Ah, the wonders of live television. How fragile is the barrier between great moments and disasters when the safety net of a pretaped show is removed. And no show knows this better than American Idol, which has witnessed not one but two uncomfortable live moments this season.
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First was Charlie Askew's incredibly uncomfortable moment of distress after his Top 20 performance failed to impress the judges. Second was Nicki Minaj's reenactment of your hungover coworker showing up an hour late to the morning meeting. After having "traffic issues" (something Randy wasn't buying at all) Minaj arrived for the show in a T-shirt and hoodie, sheilding her eyes from the viewing public with her cat-ear-adorned sunglasses. Really profesh, Nicki.
But this isn't the only instance of live TV serving up an awkward surprise — that's practically the reason any network airs something live: the possibility of weirdness and, sometimes, even disaster. Minaj shouldn't feel too bad; she's just taking part in an age-old tradition, really.
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The Rachel Crow Tear-Fest
At the very least, Idol can hold its head high that it's not the show that has become infamous for unleashing the saddest four minutes of live television (possibly ever) onto the viewing public. The X Factor made a nation weep when judge Nicole Scherzinger failed to save young Rachel Crow from elimination towards the end of the first U.S. season. The result was tears... everywhere. Rachel broke down on stage. America broke down. Nicole broke down, and Paula Abdul had to pick her back up. Nicki's psuedo hangover was nothing compared to this.
Sports Stars Behaving Badly
The world of competitive sports is no stranger to an unexpected moment of live television. At this year's Super Bowl, we witnessed the Ravens' Joe Flacco dropping the F bomb and the Super Dome lost its lights, both of which became fodder the next day. Then there's Shaq, who famously forgets the part where live TV interviews generally need to be given without cursing, and continues to do so as a commetator for TNT. And of course, Kobe Bryant's uncomfortable outburst in 2011, when the camera panned a little too close and captured the Lakers star dropping a homophobic slur.
The Famous Oscars Streaker
Nothing says style and grace like a guy with long hair and a mustache running naked across the stage at Hollywood's biggest awards ceremony. In 1974, David Niven was barely even bothered by a streaker running across the Oscars stage. But it's a live TV moment no one else has managed to forget.
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The Jig That Killed a Career
You can't talk about TV mishaps without bringing up Ashlee Simpson's famed lip-synching failure. In case you forgot (and you probably didn't), Simpson's vocals played back on the SNL stage before she started lip-synching (or singing along, as she claimed). Realizing the jig was up (sorry, I couldn't resist), Simpson danced around the stage before exiting altogether. Gee, I wonder why we haven't heard any new music from her since that happened?
Walking Is Hard: Hilarious Awards Show Edition
It's simple: Bret Michaels was performing a Rock of Ages number at the 2009 Tonys, when the backdrop came down too early and he smacked right into it. Hilarious.
Walking Is Hard: Adorable Jennifer Lawrence Edition
Not all live TV disasters have to be awkward. Case and point: Jennifer Lawrence's charming princess tumble at the 2013 Oscars. She faltered, got back up, and adorably told the audience to sit down because they were only giving her a standing O for her ability to miraculously continue after the horrible embarrassment of having difficulty with a dress 10 times her size. And people wonder why the Internet is so convinced that she's the epitome of perfection.
Janet Jackson and the Infamous Wardrobe Malfunction
How could we not? Jump to 5:26 if you're feeling pervy.
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It's not easy being a Lakers fan. They're the Yankees of basketball, the Cowboys of the court, the team everyone in the league loves to hate on.
And when franchise star Kobe Bryant is caught throwing out slurs on camera, calling the ref "a f**king f*g" back in 2011 and earning himself a hefty fine and ardent ire from fans across the country, it becomes that much harder to love the L.A. team. But now, two years later, Bryant is making moves that may inspire hope in downtrodden Lakers fans: he recently shot back at a fan on Twitter for using a gay slur, proving that, at the very least, the shooting guard for the once great NBA team is making an effort to be better.
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According to Buzzfeed, a Twitter user tweeted at Bryant, saying, "@kobebryant Let's make out in bed Kobe," before deleting the tweet altogether. Another fan jumped into the conversation, adding "You're gay" and quoting the original tweet. It's something that didn't sit too well with Bryant (or something that Bryant learned to take offense to in publicist-mandated sensitivity training), and he fired back at the fan: "Just letting you know@PacSmoove @pooke09 that using 'your gay' as a way to put someone down ain't ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab." While it's taking every fiber of my being to ignore Bryant's gross grammatical errors (yeah, I'm annoyed by anyone who mixes up "you're" and "your"), it's occasion for some golf claps for the contentious NBA star. He's doing the right thing, even if someone had to teach him how to do it (our money's on a pricey publicist).
