Frontman Brendon Urie announced this morning that the pop-rock group, which began as a band in 2004 with artists Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, and Brent Wilson but soon evolved into a solo project for Urie, will disband after the band’s upcoming European tour. Is this like Zayn leaving One direction for the early 2000’s emos?
See the group in Manchester, Paris, Antwerp, London, Vienna, and more for one last show…until they do a reunion tour in about 5-10 years.
Oh, I have been WAITING for this one! Hosted by Jonathan LaPaglia is back in Samoa for 47 days of blood. sweat, tears, blindsides, backstabbing Reward Challenges, Immunity Challenges, and Tribal Councils.
Returning faces include George Mladenov, Shonee Bowtell, Jordie Hansen, Hayley Leake and Nina Twine.
Ben is the ultimate slashie – author, broadcast journalist, writer and creator for the TV Series The Family Law, LGBTQIA+ advocate and Survivor super fan. He has been watching Survivor since he was a teenager and is coming into the game as a Hero saying, “Being a Hero is such an advantage. First of all, you’re with a tribe whose heroic qualities are obvious whether it be the size of their brains, the size of their hearts, or the size of their courage. I also think it’s an advantage as a new player coming in as a Hero because people are going to underestimate what you’re capable of doing.” Using his journalism skills to find out information and his natural warm nature to play a strong social game, Ben admits while he might not be the strongest, he’s scrappy and hopes his follow platers won’t see his game coming. And while he will go in with the heart of a Hero, Ben is also prepared to play a little dirty if he needs to. He says, “I hope I bring certain values into the game like integrity but at the same time, as a storyteller I want all the complexities and I know that villainous people are capable of heroic acts, and you might see the Heroes capable of very villainous moves too. “There’s part of me that obviously wants the Heroes to win, who doesn’t love seeing someone lift up their sword in victory.”
David AFL legend
With a clear advantage in the physical challenges, ex-AFL player David is a sporting hero to many but also knows not everyone will agree with that term. He says, “The thing about AFL is you can be one team’s Hero or my team, Essendon’s Hero. Or you can be another team’s Villain and the opposition supporters hate you. I still have other team supporters coming up to me saying how much they hate me, and I love that!” After retiring last year from the AFL following 13 years of playing, David is currently studying Property and Real Estate, majoring in Global Finance and jumped at the chance to play in his favourite game, Survivor. David says, “I’ve been watching Survivor since I was 12, I think maybe back in 2002 when it started. I just love all the elements of it – the physical nature of it, the games. As a kid you watch the challenges and you think, I want to do that one day.” But just because he’s a Hero, doesn’t mean David doesn’t know that the game can get sneaky saying, “Just because I am a Hero, doesn’t mean I am not here to play hard. I think if you watch every superhero comic or movie, the Hero always comes out on top. But in the game of Survivor, I don’t think there is a line I am not willing to cross. I think you must cross lines to win. I am definitely prepared for that.”
Flick Season 6 finalist
A big wave surfer and Australian Survivor: Brains V Brawn finalist, Flick is returning to take out the win. But she’s also got another reason why saying, “Finally I get to play Survivor on an island! It’s very on-brand for me, the outback was not. I’m way more in my element here.” Coming third in her series, Flick was known for her courageous and strong-will after losing her mother mid-way through filming and she says it was the hardest thing she’s ever been through. But with her family’s support, she kept going and made it to the final challenge. She says, “Last time I played, I had the weight of the world on my shoulders, and I still came third. This time I’m back, stronger than ever, and I’m ready to win.” Flick is currently ranked number two in the world on the big wave world tour and holds the record for the biggest wave surfed by an Australian female. She knows when you are looking down the barrel of a 50-foot wave, there’s no time to hesitate and wants to bring that bravery into the game. Playing as a Hero, Flick says, “What really grinds my gears about the Villains is probably the manipulation side of things. The lying, the cheating – I can’t stand it. It’s most definitely time for a Hero to win this game.”
Gerry Tourism pilot
Gerry has been a pilot on Fraser Island for thirty-five years and does over 40,000 beach landings a year. During that time, he’s survived plane crashes, rescued passengers, and saved people from beach dangers. As someone who naturally thinks of others before himself in an emergency, Gerry says a flick gets switched and the safety of other people comes first. He also admits his good nature and kindness could be used as a weakness in a game like Survivor and says his favourite previous player is Tarzan. A free climber, free diver, spear fisher and Latin dancer, Gerry is used to the beach life so isn’t fazed by the Samoan elements that will be thrown at him. He says, “I’m as fit as I can be at my age, I’m a very social person but I’m also strategic. I’m going to be checking out all my opponents in the game, seeing which ones I can work and align with, who I can’t and as the game progresses, I’ll start playing the game bigger and bigger and bigger. “The reason why I’m here to play is to prove to myself at my age I can do this. Number two, show other people around my age, don’t give it away. You can go and do new different things. This is all new to me as well.”
Hayley Season 6 winner
Queen Hayley returns to the game of Survivor as the only previous winner and says a lot has changed since she last played saying, “Since I played Survivor, I got engaged, I bought a house, and I am now a doctor! But now I’m a doctor of pain! I have my PHD in pain research, so I’m going to level it up this time.” After winning Australian Survivor: Brains V Brawn in the Outback, Hayley knows coming into this game, she’ll have a target on her back. She says, “In Survivor, the worst thing is to think you’re invincible. I know my weaknesses, and I know how to use them. I’ve already been through the worst in Survivor. Everyone voted me out, sent me to Redemption Rock, and I thought there was no hope of winning. And I came back and won the game. “I’m really glad to be back here as a Hero. I’m hoping my tribe sees me as a Hero of Survivor, and not as a Villain. Even though I obviously can be a little bit of a Villain. It was a dream come true to play Survivor once, let alone to win the game! I can’t believe that happened and I’m still, a year later, processing it, and now I’m on a gorgeous island in paradise and I’ve got a chance to win it again. It is a fan’s dream come true.” Famous for her ability to push through excruciating pain and strategise a strong game play at the same time, Hayley has experience taking out a few Villains in her time but is also ready to hold onto her crown, saying, “A few people have won Australian Survivor now, but no one’s done it twice. And if anybody’s going to do that, it’s gonna be me.”
Trustworthy and loyal are the words Matt’s friends would use to describe him. While this Gold Coast lifeguard spends his days helping other people and his community, Matt knows the game of Australian Survivor: Heroes V Villains might be a little different. “I want to be trustworthy and loyal early on but at the right moment and time, I want to make those big moves because I’m here to play, not to just sit back and relax. In my everyday life, I’m just the nice guy that likes helping people, but out here, I might be the nice guy around camp, the nice guy to people’s faces but I’m out here to blindside, to find Idols, make moves and play big.” But it will be hard for Matt to not play the Hero when it’s his instinct. He is excited for all the camp life – fishing, building the shelter and helping his fellow tribemates around camp and is ready to challenge himself and most importantly, take out some Villains. “I’ve been thinking a lot about who these Villains will be and whether it’s a dodgy politician or dodgy car salesman, I’m excited to find out who they are and to send them home packing.” Leaving his pregnant wife at home for his chance to win $500,000, Matt wants to make an impact on the game and have fun doing it!
Nina Season 7
Survivor royalty, Nina had her game cut short in Blood V Water and is ready to come back stronger than ever. “To say I have unfinished business with this game, I feel like is a little bit of an understatement. I went home in a really good position, and it was nobody’s choice, like it just had to happen, so I got a lot of things I need to do. Me and Australian Survivor are not done, we had a break, we went to therapy, we talked things through and now I’m back and we’re ready to go again.” After playing in last season’s Australian Survivor: Blood V Water with her mum, Survivor Legend Sandra, Nina has a bonus reason for playing in Australian Survivor: Heroes V Villains. She says, “So I’m here in Samoa and as some people may know my mum played as a Villain here and won! If this season was made for anybody, it would be made for someone like me cause I’m a Hero raised by a Villain.” A retail sales associate, Nina is ready for the hunger and sleep deprivation since she’s done it before and wants to help the newcomers feel welcome in the game but won’t give the same kindness to the Villains. She says, “I don’t think the Villains have any idea who they’re up against because they’re probably going to try and underestimate us and that’s gonna be a big mistake.”
The beaches of Samoa could not be further away from Paige’s real life as a Ringer and Jillaroo in Central Queensland. Growing up in a country town, Paige left home at 18 and started working at cattle stations where she’s mustering cattle and saddling horses daily. Paige says, “I am not really a beach person. The sand in your crack, everywhere, I can’t stand that! But living rough is no stranger to me. You know, I spend my weekends and lots of time hunting with my dogs, spending it out in the bush with the good old swag.” She says her Hero would be her grandfather who helped raise her but is not going to let the title of being on herself get to her head, saying, “If you think you are a Hero, you are a d***head. If you don’t think you are a Hero, then you probably are one. A Hero is someone that loves helping other people, getting in, putting themselves on the line to be able to get things done.” Hoping the game of mateship will help her through Survivor, Paige is there to win but also wants to experience something challenging and make new friends. She says, “I think making friends is probably most important. Obviously, everyone wants to win, and I wouldn’t mind a new car or a house. But I think even if I didn’t end up winning, I would be okay with that, knowing that I had made some really good mates.”
Rogue Animal Activist
If anyone can handle the pressure of playing Survivor, it’s film maker and animal activist Rogue. She is a passionate advocate for animal conservation, particularly lions. She spent six years working undercover in Africa filming a documentary about poachers and trophy hunters while pretending to be one herself. Her work as a film maker has given her great insight into people’s behaviours and believes these skills will help her play Australian Survivor: Heroes V Villains, saying, “I’m perfect to play this game because I find people absolutely fascinating. I know that the heart of everything comes down to the person, their reasons, their motivations, and their tiny nuances of how they speak, look, react. It’s always a lot more about listening than it is about talking.” Hoping her experience and work can inspire other young women to feel capable of making a difference, Rogue is not here to let the Villains win. “In the game of Survivor, why would you ever want to be a Villain? Someone who has done something heroic should win it. I think being with a bunch of strangers is exciting to meet and interact with people I would never normally have the opportunity to know. What amazing stories and experiences we might share. I’m not a huge fan of the hangry situation but let’s see what happens.”
Sam Season 1
The original Hero, it’s been six years since Sam played in the very first series of Australian Survivor on the shores of Samoa. After lasting 49 days without a single vote against his name until he was sent home, Sam played a game of mateship and loyalty. And while his morals haven’t changed, he knows the game has evolved and so will his gameplay. He says, “Coming into this game as a returnee, I see the game completely different. I’m coming in here with a pretty similar strategy, but I feel like the energy in Survivor is a lot more cutthroat and I may be wrong but I’m looking forward to it, I’m looking forward to the challenge.” Sam continues to run and work his mental health charity, LIVIN, and hopes the good guys win in Australian Survivor: Heroes V Villains. Praising his mother as his Hero, even Sam admits that sometimes Heroes can have their villainous moments. He says, “My mum is a Hero. She’s probably the biggest Hero but I’ve seen her turn and if that gives me permission to turn, you better believe I will. I’m not out here for a holiday. “I think you could win this game playing a moral game, but you may have to bend a few of those rules within that moral. Let’s find out. People thrive off an underdog, the battler, that’s the Australian way and I’m a battler man, let’s go. I’ve lived my life with my back up against the wall,nothing fights harder than when a mongrel dogs back is against a wall, nothing.”
