Posted by Ilana Angel
I am excited about the start of this season’s “Dancing With the Stars.” I find the show entertaining, and I’m thrilled that, for the first time since it started, I actually know who most of the contestants are. In fact, other than the football and soap opera guys, I know them all.
I will start off by saying that I am disappointed to learn Melissa Rycroft will co-host with Tom Bergeron. I seriously don’t get the appeal of this chick. She is cute, and deserved her 15 minutes of fame, but come on. There is no visible talent here, and the thought of her going live is painful. On the flip side, she will be blogging gold, so bring it on, I guess.
Buzz Aldrin is a national treasure and 80 years old, God bless him. I have met him a few times around town at charity events, and he and his wife are lovely. He is truly a wonderful man, a true gentleman and a hero. Buzz is partnered with Ashley, and they will be adorable. I wish him well. Break a leg, Buzz, not a hip. Be careful.
Pam Anderson is going to be interesting to watch. She looks amazing for being in her 40s. She is well known and people like her, I suppose, but she is partnered with Damien, who is a new pro with no following, so we’ll see if she can hang around. They look like they could be related, and will certainly be easy on the eyes. I’m guessing she goes early, but hopefully not before we see Tommy Lee sitting there cheering her on.
Erin Andrews is the ESPN chick who had the peeping tom following her around the country and videotaping her naked. She was violated and I feel for her. That said, is this the best way to recover from being seen naked by a stranger—to be seen practically naked by millions of strangers? Interesting career move. Even though she’s paired with Maksim, I pick her to go first.
Shannen Doherty clearly has nine lives. The problem is that I feel like she must be on life 12 at this point. Good for her that she keeps finding ways to come back. She will be paired with Mark, and I imagine they will be good together. That said, if I remember back to the 90210 school dance days, she may be out early. With Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, and Jennie Garth already having taken their shots, it was only a matter of time before she landed here. I look forward to seeing Jason Priestley next year.
Kate Gosselin is out of control, which is hilarious since she is a control freak. How is this chick going to manage to rehearse so many hours, with so many kids? I get that she needs the money, but still. Is Jon going to be with the kids while she is in L.A.? Is she pulling her kids out of school? Is that why she got new hair? I love a train wreck, and she will be worth tuning in for. She is with Tony, who just had twins of his own, so they can relate, and will be able to juggle all the kids.
Evan Lysacek was a total surprise. They must have been courting him while he was in Vancouver. He is clearly going to be the golden boy and will make it to the top three. He will be partnered with Anna, who will be tall enough to look good next to him, and I’m guessing they will be fantastic. I can’t wait to see him glide around the floor, and I’m totally stoked he is going to be there. Bravo.
Niecy Nash is fascinating to me, and by fascinating, of course I mean I just don’t get it. She is a caricature of herself, and it’s super annoying. I don’t care how good she is, I hope she leaves early so we don’t have to hear her speak. She is with Louis, and it will be sad to see him leave early because he is great. She is headache-inducing, and simply too much.
Chad Ochocinco is a football player—I never heard of him before. Interesting to note that his real name was Johnson and he legally changed it to Ochocinco to reflect his Cincinnati Bengals uniform number, 85. I suppose the guys who watch will dig that he’s there. He does not appear to have the legend status of past ball players on the show, so we’ll see how long he stays around. He’s with Cheryl, who is a favorite pro, so he stands a good chance.
Jake Pavelka, who just wrapped up his season as “The Bachelor,” jumps from one ABC mega-show to another. He may never fly again, which is probably just as well since he’s afraid of heights. He is charming and I imagine he will be around for a while. He will be with Chelsie—I hope she can help Vienna get some new extensions that actually look good. Vienna is going to get jealous and I can smell a train wreck.
Aiden Turner is some heartthrob from “All My Children.” I have no idea who he is, or if he’s interesting, He is handsome, and that’s always nice to watch, but I think Jake will outlast him and he will be gone in the first half.I would have preferred the heartthrob soap star position go to Mark Consuelos. I’m just saying. He’s with Edyta, who is take-it-or-leave-it for me.
Nicole Scherzinger is the main Doll of the Pussycat Dolls. This chick is so beautiful that it’s insane. One could argue that she is the Kim Khardashian of this season, but that would be an insult to Nicole. She is talented and popular, and I think she will go farther than the other women. I like her, and think she’ll be a fantastic ballroom dancer. She is with Derek, and I think she has the best chance of the women.
