Summertime Reality
Author: Allie, Host of Reality Check Radio

For some people summer means vacations, baseball, swimming, and barbeques. For me it means sitting on the couch watching men get roses, people getting evicted from houses, chefs getting called donkey, and wondering who can dance. That’s right summer means reality TV.

And yes summer is in full swing with some of my favorite reality shows, take The Bachelorette for example. Jillian is down to her final 2 suitors; Ed the man who left the show for work only to come back and get a final 4 spot and Kypton the man who has been there all along but Jillian is think he may be too perfect.

Who do I think is going to win? Well, I wanted Reid to win. I thought he was the most real because he didn’t want to say he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. The trouble was he had a hard time saying anything at all and even though Jillian loved his quirky personality, she had to send him home as he had not opened up enough. With Reid out of the mix, I am now predicting Kypton to win. He has been there all along and has always been a top runner. That being said, sometimes the editing throws you off and if Ed wins, I will not be surprised at all. Jillian has been my favorite Bachelorette by far, asking her potential mates difficult questions, taking them on awesome dates and finally ditching Wes whom I was starting to worry would be there in the final 2. Overall this has been my favorite season of The Bachelorette, and if think you will go through dating show withdrawal don’t fret; both More to Love and Dating in the Dark are coming soon.

This week has also brought on the summer staple, Big Brother, with 1 week and 1 houseguest down, this season’s twist involves high school cliques. At first I thought this was going to be a lame twist, however, now I am starting to get into it. If 1 person wins HOH the entire clique is safe and that begins both complications and drama to the naturally forming alliances. We are learning just because you like sports does not mean you are going to like each other and as clique members join opposing alliances, conflicts of interests and jealousy come through in spades.

The other twist this season is making a returning houseguest the 13th member of the new house. In this case we have Jessie, on the athletes’ team and the first HOH of the season. Love him or hate him it does not matter, this guy is reality TV gold with his one liners and obsessive posing he has made the house more interesting. I was really hoping for a new strategy from the returning houseguest now that he has been in the house once before, but sadly we are getting same old game playing Jessie who is not long for the house.

I have seen every season of Big Brother; I have always loved old school with season 3 being my absolute favorite. The last few seasons have been a bit disappointing for me but I think that is turning around now because the cast of season 11 is ready to play.

This week also gave us the top ten on So You Think You Can Dance. This season has been amazing as the top 20 dancers have brought it in a major way and each week they get stronger and stronger. I love Melissa, I do not think she is going to win or even make it to final 4 but I think she is a brilliant ballet dancer out of her element and is so graceful and powerful every single week. On the guy side, I like Brandon and I think he has a real chance of winning the show because he can perform those show stopping flips that everyone loves and votes for.

So You Think You Can Dance will have a fall season very close to the end of the summer one. That worries me because it is such a fantastic summer show and has been for years. I hope people will not grow tired of it and will watch back to back seasons, I know I will

And last but not least I want to talk about a show starting July 21st on Fox, Hell’s Kitchen. The show has been on in the winter and spring before but this is meant to be a summer reality show. Chef Gordon Ramsay might not have the same scary impact he did in earlier seasons but the show has never been better and I just hope this season we have several people who can actually cook and are not there just for personality. I want to be surprised at who wins this year not guess who is in the finals by the third week.

If you love reality TV like I do catch, my radio show called Reality Check Radio, airing live every Monday and Thursday night at 11pm EST / 8pm PST on Blog Talk Radio. We always have guests from all your favorite reality shows as well as the latest news, gossip, show recaps and analysis. You can follow us on Twitter @RCRadio for all the latest as well!


Jessica from Big Brother 8 Will Be Live On-Air Monday July 13


Jessica Hughbank’s from Big Brother will be the live on-air guest at Reality Check Radio on Monday, July 13, at 11pm EST/8pm PST. Jessica recently had the chance to go back into the Big Brother house to play for the popular clique, one of the 4 groups of this season. Fans are encouraged to join in and participate in the live chat as Jessica will be discussing this season’s Big Brother and her experience on the hit CBS show.

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Upcoming On-Air Interview with Winners of This Season’s The Amazing Race

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On Monday, June 22, Reality Check Radio welcomes Victor and Tammy Jih, this season’s winners of The Amazing Race, for a live on-air interview. The sibling team, both lawyers from California, will be taking questions from fans and discussing their experience on the hit CBS competition show.

