Exclusive Interview with Slade Smiley Part 2
Special Guest Blog By Real Mr. Housewife
A Conversation With Slade Smiley
Speaking with Slade Smiley was a pleasure. He was very open, honest, and hot a lot of fun and interesting things to say, both housewives and not. I am very excited for him with his radio venture that is going extremely well. Please make sure to tune into it at Playlist 92.7 (you can listen online as well!) Here is our interview below:
MRH: Speaking of conflict… What do you make of the Bellinos?
Slade: We obviously were friendly with them when we met them through the course of the show. We started through a series of issues with them because Alexis would tell Gretchen one thing and then Jim would tell me something completely different. So their stories were conflicting and there was never anything that was consistent between them. It got to the point where it was very exhausting to try and be friends and keep up with the stories because we never felt like they were being completely honest about anything and we started to feel like they would only call when they wanted information. Maybe we are completely off about that but it’s how we started to feel. It finally got to the point where I had to sit Jim down for lunch and I said, “We’re not gonna do this anymore. The girls are not going to talk business.” A lot of what we do is proprietary and we feel like it’s becoming a usury relationship.” I told him “it feels like you only call us when you want information and I’m not gonna do that anymore.” He was kind of upset about that but eventually agreed to it. In that meeting he asked me to manage Alexis and I said, “Jim, I don’t even manage Gretchen. I’m certainly not going manage Alexis.” They seem very vested in getting attention and media for themselves these days, which is why they have to run to the TMZ’s and all the Gossip sites to get articles posted about themselves. That’s not the way to obtain legitimate press. I hear there are only a handful of sites that will even talk to them anymore. It makes them seem very desperate to be seen in the media and for someone like Jim who says he has quit the show and he doesn’t want Alexis doing the show they sure seem to be spending most of their time running to media or blogging about the show. Gretchen and I just decided to focus on what we are doing. I wish them a lot of luck and I hope they find success. If Alexis chooses to come back this season, I think it’s gonna be an even harder season on her than it was the season before.
MRH: Yeah, especially now that she and Gretchen have stopped speaking as much- or at all.
Slade: Well, they stopped speaking but everything keeps coming out about them. All these people now are making the accusations about buying fake twitter followers. People are posting that Alexis’s Twitter account is spiking 10 or 20 thousand followers in a day which doesn’t even happen to Kim Kardashian. They are not legitimate followers and now people are posting it’s a “False Sense of Popularity” It’s like they are getting caught be fake all over again. It’s sad to me. Now the latest thing people are talking about is this “Operation Bullpen” Do you know “Operation Bullpen?”
MRH: No, I haven’t seen that. I know about the twitter followers. I saw something that popped up with Alexis saying she hired a team of experts and wasn’t sure what a twitter follower was or something.
Slade: I know, she’s so ridiculous. This is how she gets caught in her lies. The first thing she says is “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t know how to buy twitter followers”. Okay, well she’s lying because Jim had a conversation with me while Alexis was there about getting social media people to buy followers to build your social followings, so she knows exactly what it is. It’s funny how she claims she knew nothing about buying twitter followers but managed to find Twitter experts in a single day to try and counteract a story that was spinning about her. I’m sure these so called experts are the very same people helping her bump her followers.
MRH: Then she kind of seemed to allude to you, Gretchen, and Tamra that you were hacking into her twitter to raise her followers or something?
Slade: Again- Why would we raise her followers? If people were hacking into her account they would want to decrease her followers not raise them. That’s Crazy! We’re not gonna spend our time hacking into someone’s account and increasing her popularity. Why would people do that? I feel like she just lies. She just flat out lies and that’s the frustrating part. Now… people are all tweeting us about this “operation bullpen.” This is where Jim Bellino was supposedly going to be indicted for authenticating a fraudulent Babe Ruth baseball. The story goes he ended up selling it to an undercover FBI agent and got busted in a fraud ring. In order to avoid prosecution, I’m being told he agreed to a deferred prosecution and to plead state’s evidence by agreeing to work with authorities. Reports say he is no longer allowed to be in the memorabilia business. What sucks is now they’re gonna have to deal with the aspects of selling fake memorabilia, they’re accused of buying fake followers- (Alexis) admits to wearing a fake ring. They rent their home. They rent their cars. We don’t know what to make of anything. We have just chosen to step aside and not be involved. I feel bad for them. If anyone knows how hard these accusations can be it’s me.
