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Trashy TV Recap! Where has all the excitement gone?

Is it just me, or is there an abundance of lackluster shows on at the moment? Iron Chef is pretty good, but the chefs don’t live together and so you don’t get that tension you do with other shows like Top Chef. Making folks co-habitate certainly ratchets up the crank factor. (That was a terrible pun, I know)

So, what happened this week to make me so ho-hum?

Well, on The Next Iron Chef, one of my favorites went home. Well, that’s not saying much since I only had a few. Now it’s a 50/50 chance my favorite will win. Dang. But, I get ahead of myself…

This week the chefs got to play a little game. They had to bid on food items using time. It was a wacky system that meant the chefs were really stretched to make a fabulous meal with very little time. Except for Anne Burrell. She got extra time for winning last week and also bid early, so she had something like three days to cook  her food. Okay, not three days, but a lot of time. Way more than the other chefs.

The chefs barter and bicker and finally everyone has food and a set amount of time to cook. I know I’ve said it before, but what these chefs are given and the time they have to make something amazing is just mind boggling that they actually pull off decent food.

I mean, tuna jerky souffle? You read that right. Chef Falkner made a tuna jerky souffle that the judges thought was delicious. Dang. Those must’ve been some mighty fine pieces of tuna jerky.

She won with that masterpiece (as well she should have. Tuna jerky!).

Which put Chef Burrell and Chef Zakarian in the bottom two. Darn it! These are two of my favorites, so it doesn’t who goes home, I lose. I know, it’s not really about me, but darn!

The secret ingredient for the showdown? Panko crumbs and ponzu whatever. It’s like soy sauce, but with citrus. I think. Anyway, the chefs were told to make a dessert with the two items.

What does chef Burrell make? Some zucchini thing rolled in panko. Really? For dessert? Ew.

Chef Zakarian makes a berry souffle thing that looks really yummy. What’s with the souffle theme today? Will the judges be over the whole souffle thing? Hmmm…

Nope. Chef Zakarian wins, which means Chef Burrell goes home. She’s a little shocked (why are they always shocked? It’s a 50/50 chance you’ll go home!), but says she had a great time. I’ll miss Chef Burrell. She’s got rockin hair and wacky skirts. Have you ever noticed her socks never match? My daughter does that too… ; )

Next week promises to be good. Two chefs might go home. Oooh, intriguing!

Since I watched Top Chef so soon after watching Next Iron Chef, I realized something interesting… Nyesha Arrington looked awfully familiar to me. That’s because she was on another cooking show that airs commercials during Next Iron Chef! Yep, Nyesha was on Chef Hunter. Apparently she won, because now she’s the executive chef at Wilshire, a restaurant in Los Angeles. Wow, go Nyesha!

Still, it makes me wonder about some of these chefs. Last season on Top Chef Just Desserts, Orlando and Chris had both been on Food Network’s Challenge. How many other chefs have been on multiple cooking shows? Is competing a way for them to gain fame, or is it more about the food? Probably both. Or just fame. Not sure. What do you think?

Alrighty then! Back to the show. What happened? Oh yeah, the chefs had to prepare a bazillion steaks for ranchers at some fancy party. The chefs had to all work as a team, which is a riot since they work terribly together!

Ty-Lor stepped up to be in charge of the steaks and then he goes and gouges out his hand. That guy has some major huevos, though. He spent the night at ER, got stitches, no sleep, and went back to cook 200 steaks for the challenge. He’s my hero!

So, what do the other chefs do? They ruin his steaks. Yep. I forget which one of the bossy girls, probably the short blonde one, decides it’s time to fire the steaks waaaay too early. They are supposed to be cooked medium-rare, which Ty-Lor does, but then bossy pants ruins them. Ugh! I’d be pissed, but not my man Ty. He sucked it up, took the blame and held himself high. I heart him.

Grayson won the challenge (and she won the Quick Fire), which makes me happy. She seems to get in there and cook without a lot of drama, but she stands out enough that you notice her cooking ~ in a good way.

The bottom three are Ty, Whitney (who?), and Edward. As you’ve probably guessed, two of those chefs I like. I don’t even remember Whitney. So, when it was her that got cut, I wasn’t too bummed. If they’d cut Ty-Lor, I would’ve stormed the set and demanded a revote!

*Spoiler Alert*!

Whitney went on to out cook Chuy in Last Chance Kitchen, so I guess we’ll see more of her in the future. Yay?

What is up with America’s Next Top Model? Last week when they teased us that someone would be disqualified, I thought for sure it would be Lisa.

But first… the girls have to do the requisite Cover Girl commercial and photo shoot. As usual, Allison has trouble opening her eyes in the sun. Um, not so good for a commercial about eye make up, but she pulls through.

Angelea looks amazing here. I love her eye shadow, probably because it’s pink, but I think it makes her look soft and vulnerable.

Lisa is a little quiet this episode. I’m not sure what’s up with her. Maybe it’s nerves or she’s just over it all.

The girls head off to the beach to do an Italian Vogue beauty shot. How lucky are these girls? I mean, they’re in Greece, they get to take photos on the beach, life is good for them!

Runway! The final runway challenge is bizarre and amazing at the same time. The girls have to swim, fly, and walk the runway. As if that wasn’t enough, they have to run to backstage and change their outfits. Yikes! Before you feel too bad for them, look at these guys they had ‘helping’ them.

Yeah, it’s a hard life.

All three of the girls did great, well except for when Angelea thought should would drown and Lisa swam the wrong way in the pool. Oh, and when the wind blew their dresses so hard they almost fell over them. That wasn’t so good.

On to judging!

Wait, what?!? We’re back in Los Angeles? What happened to Greece?

Oooooh, this is where Lisa gets disqualified, right?

Wrong! My girl Angelea is disqualified. What? Why? Who did this? I’ll kick their butt. Angelea is going to win. That’s my prediction, who’s messing with me?

According to the online rumor mill… either Angelea is pregnant (I doubt it), or she posted spoilers on her FB page that she won. Now, the second scenario is much more likely, but I don’t think we’ll ever get the whole story.

In my mind, Angelea won and that’s why Lisa was so reticent.

Well, Congratulations Lisa! Sort of. Naw, not really. Ugh. Bitter, party of one, please.

What were you watching this week? My husband got me hooked on BBC’s ‘Sherlock’. Have you ever seen it? Fab show with modern twist. What’s in your DVR queue?

Trashy TV Recap! Top Chef, America’s Next Top Model, Iron Chef… who went home, who stayed?

Well, after taking a week off and spending some time with family, I feel like it’s been forever since we dished about TV.

Here’s what’s happened since our last visit ~

Knights of Mayhem turned out to be a big snorefest of spoiled men whining about each other. I couldn’t even get through the second show. Too bad, since I loved the concept.

Chris March made outrageous outfits on Mad Fashion, but since it’s basically the same thing each week and I can never find pictures for you, he’s out.

That leaves us with…

The Next Iron Chef Super Chefs

Wow. Okay, just wow. Something I thought couldn’t happen did. I’ll get to that, but first we need to talk about the Chairman’s Challenge.

The chefs were taken to Grand Central Station and told to tell a story with food. They chose iconic locations in New York and had to somehow translate a place into something edible. I don’t know about you, but dang! These chefs are creative. Brooklyn Bridge? I’d make something with graham crackers and blue icing for water. I know, I totally suck as a super chef. I’m over it.

Not only did all the chefs step up and make incredible food – with only the ingredients they could find in the station – but they all had cool stories to go with their food.

Poor Chef Alex! She spilled her food into a big basin of water. Yikes. You’d think she would be finished, but nope. That girl is resilient! She scrambled together more food and made a decent dish. Not the judges favorite, but not their least favorite either.

So, who did the judges like this week? Anne Burrell and Mike Chiarello. Both had good food and a great story. Anne took the win with her cornish game hens that represented the pigeons of Central Park. Clever, Anne!

The bottom two chefs were Marcus Samuelsson and Elizabeth Falkner. They cooked good food, but their stories were what set them apart from the others. The judges thought their dish and stories just didn’t deliver like they should. Whatever! These are two of my favorite chefs and now they have to battle it out? I want a do-over!

Dang. This is not going to be a happy ending for me.

The chefs had to battle with bagels. Bagels? I don’t know about you, but I’d slap some peanut butter and honey on them and call it a day. No, maybe I’d get all fancy and put a bit of avocado and some cream cheese with red onion and tomato. Seriously, that’s as creative as I get.

These guys? They’re making gaspacho and bagel flavored ice cream. You read that right ~ toasted bagel flavored ice cream. I can only imagine how it tasted and I’m thinking, ‘Ewww!’, but the judges liked it. Go figure. I’ll take my fancy bagel, pleaseandthankyou.

Here’s where the disbelief comes into play. Chef Samuelsson vs. Chef Falkner, no brainer, right? It’s got to be Samuelsson because he’s a total badass and Falkner is a pastry chef for goodness’ sake! A. Pasty. Chef.

Arrrrgggghhhhhh! Chef Falkner beat Chef Samuelsson by the tiniest of margins, but SHE BEAT HIM! I want a do-over! Oh, I already said that. Sorry.

Falkner and Samuelsson were both my favorites, but when it came down to it, I really wanted Samuelsson to win. Really. Bad.

Look at this poor guy’s face. He can’t believe it either. He’s like, Seriously, I didn’t win?

I know, Marcus! I feel terrible as well.

Guess that bagel ice cream was better than either of us thought.

Darn.

I’ve still got two favorites in the race, so we’ll hope one of them wins. Until then, it’s anyone’s game!

Continuing on with cooking, we have Top Chef. I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the Last Chance Kitchen! The eliminated chef has a chance to re-enter the competition at some point, but get this, the other chefs don’t know anything about it! Won’t they be surprised when one of the chefs come back. Oooooh, I can’t wait!

