I Know My Kid’s a Star Recap – Episode 6 – Like Sands Through the Hourglass…

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Want another metaphor?

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That’s kind of like an execution lineup, no?

As always, we begin where we left off:

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Gigi’s now treating Alai with compassion, and McKenzie and Shannon are talking about toning it down.

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…which prompts McKenzie to make puppet-like motions, of course. Note that I said “talking about.”

And also, there’s this:

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And if the Golden Girls theme song isn’t in your head…uh, now it is. Funny, we will soon come to find that if we threw a party, invited everyone we knew, Pam would throw it all under the bus.

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But for now, she’s a pal and a confidant.

The parents get a note and a box.

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The note says that today they’ll decide which team gets immunity. Ah, don’t you just love it when reality shows allow the opportunity for institutionalized conniving? In the box are scripts for today’s audition: a soap opera. Get your cryin’ clothes on, kids!

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Just another day on the job for McKenzie!

Gigi explains that she’s doing her best to lessen the pressure on Alai.

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And you know, Alai does seem so much happier and brighter this episode. It’s a nice sign of hope that Hollywood hasn’t trampled her spirit before she’s even really arrived.

Mary Jo works alone, per Marki’s advice to fire her mother as her acting coach.

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This lasts for about five minutes before she gets frustrated and calls on her mother’s help. Tween angst ensues.

McKenzie is over-the-top as always and Shannon repeatedly corrects her reading.

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How can she not yell, when her soul is howling? McKenzie also kind of adorably breaks down.

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It’s easy to sympathize with a kid that’s this conscientious. She goes on, at one point exclaiming, “I can never be better than Cheyenne!” McKenzie, none of us can. I took one look at Cheyenne during the first episode and I said, “I give up.” It’s Cheyenne’s world, we just dust her Oscars in it. But for real, Shannon offers the single best piece of advice that anyone on this show has ever given. Actually, it’s probably the best piece of advice that anyone has ever given, period. She tells her daughter not to compare herself to anyone else — “Just work hard on being a better you.” That, people, is the key to possessing the secret of joy. For real, for real.

Later, Pam and Gigi discuss the immunity decision.

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Gigi straight up tells Pam that she’ll vote for her daughter if Pam votes for Gigi’s. Pam agrees to this. However, since Shannon and Sandy are tight, and they’ll most likely form a similar alliance, Gigi points out that…

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It’s really awesome that the loner is the one with all the power. Helene agrees.

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She resolves to go with the kid who performs the worst, as that will provide the least amount of competition for Cheyenne down the line.

The parents and kids hike to the sound stage the auditions will be shot on.

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They’ll be performing alongside soapop vet Andrea Evans. The scene involves the children finding out that their recently deceased mom wasn’t their birth mother — Andrea is. Tears and ranting ensue, or at least, they’re supposed to per the script. Gian is first up.

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Marki isn’t feeling Gian’s lack of feeling. He’s not in the moment, says her.

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McKenzie slips up and forgets a line, but soldiers on, winning the praise of the judges.

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Mary Jo takes unpredictable beats. Danny proclaims her “more than good enough,” which is great. Remember: you don’t have to be the best, you just have to be not the worst.

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Alai creates unintended laughs merely from the circumstance — she has to yell out, “That’s a lie!” That’s not a lie; that’s Alai. Yuks notwithstanding, Alai didn’t overplay the scene and did a great job.

And then there’s Cheyenne.

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She more than compensates for McKenzie’s toning things down. Her overblown reading causes Marki to note…

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…you know what she means, but still: ugh. When lingo attacks.

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After auditions, it’s time for the parents to reveal which kid they thought did the best. Or something. Sandy goes with McKenzie, explaining, “I need Shannon to survive in the house!” Well, put your strategy all out there for everyone to fondle, why don’tcha? Shannon, on the other hand, picks Alai, saying that she did the best and so it’s only fair. As planned, Gigi goes with Mary Jo, praising her for doing some “amazing stuff.” At first, Pam says that she doesn’t want to vote. Well, give me the vapors and call me Blanche Devereaux! Danny threatens to send her home if she doesn’t vote, and so after being pushed, Pam goes with Gian. She says it’s “more of a strategic thing.” Well, duh.

And so, even though things didn’t go exactly according to plan, Helene still has the final vote. She’s shown all signs of perceptiveness, and so she probably figured that Gian would be coming home, and ends up going with Alai. Alai is all smiles, not realizing that she was a mere pawn in this game. Perhaps it is something that Alai been accustomed to for a while now.

At home, Gigi tries to figure out what’s up with Pam.

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But that is something that Pam will not do. Gigi tries getting her to open up again…

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…and Pam’s all, “You’re not gonna get it, Gigi.” By it, I can only assume the biggest gift with the card attached that says, “Thank you for being a friend.”

Mary Jo thinks this whole thing is stupid.

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See?

Alai agrees.

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Articulate and insightful, at last Alai gets her chance to shine. See how good for your kids easing up on the pressure can be?

Marki’s parents meeting takes place. It is mostly uneventful, save for Helene’s revelation that Cheyenne’s over-the-top performance was by design: they decided to take that approach since the audition was for a soap opera. Fair enough! Even if the judges didn’t like the result, they can’t really knock the rationale. Sandy flat-out says that she doesn’t want to be there. And for that, basically, she and Gian go home.

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Gian’s a total wreck.

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He kinda says some disparaging words about Danny Bonaduce on the ride home. That’s the spirit! Taking out your aggression on a third party should have you feeling better in no time. Just ask the parents!

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  1. Acari says:

    thats messed up that pam lied and now trying to start a conflict between mary jo and alai

  2. Larry says:

    I Know My Kid’s A Star has now turned into the Miss America Pageant. Now that it’s down mother-daughter, Danny would feel like David Ruphrect (Supermarket Sweep).

    It has been 12 long years since there’s been any game or reality series where only boys competed against each other. For you trivia freaks, the last time was on Secrets of The Crypt Keeper’s Haunted Mansion (1996-97 CBS).

  3. Kathy says:

    I am so proud of Shannon and Mackenzie. They have been the only pair(escpecially the adults) who have not put down anyone else’s child. I am proud to have a mother and daughter from Louisiana put on such a great show of character, not just talent. That is what Hollywood needs. What are we teaching our children when we tell them “I will take her out!” How are our children every going to treat each other with resect. Alai was so on the mark with her words of wisdom to her mother. I hope mom can learn from her.

  4. Elaina says:

    Alai’s words of wisdom to Gigi said that despite what has been shown, in the end, she was raised right. I am so proud of McKenzie tonight. She did such a nice job. Go Louisiana Girl!!! Unfortunatly, Mary Jo wasn’t going tonight because they needed some fireworks after letting Rocky and Hayley go.

  5. Janine says:

    Why can’t these lady’s just be mature and get along with each other.

  6. HereIambaby says:

    Taking out your aggression on a third party should have you feeling better in no time. Just ask the parents! I am a single girl from blackcentury.com…

  7. Lori8 says:

    I can’t stand it that almost each time someone has to go home that they feel the need to put Danny down! Did they ever see him as Danny Partrige? My mother always said that there wouldn’t be a “Partrige Family ” if it wasn’t for that red headed kid . As a child my self in love with David Cassidy I didn’t understand. But when I watch reruns I realize JUST how good he was especially for someone SO young at the time.
    If he had not made bad choices after that who knows? And I figure that’s what he’s trying to get all of these kids and their parents to see so as not to make the same mistakes. But don’t question his talent or knowledge of child stardom. He was as good as alot of the kids today and better than any I’ve seen on this show so far!
    He also always tries to say something nice about each one of you. So COME ON!!!!!

  8. candace says:

    WOOOOW! THIS SHOW IS WEIRDLY ENTERTAINING. REAL STAGE MOMS ARE MUCH WORST AND CUT THROAT. BUT HEY *~^ S ALL IN GOOD TV RIGHT?