If you watch the video interview that Jim Bellino did with Rumor Fix, doesn’t he claim to the reporter- the reporter is his buddy by the way, I have never seen him interview anyone but Jim and Alexis. He has been to Jim and Alexis’s house. Anytime Jim and Alexis think they want to clear the air they get that goofy guy to come in and interview them. The first question they asked was about how Jim was rude and condescending to Alexis with the “Oh! Do you wear the pants now ,” comment. He (Jim) tried to claim there was more to that conversation and that it was an inside joke. They may pretend that they have an inside joke, but there was no further comment that happened during that conversation. He said that in front of myself, in front of Gretchen- there were about five people around him while he was being filmed. It felt very rude and condescending and Alexis was very embarrassed that he did that in front of everyone. Jim trying to pretend that he was saying something off the cusp and comedic and that he was just joking is not how it felt. We were all standing there. We all heard him say that and we couldn’t believe that he was so rude. It feels like every time they get caught on camera and we get a glimpse of the real Jim and Alexis they run out to media and try to spin the story.
MRH: Didn’t Jim also claim that he wasn’t really pulling his car away from the Dubrow’s party but it was just a production thing?
Slade: He was absolutely pulling away. If you notice he took his microphone off and walked out of the party. He was taking his microphone off as he was walking to his car. Why would he be cooperating with production at that point? He walked off camera. He was leaving the party. He didn’t get mad, walk off camera, rip off his microphone, and then all of a sudden go back and say “oh I need to help out with production. Let them see me drive off.” It doesn’t make any sense. If that’s the case the scene is fake.. Its comments like this that get them in trouble and then they wonder why the fake accusations continue to fly.
MRH: I know he also leaked a text message he claimed was between him and Terry, with Terry telling him he should come to the party…
Slade: Terry did invite him to the party. I don’t think that was ever in question. See, Terry and Jim already had dinner. They already had this conversation about Alexis. Terry just said “Look, my experience with your wife is that she’s been fake and phony.” Jim was adamant about having the conversation on camera with Terry. I think he thought he was going to control things and spin them back in his favor on camera. Everything they do they want on camera. What happened is that it didn’t go down the way Jim thought it was going to go down at the party, which is why he got up and walked out. I don’t know why he would care whether Tamra or Heather were there or not. He can’t handle those girls? He’s gonna run away and walk out on his wife? If he didn’t want to engage on camera, then why didn’t he just walk up to his wife and say “I’m not staying for this, I’m gonna leave.” Why didn’t he just do that? Why walk out, take your microphone off, and get in your car to drive away?
MRH: Jim totally acted like that was the first time they sat down.
Slade: That’s so untrue. We all had dinner together while the girls were in Costa Rica. All the men went to dinner together- myself, Brooks, Eddie Terry and Jim…
MRH: Didn’t Alexis say he wasn’t at that dinner on the show when he called her in Costa Rica?
Slade: Yeah, I think he told her that. He said “I’m not gonna go.” And then he showed up anyway. Brooks got really drunk at that dinner and he wanted to do that toast and he said “Here’s to a Mississippi boy making it big.” We all looked at him and were like what? You’re toasting yourself? And what makes you think you made it big? Because you started banging Vicki? That makes no sense. And now he wonders why the girls are questioning his motives. You can’t script this stuff.
