Reality TV Show Update News - May 2005
In a surprise conclusion, American Idol 4 finalist Carrie Underwood upset oddsmaker favorite Bo Bice to win the fourth season of the smash-hit Fox reality talent competition.
In the fourteenth episode of NBC's boxing reality-competition show The Contender, heavily-favored Sergio 'The Latin Snake' Mora (now 15-0, 4 KOs) pounded his way to the show's $1 million final match by decisively thrashing Jesse Brinkley (now 25-2, 17 KOs) in the last semifinal match, winning by unanimous decision. With his win, Sergio will face Peter Manfredo Jr. (24-1, 10 KOs) in the seven-round bout, to be held at the famed Caesar's Palace venue in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 24, with the live broadcast beginning at 8PM ET.
The Apprentice 3's season-long booksmart vs streetsmart battle ended with the last remaining booksmart team member winning over the last remaining streetsmart team member, as Kendra Todd, a 26-year-old real estate broker from Boynton Beach, Florida edged fellow finalist Tana Goertz to become the third person to hear Donald Trump say "You're hired."
In the season finale of NBC's "The Apprentice" Donald Trump chose Kendra Todd to join his empire and help renovate a Palm Beach, Fla., mansion.
'American Idol 4' eliminates Vonzell Solomon, making Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood its final two finalistsMay 19, 2005
Fox's American Idol 4 voted out the tenth of its twelve finalists during last night's results show, with Vonzell Solomon, a 20-year-old from Ft. Myers, FL, being eliminated from the reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest of the over 37 million votes that home viewers cast.
Naima Mora, a 20-year-old coffee shop waitress from Detroit, MI, was crowned America's Next Top Model during last night's finale of the fourth cycle of the popular UPN "dramality" series.
ABC 'Bachelor' Charlie O'Connell picks Sarah Brice, rejects Krisily Kennedy in seventh season finaleMay 17, 2005
ABC's much ballyhooed "no rules" edition of its The Bachelor edition ended in a manner not all that different than the fading reality franchise's previous editions -- with bachelor Charlie O'Connell selecting Sarah Brice over Krisily Kennedy during an extremely bloated three-hour marathon finale, but -- similar to fellow recent bachelors Jesse Palmer (Bachelor 5) and Bob Guiney (Bachelor 4) -- failing to propose marriage, offering only a "promise ring" instead.
In the end, Survivor: Palau ended as it began -- with 41-year-old New York City firefighter Tom Westman dominating the game's challenges.
In a semifinal rematch of the opening episode of NBC's The Contender, Peter Manfredo Jr. (now 24-1, 10 KOs) avenged the only defeat of his career with a seven-round unanimous decision over Alfonso Gomez Jr. (now 12-3-1, 4 KOs) in the thirteenth episode of the show.
With her last-minute scrambling failing to sway any of her fellow remaining castaways, Caryn Groedel, a 46-year-old civil rights attorney from Solon, OH, was voted out of Survivor: Palau during Thursday night's CBS broadcast, making her the sixteenth contestant to exit the competition
The Apprentice season that highlighted a battle between high school-educated streetsmart contestants competing against college-educated booksmart contestants is fittingly ending with a final showdown featuring one contestant from each team.
Fox's American Idol voted out the ninth of its twelve finalists during last night's results show, with Anthony Fedorov, a 19-year-old from Trevose, PA, being eliminated from the reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest audience votes.
Deemed to have "lost her fire," Brittany, a 22-year-old elementary school instructional aide from Tallahassee, FL, became the eleventh girl eliminated from the fourth edition of America's Next Top Model during last night's UPN broadcast.
After 5 continents, 25 cities, and more than 40,000 miles, The Amazing Race team of Uchenna and Joyce Agu managed to move from worst to first during the competition's final leg and win the seventh edition of the CBS reality series. Despite the fact that their last place finish in the penultimate leg forced them to beg for cash up until the very end, the married couple was able to hold off Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich and Ron Young and Kelly McCorkle to win The Amazing Race 7's million dollar prize.
In the final quarterfinal match, which took place in the twelfth episode of NBC's reality-competition boxing show The Contender, the two most reluctant warriors in the dominant 'Italian Clan' coalition (also known as the "Gutless Four") were forced into the ring to do "battle." Unfortunately, they couldn't both lose.
Falling victim to a desperation alliance comprised of three castaways who felt they had nothing left to lose by chancing a tie vote that would result in a random draw elimination, Gregg Carey was voted out of Survivor: Palau during Thursday night's CBS broadcast, making Gregg the fifteenth castaway to exit the competition
With its teams dissolved at the end of last week's episode, last night's NBC The Apprentice 3 broadcast featured the show's final three contestants, Craig Williams, Tana Goertz, and Kendra Todd, facing a series of interviews. Craig, the 37-year-old high-school educated shoeshine business owner from Conley, Georgia, failed to impress the executives, causing Donald Trump to fire him midway through the episode. Afterwards, as in previous seasons, the final two contestants were given their final tasks and assigned a colorful group of former contestants as "employees."
Former London Underground employee Tim Campbell beat out stiff competition to win a job on the British version of the reality TV show "The Apprentice."
In an elimination that many fans felt was long overdue, Fox's American Idol voted out the eighth of its twelve finalists during last night's results show, with Scott Savol, a 29-year-old from Shaker Heights, OH, being eliminated from the reality talent competition as a result of receiving the fewest audience votes.
Deemed as lacking a warm personality that matched her beauty, Christina, a 24-year-old fashion marketing student from Tallahassee, FL, became the tenth girl eliminated from the fourth edition of America's Next Top Model during last night's UPN broadcast.
They lasted longer than teams half their ages, but time finally ran out for The Amazing Race 7 contestants Meredith and Gretchen Smith when they finished fourth (and last) in Tuesday night's CBS broadcast of the Race's tenth leg, eliminating them from the competition.
A British caterer has taken the $475,000 grand prize on the ITV network's "Hell's Kitchen" reality show.
On the eleventh episode of NBC's reality-competition boxing show The Contender, the "Italian Clan" coalition (aka the "Gutless Four" for their penchant to fight easy fights, unlike the rest of the boxers) were forced to begin fighting each other, with two spots in the semifinals at stake. In the first such fight, lawyer, former NCAA boxing champion and Sylvester Stallone nutrition endorser Joey Gilbert (now 9-1, 7 KOs) was defeated by Peter Manfredo (now 23-1, 10 KOs) in a split decision after the bout was stopped early due to a severe cut suffered by Joey as a result of an accidental head butt.