Love is in the air!  Or maybe lust is in the air.  Regardless of what’s in the air, people are hooking up.  Actually, they’re re-hooking up.  Who knows what could happen next.  Maybe Andrew, Jenelle’s ex, will decide that modeling in China isn’t for him and come crawling back.  Stranger things have happened, I’m sure.

Chelsea

Chelsea’s dad, Randy, is basically throwing her money, which she no doubt is using to pay for tanning.  Even so, she hasn’t told him that Adam is back in her life.  I’m guessing because she’s afraid of losing the cash cow.  Chelsea also seems to be weirded out that Aubree keeps saying “dada” instead of “mama.”  I am still of the firm belief that she’s calling Megan “dada.”  Chelsea is too distracted by all the people in her life, namely Aubree, Megan, and Adam, that she isn’t doing so well in school.  I’m sure daddy won’t be happy to hear that either.  In the middle of all this, Adam texts Chelsea that he wants to get back together with her and be a father to Aubree.  Color me surprised.

Chelsea decides to “test” him, because guys love that.  While The Tanning Twins (Chelsea and Megan, of course) are going to the admissions office to see about beauty school for Chelsea, Adam is going to watch Aubree.  I immediately break into a sweat.  This does not seem like a good idea.  Chelsea’s “test” is that she’ll leave some baby food on the counter to see if Adam actually remembers to feed his daughter.  If he doesn’t, I hope she runs for the hills.

The ol' "baby food on the counter" ploy!

Back at beauty school, the admissions officer is all, “Omg, we need your transcripts in a month tops,” when Chelsea says that she’ll finish homeschooling by then.  That’s pretty much all that goes on when The Tanning Twins visit beauty school, except that Chelsea says she wants to work at a salon that does everything, like hair, nails, etc.  She didn’t mention tanning, but I know she’s thinking about it.

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Survivor Redemption Island Contestant:  Julie Wolfe
Age: 50
Tribe: Zapatera

Survivor Redemption Island Julie Wolfe

Here we have Julie Wolfe, a 50 year old firefighter from California who strongly reminds me of Wendy from last season.  Why?  I don’t think she’s going to be wacky like Wendy, but I see an early exit from her, and it doesn’t help she feels she resembles Ashley from Survivor China (who was first boot).     I think she’s going to have too strong a personality for her tribe and will instantly rub people the wrong way.

However, I could be completely wrong like I was on Jane, but I don’t think so.

Season 8 of Hell’s Kitchen was a great one.  Mainly because I had the pleasure of getting to know Nona Sivley who took home the prize: Head Chef position at LA Market and spokesperson for Rosemount Wines.  Nona is as nice and as animated as she appears on TV.  I admit when she first contacted me, I got so excited I ran through my house screaming at anyone who would listen.  Okay, maybe I even called up my sisters to tell them.  “You will never believe this!  Nona from Hell’s Kitchen just talked to me!”  It was like I made first contact.  I definitely wasn’t as calm and collected as Steve was when he would chat with Vicki from The Amazing Race, but I was starstruck!  Throughout the season, I calmed down.  Nona was just that sweet and down to earth, and she really is a lovely person.  I even managed to chat with Vinny and Trev here and there without falling all over myself.

Nona became a regular reader of The Reality Junkies and even let me ask her a few questions about her experiences on Hell’s Kitchen.

Nona autographing a chef's jacket

TRJ:
What was your reaction when you found out you were chosen to be on Hell’s Kitchen?

Nona:
I kind of freaked out for a minute. It didn’t seem real. I mean, the auditioning and interviewing was fun and easy, but now it’s really go time!!

TRJ:
What was your favorite experience from the show?

Nona:
Probably seeing Curtis and Jax. I had no contact with them for over a month and seeing them walk through those doors was so overwhelming.

TRJ:
Worst experience?

Nona:
Being kicked out of the kitchen. I’ve never experienced anything like that, and we (Chef Ramsay and myself) were arguing back and forth. It was definitely the most humiliating moment for me.