From LA to the beaches of Samoa, Sharni goes into each adventure with an open attitude and this adventure won’t be any different. She says, “I’ve never been more ready for a show like this. I’m not planning on coming in and being Sharni, the actress. This is an opportunity for me to actually remove myself from the actress side and bring to light Sharni, the person.” Growing up as a state swimmer and dancer, Sharni loves doing her own stunts at work so is excited by the physical element of Australian Survivor: Heroes V Villains. But she’s also excited to put her social strength of being ‘the mole’ to good use. Sharni says, “My friends call me the mole. Just try and keep a secret from me, I will always find out. I’m looking forward to using my inner mole in this environment to find out all the information about everyone. Hopefully where there’s some hidden Idols too, the mole will find them.” As someone who is always up for an adventure, Sharni has always wanted to play the game and has no fear of sleeping on the beach or living in the elements. She is hoping all the sides of her personality will be useful in her gameplay and her honesty will help her make and keep alliances. “Of course, there are going be those moments where it will hurt me to vote people off, that is part of the game, but I’m not trying to come in here and be really anything other than who I am.”
Shaun Season 4
The Horse is back. As one of the best challenge beasts Australian Survivor has seen, Shaun hopes his social game will take some of the attention away from his physical game. After lasting 32 days in Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders, he’s come back with unfinished business saying, “Last time I was complacent and there’s no room for complacency in this game whatsoever. You can’t leave an Idol in your bag for 14 days without looking at it. I wanted to come back because I love the game and I really feel like I’ve got some unfinished business here.” A successful AFL player and now business owner, Shaun is leaving his family behind who he says are his biggest motivators and his proudest supporters in taking on this challenge again. While he admits he is doing this for selfish reasons, his ultimate goal is to win and make his family proud. As a returning player, Shaun knows the types of moves a Villain will make and is not afraid to use some of those tricks himself. He says, “I’m really proud to be part of the Heroes tribe. I think Heroes at their core are good people. They want to help people, they want to see people get better and I love that in the outside world. But in the game of Survivor, it’s a little different. I’m happy to be called a Hero, but I’m not going to play like one.”
Anjali News Anchor
Celebrated journalist and anchor for some of the world’s biggest news companies such as CNN, Anjali has crossed paths with many Heroes and Villains in her line of work, and not only can recognise them but knows how to get what she needs from them. As someone who is used to dealing with the unexpected, Anjali hopes these skills will help her with the twists and turns Survivor will throw at her. And as journalist, she has a natural instinct and interest in relationships that she’s planning to build from day one. But while the social side might be a strength, Anjali thinks the challenges could change her outlook. She says, “I’m absolutely petrified about the physical side of this game and putting my body on the line – absolutely terrified! I think most people at home when they think of Survivor, they think of those sadistic challenges and I am no different.” With her humour and good nature, Anjali says being a Villain is not her usual way of describing of herself saying, “I don’t think I ever would have said I’m a born Villain but after I did Real House Wives of Melbourne, it emerged that I was the Villain of the season and I loved it! I thought that’s tremendous. I love being a Villain because they’re the interesting and fun ones. “I think the Heroes are going to be so far up their own arses just because they’ve got the word Hero there, but I can’t think of anything more dull.”
Fraser Real Estate Agetnt
Knowing real estate agents don’t always have the best reputations, Fraser is planning to use that to his advantage. An agent from Melbourne, he works in high-end residential sales and admits, “I’m a real estate machine; I don’t care if someone hates me; I’ll make them love me; that’s my job.” Fraser also knows that much like real estate, Survivor is all about trust. He says, “The hardest thing in my job is to get people to trust you, and that is my number one goal, and that’ll get me to sole Survivor. I’ll get my tribe mates to trust me because I’ll find out what their goal is, what their dream is, and I’ll make them think as if I’ll get them there.” When he’s not working, Fraser runs marathons and has his days plotted out in 15-minute increments to keep himself as efficient as he can be. He knows he’ll struggle without the luxuries of home, but the goal of winning will push him forward to the end. “With $500,000 on the line, people will lie, cheat, steal, manipulate, betray alliances – there are no lengths that people won’t stoop to. Coming in as a Villain gives me the license to do whatever it takes to get the job done. I don’t like the Heroes because they’re hiding behind this facade that they are all great; everyone’s got a little bit of Villain in them.”
George Season 6 Finalist
If you thought King George was returning for redemption, you’d be wrong. This time, it’s George the Terrible. As runner-up to Hayley in Australian Survivor: Brains V Brawn, George is back and badder than ever. He says, “I’ve left Bankstown; I’ve come out here to Samoa to take back what’s rightfully mine – the crown that Hayley stole from me. I’m not coming to Samoa for redemption; I’m coming back for salvation and as a pure Villain.” Admitting he has both heroic and villainous qualities, George is returning for the title and the prize money and thinks playing the dark side is the only way to get there. He says, “Last time I saved people, I played as a Hero, and my family still doesn’t have much money. I’m coming back to change my family’s life. Since leaving the Outback, George went straight to the gym and has been training hard to play a bigger part in the physical challenges, but it’s the social and mental game that he is most excited about. George says, “I’m so excited that it’s Heroes against the Villains this time. Last time I was on the Brains tribe, with no smart people! But I can’t wait to get into the thick of it with a tribe of 12 Villains. Villains are more cutthroat. Villains are willing to do what it takes to get the job done.”
Jackie Season 3
Australia’s most successful female poker player, Jackie, is returning to Survivor with a new attitude and experience to back her. She says, “Last time being on a Champions tribe, with a lot of athletes, all they cared about was winning challenges, and that’s not me. I’m here to play the full game of Survivor, I understand the challenges are part of it, but it’s the gameplay back at camp that I really want that whole experience this time.” After appearing on Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders, Jackie has moved to Queensland with her husband and childhood sweetheart, who has helped get her ready to return to Survivor, saying, “I’m extremely lucky to be married to a mental performance coach, so we’ve worked a lot on the mental game of poker, so I’m using those skills here as well. Jackie is excited to embrace the Villain side of herself and knows that playing with a team will be very different from what she experienced the first time around. As a huge fan of the game, she also knows the types of players she’ll be drawn to and the ones to avoid. She says, “I’m going to be staying away from that chaotic, kind of volatile players. I think early on, I need to surround myself with people I can somewhat trust, and that’s the way I’m going to be playing this game; look for those connections early and hopefully, they’ll get me through to merge, and then I re-adjust as needed.”
Jordie Season 7
The Joker is returning with his usual grin in the middle of chaos but also a little bit of maturity. Landscaper and fan favourite from Australian Survivor: Blood V Water, Jordie is taking his lessons from last season to play a new, more Villainous game. “The Joker is back however, I’ve learnt from last time. I’m still going to have fun; fun is the number one priority, but to try and at least seem a little bit more responsible, so people believe I’m more trustworthy and are happy to put their faith in me. Playing Australian Survivor: Blood V Water with my brother was hard because every decision you make can directly affect the game as well. But now the only person I can ruin the game for is myself, so there’s nothing holding me back.” Since leaving Charters Towers, Jordie met his now fiancée, and they are having a baby, which is giving him even more reason to win; saying, “To win and have that security for my family would mean everything. My decisions aren’t just based on myself but on my new family. It would mean everything to have the title after being so close last time and know that it wasn’t an accident; there are a lot of reasons I want to win this time.” Jordie also knows that returning players can come in with targets on their backs and is hoping his social game will help him make alliances quickly – while having some fun! He says, “I think the Villains are going to be a good bunch to hang out with because we’re all going to have fun and stirring the pot. It’s going to be way more fun than being on the Heroes tribe, that’s for sure!”
Liz Pole Vault Champion
Dedication, practice and self-control are all skills Liz has in her DNA after spending years as an Olympic Pole Vault champion. Starting the sport at 10 and following in the footsteps of her pole-vaulter father and coach, Liz became the youngest-ever competitor in pole vault at the Olympics when she was 18. Now working in Marketing after making the decision to resign from the sport, Liz is ready for the challenge Survivor will throw at her. She says, “I think Survivor is the ultimate test because it pushes every aspect of a human being to its max, like physical, mental, social. You’re sleeping on the floor, you’re hungry, and it just pushes you to that limit. It’ll be treading a fine line between losing it and focussing on the win.” Liz admits her resting bitch face and love for her king bed and moisturizer are going to make the game hard. However, she thinks if there’s ever a tribe for her, it’s the Villains, saying, “I’m a good person, but my personality is very much larger than life – aggressive, short-tempered and a Taurus!”
A professional journalist, Michael is a sporting enthusiast who is passionate about people and telling their stories. However, he is aware that sometimes journalists aren’t always heroes in the eyes of the public, saying, “I think people look at journalists as Villains because they feel journalists lack heart or sensitivity. But a real journalist has all those things. They do care, they do have empathy, but we also want to get that story.” As someone who believes in living life each day, the adventure of Survivor is something Michael has wanted to do for a long time. As a fan of the game, he remembers having Survivor parties with his friends at university and talking about how they would play the game. Michael also wants to play the game for his mother, who passed away in 2017 and says, “My mother knew I loved Survivor, so she’d be shaking her head with laughter knowing I made it to the show. I know she’d say I’ve got the mindset to make it all the way, but whether I can, will be a different story. “If there was any season I’d want to be a part of, it’s Australian Survivor: Heroes V Villains. I love that a Villain wants to get their hands dirty, and that’s my mentality. I’m not looking to play the perfect game, I know I’ll make mistakes, but I love that Villains just don’t care about ruffling the feathers. I’m prepared to lie, cheat and steal and do whatever I can to get to the end. I’m not here to play a boring, laconic, non-urgent game. Anything goes.”
Mimi Luxury Car Brand Manager
Melbourne PR and Communications Manager, Mimi, is used to being underestimated. Working in a male-dominated industry of luxury cars, she has learnt to hold her own and stand her ground. Mimi says, “I’ve grown up super resilient and independent. I feel like it’ll be favourable in the game. I’ve dealt with multiple relationships and personalities every day for the last 10 years in my job, so I feel like it’ll help me.” An amateur boxer, Mimi started when she was 19 and says she becomes a different person when she steps into the ring. However, her tough exterior is not always what it seems as she thinks her biggest weakness will be her empathy for other people and thinks Villains aren’t always bad, just misunderstood. She also knows working with a group of Villains means she’ll need to be on her toes but that’s part of the fun. She says, “I’m so happy to be on the Villains tribe because there’s no limits, no expectations, and you can do whatever you want.”
Sarah Miss World Australia
Being Miss World and a semi-professional rugby league player are not jobs one would usually pair, but that’s what makes Sarah a tough cookie ready to take on a game like Survivor. Sarah grew up playing rugby at four and represented Queensland twice and says the experience made her tough and into the woman she is today. At 13, she was scouted as a model and won the title of Miss World Australia at 19. And while rugby was tough, it was the modelling circle that really got her built for resilience. She says, “Competing at Miss World international is brutal; it’s a very competitive pageant because you’re there to win, you’re not there to make friends or have a good time.” It was during the Miss World that Sarah was accused of her villainous side, saying, “When I was representing Miss Australia at Miss World, a bit of controversy happened. Miss Greece told everyone, and it was all over the news that I had pushed her down the stairs of a bus and ruined her chances of winning. I didn’t, but if I did, she wouldn’t have gotten up!” Ready to play as a Villain, Sarah says, “You should never underestimate what a beauty queen is willing to do to win.”
