In 1992, MTV’s The Real World introduced all of us to the concept of watching seven strangers live in a house, argue, make countless questionable decisions, “work” by day and party by night. More than a decade later, that concept has continued to expand and create guilty pleasure after guilty pleasure, and often flop after flop, which is why it’s rare that yet another formulaic reality show can top the original gooeyness of something like a Real World of a Jersey Shore. However, what happens when you add celebrity status, accents and pop music to the mix? If you ask me, it makes things a lot more interesting. Welcome to The Wanted Life.
This past Sunday was the premiere of the new E! show. I hadn’t intended to watch the episode, but I didn’t really feel like finding the remote to change the channel after Keeping Up With the Kardashians (Please stop judging me). An hour later, I no longer had an excuse to still be watching … other than the fact that I was hooked. Here’s the premise: The five very young and very foreign members of The Wanted have temporarily relocated to Los Angeles to record their next album, which means that they’ve got a little time away from home to live in a house together and experience everything that American culture has to offer (Hint: women and booze).
Pleasant surprise number one on the show: These guys really don’t care about how they are perceived. They party, and they party hard. They play beer pong, sleep with random women, piss off their managers and sometimes they even lose their voices and get in real trouble with the boss. In addition to all the partying, viewers also get to watch these foreigners fully adapt to life in L.A., which includes getting used to the smokin’ hot actresses-turned-waitresses that will serve them at less-than-average restaurants. And watching these guys use their accents and their somewhat-recognizable faces to fail to pick-up women? Now that’s what I call fun!
Plus, with one of the members of the band having a girlfriend, there’s never a lack of in-house drama. And unlike The Real World, when these guys do get to work, it’s enjoyable to watch, because they’re recording music and performing at concerts and such. Fame is cool, you guys!
And then once the concert is over, they go home, wake up the next morning, still have their accents, and drink a beer at 11 a.m. Does television get any better? In terms of an entertaining guilty pleasure, no. No, it does not.
Catch the next episode of The Wanted Life next Sunday at 10 p.m. on E!
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