Super thin Ann Ward is America’s Next Top Model (video)
Her first appearance on America’s Next Top Model caused controversy when a judge showed he could fit both hands round her tiny waist.
But model wannabe Ann Ward’s ultra slim physique did not deter the judges in the finale of the hit TV show.
The 6″2 gangly model from Dallas was declared the winner of the programme, landing a modelling contract, a spread in Italian Vogue and a $100,000 contract to advertise Cover Girl cosmetics.
The 19-year-old was overcome with emotion after judges including designer Roberto Cavalli, Vogue magazine’s Andre Leon Tally and host Tyra Banks told her she had beaten 22-year-old finalist Chelsey Hersley from Idaho.
‘I’m so honored right now,’ said Ann who told Tyra she was bullied at school because of her unusual appearance.
‘All those comments about being tall and just not normal. They’re going to look back and feel “I should have been so nice to that girl.”‘
The final episode, shown on U.S. network The CW, saw the girls take part in a photo shoot in Italy, film a commercial for Cover Girl cosmetics and hit the catwalk for a Roberto Cavalli runway show in Milan.
Back in August, Ann’s slim appearance caused controversy when her audition was shown in a trailer for the 15th season of the show.
Her waspish waist shocked the judges with judge Miss J Alexander putting his hands around her waist, to find they touched on either side.
And Tyra told Ann: ‘You have the smallest waist in the world. Look at that waist!’
However, she was forced to issue a statement after public outcry over the clip.
‘In an effort to create a fun and entertaining sneak peek of the upcoming cycle, America’s Next Top Model released a trailer that was edited in a way that misconstrued our overarching message,’ the 36-year-old host said in a statement to People magazine.
Ryan Murphy: Glee cast will be phased out by 2012
The stars of the smash musical-comedy Glee have been put on notice: Series creator Ryan Murphy says some of the show’s stars will have to leave the hit program by the end of the show’s fourth season.
Why? Well, it looks like Ryan doesn’t do “old actors.”
Glee centers on the eccentric teachers and students of fictional McKinley High and Murphy wants the show to replicate a real high school with older students graduating and being replaced by new faces.
“Every year we’re going to populate a new group,” Murphy retorts. “There’s nothing more depressing than a high schooler with a bald spot.”
The Glee producer believes there’s only a limited time that stars can convincingly be portrayed as teenagers. That could mean trouble for a quite a few Gleekers who have shot to fame playing talented high school students on the FOX series, including Michele, 24, who plays Rachel, and 28-year-old Cory Monteith, best known as Fin. Even Amber Riley, aka Mercedes Jones, is almost 25.
When Glee premiered its second season in September, producers introduced a new actor, Chord Overstreet, who plays Sam Evans, in series two to begin the regeneration process. Additionally, Murphy says he’s already the discussed the prospect of “graduating” the core Glee cast with co-executive producer sIan Brennan and Brad Falchuk.
“I was concerned about that (whether to have characters graduate and leave the show) because those kids caught on so quickly – but I think one of the things I’m very happy we’ve been able to do this years is we’ve brought in new characters. I think if you can keep regenerating – and I didn’t think we could – I didn’t know if people would want those characters (like Sam) but they do.”
Jersey Shore will never end…
Reality TV fanatics are being threatened with more televised terrorism and debauchery in the form of a fourth season of MTV’s docu-soap Jersey Shore.
Season three of the smash series won’t debut until January, but basic cable bosses are already eager to cash in on the show’s far-reaching success — which includes book, fashion, and fitness deals for the show’s stars — by commissioning yet another season order for Shore.
But, as MTV producers are about to learn, the privilege of shadowing America’s Favorite Guidos and Guidettes as they take Jello shots and recover from one-night stands doesn’t come cheap.
“The cast are all about to start talks for a new season. Producers want to film in Miami again next spring, and they want to lock the cast down now. The problem is that most of them plan to demand their own spinoff show as part of the deal, as well as a large raise on their current pay,” a squeal yapped to The New York Post’s Page Six Column.
The heavily-tanned and well-gelled Shorers – which includes Snooki, The Situation, and Ronnie — are already paid a rumored $10,000 per episode.
The third season of Jersey Shore premieres Jan. 6 on MTV.
And the Mirrorball Trophy goes to: Jennifer Grey!
Jennifer Grey danced her way to victory and took home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy during Tuesday night’s 11th season finale of Dancing With The Stars.
“I didn’t think I was going to compete tonight and I’m really glad I did,” the Dirty Dancing actress tearfully said upon learning her fate.
Grey injured her knee and suffered a slipped disc during the course of the competition.
Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer were crowned first runners-up. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas — a source of contention for many DWTS fans — finished in third place. The 20-year-old daughter of ex-Alaska governor Sarah Palin alluded to the controversy over how she advanced through competition week after week despite consistently earning the lowest scores from judges.
“Going out there and winning this would mean a lot,” Bristol said. “It would be like a big middle finger to all the people out there that hate my mom and hate me.”
Tuesday’s finale also featured Christina Aguilera performing a tune from her first motion picture — movie musical Burlesque — and her 2002 hit “Beautiful”
Jennifer’s victory also marked a special achievement for her pro partner Derek Hough, who became the first DWTS pro to nab three mirrorball trophies: Derek also won the competition in Season 10 with Nicole Scherzinger and Season 7 alongside now co-host Brooke Burke.
