rachel-frederisksonThe season finale of The Biggest Loser aired this week, and it was a perfect opportunity for people with nothing going on in their lives to express outrage over something on television. Apparently getting worked up over an advertisement didn’t fill their quota for the week.

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Don’t try adjusting your fake glasses, that won’t help

Rachel Frederickson lost so much weight, she even managed to get the fake shocked look by Bob and Jillian… I know guys, how could a contestant on a show that promotes rapid weight loss go to such extremes and lose too much weight?  Absolutely mind blowing!

Look, I’m not saying that 105lbs is a good weight to drop down to, in fact I like a little meat on women, but people can’t act surprised when people to extremes when it comes to reality competitions.  It’s like Jeff Probst feigning a surprise when Brandon Hantz pulls a nutty on Survivor, despite them knowing he is more than capable of doing such a thing.

The biggest surprise about this is that The Biggest Loser has been on the air for 15 seasons and there aren’t more issues like this.  You’d think once a year there would be a few people who end up in the hospital for pushing themselves too hard for that 1 extra pound or two per week.

Anyway, what I also want to comment on is how the hell did Holly Mangold end up on the show and I wasn’t aware of it? I remember when she was on MTV’s True Life “I’m The Big Girl” episode and was ready to head to the Olympics.  Is she still working out?

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The old Holly Mangold

She makes me want to sit down one weekend and catch up on the season!

kristen flipped off

Flipped off is a new reality show starring the Survivor alumni Russell Hantz, his brother (and also Brandon Hantz’s father) Shawn Hantz, and the beautiful Kristen Bredehoeft.  I covered the show, and the antics of the Hantz brothers in this post, so this article is dedicated to introducing the lesser known Kristen to the world… by world, I mean my readers!

Wildly motivated, Kristen has been able to manage being a single mother of 3 children while earning her bachelors degree from the University of Houston, in addition to attending Sam Houston State, running a charity called Everybody Loves Kids, volunteering at another one, and not to mention the full time job of dealing with Russell Hantz’ massive ego. Wow, I’m tired typing all of that.

flipped off's kristen volunteering to the needyKristen spends her off-time helping the less fortunate

Kristen Bredehoeft is a legitimate real estate agent who was cast on “Flipped Off” at the same time she was offered an intern role at ABC 13 in Houston.  The role with Russell and Shawn allows her to merge both passions in life, TV and real estate, but something tells me dealing with those two isn’t a third passion.

Unlike some other women cast in certain roles on TV, Kristen actually does have a lot of experience at her position, and it’s not an act just for eye candy. She brings a huge level of professionalism to a team that severely lacks it.  That being said, I’m sure her looks didn’t hurt her chances at the job, especially since the A&E website lists her as the “gorgeous single mom with three kids”.

When Kristen is not doing all that listed above, she’s clearly into crossfit, as I was able to dig up a bunch of training photos she has…

kristen flipped off, flipping a tieYou can view the rest of Kristen’s training photos in the gallery at the bottom

So far I’ve been very impressed with her on her show Flipped Off.  While the show comes off as very scripted, it’s very clear she knows what she’s doing even if the brothers don’t.  While that could also be an act, based on her experience in the field, it’s unlikely.  Russell looks like a Survivor cast member trying to flip houses, while Kristen looks like a real estate agent hired for her knowledge and looks.

And for those who must know, yes she is single, and according to her recent twitter post:

Twitter – Maybe I’ll entertain the idea of dating again. It’s been awhile. Now accepting applications:)

So there you have it.  Tune in on A&E on saturday nights to watch Kristen deal with the Hantz brothers.

Here are some links to follow Kristen Bredehoeft:

Facebook Fan Page
Twitter
Business Site

A&E's Flipped Off Starring Russell Hantz

If you’ve heard of the show Survivor, there is a 95% chance you’ve also heard of Russell Hantz.  He is the most popular cast member in recent seasons, and people either love his style, or completely hate him.  He’s arrogant, rude, blunt, yet somehow puts those traits to his advantage whether he’s finishing second place on Survivor or flipping houses.