So far, Keith has won the challenges in the LCK, we’ll see if he stays after tonight’s elimination. Mwuhahahaaha!

Back to the chefs who aren’t eliminated. Yet.

They are told to pack up because they are moving out to Dallas. Whoohooo! They all pile in their car, which I refuse to remember the name of because these dumb placement ads in the show drive me nuts. I don’t care about the car!

At some point the chefs are stopped by a Highway Patrol Officer, because I guess in Texas they have nothing better to do than sit around at a roadblock on a deserted road and hassle chefs. Go figure.

Oh, wait! It’s really a challenge. Yeah, totally saw that one coming.

The chefs have to cook a meal using only ingredients from a survival pack. Chef John Besh (one of my favorites from Top Chef Masters) is on hand to help judge. He’s super sweet and kind of cute. What do you think?

 

You totally agree, admit it. Even you in the back pretending not to pay attention. Look at those teeth! Those eyes!

Ahem, back to the cheftestants. Yes, that’s what they are really called and no matter how many times my husband laughs at me for writing that, it won’t change that fact.

Once again I’m impressed with what these chefs create with the foulest of ingredients. Vienna sausages? Really?

Yep. Lindsey won the Quickfire Challenge making some sort of sandwich out of saltines and a soup made with Vienna sausages. Crazy!

On to the Elimination Challenge!

The chefs have to prepare an appetizer, entree, and dessert for a ‘Progressive’ dinner party. Didn’t they do those a lot in the 70’s? I didn’t realize people still had progressive dinner parties. Well, butter my buns and call me a biscuit!

The hosts are all fancy schmancy rich people who intimidate some of the chefs. Well, yeah. They have more dislikes than likes and are a little bit high maintenance. Good luck, chefs!

At least they aren’t in teams, per se. They are assigned one of the three components of the meal, but it’s every chef for themselves. Which causes some friction in the kitchen when a few chefs don’t want to share their space. Beverly, are you listening? You can’t always hog the meat, counter, burners, etc. It’s going to catch up to you at some point. Karma, baby!

Interestingly enough, two dessert people and two appetizer chefs are at the top this week. No entree chefs stepped up enough to win. And everyone whined about dessert. Hmmm.

This is terrible, but I don’t remember who won! I just recall Gail Simmons’ cleavage. Dang, girl! I want that bra. Seriously. Ugh! All the pics online are of her back. You’ll just have to trust me on this. It was stunning.

Oh, yeah, Paul won with Brussels Sprouts! No, really he did. Vienna earlier and Brussels now? I sense a theme here…

The bottom four were all guys, which didn’t bother me so much, but Chris and Chuy were in the group and they are two of my favorites. Not Chris Jones, he bugs me and I wouldn’t mind if he went home, but Chris Crary. The super cutie that I’m smitten with.

It comes down to Chuy’s dish being the worst, so he’s sent packing. Bummer! I like that little guy. He’s scrappy.

Off to Last Chance Kitchen with you, Chuy!

It’s the little guy vs. the big bear, Keith.

They have to battle it out over beef. Long story short, Keith loses and Chuy stays to cook another day. I love that super-secret Last Chance Kitchen!!

It’s a week of disappointment for me and Reality TV.

On America’s Next Top Model the girls have to make a video motion editorial thing for Tyra. Hey! Tyra Banks wrote a book about models. What a huge gigantic surprise. It’s fiction, though, so in case you thought you’d get all the dirt on Naomi Campbell, you’ll be disappointed.

But she has the girls make this bizarre video for her book. Maybe a trailer kind of thing? I don’t know. I’m still in shock that Tyra wrote a book.

Oh, wait! I forgot to tell you about a little challenge the girls had. Franco Sozzani of Italian Vogue wanted the girls to take pictures of Crete and to blog about their time on the island, somehow linking it back to fashion. What a fun challenge!

Of course Lisa thinks she has the greatest pics and blog, but it turns out that Angelea did. Oh, snap!! Lisa’s a little pissed about it. Sorry, girlfriend.

Back to the video thing.

Tyra dresses the girls in the crazy costumes and has them run all over the place, which is fine, but then she brings in this guy…

Tyson Beckford.

Um, hello my sweet Tyson!

Have I ever told you that I have pictures of him (mostly naked) by my desk? Yep. He’s a ‘character reference’ for Baehlon, a knight in my fantasy novel.

He’s yummy.

So, the girls get to run around and play with Tyson. I’m a little jealous.

For judging they use the first half of the video and it’s clear Angelea and Lisa are safe this week. That means it’s between Allison and Laura.

Yep, you guessed it, Laura goes home. Noooooo! My sweet Laura is bounced from the competition. Darn it all.

I just love her spunk and positive spirit and I’ll miss her.

Next week is the finale and in the teaser trailer Nigel says someone is disqualified. Ooooh, intriguing! I wonder who it will be? Any guesses?

Until next week, keep it trashy!

tameri…

Trashy TV in a Flash!

You know what? I’m in Vegas today, so this post is going to be super sweet and short. At least I hope it is.

This week on Mad Fashion Chris made an amazing Marie Antoinette outfit for this cute lady who owned a tea shoppe. Since owning my own tea shoppe is on my bucket list, you know I loved this one! They actually made a huge headpiece with a cup of tea in it! Riot and a half. Geez, Chris really is the gay MacGyver of fashion!

Okay, Bravo is super stingy with their pictures, so click here if you want to see the complete outfit. It will blow your mind. Just remember to come back and check out the rest of the recap!

The Next Iron Chef Super Chefs took the contestants to the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. I’ve been to this theater and it’s magnificent. All old fashioned with balconies and plush seats. Ah, a dream. Oh, yeah, the show!

The Chairman’s Challenge is for the chefs to make two dishes ~ one sweet and one savory with candy you can find at movie theaters. Since Alex won last week, she got to pick her candy and hand out the rest to the chefs. Yikes. I wouldn’t want to get stuck with sour gummies.

Back in the kitchen, the chefs had 60 minutes to make their dishes. That really isn’t much time when you think about it. These chefs use a gazillion ingredients and have to chop, saute, braise, whatever to get their dish done.

And holy (milk) balls! They’re minds are amazing. The dishes they come up with?

This is Chef Falkner’s dish. She had malted milk balls, people. Milk balls! Those are disgusting things and I don’t know why they were ever invented, but LOOK at what she did with them. She made fish and chips and some cakey dessert thing that the judges loved. Yeah, she won the challenge and good for her! Milk balls!

I learned a new word in this episode ~ Agrodulce. It’s Italian for a sweet and sour sauce. That’s right, you can go ahead and use it the next time you make spaghetti with sweet and sour pasta sauce. You’ll sound so international! I’m totally going to use it, too. We rock!

The two chefs in the bottom are Chef Hughes and Chef MacMillan. Of all the chefs, these are the two I know the least about, so it was MEH on my part for the elimination challenge. Their ingredient: tofu.

Okay, now I’m intrigued. I didn’t know you could make tofu interesting, but these two guys did! Chef MacMillan made tofu three ways (I know! There are more than three ways to make tofu? Who knew?!) Chef Hughes played it safe and went with a deep fried tofu thing with dipping sauce. The judges loved it, so who am I to want to vomit in my morning cup of tea?

But they didn’t love it more than Chef MacMillan’s three way tofu. Buh-Bye Chef Hughes.

The competition is getting tough. One teeny tiny mistake can send you packing.

Okay, so this week Knights of Mayhem started and as I promised last week, I got our channels upgraded so I can watch it.

I’m not so sure I’m going to love it. These buff and burly men are more whiney than those models on ANTM! Seriously, they whine and complain about each other, swear that they keep it professional on the lists and then go out and try to kill each other because they’re pissed at what so and so said about them. What?

This is not the show I thought I’d get to watch.

When they said, ‘Full contact heavy armor jousting’ I thought Yes! This is going to be great. But then it got all soap operaish and full of ego. Basically it comes down to these two guys – Charlie and Patrick. Patrick used to be the best and he trained Charlie. Now Charlie’s the best and he’ll beat up anyone who disagrees. Whoa! Simmer down there Charlie. You do realize you’re riding a horse and hitting guys with sticks, right?

 

It must be a guy thing. I love jousting, but I don’t get the testosterone chest thumping thing.

I’m going to give the show a few more views, but right now I’m on the fence. If there was more about jousting and less mean girl stuff, then it would rock. It would totally rock if more of the knights looked like Orlando Bloom, too.

Yes please and thank you.

Speaking of mean girls, this week on America’s Next Top Model the girls had to judge each other and when they tried to tell Angelea about her flaws, she freaked out. Too bad because the critique was actually positive and they were trying to help her, but she saw it as an attack.

I suppose when you go looking for an attack, you’ll find one.

Later the girls went on a boat ride and out drinking with some Greek lady. I’m not really sure what that was all about, but it looked fun.

The photo challenge this week was super cool. The girls had to be ancient Olympians with high fashion accessories. They all looked so gorgeous!

Nigel was the photographer and the girls were nervous since he’s also a judge. He’s so sweet and waaaay yummy. I might have a little crush on him.

Laura totally rocked the photo shoot so when it came to judging, it was no surprise she won. I mean, look at this gorgeous pic of her!

Okay, I confess, Laura is my favorite. She’s so sweet and fun. She doesn’t pander to drama and she’s hilarious in a ‘Yeah, I’m a country girl and we eat rodents’ kind of way.

The bottom two this week were Angelea and Dominique. Dominique went home, which is kind of ironic since in her cycle she went home on the photo shoot that Nigel shot. Hmmm.

We’re down to four girls. This is getting exciting!

On Top Chef Dallas the cheftestants were met with Padma and snakes. Yep, you read that right. Snakes. Um, ewwwww!