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POLL: Who Should Join The Real Housewives of N.Y.?

Source: People

Sure, season 2 of The Real Housewives of New York City just wrapped with an extra-dramatic two part reunion special, but producers are already thinking ahead to season 3. The network just sent out casting notices targeted to ambitious women in the Big Apple.

“We’re always looking for new and interesting characters and to keep the show fresh” a rep for the show says. “There are so many stories to tell and we want to keep topping ourselves every season.”

(If you’ve got what it takes, email Bravo at

PEOPLE thought, who better to join Alex, Ramona, Jill, Bethenny, LuAnn and Kelly than a famous face?

Here are our picks:

• Dina Lohan — She was already named Long Island Top Mom, and she has raised her children in the spotlight. We predict clashes with resident mother hen, Jill Zarin.

• Tinsley Mortimer — She’s got edge as a fashion designer, actual socialite status (watch out, Kelly!) and has guest starred on Gossip Girl.

• Star Jones — The former View co-host is a real professional woman who loves to live large! Maybe she and Simon will hit it off?

• Christie Brinkley — A dedicated mother, supermodel and fixture on the Hamptons scene. We see her bonding with Countess LuAnn.

• Ivanka Trump — She’s a businesswoman, heiress and true New Yorker. Plus, we’d love to see Ramona take on The Donald!

Which New Yorker would be the best new Housewife?
Dina Lohan
Tinsley Mortimer
Star Jones
Christie Brinkley
Ivanka Trump


America’s Next Top Model – New Interview with Nigel Barker


On Monday, April 13, Reality Check Radio will air an all new interview with America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker. Barker, a noted fashion photographer and former model, discusses his break into the fashion industry, his experience on the hit CW show and behind the scenes of judging the contestants and its process.

Listeners can find Reality Check Radio at The show begins at 11pm EST/8pm PST. To participate in the live web chat, listeners are encouraged to register for a user account at

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‘Project Runway’ Lawsuit Settled

Source: ETonline


At last, “Project Runway” will be able to “make it work”!

The lawsuit between NBC Universal and The Weinstein Company has been settled, so look for the sixth season of the popular reality series, starring Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, along with judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, to return to the tube this summer.

According to an official statement released by NBC Universal, The Weinstein Company will pay NBCU for the right to move Project Runway to Lifetime.

“I want to personally congratulate Jeff Zucker and NBCU on their success in the litigation and thank Jeff for resolving this in a professional manner. We look forward to working together on our ongoing projects,” Harvey Weinstein said in the same statement.

“I couldn’t be more excited that Lifetime will bring its viewers an amazing, all-new season of ‘Project Runway’ this summer,” added Andrea Wong, Lifetime President and CEO. “As the highest-rated cable network for women, Lifetime is the perfect home for this outstanding program, as well as its companion series ‘Models of the Runway.’ All of us at Lifetime are thrilled to move forward with Heidi, Tim, Nina, Michael, The Weinstein Company and the entire Project Runway team.”

In the meantime, Bravo today unveiled the 15 professional designers chosen for its new fashion creative competition series, “The Fashion Show,” as they compete for a chance to have their designs sold in the retail market and win a $125,000 prize. “The Fashion Show” premieres on Bravo on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 10 p.m. It will be hosted by designer Isaac Mizrahi and four-time Grammy Award-winning performer and actress Kelly Rowland.

Jillian Michaels Reveals She May Not Stay with Biggest Loser

Source: Diets in Review

Will she stay or will she go? That’s the question being asked by fans of The Biggest Loser ever since they announced the casting call for a new trainer on season eight.


We asked Jillian Michaels this morning if she planned to stay and her response was direct, “I might not be.” She said she’s working with NBC, acknowledging that they’ve been great in negotiations, but said “certain things need to happen” for her to stick around another season.

Listen to our interview with Jillian now, as she describes her personal conflict with the season seven contestants, and debates her role in the show going forward.

Anyone watching Biggest Loser season seven can sense that Jillian’s just not that into it. She told us she’s not happy, in fact she’s “miserable.” She warned us in our season six finale interview that season seven would be a tough one because the contestants have “figured it out,” stating that they say just the right things for the camera, and even arrive on campus asking how they go about getting an agent. Jillian told us that while she has kept close, personal relationships with previous contestants, this season was difficult because she just simply hated some of them.

Jillian says there is a price to pay when you’re unhappy all the time, so for now, the decision remains TBD as she sorts it out with NBC.