Shonee Season 3 & 5
One of the very few who has ever played the game three times is fan favourite and challenge beast, Shonee. In classic style, she says, “I am the first person to be invited to play Australian Survivor for the third time, so suck on that, everyone who’s ever underestimated me.” Playing a total of 89 days across her two series, including her returnee as an All-Star, Shonee has made it 4th and 7th previously, but there’s only one spot she wants this time, and that’s first. And while she would claim her challenge wins were based on taking one pilates class, this time, she’s more ready than ever to play. “I’m more prepared than ever because now I actually exercise. I am hitting Pilates five to six times a week. I am so shocked that I am so into exercise. All those fit people that say, ‘Exercise is good for your mental health!’ are right. As much as it pains me to say it. I am more of an adult now since the last time I played. I love having an empty washing basket. There’s no better feeling.” Shonee says, “I’m so glad I’m not on the Heroes tribe, that just seems like a whole big snoozefest, and I’m all about the fun. I’m so excited that I’m in a tribe full of Villains. These are my people. I think Villains have the upper hand because we are expecting people to blindside us and lie to us. Not like those naive little Heroes. Like lambs at a slaughter.”
Simon Season 6
As the first person in Australian Survivor to be blindsided by two Idols before Merge, Simon is leaving the Outback behind and is back for redemption. He says, “It was pretty tough failing last time, it took a lot to swallow, but I let my arrogance and my ego get in the way, and this time I am determined to play a very different game and to keep my ego in check.” Recently married, Simon is excited to get a second chance and says after being voted out in Australian Survivor: Brains V Brawn, it has made him reconsider his gameplay. “My strength coming into this season has to be my self-awareness. It’s taken a lot of self-reflection to get to where I am now after what I went through, and I’m going to use that to my advantage. My biggest fear coming into this game is going home with another Idol, it is something I’ve thought about for a long time, and it haunts me, and I’m absolutely terrified of ending up with one and not playing it correctly.” As a natural leader in the real world, Simon wants to step back from that and embrace his dark side, saying, “As a Villain, you thrive in the chaos, you get your hands dirty, and you really bring Survivor to life because, without Villains, this game would be so boring. I’m pumped to be a Villain because last time I tried to play as a Hero, and look how that went for me. This time I can really unleash my full potential.”
Stevie Season 3
Sneaky Stevie has left Fiji and is ready for the beaches of Samoa. While he admits he didn’t last as long as he wanted the last time he played, Stevie made an impression and is back for revenge. “I was too kind back then, I was sneaky, but I should’ve been more. I had a blast, but there was one person who blindsided me – Shonee. She’s been in the back of my mind for four years, and I’ve been dreaming of getting back at her.” Famous for his Idol hunting in Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders, Stevie got his nickname from his tribemates, and it’s one he loves to embrace. A food delivery rider and now an independent politician, Stevie also finished his Masters in Environmental Law and is also a volunteer firefighter. But all that heroic work won’t stop him from playing a more villainous game this time around. Stevie says, “As a villain, I can be all the worst characters all in one. Last time, I had no strategy, I had no plan, and I was trying to be a Villain. But I was more like an apprentice Villain. But this time, I’ve had time to study how to become a real Villain, and I’m going to really show everyone how it’s meant to be. I’ll be the master this time.”
Back in 2005, we met a spry young artist named Aubrey O’Day on MTV’s Making The Band; over the last decade and more, she has appeared on multiple reality TV shows and has been romantically linked to celebrities such as The Bachelorette’s Jordan Vandergriff, Donald Tr*mp Jr., the late Aaron Carter, and Jersey Shore’s Pauly D.
O’Day is reportingly starting a new chapter in her life as a mom. Following stomach-holding red carpet pics, an insider close to the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant claims that she is “early on in her pregnancy ” and that she’s “so excited.” “She’s pregnant,” the source told The U.S. Sun following her appearance at the gala held by the Society Performers Academy at the Omni hotel. Aubrey told the outlet that she was currently seeing someone, explaining that she had “someone special” in her life at the moment.”When I got home from Bali, which wasn’t too long ago, I was open to dating again,” she said.
Could this be a reality TV baby? Is this baby Kyland Young’s? Just last month, Aubrey stated that she’s ‘in love with’ Big Brother 23 and The Challenge: USA contestant Kyland Young.
I feel like this announcement may fuel MTV to create a Reality Celebrities Moms reality TV similar to Teen Mom, adding to Aubrey’s resume of TV shows. She got her start on MTV, had her own show on Oxygen All About Aubrey, and appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, Marriage Boot Camp, and Famously Single.
Ghostface is back, Kirby Reed is back, and Gale is still alive. The smash horror franchise is taking a vacation from Woodsboro to New York City (“you can just say New York” -Sterling Archer) with some familiar faces, and I’m not just talking about the iconic mask.
The family love is real with Jenna Ortega (Wednesday) returning as Tara Carpenter; Melissa Barrera as Sam Carpenter, Tara’s older half-sister; and Jasmin Savoy Brown (Yellowjackets) and Mason Gooding (Love, Victor) as twin siblings Mindy and Chad Meeks-Martin (niece and nephew of Randy Meeks of the first two films). Courtney Cox and Hayden Panettiere return as Gale Weathers and Kirby Reed, while franchise newcomers Samara Weaving, Dermot Mulroney, and Tony Revolori join in on the terror and higher phone bills.
You can expect to see some Billy Loomis, but no Sidney Prescott. As well as some new weapons used by the killer (killers? there are always two of those bastards), a terrible wig for Kirby Reed, and me seated and ready for this new installment.
Reality TV fans are confused as to why Netflix has taken so long to release this series, seeing as it was filmed a WHILE ago, but there are some TikTok faves I see on this list, so I will likely tune in (both Canadian with Francesca and Dom). I of course already know Francesca’s fate, as does anyone who follows her on socials.
The season consists of 12 episodes (an hour long each). The show will stream over three weeks, with four released on Feb. 14th, four dropping on Feb. 21st and the final four coming out on Feb. 28th.
“As they compete to form relationships, the most compatible couples will play matchmaker, breaking up other couples and sending them on dates with brand-new singles they’ll invite to the villa,” the official description reads. “Will they create better matches, or will they create chaos? In this over-the-top journey of strategy and dating hosted by Nick Lachey, only one couple will be crowned the Perfect Match.”
Let’s meet the singles, shall we?
Abbey Humphreys (“Twentysomethings”) Anne-Sophie Petit-Frere (“Selling Tampa”) Bartise Bowden (“Love Is Blind”) Calvin Crooks (“The Circle”) Chase DeMoor (“Too Hot To Handle”) Chloe Veitch (“Too Hot To Handle,” “The Circle”) Colony Reeves (“Selling Tampa”) Damian Powers (“Love Is Blind”) Diamond Jack (“Love Is Blind”) Dom Gabriel (“The Mole”) Francesca Farago (“Too Hot To Handle”) Georgia Hassarati (“Too Hot To Handle”) Ines Tazi (“The Circle France”) Izzy Fairthorne (“Too Hot To Handle”) Joey Sasso (“The Circle”) Kariselle Snow (“Sexy Beasts”) Lauren “LC” Chamblin (“Love Is Blind”) Mitchell Eason (“The Circle”) Nick Uhlenhuth (“The Circle”) Savannah Palacio (“The Circle”) Shayne Jansen (“Love Is Blind”) Will Richardson (“The Mole”) Zay Wilson (“The Ultimatum”)
Much like the world of kinks, there is something for everyone in reality TV. The latter half of January (arguably the darkest month of the year) welcomes new seasons of old favourites, returning guidos and guidettes, new series concepts and some questionably named shows (see: MILF Manor and Deadly Australians).
Let’s take a look at what to watch when to watch it and where to watch it.
Random Acts (BYUtv, Jan. 15, Sundays at 7). a “hidden-camera reality show that highlights the altruistic nature of human beings by featuring real people who are the recipients of random acts of kindness.”
All-Round Champion (BYUtv, Jan. 15, Sundays at 8). “nine of the best young athletes in their sports will assemble from the United States, Canada and UK to compete in the ultimate competition, and, for the first time, they’ll all be para-athletes.”
Survivalists (BYUtv, Jan. 15, Sundays at 9). “follow families as they brave the elements together.”
Milf Manor (TLC, Jan. 15, Sundays at 10). “eight confident and strong-minded women leave home for the chance to find love at a paradise destination.”
Down Home Fab (HGTV, Jan. 16, Mondays at 9). “Chelsea and Cole DeBoer of Teen Mom 2 fame” renovate houses “in their hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.”
1000 LB Sisters (TLC, Jan. 17, Tuesdays at 9). “the Slaton sisters try to lose enough weight to qualify for and undergo life-changing bariatric surgery.”
Are You the One? (Paramount+, Jan. 18). “22 recently single men and women from around the globe were put through an extensive matchmaking process to find their ‘perfect match.”
Dirty Old Cars (History Channel, Jan. 18, Wednesdays at 10). “follows the passionate owners and staff of three different detailing shops.”
Trafficked with Mariana Van Zeller (NatGeo, Jan. 18, Wednesdays at 9). “Mariana’s investigations are shaped more than ever by the political, economic and social global landscape”; for example, she “travels to Ukraine, where the war with Russia has upended the surrogacy industry.”
Web of Death (Hulu, Jan. 19). “follows the investigations of online sleuths as they use digital footprints, DNA databases and the power of social media to solve gruesome, mysterious and bizarre murder cases.”
Bling Empire: New York (Netflix, Jan. 20). “a fresh group of wealthy, sophisticated and hilarious Asian-Americans from New York City, where the quality of real estate is measured by address, not acreage.”
Bake Squad (Netflix, Jan. 20). “all four original members of the Squad are back … to create showstopping centrepieces for someone’s extra special big day.”
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW, Jan. 20, Fridays at 8). Magicians try to fool Penn & Teller
Whose Line is it Anyway? (The CW, Jan. 20, Fridays at 9). “new episodes of the classic improv series.”
The Real Friends of WeHo (MTV, Jan. 20, Fridays at 9). “will follow the lives of celebrity stylist Brad Goreski, choreographer and singer Todrick Hall, actor Curtis Hamilton, CEO of Buttah Skincare Dorión Renaud, TV host and business owner Jaymes Vaughan, and digital entrepreneur Joey Zauzig”
Kindred Spirits (Travel Channel, Jan. 20, Fridays at 9). “Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and psychic medium Chip Coffey … will discover shocking stories by visiting some of America’s most haunted homes and historic sites.”
Love & Marriage: D.C. (OWN, Jan. 21, Saturdays at 8). “will introduce a new power couple to the group, Joi Carter and Clifton Pettie,” along with “Erana and Jamie Tyler, and Ashley Silva and her husband on-air personality DJ Quicksilva.”
Week of Jan. 22, 2023
The Bachelor (ABC, Jan. 23, Mondays at 8). Zach Shallcross dates women in the hopes that all of them can gain more Instagram followers
Darcey & Stacey (TLC, Jan. 23, Mondays at 8). “Darcey and Stacey are officially splitting their time between their digs in Connecticut and their new apartments in Miami.”
Extreme Sisters (TLC, Jan. 23, Mondays at 9). “Twenty-five-year-old triplets Hannah, Katherine and Nadia still live together, vacation together and speak their own made-up language.”
Death by Fame (ID, Jan. 23, Mondays at 9). “digs into the cases of Hollywood hopefuls whose dreams for bright lights and acclaim are instead met with tragedy.”
The Playboy Murders (ID, Jan. 23, Mondays at 10). Holly Madison hosts “an anthology series recounting murders and mysteries that intersect with the world of Playboy.”
I Am Jazz (TLC, Jan. 24, Tuesdays at 10). “After her first year at Harvard on her own, Jazz returns home to Florida for the summer and asserts her new-found independence.”
Deadly Australians (Smithsonian Channel, Jan. 25, Wednesdays at 8). “explores Australia’s forests, swamps, waters, and deserts to identify the continent’s deadliest creatures.”
