MTV’s upcoming marathon of vintage Real World episodes has got Queen Snooki waxing nostalgic about those early days of reality TV. It’s hard to imagine her outside of the context of the Jersey Shore‘s Smoosh Room, but Snooks actually tried out to appear on a season of the show where folks stop acting polite and start getting real.
It’s been three years since Snooki and her famous poof arrived at the Jersey Shore, and our world was forever altered. The reality star has had lot to celebrate this year: a new baby, a fiancé, tons of endorsement deals and now her 25th birthday. Who would have ever thought the tan Poughkeepsie native would hold such a permanent place in the hearts of Jersey Shore fans?
Now she’s all grown up and moving on to bigger and better things, but we hope she doesn’t chill out too much. We have a funny feeling we won’t have to worry about that, though. In honor of her quarter century making this planet a little more orange, we would like to look back at some of her most insane moments! And while we hope there are more to come we are definitely going to enjoy watching this somewhat toned-down guidette take over the world!
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Snooki switched it up yesterday, trading her trademark brunette tresses for an intense “Poison Ivy” red! The Jersey Shore star helpfully live-tweeted the hair-raising experience for her fans, complete with tons of photos. “Dying my hair! Guess what color I’m going!!!” she wrote before giving us photo updates. First she was bleached out by celeb stylist Bradley Moreland of New York’s Gemini 14 salon, and then the new crimson color was applied. For a few minutes there the dye turned her hair more of an orangey-hue, but eventually it dried into a fiery red. “&the final product is….Poison ivy.” She even got some pretty sweet hair extensions, too. Take a closer look in the gallery below!
Considering what a controversy the cast of Jersey Shore has stirred up ever since their show first aired on MTV, we think this is a great step for them and their adopted hometown of Seaside Heights. After witnessing the devastation done to their summer haunt during Superstorm Sandy, the show is teaming up with Architecture for Humanity for a benefit called Restore the Shore, airing live next Thursday, November 15 at 11 p.m. ET (tape-delayed for the West Coast). The money raised will help rebuild the boardwalk and assist the people who live and work in the affected region.
According to the press release we got this morning, the special will also feature special guests to be announced. Who do you think they should invite? Here are our suggestions:
- Everyone a Jersey Shore star has ever fought with on the show. What better way to demonstrate how Jerseyans come together in a time of crisis?
- The cast of every other Jersey-set show that has been accused of promoting negative stereotypes of the state: Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Sopranos, that lawyer show no one watched.
As far as we’re concerned, Access Hollywood should have just switched to a fifteen minute delay the second they booked Snooki on their show this morning. Of course she was going to accidentally swear! If anything, we feel reassured by Snooki’s casual cursing on live TV. “Because they’re a–holes. I mean jerks! Sorry!” Snooki cracked when asked why people are “surprised” she’s a good mom to baby Lorenzo. The Jersey Shore star got salty again later while discussing her fears about motherhood. “I was scared that I wasn’t gonna have maternal instincts, ’cause I wasn’t really good with kids before,” she admitted. “So I’m like, s—!’” Was anyone really surprised by any of this? The first season of Snooki & JWoww was basically 22 minutes of bleeping over footage of Jenni picking up hot dog poop!
More over, Snooki was clearly contrite each time she annoyed the censors. “Ugh I’m sorryyyyyyy,” she tweeted in response to a fan’s teasing comment. Personally, this whole debacle just feels right. People who automatically assumed Snooki wouldn’t be able to care for her infant are sort of a-holes. And who didn’t have an s-bomb moment when they first considered the staggering responsibilities of motherhood? Snooki is just keeping it real, ya’ll. Call us when Michelle Obama drops the f-bomb on live TV. Ooooh, or if Hanks does it again!
If you watched the two-hour Jersey Shore season premiere last night, one twelfth of your entire day was spent watching Deena cry and Snooki be pregnant. It felt good, right? Familiar? Call us clinically insane, but having the gang back under one (well, maybe two) dysfunctional roofs for a final season felt right to us. Considering the cast was so comfortable, they didn’t give a second thought to the words coming out of their mouths, we assume they must have felt the same way.
The season premiere of Jersey Shore is tonight at 10/9pm Central, ya’ll! It’s been six seasons and three years in the making but it’s almost time to bid Snooki and the gang adieu. Luckily we have the next couple months to get a truly satisfying conclusion, because we have quite a few burning questions we’d like the last season of JS to answer. Ew…what? No, no, we said burning questions. Come on, people! It’s not like we’ve been using the smush room.
*Tear* They grow up so fast. The final season of Jersey Shore is almost upon us, and look at how far these crazy kids have come. The Situation went to rehab and got himself all cleaned up, Snooki’s a proud mother to baby Lorenzo, and now JWoww is about to become a married woman! Her longtime boyfriend, Roger Mathews, has proposed! Someone cue “Sunrise Sunset,” we’re getting a little choked up. At least until we heard how the dude proposed to the guidette. That cheered us back up a bit. Apparently he did it while skydiving!