My favorite line of the week:

When I think snake I think beer

Awesome! That was from Dakota, who by the way, won the Quickfire Challenge with her beer battered deep fried snake. Even battered and fried, I think, Eww.

The Elimination Challenge was sweet this week. The chefs were split into two teams and had to cater a quinceanera. Team challenges are always a riot because these chefs have huge egos and don’t like to share their sandbox.

Well, this challenge was no different.

Keith made a huge error when he bought precooked shrimp for another chef. Wait! He what? Oh, yeah this is a cooking show and he bought precooked shrimp. Smart move. Not!

That totally came back to bite him. Kind of like a snake with fangs. Haha, see what I did there? I looped it back to… oh, nevermind.

Whatever team Keith was on lost. I think it was pink, but it doesn’t really matter. The other team worked together and even though their cake was lopsided, it was still better tasting than the other teams.

Guess who went home this week? Yep, Keith. It wasn’t really surprising since he made an enchilada that the judges thought was a burrito and still didn’t like annnnd there was that whole shrimp fiasco.

But wait! Since Keith got booted, he had to go battle it out with the chef that won the online challenge last week. I have no idea what his name is, but it doesn’t matter. Keith won that mini-challenge so he’s actually still in the game. This is sort of like Redemption Island for the chefs. You win in the online cookoff thing and you have a chance to reenter the game at some point. Except on Top Chef, the other chefs don’t know about that part of the show. Won’t they be surprised when someone comes back? Mwuahahahahaha! That’s going to be super fun to watch.

Well, the recap wasn’t as short as I’d hoped, but there you are. All caught up on the shows and now I can relax in the lazy river. Oh, yeah. You know I love me some lazy river action.

Until next week, keep it real!

Knights of Mayhem? Yes please! Trashy TV Recap.

So, I’m trolling the channels looking for something to watch when this commercial comes on… it shows hunky men on horseback wearing full armor and jousting! You heard me right, there is a new reality show about modern day jousting. Problem is, I don’t get National Geographic channel, but you can bet your biscuits I’m calling today to hook me up! The series starts Tuesday, I can’t wait.

Is it hot in here, or is it just the jousting? Sorry, back to our regularly scheduled shows…

This week on Top Chef the last group of chefs had to compete for their spot on the show. Four chefs from last week were in the stew room, stewing. Boy, were they tired of stewing, too.

Finally the last group enters the kitchen and is told to pick one ingredient from the table and make a fabulous dish with it. Okay, most of the chefs are happy with their choices, except for the girl who had to ‘rock, paper, scissors’ for hers and she lost, leaving her with oxtail. Eww. If you’re a fan of oxtail, my apologies if I’ve offended you, but ewww.

There’s a catch – each ingredient has a time allotted to it. So, if you got brussels sprouts, you have 20 minutes, but oxtail girl had 60. Seems fair enough to me.

On with the cooking!

After a lot of rushing around and complaining that Chef Tom is in the kitchen, wasting their valuable cooking time, the 20 minute group is set to serve.

I think all the 20 minute peeps were thrown out. On to the next group.

Poor Tom, he had to send home someone he knows personally. She’s a good chef, he says, but the dish she put in front of them was inferior and he knew she could do better, but he had to judge on just that dish.

Harsh.

Poor Chaz didn’t even get to plate his dish of risotto, so he’s booted.

The 60 minute peeps serve their dishes. Are you noticing a theme here? Not really much recapping going on, is there? That’s because the show was mildly lackluster during this part.

BUT, then it’s time for the stew room crew. By now there are 6 chefs left who have to cook again for the last 2 spots left on the show.

I don’t have clear favorites at this point and honestly, with the cook off last week and then this week, I really don’t remember who is on the show yet or not. This splitting them up is giving me a headache.

Right. So the last group has to cook whatever they want. This is harder than you’d think, apparently. Without a boundary, the chef’s minds can go anywhere.

OMG! Edward cuts his finger and totally bleeds everywhere. It’s gross, but he keeps his hand far from the food while the medic is trying to clean and bandage him. That’s pretty badass. I have my first favorite. Let’s hope Edward survives this round and is on the show.

What do you know? Edward cooks awesome, even with only one hand, and he’s in!

It comes down to Grayson (I love that name and am totally swiping it for a character) and this other girl. My friend Gayle is rooting for the other girl, but I like Grayson.

Grayson’s in! Yay! Now I have two favorites on the show. It’s so much more fun when you have someone to cheer for, don’t you think?

Okay, the chefs are all picked and now we know who will be on the show. Oh snap! There’s a sneaky bit at the end where they tell you the last two chefs booted will actually have a chance to reenter the competition.

I can almost hear Gayle doing her happy dance!

It’s called ‘Last Chance Kitchen’ and it’s going to be aired online each week after the show. Andrew and Janine are the two competing. I guess I’ll have to catch that each week because, like you, I want to know who’s coming back!

America’s Next Top Model took the girls to Greece this week. Dang, Greece is gorgeous! I must put that on my bucket list.

Immediately upon arriving (in TV time, that is. They could’ve been there a day and we wouldn’t know, but those girls sure did look fresh for having just been on an international flight), the girls were told they would give a short speech to some dignitaries on the island of Crete. They had to use a few Greek words and say why they were excited to be there. Um, okay. I get it. They are trying to get the girls to be more well-rounded as correspondents. Still, I think it’s weird.

Most of the girls do well in the challenge. Lisa looks like a streetwalker in a teeny tiny top and even smaller skirt. Seriously, it barely covered her bum. A few of the girls thought they were speaking Greek when really it was Spanish. Bano? Really Angelea?

I’ll bet no one saw this coming ~ Allison won the challenge! She was poised, used a ton of Greek words, and spoke about the mythos of Crete and Greece. Well done!

Finally! I’ve been waiting for this challenge all season and it’s finally here… an underwear shoot. Why am I so excited? Because Shannon has been so weird all season about not wearing underwear. She believes (and I think this is pretty cool on her part) that wearing underwear is something she should do only for her husband. That’s great, but don’t wear a bathing suit that actually shows more of you and say it’s okay. She’s done that several times over the season and it’s a case of semantics. They went to great lengths to pick underwear for Shannon that didn’t reveal anything and really did look like a swimsuit, but still she refused.

So, Shannon didn’t do the photo shoot. That doesn’t automatically mean she’s booted, bummer.

Poor Laura is super sick for the photo shoot, but she’s a trouper and doesn’t complain. For the shoot the girls had to be in a salad bowl with cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and dressing. A typical Greek salad. Seriously? Eww. Then again, I bet their skin was super soft afterward!

Dominique wins the photo challenge ~ dang, she really did look good in that salad!

The bottom two are Laura (not my sweet Laura! She was sick, please let her stay!) and Shannon.

I was pretty much yelling at the TV at this point. If they sent Laura home, after she sucked it up and did what she could even being so sick, then I was going to be sooooo mad.

Whew! The judges sent home Shannon. Yay!

The competition is getting intense. Only five are left and I have no idea who will win.

And our last recap is Next Iron Chef Super Chefs

The chefs were sent to San Diego! Whoohooo! Let’s hear it for my hometown!

They went to Petco Park, which is where the Padres play. Nope, I’ve never been there, but if you look in the background at some of the tall buildings, that’s the convention center where I go to Comic-Con each year. It’s kind of like going to Petco Park. Yeah, not really.

The chefs have to make a fancy ball park meal with only the ingredients found at the park. Well, food certainly has changed at ballparks since I last went. Those chefs had amazing ingredients to choose from!

The chefs made fantastic dishes, but honestly, I was so distracted from the hideous outfit Alton Brown wore that it’s all a fuzzy memory right now. Really, how did he pick that outfit and why was he allowed in our fair city wearing it? That’s him on the right, checking his watch. I wish I could grab a pic of him front facing, but this was the best Foodnetwork gave me.

Right, so now it’s back to Iron Chef stadium for the winner.

What?

Alex wins!

She’s totally stunned and stoked that she doesn’t have to face off against another chef.

Who does?

My sweet Robert Irving and Michael Chiarello. Dang. I like both of them, so this isn’t going to end well for me.

The secret ingredient is: Peanuts!

Both chefs cook their hearts out and in the end it comes down to one teeny tiny flaw in Robert’s dish that sends him home. Dang. I really like him and will miss him.

All of the chefs are my favorites for this show, so each week will be difficult to watch. Ah, well, that’s they way it goes in Trashy TV Land!

Until next week, sweet friends.

What have you been watching?

New shows on this week’s Trashy TV Recap!

Since Top Chef Just Desserts and Project Runway ended last week I thought I’d be all sad and lonely with only America’s Next Top Model to keep me entertained. But nooooope. Two new shows started and I’m thinking they might be winners.

But first! I can’t believe I forgot to mention Mad Fashion last week! Well, that mistake won’t happen again. This week Chris was asked to make a headdress for a charity competition.

Chris make a headdress? Oh, hello! That’s perfect for him. The only catch? He has to work with a floral designer since the charity is Tulips and Pansies. Well, Chis isn’t much for working with other designers, he prefers to be a one-man machine.

They ended up chucking their first design out the window (literally, almost hitting some poor girl walking down the sidewalk). I wonder if she kept telling people, ‘I almost got crushed by a six-foot tulip!’

After they ditched the first outfit, Chris made this slinky floral gown thing that goes more with the headdress. Which, after all, is the focus here. Chris wants it to be tall. Taller than anything he’s ever made and he’s got this old fishing pole he’s been saving for just such a piece of art. Wait a minute. Did I just say ‘fishing pole’? Why yes, yes I did.

The floral designer changed around the design of the headdress as well, not letting Chris know until the day of the competition and, well, that didn’t make Chris a happy boy. They didn’t win, but it was for charity, so that makes it okay. Right? Um, Chris doesn’t think so. I’m sure next week he’ll be back to designing his own fashions without the help of a florist.

