Tampa Bay reality show competitors: Here's your game plan
Three of the biggest reality shows on TV right now each have Tampa Bay contestants, and I just happen to have way too many many opinions on how to succeed on Survivor, The Amazing Race and even a little bit about The Voice.
Survivor, the reality show that started it all and continues to draw rabid fans, is currently beset by Monica and Brad Culpepper, the ex-Buccaneer and his Survivor-alum wife on a neat twist called Survivor: Blood vs. Water in which loved ones are cast together on the island. But they don't play together on the same team, at least for now. This week, math-challenged Brad got one of his closest allies and a strong player voted off, which seemed kind of dumb when your team is losing challenges. But Monica tweeted this week the reason John was a smart pick: "John has no Galang connection! Won't hurt me." The twist this season is when you send someone out, you make an enemy of their loved one in the other camp. Since John's wife Candice was already on Redemption Island, no harm to Monica. Brad is getting cast as the team leader and that puts a target on his muscled back. And that can also put a target on Monica's in this twist that turns the game into 3D chess.
The Amazing Race, winner of 13 Emmy awards for its incredible footage taken on the road around the world, includes in its 23rd season airing Sunday a comely team of "Baseball wives" Kim (wife of Tampa Bay Rays’ David DeJesus) and Nicky (wife of Royals player Chris Getz). Last Sunday, Kim called on the power of her son “Spidey” to find the guts to soar 2,000 feet above sea level on a paraglider. Her Spidey sense finally kicked in because she seemed to have a genuine freakout, but she came off as endearing. The winning teams on Amazing Race tend to be a team of two fit guys who don't bicker. Nicky and Kim are certainly two fit women and they don't seem to bicker much, so there may be hope for them.
The Voice overthrew usual Emmy favorite The Amazing Race this year and it is surging in the ratings once again, making us forget all about American Idol. On Tuesday night, gospel singer R. Anthony (real name Renard Edwards) from Tampa made it onto Team Cee Lo and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader Donna Allen, who grew up in Tampa, got two judges to turn around with her version of You Are So Beautiful. She chose Adam to be her coach. The best strategy for winning on The Voice the last two seasons has been to get on Blake Shelton's team. The country hunk seems to have secured the home audience vote. The show, however, has yet to secure a genuine music star like Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. So even if you win, it doesn't seem to be the magic ticket to stardom that people thought American Idol once was.