  9. CeeJaye says:

    I was really touched by Shannon’s words of wisdom last night to her daughter. She really shines as a good mom and beautiful human being. Throughout what must be a stressful situation she has taken the time to be compassionate and loving to others and even reached out to the misunderstood Roxi (who was voted off way to soon). Her daughter Mackenzie is a direct result of her positive attitude and I look forward to seeing her in the future because she is definitely a star and has the foundation to be successful in the business. She makes this southern girl proud and I can only hope that when I have children I am as nurturing and loving as Shannon.

  10. Ken says:

    I think McKenzie was the best on the show this week. Alai won the immunity, not because she was the best, but weren’t they voting for the one with the least chance to challenge, then I have to say they voted right, That is if Marki and Danny would stop giving Alai all the great comments: I see a star when she walks into a room, she lights up the room, come on she can’t dance, act, sing and she isn’t the cutist.

  11. shannonk says:

    Kathy,
    Thank you for supporting me and McKenzie. Like I tell her, you can have a great talent, but without good character you have nothing. My husband and I have taught her you can be one of the prettiest, most talented people in the world, but if you are not a nice person those things don’t count. Who wants to pay money to watch someone perform that’s mean spirited? Not me!
    Hope you enjoy the show. Keep watching.

  12. shannonk says:

    Elaine, Ken, & Nickie,
    Thanks for your support. McKenzie has worked so hard on toning things down and her hard work finally paid off. I hope yall are enjoying the show and keep watching.

  13. shannonk says:

    CeeJaye,
    When I read your blog it brought tears to my eyes. I know you will not quite understand what I’m going to say only because you don’t have children yet. However, you gave me one of the best compliments anyone could ever give a mother. For that I am truly grateful.
    Hope you enjoyed last nights episode. There are only two left. Keep watching.

    Sincerely,
    Shannon

    P.S. I love how you spell your name.

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  15. Kathleen says:

    I would like to say that all the mom’s could take a little advise from Shannon. I think she is a mom who really loves her child for what she is, not what she can do for the mom. Her daughter knows she has her mom’s love and some of the kids must think the only way mom will love me is if I win. Hey there is a lot more in their lives ahead of them win or loose. I think McKenzie was deffinately the most improved for the night and Cheyenne’s attitude really has me worried for her, if she dosen’t win, she and her mom will be devistated. They need to realize it is not a shoe in for her, McKenzie is comming up fast.

  16. Ken says:

    I’m rooting for McKenzie to win, she is such an adorable child, shows respect for everyone, and has the “it” factor, now that she has tuned down that Shirly Temple persona, she is showing true acting abilities. Great job Shannon. By the way this show has been over for a while now, what is McKenzie doing in acting now??

  17. jennla says:

    I think the show is better because we are getting to see the kids. I don’t think Gan’s performance was bad on this soap show. I loved Mary Jo’s performance and for me she did the best job. I liked Alai’s performance and felt she did much better. I think that it is Mary Jo that will make it in Hollywood. She has the ability to draw people to her. Cheyenne’s performance was not terrible but the child seems so mean at times. I did not like Mc Kenzie’s performance but I think that acting is probally not her cup of tea unless it is theater. With all said I think Mary Jo is the one that did the best of the bunch.

    As for the mom’s I don’t think I will make a comment. the show seems to be about the mom’s and can be edited (as said by Gigi in a previous thread) to make one mom look good and another look bad. I can’t say Shannon is the best mom because that is at this point what they edit it to be. I wish we had a oportunity to see a live show that is unedited to know what they really are like.

    I have been to the childrens websites and watched their youtubes also. I get a very different opinion when seeing these things.

  18. Doreen says:

    I thought that this episode was so interesting. For the first time, there was no clearcut choice to give “immunity” to, but to see how most of the parents were scheming to “position” their child was really doing a disservice to their child. I don’t see where they think the benefit is in not honestly choosing the best child for immunity. If the least deserving child gets immunity because of your vote, then you put your child at risk for going home due to your trying to minipulate the situation.

    Danny and Marki are not stupid. They have actually both been so professional in choosing who stays and who goes by the progression the child and parent have made challenge to challenge versus a single performance.

    Each of the remaining children have talent and are so different that in the “real world”, they would never be competing for the same parts. They have been given a great opportunity to showcase their talent and to grow and learn about the business. All of them could come out “winners” from this show with the exposure they have gotten to agents, directors, casting people. It’s ashame that most of the parents are just focused on just winning this show. Haven’t they ever heard of Jennifer Hudson!! (So what if she didn’t win American Idol, she has a pretty great career going from being on the show). Shannon and McKenzie are the only ones staying focused and benefiting from this experience.

    I liked that Shannon was the only mom to cast her vote for the “child” who she felt truly deserved it this week. Her comment to Mckenzie (“Just work hard on being a better you.” ) was great for any parent on this show or guiding your child through the real world. Kudos- You have embraced this opportunity to learn about this business and are helping McKenzie develop her skills.

    I was particularly dissappointed in Helene this week. It could have been editing, but it seemed that she spent most of the initial rehearsal time preoccupied with not getting votes and what the other children were doing instead of helping Cheyanne prepare for the scene. From the get go Cheyanne was the “one to beat” and with or without immunity there was no way she would be sent home this week. Cheyanne’s performances up to this point had always placed her 1st or 2nd, she was never in any position to be sent home.

    I think Danny made the right choice in sending Gian home this week. Out of the 5, he had shown the least growth week to week and was the one whose time had come. McKenzie, Alai and Mary Jo all showed improvement in their performances and each deserved to stay. Even though Cheyanne stumbled during this challenge, it wasn’t enough to send her home yet– everyone has a bad day. While a few weeks ago, it looked like Cheyanne would run away with the show, I am seeing McKenzie emerging as a new favorite.

    As for Sandy, I think she knew that they were going to go and that she made the comments that she did to make Gian feel that it was her and not his performances that sent them home.

    The upcoming episodes should be interesting.

  19. Kim says:

    Hat’s off to Shannon for showing the viewers every week the importance of being a mom first. Not a best friend or anything else the other mothers are trying to be. I thought the show would calm down after Rocky left but that isn’t the case. Keep up the good work Shannon and may all the other mothers on the show and watching learn a valuable lesson from you!

  20. shannonk says:

    Kathleen,
    Thank you for your support and you are right. I truly love McKenzie for who and what she is. That’s how God made her and he make everyone special in some way or another. And, like I have said from the beginning, win or lose, McKenzie and I will go home being the same two people we came here as. McKenzie knows her talent is a gift and she wants to use it for the right reason and money is not one of them.
    Keep watching and I hope you enjoy the show.

  21. shannonk says:

    Ken,
    The cast members of the show are really not suppose to say a whole lot about what they have being doing since the show until they are eliminated or the show is over. Which ever comes first for us, I will give you all the scoop as to what she has been doing.

  22. shannonk says:

    Doreen,
    Thanks for recognizing McKenzie’s improvement. She has worked really hard and it is finally starting to payoff. AS far as me being able to stay focused throughout the madness, I prayed alot and constantly reminded myself why I was there. FOR MCKENZIE! Whether she is acting or singing, she just loves entertaining. It is her passion and her dream. Also, she loved all the kids that were on the show and she didn’t want to leave.
    As far as me voting for Alai, what can I say other than “WOW, what a great kid”!. Who else could I have HONESTLY voted for? She really stepped up to the plate and hit a homerun. I was so proud of her.

  23. shannonk says:

    Kim,
    As much as I love my children there are times I wish I could just be their best friend. But, because I do love them so much I have to remain their mother first. Don’t get me wrong, there are many times we just clown around and act totally goofy but they always know the rules and the boundries.
    I hope you are enjoying the show and will continue to watch.

  24. martha wandrei says:

    My vote is also for Mary Jo. I think she was the clear winner an the cutest kid on that show. She is such a beautiful girl and when she was left alone to make the decison of how she wanted to play the character she did a great job. I am pulling for Mary Jo.

    The problem with this show that it IS all about the mom’s. I don’t think whoever wins or loses it willl have much to do with the talent of the children. This is about the mom’s and that is clear. I have to agree with others that it is all about the editing and what we are seeing may not be the case. I too agree that we should see a live show without editing. That would be great.

