This Week in Reality TV: Paying homage

Eric Hill. (Courtesy)

Eric Hill. (Courtesy)

Samantha O'Connor, QMI Agency

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Eric Hill’s last episode: The already dramatic season of The Bachelorette saw the exit of the late Eric Hill in a surprising turn of events during this week’s back-to-back special.

Dates in Santa Barbara and Connecticut took Andi Dorfman and her men on fun-filled excursions that pushed the bachelors out of their comfort zones, belting with the legendary group Boys II Men, scaling 30-floor buildings and getting smoked in a basketball game against WNBA all-stars.

Andi also had her fair share of lip-locked moments, taking her casual relationships with many of the men to the next level. The week took a dramatic turn at the cocktail party however when Eric pulled Andi aside to acknowledge their stalled connection, which caused Andi to get defensive.

“I came here to meet a person and not a TV actress,” Eric shared, feeling moments of un-authenticity with the cameras around, stating that sometimes the bachelorette seemed to wear a poker face.

Taking his calm criticism as an insult, she fired back, “I cannot fight for somebody that doesn’t believe in me.” And with that, Eric left the mansion.

Rather than finishing the episode with the regular rose ceremony, Chris Harrison and Andi met in the studio to film a tribute to the late bachelor who died in a paragliding accident early this year. With teary eyes, she explained the dramatic exit.

“It’s not ideally the last conversation I would like to have with someone,” she shared, wishing all the best to the friends and family of Eric Hill.

Wow factor: The talent was turned all the way up on America’s Got Talent this week with more incredible death-defying auditions that made jaws drop.

There were dirt bike stunt-drivers, hardcore jump-ropers and fearless back-flipping pogo enthusiasts all vying for approval from the judges, while just trying to make it through the end of their acts without breaking anything. The judges enjoyed every second.

The Willis Clan, a 12-piece family band of siblings, balanced out the nervous tension of the episode with a rendition of My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music.

The adorable group of talented brothers and sisters won the hearts of all four judges with their comparisons to the Partridge Family.

But it was 33-year-old teacher, Abigail Baird who stole the show with a mesmerizingly innovative act, which she calls Aerial Animation.

Up in the air, clinging to a pink cloth, Abigail brought her imagination to life, telling a story of survival through black and white animation mixed with intense aerobics that received a standing ovation and four yesses from all four judges.

Celebs get ‘Catfished’: A serial super-fan was the target of Nev and Max’s investigation this week on MTV’s Catfish.

Rent star, Tracie Thoms reached out to the detective duo after being stalked online by one of her fans named Sammie. The young Internet fanatic had been creating multiple social media accounts to interact with the Broadway star, manipulating the actress into thinking each account was a different person.

Things were taken too far one Sammie killed off one of her accounts, tricking Tracie into thinking that a fan named Reece had died of cancer, upsetting the actress. And to make matters worse, Tracie wasn’t the only celebrity that the young woman had been compulsively creepy with.

After hearing the story, Nev and Max reached out to Sammie and brought Tracie to Philadelphia with them to confront her.

The Internet guru, which they came to disclose as Samantha Davis, apologized for the harm she had caused her idol and promised to spend her time off of the web and in the real world instead.

The first Mystery Box Challenge of the season had the top 22 MasterChef home cooks baking up some treats, but the judges weren’t sweet about their feedback.

“I don’t think there’s much potential,” Gordon Ramsay bluntly stated to contestant, Astrid Lavenia after she served up lemon tarts.

The boring dessert lost her a spot in the competition. A perfectly cooked meatloaf was the key to surviving the week’s Elimination Challenge but many just scraped by.

Self-proclaimed “food snob” Dan Wu prepared a dish that Ramsay called “disgusting” and young cook Stephani Syfax-Shephard’s lamb meatloaf with blue cheese cream sauce had the legendary judge spitting his mouthful into his napkin.

Usually, when Gordon Ramsay spits out food, it is an automatic ticket home, but her passion for the culinary arts allowed her to keep her apron for another week, despite breaking every rule in the cook book. It was Whitney Bray’s bland Caribbean meatloaf that spelt ‘game over’ for her.

Fall Returns: The Fall returns for America’s Next Top Model (August 22), The Biggest Loser (Sept. 11) and The Voice (Sept. 22) were announced this week.

Dance Off: So You Think You Can Dance season 11 auditions continued in Chicago and Los Angeles with guest judges Christina Applegate and pro dancer Fabrice Calmels.

Unable to compete: The upcoming season of Survivor will have 18 castaways rather than 20 as two people were forced to drop out due to medical conditions only 48 hours before filming.

HD Houseguests: The new cycle of Big Brother, set to air June 25 will finally be featured in HD, as the series was the only regularly scheduled primetime show still in standard definition.


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