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Monday, February 10, 2003
 
Confessing My Dark Secrets

I am willing to own up to it: I plan to watch tonight's Joe Millionaire finale, as I have watched most of the series.

Joe Millionaire, as almost everybody knows by now, is the series in which a group of women compete for a handsome man whom they are told is a multi-millionaire, but is actually a construction worker. The series tagline asks whether money or love will win out, so it has already prepared to label its 'winner', should she reject a man who has systematically lied to her from the day they met, as a golddigger. Joe Millionaire promises its participants wealth and romance, while actually offering them poverty and humiliation, making it the first reality show inspired by the Bush economic policies.

In wonderful symmetry, everybody involved in the sleazefest seems to have someting to hide - again, like the Bush administration. Phony millionaire Evan is reported to owe some of his impressive muscles to steroids. Finalist Sarah has been notoriously outed as a star in bondage fetish videos. Near-finalist Melissa was my favorite, but has some serious problems speaking fluent English, and her 'customer service' career turns out to be in bartending. Even the Butler is said to have ripped off former clients. Only Zora seems to be scandal-free, at least so far.

The other, and better, reality/wanna-be celeb series that I've been watching lately is Star Search, which just ended its current run, but will be back soon with new contestants. The show really had a lot of good performers, but easily the highlight was child singing champion Tiffany Evans. She's a wonderful performer, who visually gives almost the feeling of a ventriloquism act. You just aren't prepared to hear that giant, Aretha-sized voice coming out of a tiny girl who probably weighs about 55 lbs. If you missed it, you can get some idea of what I mean here.



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