Thursday, April 25, Bluebird Theater, 888-929-7849; Sunday, April 28, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Beth "Fiona Grapple" Bandimere and Mona "Triple Shot Misto" -- the roller derby moms of The Amazing Race fame -- are teammates on both the CBS reality TV series (still hanging in there as of this writing) and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' 5280 Fight Club traveling squad, but they'll be rivals tomo ... More >>
The Wazee Supper Club got a makeover last year, so it will be ready for its close-up at 6:30 p.m. Monday, when fifteen women will be there to audition for three spots on Denver's newest reality show, Mile High Social. This group of finalists has already been whittled down from more than fifty women ... More >>
The list of Colorado celebrities is short. John Elway. Don Cheadle. Jessica Biel. John Elway. Amy Adams. Judy Collins. John Elway. Tim Tebow didn't last a season as a Broncos starter; John Denver has been dead more than a decade, even if he keeps getting added to local halls of fame. And then there' ... More >>
Tuesday, May 29, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
So there you have it. Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez will duke it out during the final round of American Idol. This doesn't come as much surprise, as Phillips and Sanchez have been early favorites since the beginning. Joshua Ledet, who appeared in the bottom three or two twice before being eli ... More >>
This time last year, the most contagious pop trend was working with Pitbull, and what a bandwagon trend that was. As much as we're glad the Pitbull days are over, we're not too hot for this new thing, either. And this new thing, somewhat strangely, is serving as a judge for a televised singing compe ... More >>
Denver designer Mondo Guerra is about to emerge from the Project Runway vortex after a two-year stay, and he'll be the latest personality to try and prove that there are second acts in the lives of American reality-TV stars. Since Season 8 of the Lifetime reality show began filming in June 2010, an ... More >>
Over two days of competition, three American Idol contestants took on Adele -- Eben Franckewitz, Elise Testone and Jen Hirsh. Adele's not easy to sing, as Franckewitz proved two nights ago, but the ladies brought the vocal power last night to do the British soulstress justice. Testone's take on "On ... More >>
After spending a long and frustrating day last week trying to figure out what year it was and what country I was living in because my government decided it was cool to discuss a little issue regarding birth control but magically barred the only person with a uterus from being in the room, I was tire ... More >>
American Idol is really coming down to the wire now. As last night marked the last episode of Hollywood week, we saw many contestants fold under the pressure -- a pressure which plagued the episode as either stage fright or actual illness. And while the judges managed to stay clear of the contagion, ... More >>
Scotty McCreeryScotty McCreery's new album, Clear As Day, broke records this week by debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, proving that American Idol can still produce stars, even if it's been a while. Clear As Day is the first debut release from an American Idol winner to catapult to ... More >>
Three weeks into Survivorand local medical marijuana dispensary owner Jim Rice continues to stay alive in the competition. Episode three kicked off where episode two ended, with Christine joining Semhar on the actual Redemption Island.
Video below.I made a marathon drive back to Colorado yesterday, arriving on the eve of this state's birthday -- just in time to watch a Coloradan make a splash on America's Got Talent, where the self-proclaimed Professor Splash executed a record-breaking belly flop into twelve inches of water ... More >>
As the musical Rock of Ages wraps up its Denver run, the Rockaway Tavern (2036 Broadway) is hosting an "Impromtu" closing night party tonight with American Idol contestant and Rock of Ages star and Constantine Maroulis and comedian Jim Breuer. Jerri Theil, who is hosting the party with Lynn ... More >>
This is Snooki's serious face. Seriously.Sammi, the psychotic drama bomb is back--and within the first thirty seconds of this episode, Ronnie has already returned to his usual sniffling shit show behavior. Between his slamming of sliding doors, turning pale, mumbling and pouting, Ronnie is a tant ... More >>
Look out, Denver. Apparently, we have another American Idol contestant in our midst. And this one fits the title of American Idol better than anybody we've seen thus far. This is the second year in a row that we've had two ladies in the contest hailing from Colorado. You've already seen Emma ... More >>
We catch Snooki "working." Last week, Sammi and JWoww made amends, everyone got drunk, and Deena's taste in men's backsides was the rumor around the barbershop. Basically, business as usual. This week, we join up with the Jersey Shore crew as they're doing the usual group drunk walk home fro ... More >>
Meet Jersey's newbie, Deena.The gang's all here -- well, minus Angelina and plus the new and terrifying, droopy-eyed Snooki part two, Deena -- and after a stint in Miami, they're back at the actual Jersey Shore. Thank god.
Are YOU watching Dancing with the Stars?Republicans are flag-flying rubes who drive enormous pickup trucks and lap up mass-produced reality dreck like it was a case of shitty domestic beer. Democrats are effete, pasty elitists who drink tea with their pinkies up and prefer "sophisticated" TV ... More >>
Zac's dessert was Inspired by the Pink PantherI really like this batch of contestants on Top Chef Just Desserts -- well, perhaps not "I focus on me" Morgan, who does seem to be a bully in the kitchen -- and also the general dynamic among them. Several are clearly fond of each other, and almos ... More >>
Dog and Beth at the Grizzly Rose.Late last month, Dog the Bounty Hunter supported Tom Tancredo at a Grizzly Rose fundraiser -- a kinder, gentler reason for a visit to our fair state than the one at the heart of tonight's season premiere of his long-running A&E reality series. On that trip, he ... More >>
Thursday, July 15, Comfort Dental Amphitheater, 303-830-8497.