Jim also made a comment that he’s done so much for me. I think he made a comment about spending money towards Grayson’s (Slades son’s) charity. He offered to donate after Bravo told him that they were not going to invite him to the reunion show. He said “if you hire me to come on the reunion show, I’ll donate the proceeds back to Grayson’s charity.” That was a last ditch effort on his part to try and get Bravo to bring him back and help Gray at the same time, unfortunately they chose not to have him film. I don’t know why he’s acting as if he made a donation to charity.
We did have a caring event on behalf of the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation. Jim did donate a night’s stay for his hotel… that charity event was not for Grayson. He (Jim) was one of 30 or 40 different corporations that did donate for that event and we appreciated it. I’m not sure why he’s acting like he’s gone out of his way and done so many great things for us. We always enjoyed our time with them socially so it sucks things have gotten to this point. Jim last comment to me was, “I’m not sure how we can repair the relationship.” I told him it starts with a conversation. The Bellino’s have to-date not shown any interest in having that conversation.
MRH: I guess what it came down to (with Alexis and Gretchen), from a viewer’s perspective, is that Gretchen was trying to be her friend and be like, “Look, as a friend I am telling you what’s going on” and it was just totally blown off.
Slade: Yes and that’s what kind of pushed Gretchen over the edge. Alexis knew before filming Fox News contacted Gretchen, Gretchen also spoke to Alexis off-camera about what the girls were gonna do in Costa Rica on the airplane, so Alexis knew that was coming. For her to claim that was not true was a flat out lie. She spoke with Alexis off-camera about the fact that the people at Fox 5 news kept offering her this job and it was putting her in a really weird position. She was like, “Look, you and I are friends. The people you work for are trying to get me to come in and take your job and it’s really kind of an uncomfortable situation for me.” Our Production knew as well. Production was pushing Gretchen to talk about it even further. That’s why all Gretchen said was “Look, I’m so glad you got this job. If anybody was gonna get it, I’m glad it was you, because they offered it to me, but I’m glad it ended up being you that got the job.” I mean she wasn’t trying to slam Alexis down in that moment. She was trying to let her know that this company keeps prospecting me. And then when Alexis accused her of lying publicly? That’s what did it for Gretchen. That’s why she ended up bringing the emails to the union show.
MRH: I think Gretchen in a really respectable way made them look stupid because on the reunion she had the email you were talking about and then Alexis just screams at production to get her an email (Slade laughs) which never appeared.
Slade: Yeah, which never appeared. What’s funny too is they accused Alexis of being so rude to everyone and she’s like “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ve asked everyone and they don’t say I’m rude.” She’s then like really rude to someone in production… that’s how they are…. Unfortunately I believe they treat people that way on a regular basis and whether they realize they do it or not that’s the perception people have about them. It’s sad. I can tell you- you can have fun with Jim and Alexis. You can find them to be very charismatic and if you see them out socially you’d have a good time with them. There are just some idiosyncrasies about them from time to time and their true colors start to show up.
MRH: That’s why I kind of found it odd that Jim and Alexis contacted me. I didn’t exactly write the nicest interview of Jim and I had tried to ask them more questions when they released their statement potentially threatening to sue Tamra which they didn’t answer. When they contacted me I even said that to them- I feel bad since I didn’t write the nicest blog about you.
Slade: I think they’re very caught up in trying to get press or media around themselves. They know full well that by signing a release with Housewives you are not legally allowed to sue another cast member, production, the network, or anyone because, as a public figure, you… defamation and slander don’t pertain to you. People are talking about you all day long, so you can’t hold one person responsible. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion especially if you’re a public figure. Jim’s brother in-law is an attorney and he knows that full well. They can’t sue Tamra- they can’t legally sue her and he knows it. But to leak to the press that she’s thinking about suing her means she’s gonna get press for 5 seconds.
MRH: I mean, suing her for the whole “Jesus Jugs” comment…
Slade: Oh, whatever. They like to play the religious Christian card, but unfortunately for them, they’re gonna take a lot of heat. I think Jim’s company- something I saw on the internet said – he was responsible for authenticating a forged document that was supposedly Mother Teresa’s signature. So he’s mad at Tamra for saying “Jesus Jugs” but he’s willing to authenticate a forged signature of Mother Teresa?
