Reality TV Roundup: ‘Big Brother’ Finale and ‘America’s Next Top Model’

16 09 2010

The Survivor premiere gets its own post later today, but it’s easy enough to combine these two. The Big Brother finale was, as usual, ridiculously drawn-out—a seven-minute season recap, CBS? Seriously? But I enjoyed the final HOH challenge, and despite my overall dislike of Hayden, I was satisfied with the outcome. I feel for Enzo—the guy has a family to take care of—but he just wasn’t a good player. I was rooting for Lane despite his masturbation, tales of small-animal killing, and misogyny throughout the show, but I’m not devastated that he lost. Hayden sure needs the cash more than Lane, and ultimately, the outcome has no real bearing on my life or emotional state. I’m in it for the entertainment.

The person I feel the worst for is Britney. Early Wednesday morning, the house she was renting with fiance Nick was severely damaged by a fire. It’s good that they didn’t own the house, that Nick and the dogs made it out okay, and that she won a total of $35,000 between the find-the-coin challenge and the Fan Favorite vote. If Nick can forgive her for being away for three months and kinda-sorta-here-and-there flirting with Lane, hopefully she can forgive him for not paying close enough attention to the gas grill before going to sleep.

I loved the reaction of the Final Three when Andrew revealed Matt’s lie. The Jury knew, of course, but Enzo, Lane, and Hayden had no idea. I still hate Monet and her refusal to acknowledge her bitchiness—Rachel is a piece of work, but I really do think she has a good heart underneath it all. It’s good to see her and Brendon still happy, and her considering leaving Las Vegas to be with him at UCLA. There was shock and horror all around as Ragan was shown to be the second Saboteur; everyone thought it was Matt or Kathy. It was fun, too, to see Kristen and Hayden’s showmance finally revealed. I wonder if the vote would have changed if they’d shown that footage first?

All in all, it was a decent finale to wrap up a relatively boring season. I enjoyed the show up until the Final Three, but the guys weren’t all that interesting or intelligent, or people I’d befriend in real life. Once Rachel, Brendon, and Britney were gone, a lot of the entertainment value was lost for me. I’m crossing my fingers for a better cast in BB13!

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Top Model was a lot of fun last night. The girls got to walk in a Diane von Furstenberg runway show four stories up on a glowy scary catwalk, then have words painted on their bodies for an anti-bullying photoshoot. Kayla really endeared herself to me, being the only lesbian in this cycle. She had some serious issues with her bully word, “queer,” but it came together for her in the end.

Ann and Kayla, my current faves, had the best photos this week. I also 100% agreed with Tyra’s decision to send Anamaria packing—not only was she annoying and conceited, but she did seem like she had an eating disorder based on the way she spoke and her body itself. One issue I have, though: This is only episode two. Anamaria walked in a bikini in casting, and the judges would have seen her body, her ribs, her lack of any fat. If they cast her just to set an example and make this episode into an after-school special about bullies and anorexia, then I’m not into that. I feel the motivation behind ousting her was good, but not if they planned it.

That’s all for now. I’ll be back later today with some Survivor awesomeness!

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16 09 2010
Miranda

I sort of randomly watched Top Model last night, too, after being estranged from the show for a few seasons. I couldn’t BELIEVE how emaciated Anamaria was! You’re right that they must’ve noticed in casting. I couldn’t help being concerned that they might keep her around to try to help/heal her. Seems like the sort of thing they do sometimes.

16 09 2010
Jess Huckins

Yes, Tyra takes her motherly guide role very seriously. But I’m happy she just told the poor girl to go eat some food instead of keeping her around; Tyra’s a smart, experienced lady, but she’s not a therapist. Hopefully after hearing why Anamaria was kicked off first, friends and family will step in and get her some real help.

I, too, only watch ‘Top Model’ on and off. But I guess I’ve seen it pretty consistently for the past three seasons (or “cycles,” in Tyra-speak) or so. I really just like the photography… honest. 😉

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