So, uhh.. Does anyone else find it difficult to watch this show's casting episodes? I mean, I'm not one to shy away from the television when someone is making an ass out of themselves, but I did tonight.
Apparently, Ivory told them to do this because it supposedly 'makes a bigger impression' and 'shows how much [they] want it.' But, from what I saw, they just laughed or grimaced while these people got in the ring and talked about how they like to have sex (or are a ladies' man), performed contortionist acts, or shook their flabby bodies.
The saving grace of this show, for me, is to watch to see the f*ckjobs that think they're a shoe-in for a spot get degraded and lose all sense of self-esteem when they are force-fed a FearFactor-esque shake of Humility. (Go Al!)
Personally, from the starting show, I'm rooting for the following:
Girls - long-haired blonde (she's got a good attitude), the tiny blonde (also a good attitude about it, but she seems like she really wants it), and the curly-headed brunette (she's cute).
Boys - the gymnast boy (really in shape and has some stamina), guy with the cornrows (good attitude), and the Arian-looking guy who smacks of Paul from Tekken2 (Well, hell. He looks like Paul and Paul could kick some ass. His attitude could be improved).
The ones I find annoying are: the girl with the pencilled-in eyebrows (she's got a nasty, egomaniacal attitude) and the goofy red-blonde guy who has big ears (go back to the farm, Iowa boy. Radar's looking for his teddy).
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Jekyll and Hyde had nothin' on me. >8D
Are you KIDDING?? The casting special is the highlight of the year!!! Admittedly, there was no one this season like the Evil Custodian or the "You must be STUPEFIED!!" girl. But there were plenty of fat bastards. To me, if someone shows up to the opportunity of a lifetime clearly not giving a fuck, you just gotta laugh. Oh, actually the guy who gained like 50 pounds in two months was pretty classic. "Well, it was Halloween, and then it was my birthday..." Snow: "Happy Thanksgiving."
I don't think all the people you mentioned made the final 13. I dunno who my favorites are yet. Well, I definitely like Alicia, the crazy chick who showed up late... I think everyone will like her. I'd imagine that the WWF would definitely love it if either Anni (bodybuilding chick who is actually quite pretty) or Jackie (the one with big boobs who is also in scary shape) makes it. I'd definitely say Anni looks to me like the one who will have to screw up to lose. I'd also imagine the WWF would love it if Matt (the 6'10", 330 lb. guy) made it. J.R.'s reaction to him was classic. "Mah god, he's huge... he can speak in complete sentences... he's a hoss." Or something close to that. Jacob (firefighter) would be my second pick. Robert (fat guy who finished last) looks like the Darryl of the group. (Yes, I looked up these names on the site.)
I was pretty sure the ones I'd mentioned made the final 13, but I could be wrong. If I had the bandwidth, I'd look it up on the site, too. Anyhow, yeah. That guy, who was cut like a lean bodybuilder was hilarious. I mean, my roommate, GodEatGod, and I just laughed so hard when the judges mentioned his weight-gain. He sounded wounded, almost, when he said, "This is from Halloween.." [cackle]
I think the one that scared me the most was the guy with the whip who said he was my daddy. Yeah. That's gonna get you a spot. I think the black makeup went to his brain.
Alicia, the crazy girl, as you referred to her, was the curly-headed brunette I talked about. I think she's got good charisma and she definitely has a good head on her shoulders. I'm rooting for the tiny blonde, 'cause she's the underdog. The gymnastic guy seemed to be one of J.R.'s favorites. When he saw the guy before the 25 cut, he was like, "Well, damn. He's an athlete." I think this dude has a good chance.
The only problem is that John (our never-ending spinarooni gymnist friend) didn't make the final 13.
Of the people around that are there, I'm picking Paul (the really excited one they made jump in the pool a couple times.)
"Nobody loves the custodian. I come and I sweep and vacuum for you. When you're in the mood to go to the bathroom, I even disinfect it for you! This is the thanks I get?!? All who defy me shall be dis-infected!"
The only similarities anyone sees in the Daryl from season one and the guy that finished last in the run is that they are both black and neither of them can run worth a damn. Other than that I dont see any. The current guy seems dedicated, mature and down to Earth. Daryl from the first season was a lazy crybaby who was convinced that just because he was big that he didnt have to work hard.
And I wasnt implying that anyone is racist or was making racist remarks. I just thought those guys are being lumped together for the wrong reasons.