    I really liked Gian and think he will be a great dancer someday. I think little Hayley can model. Red Hayley was sweet and cute. I think the b est for me are MaryJo, Gian, and Red Hayley. I also have been on youtube and Gian has a great dance video up. Mary Jo has several videos and lots of fan videos. None of red hayley but maybe soon.

    good luck to Gian and sorry you were voted off. I did find it surprising that Sandy voted for Mckenzie to keep Shannon on the show (as she said) because Shannon is her friend. Yet, Shannon did not vote for Gian to help Sandy. Gigi voted for Mary Jo because she said she liked the way Mary Jo performed and not just because Pam was her friend. Pam and Helene voted with a strategy in mind. I wonder if Sandy should have tried a strategy as well?

    I also have to wonder how many mom’s post on here an their friends? It clearly seems to be the case. Alot of these kids are ot very good but I think most people do not take the time to post.

  25. HK says:

    For everyones information I would like to let you know that EVERY SINGLE PARENT, yes, EVERY SINGLE PARENT said something nasty about the children and the parents. I won’t get into this but I do know this to be true. Whether or not VH1 chose to air it or not is up to them. And also, Shannon was the first one to approach me to try to sway my vote, when I didn’t respond, she came up with another plan.

    You should also know that Cheyenne chose to be more dramatic on her first read (it was her choice because we all know how soap operas are underplayed – they’re very realistic (sarcasm)). She got direction and toned it down on her second read (every child did it twice). You don’t see any of Cheyenne’s second take at all. Most of the other children’s 2nd take it what was aired.

    Helene

  26. HK says:

    Oh, and P.S., what you’re watching is the beginning and the end of Cheyenne’s scene. They cut out the whole middle part (you can see what the whole scene looks like on the extras). The direction that the all the kids were given on paper was that the child was supposed to get very upset and cry.

  27. leeann says:

    hi i love this show i am 10 to and i want to be the next child star.

  28. PETER says:

    It’s a nice show. I often watch some funny shows at I n t i m a t e m i n g l e DOTC om. It said that there are some hot stars as Britney, Heidi. They started their film blogs there.

  29. tameka says:

    I love this girl (Cheyenne). I think she’s the star, if she dosen’t win i’m gonna be so disappointed. however she should have won the shoe ad . I thought she was the best.

  30. claire says:

    HK,
    JUST BY WATCHING THE SHOW AND THE EXTRAS I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IS HOW IT WENT DOWN WITH SHANNON. FIRST OF ALL IF THAT IS HOW IT HAPPENED WHY DIDN’T YOU SAY SOMETHING ON STAGE WHEN YOU GUYS WERE TALKING ABOUT IT? EITHER YOU ARE SCARED OF SHANNON OR SHE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH. I BELEIVE SHE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH. SECONDLY, FACE THE MUSIC, YOUR DAUGHTER SUCKED IN THIS LAST SHOW AND MACKENZIE WAS GREAT THAT IS REASON YOU ARE TRYING TO BASH SHANNON. IT’S OBVIOUS YOU ARE VICIOUS AND YOUR DAUGHTER THINKS SHE IS ALL THAT. YOU CAN’T STAND THE FACT THAT AMERICA IS SEEING THE THE TWO OF YOU IN A REAL LIGHT AND THAT MACKENZIE IS OUTSHINING YOUR DAUGHTER. SORRY HELENE YOU CAN’T WIN THEM ALL

  31. sara says:

    Gian should have stayed!

  32. mina says:

    noooooo!!!!!! gian should have stayed! he rocked!!

  33. BMP says:

    Toned-down or cranked up to 100, Mackenzie has charmed me from Day One! It’s refreshing to see a child who addresses adults with !(_ les of respect … I was tickled silly when she said, “Hi, MISTER Danny!” As far as I, a mere viewer, can tell about the relationship between two people on TV, Mackenzie and Shannon seem to have such a HEALTHY relationship. Shannon is friendly with her child without being her best buddy … it’s always clear who’s the parent. At the same time, Mackenzie is allowed to express her feelings and opinions, but she’s never disrespectful. And even when Shannon pushes Mackenzie to work on her lines, capture the emotion of a scene, etc., you still see a LOT of love and affection between the two. I love Mackenzie’s intelligence and spunkiness, and she seems to have a genuinely GOOD heart. I like various aspects of ALL the children’s personalities, but Mackenzie more than any of the others strikes me as a kid whose company I’d enjoy in real life!

  34. BMP says:

    Dunno what happened in my first post, but the second sentence was SUPPOSED to say:

    “It’s refreshing to see a child who addresses adults with %%^ LES of respect” :-)

  35. BMP says:

    ARGH! I keep trying to type a word but it won’t show up correctly, POSSIBLY because the first three letters spell an obscenity. So, as much as it pains me to do this, I’m going to misspell the word and hope that fixes the problem:

    “It’s refreshing to see a child who addresses adults with tytles of respect”

  36. Ashlyn says:

    I love my baby cousin McKenzie… when i read all this nice stuff it makes me feel so honored to have been able to have my nanny in my life..
    she truly is amazing.:D:D
    thank everyone for their support…they really are good people and deserve everything that they have

    i love you nanny and zz clairee

  37. memo says:

    gigi is such a &*^%*. so annoying, obviously the drama queen. marki was totally right about her daughter turning into a wreck in the future.i like mary jo… to an extent. her moms a &*(&* too. i miss that dumb@$$ rocky.

  38. HK says:

    Sorry Claire,
    That is the truth of how it went down, whether you like it or not. Shannon is just as manipulative as any one of these other mothers. She also appeared to be nice and respective regarding my relationship with my mother and then she turned on me and said something nasty and hateful about my relationship with my mother whom I am very close with. I have also heard from other mothers on the show that she was manipulative and had them do her dirty work for her.

    My (untalented) daughter has booked at least 4 – 5 jobs since the show (McDonalds, Disney, Dancing With The Stars, Modeling Show with Kim Kardashian, PSA). It is NOT against the VH1 contract to let the public know what your child has booked. I go through VH1 on everything. What has MacKenzie booked?

    Helene

  39. memo says:

    helene rocks…..and chey is gonna win!

  40. Opalescent says:

    Gigi needs to go. Her daughter does not have the talent or the cute’ness factor that the other kids have. Gigi is so anoying that at times she makes the show hard to watch. She reminds me of kids scraping their nails down the chalk board.

  41. A Viewer says:

    Helene;

    Your kid is very talented and you are a good acting coach – Why stoop to mud slinging? It does you no credit to tear apart the other moms and kids publicly, no matter what may have happened behind the scenes.

    If your kid is a winner (in life) why even worry about what others do? Cream rises to the top, don’t look down.

  42. shannonk says:

    CLaire,
    Thank you for defending me but it is not necessary. Undoubtly, my contract is a little different from Helene’s or I interpreted it differently but, after the show I tell yall everyting McKenzie has been doing. Secondly, I find it very humorous that she has talked to any of the parents on the show since we were told specifically not to talk to anyone affiliated with the show until the final episode airs. As far as her calling me names, that truly doesn’t bother me. Just like the producers of the show said, “On reality shows you can’t make a bad person look good nor a good person look bad.” So, what you are seeing is very close to how it happened. However, they are only showing Gigi at her worst instead of also showing the good things she did like sewing for Alai, teaching the kids dances and making tie-dye clothes with the kids.
    I understand why some of the people acted the way they did in the house. It is a very stressful enviroment. Think about living with people you don’t really know, who have totally different morals than you, and their lifestyles are completely different. What is sad to me is that the show is over and some of them are still acting the same way. It also saddens me because McKenzie can’t wait to talk to and see all the kids again. She really misses them. When she saw Cheyenne’s commerical she came running and screaming to me. She was so exicited and happy for her and so was I.
    Hopefully, once the show is over, all of this madness will settle down and we can all sit back and laugh at ourselves.
    Thank again!