The 1619 Project (Hulu, Jan. 26, Thursdays). “seeks to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”
Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV, Jan. 26, Thursdays at 8). “Between hitting wine country for the launch of Nicole’s new wine label and South Carolina for Mike’s celebrity cornhole tournament… the squad continues to take every trip up a notch.”
Nikki Bella Says I Do (E!, Jan. 26, Thursdays at 9). “WWE Superstar Nikki Bella and Dancing with the Stars champion Artem Chingvintsev share all of their special moments from planning, throwing a joint bachelor and bachelorette celebration.”
Frozen Planet II (BBC America, Jan. 28, Saturdays at 8). “returns to the Arctic and Antarctic to observe the amazing species that thrive there” and also “our high mountains, frozen deserts, snowbound forests, and ice-cold oceans.”
Unexplained: Caught on Camera (Travel Channel, Jan. 28, Saturdays at 9). “Experts attempt to explain the unexplainable as they analyze some of the world’s most eye-opening and terrifying footage of paranormal phenomena.”
Help! My House is Haunted (Travel Channel, Jan. 28, Saturdays at 10). “U.K. paranormal experts – investigator and tech expert Barri Ghai, psychic medium and exorcist Ian Lawman and historian and psychologist Jayne Harris – work together to investigate reports of frightening paranormal activity.”
Week of Jan. 29, 2023
Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World (PBS, Jan. 31, Tuesdays at 9). “an incredible narrative of struggle, triumph and resistance that will be brought to life through the lens of an art form that has chronicled the emotions, experiences and expressions of Black and Brown communities: hip hop.”
My 600 LB Life (TLC, Feb. 1, Wednesdays at 8). “follows patients who drag themselves out of bed to take those first excruciating steps towards a new way of life”
Say Yes to the Dress (TLC, Feb. 4, Saturdays at 8). “bridal fashions have changed, but Randy and the Kleinfeld consultants’ superior service have remained constant.”
This Brazillian bombshell gave it her all in chances of winning the 750k cash prize on the 24th season of Big Brother US, she may not have walked away with the money but she certainly kept viewers entertained. I jumped at the opportunity to talk about reality TV, music and..soup with Indy Santos in this brand-spanking-new #TMITuesday interview.
1. If you could choose one song to be your current ‘theme song’ what would it be and why?
So Ugly I’m beautiful- Toni Jones
2. Have you watched any of the live feed clips from Big Brother 24?
Yes, mostly the fun ones about me!!!!
I don’t want to have bad memories or bad feelings about anyone from the house.
3. Who do you keep in touch with the most from your season? What about other alumni?
Jasmine, Joseph, Taylor and Michael.
But I talk to everyone basically every other day.
4. Should you be offered the opportunity would you consider competing on another reality show?
Oh yes!!! It’s coming babe
The Amazing Race? This would be amazing!!
Michael would be my first pick. Joseph the second if Taylor is busy. Jasmine as well!!!
We would have so much fun!!!
Big Brother Brazil? I have been waiting for literally 23 years!!!
The Challenge? Ohhh YESSSSS!!!! Please
5. Since today is #TMITuesday can you tell the fans something about you that they may not already know? Any hidden talents?
I almost died 3 times in my life!!!!
And I can balance any bottle over my head/ shoulders/ knees – once I have a couple drinks hahaha
6. Okay let’s clear the rumours up, fans speculated that you and Joseph had a fling in the jury house, can you confirm or deny this?
Nooo, way!!! Never!!!!
Joseph is my best friend from the season!!!!
Our relationship is a family relationship. Nothing else. And we will always be friends. And YES, girls and guys can have a friendship!!!!!
7. You recently did a live with Paloma and received a lot of backlash for giving her further platform. Can you tell me about the motivation for this and some of the more complex questions you had to ask her?
Since when I left the house I felt that Paloma didn’t have an opportunity to be heard in a safe space. I offered my platform for her to be heard. To make sure I could share with her the lessons that I learned and to make sure I was not excluding her for anything. We already made a huge mistake as a house excluding Taylor in many situations, and I didn’t want to repeat that!
And again, my intentions were not to hurt anyone, not Paloma, not Taylor. NO ONE!!!
My intentions were to give her space and share my own lessons, with the hope to inspire her and others to do the same.
8. What is most important to you in life, and what inspires that?
Family, friends and time.
I’m blessed to have an amazing family and great friends that help me to grow.
My parents inspire me to be better, and my friends show me the way with love and kindness.
And God/The Universe always makes sure I have the right perspective to appreciate life itself! And all the privileges that I have. For ex: I’m a healthy woman, I’m emotionally mature, I’m free, and I’m aware of my own decisions and power to create the life that I dream of! So, so many privileges.
9. You have apologized for your soup comment to Taylor Hale, winner of Big Brother 24 and AFP, so…it’s soup season here in Canada for Fall, what is your go-to soup?
Yes, I did apologize right after I made the comment, still in the house…at the finale and 100000 times more!!!!
It was not intentional!!! My favorite soup it’s French onion
10. What’s next for you Indy?
I’m about to release my manifestation course. In English and Portuguese. Where I teach how did I manage to come all the way from Brazil and get to the show. All my habits and tricks ahahaha
During my jury time, I also wrote a book about my spiritual journey. That will be out whenever God wants to release it.
I’m already working with many brands on IG and I’m creating my God is my Sugar Daddy Brand
I’m open to all the opportunities that the universe has for me.
The anticipated new series of Australian Survivor doesn’t quite have a premiere date but a year at least… I am more than certain that there will be some new North American-based crossover fans from the Netflix hit reboot series Heartbreak High who also love reality TV. And they will all be yelling “esshhhaaaayyyy” at the screen…
Love Island Casa Amor bombshells turned step-siblings! Parents of co-stars George Tasker (the one who lied about Ekin) and Mollie Salmon (Davide’s interest for a hot minute) marry just ONE MONTH after meeting at the hit ITV2 show’s summer reunion.
George shared a bed with this year’s winners Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu (lied about what went down), who went on to bag boyfriend Davide Sanclimenti and the £50,000. Was I obsessed with this season? YES.
To make matters more interesting – his new step-sister Mollie also had an intimate run-in with winner Davide – as she arrived in the main villa alongside the female Casa Amor bombshells.
The Italian stallion, 27, first got flirty with newcomer Coco Lodge, 27, before the pair shared a steamy kiss in the garden that was seen by their fellow islanders. This was all of course before the legendary ‘t*t lick’ of 2022.
Cue the show’s reunion where Mollie and George’s parents met and at least they found love?
This week’s feature is one of my favourite reality TV personalities to see the screen in years. It is my belief that in casting following Victoria aka Spicy Vee’s appearance on Big Brother Canada 9 that her personality is now an archetype. From her messy secret HOH, to her dancing and blow-up with fellow houseguest Tera Spicy Vee never failed to keep fans glued to the screen. I sat down to talk with the firecracker about her Youtube show, budding career, Megan Thee Stallion and more in this brand-spanking-new interview with my new online BFF (kidding but she is a friggin’ delight).
1. Your show ‘Spill The Tea With Spicy Vee’ has featured many big RTV names, who is your dream guest on the show and why?
My dream guest would be Hilary Duff! OMG, I love her so much and even though she isn’t a reality star, she did have an appearance on The Bachelor so close enough hahaha. I would also love to have CT from the Challenge.. that would be a wild interview.
2. Speaking of your show, where can fans find it?
3. Who were you rooting for on #bb24?
Taylor! She is a legend, an icon, a damn queen!!! I really hope I get to meet her one day She went through so much in the game and the girl is still in there having no idea what the world is saying or thinking! It’s a crazy feeling and I cannot wait to see her get all the love.
4. How many times did you apply for Big Brother Canada before being cast?
I applied twice! Once in the in-person auditions in Toronto, and once via video audition! I really put my heart and soul into both auditions so it feels amazing that I got chosen. I think everyone should take the time to apply if it’s their dream, and don’t rush it! This is your shot!
5. Since today is #TMITuesday can you tell the readers something about you that they may not already know?
UHM lol, maybe that I am actually a massive child at heart. I mean, I guess that showed when I was in the ball pit but I just love doing kid stuff, watching Disney channel tv shows, and eating candy like I am actually just one big child who never wants to grow up lol.
6. How has your life changed since appearing on reality TV?
I get recognized a lot in my hometown which is super cool! I also LOVE to party and travel and I find that so many opportunities to do so have opened up! I feel like before the show I tried to hide my party side and how wild I really was, but now everyone knows that side of me so I can truly be who I am!
7. If you could choose one song to be your theme song what would it be and why?
OMG, the song “Her” by Megan Thee Stallion 😛 I love her and all of her songs hahaha. “LMFAO” is also hilarious, I think any of their songs could be my theme song!
8. How did you get the name ‘Spicy Vee’?
I got the name spicy vee because I drive a bright habanero orange Volkswagen Tiguan lol. The name was supposed to be for my car but all my friends started calling me spicy vee and it stuck! Before spicy vee, my friends called me VMONEY LOL
9. With the name ‘spicy vee’ what’s your favourite spicy food?
Haha, this may come as a shock but I am not too big into spicy food! I do love hot sauce though, I will put it on my eggs or avocado and it’s so much better haha. Also, at The Keg Restaurant and Bar, they have this super hot horseradish, and I love it!
10. What’s next for you?
I am working full-time as a social worker at my local school board! I am so obsessed with finally having my own office to talk to and work with children in my community! I have my own Youtube interview show ‘Spill the Tea with SPICY VEE’ that I try to release episodes weekly so these are my two main focuses right now!
Fan favourite and sole resident of D*niel D*rston’s (best known to me as ‘Unwashed Elvis’) mind rent-free Taylor Hale made history on Sunday.
Not only did the Lays’ lover become the first Black woman in 24 seasons of the reality TV series to win, but the first time winner and America’s Favourite Player winner. The Michigan native strut herself away with a cruise for two and a cool 800k in prize money. Taylor left behind 15 other houseguests, including a brief showmance mate and runner-up (to the prize money and Taylor’s heart) Monte following a speech that brought this writer to tears.
The ‘face and sword of the season’ spent most of her time in the Big Brother house being villainized and bullied simply for being herself, all the time unaware of the fanbase that was accumulating in her favour outside of the house of horrors.
After unknowingly having ‘Taylor’s Karma’ take its time to hit each houseguest who dared to try to take the ‘blockbuster’ out of the game, it was down to the final 3. Taylor, Turner and Monte competed for the final HOH with Turner winning part 1/3, Monte winning the second, and the third as well. This left Monte with a choice to bring Turner, longtime F2, or Taylor (his showmance whom he spent half the season bashing and belittling her).
Monte decided that Taylor would be his best chance at the 750k cash prize and was very wrong.
The roundtable seemed in favour of Turner or Monte but Jaylor fans rejoiced as Joseph fought hard for Taylor, despite Alyssa’s attempts in the jury house to sully that. Monte fumbled to explain why he deserved to win and Taylor…Taylor brought out the inner pageant queen in her. This historic speech led to her historic win:
“Jury, members, I am someone who has won three competitions, two of them including HOHs,” she said. “But I’m so much more than the wins I have had. I have proven that I can win in real power. But I’m more than my wins in this game. Monte may have more blood on his hands than me, but as someone who has sat on this eviction block six times on eviction night I have bled out the most in this game. But I have bandaged myself together every single time and gotten up and continued to fight because, like so many other women in the world, that is what we have to do to get to the end.
We have to take care of ourselves and put ourselves first,” she continued. “But also looking out for the rest of the ones behind us. I have been falsely accused and unjustly accused of using someone’s mental health as a piece in his game. As someone’s sick mother as a piece to use in this game. I have been called the b-word so many more times than in this house than I have in my real life.
