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Monday, March 11, 2013

 

It's been a big week for Rhode Islanders Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Claudia Jordan on reality TV shows. First, rumors are flying that Hasselbeck might be leaving ABC's The View, where she has co-hosted since 2003. US Magazine broke the news, citing Hasselbeck's extreme, right-wing views as not compatible enough with the viewership. 

Meanwhile, another RI-born megastar, Claudia Jordan, is back on high-wattage reality TV, battling on the brand-new NBC's All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. Jordan is matching wits with Dennis Rodman, Lisa Rinna, previous winner Bret Michaels, Penn Jillette, runner-up Trace Adkins, Brande Roderick, Lil John, Omarosa, Stephen Baldwin, Dee Snider, Marilu Henner, Gary Busey, and La Toya Jackson. The new season premiered on NBC on March 3, and Michaels went home. Stay tuned to see how Jordan fares. 

To see more about Hasselbeck, Jordan, and RI's other reality royalty, check out the slides, below.

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Claudia Jordan

All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (Season 6)

The Providence native and former Miss RI is most recognized for her model stint on the hit show, "Deal or No Deal," but got her start as the second African-American woman ever to become a Barker's Beauty on "The Price is Right." Following her first run on "The Celebrity Apprentice," Donald Trump chose Jordan to host the 2009 Miss Universe pageant on NBC.

Jordan is back on the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice in Season 6, representing the charity organization The Tom Joyner Foundation. 

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Joseph Aaron Segal

Project Runway (Season 11)

The latest designer to compete in Lifetime's popular fashion competition works full-time designing and making World of JAS and Pretty Snake collections. The Providence resident also teaches part-time in the textiles department at Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned an MFA in textile design.

Watch Segal compete in the current season, which premieres January 24, 2013 at 9pm EST.

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Chris Mercurio

Making Mr. Right (Season 1)

Maybe it was the fact that he admitted that he had his mom from Cranston pack his bags, but the bachelor makeover dreams of Chris Mercurio were short-lived on the new VH1 reality dating show, which premiered in early January, 2013. He left the show in the second episode. 

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Lauren Marchetti

The Bachelor (Season 17)

Perhaps the former GoLocalTV host and New England Patriots cheerleader should not have told ABC's newest bachelor, Sean Lowe, that her father would be a, well, threat if he dumped her. Unfortunately for Marchetti, it played the opposite way, and she was not given a rose on episode 1.

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Pauly D

Jersey Shore

He's become such a brand unto himself, it may be tough to remember that Johnston's Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio got his start as a member of the cast of MTV's wildly popular reality series. While not a reality competition per se, one might argue that Pauly D, who has emerged with resident DJ contracts at top-flight Vegas hotspots, collaborations with the like of 50 Cent, and his own spin-off show, took top prize.

Speaking of top prizes, Pauly won back-to-back Teen Choice Awards for Male Reality Star, in 2011 and 2012.

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Richard Hatch

Survivor (Season 1)

Perhaps the most famous of all RI's reality stars, Middletown resident Richard Hatch out-survived them all. By the final episode, 51 million Americans watched him "outwit, outplay, outlast" the last of 15 other contestants for the prize of one million dollars and a Pontiac Aztec.

Hatch returned to Survivor in 2004 for the All-Stars season, where, with a cry of, "I been bamboozled!" he was voted off in the fifth episode.

Hatch stayed in the news when he was subsequently sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for failing to declare his winnings to the IRS.)

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Elizabeth Hasselbeck

Survivor 2: The Australian Outback

Rhode Islanders survived on national television back-to-back, as Elizabeth Filarski, who grew up in Cranston, fought her way to fourth place before being voted off the island.

Filarksi (now Filarski Hasselbeck—she married Washington Redskins quarterback Tim Hasselbeck in July 2002), is perhaps one of the most successful Survivor contestants so far. She traded on her reality show face time to land a hosting job on a show called The Look for Less on the Style Network, and a co-hosting gig on ABC's The View with fellow Rhode Islander Meredith Vieira.

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Helen Glover

Survivor 5: Thailand

The third Rhode Islander to rise to the extreme physical and emotional challenges of Survivor, the Navy swim instructor from Middletown graced the small screen in Survivor 5: Thailand. Glover made it to fourth place and launched from there to hosting The Helen Glover Show, on Rhode Island's 920 WHJJ radio.

