So, the premiere episode of this show aired on Monday. It will be on NBC Monday through Thursday, every week, for the month of June. Yikes! Here’s how it works: Eleven “celebrities” get dropped into the middle of the jungle in Costa Rica; their survival skills and comfort zones are tested. With eliminations, they battle it out to see who will become the King or Queen of the Jungle, thus, earning the most amount of prize money for their favourite charity. It’s all done by viewers voting in.
The first episode ended up being all about Speidi. Between the two of them, these two recently-married spoiled rich reality kids ended up crying, throwing a tantrum, and threatened/attempted to quit the show. Spencer cracked me up when he discussed the fact that he is a TV-Supervillain with the other contestants and how he has to live up to that- in addition to him saying that he is “King of America” as one of the biggest stars on TV… so with that he’ll be King of the Jungle next? AND, when he and Heidi couldn’t take anymore of the “hell” they felt they were being put through, they tried to head for The Hills by getting on the phone with the producer, saying that they wanted off the show as they were too rich and too famous to be sitting with such a D-List ensemble and it was not what they had signed up for. Looks like they took the drama from The Hills to The Jungle. Hmm, a spin-off? I gotta hand it to them though, the season finale of The Hills just aired, and in between this season and the next they are really leveraging their reality celebrity power with this show alongside a few cheesy music singles from each of them.
I was actually like “Oh great,” when they announced that the show was going to be on pretty much EVERY DAY for the month of June. I think it was entertaining enough for this episode, but I don’t know how they will get people to keep watching it.
In last night’s episode, Spencer and Heidi competed against each other in a food challenge in which they had to try to find as many stars as they could in a given time, within a dark room filled with rats, snakes, cockroaches, and other miscellaneious filth. Spencer ended up winning the challenge against his wife, but upon their return, they annouced to everyone that they were leaving the show for REAL this time. Again, Spencer said he was too rich and famous to have to deal with this… Good grief!
Without them, MAYBE the only other person that’d be entertaining to watch would be Janice Dickinson. And. by the way- WOW. You can really see all of the plastic surgery she has had when she’s in the jungle with little to no makeup. Actually, Frangela is pretty funny as well. I still can’t believe Sanjaya is on the show: the closeted American Idol guy who couldn’t sing and didn’t win. His description on the show is “Pop Star.” Really?
Aya carumba – A whole month of this show to go.