MRH: I think if they do come back they’re going to have a rough time this season.
Slade: Yeah. I think so too.
MRH: As far as you go, what do you think is the one thing we haven’t seen about you on TV? A lot of people have a lot of opinions about you. When I’ve mentioned you on twitter I’ve heard he’s a jerk and I’ve heard we love him. So what do you think is the one part we’re not seeing?
Slade: I would say the only thing that people haven’t really seen about me is that I have never quit working. I never stopped working. My company has been consulting since the moment I met Gretchen. Production has filmed that and never shown that because they think it’s a better story line for them to talk about the fact that I don’t work. As a consultant, I’m very similar to a real estate agent… I’ve consulted for big brands- I’ve worked with Blackberry, I’ve worked with Verizon, I’ve worked with major tequila companies that were taking their product internationally. You know I’ve consulted with great brands. When those contracts end- sometimes they’re six months or a year- well, then you’re without a contract… You’re then busy trying to get more business. At the moments where you’ve heard me say “I don’t have a job” that’s because that previous month, maybe a contract ended and a new one isn’t gonna start for a week or two. Bravo has been fabulous at take their segments and having people say, “He doesn’t work, he doesn’t have a job.” I think the radio station prove to be a little challenging for them since it’s such a public job. The production company came to the house to talk about the next season and they went “Wow, we didn’t think you’re radio deal was really legitimate and then we were coming up the 5 freeway and we saw this giant Billboard of you and Playlist 92.7.” I go, “Yeah, it’s FM radio. I’m LA radio. It’s legitimate.” It’s such a public position; there’s no way for them to now say I don’t work.
MRH: From season 1, as you said, I remember you being a dedicated Dad and the other thing I remember about you is how much money you were making.
Slade: (laughs) That’s the thing. They have a reason for doing what they do and I’m not quite sure what that is. The guys are always vilified; it’s always about the Housewives, not the men. We used to be really upset about it, but we’ve have to embrace the fact they’re making a TV series. It’s entertaining. It’s fun to watch. I keep reminding Gretchen at the end of the day if we just put our heads down and we just keep working we’re going to accomplish all of our goals. For us- like I said earlier in this conversation- it’s about longevity for us. I know Housewives is gonna die at some point so Gretchen will no longer be a TV Housewife. When that happens she will have her cosmetic company, she will have her handbag line, she will continue in the fashion and beauty space because that’s what she loves to do. That’s what’s important to us. I’ll continue to do improv and do radio. She’s gonna sing. We’re very blessed at this point because we’re getting to do all the things we love to do.
MRH: It almost seems like for you guys Housewives has opened a sort of way to be exposed to do that.
Slade: It’s been a great platform to expose to the masses. That exposure is not always good, but at the end of the day, ultimately, the camera doesn’t lie. Over the course of time people will be able to see you for who you truly are. We’ll just continue being who we are and hopefully entertain a bunch of people along the way.
A few other things learned in the interview that were not captured above is that Gretchen most likely will be back next season. Also, as far as Slade and Gretchen getting married, we’re gonna have to watch and see what happens!
A big thanks to Slade for a great interview and big congratulations to him for the radio show. His radio show is featuring great celebrity guests including Housewives and celebrities such as Jim Belushi. Make sure to tune in to Playlist 92.7 daily from 12-1 PST. Also make sure to catch Gretchen at NY fashion week for all you east coasters.
Note from NMD. A big thanks to MRH for sharing this candid interview with Slade Smiley with the Lynn’s Place. Slade sure has strong opinions about the Bellinos. Yikes. I personally liked it better when Gretchen and Alexis were friends.
Real Mr. Housewife was also interviewed for a RumorFix Article
Yay for Real Mr. Housewife – and thanks for sharing the interview with us first!!
