Reality TV

Ryan Nickulas: Life Beyond “The A-List”

Ryan Nickulas: Life Beyond “The A-List”

How Ryan Nickulas stayed grounded before, during, and after reality TV By Karina Grudnikov Hairstylist Ryan Nickulas admits he always dreamed of appearing on television. His wish came true last fall when the West Village salon-owner appeared on the premier of “The A-List,” a new cable show that follows the […]

 
 

John-Michael Scapin: Canada’s “Triple Sensation” star

John-Michael Scapin: Canada’s “Triple Sensation” star

The tale of a boy who won the reality show that is “American Idol” with a heart. By Lana Lee While the U.S. has “American Idol,” our neighbor to the north can claim “American Idol” with a soul: no humiliation and cruel critiques. And while Idol rewards the singing sensation […]

 
 

Luke Cummo: From Training To Teaching

Luke Cummo: From Training To Teaching

After tasting fame and fortune in the UFC, the former contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter” now enjoys a quiet, low-profile life. By Nick Klopsis Luke Cummo stood amid eight martial artists-in-training at a gym in Garden City, New York. He showed his class their next drill—left jab, right hook, parry, […]

 
 

Sophie Mitchell Turned Sweet 16, But Did She Turn Sweet at 16?

Sophie Mitchell Turned Sweet 16, But Did She Turn Sweet at 16?

The former Super-Sweet-Sixteener dishes what really happened on her 16th birthday and how she rose above the harsh backlash. by Julia Morpurgo On August 15, 2005, Sophie Mitchell and her mother sat back in the plush seating of P. Diddy’s luxurious New York Dream Hotel, watching the video of Mitchell’s […]

 
 

‘Top Chef’s’ Nikki Cascone Wants to Be More Than ‘Pasta Girl’

‘Top Chef’s’ Nikki Cascone Wants to Be More Than ‘Pasta Girl’

The “Top Chef: Chicago” contestant dishes about reality show life and beyond By Stephanie M. Kim Prominently displayed in the window of 24 Prince, a quaint American bistro in the heart of NoLita, are laminated orange-and-silver signs that read: “24 Prince Proudly Presents Cooking Classes by Chef Nikki of ‘Top […]

 
 

“Project Runway Contestant Emmett McCarthy Steps Out of the Spotlight and Into Success

“Project Runway Contestant Emmett McCarthy Steps Out of the Spotlight and Into Success

McCarthy shows that it takes lots of talent and endless hard work, not TV cameras, to make it as a designer By Julianne Mosoff Bravo TV’s Project Runway cameras focus on Emmett McCarthy as he stands alongside Santino Rice on a full-length runway. The designers are wearing skating costumes given […]

 
 

Parisa Montazaran from MTV’s “Real World: Sydney” on Finding Success after Reality Television

Parisa Montazaran from MTV’s “Real World: Sydney” on Finding Success after Reality Television

How the NYU graduate survived the most famous reality show without any (lasting) injuries By April Rueb As expected, another season of the “The Real World” found drama in the saga of “seven strangers…picked to live in a house…work together and have their lives taped.” It was the 19th season of […]

 
 

Karla Garcia Thinks She Can Dance

Karla Garcia Thinks She Can Dance

The bruises and battered spirits have healed over for this former reality show dancer By Kelsey Kloza Looking around the studio on 8th Avenue where she teaches, it’s difficult at first to pick out the leader of the class. Everyone is dressed in sweats or tee-shirts and tube socks. But […]

 
 

Top Chef’s Dale Talde Savored the Competition

Top Chef’s Dale Talde Savored the Competition

A New York City chef sharpened his knives with the best of them for 11 scorching rounds on Top Chef and loved every morsel By Alexis Brown When Dale Talde waltzed in late to the Top Chef Season 4 audition room as the last applicant for the New York City […]

 
 

How Comedian Alonzo Bodden Used Reality T.V. to Propel his Success

How Comedian Alonzo Bodden Used Reality T.V. to Propel his Success

How Reality Television served as one Comedian’s Introduction to America By Chip Hammell The house lights dim and the spotlights rise as the comedy club owner takes the stage at the Vinnie Brand’s Stress Factory in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Brand warms up the crowd by joking about the recent […]