  43. shannonk says:

    BMP,
    The things you said about McKenzie really touched my heart and made me laugh at the same time. My husband and I try really hard to keep a good balance between being their parents, but still having lots of fun. Also, I really laughed when you said she is the type of company you would enjoy in real life. She might drive you crazy. SHE NEVER SHUTS UP! She is ALWAYS either asking questions, entertaining or just talking so there is no silence. Sometimes I ask her “McKenzie will you please be quite for just 5 minutes.” It never works. Then I got smart and decided to play the “Quiet Game”. That always works because she is very competitive and wants to win.
    I hope you are enjoying the show. Keep watching.

  44. shannonk says:

    Claire,
    There is one other thing about the show I would like to add. Not that what you are seeing about the kids in inaccurate only that I wish they would have shown how much fun they had. The love and laughter those kis shared is priceless.

  45. sherrry says:

    Helene,
    The only people that will believe what you are saying about Shannon are those who are jealous of her and Mackenzie. It is impossible to be on a reality show and be fake for 8 weeks. You should know. You tried in the beginning but now the real you is starting to emerge. It is obvious they are good Christians and that is why your ugly words don’t bother her. You need to focus more on changing your and your daughters attitude rather then bashing others.

  46. KBMT says:

    I love watching this show. The children are all adorable.

    My favorites:

    Alai – this child has such a heart for the Lord!! Precious!!

    Hayley (Red) – You should take your act to Broadway – there are many leading redheaded roles and you are so cute!!

    Cameron – Your attitude after elimination was wonderful – you will do well in whatever you choose!

    McKenzie – So cute and so compassionate – you can tell she genuinely cares when another child is eliminated.

    Anyway, all of the children are cute, but these four have the best attitudes and that will last much longer than any show business career.

  47. demi says:

    i love this show it is the best i think some of the girls are just here for money but anothers are here for the career i think i am better than some of the girls and my mom isn’t a contol freak lol

  48. XRATEDSTAR says:

    I CANT STAND HELENE AND HER CHILD. IF SHE WAS THAT GOOD WHY U ON A REALITY SHOW CHEYENNE WOULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN DA NEXT CHILD STAR.

  49. Kimber says:

    I was just watching “missing person unit” on trutv…..it was an episode of Gian;s Mom Sandy…. something about her sister that had been missing. Just thought it was kind of interesting that she was on another show….. Truely sorry about her sister though.

  50. Tim says:

    I saw the same show and thought it was weird she was on Missing Persons…….. I came here to see if it was really Sandy………

    Kinda of weird……….

  51. Elaine says:

    I can’t wait to see how this ends.

  52. BMP says:

    Shannon,

    I have a 6-year-old niece, so I have lots of experience with little girls who NEVER SHUT UP (LOL)! My niece talks from sunup to sundown … AND in her sleep! The constant questions sure can wear you out, but hey … it’s a sign you’ve got a very bright kid! With her personality and spirit, McKenzie will succeed in whatever life path she chooses! :-)

  53. Talisa says:

    I don’t think you have to worry about how Alai will turn out. She”ll likely end up strong, creative, and with far reaching goals. She is NOT her mother – and I see through Gigi’s tactics, to a mother who loves and supports her child; but who is used to doing it the hard way.

    From the beginning Helene annoyed me far more because though she has a very talented child she is smug, arrogant, and fake: Apparently believing that you have to step on others to stand up for yourself. I’d worry about HER child more if she takes on her mother’s manipulative ways.

  54. StageDad says:

    As the father of a child actor, I have found this show to be very entertaining. I asked my son who is the best actor and he responded, Cheyenne. I asked him who he would want to hang out with and he said McKenzie. I think she and her mom have acquitted theirselves extremely well under the constant eye of the camera. Also being from the South, we appreciated the politeness and respect for adults that McKenzie shows. Cheyenne definitely has skill, it was a shame that she and her mom were shown making some arrogant comments in the last episode. Talent will shine, but Hollywood will temper the arrogrance over time.

  55. Ken says:

    Shannon. McKenzie is so adorable, respectful and just a great kid. God bless you and her. I hope she wins.

    Helen, Cheyenne is so talented and is definitely a star and will always do great.

  56. Ken says:

    Shannon. McKenzie , oh by the way is definitely a star too.

  57. HyltonProductions says:

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  58. yolanda cunningham says:

    I’m ruting for the couple from baton rouge la keep up the good work southern girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that my home town

  59. pamglover says:

    I have stayed away from these boards due to the fact that it can get extremely harsh. I do feel the need to come on here and defend what Helene said about Shannon talking with her about the challenge and immunity. I was not present for the conversation but in someones post they asked why Helene did not say anything at the elimination. Helene did say something the producers just chose to edit the show a different direction. What I agree with and has been pointed out is there is editing and this goes for all parties involved. Everyone on that show is human and everyone on that show had good times and bad. In my opinion that is ok because in life that is the case as well. It is up to the producers to decide what moments to show and that is their right. I think we all knew this before going into the show and that is the chance you have to take. We were on the show and have no idea what they will and will not show. I think all of us want them to show us when we were at our best but then thay would not make good television.

    Having said this all the kids on the show were wonderful and all talented. I wish all of them well in the future and I know they will all succeed.

    Pam Glover

  60. rukiddinme says:

    PAM
    ARE YOU KDDDIN’ ME? YOU HAVE PROVEN YOU ARE EVEN LESS TRUSTWORTHY THAN HELENE!
    NO ONE WILL EVER BELIEVE A WORD THAT COME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. GIGI MIGHT HAVE TERRIBLE MOMENTS BUT YOU ARE WAY WORSE THAN SHE HAS EVER THOUGHT ABOUT BEING!

  61. WillWold says:

    rukiddinme,

    I am Pam’s son Will. My mom is a awesome mom and ALWAYS puts her kids best interest above ANYONE else. What she did on the vote was to put Mary’s interest above Gigi’s because that is her daughter. I am 18 and I can say that I coould not have asked God for a better mom. She has been there for me EVERY step of the way. Anyone that knows her will tell you she loves her kids very much.

    trustworthy…yes she is!!! She said why she had to do what she did on that show. She did not have to explain herself. Please see article below I am posting.

    By the way my mom liked all the kids on the show! just so you will know she also likes Shannon and Mckenzie as well. Only nice things have b een said about both. As well as mary Jo has said very nice things and truly has missed all the kids.

    Mom wrote what she did in Helene’s defense because she has felt bad for some of the editing done. She was also discouraged about Sandy because my mom likes Sandy and Mary Jo just loves Gian.

    In posting this article I don’t want to be negative about Gigi so please don’t take the negativity but the positive about my mom. Who is a GREAT, Terrific, mom.

    Sincerely,
    Will Wold (Pam’s son and Mary jo’s brother)

    Had to post this article:)

    Category
    I Know My Kid’s A Star

    I Know My Kid’s A Star, Reality TV
    Five Kid Stars Left
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    This week on I Know My Kid’s A Star, the kids audition for a soap opera. The scene had the kids reacting to the news that the mother they thought was dead isn’t dead. They will be auditioning with a real soap star.

    Most of the mothers are trying to take a step back and put less pressure on their kids, hoping they’ll do better this audition without too much interference from them. The scene calls for the kids to cry and most of them can’t produce the tears. McKenzie starts crying because she’s afraid of not doing well, but can’t pull those tears out for the scene. Gigi sees McKenzie’s red eyes when she goes to the kitchen and mistakenly thinks McKenzie has been crying on cue while practicing the scene.

    The mothers find out that they get to vote on who gets immunity this week and they are not able to vote for themselves. Pam sees Sandy and Shannon helping each other out and thinks they will vote for each other for immunity, so she asks Gigi to go into a similar agreement. They will vote for each other. If it works out that way, the person who gets immunity will be whomever Helene votes for. Helene is sure to vote for the child she sees as the least threat to her daughter, or the worst child actor there. Helene is smug about how she expects her vote to be the tiebreaker vote, and how the other moms are just voting for their friends and not voting strategically. Helene’s smugness is really grating.

    McKenzie calls Danny “Mr. Danny” and he tells her it’s weird. She says, “I’m sorry, I’m from the South.” Is it true that kids in the South call adults “Mr.” and their first name? That’s funny!

