Country music has always been about heart break and real folks with real problems and that is still true with new music coming from the country music industry. The news songs seem to be talking about the recession head on and how it is affecting the average family. Listen to some of these country titles…”Red White and Pink Slip Blues” from Hank Williams Jr. He sings about a guy who loses his job, his house and his truck. That is about as much heartache as I can take. Then there is John Rich’s song “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” and Phil Vassar’s, “Prayer of a Common Man”. Fear not if country is getting you down switch over to Billboards top 100 which is not as focused on the hard times. The dance music and pop musicians are still trying to have some fun… just check out the Black Eyed Peas or Lady Gaga to pick up your spirits.
Talk about lifting your spirits… have you seen the new Biggest Loser winner? Helen Phillips lost 140 pounds and 20 dresses sizes. The 48 year old mother of 2 is hardly recognizable. Trainer Jillian Michaels was her coach and her “Pink Team” won for the 3rd time in a row. Phillips will walk away with not only a stellar new body but also a cash prize of $250,000. She plans to take her husband to the Bellagio in Las Vegas as a thank you, for being such a great support to her. Also through this Helens’ daughter, Shanon lost 92 pounds as her mom’s other half in the couple’s part of the program. Honorable mention also goes to 19 year old Mike Moreli who lost an astounding 207 pounds, so you can imagine he is also a winner and Tara Costa who lost 155 pounds. Amazing transformations and an incredible show.
Miss California is smiling after the announcement from Donald Trump that she gets to keep her title. Carrie Prejean, Miss California, found herself surrounded by yet more controversy. Some questionable photos of the former model showed up (as they always seem to do) but as Trump so eloquently put it, “We are in the 21st century. We have determined that the pictures taken were fine.” Seriously it is hard to not find something on someone now a day. Carrie herself says, “I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos.” Good for you Donald for not overreacting. Donald also gave Tara Conner, Miss USA, back in 2006 a second chance when she was surrounded by issues of drug use.
And last but not least in the gossip news for the day. It seems that yet another judge was fired from “America’s Next Top Model”. It seems that Paulina Porizkova is the most recent judge to not be returning. She shared the news with Craig Ferguson on his show Tuesday night. First Janice Dickinson, then Twiggy and the latest Paulina. Maybe Tyra just needs Tyra and not another beautiful former model sitting by her side. Paulina did say that the reason they gave her was that they were cutting expenses, so we shall see who turns up next season, if anyone. We will miss you Paulina!