We want: Kelly Brook courted for Charlie’s Angels remake
ABC is plotting a TV revival of the ’70s small screen smash Charlie’s Angels — and they want English model-actress Kelly Brook for a role that could turn her into an international superstar.
Brook is being considered for a role in a television remake of the series that helped launch the careers of Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith, who starred in the original show. Charlie’s Angels followed the adventures of the three scantily-clad girls as they solved crimes for the mysterious Charlie — voiced by John Forsythe. The program’s main producers — Miles Millar and Al Gough — have worked with Brook on the longrunning CW series Smallville and believe she will be perfect to play the part of one of the glamorous private detectives.
“Al and Miles know Kelly from their time on Smallville and they think she is a star in the making,” informants with Britain’s Daily Mirror have learned.
“Rather than cast established stars, producers want to find less well-known actresses and turn them into household names – just like they did in the 1970s with Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith. Kelly fits the bill. She’s gorgeous, feisty, athletic, a good actress and – most importantly – the producers think American viewers will love her.”
Producers hope to begin contract negotiations with Brook by the start of 2011.
Real Housewife of NYC Sonja Morgan is bankrupt, blames John Travolta
Sonja Morgan, who joined the cast of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City last season, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the Big Apple Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
She says she’s approximately $19.9 million in debt. In a celebrity twist, Morgan — who was pinched for DWI in June — accuses Grease star John Travolta of contributing to her mounting money woes after his diva demands torpedoed a joint film venture between her production company, Sonja Productions, and third party Hannibal Pictures. Travolta attached so many to conditions to his contract for the lead role in Fast Flash to Bang Time that the venture never got off the ground, Sonja claims in the court filing. Hannibal later won a $7 million court judgment from Sonja Productions when the project went up in smoke.
“The decision to seek bankruptcy relief was not an easy one, but unfortunately, I am at a crossroads in my life,” says Morgan, who is nearly $20 million in debt and “only” has $13.5 million in assets.
Sonja joins a long line of Bravo reality stars who have trouble balancing their checkbooks. Atlanta “Housewife” Nene Leakes was allegedly (Insert side-eye here…) evicted from a Georgia rental house in late 2008. Earlier this year, Teresa Guidice — one of the stars of The Real Housewives of New Jersey — filed for bankruptcy after falling nearly $9 million in debt.
Glee’s Lea Michele to get Billboard ‘Triple Threat Award’
Broadway alum Lea Michele will receive the first ever Triple Threat Award — which recognizes excellence in performance across acting, singing, and dancing — at the Billboard Women in Music Event.
The Glee singer/actress, 24, will join fellow honorees Jazmine Sullivan (“Rising Star”) and Fergie (“Woman of the Year”) at the coveted luncheon in New York City on Dec. 2.
“I’m so excited! At work we have a nickname for Matt Morrison — we call him ‘Triple Threat,’ because he’s an incredible singer-dancer-actor. And now I get to borrow that phrase, which is really cool.”
Although it’s Lea’s role as Rachel Berry on the Emmy-nominated musical-comedy that has made the star a household name among millions of Gleeks, Michele’s actually been a stage star on the Great White Way since the ripe old age of eight. She made her Broadway debut as the young Cosette in Les Misérables, and later appeared in Ragtime and Fiddler on the Roof. In 2006, Le was nominated for an Outstanding Actress Drama Desk Award for the musical Spring Awakening.
“Billboard created the Triple Threat Award this year to recognize the incredible contribution that Lea Michele has made to music, as a star on ‘Glee,’” Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde said, bestowing praise on Michele in a statement issued Wednesday.
“‘Glee’ has rewritten the Billboard charts this year and Lea has been one of the driving stars of that success. Whether she’s covering Britney or Broadway, Madonna or Rihanna, she always manages to bring out the most in her songs in a way that is distinctly Rachel, and by extension, Lea. Phenomena aren’t always backed by true talent, but in this case, it’s clear that Lea has what it takes as a singer, a dancer and an actor to be a star for years to come.”
Shock: Brandy voted off, Bristol Palin wins spot to DWTS finale (video)
Despite four visits to the bottom of the DWTS leaderboard, the single mother, 20, is headed to the show’s grand finale.
Bristol and professional partner Mark Ballas bested ’90s R&B songbird Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who were among the top hoofers throughout Season 11, for a spot in next week’s finals. Brandy scored 57 total points for their dances on Monday night, a full 4 points more than Bristol and Mark — a fact that apparently made little difference to voters. Throughout the season, Palin has battled to stay on the show. Viewer votes have kept her in, despite low scores from the judges.
“I don’t know how to feel right now,” a shocked Brandy said upon learning her fate. “It hasn’t processed yet for me.”
An always-outspoken competitor, Maks was less diplomatic: “I said it in many press interviews, one thing that I love… is the fact that people vote and their voices count and I love the fact that the show represents that,” he said. “It represents people’s choice and I don’t regret a second of the last five years of my being on the show and definitely not a second of me being on the season. It’s been an amazing journey.”
Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey will faceoff against Bristol for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Dancing With the Stars Season 11 returns for its final round on Monday @ 8 PM ET/PT.