Jwoww, better known as Jenni Farely outside the JS compound, spilled all the deets to In Touch. The two were going on just your ordinary skydiving session (is there such a thing?) when her boyfriend of two and a half years kicked things up a notch as they plummeted to Earth. “I look over and see a hand-written sign: ‘Jenni, will you … ‘ and then I turned to him and freaked out,” she gushed. “The whole time I’m screaming, ‘What are you doing? What’s going on?’ He’s like, ‘I want to spend the rest of my life with you! Will you allow me to?'” Spoiler alert: She said yes! “If I had to imagine a perfect guy, it would be him,” she says.
The reality starlet also graced the cover of the magazine, donning a killer cream colored wedding dress and showing off her HUGE rock. “It’s more than I ever expected,” Jenni admitted about the cushion cut diamond. “Roger’s not an average-looking guy, he’s huge: his personality, his size (*editorial: she means “height,” we imagine*). So I always said, ‘I want my ring like you — big! The bigger the better!'” Size does matter, at least when rings are concerned. Congrats to the happy couple!
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Assuming the above photo wasn’t taken a year ago and just posted to her Instagram this weekend, Snooki is looking amazing after just giving birth to baby Lorenzo a month ago. We’re sure she was thrilled to go out with her “besties” too. And clearly, she and her friends aren’t in the least bit bothered by the fact that the Jersey Shore star’s past televised antics are now the subject of a proposed law in her adopted home state. New Jersey Assembleyman Ronald Dancer (love that name, btw) introduced the Snookiville Law on Monday, according to the Associated Press. The law would let individual towns impose certain restrictions on TV crews shooting reality shows, such as requiring the production to pay for the increased police presence sometimes required when the casts are out and about.
The law probably won’t affect Jersey Shore itself, since the last season is wrapping up soon. And Snooki & JWOWW has hardly been causing a public disturbance. But will it cause other productions to think twice about deciding to set their shows in the state? And will towns then lose revenue as a result? We’ll keep an eye out for this one.
Reality television gets a bad rap. Many wonder how so many nobodies with questionable talent can become some of the most famous people in the world (hey, Honey Boo Boo!). And then they wonder, “How can I do the same?” Well, we don’t have the answer to that question, but what we do have is a roundup of the best reality-TV shows hitting the tube this fall. Whether you’re a dancing fanatic, a Demi Lovatic or obsessed with JWOWW’s ample assets, there’s a little something for everyone. The Epcot Center of the tube, if you will. Check out our picks below and then tell us what you’ll be watching this fall.
Can you believe Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green and Blake Shelton have been blindly auditioning contestants in our living rooms for three seasons now? We can barely remember a time before we had to choose between Team Adam and Team Christina. Thankfully, the bickering foursome is back to in their swiveling chairs on a quest to find The Voice (duh!). And it’s not secret that NBC is hoping to deliver a ratings smackdown to Fox’s The X Factor in the process. Our opinion: We love Xtina, but our money’s on Britney. Premiering September 10, 11, 12 at 8 on NBC, airing Mondays and Tuesdays at 8.
What the Critics Say: “The Voice promises big changes this year – hopefully they live up to it in a major way because it would be a shame to see the series over-saturate the brand and not make adjustments to ensure its longevity like [American] Idol has somehow managed to do.” –– Assignment X
The X Factor
Britney. Spears. Need we say more? Clearly, we don’t, but we will anyway. It’s been years since we’ve heard Brit Brit speak more than a few sentences, let alone offer up her opinion. Simon Cowell tells People.com, “[She] is a fascinating person because you just don’t know anything about her … she’s very unpredictable … she has taken this very seriously and she’s surprisingly quite mean.” Any show where a “mean” Britney Spears joins forces with hair-chameleon Demi Lovato has us hooked. Premiering September 12, airing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.
What the Critics Say: “Curiosity is enough to drive The X Factor to a ratings win tonight. If Britney can help the troubled show find its footing, don’t be surprised if she breaks out a rendition of ‘Oops! … I Did It Again’ and maybe even cracks a smile. –– Boston Herald
Remember the time you had an idea for a super cool product, but didn’t have enough money to make it happen? Shark Tank takes everyday people with great –– and sometimes not so great –– ideas and gives them a forum to pitch their products to a group of “sharks,” successful businessmen and women with fat wallets, who will invest in their companies. Sounds extremely nerdy and boring, but Shark Tank is anything but. It was nominated in the non-competition reality show category at this year’s Primetime Emmys and features Dallas Mavericks owner –– and noted hothead –– Mark Cuban. Cancel your Friday night plans and dive in. Premiering September 14, airing Fridays at 8 p.m. on ABC; moving to 9 p.m. on November 2.
What the Critics Say: “The tension between the Sharks is palpable. The entrepreneurs more confident. The deals less formulaic. In many ways Shark Tank has become the American Idol of the small business startup.” — Forbes