A&E decided to give him a shot with a new series called Flipped Off where he stars as a house flipper in the Houston area along with his brother Shawn Hantz* and real estate agent Kristen Bredehoeft. I was able to catch an episode yesterday, and I’m not really sure if I should be blogging about it on this site because it felt like I was watching a lame sitcom on NBC more than anything else. Is this show considered a reality show?  Or is it a show mocking both house flipping and reality shows?  I can’t figure it out.

* Shawn Hantz is also Brandon Hantz’ father, and has appeared on Survivor during family week

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The reason to watch when Russell gets boring

The only person to give the show some credibility is the real estate agent, Kristen Bredehoeft. She seems like a typical person you’d see on a show like this, reminiscent of Ginger from the other flipping show. She’s clearly the eye candy brought in to try and keep male viewers if and when Russell and Shawn’s acting gets old, which I feel it will very quickly.  I’ll be creating a profile page for her, because I know guys will be interested to know more about her… so stay tuned for that.

 

I’m going to do a little recap of the episode I watched, and point out how silly most of it was…

  • The auction- Deciding the best way to make money on a house is to buy it without ever stepping foot inside, Russell goes to an auction that only accepts cash. Very smart, especially considering he didn’t have the cash on hand, as it is “tied up” (ie: nonexistent).  In order to make a move, he borrows money from his friend and “investor”, Boo, who happens to have the cash lying around.   Naturally, Russell has to make a big show of it and hires a bodyguard to carry a briefcase holding the money.  Speaking of that briefcase, a typical case that size can hold $700k-$1.5million depending on different reports.  So here is what an x-ray scan would have shown…

    flipped off, empty suitcase

    Seems about right

  • Cleaning up- Either this was completely staged or the Hantz brothers are in way over their head with what they’re doing. I’m no expert at demo, house repair or any of that.  I sit on my ass and blog. That’s my thing.  However, I know a few things, like when you’re doing demo, especially swinging a hammer around like a lunatic, wear goggles.  In addition, taking out the refrigerator was probably one of the most over the top acting jobs I’ve seen on any TV show.  The smell is awful, and the doors keep opening?  What about a 50 cent mask from Lowes, and a roll of duct tape?

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    Were tape and masks not in the budget?

  • The taco stand- This is when the show took a turn from strange to absolutely silly.  It’s like something you’d see Kramer do on Seinfeld.  “Hey Jerry, I have a brilliant idea for Kramerica Industries! While we work on the house, I’ll get in my trailer and make tacos and compete with McDonalds!”  .. “But Kramer, how are you going to do that?  It’s all houses around here” … “Jerry, don’t you see the big picture?? People will stop, eat a taco and run the streets yelling how great they are, then I’ll have a line around the block.  It’s brilliant!!”

    flipped off Shawn Hantz Tacos

    Was this really a Seinfeld episode?

In addition to the things I broke down, you have strange things like the investor suddenly needing his money back a week early (shady), then Russell racing him for a week extension?!? Of course the script was written up for Russell to win, but I have a hard time believing he can just hop in a car and beat someone who appears to live on the track.  Then you have the awkward bidding war for the floors, which just told me that if you buy a Russell Hantz house, understand it was done by the cheapest labor with no regards to quality.

Finally, the day of the open house, for some reason Shawn is obsessed with following around Kristen in nearly the same creepy way his son did to Mikayla on Survivor. Then he decides to randomly step in and close the sale because the supposed real estate agent can’t do it?  Of course, on the first attempt on the first day in this economy, the team sold the house at the asking price of around $350k or so.  However, we don’t actually get to see that part… once Shawn starts looking like a weirdo to the “customers”, the cameras turn off. The next scene they’re announcing the sale.  Sure.

Needless to say, there are soap operas that are more believable than this show, but if you suspend your reality for a few moments, it’s not a terrible show.  It’s like the train wreck of flipping houses, and it’s watchable almost to see how absurd it is.  I’m not sure how long that will carry the series, but for now I’d definitely recommend watching an episode or two.

whale wars - viking shoresLet me start off by saying that I’m a huge supporter of animal rights. At the same time, I don’t support fraud organizations like PETA that care more about promoting their brand than actually protecting animals.  The Daily Show had a brilliant piece on the hypocrisy of PETA by comparing SeaWorld to slavery, while at the same time “owning” a pet dog.  Side note: I love dogs, love owners who treat their dogs right, and don’t consider it slavery, but I also don’t consider SeaWorld slavery.