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Survivor Redemption Island Contestant:  Grant Mattos
Age: 29
Tribe: Ometepe

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Grant Mattos is a former NFL player, and by NFL player I mean he played in 6 games for the Titans in 2003, but it’s still quite an accomplishment to make an NFL team, and he looks like a bad-ass who may possible take some heat off of Russell or Rob and be an early target because of that.   Ripped guys like Grant tend to stick around for awhile because they can sometimes carry teams in challenges, but every tribal council there is always a ticking clock when to vote them out.  People start to panic about taking beefy guys to the final 6 or so, but as we’ve seen in many seasons now, challenges tend to be more physical early, and more endurance later.  That’s why players like Jane can stick around for so long because she had tons of endurance and determination.

Will Grant follow the same path as the other beefy guys on the show?  Will Russell feel instantly insecure about him and make a push right away to get him out?    There is going to be no questioning this guys strength and determination, but how will he able to convince his peers he’s somehow not a threat later in the game, should he make it that far?

Survivor Redemption Island begins on Feb 16th!

And for the ladies, here are a few more pictures of him…

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Before I say anything else, I would like to point out that Fantasy Land Leah is quickly becoming my favorite.  I think she’s this season’s Maci.  My least favorite is Jenelle, but that’s mostly because Kailyn and Chelsea are sort of unremarkable at this point.  Oh, and also because she tried to beat up her mother a couple of times.

Chelsea

Chelsea is sad.  Very sad.  She wants to go out with her housemate and friend, Megan, but she can’t because she has Aubree to take care of.  Since Megan is out being a normal teenager, Chelsea is lonely.  She keeps thinking about her loser ex, Adam.  Now a lot of times, my opinion on people change during the duration of a show, but I’m pretty sure I will never like Adam.  He’s been texting Chelsea that he wants to come around and see her and Aubree, so I’m guessing he’s lonely too.  Megan appears smarter than Chelsea because she’s like, “Omg, don’t do it!  Adam’s a douchebag.”  Well, not in those words, but I know that’s what she’s thinking.  If Adam had a change of heart and decides he wants to be a good dad to Aubree, that’s one thing.  But I have a feeling he just wants to get back in Chelsea’s pants.

I miss Adam, even though he's horrible to me.

I think Chelsea has a lot of growing up to do, which is sort of proven by how she needs to go to her dad’s house so he can help her with her homework and it mostly seems she just doesn’t want to do the work, and not that it’s too hard for her.  Well, maybe when she’s flipping burgers, Adam can bring home the bacon (wow, all those food references and I’m not even hungry!), because, yes, he’s back.  He texted Chelsea saying he wants to come over to talk and she agrees.  I think we all know where this is heading.

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The Amazing Race 18 - Amanda and Kris

The Amazing Race 18, which is also titled Unfinished Business will feature former favorite teams of recent seasons who did not make it to the finish line.   Our first team listed is Amanda and Kris.  I’ll be honest, I barely remember this team… ok, even more honest, I don’t remember this team, at all.   Not to say they weren’t memorable, I’m sure they had a moment or two, but finishing in 8th place about 3 years ago doesn’t leave many marks on people.

Amanda is a pretty blonde, Kris is a normal good looking guy, and if I had to remember all the good looking people who are on every reality show, I would have nothing left in my brain.   I guess the best part of this team is that they were U-Turned by Margie and Luke who are also on the race, so this should provide a few minutes of drama at the very least.

The Amazing Race 18 begins on Feb 20th, and there shouldn’t be much else on Sunday nights to screw up your DVR’s!

Survivor Redemption Island Contestant:  Francesca Hogi
Age: 36
Tribe: Ometepe

Survivor Redemption Island Francesca Hogi

So the other day I featured a lawyer from Hollywood, and today our second lawyer of the bunch is presented, this time she’s a D.C. lawyer.  I’m not sure what is worse, someone who can represent the Lindsay Lohan’s of the world, or someone who represents politicians.