The Manifesto Review
(It’s hard to believe that RamonaCoaster edited this down to less than a third – and it still goes on and on and on. Oh that Jaqueline. She might benefit from a ghost writer. More cast blogs this weekend. NMD)
Photo by Boston (of course)
I can’t even believe all the things I saw and heard during this episode.
You mean you weren’t asleep?
To be honest with you, at this point I just couldn’t take it anymore. I am going to be honest with you and tell you where my head was at this point.
There’s that honesty crap again. Someone’s nose is growing.
Back it up to that make-up hug between Teresa and I, where all seemed so sincere. It was on my end. I finally felt at peace with us. There were some things that happened afterward that made me question her sincerity, but I’m not even going to bring it up now.
Oh yes you will.
When everyone started fighting, I felt like I had already said what I wanted to say to Teresa’s face. I had nothing left to say, so I chose to shut my eyes, stay out of it, and tune all the fighting out.
There wasn’t anything more could you do to stay relevant on the show without really .looking ridiculous.
Caroline had been holding it all in for a while, so I think she needed to unload. I feel horrible that Caroline felt like she went to battle alone.
Caroline is a bored housewife that needs an enemy to battle to feel alive.
She wasn’t alone. I think after watching this season and reading my blogs, she has seen me speak up and tell the truth.
Like a good little soldier.
I hope she found some peace in the end. Actually, I know she has. We are both doing great!
As long as you nod and say “Yes master” to Caro, you’ll do just fine.
While Teresa was denying it all to the girls, her husband was about 10 feet away admitting the truth to the guys. The truth is Teresa DID have a relationship with In Touch, they DID pay her, she DID put out articles that weren’t always true, and she DID answer all the questions for the content of the article!
But they can’t control the content of the magazines. Tabloids are to be taken with a grain of salt. You didn’t have to read the tabloids to know what was going on anyway.
It was one thing for Teresa to fake these relationships on camera, but another to try to take the others down OFF camera. On top of that, she was publicly trying to put out there that we were involved with these articles that SHE was putting out there. Unbelievable! Caroline just wanted Teresa to be honest and to tell her how she really felt about her. We ALL knew the truth.
I think she gives Teresa more power than she actually has. I don’t see how Teresa or any minor or major celebrity has editorial control over what these magazines print. Does the Manzo/ Laurita family have control of reality show they’re on? What the hell does Caro care about what Teresa thinks of her? Caro doesn’t give a crap about her.
I can’t believe she’d think I’m jealous that she’s on the cover of those magazines. She KNOWS that I have always avoided them as much as possible.
Which is why you are on the cover of People magazine.
And WHY would I be jealous of Teresa’s headlines of her being in bankruptcy, afraid of being poor, her husband going to jail, her facing jail time, her friends and family bullying her (while being posed strategically with a prop dog), something about her baby boy that didn’t exist, her staged wedding renewal, her husband cheating and calling her a “c”… I could go on and on! No thank you!
Well now you’re contradicting yourself. You are alleging that she’s putting articles out that “take others down” but why would she put out info uncomplimentary of herself? These rag mags print what they want to sell gossip. .
I said it once and I will say it again. If Teresa chose to put articles out there about her personal life in a national magazine, she shouldn’t get insulted when family or friends ask her about these articles on a national TV show. Their issues were clearly no secret.
So what’s the problem? If they are the truth and the issues are out there via a Bravo reality show, I don’t understand the problem you would have if they were in a magazine article. I feel like Jacq & Caroline are making up drama in their heads to stay relevant. Teresa vs her family storyline took over the show.
Look, I’m not saying that Teresa never had any right to be mad at her family or friends for anything, because everyone has their own perception of how they were treated. What I do know is that at one point, I saw her family sincerely making an effort to try to resolve things, and I felt that Teresa couldn’t let go of anything to be able to move forward and wasn’t making sincere steps to resolving it.