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Rafe Judkins

Survivor 11: Guatemala

We're a tough lot here in Rhode Island, which is why Survivor's producers may have dipped into the Rhode Island pot again for Survivor 11: Guatemala, casting 2005 Brown University graduate Rafe Judkins. Judkins, who managed a wilderness program at Brown, got all the way to the final three, but his conscience ultimately caused him to give up any chance at the million-dollar prize. Conscience? Perhaps he's not a true RIer after all.

Footnote: Survivor 19: Samoa included Californian Mike Borassi who attended URI from 1965-1969. The sixty-two-year-old personal chef was pulled from the game in episode 2 after experiencing shortness of breath and low blood pressure.

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Jonathan Joseph Peters

Project Runway (Season 7)

The URI graduate had left Rhode Island for Manhattan for 3 years when in 2009, he returned to Providence and was cast on Lifetime's hit design-challenge reality show hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum. Peters made it all the way to the final 6 of 16 before heading home with his tools. Since then, the designer has taken a prominent role in launching and supporting fashion and design events in the region, including StyleWeek Providence, where is is Creative Director and VP of Brand Development.

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DownCity Restaurant

Kitchen Nightmares (Season 4)

An entire restaurant became the star on a March 11, 2011 episode of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey's high-voltage reality show on FOX about remaking restaurants that are desperately in need. The star? Providence's DownCity restaurant and its stubborn co-owner Abby Cabral.

Ramsey read Cabral et al the riot act, then returned to Providence on July 5, 2011, to check on DownCity's progress. He found a restaurant that had seemingly learned from his contentious earlier visit, and the episode aired October 21. But the changes and notoriety weren't enough to save DownCity from a down economy, and the restaurant closed its doors forever on December 10, 2011.

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The Pious Brothers

The Amazing Race (Season 16)

In what has to be a unique situation, two contestants (or in this case, teams) from Rhode Island competed in the same season of a reality show. On the popular, far-flung CBS show that highlighted teamwork and creativity, two teams hailed from the Ocean State: undercover detectives Louis Stravato & Michael Naylor, and Daniel & Jordan Pious, brothers from Barrington.

And maybe two's a charm--the Pious brothers went on to win the whole thing. They were also the first male siblings to win the competition.

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Krisily Kennedy

The Bachelor (Season 7)

Warwick resident Krisily Kennedy (Miss Rhode Island USA 2003) graced the spring 2005 season of the show featuring bachelor/actor Charlie O'Connell. She made it all the way to the final two before being rejected, in the May 16 finale, in favor of Sarah Brice, a nurse from Texas.

Kennedy became a contestant on the first season of ABC's spinoff, Bachelor Pad. She made it through four episodes before being eliminated.

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Jay Resmini

The Bachelorette (Season 6)

The Barrington native was one of the eight contestants cut during the rose ceremony in the first episode of season six (aired May 24, 2010). But before he left he was featured in a brief profile in which he visited his parents' home in Barrington, Barrington town hall, and the inside of a Providence courthouse. Resmini is a lawyer with his father's firm, Resmini Law Associates.

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Erika Van Pelt

American Idol (Season 11)

While this wildly popular show may not be hard-core reality TV, it's still merits mention that South Kingstown singer Erika Van Pelt made it to tenth place before being eliminated on March 22, 2012. Her first appearance was in the second episode during auditions in Pittsburgh, which aired July 15, 2011. The episode prior to her elimination included a profile of Erika that showed her home in the Green Hill neighborhood of South Kingstown and a shot of Wakefield's Main Street.

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Jennifer Anderson

Bridezillas (Season 9)

With Newport being a worldwide wedding capital, it's no wonder that Fall River's Jennifer Anderson would bring her bridezilla wedding to Newport, and put herself on the brides behaving badly A-list show on the WE network.

 
 

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Comments:

You forgot Mainelli's on Chalkstone Ave on Restaurant Impossible, Louis Stravato & Michael Naylor on The Amazing Race

Comment #1 by Ted Donnelly on 2013 01 15

Local also left out the Liberty Elm Diner which was on the Food Networks Diners Drive in and Dives

Comment #2 by Joe McCauley on 2013 01 18




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