Wannabe Models, Apprentices, Idols: round-up
Fox 8 has a number of reality shows dotting the schedule at the moment. All are still in their early stages with favourites yet to emerge.
Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model
Elle McPherson returns with designer Julien Macdonald (who is sporting a rather courageous hairstyle), stylist Grace Woodward and model Charley Speed to find a potential star. This season has kicked off with an “audition roadshow”, which has so far visited London, Glasgow, Cardiff and Birmingham and will finish with Manchester and Dublin.
It is such a blur of faces and bodies at this stage that it’s tempting to check out and come back once casting is done. There are some laughs to be had (generally at the expense of the deluded, of course, but also at Grace’s outfits). Tears feature, as well, and it is clear that there are some personalities being put into the mix in the hope of creating some drama down the track.
Each audition episode includes a segment where one of the judges trawls the city for possible talent. These girls – who weren’t thinking of pitching up for auditions, if the narrative is to be believed – are still asked the same “so, why do you want to be a model?” when they front up to the panel. Well, they didn’t, really… This is where we see some ego come out from the judges, as they advocate for the diamonds in the (sometimes very rough) they have identified.
First-run episodes of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model screen on Saturdays at 7.30pm.
“Welcome to the world’s great – in my opinion – Lincoln Centre…” is how Trump opens the action (after many minutes of previews). What is this? “…in my opinion”? In a show about egos, has the biggest ego of all had a humility transplant?
Celebs are introduced and talk about their charities, with the obligatory Godfather-esque soundtrack for Victoria Gotti. As Anthony mentioned in his preview piece yesterday, teams are creatively divided into men and women and sent off to bicker endlessly over their team name. Patricia Velásquez takes project manager duties for Forte and Paul Teutul “steps up” for Unanimous. Their task today is to make sandwiches.
Edits played up tensions between George Takei and Paul Teutul, whilst Aubrey’s early attitude suggested that her nose was put out of joint having been relegated to the C-list by her team-mates. Both Clay Aiken and Cheryl Tiegs demonstrated that they have studied the show, hitting the phones to bring in donations but noting that they’d save their real rainmakers for their own projects.
Boardroom is relatively uninteresting. This early on, there are no real threats or superstars emerging so the “who were your weakest players” question is always going to be a lucky dip. Patricia chooses Cheryl and Victoria as hers and Paul, after a lot of prodding, chooses George and Arsenio. As Adam points out, he managed to pick three minorities with his two choices.
The women’s team set a record for the first task of Apprentice, according to Little Donald, raising $162,962. Congratulations are muted, however, as the men’s team raised $332,120. One donor gave $305,000, which means that the men, overall, really didn’t do all that well.
This show could really do with a tighter edit. By the time the verdict was in, I was nodding off and I watched this first thing in the morning. The Donald finally lets Patricia get around to deciding on her two weakest and after all the talk she sticks with her initial choice: Victoria and Cheryl. Anyway, yada yada, goodbye Cheryl.
Quote of the episode: “I have a tendency to be heavily charming.” Aubrey O’Day
Celebrity Apprentice screens on Wednesdays at 9.35pm.
Idol hopefuls were in Vegas last week and are still being whittled down to a point where we might get a concentration of actual talent. So far we’ve heard some decent singers but I can’t believe how blithely the judges ignore off-key singing. Randy used to be the “pitchy” police but in this second Simon-free season it is rare to hear any criticism at all.
The producers have included some misdirection with their featured contenders so far (the girl living in the woods in a tent, for example, has been let go), which gives me hope that some of the other karaoke singers with a back-story will be cut. We can blame last year’s winner for the obnoxious cowboy in the current crop but I cling to the hope that he won’t make it much further. I fear once it’s in the voters’ hands, he would gather momentum right up until the finals.
American Idol screens on Thursdays and Fridays at 7.35pm.