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And it couldn't come at a better time. With the Lakers playing their worst season in years, Lakers fans have become a punching bag for the rest of the league. And a little good deed from Kobe (even if some behind-the-scenes wizard coached him into it), is something to hang on to. It's all we've got, people.
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Tonight on E! the Kardashian-themed programming returns to that happy place where everything matters a little too much, but not so much that we start to fear our Kardashians have been spending time at the local learning annex taking "Crying on Reality Television 101." Despite the whirlwind beginning of their relationship - they were married after a month of knowing each other - Khloe and Lamar is the most solid of the Kardashian love stories. And while the last two cycles of Kardashian programming have centered on one sister refusing to get married to the father of her child and the other marrying any one willing to hold her hand, Khloe and Lamar is a breath of fresh air. And that is our first of four reasons to tune into the premiere tonight.
1. Khloe and Lamar Can Be Entertaining Without Being Hyperbolic
After watching Kim throw herself the "wedding of the century" only to divorce Kris Humphries in a fiery display of "ugly crying" 72 days later, it's pretty fair to assume we're all pretty tired of the over-the-top nature of any series with the Kardashian brand. That's why it's a stroke of genius that E! followed up Kourtney & Kim Take New York with Khloe and Lamar. They're nuts, like night-vision-camera-in-their-secret-sex-den nuts, but they're honestly nuts - and in a way that doesn't cause our eyes to roll out of our heads. They have real people problems with an extra dash of reality TV seasoning - and after the last two series, that's exactly what we need.
2. The Season Will Follow Lamar's Move to the Dallas Mavericks
For the number of basketball players involved in the Kardashians' affairs, you'd think we'd hear more about the actual sport. This season of Khloe and Lamar promises to delve a little into the sports world as we witness Lamar struggling with the NBA lockout and later his transfer from the multi-championship-winning team, The Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks. Being a Laker has a certain cache to it, so you can imagine what this transition will be like for Mavericks forward.
3. Rob Gets a Job! (Sort of) And it Upsets Lamar?
This season also sees Rob Kardashian move out of his sister's house so he can pursue his then-job: being a contestant on Dancing With The Stars. It's not exactly the type of job that parents would put in their Christmas newsletter, but it works. And Rob's newfound independence strikes a chord with Lamar. Suddenly, Rob's not around for him to pal around with all the time - a factor only exacerbated by the fact that Lamar is twiddling his thumbs thanks to the NBA Lockout. Will the Bromance survive? (Let's hope so; it's one of the most enjoyable aspects of the series.)
4. Lamar and Khloe Are Just So Gosh Darn Likable
Perhaps their relatively down-to-earth qualities come from being in the shadows of superstars like Kim Kardashian and Lamar's former teammate Kobe Bryant, but the pair is delightfully normal. Even when they're broadcasting their (very active) sex life on television for all to see, it's got a lovely air of refreshing banality to it. This is just life for them. It's everyday. It's normal. Yet, they're so engaging in their version of normalcy. The fact that it's probably not the average definition of normal is what reels us in, but their charm is what keeps us tuned in.
Khloe and Lamar premieres Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the premiere of Ice Loves Coco.
Excuse me, but didn’t we just ask that celebrities (especially the Kardashians) refrain from reaping the benefits of unwarranted fame? Didn’t we demand it? We should have known the dollar would win out on this one; Khloe Kardashian and her husband Lamar Odom are officially signed on for a Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica style reality show for E!. Gross. (Although I will admit that Odom has earned his fame honestly as a forward for the Lakers; but on the other hand, I’m sure teenage girls wouldn’t know his name if it wasn’t for the Kardashian influence.)
Because no Kardashian can have a show without one of their siblings tagging along, Khloe’s brother, Rob, will also be a part of the show as he tries to forge a music career for himself – a.k.a. the Ashlee to Khloe’s Jessica Simpson. The good news is that the show will also focus a little more on Odom, who is far more interesting than his wifey, as he goes on the road with the Lakers – wait, does Kobe know about this?
In case you weren’t counting, this is the third spinoff of an already useless show – Keeping Up With the Kardashians. With that lovely revelation, we can resolutely say, Ryan Seacrest, (who is responsible for bringing the Kardashians into our lives) please, please, PLEASE stop. No more Kardashians, puhleese.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter