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America’s Next Top Model Finale Shocker!

In a reality TV world where few finales have tried and true shockers, the final episode of America’s Next Top Model All Stars managed to surprised everyone. Not just because one of the three finalists was suddenly out of contention, but because of Tyra and the cast’s strange vagueness about why.

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In a reality TV world where few finales have tried and true shockers, the final episode of America’s Next Top Model All Stars managed to surprise everyone. Not just because one of the three finalists was suddenly out of contention, but because of Tyra and the cast’s strange vagueness about why.

In the final 15 minutes of the show, it was down to three: Lisa, Allison, and Angelea (left to right.) All three were very different, and each appealed to the judges for very different reasons. But while most seasons go from the final runway show (held in an international locale – in this case, Greece) to a nearby deliberation area, this time, the venue was suddenly Los Angeles, and time clearly had passed.

Tyra and judge Nigel Barker explained that circumstances had arisen that mandated that finalist Angelea Preston ultimately had to be disqualified, but were considerably mum about why, explaining that they and the network had concluded that the decision would now be down to two models. (In fact, this was the first season that three models were finalists, so this reverted back to the original type of finale…but it was clear that some time had passed since the runway show.) What’s interesting about this development, is that it would probably be unnecessary to reshoot a final scene from the show unless Angelea had originally been the winner and her winning scene had already been shot. If she was going to lose anyway, there would be no need to set up a panel in Los Angeles. They could have just used the scene from Greece.

Immediately, and not surprisingly, the internet fans began question pages on sites like Yahoo answers a wiki-answers asking why exactly Angelea was disqualified. The common thread among them was that sometime before the finale made air, Preston had revealed either who the three finalists were, or claimed to be the winner herself on facebook.

Indeed, her facebook fan page (which contains a fair share of expletives, and may or may not be moderated by Angelea herself) has posts in which she calls herself a “winner” as recently as November 30th. (too recent to result in an upheaval and reshoot for the show.) It seems a legitimate possibility that she made similar statements about the competition earlier as well. The question has been raised about whether she in fact has anything to do with her fan page, since she has an actual facebook personal page as well. It is not uncommon for a celebrity to have both, or even operate one page as if she’s someone else who is a fan.

Any kind of leak – facebook or otherwise, but a contestant would be considered a huge breach of contract Networks require contestants to sign a confidentiality agreement that mandates they do not reveal any information about the show or their standing in the competition until after a winner is announced. A winner being revealed before the series’ conclusion can result in lost viewership, which results in a loss of advertising dollars if the show does not meet ratings expectations. That one leak can amount to millions of dollars in lost revenue. (In turn, even ‘revealing’ information that is actually untrue could be interpreted as true by some watchers and have the same effect.)

Given the fact that Angelea was not disqualified right there in Greece, it could very well be that in fact, she may have initially been called the winner while in Greece, but had her win remanded after revealing too much after taping, It could also be that in fact, even though Angelea did not truly win, the very post was enough for them to retape a final judging session without her in contention.

Given that the status on her fan page was dated November 30th, there would have been barely enough time to quickly retape the last portion of the show and then prepare it for air, and it is somewhat suspect that she would keep the an incriminating facebook post on her page. (There may in fact have been an earlier post that she has since deleted.)

While there may be an altogether different explanation entirely for her elimination, this potential reason might explain why they didn’t discuss it on the show. Producers are less willing to go public with the behind the scenes process of making a program. Rules regarding the secrecy of the results and the timeline between shooting and airdates would likely be considered more than they would be willing to reveal.

And so, as far as the viewers were concerned, the final winner (and again, quite possibly the winner all along, was the outspoken Lisa D’Amato, who at 30 years old will make her one of the older emerging models on the series, but no less vivacious and beautiful.

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Well Sh-t, Leslie Jordan Has Shared Three Videos Of Himself Dancing In One Week And They’re All Perfect

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Doing much better now, Leslie.