    They arrive for the audition and find out they’ll be acting with Andrea Evans, a soap star. They send their kids to hair, make-up, and wardrobe to prepare for the audition.

    Gian auditions first. His mother is convinced he is ready for this and will do well. Gian tries really hard to cry but doesn’t. His acting is decent (better than most child stars on soaps) but it wasn’t great. Marki says she doesn’t think his acting was very good.

    McKenzie goes next. Her acting isn’t great, either, but her body language is good. She stumbles on some of the lines but keeps going. She also tries hard to cry, but doesn’t. Marki likes her scene better. Andrea Evans also thinks McKenzie did a great job.

    Mary Jo is next. Her acting seems to be the best so far, although no tears. She also looked really cute. Marki and Danny are pleased.

    Alai starts doing the scene with a weird accent which she thankfully drops quickly. She got the most emotional in the scene of all the child actors so far. Danny tells her she did a nice job.

    Cheyenne’s acting is over-the-top and obnoxious. She cried but she was getting too hysterical for the scene. Marki tells Cheyenne it was too much. Helene is angry, thinking her daughter did great and they were unfair to her. She’s some acting coach if she can’t recognize bad acting!

    Immunity Votes

    If I got to vote, I’d vote for Mary Jo, because I thought she did the best job on this task.

    Sandy votes for McKenzie and admits it’s because of her friendship with Shannon.

    Shannon votes for Alai because she feels Alai is the most improved.

    Gigi votes for Mary Jo, claiming it’s because she think Mary Jo has improved, although it might just as well be because of her agreement with Pamela.

    Pamela refuses to vote. She says she doesn’t like this vote, and knows that some people won’t vote for the best child, but will vote strategically and it’s not fair. (Gigi is upset with Pamela for going back on their pact). Danny says if Pamela refuses to vote, he’ll send her home. She agrees to vote and votes for Gian. Danny thinks that’s an odd choice and asks why. She admits to voting that way to be strategic.

    Everyone now has one vote and it’s Helene’s chance to be the tiebreaker and wield her power. She votes for Alai. So much for Helene being strategic. Gian is obviously the worst. She should have kept him around. Alai is thrilled to win immunity for once.

    Gigi feels betrayed by Pam, but Pam doesn’t know what to say to Gigi. She feels she did what she had to do to play the game. Gigi is also mad that Pam wasn’t happy for Alai when she won, so she ^`*#& es to Sandy and Shannon about Pam. They all decide that Pam is just a sore loser. Gigi goes back and harasses Pam some more and Pam still doesn’t know what to say to Gigi to stop her drama queen antics. Gigi accuses Pam of trying to make her feel bad, but Pam isn’t saying anything to make Gigi feel bad. She just doesn’t know what else to tell her.

    As much as I hate that the game is played that way, Pam was playing the game the way it was meant to be played. Danny more than likely knew that and (probably) pretended to be shocked that the women wouldn’t just vote for the best performer. Pam made her vote strategically and what else is there to say to Gigi? If Gigi can’t understand that, it’s Gigi’s own shortsightedness getting in the way. To demand Pam explain herself more is ridiculous. Gigi is the drama queen type who won’t be happy until Pam apologizes, begs for forgiveness, and showers Alai with congratulations for winning – and Pam shouldn’t have to do all that just to stroke Gigi’s ego.

    Gigi sends Alai to go ask Mary Jo what is wrong with her mom. That’s stooping pretty low to get the daughters involved in the drama! Next, Gigi tells Alai she wants to give back a shirt that Pam gave her. Then she rants on and on to Alai about how much she can’t stand Pam and she wants to “take her down.” Gigi is so horribly immature that it’s hard to stomach. Alai is sick of being stuck in the middle and tells her mom that God wouldn’t want her to do that. Gigi tries to justify her behavior by saying Pam isn’t godly, either, and Alai has to remind her that two wrongs don’t make a right. Wow, her daughter is more mature than she is!

    Cheyenne practices the attitude she plans to give Danny if he sends her home this week. That right there is proof she’s not ready for Hollywood! Talk about sore losers!

    Just before the elimination ceremony, Danny and Marki say they think Alai did the best job at the auditions and if they had been choosing who would get immunity, they would have chosen her. They asked how she prepared differently so that she did so much better. Gigi says she didn’t put as much pressure on Alai this week.

    Danny and Marki ask Helene why Cheyenne tanked in this audition. Helene says that Cheyenne had this idea that soap operas are over-the-top so she should be, too. Danny and Marki tell her, again, how they didn’t like her getting too emotional too fast and it didn’t work for the scene.

    They ask Pam why Mary Jo did things differently this week, and Pam says last week they told Mary Jo to fire Pam as her acting coach, so this week Pam didn’t coach her.

    It’s time for Danny to pick someone to go home. Danny says McKenzie has so much personality. Danny says that while he expects the worst from Mary Jo, he thought she gave the most interesting performance this week.

    Danny thinks that Gian did bad this week but he has a lot of talent (now if only we got to see his talent). Sandy admits she’s not having a good time doing this, even though Gian is. Danny sends them home. Gian finally brings the tears.

    Next week, Gigi will keep trying to fan the drama flames by saying that Mary Jo will end up in rehab. She also starts screaming at Pam. Seriously, this woman needs to be on meds.

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  62. WillWold says:

    rukiddinme,

    I am Pam’s son Will. My mom is a awesome mom and ALWAYS puts her kids best interest above ANYONE else. What she did on the vote was to put Mary’s interest above Gigi’s because that is her daughter. I am 18 and I can say that I coould not have asked God for a better mom. She has been there for me EVERY step of the way. Anyone that knows her will tell you she loves her kids very much.

    trustworthy…yes she is!!! She said why she had to do what she did on that show. She did not have to explain herself. Please see article below I am posting.

    By the way my mom liked all the kids on the show! just so you will know she also likes Shannon and Mckenzie as well. Only nice things have b een said about both. As well as mary Jo has said very nice things and truly has missed all the kids.

    Mom wrote what she did in Helene’s defense because she has felt bad for some of the editing done. She was also discouraged about Sandy because my mom likes Sandy and Mary Jo just loves Gian.

    In posting this article I don’t want to be negative about Gigi so please don’t take the negativity but the positive about my mom. Who is a GREAT, Terrific, mom.

    Sincerely,
    Will Wold (Pam’s son and Mary jo’s brother)

    Had to post this article:)

    Category
    I Know My Kid’s A Star

    I Know My Kid’s A Star, Reality TV
    Five Kid Stars Left
    04.25.08 | Permalink | Comment

    This week on I Know My Kid’s A Star, the kids audition for a soap opera. The scene had the kids reacting to the news that the mother they thought was dead isn’t dead. They will be auditioning with a real soap star.

    Most of the mothers are trying to take a step back and put less pressure on their kids, hoping they’ll do better this audition without too much interference from them. The scene calls for the kids to cry and most of them can’t produce the tears. McKenzie starts crying because she’s afraid of not doing well, but can’t pull those tears out for the scene. Gigi sees McKenzie’s red eyes when she goes to the kitchen and mistakenly thinks McKenzie has been crying on cue while practicing the scene.

    The mothers find out that they get to vote on who gets immunity this week and they are not able to vote for themselves. Pam sees Sandy and Shannon helping each other out and thinks they will vote for each other for immunity, so she asks Gigi to go into a similar agreement. They will vote for each other. If it works out that way, the person who gets immunity will be whomever Helene votes for. Helene is sure to vote for the child she sees as the least threat to her daughter, or the worst child actor there. Helene is smug about how she expects her vote to be the tiebreaker vote, and how the other moms are just voting for their friends and not voting strategically. Helene’s smugness is really grating.

    McKenzie calls Danny “Mr. Danny” and he tells her it’s weird. She says, “I’m sorry, I’m from the South.” Is it true that kids in the South call adults “Mr.” and their first name? That’s funny!

    They arrive for the audition and find out they’ll be acting with Andrea Evans, a soap star. They send their kids to hair, make-up, and wardrobe to prepare for the audition.

