Was Mauricio Umansky Mean to Brandi and Other News by NoMoreDrama
Last Monday on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Mauricio Umansky, husband of Kyle Richards, got into it with both Ken Todd (husband of Lisa Vanderpump) and Brandi Glanville. You can read BB’s recap of the episode here. Maurico was pretty diplomatic in past seasons, even when his wife Kyle got into a massive fight with his very rich client Camille Grammer, costing him potential commissions. He’s never been a fan of Brandi’s. He said on WWHL that she was his least favorite housewife, and he’s said on camera that he doesn’t think much of her – so it wasn’t that surprising that he showed his clear irritation with her at the Moroccan dinner party. When discussing Brandi spilling Adrienne’s secret, he kept saying in a loud voice, “Why did she say it?” “Was she saying it to be nice?” – knowing full well that Brandi had already said she was sorry for spilling Adrienne’s secret, and knowing full well that she wasn’t trying to be nice. She said what she said to get back at Adrienne about something and she was already paying for it in lawyer bills.
Since the episode aired he’s been in damage control. For Mauricio, his reputation is his business. He took to twitter to clear the air, and ended up apologizing to Brandi. Brandi is letting him off the hook, telling fans that all is good now, but that she did feel that Maurico was mean to her. What do you think?
Rumors have been swirling since Gia Giudice‘s birthday party that something happened to make Melissa Gorga unhappy. Melissa brought her children and Gia’s cousins to the party without her usual backup. Joey Gorga was at home recovering from the flu, and there was no sign of the Wakiles, Lauritas or Manzos. Teresa did have a few friends with her at the party, Jennifer Dalton and Kim DePaula, as well as party planner Elvira. Well, according to InTouch, Kim D got drunk and went after Melissa over petty stuff. Kim D and Melissa have been in a feud for years, and Melissa actively promotes a boutique with a similar name as Kim D’s. I guess Kim D knows Bravo loves the drama and knows she’ll get more air time if she brings it. Perhaps it is karma, but Kim came down with the flu right after the party. PS Bravo – viewers don’t want to see drunk Kim D bringing up old news with Melissa Gorga. Don’t give us tired old drama.
Peter Thomas from Real Housewives of Atlanta cracks me up. He seems real, and by that I mean he still seems to have genuine reactions, good or bad. For instance after the scene in Anguilla where he renewed his vows with Cynthia, Andy Cohen tweeted something to him, and he tweeted back – in what seemed like giddy excitement – that he wasn’t even sure boss Andy knew his name. That stuff just cracks me up and makes me glad I haven’t let the over acting, story line maker uppers like Kenya Moore and Adriane de Moura ruin the housewives shows for me. Anyway, Peter is on the west coast, and he stopped by SUR Restaurant last night. Shit was goin’ down, and Peter let out this string of tweets:
“This is definitely happening rt now & I’m loving every min of it. Just shows u can be in any neighborhood & this stuff happens.Not bashing.”
Viewers of the Real Housewives of Atlanta may remember that Peter’s Bar One was said to be in “ghetto” part of Atlanta on the show – I can’t remember who said that – I think it was Sheree and Lawrence.
“Class has nothing to do with money by the way. You can’t buy it.”
Yes we know Peter, Luann has a song that has let us all know that Money can’t buy you class.
“The point that I’m tryin to make IDIOTS is that shit happens no matter where you are. Could b in Beverly Hills or Flatbush. Shit will happen”
I sense that people were coming down on Peter on twitter.
“Came here 2 support cause its a beautiful establishment, classy & all that. That last thing I wanna c is a fight in Beverly Hills. Final.”
And what did Lisa Vanderpump have to say about the negative publicity Peter was giving her restaurant (and quite frankly her new show is more than enough negative press – what was she thinking??)
“I am on it
Hopefully things turned around for Peter. Last night he went to see his daughter, Porsche Thomas at the Comedy club. Both NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey were with him. I don’t think they are still filming for the show so it’s nice to see them hanging out together. However I think he was still getting grief on twitter. He tweeted this: “I need you guys to know that I am never asking for anyone to like me,you don’t like what I say,don’t follow me.”
Project Runway All Stars Finale “Go Big or Go Home” by BB
It’s down to three designers: Anthony Ryan, Emilio, and Uli. If the person who has won the most challenges has the advantage, then Anthony Ryan should win hands down. But you never know when someone will totally flop and someone else will hit a home run and change the whole game.
