Food Network - specifically "The Next Food Network Star" show. Okay? Everyone who watches developed their favorites, of course. Goes without saying. So if you're really wedded to yours, go no further, okay? I may cause your BP to rise. *G*
For me, this season was absolutely LUDICROUS. First of all, Bobby might as well have been a ghost. I have no idea who he was, where he was, but he wasn't 'present'. Second, can we say 'recycle'? Because that's what they did, pulling contestants from other 'reality' shows, including their own!!
Third, and if this ruffles feathers, so be it, but I wouldn't watch Rodney's show if someone paid me and that's saying a lot. That man is an underwater version of Guy (who, you might remember, won season TWO), meaning he's completely non-understandable, has NONE of the charisma, ignored advice CONSTANTLY, and left me cold EVERY week. He also never once showed he could actually COOK, let alone make a pie (no, I do NOT believe he cooked that pie in his 'pilot' - PULEEEZE - this is the same guy who got CHOPPED for making chicken feet into...rhubarb pie in round ONE). He came from another show (can we say FOOD TRUCKS?), someone thought they saw something in him, but NO. Whom ever is making these decisions is on DRUGS. All that said, the truth was never more apparent than in this season that no matter who is chosen - the audience is in on the fact that Television can create a star and the Food Network doesn't need COOKS to make hosts. They need personality and because so many of this season's contestants came from other shows (highlighted on Food Truck Wars, Restaurant Impossible, etc), and 'seemed' to have 'it', Voila, they made it onto TNFNS. BUT FN talent scouts beware - if I ran that network, heads would ROLL.
For instance, a mid-way loser, Chris Hodgens - an alumni of, yeah, Food Truck Wars but before that, had been featured on Eat Street and even the Travel Channel - BUT - anyone who watched and PAID ATTENTION, would have seen he thought he was the cat's meow, could charm a horse out of its shit, when in reality, it was his WIFE with all the charm and humor. But who pays attention to wives? Or how 'bout - oh god - the terrible Danushka (sp), who came from at least FOUR different reality shows, including TWO on TFN!!! And the only thing she brought was DRAMA and STUPIDITY, which is apparently what the producers think we want. Duh. In actuality, I counted at least SIX of this year's not-so-bumper-crop of 'cooks' who came from other shows. I mean, COME ON!
Oh, and let's talk about Stacey. She was sub-marined from day one. She had it from day one too. Everything. The cooking chomps, the looks, the personality and they RUINED her, but then, maybe they didn't want someone who'd had her restaurant SAVED by Robert Irving headlining one of their shows? Or worse yet, they stole her confidence like thieves in the night; turned her into a pile of goo - the bad kind, because she had it all already and this is a contest and how can you have a contest if a winner is obvious from the get-go? So what do you do? Undermine your obvious winner. After all, it's so easy to say, "But if she's really good, she'll take it and bounce back" - right? Except: this is EVERYTHING to these people. And you don't bounce back when the people you believe in constantly tell you you're wrong, even when you're doing what they said they wanted the previous 'week' (which is a great tactic to ensure they DON'T bounce back).
Let's talk about Russell. Oh, please, let's not. NOTHING. He showed NOTHING all season long and guess what? He too should look familiar if you're a FN fan - he LOST to Garces in Iron Chef (whereas Viet BEAT Bobby in...HAMBURGERS). He can cook, he's got that, but personality? Warmth? No, but with careful editing - okay, even when they tried that to manipulate us - it didn't work for me and he still couldn't cut it for me.
Did you think darling "Lovely" seemed somehow ... familiar too? Well, picture her cursing like a sailor and showing 'attitude' and snarkiness every time you turned around - and maybe you'll remember her on ... HELL'S KITCHEN. Yeah, Gordon Ramsey's show where being honorable, a lady/gentleman, and a great chef don't matter a hill of beans, but boy, it sure makes great television. *rolls eyes* I'll take Master Chef, UK any day. Now there are REAL chefs.
And speaking of Viet...who should never have gone home...he had it all too, and we KNOW television could have taken care of his 'nerves' (hello? Can we say EDITING?).
That's why this show is USELESS and a waste and the final "Three" pilots proved it. They created everything for them, which is what they DO. With editing, retakes, imagination and REAL cooks behind-the-scenes - ANYONE can do it - IF. And it's the IF this show totally ignores, especially this season.
Personally, it should have been two ladies and one gentleman: Damaris (the one they got right), Stacy, and Viet. Any one of them would have done it for me. And the two who came in 2nd and 3rd? Yeah, they'd have gotten shows anyway, as past seasons have proven (can we say "Adam Gertler, Kelsey Nixon or Jeffrey Saad, to name just a few who succeeded far more than any winner other than Guy).
TFNS? You're done for me. Period. And btw? Project Runway? Yeah, you're losing me too. You're picking not the best possible designers, but the people most likely to A) provide us with DRAMA - and tears, ohgod and B) people to dump quickly and easily because they CAN'T find real talent....