Reality Shows

  • News

    September 26, 2013
  • Music

    April 25, 2013


    Thursday, April 25, Bluebird Theater, 888-929-7849; Sunday, April 28, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    The Amazing Race's roller derby moms compete against each other tomorrow

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Callbacks for Denver reality show Mile High Social at Wazee Supper Club on Monday

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Dog the Bounty Hunter ends show, promises new chapter

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 24, 2012

    Jane's Addiction

    Tuesday, May 29, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    American Idol recap: Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez will compete in the Idol finale

    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 >>

  • Music

    April 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    If Britney Spears accepts X Factor job, she could still learn a sexy thing or two from Christina

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Project Runway's Mondo Guerra says he's ready for his "own show"

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    American Idol Live Show: Two women sing Adele, only one truly shines

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Reality too real for you? Try a marathon of The Hills and check out!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    American Idol Hollywood Round 3: fear and illness hit the groups hard

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Scotty McCreery breaks a few Billboard records, plus a breakdown of this week's charts

    Scotty McCreery​Scotty 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Survivor update, week 3: Dispensary owner Jim Rice staying ahead of competition

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Professor Splash's belly flop proves America's Got Talent -- of a very strange kind (VIDEO)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Constantine Maroulis and Jim Breuer at Rock of Ages party tonight at Rockaway

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Jersey Shore 3 Episode 10: You're a sucker, bro

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Amerian Idol, Julie Zorrilla: another homegrown hopeful from Colorado

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Jersey Shore 3, Episode 6: Sammi sucks the life out of Ronnie for the last time, again

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    The Jersey Shore Season Three premiere re-cap: Snooki gets duplicated

    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.

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Study says republicans like winners, dems like losers, everyone likes their politics fed to them

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Bad Girls Club coming to Denver?: Casting call for Real World-style Oxygen net bitchfest

    ​Are you ready to play host for a houseful of reality-show attention addicts à la MTV's Real World: Denver a few years back? If not, you'd better get ready -- because Bunim/Murray, Real World's production company, has just placed a Craigslist ad announcing, "THE BAD GIRLS CLUB IS COMING TO D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Top Chef Just Desserts , round eight: CelebriTea sweepstakes

    Zac's dessert was Inspired by the Pink Panther​I 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Dog the Bounty Hunter comes to Colorado in season premiere; Tom Tancredo doesn't cameo

    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 >>

  • Music

    July 15, 2010


    Thursday, July 15, Comfort Dental Amphitheater, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Lilly Scott joins Haeley Vaughn as Colorado's great American Idol hopes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Will La La and Melo help NBA stars find love?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Casting Call: Gordon Ramsay's new show to host tryouts in Denver

    Patrick Ecclesine/Fox Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay​Do 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Top Model: The Nicole freak show (barely) goes on

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Huebner off the Bachelorette, back on pizza

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Denver Idol offers American Idol shortcut

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Jesus tells Colorado native Heidi Montag to love the mean people on her new reality show

    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 >>

  • News

    May 28, 2009

    Jared Polis is having a tough year on TV

    Colorado connections make these reality TV shows more fun to watch.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    America's confidence still high, according to Next Top Model casting call

    See more photos at 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Top Chef: Hosea Rosenberg

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Hosea Rosenberg dodges a bullet on Top Chef: New York

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 6, 2008

    Carrie Underwood

    Sunday, March 9, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007
  • Blogs

    September 26, 2007

    Vlog the Impaler, Numero Tres

    Topics discussed: ABC reality TV show "Kiddie Porn Nation," Britney Spears, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Notre Dame football.

  • Home Entertainment

    February 15, 2007
  • Blogs

    January 12, 2007

    Chairman of the Board

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2007

    Va Va Room With a View

    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 >>

  • News

    November 9, 2006

    Brave New World

    Meet The Real World: Denver" cast before they join the collective.

  • News

    June 22, 2006

    Get Real

    A clipboard and a camera will get you anywhere -- even on The Real World.

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2006

    Idol Speculation

    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 >>

  • Culture

    December 30, 2004


    Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

  • News

    October 21, 2004

    Across State Lines

    A representative sampling of our congressional candidates.

  • Culture

    March 6, 2003

    That '60s Show

    Oliver Beene goes against fake millionaires and phony idols

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