You don’t own that problem. It didn’t look like Caro wanted anything resolved.
Teresa’s real feelings came out when she told Caroline how much she loved her and her family, but when she walked away, she called her an f’ing “C” and that she can go ‘F” herself while Caroline broke down in the other room and cried. Those were everyone’s true feelings. Sad huh?
What do you expect when Caroline yelled at her and called her a disgrace? It was embarrassing for her.
There is an enormous support system in the autism community along with resources and connections to be shared. I think that others should be aware of this. I want us all to connect. I believe that while one treatment may work for one child, it may not necessarily work for another. But by sharing the options that are out there, we may just find the missing pieces that help our children to recover.
I feel for Jacqueline, Chris and their son Nicholas. I’m glad they are getting support. If she were to drop this Teresa nonsense and concentrate her energies on her son she would be better off for it.
We chose to tell our story to People magazine because of their outstanding reputation and outreach. Did you know that People magazine reaches over 43 million viewers? That blew my mind. To put that in perspective, In Touch magazine, who you are also familiar with, only reaches around 680,000.
Rather competitive sounding. Trying to make Teresa jealous?
I think we made the right choice of magazine and did the article for the right reasons AND without pay.
If Joe Giu is reading this, he probably thinks they’re stupid for not getting paid.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your understanding, compassion, resources, connections, and support! We are very grateful and we are optimistic for Nick’s recovery!
She’d probably get more sympathy and more fans on her side if she was neutral about Teresa and stayed away from Caroline. Forcing her way into Teresa’s family issues to remain relevant is not healthy for her. They are going to have a hard road ahead.
Please donate or walk with me on “Team Laurita” for Autism Speaks or join me at the “Sparkle Speaks” event for Autism Speaks at the Brownstone on September 20th at 7:00pm.
Project Runway – Oh My Lord and Taylor
Alicia, Melissa, Sonjia, Elena, Fabio, Gunnar, Christopher, Dmitry, and Ven remain in the competition.
They meet with Tim and Bonnie Brooks at the Lord and Taylor flagship store. Bonnie is the president of Lord and Taylor, which carries classic, tasteful clothing for generations of women. To celebrate the 10th season of Project Runway, the designers will be creating a cocktail or evening dress. The winning design will be the 10th piece of a 10-piece Project Runway Capsule Collection and be sold in Lord and Taylor (L&T). The other nine dresses are the winners from the previous nine seasons. The winning design will be featured in the window of L&T on 5th avenue. The dresses need to retail between $200 and $300 so the designers need to keep that in mind if their dress goes into production.
Christopher notices there are already seven cocktail dresses and only two gowns. Christopher decides to make a gown. Dmitry decides to make a simple dress because he says you can’t hide flaws in a simple dress. Elena is uncomfortable making the L&T aesthetic. She makes more edgy designs. Christopher and Gunner both feel confident in this challenge. Three of the women do not; Elena, Alicia and Sonjia.
The designers don’t go to mood. They get their fabrics from the manufacturer of the L&T dresses. The only concern Christopher has about his dress is that it will be similar to ones he has already designed. Elena is already acting defeated and says it’s not her challenge.
Christopher is hoping his dress will stand out because he’s making a gown and it’s not completely black. Alicia wants to make a dropped waist Chanel inspired dress. She thinks the judges probably won’t like it but she doesn’t care. Ven has worked with factories one-on-one and knows pricing. Gunnar tries to make Elena feel better about this challenge because she’s psyching herself out. She knows she needs to make something wearable, not avant garde or couture. Sonjia thinks the guys are more feminine than the girls and that’s why they’re having an easier time. Ven thinks men are stronger designers and women are more practical designers. The other designers notice Christopher is doing his shredding technique – again.
Tim comes in to check on the designers’ progress. He thinks Alicia’s dress looks a little Joan of Arc. Alicia’s not upset about that. He tries to calm Sonjia down because she’s seems to be a little lost and frustrated.