The designers are freaked out when they find out they have to design a mini-collection in just four days. I don’t know why they’re so surprised because they’ve been designing under extreme time constraints this whole season. They can create whatever kind of show they want; the theme; the music; even the number of pieces they want to feature. The budget is $3,000. They go back to the hotel to think about their collections before they have to start. Uli is going have the theme of Winter Wonderland and she’s going to stick with, wait for it, white and ivory. Emilio’s theme will be urban plantation about women in the work force. Anthony Ryan’s theme is the thin line. At mood, Emilio wants to use American classic fabrics and he wants to be controversial.
In the workroom, Carolyn shows up and tells them she’s brought some helping hands. In walk all of the eliminated designers and Anthony Ryan, Uli and Emilio can choose one person to assist them. The last challenge winner, Anthony Ryan, gets to pick first. He asks Joshua if he wants to help him. Joshua tells Anthony Ryan how much he would love to, but he has no energy left and declines. Emilio thinks Josh is probably still a little too hurt, having just been eliminated. Anthony Ryan then picks Kayne, who is well rested and ready for battle. Uli picks Casanova. Emilio chooses Althea because she made it to the finale of her own season and knows what it’s like to be there.
Casanova does things by the book and Uli isn’t that structured when she works. Emilio and Althea talk about his vision and how his mom worked in factories. Their goal is to keep going until they can’t go on anymore. He’s worried about how fast Uli and Anthony Ryan are moving. They seem way ahead of him already.
On day two, the designers all get to work, except maybe Casanova who needs to take periodic naps. Casanova says he was on vacation and not expecting to be back in the design room again. Joanna comes in and Uli explains her Winter Wonderland collection. Joanna loves the collection because it’s very coherent, but she needs a wow factor. Joanna asks Anthony Ryan about his yellow and black skirt and Anthony Ryan was afraid at first it would look like a bumble bee but he likes it. Emilio thinaProll of Anthony Ryan’s dresses look the same. Emilio explains to Joanna that his line goes from Aunt Jemima to Rosie the Riveter. Joanna says that’s a first for Project Runway. He doesn’t even have anything to fit on a manikin yet.
That night Uli tells Casanova she will really need him the next day and he says he’s all hers. Emilio thinks he and Althea have a very collaborative relationship. Anthony Ryan is happy Kayne is well rested and works quickly. At a point later that day, the assistants have to leave and the designers are on their own.
Emilio would like to win to honor everything his mother and father have done for him. Uli is just happy to be able to express herself after growing up behind the Berlin wall, but still says she has room in her suitcase for the money if she wins the whole thing. When she packs her designs in the box, it looks like lots of fur and feathers in there. If Anthony Ryan doesn’t win it all, he doesn’t know what he’ll do because he doesn’t have the financial resources to continue designing. Time is up and the next day they will have three hours to get everything together for their runway show which will take place in Gotham Hall.
It’s Runway day and there is still a lot for the three designers to do before they are ready. I see all of Emilio’s models have what he calls a “do-rag tie” in their hair. It’s a big red bow. OMG, Carolyn’s gown is beautiful while she’s standing there introducing the judges. The guest judges are Liv Tyler and Margherita Missoni. It’s showtime.
Emilio is first with his Urban Plantation collection. He has lots of different looks in his collection, dresses, pants, shorts, jackets in a variety of bright colors. I like his looks, but don’t know if it’s that cohesive or sophisticated enough. It definitely makes a statement.
Anthony Ryan is up with his The Thin Line collection. His designs are severe and very streamlined. Very Anthony Ryan looking. I kind of agree with Emilio that his dresses all look similar and they are all short, fitted dresses except the last one, which is long, but still in the same vein as the others. If you like his aesthetic, you’ll love his collection.
Here comes Uli with her whites and creams. She has lots of stoles, scarves, feathers, and fur going on. It’s a very cold looking collection, but in a good way. It’s not my cup of tea, but I like that she went all out with her collection. It looked like something you would see in a “real” runway show to me.
Afterward, people in the audience commented on their favorite lines. Mondo thought Emilio’s made the most sense. At the beginning, I was thinking Anthony Ryan had this in the bag. Now, I’m not so sure.
It’s critique time and first up is Emilio, while Anthony Ryan and Uli leave the stage. Georgina thought he did a fantastic job and he really showed her something with this line. Carolyn loves that he has both commercial and editorial looks. Liv loved his use of color. Margherita doesn’t think he had that much experimentation and Isaac thinks some of the line went a little bit junior.