First new show of the week! The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that I get a little twitchy with too many cooking shows, but TNIC:SC has too many of my favorite chefs not to watch. So, with notebook in hand, I sat down to see if this show could hold my attention for more than two episodes.

Alton Brown (full disclosure here – AB annoys the heck out of me) meets up with the chefs and explains there will be two challenges for every show. A Chairman’s Challenge and a Sudden Death mini-challenge that will decide who goes home. The bottom two of the CC will have to compete in the sudden death match. Okay, fair enough.

Then the chefs are paired up by Spike. Wait a minute! I know Spike, he was on Top Chef. And didn’t win. Why is he here with super chefs?

Yeah, I’m still scratching my head on that one. Anyway, Spike gets to pair everyone up and he picks his idol, Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Another full disclosure – I love, love, love Marcus. When he won Top Chef Masters, I did a happy dance around my living room. He has a quiet confidence that exudes style and class. Love him.

 

Right. So, now that the chefs are all paired up, they’re taken to the wild and told to make a fire, butcher a whole pig, and make two gourmet dishes for the judges.

I know what I would’ve told Alton Brown, but don’t you know, not a single person said what I was thinking. That’s probably why they’re on the show and I’m not.

These guys really are super chefs. They somehow managed to make delicious meals out of a very limited pantry and whatever they could find around them. Spike and Marcus used lake water to make a soup, Chef Chiarello ran out into a meadow and picked dandelions for a salad. I mean, wow. I would’ve still been curled in the fetal position muttering nursery rhymes in Gaelic. No, I don’t actually speak Gaelic, but that’s how freaked out I would’ve been. My idea of camping is staying in a hotel without room service. For real.

After ninety minutes of cooking, the chefs present their meals to the judges. Most of the dishes are a hit, but a few fall short. Who’s in the Sudden Death Challenge?

Oh, man talk about irony. Spike and Marcus Samuelsson, his idol. They have to battle it out to see who stays.

I’m kind of feeling bad for Spike at this time because he’s got to out cook Marcus. I just don’t know how he’s going to do it.

Well, Spike is a heck of a better chef than I gave him credit. He cooks his scallops to near perfection. Too bad Marcus hit perfection.

Poor Spike goes home. Hey, at least he got to meet his idol and gain his respect. That makes him a winner.

These are the chefs left to battle another day:

Anne Burrell, Robert Irvine, Michael Chiarello, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli, Chuck Hughes (I don’t know this guy… better keep an eye on him), Beau MacMillan, and my favorite, Marcus Samuelsson. They all either have shows on Food Network, or have been on Top Chef Masters, so I kind of know what their strengths are. This is going to be interesting…

From the fire to the frivolous ~ here’s what went down on America’s Next Top Model.

The ‘All Stars’ were given the challenge of writing a song and then making a music video.

Okay, really? What does singing have to do with their “brand” and modeling? If a publisher said to me, yeah we really like your book, but you need to write a song and make a music video to go with it, I’d laugh. Then when they heard me sing, they’d laugh and forget all about the idea. I’m pretty much tone deaf and I have no rhythm at all. Seriously.

Oh, wait, what a surprise. Lisa wins the songwriting challenge. Yay. Her prize? Getting to see a loved one. When her fiance shows up, I had to fast-forward through her being all lovey-dovey and kissing him. Ewww.

Ugh! I’m SO over Lisa. She keeps winning and I just don’t get it. Even my son thinks she looks like she’s 80 years old. You know, I do have to love her confidence, though. That girl has it in spades.

The guest judge this week is a rapper they call Game. Apparently he’s got some because Angelea goes berserk when he shows up. Yeah, my son and I don’t know who he is, either and on the second Tuesday of each month we’re pretty hip.

Game directs the girls in their videos and I think he kind of falls in love with Allison. He loves her freaky eyes and keeps telling her she’s so weird. Weirdly beautiful. Um, thanks?

Allison just giggles and tries not to cry. They’re totally going to date when this is all over. I can tell.

Judging this week is based solely on the video ~ which I forgot to mention was hijacked by Tyra and youtube sensation BeenerKeeKee. He’s that guy who lip synchs all the songs of pop artists like Katy Perry.

Anyway! Allison wins the video challenge (and Game’s heart), with Lisa coming in second. I have to admit, Lisa’s video was pretty cool. She should switch careers. Now. All of the videos are on the CWTV site if you want to see them.

The bottom two this week are Angelea and Alexandria. Both gave lackluster performances in their videos, but the judges thought Alexandria’s was just a smidge worse. Buh-bye Alexandria.

Next week the girls fly to Greece! Because, you know, Greece is a mecca for fashion.

If you want to see BeenerKeeKee singing Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ click here.

Last, but not least, a new Top Chef started this week. I was on the fence about this show, too. I mean, Top Chef Texas? Will it be all bbqs and steak?

Nope.

Twenty-nine chefs arrive at the Alamo and are told immediately that they will have to fight for a place in the house.

So far, I’m kind of like, Meh. But then… the judges are introduced. This season Padma and Tom Colicchio, together with Gayle Simmons (the judge of Top Chef Just Desserts), are joined by Emeril Lagasse and… Hugh Acheson! O.M.G. If I love Marcus Sameulsson, then I am positively smitten with Hugh Acheson. He was on Top Chef Masters (with Marcus) and is one of the funniest guys I’ve ever watched on TV. Seriously. He’s got this unibrow and is always making fun of it. Hilarious. And he’s a darn good chef.

Alright, I’m in. Get on with the competition.

The chefs are broken up into three groups who have to basically have quickfire challenges to determine who stays, who goes, and who is on the bubble.

There’s this one guy – Tyler Stone – cocky S.O.B. who explains that people always think he’s arrogant when really he’s just confident.

Hmmm, telling us you’re so amazing because you wrote a cookbook in 3 1/2 weeks is arrogant. Get off my TV you arrogant little punk.

Oh, wait a minute! I don’t have to tell him that because Tom Colicchio just did! Rewind… yep, arrogant boy didn’t know how to butcher a pig. Here’s a video of him begging Tom to let him stay. Love it! He didn’t even get a chance to cook!

Only two of the three groups made their dishes this episode, so we don’t know who all the chefs will be, but of the ones in the house, Nyesha is my favorite. She made this delicious-looking Tex-Mex ravioli that I’m still craving. Must. Find. Recipe. Oh, wait, I don’t know how to make ravioli. Dang it!

Since the episode sort of ended without any real conclusion, so will I. Next week we get the final five chefs. Until then my sweets, be trashy!

Here We Go ~ Trashy TV Recap!

So this week I had a little surprise waiting for me in my DVR inbox.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

Oh, yeah! I stumbled upon this show in the first season and fell in love. I don’t know why. I was sort of a cheerleader in 7th grade, I don’t dance, and I’m not much of a football fan, but I love, love, love watching this series. It’s on CMT (that’s the country music channel, which makes me wonder how the heck I ever stumbled upon the show to begin with! Must’ve been a really slooooooow day), Thursdays at 10pm.

This week two of my shows ended, which makes me wonder what I’m going to replace them with. I suppose it’ll have to be the cheerleaders, but I don’t know. Got any suggestions?

Top Chef: Just Desserts

This was the first show this week to have their finale. My friend, humor writer Gayle Carline had this to say on facebook:

“Gayle Carline is watching Top Chef Just Desserts. No one is failing or fighting or bursting into flame. As a matter of fact, it’s kind of a boring episode for the finale.”

Um, yeah. The chefs had to make a showpiece, some bread, an entremets (that’s a fancy word for … cake), and a bon bon. Are you thinking the same thing I am? *cue the music and let’s all sway our hips to Ricky Martin’s ‘Shake your bon bons’. Ooooh, yeah, I hummed this song for the rest of the episode. Much to my son’s dismay. Apparently he does not appreciate the finer points of music. Whatever.

Back to the show! I forgot to mention that these really big deal pastry chefs got to help the finalists. They’re all MOF’s, which doesn’t stand for what I thought it did. It mean’s they’re really, really good at what they do. All the chefs were peeing their pants over the MOF’s. (yeah, it makes me giggle a little bit, too. Shake your bon bon while saying MOF!) See Gayle? We make our own excitement here at Etherton House.

Guess what?! All the chefs get to choose TWO former contestants to help them as sous chefs. Oooooh, I wonder if anyone will pick the squirrel disguised as a human – Craig.

Naw, he didn’t get picked, but Sally totally won the sous chef jackpot with Orlando. Guess what he excels at? Show pieces! Guess what Sally sucks at? Show pieces! It’s almost like that was planned…

So, the chefs get to it, making dessert and trying not to freak out. Orlando basically makes Sally’s entire show piece and I’m thinking that’s not such a good idea. Matthew wants to push the limit and tries sugar work. For the first time in his career. Um, are you delirious? Stick to what you know!

Chris makes an amazing show piece – all by himself. Orlando, newly reformed and now sweet as pie, he admits that he didn’t want to work with anyone, but realized he had to ‘man up’ (his words) and help. He lost his chance at the title, so he had to do the right thing. Awww. Sniff, sniff. I love Orlando. Sort of.

Judging!

There are, like, a hundred judges for this challenge so I won’t name them all. They are big names in the industry, that’s all you really need to know. Actually, you don’t even need to know that. What you do need to know is that all of the show pieces look amazing and if I had to eat all those desserts there would be nothing left on all those tables. It might cost me one hundred marbles, but they looked so good!

Everyone rocked it. The judges have a hard time picking each dessert apart and critiquing such amazing work.

Chris wins! Yay! Confetti, balloons, champagne! I’m totally psyched he won. He had the mad pastry skillz and the best show piece. Yay!

America’s Next Top Model

Ok Gayle, you want fireworks and drama? Watch ANTM! Whew, these girls just get more and more crazy and the week’s go on.