By now, we're presuming you're already very familiar with Lilly Scott, the bewitching local siren who helped breathe new life into the tired American Idol franchise this year with her unique voice and unorthodox song selections. Given the other singers she was up against, we were certain sh ... More >>
Based on the edition of American Idol focusing on Denver auditions, we declared Fort Collins' Haeley Vaughn to be Colorado's great American Idol hope. (Of course, Bikini Boy Ty Hemmerling made a different kind of impression.) But last night's episode marking the beginning of Hollywood Week (and the ... More >>
La La Vazquez, former MTV veejay and fiance of Nuggets starter Carmelo Anthony, knows a bit about love-themed reality shows -- especially the VH1 kind that star gold-toothed-'80s-rappers-who-once-had-relations-with-the-Russian-chick-from-Rocky IV and crazy bitches who cat-fight other crazy bitches. ... More >>
Patrick Ecclesine/Fox Celebrity chef Gordon RamsayDo you have a propensity for cooking? Does the thought of an unhinged Brit spitting and swearing at you while you cook on national TV make you grin? Well, your time is nigh. The FOX network is holding tryouts for a new reality show, Masterc ... More >>
Nicole Fox, center, kinked her neck just enough.Reality-TV watchers know early in nearly every show who's in danger of elimination -- and during last night's episode of America's Next Top Model, Louisville's Nicole Fox found herself smack in the middle of what that great philosopher Kenny Log ... More >>
We've spent a lot more time looking at the home of the new Denver Pizza Company -- a few blocks away from the Westword office at 309 West 11th Avenue -- than we have watching The Bachelorette, even though one of the swains vying for Jillian Harris was from Denver: Mark Huebner, billed as a "pizza e ... More >>
When I heard about the American Idol auditions set to take place here July 12-14, I began looking into flights out of town, in order to avoid being trampled to death by wannabe superstars who'd actually like to see Paula Abdul in person. (It can't be any worse than the video version. Is there any ... More >>
Denver pizza entrepreneur Mark Huebner isn't the only Coloradan scoring points for engaging in a "Verbal Fight/Physical Fight" on television these days. Crested Butte's Heidi Montag -- along with her fluffy-haired weenie of a husband, Spencer Pratt -- is a contestant on the lamely named NBC realit ... More >>
Colorado connections make these reality TV shows more fun to watch.
See more photos at westword.com/slideshow. They say we're beaten down, beleaguered, ready to collectively empty our 401(k)s and slit our wrists with our sliced-in-half Visa cards. But if the several hundred high-heeled, high-smiled women standing in a line that stretched halfway around downtown Den ... More >>
Well, at least someone in the restaurant industry has some money now... You've all heard that Colorado's own Hosea Rosenberg (chef at Dave Query's Jax Fish House in Boulder, at least for now...) won this year's Top Chef prize. He walked away with a slot at this year's Food Wine Festival in A ... More >>
It's been three weeks since I wrote a word about this season's Top Chef on Bravo. Know why? Because it has been so boring and so contrived and so stupid that the episodes themselves were painful to watch -- making me less than excited about the notion of then rehashing them here. There w ... More >>
Seriously, dude? Canned crab? What the fuck was Hosea Rosenberg thinking? For those of you who missed the most recent episode of Top Chef: New York, let me catch you up. The chef-testants had to cook New American for fifty. The catch? They had to do it from the kitchen at Craft, judge Tom Colic ... More >>
Sunday, March 9, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.
Topics discussed: ABC reality TV show "Kiddie Porn Nation," Britney Spears, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Notre Dame football.
What, you mean that you don't have a reality show? Barely a week goes by here at the Westword office without our receiving a press-release alerting us to so-and-so's hot reality show about life in the crazy world of, say, ride-pimping or labia-piercing. So we were surprised that we were not info ... More >>
I have realized the greatest dream of every attention-starved American. I was on reality TV. It wasn't MTV's booze-fueled LoDo soap opera, but rather the home-improvement show that refuses to die: TLC's Trading Spaces. That's how Westword contributor Michelle Baldwin starts her account of being a ... More >>
Meet The Real World: Denver" cast before they join the collective.
A clipboard and a camera will get you anywhere -- even on The Real World.
Our long national nightmare is almost over... Tonight's penultimate episode of American Idol means that millions of people who love high phone bills will finally be able to vote for their favorite among the ultra-popular Fox talent show's finalists. There's no telling whether Taylor Hicks and Kathe ... More >>
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
A representative sampling of our congressional candidates.
Oliver Beene goes against fake millionaires and phony idols