If you’ve never believed that “good things come in small packages” then you’ve never seen Leslie Jordan’s instagram. The 4’11” actor known for his iconic roles in shows like Will & Grace and American Horror Story has recently developed a whole new fanbase who loves him for his viral Instagram videos. Usually starting each video by greeting fans with “Well shit, how y’all doing?”, viewers have grown to anticipate Jordan’s hilarious recounting of stories from his time in show biz or growing up in the south. This week, however, the Tennessee native has shared 3 videos of himself dancing within 5 days and honestly it’s precisely what we all need right now.

The first video was posted on August 12th and shows Jordan taking part of the “Git up and dance challenge” which swept the internet about a year ago. Even though he is a little late, the video is still perfection.

On August 13th, Jordan does a dance to “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray a with special guest dance partner Katie Couric!

Finally, on August 15th, Jordan does an epic “tootsie roll” and challenges Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star, Lisa Rinna, to do the tootsie roll herself. Of course Rinna commented with a big “ON IT ❤️😂.” Who could say no to the viral star?!?

The moral of the story here is that the world is going through some tough times right now but maybe, even for a few seconds, we could all feel better if we’d just dance it out. Thanks for the inspo Leslie Jordan!

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Planters ‘Baby Nut’ Has Somehow Already Turned 21 And People Are Not Loving The News

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2020 keeps getting nuttier.

The world was shocked when the iconic Mr. Peanut was killed during a pre-Super Bowl ad earlier this year. There wasn’t much time to mourn, however, before a new nut was thrust onto us like back-to-school commercials in July. Yes, after the 59-year-old mascot met his untimely death consumers were introduced to his reincarnate, Baby Nut. With big, expressive eyes and a tiny stature fans began to swoon over the cute branding revamp and accepted him as the new mascot. Well as if 2020 hasn’t been crazy enough, Planters just released a new commercial celebrating Baby Nut’s 21st birthday and I’m not sure how to feel about it.

According to a quick Google search, a peanut plant takes 4-5 months to reach maturity. So with Baby Nut being born in February, he is technically right on track in his growth cycle. The OG Mr. Peanut was the reigning mascot for 59 years so does that mean he was actually over 3,000 peanut-years old? The accelerated aging is not explained in the new ad with Baby Nut (Young Adult Nut?) simply saying “it’s been a weird year.” Reactions on Twitter are largely negative but as always, hilarious. Here are some of the best:

Yikes. Good thing Baby Nut is old enough to drink now…looks like he might need to throw back a few to handle some of these reactions.

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The Last Blockbuster Store In Existence Is Now Listed On AirBNB

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Netflix could never.

Remember how exciting it was to take a trip to Blockbuster back in the 90’s? You’d try to get there early enough to rent one of the latest “new releases” before everyone else in the neighborhood got to them. You’d beg your parents for some popcorn and candy which were conveniently placed on the checkout line. And if it was a whole family outing, you’d wander off to look at all the films and games that you were never going to rent but found comfort in knowing you could rent someday. Gosh, it felt like you could spend days inside one of those movie meccas. Well good news, now you can because the last Blockbuster in existence is now listed on AirBNB!

The retailer, located in Bend, Oregon is offering up three one-night stays for up to four guests for folks who want an “end of summer sleepover.” The store has added an adorable living room set up which includes a pull out sofa and a big screen tv so guests can binge all their favorite films. Oh and there’s snacks! Along with providing ideas for a perfect 90’s night the ad also suggests that you should “help yourself to some NERDS, Raisinets and popcorn (heavy on the butter), but make sure you save room for a couple slices.”

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There is a catch to the whole experience though, the listing is only available to Deschutes County residents. Is it too late to move!?! Manager Sandi Harding explained that the publicity stunt is a response to the newfound economic uncertainty due to the pandemic. “Not much has changed at our store – not even our prices – and that’s just how we like it! We think of ourselves as a family, and that includes everyone from the global travelers who come to visit, to the lifelong friends and couples who first met as Blockbuster employees. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a test of our community unlike any other, so we decided to list this stay to keep this tradition alive during these uncertain times.”

Such a clever way to keep this iconic 90’s treasure trove alive! To check out the AirBNB listing, click here!

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