    Gian auditions first. His mother is convinced he is ready for this and will do well. Gian tries really hard to cry but doesn’t. His acting is decent (better than most child stars on soaps) but it wasn’t great. Marki says she doesn’t think his acting was very good.

    McKenzie goes next. Her acting isn’t great, either, but her body language is good. She stumbles on some of the lines but keeps going. She also tries hard to cry, but doesn’t. Marki likes her scene better. Andrea Evans also thinks McKenzie did a great job.

    Mary Jo is next. Her acting seems to be the best so far, although no tears. She also looked really cute. Marki and Danny are pleased.

    Alai starts doing the scene with a weird accent which she thankfully drops quickly. She got the most emotional in the scene of all the child actors so far. Danny tells her she did a nice job.

    Cheyenne’s acting is over-the-top and obnoxious. She cried but she was getting too hysterical for the scene. Marki tells Cheyenne it was too much. Helene is angry, thinking her daughter did great and they were unfair to her. She’s some acting coach if she can’t recognize bad acting!

    Immunity Votes

    If I got to vote, I’d vote for Mary Jo, because I thought she did the best job on this task.

    Sandy votes for McKenzie and admits it’s because of her friendship with Shannon.

    Shannon votes for Alai because she feels Alai is the most improved.

    Gigi votes for Mary Jo, claiming it’s because she think Mary Jo has improved, although it might just as well be because of her agreement with Pamela.

    Pamela refuses to vote. She says she doesn’t like this vote, and knows that some people won’t vote for the best child, but will vote strategically and it’s not fair. (Gigi is upset with Pamela for going back on their pact). Danny says if Pamela refuses to vote, he’ll send her home. She agrees to vote and votes for Gian. Danny thinks that’s an odd choice and asks why. She admits to voting that way to be strategic.

    Everyone now has one vote and it’s Helene’s chance to be the tiebreaker and wield her power. She votes for Alai. So much for Helene being strategic. Gian is obviously the worst. She should have kept him around. Alai is thrilled to win immunity for once.

    Gigi feels betrayed by Pam, but Pam doesn’t know what to say to Gigi. She feels she did what she had to do to play the game. Gigi is also mad that Pam wasn’t happy for Alai when she won, so she ~~&!+ es to Sandy and Shannon about Pam. They all decide that Pam is just a sore loser. Gigi goes back and harasses Pam some more and Pam still doesn’t know what to say to Gigi to stop her drama queen antics. Gigi accuses Pam of trying to make her feel bad, but Pam isn’t saying anything to make Gigi feel bad. She just doesn’t know what else to tell her.

    As much as I hate that the game is played that way, Pam was playing the game the way it was meant to be played. Danny more than likely knew that and (probably) pretended to be shocked that the women wouldn’t just vote for the best performer. Pam made her vote strategically and what else is there to say to Gigi? If Gigi can’t understand that, it’s Gigi’s own shortsightedness getting in the way. To demand Pam explain herself more is ridiculous. Gigi is the drama queen type who won’t be happy until Pam apologizes, begs for forgiveness, and showers Alai with congratulations for winning – and Pam shouldn’t have to do all that just to stroke Gigi’s ego.

    Gigi sends Alai to go ask Mary Jo what is wrong with her mom. That’s stooping pretty low to get the daughters involved in the drama! Next, Gigi tells Alai she wants to give back a shirt that Pam gave her. Then she rants on and on to Alai about how much she can’t stand Pam and she wants to “take her down.” Gigi is so horribly immature that it’s hard to stomach. Alai is sick of being stuck in the middle and tells her mom that God wouldn’t want her to do that. Gigi tries to justify her behavior by saying Pam isn’t godly, either, and Alai has to remind her that two wrongs don’t make a right. Wow, her daughter is more mature than she is!

    Cheyenne practices the attitude she plans to give Danny if he sends her home this week. That right there is proof she’s not ready for Hollywood! Talk about sore losers!

    Just before the elimination ceremony, Danny and Marki say they think Alai did the best job at the auditions and if they had been choosing who would get immunity, they would have chosen her. They asked how she prepared differently so that she did so much better. Gigi says she didn’t put as much pressure on Alai this week.

    Danny and Marki ask Helene why Cheyenne tanked in this audition. Helene says that Cheyenne had this idea that soap operas are over-the-top so she should be, too. Danny and Marki tell her, again, how they didn’t like her getting too emotional too fast and it didn’t work for the scene.

    They ask Pam why Mary Jo did things differently this week, and Pam says last week they told Mary Jo to fire Pam as her acting coach, so this week Pam didn’t coach her.

    It’s time for Danny to pick someone to go home. Danny says McKenzie has so much personality. Danny says that while he expects the worst from Mary Jo, he thought she gave the most interesting performance this week.

    Danny thinks that Gian did bad this week but he has a lot of talent (now if only we got to see his talent). Sandy admits she’s not having a good time doing this, even though Gian is. Danny sends them home. Gian finally brings the tears.

    Next week, Gigi will keep trying to fan the drama flames by saying that Mary Jo will end up in rehab. She also starts screaming at Pam. Seriously, this woman needs to be on meds.

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  63. Barbara says:

    As a mother of five children, something makes me uncomfortable with most “stage-Moms”.
    I try not to judge since I really can’t pinpoint what it is that bothers me about them.
    I feel like they are living out their own failed dreams of stardom through these kids. Alot of the time, at any cost.
    Then, last night I was watching an episode about missing persons on another network.
    And there was, at the shows end, Gian’s Mom, Sandy DeFranco.
    The subject of the episode was solving a missing womans disappearance and suspected murder of what turned out to be Sandy’s sister.
    I thought being a stage Mom made me uncomfortable, when I realised WHERE I recognised this woman (Sandy) from… I felt nauseous ! NOW, I KNOW why some stage Moms make me uncomfortable. Congrats Sandy … You’re getting exposure !.

  64. A friend says:

    Mackenzie
    you should win this thing you rock.
    you are also a great friend

  65. hayley says:

    Pam is abackstabbing *****. And I hope she reads this. You are far from any lady. Rocky and her daughter should still b there. Not You and your bratty disrespectful daughter. Your daughter will likely be on the same path of Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears. You act just like LYNNE SPEARS> Southern accent and all. You owe Gigi an apology you phony. If Iwas GIGI I would have taken you down and thumped you up. You should B ashamed of yourself. And get a new hairdo. I hopeCheyenne and Helen win. Love the show.

  66. Ken says:

    Go McKenzie, please win, you are such an adorable , respectful, actress. Cute and you have the “it” factor.

  67. faye says:

    I think you are all out of your minds. Pam did what was best for her daughter. Granted, Mary Jo can beat out any of those other brats, so no matter who got the immunity, it wouldnt have mattered. Yeah, So Pam told Gigi that she would vote for Alai but that was the best way to at least postpone her arguement with Gigi. You are all just low-lives whos lives revolve around criticing other people to make your selves feel better. Pam, you did what was best for your daughter. Mary Jo, You Rock! Im rooting for you girl!

  68. faye says:

    Mary Jo is not going to end up in rehab like Lindsay Lohan or Britney Speras because she has good parents! Im voting that Alai will be the first in rehab because Gigi is going to push her over the edge one of these days!

    Though I think Cheyenne will either be first in rehab or second after Alai. I feel really bad for her. Her Mom is crazy and evil.

    Pam is the only good mother on there!

    I havent decided about Shannon, shes become too snotty and rude for my taste.

  69. GLENDA says:

    Mary Jo is not a “brat” She may have “tween” moments but it is only because of her age. Everyone goes through those times. She is an extrememly beautiful and talented lyoung woman who has an amazing mother.

    Keep up the good work Pam and Mary Jo!

    Mary Jo, you are a star!

  70. Britt says:

    First off this is a great show….. Hayley i think you need to stop hating on Pam and Mary Jo. ITs the way the game is played…. You have to understand that they are on the show for the idea of winning and being tacticle, voting Alai would have granted her immunity and she is a strong competitor.
    Second I also agree with Faye that Alai will go to rehab first becuase her mom will push her so far and hard that she will need the drugs to get away from it all. I pray that Alai will not get burnt out and sick of her crazy mother but who knows. I think Alai is a little more mature then her mom saying “two wrongs dont make a right”…. Pam just lets things go with the flow and played it right. She could have done nothin else for the benifit of her daughter

    I am rooting for you Mary Jo, you are doing amazing keep it up… I hope you win it all and prove all those hating people out there you can do something and not be bratty.