Lyrically Im supposed to represent, Im not only a client Im the player-president.....
Oh, damn. John would've been a great high-flyer. We NEED more of that. Vince likes the big guys, but that can get boring after a while. Who's for building a good faction of high-flyers? Me!
And, now that I understand the Darryl comments, I'd have to agree with rockdotcom_2.0. If Darryl from the first season was a whiney crybaby, this guy doesn't seem like that. I mean, he -did- cry, but that's because he was grateful to've been chosen, I think. And, he didn't give up. That really does speak well for him.
Super Shane Spear: Does Paul have the big ears? The one they chose over the other red-head guy?
I'd forgotten how much I loved hearing guys who were less in shape than I am putting over how great they are and how the WWF would be lucky to have them! Thanks Tough Enough 2!
Seriously though, I realize that they're trying to make an impression, and that they're trying to be big and tough. But A. Don't they realize that after hearing that EVERYBODY else is the greatest in the world, the act would be worn a bit thin? And... B. You're talking to wrestlers. I'm sure that Al Snow would tell you that HE'S lucky to be in the WWF, not the other way around. Coming in on the ground, and saying that you're better than your instructors isn't a good way to impress these people.
Yeah, I realize that more often than not, it was supposed to be gimmicked, but some of those guys looked like the believed it. (And made for entertaining television as I laughed at them).
As for the big black dude, I hope he gets far. I don't think he'll win, but I hope he gets far. My favorite right now is the skinny black guy (I'll learn their names soon enough, with TE and Survivor in one night, it's all a jumble), but I don't know that he'll make it.
As for the girls, I say down with the muscle builder. I like the little itty bitty skinny girl. She's cute and she actually seems to want to BE in the WWF.
Yay, Excalibur! I agree. The skinny girl looks like she's really gonna work for it.
Oh, yeah. I agree with you on the 'overused' status of 'I'm the best in the world!' ruse. It's boring, now. And, you could do something much more entertaining. Like, have a list of crazy things you can do.. difficult/crazy/challenging/whatever. And, seem sincere while being charmingly funny at the same time. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
You watch Survivor? O_O; I never found it all that interesting, but to each their own. Although I did enjoy Castaway, which is kinda like a Survivor season rolled into a long movie. :)
The guy who jumped in the pool was named Hawk wasn't he, not Paul?? Or was Paul his real name? Anyway, I thought that part and the guy who gained so much weight were the best parts. It is funny to watch all those people make a fool of themself though. I like the tiny girl too, but having so much heart isn't going to help if she gets broken in half. My early picks are Linda and Aaron. I think Shad will do well also.
Is anybody else besides me excited that Tough Enough 2 is starting for the trainers as much as the contestants? Al Snow, Holly, and Chavo all together? Sounds like a good time to me.
Like last year with the Evil Custodian, they missed out on the most entertaining one at the casting event this year, too. In this case, it was the guy who was deadly serious and managed to yell "I may not be the father of this country...but I can kick YOUR ass...BITCH!" That was great. I think Stephen Douglas said that to Lincoln once. Sign that guy.
Also, unless I'm wrong (and it was hard to tell a lot of guys apart), I was surprised to see that the Breakdancing Kickboxer didn't make it. He was clearly the most athletic and was the only one who could pull off the kip up, which they went out of their way to show that no one could do. Odd. Equally odd was (again, maybe I just got them confused) was the way they showed them trying to decide between the two guys who looked alike at the end, but then getting rid of the guy who won the challenge at the end and not bother to explain why. Why have the challenge at all if it meant nothing?
I think the best part, in terms of giving insight into the business, was that really uncomfortable moment where one of the female constests (I think she made the final cut) was finished and Ivory stopped her. She asked her if she'd be willing to go jump in a pool, and the contestant said she would, but really would prefer not to. Then they practically stared a hole in her until she broke down and did it. That was really weird, like watching someone sell out right on the spot. I was waiting for The Million Dollar Man to pop out with Virgil. Or Vince to be there.
Well, Darryl was very good at saying all the right things. You would never have thought at first that he would be the loser of the group. He just never, like, did anything he said. I guarantee you they picked SOMEONE who will turn out to be a Darryl, anyway, because it's good TV.
Went to the Show in Hollywood Sunday. Had a great time. I really hope the action we saw live translates well to TV as everyone showed up with their working boots on. Before the show I got to talk to Famous B and Willie Mack very quick. Really cool guys.