Not to mention there was an attempted all-white alliance formed, and I had to sit on the block left on the block next to the person who tried to form that alliance,” the beauty queen mentioned. “I have overcome so much in this game, and I have come to understand that I am not a shield, I am a sword. I am not a victim I am a victor. And if there is one word that is going to describe the entire season, it is resiliency. And If you were to ask yourself the more resilient person in this season has been, it is me.
We can have the same Big Brother wins that we’ve had in the past, but I am challenging you, jury members,” she noted. “I thought I would humbly ask you for your vote. But I’m challenging all of you to decide what type of winner you want to have this year.”
Do you want the same thing where we see evictions and comp wins be the path to success?” she asked. “Or do we want a winner where we choose resiliency? We choose persistence as a reason to win this game. I have never given up on myself, and I refuse to do it tonight when I’m sitting next to such a strong competitor. Jury members, I’m challenging you to make the hard decision and change the course of this game and choose progress of the course of this game. I can be the winner of this season, and I promise you will not do it in vain if you choose me tonight.“
Since her well-deserved win Hale has since been contacted by Lays for sponsorship, let the world know that she has no plans to continue a relationship with Monte, has been spotted with Joseph and fans assume this is only the beginning for her.
Warning: This post contains spoilers, but will save you the 2 hours of watching the episode.
It was a rough night for Challenge fans and cast members on Twitter last night. We open the episode with Enzo calling everyone rats and moving into the daily pretty quickly. It is a women’s elimination (the last elimination before the final) with besties Angela and Alyssa knowing that they need to win to stay out of The Arena. This should be simple for Angela Rummins who has been dominating the dailies all season…right?
In the season’s first-ever nighttime challenge, these CBS competitors swim across a dark lake (Enzo is already panicked…) to reach a creepy abandoned town. The town was complete with fake body parts and faceless mannequins. There, they must solve various puzzles, varying from sliders to tangrams, in order to collect tokens and tires that are worth points. Whoever earns the most points, wins. They had 2 hours to complete this challenge.
Angela and Tyson appear to snag the lead, and Cayla needed a boost (no seriously Sarah lifted her with her head) to get out of the mud. Angela gets stumped by a slider puzzle (with the token there worth 20 points).
Shockingly, Dom does quite well and I was reminded once again that he is indeed on the show, and Ben hurts his shoulder.
Eventually, winners are determined, Tyson and Dom tie (and split 5k in their accounts), and Sarah snags her first win in a daily in her entire reality TV career. Coming in last place is Angela, all of this is great news if you are not Alyssa…
What does this mean? Well, Angela goes straight into the arena and Tyson, Dom and Sarah will determine who she competes against for the last spot in the final.
My favourite part of the episode was the Kiki and Zoe sighting during Danny’s call to them. #TEAMKIKI Angela gets a birthday call from her fiance (ex??) Tyler Crispen too, which was sweet.
After some debate with the winning trio, it is clear that Dom and Sarah are voting Alyssa in and Tyson is going to vote for Cayla. The majority rules in The Arena and besties Alyssa and Angela compete in a Challenge classic, POLE WRESTLE. Angela wins to no surprise and sheds possibly her first tear ever at the sight of her friend leaving on her account.
Fast forward to the final, where Ben finds out he is not medically cleared to compete and the algorithm is back. Each leg will have one man and one woman paired up (if one of them quits they are both out), and one woman competing alone. This will all rotate of course, and there is a series of points for each place in the leg. The challenger with the most points at the top of the mountain wins the big prize and will compete on The Challenge World something something.
Leg one is a puzzle and a long swim, Desi and Enzo are paired up and Sarah is alone. Enzo, in true Enzo fashion, quits mid-swim robbing Desi of her winnings and the opportunity to continue on.
This was a clear indicator to me that I was not going to enjoy the rest of this final, and I sure didn’t. Danny and Cayla finish first and bank five points each.
The new pairings for the second leg are: Danny/Angela, Tyson/Sarah and Dom/Justine, with Cayla running solo. After a long sprint, it’s time for an eating challenge! I love these. They have to eat an entire onion, full garlic cloves and an entire thermos of lemon juice. Which is honestly pretty low-level for The Challenge? After finishing one onion and garlic cloves they must do some math. Angela and Danny bank first place points on this one after Angela uses her cooking skill as a vegan.
For some reason the episode is STILL going and there are new pairs for this next leg. Dom/Cayla, Angela/Tyson and Sarah/Danny, with Justine going alone. Here, they must memorize a series of numbers, collect a decoder and run along a path. After adding up the numbers and using the decoder, they have to unscramble letters to form a phrase. Tyson and Angela crack the code first and win the leg, while Justine times out.
Final check point (before the final leg much to Justine’s surprise) It’s now Danny/Justine, Tyson/Cayla and Dom/Sarah, with Angela alone. It’s the overnight portion, and duos must move a huge mound of rubble, while their partner gets some rest. With Angela being alone, she’s at a serious disadvantage but has half of the rubble of the pairings. She ‘opts’ to sleep instead, figuring she’ll take last place points in exchange for being fully charged for Day 2. Instead of production getting involved and confirming that she wants to quit… Her “strategy” comes back to bite her: When TJ wakes them up bright and early in their smelly tent, he asks her what happened, then he disqualifies her. This final is a mess but Dom and Sarah win five points for the task.
The competitors are paired no more and individuals again. With some puzzles along the way, and a snowy and cold footrace to the top of a mountain (a Challenge classic)If the players finish the task, the money in their individual bank accounts is theirs. Also, points for this portion are doubled, so the first person place gets a whopping 10 points added to their overall scores.
Following a hexagon shape puzzle, Tyson takes a quick lead for the men, while Justine leads for the women. The second puzzle is a batch of Sudoku puzzles, and this is where we get all the quitters. Danny completes the puzzle with ease and grabs the lead while Tyson, Dom, Justine and Cayla are bested by the number puzzle and the frigid air/weather and quit. All 4 leave with 0 dollars and a quitter title.
Sarah is meanwhile, stuck at the first puzzle with no idea that anyone else has quit. She assumes she’s playing for 3rd in the women’s portion. She pushes through and completes both puzzles eventually meeting Danny and TJ at the top of the mountain. Mr. Lavin tells the two that everyone else quit, and that not only will they split the quitter’s bank accounts but the 500,000 prize as well.
Remember when I said my favourite moment of the episode was the Kiki/Zoe call? Well, I did not mean the first one, I meant Danny telling his family that he won. Very reminiscent of Ashley Mitchell calling her mom at the end of Invasion Of The Champions.
What did we learn this season? It’s f*ck Enzo and Sarah is unlikeable no matter what show she’s on. Oh! And Danny is a sodoku master?
One of my favourite things to do aside from sleeping and eating mac and cheese is listening to new music. This week’s feature is a gifted artist who should truly be added to your Spotify playlists…like now. Right now…
Geneva and I discuss music, life and a whole lot more in this all-new #TMITuesday interview.
1. Who or what inspires your music?
Anything can be inspiration if you let it – pain, heartbreak, love, longing…LIFE! When I feel disappointed or upset about something, I find writing can be very cathartic. It helps me process what I’m feeling and obviously when other people can relate to those feelings and experiences in the music, it makes it even more rewarding / meaningful.
I’m always excavating past experiences, moments, situations, feelings, memories for inspiration. The gift of a good songwriter is to communicate these every day feelings in a unique way that feels true to the artist and their audience.
2. Since today is #TMITuesday can you tell the readers something about you that they may not already know?
I’m technically a “halfmerican” – my biological father was originally from Miami so I’m technically half American. Also, I used to play cello 🙂
3. How important is it for you to be your authentic self when creating music?
Very! The moment you start creating from a place of “what will other people like”, you’re not creating from an authentic place. I think the more honest and vulnerable I am in terms of my songwriting, the more the right people will gravitate to my music and relate to me as an artist and person just going through this crazy journey we call life together.
4. If you could choose one song by any artist to be your ‘theme song’ what would it be and why
Honestly, “Win” by Jay Rock gets me hype. There is so much rejection and weird shit that goes down in this industry, and people can switch up on a dime, so you really need to have thick skin to make it anywhere. You can’t let other people derail you or let outside opinions interfere with your vision. Not everyone is gonna get it, that’s not your problem. Keep pushing! In the words of Jay Rock, “You either with me or against me, ho!”
5. What is an average day like for you?
Admittedly I don’t have a super wild and unpredictable day-to-day life most days – I work a 9-5 and have a 7-year-old daughter so I’m not living any type of glamorous lifestyle for the most part. However, stability, consistency and limiting distractions has resulted in me going beast mode these past couple years over COVID and I currently have over 25 song demos in the chamber so I guess there’s something to be said for being a bit “boring” 😛
I try to carve out time for songwriting / studio time as often as possible and also work with a voice + performance coach weekly. I have been investing heavily in my craft.
6. Who is your dream artist to do a collab with?
I would love to work with SAINt JHN, he’s such a dope songwriter and I love his vibe. I feel like we’d do a crazy song together. I’m a huge fan of other songwriters / artists like Tiara Thomas, Ari Lennox, Stacy Barthe…I’d love to work with them. In Toronto, would be sick to do a song with Sean Leon or Runway the Catwalker. I love Clairmont the Second also.
7. I write a lot about reality TV on here, are you a fan?
Girl yes! The trashier the better. The last thing I watched was The Ultimatum which was delightfully chaotic.
8. Do you have a celebrity crush? If so, who?
We can go with SAINt JHN here too. He’s so hot and stylish!
9. What are your thoughts on the new Drake album?
I actually like that he did a house record, I’m not mad at it, but I feel like he did it in like a week. As an OG house head the bar is pretty high so I’m probably more judgmental than the average listener. Anything that can introduce the next generation to the culture is dope though, so I hope his younger listeners dug into the genre and the history more. There are some great books on electronic music history so…study up!! Modulations, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, Energy Flash to name a few…
10. What’s next for you?
I have a pretty large body of work at the moment so would love to release a proper full 12-track album but I have to bide my time with some singles for now. I’ll be releasing “Larry Hoover,” a collab with S4G4 late fall, “Body On Me,” a dancy bop produced by KYU in early spring around March, and then a summer jam in May called “Down Bad” featuring Basi Azul. In the meanwhile, if you like house, “The Vibe” just came out not too long ago. It’s a vibe, as its namesake suggests!
Thankfully, the show is not about siblings who are dating one another…but it does have a premise that gives me the ick.
According to Tom’s Guide, the core concept is fairly simple: a diverse group of single people travel to a European villa to find love, but the twist is they’re accompanied by a sibling who is also on the hunt for a soul mate. As you can probably guess this leads to all sorts of awkward encounters. After all, there’s nothing more distracting when attempting to woo a potential partner than having their sibling within earshot. The show also makes liberal use of the double-date format, only this time it’s two pairs of siblings on a date together. There’s also the expected collection of group activities and challenges, not to mention plenty of producer-driven chats.
The show has a pathetic 4.1/10 on IMDB so I cannot see the series getting a second season.
I’m not sure I’d be too hyped to be on a dating show with my brother, will you be adding this show to your rotation?
With 22 years of Promise Cherry Beach parties, the team behind the underground techno takeover in Toronto is still going strong.
With recent notice from BlogTO and Exclaim! the weekly events (that run June 5th to Sept 5th) offer a mini-vacation on Sundays 3pm-11pm. They’re family-friendly and feature some of Toronto’s best and brightest DJs and international headliners. So sure you could spend 300+ on VELD tickets this weekend, or have a taste of Toronto beach life for a fraction of the price.
