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'The Voice' and sob stories: Struggling with reality competitions and grief

Last night, R&B singer Vedo took the stage during The Voice’s knockout rounds. He sang Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” and impressed Usher enough to advance to next week’s live rounds. He also talked a lot about his mother, who recently died — something Usher acknowledged in his comments after the performance; and something that’s been mentioned on the show every single time Vedo appears. I wrote about how this makes me feel in last night’s recap: a combination of annoyed, deeply moved, and deeply apathetic. But many commenters disagreed. I still feel that way, and I’m assuming a lot of you still disagree with me.

So what are we really talking about when we talk about someone’s dead mom?


Johnny Wujek on 'ANTM: College Edition,' replacing Mr. Jay, working with Tyra and the advice he got from Katy Perry

America’s Next Top Model returns tonight, and along with a crop of college-aged model hopefuls, we’ll meet Tyra Banks’ all-new inner circle. Fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone, blogger Bryanboy and model Rob Evans replace the deposed judges, while stylist Johnny Wujek — the man behind Katy Perry’s candy-coated stage outfits and over-the-top red carpet ensembles — takes on the role of photo shoot creative consultant.

Wujek talked to EW.com about preparing for his small screen debut (those model looks don’t hurt), working with Tyra, and why he has to beg the judges for spoilers.


'I'm not here to make friends': Why reality TV's smartest stars love to be hated

With the news that Willie Hantz, the younger brother of Survivor villain Russell Hantz, will join the cast of Big Brother this season, the birth of a new reality villain dynasty is upon us. Not only is Willie (pictured, right) the spitting image of his brother, but he is shaping his persona within his brother’s mold. He told Zap2It, “I’m willing to do whatever it takes to win half a million dollars. Whatever it takes. If my mama was on the island with me, or on the show with me, I would vote her out first because she would get sympathy votes.” It’s safe to say that doing “whatever it takes” won’t involve making friends.

Though the Hantz brothers’ penchant for ignominy seems counterintuitive — why would someone would go on a show predicated upon alliances only to alienate everyone around him? — it has become a tried-and-true strategy as reality TV has evolved these past 20 years. EW talked to experts and insiders, from reality-obsessed academics to some of the genre’s most notorious villains to find out why being mean is often the best plan.


'America's Next Top Model': And the British Invasion winner is ...

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t watched the finale of America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion, don’t click in to see who won!


Tyra Banks takes a stand against too-thin models -- VIDEO

In response to 19 Vogue editors’ pledge to no longer hire models with visible signs of an eating distorder, supermodel-turned-media-mogul  Tyra Banks is weighing in. The America’s Next Top Model creator/host penned an open letter to The Daily Beast and appeared on Good Morning America yesterday to recall her own experiences with dangerously thin coworkers and explain her stance on the industry. Watch below. READ FULL STORY

Ken you believe it? Ukrainian woman possibly tranforms into real-life Barbie

Looks like one very motivated Ukrainian woman has beat Nicki Minaj to the punch in becoming a real-life Barbie. Or has she? After a Facebook page popped up for impossibly doll-like Ukrainian model Valeria Lukyanova, 21, the Internet is abuzz with questions of whether she is a real girl or simply a plaything for avid Photoshoppers.

It’s hard to judge based on Lukyanova’s beyond-tiny waist and kewpie-on-acid-sized eyes. That her Facebook page was only started four days ago and has swiftly been flooded with perfectly manicured images does reek of a better looking Catfish. Regardless, Lukyanova’s popularity is growing by the minute (at time of press, she had more than 21,000 “Likes”). Either way, sorry Paris Hilton and Top Model‘s Allison Harvard, you’ve been replaced.


'GCB' gets reality knock-off, now let's turn the tables: Which reality show should go scripted?

Word came down the pipe today (via TMZ) that the producers behind the Gremlin-like Real Housewives franchise are seeking out good Christian… uh… ladies for a reality series based on ABC’s GCB. In the era of reality proliferation, it’s become a go-to to rip off the hard work of TV writers and reproduce their ideas cheaply by training the lens on a coterie of overindulged, under-restrained aspiring singers and actresses. Indeed, it’s exactly how Real Housewives was born: the small-screen version of Athena springing from the head of Zeus, only replace the goddess of wisdom with Vicki Gunvalson and Zeus with Teri Hatcher naked in a bush. But what about turning the tables? Wouldn’t it be exciting to see a reality show milked for all its dramatic potential in the scripted world? Below, I offer up a few suggestions, then you can chip in your own in the comments. READ FULL STORY

'Top Model All-Star' winner Lisa D'Amato shares her picks for cycle 18

America’s Next Top Model All-Star winner Lisa D’Amato has a Vogue Italia spread coming out, she just rocked a gig in Aruba, and she’s also repping Top Model‘s signature fragrance Dream Come True. Amid all this, she found time to watch ANTM‘s British Invasion-themed 18th cycle premiere and share her reactions with EW. What advice does she have for this year’s crop of models, and which girl reminds her a bit of herself? Read on… READ FULL STORY

Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Ball: Statler, Waldorf, Blue Steel, and comics' picks for Funniest Person Alive

The British invaded Radio City Music Hall for the American debut of Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball. The comedy benefit has been raising money for AI since 1976, when Monty Python alum John Cleese co-created the series. The celebrity-saturated roster made for a packed Music Hall as several American faves (plenty of Saturday Night Live stars, Rashida Jones, Paul Rudd, Sarah Silverman, to name a few) plus big-name Brits (Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, and John Oliver) took the stage. Epix broadcast the event live last night, and it will be available on their site tomorrow. Until then, we single out a few of the night’s best moments and share the stars’ picks for Funniest Person Alive. READ FULL STORY

Gets Better Every Time: The worst 'Top Model' photo ever

When I clapped eyes on the Kardashians’ topless blue jeans ad today, my mind immediately circled back around to an image that I’ve held near and dear to my heart for going on eight years. Behold, at right, the worst picture in America’s Next Top Model history. Suffice it to say, competition has been strong. This season alone, show creator/host Tyra Banks forced the girls to pose with relish-and-mustard-dripping Pink’s hot dogs and another in a giant bowl of Greek salad. And still, this picture is just horrrrrrrible. It is the posing equivalent of a 10-car pile-up. READ FULL STORY

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