Saturday, July 10, 2010

New Orleans gets more reality TV (as if we need it)

Posted By on Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 1:57 AM

As if the oil disaster and The Real World disaster weren't enough reality TV for most of us in New Orleans, we found out this week about two other reality-TV phenomena heading our way ... and they have to do with food and music, our specialities. New Orleans, get ready for American Idol and Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

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Auditions for the 10th season (has it only been 10 years?) of American Idol will take place Monday, July 26 at the New Orleans Arena. Wristbands and paperwork will be involved; you can get all the info here. (Since our Lauren LaBorde has proven so adept at summing up the weekly installments of The Real World, she'll be promoted to Official Reality Show correspondent and be reporting from the Arena.) The American Idol site thoughtfully explains New Orleans to those who may not be familiar with it:

New Orleans is one of the top ten most visited cities in the United States, and the city's annual Mardi Gras festival draws in a large crowd. Known as "America's Most Interesting City," New Orleans is a good location for American Idol auditions because it's the birthplace of jazz music.

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On the food front, the show is Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, and it goes like this: Noted chef Gordon Ramsay walks into failing restaurant. Ramsay sneers at decor. Ramsay orders food and finds it vile (there may be some on-camera spitting-out here). Ramsay locks horns with stubborn owner. Ramsay gets the scoop on what's wrong from the servers and patrons. Ramsay then performs a dining room and menu makeover, and grateful tears fall in the tartare.

So: If you're a failing New Orleans or Baton Rouge restaurateur, click over here and invite Gordon Ramsay in your life. Note that the application is 14 pages, single-spaced, and includes questions like "Is there anything about your life that you would NOT want to be made public on TV?" and "Have you participated in any type of 12-step program or support group? If so, which one(s)?".

No word on whether they'll be asking the same things of the American Idol contestants ....

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