This week in reality TV: Trouble in paradise

Donny Thompson of Big Brother. (Courtesy)

Donny Thompson of Big Brother. (Courtesy)

Samantha O'Connor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 PM ET

Fear the beard: After seven times on the block, Donny Thompson was evicted from the Big Brother house this week. When Cody Calafiore won the Head of Household competition and nominated the friendly groundskeeper and Nicole Franzel (who had just re-entered the house) for eviction, the two outcasts’ only hope was to win the Power of Veto to ensure their own safety. But Cody swept the competitions for the week, earning the POV and decided to keep his nominations the same. Big Brother gave Team America the rare opportunity to choose their own mission for the week with strict guidelines to impress their country.

Donny believed that the best use of the mission would be to save him from eviction as America had voted for the three houseguests to work together secretly in the first place. But Frankie Grande ignored his request and decided to organize an awkward play instead that confused rather than pleased the voters. Their mission fell flat and by a unanimous vote, Donny was sent packing with tears in his eyes as Team America crumbled.

Leaving in a huff: A two-day Bachelor in Paradise special event saw four contestants leave Mexico, including the melodramatic exit of Clare Crawley. To detonate her downfall, AshLee Frazier was caught making some slanderous comments (which included bringing up Clare’s past with previous Bachelor, Juan Pablo) to her new beau, Zack Kalter. AshLee hadn’t realized her snarky remarks were caught on camera and when Zack confirmed that they certainly were, her guilty conscience crept in. In hopes of saving face (and her relationship with Graham Bunn), AshLee offered a half-hearted apology, but Clare quickly snapped back.

“It was tacky and tasteless,” she said, choosing not to reconcile their differences. Clare’s train of disaster continued after a conversation with Zack later on in which the bachelor admitted that their relationship had been moving faster than he had anticipated. A shocked and devastated Clare ran off into the jungle in tears. “I’m having a panic attack on national television,” she cried. The drama that seemed to be following her around was just too much to take and she decided to exit paradise, calling the experience “torture”. Marquel Martin, Kalon McMahon and Lucy Aragon also left this week after rose ceremonies that left them empty handed.

Dim sum disaster: From savoury apple dishes to a tag team dim sum challenge, the top seven home cooks had their hands and plates full. The Mystery Box challenge allowed the chefs to whip up apple inspired meals that paid homage to their families back home, but they weren’t allowed to make a dessert. Apple stuffed pork seemed to be the go-to meal as all the top dishes from Courtney Lapresi, Leslie Gilliams and Christian Green incorporated a similar menu. “If Courtney wins this Mystery Box challenge, I’m going to stab kittens, because I can’t take it anymore,” Elizabeth Cauvel said. Hopefully someone called PETA, because the high-heeled home cook took the win. Besides ensuring her safety, Courtney’s advantage gave her the opportunity to pick teams in the elimination challenge where the three pairs in jeopardy were forced to make and serve dim sum.

Not only were unlikely pairings like Elizabeth and Cutter Brewer required to work with each other, but the judges announced that it was a tag team challenge. As the clock ticked closer to serving time, the home cooks screamed, yelled, slipped and fell all over the kitchen while preparing the Cantonese dishes. Despite the pandemonium at their cooking station, Leslie and Jaimee Vitolo presented near perfect pot-stickers, while Christian and Big Willie delivered a burnt and unseasoned disaster. In the end, it was Big Willie who was sent home this week. “It’s not going to be as bright in the kitchen,” he said with a smile. “In the words of my fantabulous grandmother, ‘Your attitude will always determine your altitude.’ ”

Million-dollar talent: Six gifted acts earned their spot in the top 12 as America’s Got Talent semi-final performances dazzled. Magician Mike Super, who was Howie Mandel’s wild card choice, wowed with an intricate illusion that had him thinking outside the box – literally. But the week belonged to the singers, who astounded on the Radio City Music Hall stage. Mara Justine’s powerhouse vocals tackled Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway and the Sons Of Serendip performed a reconstructed version of Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child with smooth vocals and harmonious strings.

The seasoned songstress, Emily West performed a dynamite rendition of Queen’s Who Wants To Live Forever, prompting Howard Stern to refer to her as a “true million dollar act.” The semi-finals continue next week as twelve more acts compete for the remaining finalist slots.

Out Of The Race: Devious twin brothers, Pierre and Michel Forget, were ousted from The Amazing Race Canada during the Paris leg of the race.

Bachelor Farmer: Iowa farmer, Chris Soules, has been cast as The Bachelor’s nineteenth season star.  

Model Finalists: The top fourteen America’s Next Top Model finalists were chosen including Toronto’s Chantelle Brown-Young.

“I Don’t”: Charketa Glover was eliminated from Project Runway after a wedding dress challenge failed to please.


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