Tim likes the idea of Elena’s dress but it might not be cost effective. Tim tells her Bonnie might decide her dress is not practical for mass production. Elena is not used to designing for the mass market. Elena is acting a little, should I say, snobbish about this challenge. She’s acting like she’s too good to make these simple designs. SHE CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY THE JUDGES DON’T REALIZE HOW UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT AND TALENTED SHE IS! Oh, the injustice of it all! It’s nice to be an artist when you design fashion, but you don’t want to be a starving artist. Gunnar again gives Elena a pep talk.
Ven’s dress looks a little costumey with the flowery design on the front. Christopher realizes he’s taking a huge risk with his dress, but if he wins, he wants to be known for his shredding technique. Melissa is questioning her choice of fabric which is a shiny black brocade. Her model walks in and likes the fabric of the dress, so she decides not to change it. But it doesn’t fit properly so she’s going to have to remake it. The women are struggling and the men and rolling along. Melissa panics that she’s not going to have time to finish her dress.
Things don’t seem to have improved for the women the next morning. Melissa is making Fabio nervous trying to finish her dress. Tim reminds them they should be very careful using the L&T accessory wall. Gunnar is finished and feels confident. Sonjia is also running out of time. Christopher tries to help Melissa as much as he can. When Tim comes to tell the designers there are only 10 minutes left, most of the models aren’t even dressed. Sonjia has a mini-breakdown. Elena comes over to help her and Fabio finds it painful to watch. Tim comes to get the designers and has to make Melissa and Sonjia leave the work room. Sonjia is still freaking out and Tim tells her to “Channel her Inner Winner.” That’s a new one.
This episode hasn’t been very enjoyable to watch. I’m exhausted and the dresses haven’t even come down the runway yet. I’m just going to go with my initial opinion as I see them. Heidi pronounces Lord and Taylor as Lort and Taylor. Just thought I’d throw that in there. Fabio has immunity this week. Let’s start the show.
I love Fabio’s dress. Unique but still classic. I really love Melissa’s dress. It definitely stands out. I like Gunnar’s dress OK. Elena’s dress is not that classic and is not flattering to the model in my opinion. Christopher’s dress looks understated and elegant. I’m not crazy about Alicia’s dress. I agree with Christopher that Sonjia’s dress looks a little eighties. I hate to say it, but Ven’s dress looks very well made and classic. OMG I love, love, love Dmitry’s dark grey silvery dress.
Sonjia, Ven and Dmitry are safe and leave the runway. Dmitry and Ven try to figure out who the top and bottom designers are since neither of them are in the top. I really think Dmitry’s dress deserved to be in the top and maybe even Ven’s. Maybe the judges don’t think they are as mass marketable as the others. Ven’s was a little safe, but I really love Dmitry’s dress. Sonjia is just happy she’s safe and I call her lucky.
Heidi informs the remaining six there are four high scorers and two low scorers among them. Fabio explains his look first, which is a classic little black dress. He is among the top four. The judges think he made the asymmetrical dress well. Nina thinks the dress is versatile. The judges also liked Christopher’s pale pink topped gown with his trademark shredded look. The judges think he needs to back off of the shredded look in the future since he’s done it so much. Melissa also has a high score with her bronze, shimmery dress with the unique neckline. Michael thinks she went a little too far with her symmetrical hemline. Heidi thinks the dress is a show-stopper and Bonnie thinks it’s ingenious the way she made the neckline.
Gunner’s matte sequined black dress scored low. Nina thinks it’s too expected and she’s seen that dress from him. She doesn’t want to see it again. Michael thinks it’s a typical evening dress and it’s kind of blah. Elena scored high with her shiny black dress. She breaks down in tears because she’s been struggling throughout the competition and she’s not been at the top. Elena’s dress to me is not flattering, unique but not flattering to the model. I think the judges like the uniqueness of the halter top. Bonnie thinks it’s for a specific customer, but that customer exists. I guess this means Alicia’s dress is one of the lowest scoring ones. I agree with the judges on this one. Heidi thinks the dress is pretty but she doesn’t like that Alicia says she doesn’t like to do feminine dresses. The designers should think they can do anything. Nina thinks it might look a little mature and dowdy. Michael knows she likes structure and not frills, but thinks she either needed to go sporty or go dressy. She didn’t do either.