This weekend’s event will happen on Monday (with Ciel & Lis Dalton headlining) and run from 3pm to 11pm. Get your tickets now and pretend that Ontario is a tropical haven.
Tremayne is a Toronto grown hip-hop artist, known for his prolific performances and universally respected for his visceral songwriting. Born and raised just west of Toronto, in the suburb of Brampton, Tremayne began his career under the moniker T-Mayne, a nod to his birth name. Known for wearing his heart on his sleeve, whether on stage or on record, it has become a calling card for his style of music. Floating somewhere between the poetic, introspection of classic Chicago hip hop, and the contemporary trap soundwaves of New Toronto, Tremayne explores the interpersonal workings of the artist mind, the bleeding heart and the human experience. His pursuit of a career in music has taken him across the globe from London, New York, Montreal, Germany to performing at Atlanta hip hop festival, A3C. He and his collective, StayOutLate, look to leave an imprint on the entertainment industry.
Since today is #TMITuesday what can you tell the readers about you that they may not already know?
This is a tough one because I’m pretty much an open book, but that actually gives me a good answer. If you follow me on Instagram you might not know my handle is an acronym. Most people fuck it up when they mention me. It’s not idaati, it’s Ldaati and it stand for Life Death And All Things Inbetween. The name came from the fact I wanted to treat my Instagram like a reality TV channel. so you can go back to my very first post ever. Nothing has been deleted or archived since, I think I started it in 2014?
Who or what inspires your sound? This unpredictable, highly experimental, chaotic thing called life. Most of my music, whether bright or dark sounding, dances in a vast, often uncomfortable world of existentialism. I often try to mimic the peaks and valleys, and always venture to explore things less explored.
If you were to collab with any artist who would it be and why?
Honestly this question is tough, because as an artist that changes depending on a million different factors. But if the scenario was that I was locked in a room with one artist and we couldn’t leave until we made a hit on my terms it would probably be either Jill Scott or Erykah Badu. I’d have them teach me how to sing, which would drive them crazy cause I’m a terrible singer, but I think they’d be able to help me find my pocket. We’d talk about life for probablydays. If it’s Erykah I’d convince her to be the doula of my first born child, and somewhere within all of that we’d end up making an album worth of music, that if you know me might never seethe light of day lol.
I talk about reality TV a lot on this site, would you ever compete on a show like Canada’s Got Talent, or The Voice?
I personally wouldn’t. It’s not fitting for me. Ima super emotional, theatrical, grungy artist. If they allow the audience and judges to be on a shroom trip when I perform maybe. But stripped down I think my content is more disruptive than entertaining.
A simple one, whats your fave movie? Lmfao! I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say the movies I’d like to say, but I’m going to say it and you edit if you want afterward. It’s either Lars Von trier’s – Antichrist or Gaspar Noè’s – Irreversible. Both incredibly hard movies to watch. Gaspar’s has the most beautifully redeeming moment in the end that very few people can make it to. I always connect with things that challenge my safe place. I believe a huge and dangerous flaw in most of us is our inability to navigate uncomfortable things. It often pushes us to a place of black and white when nothing on this planet is completely black and white.
What is a song that you are most proud of? Probably my most recent release, Daddy issues ft. Backxwash and Charlie Noiir. It’s an extremely vulnerable song and sound wise not really something I’ve expressed as an artist. It’s a song that I thought would alienate a lot of people who listen to my music, but on the contrary it ended up connecting with a lot of people, which I’m proud of.
What is an average day like for you? Being tormented with a list of 100 things to do. Always deciding to let things flow as they may, and wearing whichever cap I’m most connected to at the time. Having a million deadlines and trying to complete them all in one day. Being concerned I’m not living up to my potential. Being obsessed with making the people around me better.
If you could choose one song to be your ‘theme song’ what would it be and why? It would definitely have to be Kanye – Power. No song gets me as hype and makes me feel as determined and destined as that song. Whenever I feel lazy or like giving up or uninspired I play that song for a charge up.
9. Do you remember the first song you ever recorded? I don’t remember the song exactly, but I remember the time period. It was high school. My friends Scotty IV, who at that time went as Spooks and Prezident Jeff all had just got into making music. They were already talented producers and rappers and I was just a kid who liked to write. To this day I have no clue why they let me rock with them cause I was really horrible, but I was committed. I’m still committed.
10. What’s next for you? No clue really. I want to do a lot of things, but we’ll see what the universe has in store. If you’re following my socials you’ll see it all play out. Twitter – @tremayneSOL Instagram – @Ldaati Tiktok – @treyoutlate
I was buzzing to find out that I would get to speak with this week’s LEGEND. The Challenge would not be where it is without this man.
I sat down to talk with Syrus Yarbrough about his upcoming wedding, returning to TV and more in this week’s #TMITuesday.
1. You and your beautiful partner are engaged, can we expect a big reality TV guestlist for the event? (I’m sure I could as that so I will wait for mine in the mail)
Hahah… She is not the type to be filming our private/intimate wedding. I mean I’m sure there is a price that would make her think…. But she ain’t into that type of thing. That’s all me.
2. How do you feel about the current representation of Black and POC in reality TV?
I feel like there has definitely been a movement toward more substance in the different characters but I think we have a ways to go. And I honestly don’t group POC with The Black community.
Just feel like we’ve been through too much to be grouped with others. Not saying they don’t struggle but our struggle is a whole different every day every hour thing. No disrespect to anyone or culture just speaking my feelings.
3. What has been the best and what has been the worst part about returning to The Challenge?
Oh man… the return has been awesome! Nothing bad about any part of it. I mean it’s a game. Yes I want to win and yes it’s a lot of money but… money & me have a great relationship I don’t worry or stress over it.
4. Since today is #TMITuesday can you tell the readers something about you that they may not already know?
Hhhhhmmmmm….. I’m pretty much an open book but let me see? Some people in college only remember me from “Bay Watch” I had a few roles on there it was my college summer job! Oh and it’s filmed in my home town of Santa Monica,CA
5. Who were you rooting for on All Stars 3?
6. Do you think that you could beat TJ Lavin in:
A pole wrestle: A puzzle: A Hall Brawl:
Wow. Well, let’s just say I think I can beat anyone at something. I think that everyone has their day some have more days than others. So yea tj…. Let’s go! The funny thing is… u can be a complete expert and make one mistake and boom you’re done.
7. You are a man that KNOWS how to throw a party. What are 5 essential things for the perfect party?
Location, theme, timing, organization & execution
8. What is a typical day like for you?
I do intermittent fasting for 16 hours including sleep. Wake up say my positive affirmations. Look at my socials, organize day, off to the gym for a min of 10 miles or an hour cardio, quick weights! Mon weds fri is the beach as some beach run and bball cardio before the gym. Sometimes I go back to the gym after for a double dose with my lady then I do another 10 miles. I have snacks when my fast is done and we eat dinner with the animals after and watch our shows ! Be creative and write or design throughout the day. Meetings sprinkled in. And repeat!
9. If you could name one song as your ‘theme song’ what would it be and why?
Oh my … I was just asked this for a podcast… right now… “Mary J Blige & DJ Khalid “ “Amazing “
10. Whats next for you?
Still writing shows and my Autobiography. Staying in shape and hoping to get on either challenge and win. Wedding and maybe a “Lil Sy” or if it’s a girl “SY-Anara “ ! Other than that just continue to be creating and doing what I do! Bring it to the world and see how they feel about my vision
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We’ve already started getting ready with these sets:
“The Challenge: USA” kicks off with a 90-minute premiere on CBS on Wednesday, July 6, at 9:30 p.m. ET, as part of CBS’ Wednesday night reality block. It will air directly after the premiere of a brand new season of “Big Brother.”
While Twitter stans thought that this would be ‘The Challenge: CBS” is instead the first international installment of the spin-off series’. Coming soon will be Argentina, The UK, Australia and more.
The cast of this new series includes a handful of the BB23 cast, Survivor, and Love Island. It will be interesting to see how they compete in a different series of competitions and this political environment.
According to Variety, The series is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and Bunim/Murray Productions; Julie Pizzi and Justin Booth serve as executive producers. “The Challenge” first premiered on MTV in 1998 and is the longest-running reality series on TV. The spinoff “The Challenge: All Stars” is currently airing its third season on Paramount+.
“The Challenge: CBS” premieres on CBS Wednesday, July 6, at 9:30 p.m. ET. Meet the full cast below.
If you ever see me working with headphones on I am likely bopping along to rap.
Roddy Rackzz raps with poise and urgency. Hailing from West Baltimore, the 24-year-old brings the grittiness of his city to his warm sing-raps, emphasizing sincerity and storytelling in solemn hits like “Never Enough.” Over the last few years, he’s made songs that detail life’s highs and lows. Tough memories of his rise from nothing are cut through with a feeling of aspiration.
By turning reflective, internal bars into open-hearted anthems, Roddy has quickly established himself as one of the most refreshingly emotional artists to emerge from his city. And despite being a newcomer to the rap game, he’s already shown he can hang with industry vets. Roddy plans to stay focused. He’s back in long studio sessions, this time with artists who are on a similar wavelength, like Pyrex. He’s ready for the next step and in a better state of mind, which means the new music is reaching toward the ideas he’s always been turning over in the back of his head. “By the vibes getting better and just being in a better space in my life, I’m gonna make better music,” he explains. “Every time I go in the studio, I make a better song than last time.”
I bet that if you were to ask 10 people what their guilty pleasure reality TV series it at least 6 will say a Real Housewives franchise. And while yes, the majority of the series take place in the US there are a few handfuls of international housewives creating drama. These USA-based series include:
-The Real Housewives of Orange County -The Real Housewives of New York City -The Real Housewives of Atlanta -The Real Housewives of New Jersey -The Real Housewives of D.C. -The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills -The Real Housewives of Miami -The Real Housewives of Potomac -The Real Housewives of Dallas -The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City -The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip
The best-of-the-best drama is ALWAYS within the reunion specials although I imagine that these international RHW franchises bring their own brand of drama that could rival a reunion.
But who are these contenders of drink-throwing-frenzy nature?
-The Real Housewives of Melbourne Australia Arena -The Real Housewives of Sydney Arena -The Real Housewives of Vancouver Canada -The Real Housewives of Toronto -Forsidefruer Denmark -Dublin Wives Ireland -Les Vraies Housewives France -The Real Housewives of Athens Greece -Feleségek luxuskivitelben Hungary -The Real Housewives di Napoli Italy -Mulheres Ricas Brazil -The Real Housewives of Nairobi Kenya -The Real Housewives Slovenija: Vražje dame Slovenia -The Real Housewives of Auckland New Zealand -The Real Housewives of Lagos Nigeria -The Real Housewives of Johannesburg South Africa -The Real Housewives of Durban -The Real Housewives of Cape Town -The Real Housewives of Cheshire United Kingdom
This week’s feature hails from Australia and was a surprising DELIGHT on this last season of Australian Survivor. An underdog and social butterfly, Chrissy found an idol and had no idea what tribal was so no one expected her to snag second place (even lasting longer than Queen Sandra). I sat down to chat with my fave player of the season to talk about family life, her Survivor skills and castmates.
LETS GET INTO IT M8!
1. It was pretty clear you weren’t exactly a fan of viewer of Australian Survivor before your adventure began. Did Croc give you any tips or training before your departure?
Hahahah, I def wasn’t a fan. But I am now. Yes he got me in the gym and made me eat to gain some quality Kgs. I didn’t realize how little the food out there was so thankfully I had some spare!