The only thing missing from this season is Jack Osbourne. I had hoped he would do it this year. The best news of all is that there is no Osmond. Whoo-hoo! I wish everyone success and look forward to blogging about the season. Good luck and keep the faith!
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March 2, 2010 | 1:56 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
Oh. My. God. After waiting for what seemed like a year for this season to end, it’s finally over, and I could not be happier with Jake’s decision. Tenley is out, and Vienna is in! Buckle up kids, and let the blogging begin.
We start off with the required recapping, as we listen to how Jake is in love with both women. Blah. Blah. Blah. Jake has his entire family there, and it’s fascinating to watch a piece of white bread turn into a loaf, right before your eyes. Did you see the hair on the women in his family? Did they not know they were being filmed? Get yourselves a hairbrush ladies, you’re on television! Jake does a complete disservice to Vienna, by painting her as the girl that was not liked. Bad Jake.
Tenley meets the loaf of bread and she fits right in. Every loaf can use an extra slice I guess. I adore this girl, and she is going to be crushed when he dumps her, which he will. It makes everything she says, both romantic and pathetic. As was expected, Jake’s family loves Tenley. She makes them all cry, which is annoying because now we have a group of white bread that is wet, and soggy bread is gross. Jake’s mom and Tenley go out for a chat, and guess what? She talks about her divorce.
Mom loves her. Sisters-in-law think she is the one. She is now outside with the dad, and she makes him cry again. There is a split second where I thought he drifted off, and was fantasizing about her. It was a little creepy, until she started talking about her divorce again, and Dad snaps out of it. Jake’s mom also tells him she is the one. Jake tells her Tenley does not know his crazy side. He grabs Tenley, and they jump in the pool with their clothes on. His brothers then jump in too. She is in a soaked sundress, being hugged by the 3 brothers. It was weird and awkward, especially when the sisters-in-law started to watch from the shallow end.
Vienna is coming! To be fair, I want to say sorry to Vienna. I totally misread her, and judged her unfairly, in the beginning. I was unkind and I’m truly sorry. She has been growing on me for weeks, and now it’s official. I love this chick, and want her to win the man in the end. She sits with the family and they immediately dislike her. They all have attitudes, and are being pissy and mean. The women in Jake’s family are just like Ali, and the girls from the house. I’m not digging how they are treating our little Vienna.
The sisters are picking her apart, but I can’t focus on what they are saying because I am too distracted by their hair. Seriously ladies, buy a brush. Mom takes Jake off for a little chat. She is going to get to the bottom of what is going on with him and Vienna. The mom is a little obsessed with all the sisters-in-law getting along. She is more worried about how much they will like her, over how much Jake will like her. Jake is torn because he knows it’s not happening for his mom and Vienna. It’s sad because he screwed Vienna over with his family, by being so negative before they even met her.
Vienna is now with the sisters-in-law and they are being mean. It’s like watching Ali and Kathryn attack her back at the house. They are hitting her with ridiculous questions, but she is holding her own, and being herself. Vienna is back with the mom now, and mommy dearest is just horrible. She is asking stupid questions, about stupid things, and I find myself feeling very protective of Vienna. The sisters-in-law are now crying, and feeling guilty about judging her. Whatever. They spun like a dime, and have crocodile tears just like Ali.
Why is it that girls can be so mean, then cry, and expect everyone to forget that they were just disgusting? Mean girls can suck it. Mom asks Vienna what she will do if there is a problem, and Jake is not there. Vienna responds that she will be ok because she will have his family. Bravo! Mom won over! Jake keeps talking about how he loves both women, and it’s such a waste of time because we can see it’s just not true. He has magic with Vienna, and with Tenley it’s just not there. This show could have skipped over all the gibberish by Jake about loving everyone, and gotten the job done in an hour.
We watch Vienna and Jake make out in the mud for a painfully long time and it gets boring. Cut to Vienna and Jake having their last date together. They talk about her marriage, her dad, and her past. The thing is, there is a squeaking in the background that is insane. Is it a bird? I can’t take it, and have now muted. Blah. Blah. Blah. Vienna gives Jake the promise ring her dad gave her, as a symbol of her being ready for real love. It’s a sweet gesture, and she becomes more endearing with each minute. She appears to be giving a heartfelt speech, but the squeaking is back, so I’m muted again. She’s crying, and I assume feeling scared and vulnerable.