    Pam, keep up the parenting, I think you are doing a pretty good job, just keep Mary Jo on a short leash when she starts growing up.

  71. BMP says:

    Is it just me or does Mary Jo look like a young version of Nicole Sullivan, formerly of “MAD TV”? (That’s not a bad thing … Nicole was one of my favorites and I think she’s quite pretty.) They even make some of the same facial expressions! :-)

  72. holdthemayo says:

    The moments between the kids are the best part of the show! Last week the kids helped each other to study and work through their ^^$ ignment – just great to watch.
    Then this week each kid took a different approach on the instructions for the scene, and the emotions to display. It seemed to me that each one had great results, but it all came down to a personnality decision from the mothers to pick a “winner”.
    One mom – Shannon – seemed to pick from the heart, the kid she thought did the best.
    The others played the game by picking on what they decided was a weaker player. Too bad these moments can’t be from the heart instead of from the desire to win.

    Shannon’s moments with Mckenzie are pretty wonderful in my opinion. Shannon’s remark’s of “what is done, is done.” and “just be a better you” are right on in the best of parenting handbooks. Mckenzie of the remaining group has had the least of professional training, and she continues to do better each episode. That to me indicates a real team of parent and child, and real talent in the child.
    It also seems that Pam is trying to be a good parent for MaryJo, as most girls in that age range are all over the place with their focus and emotions. Pam expects MaryJo to work with her, or she seems willing to wait until MaryJo herself decides she needs some help from mom. No one can force a tween or teen to listen to common sense until they are ready to hear you. It is sort of a tough love thing.
    Gigi can’t be such a terrible mother or Alai would not be such a sweet kid. Alai wants to do this, she has a warm and loving heart that just pours out of those beautiful eyes. It might be that Gigi pushes Alai out of her own experiences in show business.

    Helene and Cheyenne are already professionals in show business, so I am not sure why they are part of this, but I guess exposure is priceless. Anyone in a contest will play hard to win, and I am sure that everyone had their mean or even spiteful moments. However, if you have many moments of making fun of other kids and their parents, or planning how to pick off the others, or how you have the power or upper hand over the others, then it is highly likely that more of those mean moments will be exposed. Cheyenne does have acting talent, but it takes a full package to survive on the long road to stardom. Too many talented people have burned out because they didn’t have strong beginnings, or real feeling of self worth to get them through hard times. Or success comes too fast, and they have no real life experience to hold them up. I hope that I am very wrong in feeling that about these two.

    It was sad to see Gian go home. He is a handsome kid, and has a real desire to succeed. I was very impressed with his interaction with his mom. He reminded her that he is only a 12 year old boy, that she was there to help him, and that fighting with each other wouldn’t accomplish anything. He has the looks for Hollywood. Good luck to him.

    I wish this show had started out with a little more background information on each kid and/or parent, but reading these comments by viewers and the moms has helped me to enjoy the REAL MOMENTS on this reality show. I have to say I am pulling for McKenzie and Shannon, because there is real talent in that little girl, and real compassion and love in that child/parent relationship.

  73. shannonk says:

    holdthemayo,
    I always enjoy reading your blogs. Don’t get me wrong, of course I do appreciate the nice things you say about me and McKenzie but, you always say nice things about all the people on the show. You seem to be someone who always tries to find the good in everyone. That tells me you are truly a kind person with a beautiful soul.
    Thanks for all your support. Hope you are enjoying the show

  74. Princess says:

    I’ve never watched the show but it sounds interesting and dramatic.

  75. Bapril says:

    I swear as soon as I saw the words on the screen, “Thank you for being my friend.” I started singing the Golden Girls theme song. I now love you almost as much as I do Rocky. If I ever run into you and you tell me my tampon string is showing I don’t know how I’d choose between the two of you.

  76. Jennifer says:

    I don’t see why Shannon and McKenzie don’t get more support from anyone. My husband and I feel that they are the most sincere and completely adorable. They seem to have a great relationship and a healthy one at that. We love them. I also feel like they are the most stable when the cameras go off which is really what’s important, just ask Danny. He seems to have used this show to let people know how disgusted he is with Hollywood and what it did to him as a kid but people seem to be brushing that off so I wish everyone the best, but Shannon and McKenzie you will be ok no matter what.

  77. Alicia says:

    I loved the show until Gian got eliminated and Haley and Rocky they were the best on the show in my opinion… I’ve stopped watching it, I didn’t like anybody else accetp for Haley and Gian…. I mean I still can’t believe they got sent home, it made me so mad…

  78. redphoenix says:

    i’m rooting for McKenzie….she is the most improved for toning down her acting and is now showing the most potential…plus her mom Shannon is a good mom who is always loving, supportive & POSITIVE with her child…and I do love that McKenzie called Danny “Mr.Danny”….it’s so nice to see a kid showing respect for their elders :-)

    McKenzie…you go girl!! I hope you win!

  79. shannonk says:

    redphoenix,
    Thanks for rooting for McKenzie. If you have watched from the very beginning you know this has been a long hard road for both of us. Thanks also for praising her good manners. My family and I are firm believers in showing respect for everyone, especially our elders.

    Thanks Again,
    Shannon

  80. mother of color says:

    this needs to be address,because i feel that GI-GI’S getting a raw deal,for there’s a different parenting status for women of color vs.the other mother,and to keep her portrayed as this non-caring mom who only pushes her child and gives very little love and affection.IT’S BOGUS!!!!!!!!! DO YOU SEE GI GI’S DAUGHTER TALKING BACK,TELLING THEIR MOMS TO shut up and being so very DISRESPECTFUL.you know why?she was taught not to and we all know that most of these bad acting kids,talk to there mom like that,have no reguards for anyone else.unless your dangling something over there heads like A CAREER AN BIG MONEY.TAKE AWAY THE PRIZE AND SEE WHO TALKS TO W/A ATTITUDE.so hats off GIGI because you’ve done a hell of a job setting the foundation…….

  81. shannonk says:

    Jennifer,
    Thanks to you and your husband both for supporting me and McKenzie. At first the boards were kind of rough on us because people thought we were fake and because McKenzie was so over the top. Now, people seem to realize that is just who we are and I am truly there for my baby girl. Her dad and I will continue to support her in reachiing her goals in life, but we will always remain very hands on parents.
    Thanks again!

  82. Image says:

    It is about time I missed the last episode so reading the off the web. To me this guy did not have any talent

  83. joan says:

    After watching the last episode it took my dislike for Pam to a higher level…She did not have to lie to Gigi why didn’t she just tell her the truth instead of acting like a @itch and now she turning Maryjo on Alli that’s just wrong…I think Gigi should just pretend like she is not there because she is not worth the trouble. But all of us Mothers know mess with us I can turn my back, mess with my kid and I will tear you a new one:) Poor Alli has no idea what is going on she truely felt like her and Mj were friends I guess she’s getting a dose of the real world. But what is Pam teaching her daughter how to be a back stabbing @itch and some people on here say she won’t be needing therapy ohh I beg to differ. And what did she spend 35,000.00 on ??

  84. joan says:

    Jennifer, I agree I Love Shannon and McKenzie…. Shannon just comes across as a very nice person and McKenzie is just so sweet, you just can’t fake that. You can tell that she is very hands on in her parenting and her daughter has manners that you don’t see to often anymore….. which is a shame. I am rooting for McKenzie!! My 2nd fav is Alai I wasn’t to crazy about Gigi but she turned herself around last week hopefully she remembers and sticks to it. But when Alai was talking to Gigi in the kitchen that showed me that Gigi is bringing her up with the right values. I’m sorry but if Helene would quit talking to Cheyene as if they were best friends and not Mother and Daughter then she is going to have some problems. I’m not saying you can’t be friends with your daughter but right now she’s a child and I think Helene treats her like a adult talking about everybody in the house to her and telling her she is the best out of all them and picking out faults in the others. I just think it might be a mighty long drop when she falls.I think Cheyene is a good but not everyone is going to like her and I think Helene needs to be teaching her that everyone has their own talents and some people might like her and some will not so she understands that’s how it is in the world.And Pam I already posted what I think of her.