Aside from the lawyer info, there really isn’t a whole lot to go on with Francesca Hogi.  I found a facebook group of her, but I’m not interested in that, I want personal profiles!  I want to dig deep into their lives and get t o know them before I assess how far they’re going to go in the game (yes, that’s right, I’m that influential!)

Right now I know she’s a lawyer who seems very well spoken, and wants to be a Cirie / Boston Rob combo, which translated into a sneaky, annoying player with an annoying accent who likes to go out with girls named Ambahhh.

We’ll see how the mystery woman lawyer Francesca does on Feb 16th I suppose.

Survivor Redemption Island Contestant:  David Murphy
Age: 31
Tribe: Zapatera

Survivor Redemption Island David Murphy

David Murphy is a defense attorney out of Hollywood, CA who is probably an extra used on the set of CBS’s other show:

Ok, maybe not, but he does kind of have a Jerry O’Connell thing going on, minus the striped shorts.  What’s up with that?   I think the last thing I’d want see my lawyer wear were stripes, and not just because of the horrible fashion statement either.

It should be interesting to see a defense attorney on the show though, depending on the supporting cast.   It could be another Marty situation where he’s the smartest person in the bunch and that ends up screwing him in the long run.  Being smart and showing it in this game is sometimes the kiss of death.  Fabio won last year despite coming off as a complete moron to his tribe (which btw was more of an act than reality.  He’s nowhere near as dumb as he acted)

If you have any questions for David, make sure to ask here or in the thread I’ll be posting soon.  I’d like to get user questions asked to the contestants for when they get voted off.

Survivor Redemption Island Contestant:  Ashley Underwood
Age: 25
Tribe: Ometepe

Survivor Redemption Island - Ashley Underwood 5And our next contestant for The Amazing Race is beauty queen Ashley Underwood.  Wait, why is she standing on the beach?  This is for Survivor?  Look out Amazing Race, Survivor is stepping on your turf and also casting pageant queens now!

Ok, let me start over then.   Our next contestant for Survivor Redemption Island is former Miss Maine Ashley Underwood!  I know what you’re thinking..  beauty pageant winner from Maine?  That’s like how every team in baseball needs to send at least one person to the All-Star game.. but surprisingly, Ashley is actually pretty hot.   But this isn’t about her looks, although I’m sure that will be a hot topic issue this season, this is about whether or not she can handle being on the beach in the rain forest for that long, and how she’ll deal with not even being the hottest girl on the team.   Will there be conflict between Ashley and Andrea?  Will they bond and form some type of super team that can make guys like Chase make stupid moves on their behalf?

Only time will tell!  The new season of Survivor Bikini Island (sorry, Redemption Island) begins on wed, Feb 16th, so make sure you tune in!

more pictures of Ashley Underwood after the jump:

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Survivor Redemption Island Contestant:  Andrea Boehkle
Age: 21
Tribe: Ometepe

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It’s that time of the year again!  Winter is settling in around the country, snow is piling up everywhere you look, and my Patriots have been eliminated from the playoffs putting me into a nice deep winter depression.  This year is different though!  This year I get to blog about a place that is full of sunshine, rain, rain, rain, a little sun, more rain and even more rain…  oh kill me now.

That’s right, Survivor is going back to Nicaragua again, and instead of calling it Survivor: Nicaragua2, they decided to put a little Redemption Island twist on it, likely just to mess with me so I have to type that entire thing out every time.

Either way, the rumors have finally been confirmed, and this season will in fact be a Rob vs Russell re-match that will likely end in both of them booted the first two weeks, but more on that later.  Now we have our first contestant of the bunch, Andrea Boehlke.  She is a 21 year old who comes from Wisconsin, so maybe she’ll be this years Kelly Purple, but actually remain in the game because she can handle a little rain.

I was going to give odds of winning, but they’re usually just completely arbitrary figures I make up, but I will already say pretty girls either go really early, or make it pretty deep in.   If she’s not gone in the first 2-3 evictions, I expect her post-merge because she likely made a tight alliance.

More photos of her after the jump:

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