After making it to the top three in the singing competition, Westlake, La. native Joshua Ledet was eliminated from last night's American Idol. The 20-year-old throwback crooner must have been a popular contestant, because now teenagers on the Internet are yelling about how the elimination process is clearly rigged (controversy among viewers about the show's viewer controlled voting process has existed since the beginning).
Let us pay tribute to Ledet with the scholarly journal Us Weekly, who earlier this week sent over a press release including 25 facts about the remaining Idol contestants. Here are three important things to know about Ledet:
“I’m terrified of feathers.”
“I just recently found out that unicorns weren’t real.”
“I once fell asleep on a roller coaster.”
Good thing he chose singing, and not unicorn biology or pillow-making, as a vocation.
How has life been since Swamp People started airing?
It’s been very different.
It’s hard to get work done. There’s always visitors looking, tourists coming through the town looking for us from all over the country, and now all over the world. We got people from other countries now showing up looking for us. It’s hard to get work done now.
How has life changed since the show?
I’m a lot more recognized in West Monroe, Louisiana, I can tell you that for sure.
Comiskey Park and Playground — once a neighborhood landmark, but a blight on a tough corner of Mid-City since Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods — was reopened today by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. The park had received national attention in 2007 when a production company planned to remake the park and document the effort in a reality TV/documentary show titled ReNewOrleans. Plans foundered, and the park space — one block off a gritty stretch of Tulane Avenue — sat for years in worse shape than before.
"They left a lot of things behind," Landrieu said. "Cost everybody a bucketful of money."
Tough Love: New Orleans will follow the show's usual format, in which "love gurus" Steve Ward and his mother JoAnn dispense brutally honest advice to women with a variety of dating dysfunctions, but this time in New Orleans*, a city the show's website says is "famous for its handsome Southern gentlemen and wild nights out on the town."
Do you sift through ashtrays to salvage partially smoked cigarettes? Do you have track marks from selling your plasma? Have you wiped with pages torn from a Victoria's Secret catalog to cut toilet paper expenses? If so, you might be exactly what Extreme Cheapskates is looking for. Coming on the heels of Extreme Couponing's success, this new TLC reality show showcases "thrifty geniuses" with "extraordinary money-saving methods." To be considered for the show, email casting director Michael Petrella (email@example.com) with the following information:
Please send us an e-mail detailing your most extraordinary money-saving methods and how much it saves you every day, month, or year. Please also include:
FULL NAMES (you, your spouse, your children, etc)
AGES (of everyone involved)
CITY AND STATE
SKYPE HANDLE (if you have one — we will likely conduct Skype interviews during the process)
Finding cheapskates in New Orleans ought to be about as hard as finding a needle at Jo-Ann Fabrics, since we're the 22nd most frugal city in the country, according to a ranking issued this morning by coupons.com. So I'm really hoping to see a family of penny-pinching Yats on TLC - I have a feeling our most mundane cost-cutting recipes could give the guy who cooked a goat's head a run for his money.
More reality TV news after the jump:
Hosting tomorrow's gala is Mary West who is, among other roles, the host and producer of the WLAE program Real New Orleans, and the event is the debut for her local matchmaking business. She calls herself a "headhunter for the heart" and says she's filling a void in a city where many say it's hard to date.
"There are a lot of lonely people out there who are totally burned out with online dating ... I offer a personal alternative," she says. "It's a big complaint from single people (that it's hard to date in New Orleans). Everyone has that Mardi Gras, le se les bon temps roule mentality. But New Orleans, according to Travel + Leisure, is the number one city for singles. I'm here to show that Cupid lives in New Orleans."
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