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Platinum Hit's Melissa Rapp on Reality TV's "Experiment in Human Behavior"

Melissa Rapp

Once again, the contestant sent packing on this week's Platinum Hit (Mondays, 10/9c, Bravo) was the one who had contributed the least. At least that's what we were led to believe: according to Melissa Rapp, it was simply her time to go, and she couldn't hang on because she didn't bring the strategy that reality TV calls for.

Below, she shares her naive involvement in the genre, and her surprise at the machinations that were taking place all around her (alleging that Nick's attitude is a pose and that Jes and Johnny's relationship is contrived). While the narrative that goes "hindsight is 20/20" is common, especially for those chewed up and spit out by reality TV, Rapp articulates her experience particularly well, especially for someone who left a show about writing so early...
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Exclusive First Look: Photo Shoot with the Stars of ABC Family

Delete Digital Drama

ABC Family and Seventeen magazine are joining forces to fight online bullying in an upcoming campaign called Delete Digital Drama.

In our first look of a photo shoot for the campaign, some of the network's biggest stars, including Pretty Little Liars' Shay Mitchell and Tyler Blackburn, Secret Life of the American Teenager's Shailene Woodley and Daren Kagasoff and Nine Lives of Chloe King's Skyler Samuels and Grey Damon, sport matching T-shirts that bear the word "Delete." The spread will appear in Seventeen's August issue.

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Ratings: The Voice Ends on a Down Note

Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez, Javier Colon

The Voice, which became a rare ratings hit for NBC, pulled in 10.77 million viewers as it crowned its first winner.

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The Voice's Four Coaches Sign On for Season 2

Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton

All four celebrity mentors of NBC's The Voice will be back.

The show, which gave the network a badly needed ratings hit, is keeping Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo Green and Adam Levine as the "musician coaches" for Season 2, NBC announced Thursday.

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Toddlers & Tiaras' Pageant Director to Critics: Don't Be Ugly

Annette Hill

No show provokes a gut reaction like Toddlers & Tiaras (Wednesdays, 10/9c, TLC). Those who aren't entranced by the very specific, extremely odd cultural world of child beauty pageants tend to wring their hands and decry the behavior on display as despicable or abusive. Reality TV has a way of bringing out the armchair psychologists, but to tackle the issues the show brings up, we thought we'd talk to an expert on the side of the pageants: Annette Hill runs the circuit Universal Royalty Beauty Pageants that the show frequently profiles. She is outspoken, passionate and more than a little defensive over criticism. Still, she runs her business like an open book, having incorporated TV coverage from the start and keeping her pageants open to the public. (In the interest of providing full disclosure, she also invited me down to their nationals pageant in November. Should the invitation stand come pageant time, I will absolutely take her up on it.)

Below, we hit Hill with just about every critique we could think of: the idea that pageants sexualize children, the toll pageants could take on the competitors' psyches, the unease that seeing a child in full makeup can provoke, the curse of the stage parent. Gamely, she tackles the ire head on...
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VIDEO: Cindy Chang Is Not the Next Susan Boyle (But She Is Good!)

Cindy Chang

On America's Got Talent, a 42-year-old housewife named Cindy Chang performed the Puccini aria "O mio babbino caro," impressing everyone in the room (no one more than herself, though — she wept when she finished). That love has spread throughout the Internet, where Chang is being proclaimed "the next Susan Boyle."

VIDEO: Multi-Faced performer wins over America's Got Talent judges

That description says far less about Chang than it does the people who are drawing it...
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MSNBC Suspends Time Editor Mark Halperin For Calling President Obama "a D---" on Live TV

Mark Halperin

Mark Halperin, a senior political analyst for MSNBC, called President Obama "a d---" on Morning Joe and was indefinitely suspended.

"I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the president, to my MSNBC colleagues, and to the viewers. My remark was unacceptable, and I deeply regret it," Halperin said in a statement.

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The 10 Dumbest Things Said on the Premiere of Love in the Wild

Love in the Wild

Love in the Wild (Wednesdays, 10/9c, NBC) is a trashy beach novel of a TV show. It is salacious in nature (10 women and 10 men are thrown together in a Costa Rican paradise to partner-swap their way to true love) but not in practice (so much closed-mouth kissing). It is kind of mean (each week the last picked — that is, least desired — from each sex goes home) but then again completely goofy (at one point during a river-rafting challenge, someone confused a stick for a crocodile). It is mindless enough to be ideal summertime programming.

Catch up on today's news

To give you a sense of how silly this whole thing is, we're counting down the top 10 most ridiculous things these ridiculous (though as yet even tempered) people said on Wednesday's ridiculous premiere...
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Big Brother Season 13 to Feature Past "Dynamic Duos;" 8 Houseguests Revealed

Julie Chen

Get ready for a summer of "Double Trouble" when CBS' Big Brother returns July 7.

Season 13 of the summer reality show will feature eight new faces along with duos from past seasons. Together they'll live in a camera-rigged Venice Beach-inspired house and have their lives taped 24 hours a day as they compete for the $500,000 grand prize.

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VIDEO: Housewives of New York's LuAnn is Back With Another Song

LuAnn de Lesseps, Jill Zarin

The Real Housewives of New York's LuAnn de Lesseps is continuing her quest to become a singer with her newly released music video for "Chic C'est La Vie."

"Listen up, this is the countess speaking. We have arrived," LuAnn says in the first line of the song. From there, she gets in her limo and is off to Atlantic City's Borgata hotel where she's joined by fellow cast members Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon.

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