Of course the show starts with Lisa missing Bre and dissing Bianca. Then, Alexandria and Bianca get into a fight over the shower. What? Grow up, ladies!

Last week Jay told Shannon she needs to be ‘edgy’ and, of course, Shannon thinks that means raunchy. Um, no. It means edgy.

The girls go to the rooftop of the Roosevelt Hotel, an iconic place in Hollywood (I’ve been in the hotel, never on the roof. Darn). Their challenge is to come up with a fragrance and then they’ll have to promote it to their fans. What this has to do with modeling, not really sure, but let’s just go with it.

The girls take their time (Alexandria a little too much time) and pick 3 fragrances to blend into their ‘signature’ scent. Allison calls hers, ‘Honey Blood’. Now, I ask you my beloved readers, would you wear a perfume called Honey Blood?

So, in keeping with her, I’m such a sweet, innocent, girl routine, Shannon wants her perfume to be, angelic, pure, and smitten. Huh? I thought smitten was when you were kind of lusting after someone.

Lisa had the best quote of the night, “I don’t know what Shannon is selling, but I know she’s selling herself short.” Okay, Lisa isn’t my favorite, but at least she’s honest.

SO. The girls have to get into a bathtub (with water and rose petals), to sell their fragrance to their fans. Bianca is having none of that. She says Tyra would never get into a tub, that she wants to be treated like a professional, she’s a lady and wants respect.

Um, you’re on a Reality TV show. For the second time. You sort of checked ‘respect’ off the list before you showed up. Seriously.

Not only that, but Tyra is the one who probably thought of the tub and you should probably get in it.  Nope. Bianca isn’t listening to me and my fabulous advice. She refuses to get into the tub. Heck, even Nigel got in the tub!

At judging Bianca is all ready to defend her position and says that Beyonce (just pretend there’s an accent over the e, I can’t figure out how to do it) or Rhianna would never do something like that and Tyra tells her, but you’re not Beyonce. Take that Bianca!

What else did Tyra tell her? Get in the dang tub! Love Tyra.

Wait, back to the challenge. Lisa wins the perfume challenge.

The girls have to do a photo shoot on a Harley while portraying either Nene or Snooki.

Shannon only has one pose, Bianca makes love to a pickle (well, it looked a bit strange) and Alexandria looked a bit wooden.

Lisa won the photo shoot challenge. She’s on fire this week!

Two girls go home – Bianca (no surprise there!) and Kayla. Aww, I love Kayla. Shannon was on the chopping block, but she got to stay. Dang it.

I would post pictures, but the CW site is messed up today. Sorry about that.

Project Runway

Arrgh! What’s up with all the websites today? Now PR isn’t letting me have pictures either. Well, you’re just going to have to imagine what I’m talking about and then go check out the websites for photos. Again, sorry.

The show starts with Tim giving each designer $500 and 30 minutes at Mood. Anya totally changes her looks while she’s at Mood. Procrastinate much?

Josh also gets new fabric. A gorgeous bright green colored something that he makes shorts out of, but I think they look like slime panties. With ties over the thigh. Yikes.

Viktor also changes things up and ditches the gorgeous flowy dress the judges loved last week. Why, Viktor, why??? For the love of Pete and all that is good in cheese, why?

Kimberly only makes a few changes, and tweaks. Good call.

Poor Josh, he’s all over the place. Viktor gives him a pep talk, Anya gives him a pep talk, I’m sure the mannequins gave him a pep talk. Pull it together, man! You’ve got a runway show to put on.

Now, I like Anya as a person, but I’m bored by her fashion. What I’m also bored with is her penchant for showing her boobies. Really. Every outfit she wears is open at the chest and flows down to her navel. I don’t even know if she owns a bra. Yes, she has very nice boobies, but really, I don’t need to see them all the time.

Runway day!

Kimberly’s line is sparkly and colorful. Like a Barbie doll’s closet.

Joshua’s line is very colorful, too. More like gay Ken doll’s closet.

Viktor’s line is sophisticated and yet edgy. Shannon needs to check out Viktor to understand edgy does not mean raunchy.

Anya’s line is very flowy with lots and lots of boobies almost showing. Big surprise there. It looks like Anya made a closet full of clothes for herself. 8 of the 10 dresses have plunging necklines. We’re talking straight down to the, well, you know where I mean.

Judging!

Kimberly listened to all the critiques and grew as a designer. Her looks were urban cool. Michael Kors thought she had great clothes, but not a great collection. Nina thinks she is ‘almost there’, but not ready yet to be an independent designer.

Joshua was focused with gorgeous tailoring, fun prints and the best styling. He has loads of ideas and is probably ready for the big time.

Viktor got a little lost with too much of the black sheer looks. He should’ve stayed with the super cool prints he made (um, like the dress he ditched at the last minute).

Anya needs more variety and to think of other women when designing. She’s a little one note, but has taste and style.

So who wins?

Anya. Ugh. I don’t think the judges got it right this time either. Bummer.

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Mad Fashion

You know how a few weeks ago I said I’d give Chris March a second date? Well, I’m totally smitten. I don’t know if it’s his laugh, or his larger-than-life personality, but I’m definitely loving his show, Mad Fashion. If you haven’t checked it out yet, do! It’s on Bravo, Tuesday nights at 10PM.

This week Chris got a call from Jennifer Coolidge. She’s one of my favorite actresses because she can play dumb brilliantly. Love, love, loved her in Legally Blonde! You just bend, and snap! Ugh. Love.

Anyway, so Jennifer is, like, the queen of some float for Mardi Gras and thought she could just wing it. When she realized she needed something fabulous, she called Chris. Get this – she gives him three days to make a costume for her! Why do these clients always wait until the last minute? Sure, Chris is brilliant and can whip up extreme fashion in nothing flat, but jeez. It’s like he’s still on Project Runway, but with a bigger budget and no Tim Gunn saying, ‘Make it work’. Poor Chris!

Jennifer wants something with, maybe, ‘Rockets in the breast’. O.M.G. That woman is hilarious!

Long story short – Chris makes it work and they get to New Orleans the day before the parade to finish everything up.

THIS is the final product.

What did Jennifer say when she had it all put on?

“I so want to stop at 7/11 and get some gum.”

Hilarious! Okay, so there weren’t any rockets from the breasts, but she looked amazing.

Just another day in the life of Chris March and his Mad Fashion team. Whew!

Rachel Zoe had her baby (so cute!), Rodger bought her an outrageous 10 Karat diamond ring as a ‘push present’, Joey & Mandana were mean and catty about Jeremiah, who was kind enough to come back and decorate the baby’s room. Even though they ditched him to go to the hospital to be with Rachel. Whatever. I’m out of love with this show. Moving on.

Top Chef Just Desserts

This week the cheftestants got right into the elimination challenge. No quick fire, no warm up, bam! Straight to the challenge. Which was to create a dessert that looks like a savory dish from a country that they choose.

Chris gets France, Orlando Spain, Matthew Italy, and Sally chooses Cuba. Cuba? Really? Um, okay then. Good luck with that.

When they start their cooking, all of the chefs are freaking out a little except Matthew. He knew exactly what he wanted to make and never wavered. His pick? Manicotti.

Dude, it’s Italy, you can do so much more! Oh, well.

When Johnny comes for his little visit/pep talk, Chris tells him he’s making Beef Wellington. Um, isn’t that a British dish? Apparently Chris doesn’t know the history of his dish – it was named after the Duke of Wellington (an English dude). Buuuuut, since it was named for him after he defeated Napoleon, and there is actually a French dish similar – Filet en croute, Johnny let’s it slide. Hmmm.

Orlando decides to make paella and it’s a little embarrassing how much he’s sucking up to Johnny. In the past, he’s butted heads with the judge, but on that day, Orlando saw the wisdom of everything Johnny said. Really? No, seriously, what happened to whiney, snarky Orlando? Who’s this timid little thing making paella? I miss Orlando!

Sally spends way too much time freaking out about her dish and thinks she’ll make two and pick the best one, but Johnny calms her down and she settles for a Cuban sandwich. Whew! Now she can start cooking (it’s only taken, like, an hour for her to decide on this. Yes, an hour.)

Right. So after we get some sob stories, Sally was a rowdy teenager, but totally appreciates everything her mom’s done for her. Orlando was shunned by his family when he came out, etc. we get back to the real excitement. Cooking.

Judging:

Chris told Johnny he wouldn’t use puff pastry, but guess what’s on his beef? Yep, store bought puff pastry. Lazy boy didn’t even make his own! That could be the one thing that sends him home.

Matthew told Johnny he’d use tomatoes in his dish, but changes his mind and only uses jelly. Hmmm, that could be the thing that sends him home. Silly boys. Never make last minute changes!

Cat Cora is the guest judge and Orlando is all giddy over her. She’s his favorite chef and he almost pee’s himself when he presents his dish to her. Yep. Orlando has left the building. I don’t know who this guy is, but he’s a pale comparison to the original Orlando. Jus’ sayin’.

The judges argue back and forth over tiny little flaws in everyone’s dish. Orlando’s rice is mushy, Sally’s mousse is too messy, Matthew wasn’t creative enough, and that dreaded puff pastry for Chris.

Who stays for the finale and who goes home?

Sally wins!

Orlando goes home!

Wow. That kind of shocked me a little. I thought for sure Matthew was going home, but the judges really hated Orlando’s rice. And in front of Cat Cora, too. Poor Orlando.

I was really hoping for a Chris/Orlando showdown at the finale. Oh, well. We’ll see next week who is Top Chef!

America’s Next Top Model

Let me just say before we begin. I had no idea who Coca Rocha was before this show, but I’m so smitten with her! She’s gorgeous. Truly. Love.

Backup, so the show starts with the girls having a football challenge. All the eliminated girls are brought back to be on teams with the remaining girls.

Each team gets two professional football players. What?!?