Last date with Tenley, and it’s weird that she is so sure he is the one for her. Clearly she sees something that we are not seeing, because for me, he is just not that into her. They are on a boat, and it’s painful to watch. He is not feeling it, and actually tells her that there is no sexual chemistry. Ouch. How can he tell her this, when he knows that her husband left her, after sleeping with another woman? I thought it was selfish, so shame on you Jake. She compares his not having sexual chemistry to her husband, and we are back taking about her divorcee. I can’t have her be the Bachelorette. Months of listening about her divorce will simply do me in.
Jake comes over and she wants to talk about their lack of sexual chemistry. The squeaking is back. Are they kidding? Is it a fan? TURN IT OFF! He is spewing about how great she is, and dancing around the fact that he is just not feeling her. She likes dancing, so maybe she won’t notice. Tenley is talking about their incredible physical chemistry, and I’m just dying for her. She is desperate for affection, and I want to tell her to stop and run away. Poor thing. She just does not see it, because she is so focused on finding love, that she is seeing things that are not there.
It’s finally time for the final rose, and Tenley is up first, which means she’s getting dumped. She is talking about how much she loves him, and is convinced she is going to be the one. Honestly Tenley, pay attention Sweetheart. It’s not happening for you Honey. Jake begins to kick her to the curb, and she makes the most heartbreaking face. She gives the classiest “you are breaking my heart” speech ever. In the middle of her pain, she thanks him for loving her, and showing her she could love again. Is this chick for real? She is an angel, a Disney Princess, and Mother Theresa, all rolled into one. I honestly hope she meets someone fabulous, gets married, and has a bunch of kids. She is a lady. Bravo Tenley. You were wonderful, and have nothing to be ashamed of.
Vienna arrives for the final rose, and she looks great. I am convinced that she sincerely loves Jake. She says she loves him because when she found him, she found herself. I am really happy for her. I am also not ashamed to say, when Jake says he loves her, drops to his knee, and asks her to marry him, I cried. I love this show. I ended up tolerating Jake, getting sucked in, and feeling that the only person that was right for him, was Vienna.
He made the best decision, and I’m looking forward to seeing him on Dancing With The Stars. Mostly because Vienna will be there cheering him on, and I can’t wait to see her. I could not be happier that this season is over. As for Ali as the new Bachelorette, unless she calls me to say she is sorry for being mean, I’m out, and not watching. Call me Ali. I’m trying to be happy for you, but it’s hard. I’ll blog about you, but it’s going to take a call. You decide.
In the end, Mike Fleiss did it again. He helped two people, who would never have met each other in the real world, find each other on television, and fall in love. Bravo. It is a beautiful thing, and restores hope that love can be found by anyone. As for my finding it, I’m going to keep the faith.
March 1, 2010 | 12:59 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
After years of waiting, it finally happened, and The Bachelor had a wedding this weekend. Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney got married this past Saturday in the Los Angeles area.
I have spent time with Jason and he is wonderful. When I first met him, I thought he was not a particularly nice guy because of what happened with Melissa Rycroft on his season.
After speaking with him over frozen yogurt, we spent a lot of time together and I got his side of the story. I was so annoyed that he did not give me the happily ever after ending that I wanted as a viewer, that I failed to see that he got the fairytale ended that HE wanted, with Molly.
After we spent time together, I realized the one that got screwed by his mistake, was Molly. The show worked for her. She met her Prince Charming. But instead of having him pick her during the finale, and it be a success story, she was painted as the bad one.
I love this couple, and I am thrilled that their story will air on ABC as a special on March 8th. The Bachelor experiment works! All the haters, and people who say it’s a ridiculous show, can watch on March 8th and see two people, who fell in love on television, say I do.
The Bachelor proves that love can be found if you are looking for it. If you approach the hopes and dreams of finding your soul mate, with intensity and sincere efforts, you will find it. Molly hung on, and good for her! That she was able to take him back, and didn’t let her ego stop her, is impressive. While Jason took a bumpy path, he followed his heart and gets not only a bride, but a terrific woman to help raise his son.
I have renewed faith and belief in The Bachelor television show. I will go into the finale tonight, knowing that if it does not happen for Jake, that’s ok. It will perhaps happen for the next one. Unless it’s Ali, in which case I don’t care if it happens or not.