Anthony Ryan is up. Georgina thinks his first dress was spectacular and Isaac think it’s the best dress he’s seen on Project Runway. He’s jealous of Anthony Ryan. Georgina didn’t like his finale look.
Isaac can’t believe how great Uli’s collection is. Georgina is stunned by what she’s achieved in four days. Carolyn loved the neckline of her first look. Margherita loved the fairy tale quality and the hair and makeup was the most interesting. Liv is blown away by the detail and one of the dresses is an Oscar dress. Georgina says she relied a little too much on faux fur and it made it look a little cheap.
Georgina thought Emilio was so in control but Margherita didn’t think it was exciting enough and it had too many junior elements. Carolyn likes the passion of his look and his political statement. He showed the judges who he was.
Isaac thought Anthony Ryan was the most “fashion” of the three. It was one conscious thought. They were disappointed in his finale dress. Isaac was not happy with the various lengths of his dresses. They like his artistic interpretation.
They think Uli’s was the most emotional and psychological. It had a dreamy quality to it. Isaac says he has seen her look before, but Georgina thinks Uli can take anything and make something out of it.
The judges have decided. I will be happy no matter who wins. I thought they all did a great job on their final collections and it’s just a matter of the judges’ personal tastes at this point.
And the winner is . . . Anthony Ryan! Emilio is the first runner-up and Uli is the second runner-up. I’m thrilled for Anthony Ryan. I think he needs the money the most and I thought he was consistently good from week to week, as Georgina said.
I enjoyed season two of Project Runway All Stars. There was no silly drama and it was all about the designs.
Dance Moms By: adelaidesmommy
But I’m a National Champion!
Welcome back to Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC)! We start with the new ALDC team headed into the studio for practice. Meanwhile, our dance moms congregate in the parking lot – including Kelly who comments that even though Abby Lee Miller (ALM) will never change, Brook and Paige (B&P) miss dancing and ALM. Christi says they will have to beg for their spots back since ALM replaced them.
Inside ALM calls Shelley because Ally has not shown up. We find out that they flew all the way back to New Orleans. Shelley says it was because of the “harsh conversation” that took place when the team won 2nd place (some of the mom’s blamed Ally) – and Ally cried the whole way home. ALM is outraged as Ally was magnificent. I’m giving big props to Shelley for being a good mom and taking her daughter out of a negative environment. I knew there was something I liked about her.
ALM walks into the dressing room and asks the girls to leave while she talks to the moms. She informs them of our conversation with Shelley and proceeds to kick Glo and Marcia out of ALDC (Sophia & Jackie get to stay). Of course, Glo and Marcia’s little girls are in tears and begging their moms to apologize. I’m really sad for them, but so happy we are getting back to the original team and the list of names to remember is smaller.
Back in the parking lot, the moms decide to confront ALM (minus Kelly who is holding back for a bit). ALM sees them in the parking lot and pretends to be shocked. Cut to a TH where she says that she might have some openings. This confirms it was all scripted. The real ALM would have never let them back so easily. She pops her head out and asks the moms to either come in or leave, but don’t loiter. They decide to go inside.
But wait – there is a catch. Before they can come back to ALDC, they have to sign a new contract. ALM says they won’t get past the front desk without signing. There is some mild concern over the fact that Kelly doesn’t have a contract, but in the end – they all sign it. My favorite part of this scene is when Holly and Christi express disappointment that Melissa and Jill caved so quickly – and then they did the same thing approximately 2 seconds later.
Christi asks ALM if she will talk with Kelly about returning and ALM agrees saying she is open to listening. Christi reports the news to Kelly who enters the studio. ALM doesn’t know why she wants to come back – Kelly says she doesn’t, but B&P do. They exchange their list of grievances, but finally settle on Kelly signing the contract. And the world is right again.
In the studio, Jill hits us again with the quote of the week, “We show up to class… in walks Jaclyn, straight off of the streets of L.A. Skinny, skinny, skinny, gorgeous. But it’s obvious she does not fit in with our team of dance moms.” Does Jill not understand what “straight off of the streets” implies? I know she was giving a compliment to Jackie, but seriously – if someone told me I looked like I was straight off the streets from any city, I wouldn’t have a kind retort. Someone needs to introduce Jill to Urban Dictionary. But I love Jill as she always gives me the best quotes…
ALM doesn’t do a pyramid as all the girls except Sophia are on probation. So, Sophia’s picture is on top and the other girls are in a row below her. In her TH, Kelly comments that Mads has been replaced by Sophia. ALM proceeds to compliment Sophia for being a team player and Jackie for being a kind dance mom. In TH, Kelly said there are rumors that contradict Jackie’s perfect mom routine.