Yep. The winning team will get $5000 for the football player’s charities. Super cool. The winning model gets jewelry. Huh.

It’s not just a football game, it’s also a photo challenge. Each girl has to pose with the football players at certain times throughout the game. Yikes. That makes my head swim, I can only imagine how the girls feel. Are we modeling or playing football? Both!

Kayla wins the photo challenge and gets to be on Tyra’s website for something. I forget because I was too busy looking at her pretty sparkly jewelry. Yep, I’m easily distracted by sparkly things.

The real photo challenge of the week is a bitch fight with Coco Rocha. She’s a supermodel who is known for her posing skills. She works her angles, baby! Okay, so I don’t really know what that means, but they kept saying it, so I thought I’d throw it in here. I think it means she can make weird faces look pretty.

You can’t really see her gorgeous face here, but she was amazing with all the girls. They were pulling her hair, her clothes, everything and she just kept on modeling.

There was a moment when Angelea was doubting herself and Mr. Jay had to give her a pep talk. I’m going to include what he told her here because it hit me that this is what so many of us writers are doing. We’re “struggling with a sense of self and whether we’re worthy enough.” Yeah, we are.

Anytime you put something out there, whether it’s writing or modeling, you’re exposed to judgments and that can be harsh.

Well, Angelea pulled herself together and rocked the rest of the photo shoot. Not well enough to get top photo, but she was close.

Best photo this week went to Dominique. I don’t know why, but the judges loved it. Meh.

The bottom two were Bre and Alexandria. Tyra told the girls that they both are only showing a smidgen of the power they had in their original cycles. Hmm. Bre and Alexandria thought they were super powerful and would take the top photo spot. Ooops.

Bre was eliminated and instead of waiting patiently to hug Tyra and the other girls, she just left the room. It was awkward and strange. I thought Bre had more class than that.

Oh, well. Buh-bye Bre!

Project Runway

This week is Part One of the Finale! All of the designers go home to make their ten piece collection. As always, Tim Gunn visits each designer to check on their progress.

First up, Kimberly.

Tim likes thinks she needs to take more risks and wow the judges.

Next, Tim goes to Trinidad to see Anya’s collection.

Well, Anya has some pretty fabric, but nothing constructed yet. Um, you only have a few weeks, girlfriend! Get sewing!!

Viktor has amazing clothes that totally wow Tim, but he warns Viktor not to over think his designs. To let his visceral dictate. What the hell does that mean?

To be more base or crude? To follow his instinct more? I thought that’s what he was doing. I sure hope Viktor gets what Tim means!

On to Joshua. Poor, poor Joshy. Tim hates all of his fabrics, even saying that one of them makes him sad and want to weep. He wants to know what happened? Where’s the sex?

Oh. My. Heck.

I love Tim Gunn so much! He’s a total crack up in a suit. Love.

Once all the designers get back to New York (in an amazing penthouse suite!!), Tim tells them they have to show three looks and one of them is going to get booted.

All of the designers, except Viktor, freak out. Viktor is totally done with his collection, but the other three are still sewing, still designing. Um, wasn’t that what all that time at home was for? Duh.

On the runway Viktor’s looks are amazing. Kimberly’s are, um, cheap? Trashy? Ick. I don’t like them at all, which is strange since I usually like her designs. Joshua’s look very cool and Anya’s are ho-hum.

The judges basically rip all the collections apart and give out just as many compliments to each designer. You really have no idea who is going to go home, but are pretty sure it’s going to be one of the girls. Even the girls think it’s going to be one of them.

Well, those stinky judges tell Joshua he’s in, then Viktor, then Kimberly. Which leaves Anya standing alone on the runway. Poor Anya. (okay, secretly I’m ecstatic at this point. Anya needs to go home! Her collection was boooooooring.) Wait a minute. Did Heidi just tell Anya she’s in as well? Damn. Yep, all four of the designers will show their collection at Fashion Week.

If they pull another Mondo on me, I’ll be so mad! Viktor is clearly the most talented, but Anya has been a favorite the whole show. We’ll see what happens next week. Ugh!

Until then, here are the designers three runway looks. Which is your favorite? Who do you want to win?

 

Trashy TV Recap ~ TCJD, ANTM, PR

What’s new?

We’re jumping right into the trash today with a new show I saw over the weekend. Wow. That’s all I can say about Tough Love Miami. Have any of you watched this show? I caught one episode and was shocked at the women! They have issues, we’re talking some serious issues, and when Steve (the matchmaker, but not in the scary Patti Stengler way) tried to talk to them about how to change – they would argue with him! The website says this is season three. Really? How have I missed one and two?

Okay, I admit it, I was intrigued and might have to find this so I can DVR one more episode. Just one.

Rachel Zoe

I thought this was the last week for Rachel Zoe, but there’s one more and then I get to see her little baby. This week Rachel finally let Jeremiah go on a styling gig, but she and Joey were so mean to him. It upset me. Then when Rodger fired Jeremiah, I wanted to cry! I was so worried for him that I actually googled him to see how he’s doing. Yeah, I’m like that with characters in books, too. Except I can’t really google them. I just think about them for a long time after I’ve finished the book and wonder what their lives are like.

Anyway, it seems that Jeremiah isn’t actually fired. But, but, but, it sounded like Rodger fired him. I’m so confused! Should I be worried? Happy? Ah, screw it. Rachel’s having her baby next week. Who cares what Jeremiah’s doing, I get to see a baby!

America’s Next Top Model

Ah, my sweet little models on Americal’s Next Top Model. What is a season without some screaming and infighting? You didn’t disappoint this week.

I don’t really know what all the screaming was about. Something having to do with Bianca and Shannon and the phone. Then Lisa got involved and that’s when the screaming started. That Lisa likes to yell. And curse. Dang, wash your mouth out with soap!

Whatever. On to the challenge. This week the girls had to walk a runway for the Kardashian sisters. Wait, did I mention the runway involved a spinning carousel? Yeah, that’s right. Spinning. Oh. My. Heck. In six inch heels.

Most of the girls did okay with the heels and spinning carousel, Angelea was screaming like a fool and Mr. Jay said she ‘Sounds like someone’s alcoholic aunt.’ Yep, about sums it up. Lisa was her crazy self and at the end of the challenge, Lisa and Bre won. Yawn.

Have I mentioned Bianca needs to get over herself? She does, in a major way! She kept boo-hooing to Ms. J that she’s above all the other models because she has a contract and she’s the only *real* model there. Um, if you’re the only *real* model and you have a contract, why the heck are you on a reality show? I’m pretty sure any agent with half a brain wouldn’t push you to do the show. They’d be booking more photo shoots. Leave already!

The photo challenge this week is just too darn cool. The girls get to channel Michael Jackson. As a surprise, LaToya Jackson comes on set to help the girls. Some of the girls get to wear MJ’s actual costumes. Whoa. That would be epic and terrifying at the same time. Can you imagine if you, oh, I don’t know, passed gas in his trousers?

Hopefully Bre didn’t do anything silly like that. Doesn’t she look cool?

I thought all of the girls rocked the photo shoot and judging would be hard, but I don’t pick the photos to be used. Tyra does and I think she picked a few stinkers.

It didn’t matter, though because LaToya got to pick the winner AND loser.

So, who won?

Laura! Ah, I just love her. She’s sweet and innocent and she avoids all the drama in the house.

Who went home?

No one. Yep, LaToya said Michael Jackson was all about love and helping people, so she didn’t want to tarnish his memory. Dang. I was really hoping either Lisa would go home. She was in the bottom two with Angelea. Maybe next time.

Top Chef Just Desserts

This week’s guest judge is François Payard. Know what I learned this week? François has a patisserie in Vegas. Guess where I’m going next month? You guessed it! Vegas. I’m so looking him up and getting a macaroon.

So the cheftestants had to make a pie for the judges. A simple pie is anything but and this challenge had them all scrambling. Oh, did I mention they had to do it with one had behind their back? It was hilarious watching them try to open jars, cut fruit, and roll out dough. They were actually kind of nice and kept helping each other. I liked that.

Poor Matthew, he wasn’t thinking and used his forbidden hand to move the plate and was DQ’d. Bummer. Carlos won the challenge and a cool $5,000. Nice job!

The Elimination Challenge this week sent the chefs to an ‘upscale carnival’. They were challenged to make a tasty treat for 150 guests. Now, I don’t know about you, but sometimes just making dinner for my family stresses me out. How do you know how much food to get for 150 people? That always boggles my mind.

Johnny! I love it when Johnny comes in the kitchen to check on the chefs. He tries to be all cool and supportive, but sometimes you just get the feeling he’s thinking, ‘WTF?’. Love him!

When they call time, Sally realizes she left her corn pudding in the blast freezer and is stressed she’s going to be sent home because of it. Hmmm, drama.

That night at the TCJD super secret house, Carlos, Orlando, and Matthew get smashed and play a game of ‘Never have I ever’. I just wish Bravo had a clip of it on the website. I couldn’t find one, but maybe it’s hidden in there somewhere. In the morning they regret the drinking, but it was awesome to watch.

So the guest judge for the Elimination Challenge is Dana Cowin, yeah, I don’t know who she is either.

Matthew and Sally are the frontrunners in this challenge, which leaves Orlando, Chris, and Carlos in the bottom.

I just love it how Chris never understands that what he did was not good. He’s very confident, that Chris.

Matthew wins the challenge – yay! He and Sally are my two favorites.

Carlos goes home. Meh. At least Chris and Orlando have one more week to fight it out for dessert supremacy. I love their little battle for the top. As they posture and preen, Sally and Matthew are just going to slip right on past and win the whole darn thing!

and finally…

Project Runway

Wow, this is the final challenge before the designers go home to make a collection for Fashion Week. I can’t believe we’re down to the final five. Yikes.