2. What do you hope your children take from your journey on the show?
Mostly I wanted them to just see me having a crack. Not to be scared or worried about making a fool of themselves sometimes. I’m not a serious person so I want them to know it’s ok to have fun and to do silly things sometimes. People love laughing. Our world is serious enough. We all need a little outlet. Whatever that may be I just want them to be brave enough to have a try.
3. There was a lovely scene with you and Sam where she helped you to draw your eyebrows on. Would you consider creating an Australian Survivor cosmetics line?
Oh how interesting. Why not. Ha.
4. On a scale of 1-10 how good was the leg shaving and shower following your return home?
11. I was a hairy lil beast.
5. Since today is #TMITuesday is there something you can tell me about yourself that fans may not already know?
I eat a bag of liquorice a day. Yes. A big black bag.
6. What is your biggest takeaway after seeing the season play out episode by episode? Ummmmm, Editing is a thing.
7. If given the chance, would you play Survivor again?
Yessssssssss! Second place is first loser.
8. Are you up-to-date now on survivor terminology?
Not quite. But I’m so much better now.
9. Do you keep in touch with any of your castmates?
Yes. They are my new fams. We shared a very unique experience. Bonded for life perhaps. HAHAAH. Not by their choice too. I make them all be my friends now. Ha.
It will soon be t-shirt time again with a new group of roommates for Jersey Shore 2.0, but the cast hasn’t been revealed.
It is unknown where filming will take place, which seems silly as its…well its in the show’s title?
Following more than a decade after the original crew hit the Jersey boardwalk. MTV has announced that an all-new cast will be revealed for the upcoming season of Jersey Shore 2.0. “It’s been 13 years since the iconic cast of Jersey Shore fist-pumped their way into our lives and stole our hearts,” a statement from the network said.
“Now, the time-honoured tradition continues with a new group of roommates moving into their own Shore house. They may have traded their poofs for plumped pouts and UV rays for spray tans, but when things heat up in Jersey, the Shore is still the place to be to make memories all summer long.”
The series inspired similar shows around the world including the UK’s ‘Geordie Shore’, Poland’s ‘Warsaw Shore’ and Mexico’s ‘Acapulco Shore’. Honourable mention to the short-lived Canadian ‘Lakeshore’.
In 2018, the guidos and guidettes (minus Sammi Sweetheart) reunited for the first season of Jersey Shore Family Vacation. The series, which has had a total of seasons to date, documents the reunited group — this time along with their partners and kids.
And the OG tan fanatics’ fun is not ending any time soon. MTV announced that the OG crew is once again getting back together for another season of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.
“The world is finally open again and the squad is free to roam – from El Paso for an old-fashioned roommates-only trip to San Diego for a full-on family vacation,” a release from the network said. “But buckle up, because where this group goes, drama follows. Marriages inches [sic] past the point of no return, and it’s time to settle some old scores that will have the whole family at odds.”
This is not the first series spin-off of course, with Jenni and Nicole having their own show for a while, and Vinny and Pauly too.
With the third episode of The Challenge All Stars season 3 airing this week I figured now was a great time to have an OG.
This week’s feature first began her reality TV life at the age of 22 on The Real World, and eventually onto The Gauntlet. She is quite known for wanting to ‘sue the island’ and I may or may not have asked her about that lawsuit. We also discuss MTV show reprisals, her current life and a whole bunch more.
1. With all these reprisals of The Real World early seasons on Paramount+, what is something you would like to address from your season?
Unfortunately, Paramount + is not yet available in Europe, so I have only seen the clips from social on The Real World reprisals so far. I’m really enjoying them, and I know these early shows will address significant issues the second time around. Come to Europe, @paramountplus!
As for my season of The Real World, there’s been sensitivity around Pedro and the whole HIV epidemic, and rightfully so. However, AIDS and Pedro’s life were so significant that much of what was happening in the other housemates’ lives got lost or passed over. So, I would like to hear from the other housemates about what they feel got completely missed from their lives in the final shows? What story they would like to have told if it was just their own story?
I think Bunim-Murray sent me into that house, and the roommates subsequently chose me because they knew that I would cause the least drama. So yeah, I didn’t really create any issues with anyone. I could have asked Pam why she completely blanked me most of the time, why she and the other girls refused to believe in and listen to my body issues when we discussed going to Hawaii? I could now ask Rachel why she sat in her confessional and said I make a great friend, but she would not like to be my boyfriend? And if I was so great a friend, why did she drop me as soon as the show wrapped? So many questions are unanswered for all of us, I suppose. I would much rather bond with them than be up in the drama, but if we can solve the drama, the healing begins.
2. Since today is #TMITuesday can you tell the readers something about you that they may not already know?
Before appearing on The Real World at age 22, I had already lived in 5 countries.
3. On the topic of show revivals, would you compete on The Challenge: All Stars if you were asked?
Putting all my other life considerations aside, I’ve only seen clips of the show as Paramount + doesn’t exist here yet! From what I have seen, for example, in the trailer for Season 3, the challenges all look very cool and super exciting. That kind of stuff I would still do. However, I wouldn’t really want to participate in any wrestling, pushing, or hitting anyone else – no contact sport!
Another thing that I would not do again is to make an appearance without doing my homework on the show – so I would need some prep time! I would definitely want to get into prime shape – I’ve seen the ‘kids’ are training hard for these shows now.
4. What is a typical day in your life consist of?
It depends on what day, but when I’m good, my day starts with a 5K, some yoga, and celery juice. It could also end up looking like me sitting on the sofa with a slice of home-baked chocolate cake and a decaf, with the latest episode of the Housewives. Guilty.
If it’s a workday, then I’m in my office, in front of the computer for the day. I like to start early, so I can enjoy the late afternoon and evening. I still like to hike a lot, so I am often out in the neighbourhood, and on coastal paths.
If it’s a play day, then anything can happen – or at least, I’d like to think it could. Mostly a lot of ‘adulting’ goes on, but I’m still open to spontaneity. I better know my limits now – one of the benefits that come with time on the planet. I know that I need my downtime and sleep, and I do a lot of meditation. I’m a color therapy teacher, a practitioner of EFT, and its advanced form, Matrix ReImprinting. I was also training others in pilates up until the pandemic. I still love to cook, so I invent a vegan dish of the day most days – it’s a huge passion, and I love to play with flavors.
5. If you could choose one song as your theme song, what would it be and why?
Getting Older by my fellow vegan Billie Eilish really resonates with me. It amazes me how much I connect with the words of a 20 year something, but she really digs deep.
“I’m getting older, I’ve got more on my shoulders
But I’m getting better at admitting when I’m wrong
I’m happier than ever, at least that’s my endeavour
To keep myself together and prioritize my pleasure’
6. Did you ever “sue the island”?
No, lol. I cannot believe that actually flew out of my mouth, but it did. I was in such a state of shock and fight-or-flight at what happened and being told that I could not leave the house; my mind was racing as to how I could save myself. I sincerely apologize to the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago – the people there were very kind to me.
7. I talk about a lot of different reality shows on my site, do you have any guilty pleasure reality shows that you watch?
I love RHOB, RHOC, RHNY, and RHNJ, and Vanderpump Rules. They are my secret pleasures. I started watching them all when I moved back to the UK when I was really ‘homesick’ for all things US and my life in LA.
8. Who is your celebrity crush and why?
Lewis Hamilton – I’ve always been a Formula One fan, and Lewis is a Brit and a vegan; that did it for me. Even his dog is vegan like mine. The last few years, I’ve really been watching the championship again. So, while watching my champion ride the wave of success in his driving career, he also lived out another of my dreams. Over 25 years ago, I was wearing a McVegan t-shirt, dreaming about animal-free fast food, and a couple of years ago, Lewis started a vegan chain in London called Neat Burger – coming to NY this year. Yum!
Other vegan celeb crushes include Pam Anderson, Moby, Jessica Chastain, Danielle Brooks, and Jared Leto.
9. Do you feel that you were accurately portrayed on The Real World?
I moved into the SF house with only 7 weeks or so of filming left, and into a house that was kind of closed off and protective (and not without reason). The housemates were friendly but distant, with the exceptions of Rachel and perhaps Cory. After the experience and trauma, they went through with Puck, I think it was hard for them to open up to get to know me. Pedro flat out told me that he wasn’t interested in knowing me as he felt that he had so little time left. Still, that decision, although I understood it, left the house a bit divided. I felt dismissed and discounted, and my issues and traumas were ignored. So, if that was the dynamic in the house, what hope did the crew have of portraying me accurately? I think they did a fair job with what they knew and with the time constraints they faced. In The Real World, I saw some of the fun, adventurous sides of myself, but nothing really got further than skin-deep. Then on The Challenge, I saw the side of myself that had been shoved down, not explored, and desperately needed attention.
10. What’s next for you Jo?
I’m not sure, but I’m open. I’ve found that my life is constantly changing despite my best-laid plans, so I’ve learned to lay back and enjoy the ride a little more. I’m definitely at a point in my life where I’ve been exploring deep healing and acceptance – this means facing all aspects of myself.
But Eilish’s song says my feelings in a nutshell,
‘But next week, I hope I’m somewhere laughing
For anybody asking, I promise I’ll be fine
I’ve had some trauma, did things I didn’t wanna
Was too afraid to tell ya, but now, I think it’s time’
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers dropped today from Compton wordsmith Kendrick Lamar’s. This momentous 18-track return to the rap spotlight after a five-year break from the industry.
Outside of a few guest appearances on cousin Baby Keem’s 2021 effort The Melodic Blue, fans have not heard much from the Pulitzer Prize winner since 2017’s DAMN. “The Heart Pt. 5,” in which Lamar raps over a sample loop of Marvin Gaye’s 1976 single “I Want You,” came earlier this week (May 8) and gave fans a taste of the new album’s vibes.
Guest appearances from Ghostface Killah, Kodak Black, Blxst, Sampha, Summer Walker and so many more are on the double-disc record clocks in at 73 minutes. Lamar stretches the musical boundaries of his artistry to reflect on such themes as fatherhood, faithfulness, materialism, generational curses and much more.
One review states:
This album is truly amazing, but you must really listen for the message. This album is the out come of a 15year+ healing process, a black king truly coming into his crown. Not a crown he took, but a crown that was gifted from the world itself, from the energies themselves.
Raw emotion, solid beats, lyricism that brings breath into new perspective.... I would not dare call any art perfect, for if it is perfect it is not
GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist and songwriter, Tove Lo (aka one of my FAVE ARTISTS EVER) returns today with a brand-new track and official music video, titled ‘No One Dies From Love’ (Pretty Swede Records/mtheory). Co-written with longtime collaborator Ludvig Söderberg, neon keys illuminate a runway to the center of the dancefloor as her voice resounds over a disco break, “No one dies from love, guess I’ll be the first.” The song signifies a new and exciting chapter for the Sweden-born, Los Angeles-based artist.
Tove recalls on making the song, “when you’re with someone for a long time and it ends all of all sudden, it’s like a part of you has died. This person is now a stranger to you. All of the memories are tainted. For the first part of the breakup, you believe you’re not supposed to feel good about anything you had together. What I believe I do best is ‘heartbreak you can dance to.’ The song is that.”
The video for ‘No One Dies From Love’ was filmed on location in Mexico City and was directed by the Brazilian duo Alaska, whom Tove previously collaborated with on the video for “Are U gonna tell her?”
Speaking about the video, Tove reveals, “All the songs on the album are very cinematic, dramatic and grand, so for the visual story I want to attach a character to each song. For No One Dies From Love it’s the classic vulnerable, lonely starlet looking for connection. This mini-movie is a different kind of love story.”