With that said, I’ve been having a hard time sympathizing with Sea Shepherd during Whale Wars: Viking Shores as I do during the normal episodes.  I’m sure this has a lot to do with showing both sides of the story, but also the fact that what they’re doing is sadly considered legal.  Is it right to herd a bunch of whales into a little bay and slaughter them?  No, not at all. However, like someone said, if Animal Planet took a film crew into a cow slaughterhouse, people may stop eating burgers… well, possibly.  I hate that fact that any animal is killed for food, but also understand it’s the cycle of life  (I know, I can be a vegetarian or vegan, but I’m not so shoot me).

What’s also not helping is half the crew are coming off as insufferable protestors that you’d see at a PETA rally.  Parking the van and interrupting their festivities was probably the most obnoxious form of protesting I’ve seen on Whale Wars yet, especially when they started playing whale sounds. Then you had the girl running around trying to preach about whales to anyone who’d listen. It was generally annoying and painful to watch.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not supporting their tradition and think it’s definitely brutal, but the people who have been interviewed have a point. This whole thing screams as a PETA publicity stunt more than anything else.  Paul Watson knows that he’s just being a pest, and is only just trying to put international pressure on the Faroe Islands.  Using his show, he’s putting the spotlight on what he thinks is wrong, and hoping the viewers create more of the uproar than he’s actually doing.

This makes me torn on the whole issue really.  The message is being sent as intended, and the Sea Shepherd have plenty of valid points of their own, but I’m having a hard time feeling angry against a country that participates in a legal method of gathering food as brutal as it is.

What are your thoughts on the season, and whaling in general in the Faroe Islands?

dave and rachel from TAR20Right after the season began for The Amazing Race 20, I broke down the teams based on very initial observations.  Not always an easy task from one episode, but I did my best.  However, now that we got to know the contestants a little better, it’s time to do a midseason check-up on them…

Final 3

1. Dave and Rachel

Early Prediction: Final 5
Mid-season grade: A

This is the power couple of the race by far. Dave is very strict and stern, sometimes to an obnoxious level, but you can’t argue with results.  5 first place finishes, and 2 second including winning the express pass, and beating the Jersey Boys at the fast forward.  In addition to playing strong, they’re playing with class including passing up the chance to U-Turn people while in the lead, which is generally a nono in The Amazing Race.  The only thing that is keeping them from an A+ grade is the tension between the couple at times, it could eventually come back to bite them the longer this race plays out.

Final Prediction: While strong enough to win with ease, it seems The Amazing Race gods love to slap the front-runners at the end of the race and send them packing with a bunch of vacations while an underdog wins.   I see them choking on the final leg and losing.

2. Art and J.J.

Early Prediction: Quick elimination
Mid-Season grade: B+

Easily the biggest surprise from my initial picks.  I felt they were dopes who were going to be way too sure of themselves and get eliminated by some stupid mistake, but much to my surprise, they’re still in, and doing well.  Not only have they finished first place 3 times, but they have yet to finish outside the top 3. That’s an incredible feat in this race, and that is their primary grade right there.  The reason they’re not #1 and given an A+ is their attitude, it stinks. Probably the most unlikable team in the race from their blind hatred of Brendan and Rachel to pissing and moaning that Dave didn’t use the U-Turn.    Great team, but painful to watch.

Final Predication: I think they’ll be in the final 3 and quite possibly could win it all, as sad as that is.

3. Brendon and Rachel

Early Prediction: Final 5
Mid-Season grade: C+

While not able to be as annoying as she is on Big Brother, Rachel has still found plenty of airtime that includes her traditional whining and complaining.  What’s keeping them in the race, however, is the same personality that whines over and over.  Rachel is probably as fierce a competitor as there is on reality TV right now, and that’s the only thing putting them in my final 3 prediction.

Final Prediction: Like I said above, they should be final 3 unless something bad happens, but will be lucky to finish higher than 3rd on that leg.

Top 5

4. Vanessa and Ralph
Early Prediction: Top 5
Mid-Season grade: C+

The biggest thing stopping them from finishing in the final 3 is the competitive nature of Brendon and Rachel.  Both teams are pretty identical all the way down to the annoying female racer with big fake boobs.