The designers take a field trip to Governors Island to get inspiration from the art. There are some amazing pieces on that little island. Definitely a cool place to check out if you’re in New York.

Once back in the workshop Tim comes in with the dreaded button bag! Oooooh, what’s going to happen?

All of the designers get to pick an assistant. Cool! But wait, the assistants are the last five designers sent home. Hmmmm….

Joshua picks Bryce and immediately starts in on Anya. That man is so catty! He really should focus more on his clothes and less on Anya. Seriously.

Laura boo-hoos that she has wanted to show at Fashion Week since she was ten and this is so important to her. Girl, if it’s that important, stop crying and go make something fashionable! Geez.

So, the designers make their garments, change their minds, make something new, drive their assistants crazy, and then finally make something that goes down the runway.

Which brings us to – the runway show!

Ugh! The judges love Anya. Again. I’m starting to think this season is going to end much the same way last season ended. With my favorite not winning. But wait, I don’t have a favorite. Okay, fine, I just don’t want Anya to win, but I think she will.

What do you think? These are her winning looks. The judges thought she showed ‘range’ I thought they all looked too similar. Zoe Saldana, the guest judge thought the one on the left looked like a condom. Um, yeah she’s right!

The dress Anya’s wearing is more interesting to me than the ones she made. But alas, I am not Michael Kors.

Speaking of MK – he still cracks me up. He tells Joshua that he’s ‘like a magpie – he’s attracted to anything shiny.’ Like that’s a bad thing?

Once they’ve all been judged, the designers have to say why they should stay and what other two designers they would pick. All of them say Anya, which is odd since they have all bashed her at one time or another.

Here’s how it goes down:

Heidi tells Anya she’s in (yeah, like we didn’t already know). Then Viktor is in, Joshua is in, and that leaves Laura and Kimberly in the bottom.

Heidi’s been hinting all night that more than one designer could go home. Will they send both home?

Nope. Just Laura gets the boot. Her tears were for naught.

Buh-bye Laura. I’ll miss her. She was fun.

Next week promises to be crazy. What will these designers get up to next? Which model will be sent home and what bizarre new reality show will I become addicted to?

Trashy TV Recap! TCJD, ANTM, PR, Rachel Zoe, Mad Fashion

Hey guys and dolls,

This week I stumbled upon a marathon of Rachel Zoe and ooooh, let me tell you – I’m hooked! I spent a solid two hours watching her run around with her pregnant little self and now I can hardly wait for her son to be born. I know, I’m such a trashy TV slut. I’ll watch anything that sparkles. In my defense, I was sorting my son’s clothes during the show, so at least I got something done. By the way, when DO boys stop growing? I’m pretty sure I just donated two huge bags of clothes I bought only a few months ago. Yikes.

I was super excited for Tuesday because it was the premier of Mad Fashion! Well, it was okaaaay. I’m not in love yet, but I’m willing to go on a second date to see what he has to offer. Chris March is super fabulous, so he better not disappoint. We’ll see.

On America’s Next Top Model this week, the episode starts off with the girls getting mail from home. The girls get mail? That explains how they have new outfits all the time. I always wondered about that. Poor Camille only got bills. She’s 33 you know, and has responsibilities – like that means she can’t let loose and have fun? I’m 46 with loads of responsibilities, but if I was on a modeling show (hey, it can happen!) I’d be enjoying every minute of it, not stressing out about things back home.

Kayla had to go to the ER and it turns out, she had a mini heart attack! Even more reason to chill out and stop stressing about the small stuff. Yikes. I hope she’s fine and can continue on with the competition because I adore her.

The models had an acting challenge and Bianca decided all the other girls should just go home because she’s the complete package – actress, model, and um, whatever else they are supposed to be doing. Right. You keep telling yourself that, Ms. B.

Those poor girls had to memorize a script in 30 minutes and then act out a scene with some old dude from CSI. Some of the medical terminology tripped up everyone, except two girls and you won’t believe who.

The surprise of the day was Lisa. She stank. I mean, ewww, what’s that horrid acting stench? Not only that, but she dropped the F bomb about a million times. Angelea and Bre nailed their auditions and were the top two. Bre won the challenge, much to Angelea’s dismay and mine. I thought Angelea rocked it.

The photo shoot was for Express and each girl was given a ‘type’ to portray – Flirt, Socialite, Cool Chick, or Girlfriend. What’s that? Bianca thinks she’s above it all? Again, Bianca, really? Didn’t you learn from the acting challenge that you aren’t the only model on set. Um, clue phone, it’s for you!

Once again Lisa stunk it up. Jay thought she looked like an ice skater doing a double sow cow. Ouch. But she wasn’t the worst of the bunch. Camille was and she went home. About darn time!

Angelea won the challenge because she gave a feisty ‘socialite’ look that wasn’t commercial. Well done, Angelea.

Project Runway. Ah, my sweet PR, you snoozed me last week, but this week you woke me up! They paired up the designers and gave them a bird to be their inspiration.

Bert & Joshua got a parrot, Viktor & Kimberly a cockatoo, and Anya & Laura a raven. But wait, there’s more! They aren’t designing in teams, they are competing against their teammate. What? Oh, this will be good.

The winner of the challenge gets $20,000 and a spread in Marie Claire magazine. Awesome! They have to use a new line of make up by L’Oreal Paris that is based on the birds. I loooooove the color palettes and wish I could find a great picture to show them to you. Since I can’t, here’s Tim Gunn with his pal.

Bert hated this challenge. He found the parrot uninspiring and whined too much. Viktor, on the other hand, embraced the challenge and said he would make his gown, ‘Glamazing’. That just might be my new favorite word. After Fabulicious, that is.

Wait a minute! Tim Gunn visits the workroom and tells the designers they have to make a second look. Oh snap! Those designers are not happy about it at all. Off they go back to Mood. They didn’t really think they would get two days to make one outfit, did they? Silly designers!

Poor, poor Kimberly. She is NOT having a good day. Her outfit is crazy wild, she can’t think of what she wants for her second look, and then she sews through her finger. Ouch! Anya and Laura comfort her in the bathroom, which I think is pretty darn nice of them. This is a competition, after all.

Oh, scratch that. Anya knows perfectly well it’s a competition when Joshua asks to borrow some fabric. He only bought floaty stuff and he’s stumped for his second look. Anya decides she can’t share fabric this late in the game. Really, Anya? Wasn’t it just last episode when you lost your money and everyone except Viktor gave you fabric? Karma baby, that’s all I can say. And I hope it shows up soon. Meow!

Tim Gunn visits the workroom again and the designers are leery of him, but he just gives critiques. Kimberly is still down, so he gives her a hug because that’s just the awesome kind of guy he is. I heart Tim Gunn.

Ooops, I spoke too soon. Tim tells the designers that only one of their looks will walk the runway. Oh, are they pissed!

Of course, Kimberly is thrilled. She puts together a stunning gown in three hours. Wow, that was one magical hug Tim gave her!

On the runway, the judges love Anya’s look (ugh, of course!), Joshua’s, and Kimberly’s. Whoa, Kimberly took down the all-powerful Viktor. That was worth the entire episode! I like Viktor, but he needed a little perspective. He just thinks he’s all that and a bag of buttons.

Anya wins. Yay. Whoohooo. Snore. Her dress was cute, but she had to sew her girl into the dress. I actually liked Laura’s look best, but the judges said it was too literal. Um, okay.

Anya’s on the right and Laura’s on the left. Which is your favorite?

It comes down to Laura and Bert for worst look. Thankfully, the judges send Bert home. It was way past time.

Top Chef Just Desserts. This is it! I saved TCJD for last because this week is so epic.

Orlando vs. Chris.

Here’s a little bit of history for you, my sweet readers – Orlando and Chris were in a competition together for Food Network. They got to go on a Caribbean cruise! You can watch the episode here. Neither of them won, but Chris came in second and Orlando third, so you know those two are gunning for each other.

Which is perfect because this week’s elimination challenge is a chocolate showpiece. But wait! First we have a quick fire challenge.

What’s Johnny doing here? Oh, no, it’s an elimination challenge. The cheftestants have to create a perfect donut – for the winner? $10,000. For the loser? A trip home. That better be one fine donut!

Full disclosure here: in the trailers, they say that Orlando ‘takes on Johnny’ or something silly like that which makes me think Orlando gets the boot and he argues with Johnny over it. Um, not so lucky today folks. All the hubbub is over a spice. Orlando says he made a spice donut and Johnny says he can’t taste the cardamom. What a let down! I thought there would be a knock down drag’em out fight. Nope. Just a lack of spice.

Carlos wins the QF and Megan goes home. Not a big surprise since her donut basically stuck to the plate. It did, really. Her caramel set and they had to pry the donut off. It was great.

On to the chocolate challenge! The teams (Orlando, Carlos, & Sally) (Chris, Matt, & Katsie) have to make a showpiece and a chocolate dessert. The chefs will get to taste the other teams desserts and sit at the table with the judges. Oh. My. Heck. That is going to be awesome!

Of course, Chris takes on his team’s showpiece and Orlando the other team’s. Orlando lets Sally & Carlos make most of his dessert while he focuses on the the showpiece. That could be a disaster, but he’s hell bent on beating Chris. Ego much, Orlando? Hey, at least he isn’t whining. Yet.

Both teams make a decent showpiece, but the real fun is judging. Orlando can’t shut his mouth! He just bashes and bashes everyone’s dessert. Especially Katsie. There is NO love lost between him and Katsie. I’m actually starting to feel bad for her. The camera does this great pan of all the judges and other chefs looking mildly bored/horrified that Orlando won’t shut up. Yikes. I wish Bravo let me use their pictures, but they won’t. Stingy meanie pants. You can see the picture of the bored judges here.

The other team is pretty nice in their reviews. Chris, of course, is the most vocal, but not nearly as bad as Orlando.