Mazel Tov to the new Mr. and Mrs. Mesnick. May you have a happy and healthy life, and remember the long road you took to get to this glorious place. Love was found. Bravo for keeping the faith.
March 1, 2010 | 8:18 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
I have really lovely girlfriends. Some are new to my life, and others I have known since childhood. Some are truly a part of my family, and some are simply acquaintances. Both my sisters have daughters, and I have many friends with daughters, and I think we all agree that raising girls is harder than boys.
The situations I face in raising a teenage son are a piece of cake compared to what parents of girls go through. I remember being a teenager, and thinking some girls were mean. You grow up though, and assume that stage is over, and that as adults, we will mature, and female friendships will get easier. Not so much.
It turns out that girls can be mean spirited and hurtful, regardless of how old they are. I know there are women who look back at their youth and see they were mean, and have transformed into wonderful women. I imagine there are women who grew up as angels, who as adults changed, and became mean.
I’m not sure how it all works. What I do know is that I value and respect women, and my relationships with them mean something to me. With my sisters living so far away, and my son being my only family in Los Angeles, I rely on my girlfriends for many, many things.
We celebrate holidays together, we help with each others children, we listen when things are rough, we rejoice when things are good, we hold each other up in times that are challenging, and we manage to laugh through it all. It is a bond that is uniquely female, and I treasure it.
I thought that friendships would be easier now in my forties, but that’s an unrealistic hope. This weekend I was faced with some emotions in terms of a girlfriend, and it’s been a struggle. In the end it will all be fine, but this morning I find myself looking at the girlfriend relationships of my forties, and wondering, why are women still so mean?
I have a couple of friends that I have known for 12 years. At one point during our relationship we were as close as sisters. I could not imagine loving these friends more. Our kids were best friends and both the kids, and us, were the 3 musketeers. We were together all the time, our children were like brothers, and we were a family.
Then another mother came into our group, and things shifted. I don’t really remember what the turning point was, but at some point, she was in and I was out. It was hard for me because they were my family, and I was ousted. It was harder for my son, as he loved their kids, and when they stopped making an effort with me, they stopped making an effort for our kids too.
The last two years has seen our relationship go from everything to nothing. I was going to see them as a party recently and was stressed out. In anticipation of seeing them, I reached out to one and extended a hand. It was awkward and sad, and the olive branch was not accepted.
The party was strained, these two women, who were my very best friends, were there, with the mean girl, and it was just like being back in 7th grade. They both said hello, and when one hugged me and told me to come dance with them, I said no thank you, and then went in the bathroom to cry for 10 minutes. Just seeing them broke my heart because I loved them so much.
I had sent a friend request on Facebook to one of the ladies around the beginning of the year. I told her I missed her and hoped we could get back on track, but she never responded. Then this weekend, weeks later, she accepted. I was so surprised because out of nowhere, there she was.
I looked at her page and quickly discovered that the past weekend was her birthday. I had totally forgotten. I felt bad, and thought perhaps she accepted now, as her own way to reach out. I would see it was her birthday, get in touch, and some healing could begin.
As I read through her posts, I saw that she had a party for her birthday. She talked about how she had a lovely evening with her friends. I’m not surprised I was not invited to her birthday, I was surprised and sad however, that she felt the need to have me see all the emails.
There is no possible way that she could not know it would hurt my feelings. Was she simply being a mean girl? Was I being too sensitive? Could she not have just called me? Or sent an email to say hello? Was it necessary to hurt my feelings? Did she even know it would be so hurtful?
I could be reading way too much into it. I could be ego driven in my thought process. I love this woman, and miss her, but when I saw her Facebook page I declined the friendship request. In the end I was the immature one, and went from being the discarded and hurt friend, to the mean girl, in the blink of an eye.
I feel terrible. I woke up this morning feeling sad, anxious, embarrassed and confused. I am going to try to find the courage to call her, and tell her I’m sorry. I don’t know if we will ever be friends again, but what I do know, is she deserved my respect, and my bruised ego would not allow me to give it to her.
Friendships take work, time and effort. Girls are capable of having the closest bond between two people, yet are able to hurt each other in an instant. We can grow up, move on, and have our own children, but at the end of the day we are all still little girls, just trying to get by. Flailing around, rather than sailing through.
If my friend is reading this blog, know that I think about you all the time. I’m sorry for anything, and everything, I did to hurt our friendship, and I don’t what will happen down the road. What I am certain of however, is that I love you, and I will keep the faith.