They girls are headed to Ohio with a group routine called, “Red Carpet Special.” Sophia will do a solo called, “Superstar.” In her TH, Christi says it’s not fair that Sophia gets a solo this week because the girls work really hard every week for one. I’m thinking this is out of context as they just rejoined the team and Sophia did work really hard last week. Plus, Chloe does get a solo (see below). It doesn’t make sense.
ALM asks Sophia how many turns she can do. She responds with 54. What? I think I can do 2 or 3. ALM doesn’t want to offer anyone else a solo, but she committed to the competition and has to pick another soloist. I’m guessing the competition requires you to enter 2 solos. She decides to pick Chloe – her national champion – to see how much she’s regressed. Ugh. First of all, I’d like to see Mads against Sophia as I think that would be more fun to watch and secondly, I feel that ALM is doing this just to be mean. She knows Chloe isn’t on that level. Why does she dislike Chloe so much?
Chloe’s contemporary solo is called, “Another Girl.” Super subtle, ALM. Christi feels the solo is more of a punishment than a reward. ALM tells the moms that they have assignments too and need to work hard to make it up to her. Christi chimes in that they are paying her to teach their kids dance and they have other kids and responsibilities. She says ALM is not the boss of them. ALM doesn’t really respond. Good to see my girl Christi back with a sound judgment call.
During group rehearsal, ALM reminds the girls that they need to be grateful that Sophia is a part of the group. In her TH, Chloe talks about how Sophia motivates her to work harder. How does ALM not love this kid? In the peanut gallery, the moms discuss Sophia’s ability to turn. Kelly says it’s a reflection of the teacher that Sophia had. In her TH, she says Melissa and Christi aren’t so welcoming of Jackie because Sophia is major competition to their daughters. She says that need to get used to their kids not being the best. Okay – I agree with Kelly, but didn’t these women just go on a pretend strike for her? Where is the loyalty?
In TH, Christi thinks Jackie is acting perfect when they know better. Back in the peanut gallery, Christi attacks Jackie about some comments she wrote about another dance girl, Mia. I think this is the same girl who was on Dance Moms Miami. Jill says she heard it too. Jackie denies it.
Next is Chloe’s rehearsal, but ALM leaves early to have an acro-private with Sophia. Christi is mad and vents to Kelly in the peanut gallery. They both comment that Melissa is probably happy Mads doesn’t have a solo. In TH, Kelly comments that Melissa will do whatever it takes to have her kids be ALM’s favorites. Cut to a pretty funny scene of Melissa taking out the garbage. In TH, Melissa says that M&M were always ALM’s favorites and she’ll do what it takes to make sure ALM isn’t mad anymore. I’ll give her credit for admitting it.
Back in peanut gallery, Christi comes up with some crazy ideas to initiate Jackie like putting E-6000 in her eyelashes or slipping a roofie into her drink. Kelly laughs it off and calls Christi mean and evil. Christi is joking.
The next day, the moms are chatting about ALM in the peanut gallery – mostly about her need to biblically lay with someone or how she is pretty, but her attitude stinks. ALM asks Gianna to run up and ask Jackie to pay attention. ALM doesn’t want the moms scaring Jackie off.
Next, there is some discussion on how often Sophia stretches (2 hours per day) and goes to school – 2 hours a week. Holly is outraged. I am too. Enough said about that. During Chloe’s rehearsal, ALM is changing the choreography (apparently the same day as the competition). Christi is upset and feels that Chloe looks defeated. In TH, Chloe confirms it. Christi gives her a pep talk about how she doesn’t deserve to be treated that way.
At group rehearsal, ALM decides that she needs to cut someone out of the group dance. She asks the moms to join them in the studio and judge who needs to be cut. Of course, none of the moms participate and say they will only vote for their kids. ALM decides to cute B – and I’m sure no one on this blog is shocked. In TH, Kelly says that Mac is smaller and not at the same level and should have been cut.
