wedding.” Reality tv, weight loss, and love stories? Perfect! Not to mention that the host is Sarah Rue who I loved in “Less than Perfect.

“Shedding for the Wedding,” a show from the executive producers of “Biggest Loser,” takes 9 overweight and engaged couples that will compete in weight loss and challenges in order to win their dream wedding. Each couple also has a dream wedding theme- anything from Hollywood to Gamers to Eco-friendly.

As with all reality shows, I instantly loved and hated certain competitors.

Love the Greek Week Couple!

Hate her!

Each week the contestants compete in challenges and hope to lose enough weight to stay on the show. The show is only 2 episodes in so there is plenty of time to catch up! Check it out on the CW’s website!

I give it 7 stars!

Strange Love

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How do I describe this show? Well, imagine that your somewhat fit grandmother got drunk and only had the clothes of a 20-year old and then started hooking up with a rapping b-boy time traveler who doesn’t realize he is now 30 years too old for his actions. Now give them a show.

“Strange Love” baffles me. Brigitte Nielsen and Flavor Flav found each other on the “Surreal Life” and had some sort of fling. Brigitte goes home to Milan where she has a 20-something year old fiance who TIES HER SHOES FOR HER. And not because she’s not capable. Flav flys to Europe in order to spend more time with Brigitte. The whole thing is an absolute mess; the man is not cultured enough for Europe (or being in public, really), Brigitte gets on stage at a Public Enemy concert (SOOO uncomfortable), and the two of them call each other gorgeous with no irony.

Meanwhile, the show’s producers are constantly trying to play up the fact that VH1 in no way take either of the pair seriously- anytime Flav says something ridiculous, we suddenly receive a soundtrack of that phrase being sung in an uptempo melody. Watching the show makes me nauseous but I admit there were several times when I laughed at the sheer ridiculousness of it all.

You can certainly find all 11 episodes on Hulu, or you can just get a velociraptor drunk at a strip club. I promise it will be far more sexy.

I give it 2 stars!

 

Genuine Ken: The Search for the Great American Boyfriend (Ep. 1)

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Clearly someone watched “Tool Academy” and thought, “If only I could make a reality show that is equally entertaining. I know, I’ll have a subpar host find NICE men!” But what happens when you have men compete against each other? They turn into tools.

The group of 8 men chosen out of hundreds of thousands (umm.. hard to believe..) who are competing for the title of “Genuine Ken” or “The Great American Boyfriend” look and act like rejects from the “I Love New York” show. While I don’t doubt that a couple of them may be nice, they all clearly spend too much time on their hair, eyebrows, and smiling very awkwardly. All I could think the entire time was that none of the smiles were genuine.

During the first episode, host Whitney Port (The Hills) challenges the men to perform a talent. Unfortunately, it appears that about half the group is delusional and less than entertaining. And calling the show “Genuine Ken” isn’t just a random reference- the show is laden with Barbie symbols and allusions, featured a judge from Barbie corporate, and strange product placement (is the target audience filled with Barbie consumers?).

So, do these men have girlfriends? Are they actually great boyfriends or does passing a series of contests count as being a great boyfriend? Are these men DATING AMERICA? What is the prize?

It’s an awful, cheesy, silly show. But yeah, I’m going to watch. (And I promise to mock it!)
I advise watching this show with girlfriends and wine. It’s worth the laughs.
Check it out now on Hulu.

I give it 3 stars!