Ok, whatever, Orlando’s team wins. Yay. Whooohoooo. Dang it! I really like Sally, but Orlando bugs and Carlos is boring. He’s a nice guy, just boring.

So it’s down to Chris, Matt, or Katsie going home.

Katsie made a giant sweet mess that sends her packing.

I have a feeling the final will come down to Chris, Orlando, and Sally. That would be an amazing match up, but we still have two weeks to go until then. I can’t wait!

That’s it for this week. What have you been sneaking into your day when no one is around? A little Cupcake Wars? Maybe some Toddlers and Tiaras? You know you love Trashy TV!

Back by Popular Demand – Trashy TV Recap!

Yep, it’s back. Okay, so it was only gone a week, but you know what? I missed it! So, here it is in all it’s fabulousness! Enjoy.

Before we get to the three shows I’ll recap, I thought I’d mention a few shows that caught my attention this week.

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

Yes, there really is a reality show about this. Girls in England who live in caravans (trailers to us US folk) have these crazy weddings where the dresses are huge – we’re talking Marie Antoinette would be jealous of the width of the skirts – huge. It’s a total riot to watch, so check it out.

Okay, I know I said I’d rather watch Hillbilly Handfishin’ before I watched Millionaire Matchmaker again, but Patty slays me. This time out she had a Russian ball buster and a gay guy who thought he was the wisest guy on the planet. I had to pick up the kid from school, so I didn’t get to see if the dates worked out and I didn’t even care. Just the interview process was enough to leave me almost pee’ing my pants!

Tabatha’s Salon Takeover

Oh. My. Curlers. Tabatha is awesome. She’s terrifying and hilarious. I actually DVR’d a show for this Saturday because I only saw part of the show and I just HAVE to know what happened. She’s a ball buster, that Tabatha.

This week on America’s Next Top Model I started to like the girls again. Maybe because Brittany went home last week. She was loud and just too aggressive.

The girls all got a visit from Tyra and some dude named Martin Lindstrom. He’s considered a Brand Genius. Sure, that’s all fine and well for models, but if Tyra ever does anything with writers, I expect to see Kristen Lamb on that show! So, Martin gives the girls one word to describe them and their brand. The next day they all get Ty-overs with Ashlee Simpson on hand to lend support.

Ashlee, really? Maybe it’s because she’s had so many different hair colors. Whatever, she’s cute and the girls liked having her around.

Well, you know how it goes with Ty-overs, there’s always someone who goes crazy with the drama and cries. This time it’s Bre. Tyra wants her hair short and sleek. You know what? That haircut rocks! It was all big and puffy before, now it’s chic.

After their Ty-overs, the girls had to make a Pink’s hot dog with their brand in mind and exude their word. Um, what? I have to make a hot dog, then take pictures while eating the hot dog and look like my brand? Is someone smoking the hot dogs here?

In case you’re wondering, here are their words:

Lisa – Daring (The flip side of this was that the fans didn’t find Lisa trustworthy. Ooops!)

Sheena – Unexpected (Seriously? There is nothing surprising or unexpected from her. Yawn)

Kayla – Free (Because, you know, LGBT is so 5 years ago, according to Mr. Lindstrom)

Shannon – Trustworthy (I say boring, but they say trustworthy. Okay.)

Dominique – Survivor (As in Redemption Island? Can someone please vote her off!)

Allison – Unique (I like Allison, but her kewpie eyes and broken down doll look terrifies me)

Angelea – Persistence (It’s fun to note here that the fans thought she looked cheap, especially her shoes. I really want to dislike her, but the girl’s got spunk. And my respect)

Bre – Girlfriend (Yeah, I could see hanging out with Bre and shopping together. She’s cool)

Isis – Inspiration (Duh! Isis is a dude who became a woman and is feminine and gorgeous than some of the women I know. She followed her dream and rocks her brand)

Camille – Proud (Ya think?)

Laura – Lovable (Another no brainer. Laura reminds me of Shandi – probably my all time favorite model. I totally thought she’d be on this show. Oh, well)

Alexandria – Tough (Mr. Lindstrom said the fans thought she was annoying and said a lot of things with no value. I hope Alexandria gets herself together and drops the dramatics. Not a favorite this cycle or last)

Bianca – Candid (This gave Bianca courage to start drama in the house. Yawn. Been there, bought the t-shirt, have the raging headache to prove it)

Some of the girls rocked the dog and some didn’t. It’s a hot dog – how amazing do you think a photo shoot can be?

Oh. My. Stars. Nigel Barker has hair! Oh, wait, Tyra just shaved his head, no he doesn’t! That was a totally random moment in TV history. I need to take a moment and collect my thoughts. Enjoy this pic of Tyra shaving Nigel’s head:

You all thought I was lying, didn’t you?

So, back to judging.

All of the judges thought Lisa’s picture was the best, but I’m not a fan of seeing food in people’s mouths. I guess the jalapeno’s were ‘daring’!

It was pretty obvious the judges didn’t like Sheena or Kayla’s pictures and so it was no surprise Sheena went home.

Hmmm, now that Nigel is bald again, he’s on my Secret Crush list. I might have to profile him one of these blogs.

Top Chef Just Desserts

Let me just say that last week there was a fabulous Willy Wonka challenge and the best part was seeing Johnny’s sweet smile. This guy is really just too cute. Especially when he smiles. Yep, he’s on the SC list already. You’ll be reading more about him soon. Promise.

See what I mean? Super cutie.

This week’s quickfire challenge’s guest judge is Pichet Ong. Who, you ask? Yeah, I don’t know either.

The chefs have to make a candy bar. Are you kidding me? How fun would that be!

For once, Orlando doesn’t whine. Hmmm, what’s wrong with him?

Some chefs strugge (Matt’s looks like a bar of poop. Really) and others rock it. Sally wins the challenge and immunity. Which is good and bad.

Good because she can’t go home. Bad because it’s a team elimination challenge and she sacrifices her ideas/visions for the team.

For the elimination challenge, the teams have to make a yummy treat for people at a water park. Again, how fun would this be?!?

Finally, we get to see Johnny! He chats with all the chefs and is worried about a few of them, but of course the chefs don’t listen to him. When will they learn?

Orlando, Chris, and Matthew are on the same team. I know what you’re thinking, Dream Team, right? Hmmm, maybe.

Katsie, Rebecca, and Megan. I don’t even know what they made, because Johnny was talking about a place in his neighborhood that makes spumoni and I was focused on him.

Finally, Carlos, Amanda, and Sally make up the last team. They want to make popsicles and funnel cakes, pretty standard water park fare, how can they lose, right? Hmmm.

As you’ve probably guessed by now, Dream Team kind of sucked at the challenge. Orlando made a root beer float with out a float, Chris made a sticky, sweet smoothie thing and Matthew served warm strawberries on a hot day. They didn’t lose, though so they are all safe.

Katsie won the challenge with her spumoni on a stick. Um, okayyy.

That leaves Carlos, Amanda, and Sally in the bottom. Sally, as we know, has immunity, which is the only thing that saves her butt from going home this week. Whew! I like Sally and hope she goes far. Carlos made a sugary abomination with cereal and ice cream and chocolate. Ewww. Amanda made soggy funnel cakes. Amanda goes home! Buh-bye funnel cake maker.

Project Runway

The challenge for this week is to make a signature look for an up and coming band. There are two teams, but this isn’t a typical team challenge. Each person is responsible for their own look and the looks need to be cohesive, but they aren’t judged as a team.

The band is called Sheep Dog and most all of the members look like shaggy dogs. Oh, and did I mention they are MEN. Oh, yes, my pretties, this week’s challenge is to create menswear! Those designers are going nutso over the MEN. Love it!

Warning! Warning! Warning! The show is focusing on Olivier and Anya too much. Hmmm, could it be one of them is going home?

Poor, poor Olivier. He just can’t understand the concept of designing for real people. He tells his band member, repeatedly, that he’s ‘Big’. Um, he’s not plus sized, he’s freaking 6’3″! Get over yourself, Olivier! (as a side note, Olivier was one of my first favorites and is my daughter’s favorite)

Right. Back to sewing. The designers talk to the band and get ideas of what they want and all of them pretty much are hippies. They have long, shaggy hair, wear boots and jeans, not anything too original. And the designers don’t help them into the 21st Century, either.

On the runway, the band performed two songs for the judges – one in each teams’ outfits. Oh. My. Stars. Guest judge is Adam Lambert! Perfect judge for this show. I adore Adam (okay, the fact that he’s from San Diego and I’ve met his dad are huge bonuses, but still, I love his music and his fashion sense).

Team Harmony strikes sweet and sour notes with the judges. They like Bert’s flow-y hippie thang he’s got going on and hate Anya’s outfit. Who could blame them! Michael Kors cracks everyone up with his quips about it looking like a bad Brady Bunch outfit. He’s SO right! Terrible.

Team Untitled (what, are they trying to be rockstars here? dumb name) has two good looks for the judges. Josh – who is trying so hard not to be a bully anymore and actually making me kind of like him – has wicked cream jeans with a zipper that screams, “look at my crotch!”. When Tim challenged him in the workroom on the zipper, Josh defended it, which was hilarious. Heidi also liked the sexiness of the zipper.

The winning outfit went to Viktor, who made an amazing pleather jacket with braiding and fringe. His shirt was Meh, but the pants were cool and actually not white or beige like most of the others. Yay Viktor!

So, who went home? It was between Anya and Olivier. The judges are in LOVE with Anya. I don’t get it, but she’s their pet this season.

Yep, you guessed it. Olivier went home. I’m going to miss that darling boy, but he was way too whiny this show and had major time management issues. Buh-bye sweetling.

That’s it for this week!

What shows did you catch on Trashy TV? You know you sneak a few in, which ones are they? Is there a show I just HAVE to watch?