Hello Ohio! The girls are greeted by lots of fans. Why aren’t the Apples at this competition? ALM rehearses Sophia’s solo, but Chloe has to rehearse on her own. In TH, Melissa says it’s strange because ALM isn’t paying attention to any of their children. Come on! Who paid her to say this? It’s too ironic to have come from Melissa’s mouth without prompting.
Sophia’s jazz solo is first. She does a million turns and is incredibly flexible. Chloe dances right after Sophia and Christi is upset about the placement because it pits the girls against each other and doesn’t build the team. Chloe’s contemporary solo is very pretty and shows a more emotional side. Side note – why do all of ALM’s solos end on the floor? #changeitup.
Back in the dressing room, Chloe thinks she let her mom down. Christi says no way and gives her a big hug. ALM joins them and falls all over Sophia. She doesn’t say anything to Chloe. My heart breaks. Christi has had it and plans to address with ALM later.
Finally – the group dance. ALM is not confident they will do well. Kelly is really upset B isn’t there and says she will do whatever she needs to do to get B back on the team. They hit the stage. Poor little Mac has trouble with rolling the red carpet. It was actually super cute – she just kept trying. I would have given extra points for that. But what do I know? After Mac finally gets the carpet in place, the dance goes well. My eyes go to Sophia the whole time with a few peeps at Paigers – just telling the truth, not sure what it means. In TH, Jill doesn’t like the number and doesn’t think they will place.
Awards are here. Chloe gets 3rd and Sophia takes 1st in Elite Junior Soloist. ALM had no doubt Sophia would win. But wait – the judges give a special award to a humble, heart-warming dancer – and it’s Chloe! And here comes my favorite quote from any Dance Mom episode….. In TH, Christi says, “My job, as a mom, is to raise someone that I not only love, but I like…” Awwww! I wrote this down to remind myself as my little one gets older.
The group takes 1st place for Elite Junior Group. Kelly is happy as it proves this team wins first place again and again – and the team last week didn’t. The girls join the moms in the dressing room. Chloe comments that she is glad she got 3rd so ALM doesn’t say 2nd is the first to lose. My heart is breaking again. Chloe is killing me tonight. In TH, Christi thinks it’s sad that they only strive for 1st place.
ALM joins them in the dressing room and says the group dance wasn’t good. She gives Sophia props for her high score, but calls Chloe a hot mess. In TH, Christi rightly points out that Chloe is a reflection of ALM since she’s been her student since she was 2. Sophia is a reflection of another studio.
Back in the dressing room, ALM says that Christi isn’t stretching Chloe enough. Christi says that’s what I pay you for. ALM says she needs to work on it outside of class. Christi is amazed that ALM has never told her this. She says that Chloe is her student and she plagiarizes with Sophia by slapping ALDC on her back. ALM responds that Chloe is lazy and was awful today. In TH, Christi is defeated because the comments were so hurtful. Christi is crying in the dressing room now and says, “What are we doing to our kids?” OMG – they finally said what we are all thinking.
Next week, Sophia goes MIA, Kendall and Mads get a duet, and wait for it…… Jill goes crazy. But before I go……. NIA, NIA, NIA, NIA, and NIA. Honestly, I haven’t gotten to write her name this season, and I miss the cutie pie. See y’all next week!
Friday Night Lineup, January 18th by BB
8PM – Undercover Boss (CBS); Nikita (CW); Last Man Standing/Malibu Country (ABC); Fringe (Fox); Most Embarrassing Living Room (HGTV); Four Weddings (TLC); Gold Rush – The Dirt (Discovery); WWE Friday Night SmackDown (SyFy); The Human Family Tree Revealed (NatGeo)
9PM – Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lance Armstrong Part 2; CSI New York (CBS); Dateline NBC (NBC); Say Yes to the Dress (TLC); Gold Rush (Discovery); Infested (Anpl); Killer Karaoke (truTV); Ultimate Guide to the Presidents (History); Shahs of Sunset First Look (9:30 Bravo); Ghost Adventures (Trvl); Desperate Measures (ID); Taste in Translation (Cook)
10PM – Blue Bloods (CBS); Teen Trouble (Lifetime); 20/20 (ABC); House Hunters (HGTV); Say Yes Randy Knows Best (TLC); Bering Sea Gold (Discovery); Merlin (SyFy); Fatal Attractions (Anpl); Real Housewives of Atlanta First Look (10:30 Bravo); Mystery Diners (Food); Deadly Women (ID); Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)