I feel bad that Gunnar and Alicia are on the bottom. Their dresses weren’t horrible. As Heidi said, there were no train wrecks in this challenge. I agree. The judges discuss why they like the top four. Heidi likes Christopher’s dress and the other three judges like Fabio’s dress. They all agree Melissa’s dress would be the hardest to sell. They also like Elena’s dress but it may not be for someone in the 35 and older demographic.
They really can’t say anything bad about Gunnar’s or Alicia’s dresses except little comments here and there. I guess they have to send someone home. Of the two dresses, I personally prefer Gunnar’s dress (but I’m in the older demographic). Alicia’s dress just looked a little weird to me. I can’t quite tell what it wants to be.
Christopher is the winner of the challenge. I was sure Fabio was going to win. Fabio, Elena and Melissa all leave the runway. Alicia is in and goes back to the other designers. Some of them are upset about it as they think Gunnar should be in. Heidi informs Gunnar he’s not going home either. None of the designers deserved to go home. When he goes to the back, the other designers are moaning and consoling until Gunnar informs him he’s not going anywhere.
Next week is another team challenge (Ugh!) and it looks as if Elena and Dmitry don’t get along as teammates.
Daily Dose of Housewife News
Thanks Boston for sniffing out the scoop
What is wrong with LeAnn Rimes! – Jeesh – stop stalking Brandi already. You already stole her man. Yesterday LeAnn was reported to be in rehab for stress and anxiety – and tweeting up a storm. Turns out she’s stressed because she thinks Eddie is cheating on her. Duh. Once a cheater – always a cheater.
Today we lean that she’s suing two women for taping a phone call with her. And RadarOnline reports this “Right before the very public war, however, Rimes had a far more bizarre meltdown, going on a profanity-laced tirade against Kimberly Smiley who had stopped following the star on twitter.” Seriously? Shouldn’t she be shopping for bikinis?
LuAnn De Lesseps- LuAnn just doesn’t get a break. She’s sticking with her story that she didn’t bang the Johnny Depp look a like – but it sounds like Jacques doesn’t believe her. Rumor has it that she won’t let him preview the episodes with her. Good move LuAnn – that preview tape is the only way he’ll see it. What are you going to do – take away his TV too?
Lynn’s Place poster Orson has discovered that it really doesn’t matter since Jacques is her nephew. At least that’s what the daily mail is reporting, and they wouldn’t get it wrong, would they?
Melissa Gorga might get a spinooff? Not so fast. If you read this article carefully, it looks like Teresa is being considered for a spinoff by Bravo – but when someone (probably Joey) asked Melissa if she’d consider a spinoff she said yes. Okay? So that’s the story? #graspingatstraws
Move over Ramona Singer, Lisa Vanderpump is rocking a bikini in as she celebrates her 30th anniversary.
Aviva Drescher speaks out about why she called Sonja and Ramona white trash.
Tamra Barney underwent a three hour surgery today for a hernia. I wonder if Vicki brought her flowers?
NeNe Leakes was photographed having dinner with Kenya Moore – the (rumored) new Atlanta housewife. Personally I was hoping for Rudy from the Cosby Family. Looks like the Talls will have a new alliance mate with this former beauty queen.
NeNe has also released her own shoe line – Nethia – sharing this photo on twitter.
I love this “Nethia” shoe! I’am very proud of it & created it myself 4 a great charity
Did LuAnn Cheat on Jacques
What do you think?
Let’s do a poll Who thinks Luann just hung out with Tomas or did she do more than that ?
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