‘No One Dies From Love’ comes ahead of a string of North American headlining tour dates, including two in Santa Ana, CA on May 18th and 19th, with support from Phoebe Ryan. The tour continues in June, with shows confirmed in Boston, Washington DC and Charlotte, NC (with Noga Erez supporting) and New York City, flanking a series of summer festival appearances at Governors Ball Festival in New York City (TICKETS) and Bonnaroo in Tennessee (TICKETS), and Lollapalooza in Chicago (TICKETS), Float Festin Gonzalez Colonia, TX (TICKETS) and Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal (TICKETS) this July. For tickets and more details, go to: https://tove-lo.com/tour
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES 05/18 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA* 05/19 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA* 06/09 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY>~ 06/11 – Governors Ball Music Festival – New York, NY^^ 06/13 – Roadrunner – Boston, MA+ 06/14 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD+ 06/15 – The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC+ 06/17 – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – Manchester, TN^^ 07/28 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL^^ 07/24 – Float Fest – Gonzalez Colonia, TX^^ 07/30 – Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – Montreal, CA^^ *Phoebe Ryan supporting +Noga Erez supporting ~BUZZ supporting > Gov Ball After Dark Show ^^Festival Performance
Tove Lo has also announced the launch of her own record label Pretty Swede Records with mtheory, creating an independent platform for her artistry. “It’s amazing,” she smiles. “I have a lot of freedom, and it’s been fun to work with mtheory. This will be the first release under my label. I’m a pop girl, but I like to make things weird and be in full control of the whole vision. This is the perfect way to put out exactly what I want.”
Over the last few years on MTV we have watched this feature fall in and out of love on our screens on both Are You The One and Ex On The Beach. Now, the mother of one with one on the way is leading a new life.
I sat down with Shannon Duffy to talk about her time on reality TV, get some advice for fellow AYTO alumni on parenting, and find out if she keeps in touch with any of her former castmates.
1. You recently announced on Instagram that you are expecting your second child (congratulations!), how has motherhood been treating you? Any advice for soon-to-be parents and fellow AYTO alumni Kam Williams?
Thank you so much!! I think I was meant for motherhood, it’s definitely been one crazy journey that’s for sure, but it’s taught me so much about love, patience and strength. Advice for soon-to-be parents and for Kam ENJOY EVERY MINUTE. I swear you blink and in a flash, your baby has already changed so much. Take lots and lots of pictures and videos and don’t forget not to forget each other. I think it’s hard for couples to get lost within being parents, but taking time also for each other and yourselves is very important.
2. If you could choose one song to be your ‘theme song’ what would it be and why?
My theme song would definitely be Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles. First of all, The Parent Trap is my favorite movie, so the fact that it plays in that is already amazing. But it’s just a song about so much hope for the future and that there are brighter days after going through difficult times.
3. Do you keep In touch with anyone from your season of Are You The One?
I keep in touch with the majority of people from my season! 4. What about Ex On The Beach?
As well as Ex on the Beach, I still keep in contact with a good amount of them! 5. Since today is #TMITuesday can you tell the readers something about you that they may not already know?
Something readers might now know about me, hmm, that’s hard because I feel like I’ve always been so transparent being on and off TV! I’m practically an open book lol. 6. Do you feel that you were accurately represented on reality TV?
I think overall I would have to say yes I was. I have a huge heart and if I care, I’ll show it. I have my obnoxious traits, like everyone, but why wouldn’t I own who I am? At the end of the day, everything I have done and said on TV has been my own doing. You’re never forced to be someone you’re not and if you choose to portray yourself differently than how you really are, your true self somehow always shows, whether the viewers see it during or after the show. Lol does that make sense or am I rambling?!
7. And on that note, would you appear on reality TV again?
I definitely would appear on reality TV again, but I would be more selective on what I choose to go on especially now that I have two daughters. 8. What has been the most surprising thing about being a mother?
The most surprising thing about being a mother has been the fact that I’m more self-aware. I used to be so carefree that I didn’t really think much about my actions, but now I’m constantly thinking about my babies and what to do for them. I’ve definitely become more overprotective as well. 9. What about the most rewarding thing?
I think the most rewarding thing about being a mother is waking up every day next to my baby. Just waking up and she has a smile on her face, ready to start the day with me. Those are the moments I live for. Just creating a new memory with my daughter and feeling so unconditionally loved by her.
10. What’s next for you Shannon?
Girl, I’m ready to pop this baby out LMAO. That’s what’s next for me! I’m due on May 30th, so I’ve just been relaxing and enjoying these last moments with just me and my baby girl before we add one to the team! 🙂
Soon-to-be parents and Challenge beasts Kam Williams and Leroy Garrett are tieing the knot. At their reality TV star-studded baby shower, Leroy asked Kam for her hand in marriage.
Williams and Garrett first began dating after meeting on The Challenge: Vendettas, which aired in 2018. The couple then announced they are expecting their first child together in December 2021 shortly before Christmas.
Guests at the baby shower included Kaycee, Nany, Nia, Jordan, Nelson and Johnny Bananas. The alumni of MTV’s hit show The Challenge posted all over socials how happy they were for the two.
The pop-punk princess has found her prince/sk8r boi, musician Derek Smith, who goes by the name Mod Sun.
The two lovebirds have kept the exciting news private for nearly two weeks. Lavigne shared photos in an Instagram carousel from their engagement, which took place on March 27 in Paris. With the Eiffel Tower in the background, Mod Sun got down on one knee and asked Lavigne to be his wife.
Lately, I have been truly unhinged and I’ll be honest, I love it. In my Petesuit to have Hollywood’s fave funny guy notice me, I have attended a college zoom about mental health with him by lying about my enrollment (and to discuss my book), worn a “Future Mrs.Davidson” tee on Caffeine Confessionals, and now this…
Davidson’s famous BFF Machine Gun Kelly went on an Instagram live to talk about the success of his latest record ‘Mainstream Sellout” and I checked it out and chose violence.
Playing off of a comment made by another fan years ago I decided to shoot my shot.
Will I ever know peace? Probably not. I made sure to let it be known that I had respect for Megan Fox, and honestly was only in it for Pete.
This is all of course in fun and not stalker-fun but I still refuse to acknowledge that he is with K*m K.
Ready to walk down the aisle? Fresh off the conclusion of Love Is Blind season 2, Netflix, who recently raised their prices, is gearing up for another love and drama reality TV show in The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On.
“On Love Is Blind, you both know you want to get married before ever seeing each other,” Nick Lachey teased the new series concept during the season 2 reunion last month. “But in Netflix’s new dating series, The Ultimatum, six couples have come to a point in their own relationships where one person is ready to be married and the other, well, isn’t.” (watch the trailer below)
Developed by the same creators, The Ultimatum brings together a group of couples as their relationships hit crossroads.
“In this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, these couples will put their relationships to the ultimate test with the hopes that they’ll walk away ended to the person that they are truly meant to be with,” cohost Vanessa Lachey also stated during the Love Is Blind reunion special.
Each participant is compatible with “multiple partners” and must select a new person to date, and live with, for the duration of the three-week experience in a “trial marriage.” By the finale, they each must decide whether they want to marry their original partner or break up for good.
Season two of this series is in the works and will feature an all-queer cast.
It is strange to think that years from now, some of these couples will be telling their love story to their children with “we met on a reality TV show” but hey, it seems to be working for them? And sure, there are tons of ‘reality TV couples’ but not many met on a show.
Amber & Ethan: AYTO
This ‘perfect match’ met on the first season of Are You The One back in 2013 (airing in 2014) and are since married with children.
KC & Nany: The Challenge
Since meeting on the show’s 35th season when both parties were in relationships the spark between KC and Nany was real and beautiful. The two are now ‘official’, living together, posting the cutest Instagram stories of one another and are planning a family together.
Emily & Cam: Too Hot To Handle 2
During the second season of the Netflix hit series ‘Too Hot To Handle’ Emily and Cam couldn’t keep their hands off of one another. Which yes is very sweet but not when the goal of the show is to not touch?
The influencers are still going strong together and are both blond now.
Ika & Demetres: Big Brother Canada
In season five of the Canadian version of Big Brother Ika and Demetres became a showmance and that quickly made them a ‘duo’ on the show. Ika the icon and Demetres both left the BBCan house without a winner’s title but left with a brewing love. The two are now engaged and its so goddamn CUTE.
Kam & Leroy: The Challenge
Team Kamroy FOREVER. These challenge BEASTS fell in love before our eyes over multiple seasons of The Challenge. Now living in Houston, the two are expecting a baby boy this year together.
Snooki & Jionni: Jersey Shore
Nearly 11 years ago at Seashore Heights nightclub on the wildly popular MTV series, ‘Jersey Shore’s Nicole ‘Snooki’ met her now-husband and father to her children Jionni.
After watching Snooki almost leave season 1 and lust after castmates Vinny and Mike you would never think that she would be the one to find love on the shore, but she did. So refreshing from the toxicity of Ron and Sam.
Rachel & Brendon: Big Brother 12
Floaters you had better grab a life vest, but not for this relationship. Rachel and Brendon have been going solid since season 12 of BBUS and are currently married with children.
Cory & Taylor: Ex On The Beach US
Although Cory Wharton has been on many reality shows, he met AYTO alumni Taylor Selfridge on the US version of Ex On The Beach back in 2017. Wharton and Selfridge share a daughter Mila, and are expecting their second child together.
Heidi & Spencer: The Hills
Oh, Speidi, two people who dominated reality TV in the mid-2000s on a multitude of shows, and magazine covers. Heidi and Spencer are happily married with one child, and I imagine more to come to get back on the front of US Weekly?
Marnie & Casey: Ex On The BeachUK
Worldie Marnie is known for being a partying Geordie or rather, was known for it. While Casey was introduced to us on MTV’s Ex On The Beach (UK) and I honestly did not expect the two to click.
Following the loss of Marnie’s father, she and Casey grew quite close. We have since seen the two in their honeymoon element on Geordie Shore OG. Today, the two are engaged with one child and one on the way.
Kevin & Pilar: Big Brother Canada
These cuties met in 2015 on Big Brother Canada and they are one of the series’ first showmances, announced in February that they were engaged. Will Arissa Cox officiate the wedding?
Sam & Mark: Survivor AU
In 2017 Sam and Mark embarked on the adventure of a lifetime to compete for 500k on Survivor Australia. The two had no idea their lives would forever be changed in Samoa.
Eliminated one after the other both went home with no cash prize but a truly beautiful love story. The two are now married with one son, and currently competing together again on Survivor AU: Blood vs Water.
Rob & Amber: Survivor All-Stars (season 8)
This is a CLASSIC reality TV couple and one of the first Survivor love stories to be written in the tabloids. These two Survivor winners met on the 8th season of the show and since then are married with children and have competed on The Amazing Race and Survivor: Winners At War together.
Gwen & Blake: The Voice
This is a weird one because not only were both already very famous but they are judges on a reality show rather than competitors like the rest of the list so far. But alas, the NOT a Hollaback girl Gwen and countryman Blake fell in love and got married. Now middle-aged white moms around North America smile weekly at the two.
Iyanna & Jarrette: Love Is Blind
Sometimes a second choice is the better one and for these two it sure is. This couple is still happily married and in love.
Cara & Paulie: The Challenge
Explaining the timeline of their relationship is always funny to me, they started out flirting because Cara wanted to make her ex Kyle Christie (Geordie Shore/The Challenge) jealous, then they were together but Paulie was with someone from The Bachelor? Then broken up, back together, fake breakup etc etc
The two are still going strong according to Instagram and despite my personal opinions of them I cannot deny that Cara is a FIERCE competitor and champion.