Philly’s Courtney Lapresi Wins Season 5 of MasterChef

courtney lapresiCourtney Lapresi caught a lot of flack on MasterChef this season for what her competitors deemed a questionable background as a stripper at Delilah’s and later an aerial dancer at The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. But last night on the show’s finale, the Philly chef proved she’s got more than, as one contestant put it, “boobs out on a pole.”

There were breasts involved in the finale, however: a sumac duck breast. That was part of the final meal that also included crispy pig’s ear and cherry meringue that wowed judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot, and earned her the top prize.

She walks away from the show with a whopping $250,000 and a cookbook deal. Many congrats!

[Entertainment Weekly]

New NBC Weight-Loss Reality Show for Couples Casting in Philly

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If you’ve always wanted to be on a show like The Biggest Loser, pay attention. We just got word that a casting team will be in town on Saturday, September 13th, to interview potential contestants for a new NBC weight-loss show called Weight for Love. It’s aimed at couples who each have at least 100 pounds to lose and who want to work together to shed the weight.

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Kate Plus 8 Returning to TLC in December

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People can’t get enough of Kate Gosselin and her brood. TLC just announced it has ordered more episodes of Kate Plus 8 that will air in December.

According to People, the premise of the new season will revolve around Gosselin and her kids traveling to the East Coast, exploring Boston, New England, and—just guessing here—Philadelphia?

Evidently filming is already in progress. People reports that the special will also include snippets of Gosselin getting the clan—now in eighth and fourth grades—ready for school at the end of summer.

Philly’s Cory Wade Hindorff Returns to America’s Next Top Model Cycle 21

Last year Philly actor/model/singer/G Philly cover boy Cory Wade Hindorff debuted in the first season of America’s Next Top Model to feature male and female models. He didn’t win (though he came in a commendable third place) but apparently he made enough of impression to be asked back.

Producers just announced that he’ll be returning this season—Cycle 21 (!)—as a special guest, serving as a mentor to the new contestants. So get ready for an arsenal of his signature one-liners, and sassy hand gestures galore.

In the video above he chats about what he’s been up to since the last season, and drops some hints about the hot-hot-hot male models that will be competing this season.

The new season of America’s Next Top Model airs tonight, Monday, August 18th, on the CW at 8 p.m. 

Pennsylvania Governor Joins Campaign To Have Amish Mafia Nixed

Cast of Discovery Channel's "Amish Mafia."

Cast of Discovery Channel’s “Amish Mafia.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and other elected state officials have signed a statement asking the Discovery Channel to drop its series Amish Mafia.

The reality show, according to Discovery’s website, follows a group of Amish men “who protect and maintain peace and order within the Amish community in Lancaster.”

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Corbett Calls For Amish Mafia To End

Levi and Alvin are blowing up a car. This makes Gov. Corbett mad.

See, this is a scene from Amish Mafia, a Discovery Channel reality show about … Amish who violently defend their culture and religion. None of them look like Harrison Ford, though, and the whole thing comes off as a kind weird Amish-Fascism that doesn’t really square that well with any of the intentionally gentle people we’ve known.

Which might be why there’s pressure to cancel the show, and maybe why Gov. Corbett is joining the chorus.

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Two Local Women Starring in Fantasy Reality Series The Quest

Lina Carollo and Jasmine Kyle star in new ABC fantasy reality series "The Quest."

Lina Carollo and Jasmine Kyle star in new ABC fantasy reality series “The Quest.” Photo courtesy of ABC/Rick Rowell.

South Jersey-bred school counselor Lina Carollo had no idea what she was getting into when she showed up to the airport this spring to fly off to film a reality show she had been cast in called The Quest. She didn’t even know where she was flying until a front desk attendant said, “Have fun in Austria!”

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Rapid Fire Questions With Bianca Del Rio: America’s Next Drag Superstar On Her New Movie, Being Famous, and Her Favorite Philly Venue

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What has Bianca Del Rio been up to since being crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar? Besides touring the globe with the rest of her Drag Race counterparts, she and her cute-as-hell bestie Matt Kugelman are partnering up on a film entitled Hurricane Bianca. The sure-to-be-camp-classic tells the story of a queer man who takes revenge on a small town in the South after being fired for being gay. His revenge? Returning as Bianca, a bitchy queen, who, true to form, is ready to read that town to filth.

The film is in crowd-funding stage as we speak. We caught up with Del Rio and Kugelman recently for more details on the project. We also shot Bianca a series of rapid-fire questions, where she reveals all kinds of personal anecdotes, including her thoughts on Voyeur.

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