Final Prediction: 4th place

5. Mark and Bopper
Early Prediction: Early elimination
Mid-Season grade:
C-

This team has come a long way from my early predictions, and even less annoying than I thought they would be.  What keeps this team out of the final 5 is that they’re badly beat up.  Bopper has a bad knee, and Mark apparently gets super motion sickness that never helps his challenges.

Final Prediction: 5th place

 

 

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I don't read contracts, yo

Even if you count the season with Anna Kournikova, this has to be the worst season of The Biggest Loser to date, right?  The only good quality of the show is the professionalism displayed on a weekly basis by the trainer Dolvett Quince.  Typically on a season of The Biggest Loser, you have mildly to moderately annoying trainers, a Jeff Probst-wannabee host in Allison, and more advertisements IN the show than during commercial breaks… let’s not forget hour-long episodes that are stretched into 2 hours for some strange reason.  However, what sets it apart is the cast is generally likeable and pull for one another because losing weight is really the main goal for a large portion of those who appear on the show.

That changed this season in what was probably the worst cast I’ve seen to date. The entire season was full of poor sports, bullies, and immature acts that wouldn’t even make the cut on Survivor.  Even a guy who was bullied for pretty much no reason (Adrian) had to show up to the final competition wearing his trademark ascot with a t-shirt.  Come on, bro.

The girl bullying him, Conda, was treated with a sweet trip straight to the finals because she was fortunate enough to form the baby alliance with Buddy, Mark and her brother Jeremy.  Of course it wasn’t that simple, we had the pleasure of listening to her whining about anything and everything on a weekly basis along the way.

Last week, the baby crew (with Kim included), protested a game feature that was going to allow former members to compete in the final 3.  That didn’t sit right with that crew, as they manipulated votes as best they could along the way to make it the (soon to be) final 4, and didn’t want anyone else have a chance at the money.  Math, or even baby toys aren’t a strong field or them as they never realized you can’t fit 4 pegs into 3 slots.  One of their members was going to get the boot even if they had their way, and if they actually read the contract, would have seen they needed to fit 4 pegs into 2 slots.  However, the contract also gave those 2 booted members a 25% chance for one of them to return to the game, but they still felt it was unfair.

The diet frosting on the low fat cake was when Jeremy was still pouting that he was eliminated and had to compete his way back in.  A couple of things…

  1. Jeremy, you and your buddies gamed the system the entire way, and voted out whoever you wanted regardless of weight lost that week.
  2. In playing the game, you were beaten fair and square.  Only twice did you lose the most % of body weight, and even lost fewer pounds than the guy who went home in week 1.  In hindsight, you’re lucky to have made it to week 2, let alone near the finals.
  3. A guy nearly twice your age went home in week 2, yet still lost nearly as much weight as you… without the pro trainers, diet, gym, etc.  Again, you were lucky to make it as far as you did.
  4. The very thing you protested was giving you a second chance to return to the game, and the fact that you had all the incredible amenities, you cruised into the ‘top 8′ with ease.  Would you have done the same had you gone home in week 2?

Naturally, Jeremy ended up beating Mike and Lauren at an endurance competition, so all that whining and threatening to go home was for nothing.  He is in the final 3 and still very well could win the grand prize.  Or his whining sister, or a girl who bullied Adrian with that whining sister early in the season.  I’m probably going to only tune into the finale to see the former contestants, then probably puke in my mouth when one of the three is crowned a winner this season.  Not sure I’ll be watching next season, that’s for sure.

mark and buddy quit the biggest loserThe Biggest Loser has been growing more and more annoying to watch from the blatant product placement multiple times an episode every single week, to Allison Sweeney trying real hard to sound like Jeff Probst, to contestants who pretend the show is more than just a game show.

This week on “The Biggest Product Placement”, Buddy and Mark tried real hard to steal the show away from the real star, the Ford Escape. I mean we watch the show on a weekly basis to see what new product Allison or Bob can push on us, but the cast tried to make it all about them this week.  How selfish!  Fear not, once they got the pesky cast situation squared away, Bob was able to give us his best car salesman pitch to show us all the great features the Escape has.  Did you know that SUV has this crazy thing called a GPS?  It literally tracks where you are and tells you the closest gym (or mcdonalds) and shows you how to get there.  Unbelievable. What are they going to tell me next, that phones will be pocket sized and you can use them anywhere?  Technology is moving too fast for me.

Sarcasm aside, back to the contestants. It was their baby week as they did their best to show they have no comprehension of how reality shows work, or what the words said on the piece of paper they signed before joining the show.  All the cast members threw a major fit because they got wind that the show was going to do what it generally always does, allow one of the kicked out members to compete for the final spot. After a verbal bitch slapping by both Allison and the shows lawyer, three of the five remaining cast members decided they were willing to ‘stick it out’.  The other two, Buddy and Mark, decided they’ve had enough trickery and can’t stomach the idea of someone coming in to possibly snatch the money from their hands.  So they did what any rational personal would do, quit the show and give themselves a 0% chance of winning.

Look, The Biggest Loser is barely a watchable show to begin with, and the producers know that.  The only remotely redeeming quality is how inspiring it is to see how much weight a person can lose when they’re given weeks away from real life stress, professional trainers, the best equipment, and healthiest food while dangling a quarter of a million dollars in front of their face.  In the process, we get to watch them act like losing the weight was their only goal, all while doing things like voting out the strongest competition in order to achieve their real goal.. the prize money.

With that said, even the dopiest of dopes should comprehend that when you join a reality show, they’re going to change it up on a week to week basis in order to keep ratings going. This isn’t 2002 when reality shows were starting to make their splash.  This is the 13th season of this particular show, and there is 0 excuse to act shocked a twist is going to happen at the end of the season.  I have no sympathy for either Buddy or Mark, and barely any for the other babies who put up a stink before graciously returning for a 33% chance at winning life changing money.

And in an ironic twist, one of the babies who nearly walked out because of the “twist” (Jeremy) still has a chance to come back and win.  If he not only competes in, but benefits from the twist he cried about, he should donate any winnings he gets to some charity that feeds starving kids around the world.  I know he won’t, so my only hope is that Allison has the guts to call him out on that, but she won’t either.

Seeing as the season premiere for The Amazing Race 20 is already over, I guess the time for bios is gone, but what I can do is break down the teams based on what I watched Sunday night.   Let’s go in order of how they finished….

Dave and Rachel

dave and rachel from TAR20I just can’t get over how this is clearly going to be Maci Bookout in 10 years with whatever boyfriend she has at the time.  I think every M/F team has a legitimate shot at winning, and being in the army, this team could go deep into the game.

Brendan and Rachel

The token “famous” people of the season.  Brendan and Rachel are best known for Big Brother, but they’re taking the Jeff/Jordan, Rob/Amber route and trying their luck on The Amazing Race.  Jeff and Jordan were booted pretty early, and that doesn’t shock me. To put it nicely, as far as TAR goes, Jordan makes a good Big Brother houseguest (meaning: She’s not good at doing anything bit sitting around a house all summer).   Rob and Amber finished 2nd because they’re both fierce competitors, and that’s around the place I can see Brendan and Rachel finishing.  Easily top 5, maybe even winning it.   Rachel may come off as whiny, but once you begin a competition, she is scary to watch.

Art and JJ

Honestly, I don’t even remember these two being on the show this week. That’s the impact they made.  Great, border patrol agents.   Well, if The Amazing Race has a competition to catch people crossing the border, Art and JJ may have a chance.  Otherwise, I expect the first ‘mental’ competition to quickly put these two in last place.

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Survivor One World:  Christina Cha
Age: 29
Tribe: Salani

Survivor One WOrld Christina Cha

Meet Christina Cha, another cast member on the all-female tribe of Salani. She is a very busy woman, and very career oriented.  So much that she even consults others on their careers.  I’m not sure how she’ll do on the show, but she’s a very pretty girl, so I’m sure she’ll do well with the male viewers.  Here are some more photos of Christina…

See More Christina Cha Photos At Survivor Junkies

 

the amazing race 20 mark and bopperBopper (the guy on the left) has so much swag I can’t even stand it.  I mean first he runs around with the name bopper, how cool is that?   Then he’s rocking the shit out of his Kentucky shirt, and even has matching shoes.  Pure badass.

Mark and Bopper’s offiical bios are after the jump:

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