  85. NatureLover says:

    This is going to be a long post, but I want to express something that frustrates me about a misconception I’ve seen repeated here. People often (@) ume that just because a child chooses to do the right thing that must mean their mother has good parenting skills. From my own personal experience I can say that is not always true. I know my weaknesses and faults too well to somehow say that I’m an angel. However, I have seen how others PERCEIVE me. I always end up with new acquaintances making comments about what a “great Christian” I am, even though my spirituality is not Christian at all!! I get comments such as “I can’t believe YOU rode on a motorcycle”, comments like “YOU drink alcohol?!?”, comments like “You must have the patience of a saint”, and strangers’ jaws fall open in shock when they hear I have tattoos. Suffice to say, strangers always peg me as the sweet and innocent one in a group.

    Does that have anything to do with my mom’s parenting skills? I honestly do NOT think so. Throughout my entire life I have watched my mom lie, cheat, and steal right in front of me. She excels at manipulating people and is a pathological liar. I have childhood memories of her talking me through how to we were going to lie together to neighbors (as well as strangers) to our advantage. Because of her teaching me to shoplift, I still find it hard not to steal from others. In 30 years of life, there has only been one time that she has ever said she was proud of me (at college graduation), and considering how easily lying comes to her I find it hard to believe she was telling the truth. I don’t remember her ever giving me hugs or kisses. For as long as I can remember, she has always been verbally cruel to me about my looks and my life, and constantly tells other family members how disappointed she is in me. A few years ago, I became the first in our immediate family to say the words “I love you” when I started saying it to her at the end of phone conversations, and she STILL cannot find it in herself to say it back. I actually think she probably is a good person at heart despite everything. She does partake in charity events. She has given up a LOT of her hopes and dreams in order to stay married to my dad. She battles with depression and other mental problems, and I feel bad for her that she doesn’t have any friends. I am thankful for the GOOD things she taught me, not the least of which is how to act tough. BUT when I choose to act morally correct, that does NOT come from my mother. In fact, when I started acting morally correct it was because of not wanting to be like her! I battle a lot of self esteem issues that come from the fact that she never shows me affection or pride, and it actually does affect my professional life in a bad way that I will NEVER be good enough in my mom’s eyes. Just because you see a child doing the right thing or being “sweet and innocent” that does not necessarily come from their mother.

    THIS POST WAS NOT MEANT AS AN ATTACK ON ANY OF THE CONTESTANT MOMS. I’m not going to (@) ume the true way someone on the show is when I haven’t even met them! I think the producers probably are playing with viewers’ emotions and perceptions through the way that they edit. This was merely to say it’s wrong to automatically (@) ume a child seen doing the right thing must automatically have a mother with good parenting skills.

  86. NatureLover says:

    Note: In my post below “(@) ume” is really the word “as sume”. I didn’t realize the automatic filter would censor the word a$$ume when I wrote it.

  87. willwold says:

    Joan,

    You obviously don’t have a clue. My mom did say what she was doing and why in front of Gigi on the show with Danny. She changed her mind and did what was best for my sister! She puts her children first!!! You have only seen previews of the next show and you make @#% umptions about what is going to happen. That only shows how very shallow you must be.

    My sister Mary is a great sister and NO she will not need therapy!! She has her moments but she is 12 and most do. I did not when I was 12 and we are as different as night and day but we have different personalities yet the same WONDERFUL mother! I am 12th in my class graduating this year (celebration highschool) you can check it out. I am in all ap classes and have chosen to go to college to become a minister. Without my mother and her strong parenting I would not be the person i am today. Mary Jo is also in the top 12 in her class and works hard to improve herself everyday. We are not a “perfect family” but there is ALOT OF LOVE AND SUPPORT from our mother!

    My mom spent 35,000 on a child she loves! Guess what she has spent alot of money on tennis lessons for me and NEVER gave up on me even when i didn’t do so well. In fact Everyone but my mom basically did. You know what my mom told me….”William if you love to play tennis then play to the best of your ability and never give up go as far as you can” most important she said”I believe in you”. My mom lets us have dreams and supports us and believes in us!!!

    What my mom did is choose Mary Jo over Gigi and not let Mary Jo down!!! I have a great mom and she has NEVER let me down. I now years later am pretty good at tennis and actually made the college team. I almost hung up my racket but there was one person who told me I could do it and believed in me my mom (Pam Glover). I thank God for the mother he gave me and I am truly blessed! Mary Jo is blessed as well because through it all my mom will NEVER give up on Mary Jo.

    I took the time to write this post for my mom and so this one is for you mom. I love you with all my heart and my soul!!!

    Your Son,
    William

  88. HK says:

    Hi Friends,
    Cheyenne has a New Music Myspace up. It is here: http://www.myspace.com/CheyenneHaynesMusic There is one song on it so far. Cheyenne wrote, produced and sings all the vocals.

    Enjoy,
    Helene

  89. shannonk says:

    Joan,
    Thank you for your support. In this world, we all need as much support and as many friends as possible. Life is to hard to go at it alone. Believe me, I count my blessings everyday. So, once again “thank you””.

  90. emdee says:

    I think I enjoy reading the comments more than watching the show! Shannon”s response are a blast. Always have the good word to say, I think it is a little to much but I really like Mackenzie and I think they are both beautiful inside and out. As for Pam”s minister son response lol gee I am sure you love your mom and the show is heavily edited but it is easy to see your mom would do ANYTHING for her kids (but not always in the good way) Good for you she has so much money to burn. I call her the conniving, lying, deceiving upper trailer trash.. I dont see anything in Mary Jo. She is very white bread to me, she may be pretty but oh so common. Gigi is a bit too much, but she is in your face. I like her and I think Alai is a very good kid. Good riddance of Gian the squirrel, maybe lots of fun and a good kid but so annoying to watch. Her mom never got it either. Cheyenne and Helene are already establish as entitled, arrogant, selfish… Helene never made it as an actress, she raised Cheyenne to fill her dreams. Did you see how she pulled Cheyenne against her in the extras to pretend they were sad Gian was leaving but they probably did the happy dance alone right after. She has to prove they are working and everything, good for you, sucks to be you. I cant wait to see who wins and to read the comments from the mom. Too bad we cant read Shari’s recaps of the show anymore, they were so entertaining!

  91. holdthemayo says:

    Hi Shannon,
    Thanks for your kind words about me, but I believe it is correct to say -right back at ya!

    I AM enjoying the show, but only by trying to totally focus on the kids, and ignore all the “mama drama”. That purposeful editing in the first episode (and every episode) really was distracting. I am so human sometimes. I became too caught up in what the mothers were doing, and it did upset me to see some out of control parenting. Rocky (others too) was just too much in too many ways. It is very sad to see any parent set the wrong example for their child, no matter how much they love them.

    I truely believe in Love Thy Neighbor, and Do Unto to Others as You would Have Them Do Unto You. Those are the greatest lessons anyone can learn, and they should come from the heart and from the home.
    So I am really trying to not judge, and to just enjoy. Thanks again for all of your postive examples and messages. Those have been the easiest things to enjoy of all!

  92. willwold says:

    emdee,

    It is so very easy for people to HIDE behind computers and put others down. I feel genuine sorrow for people like you. I hope that someday you find something in your life that is more worthwhile and productive to do with your time. i will certainly say a prayer for you. I feel sorry for people like you and have to wonder what made you look at life with such bitterness??

    My mom would never write a post like you did and that my friend says ALOT more than any post you can write about her integrity!!! Good Luck in your future and I pray you find Happiness. I also hope that your future brings much better things your way so that you don’t feel the need to spend your time writing hurtful things about others.

    Hold the mayo,
    I believe love thy neighbor as well!! Even though you are not pulling for my sister I think your posts truly tell alot about the kind of person you are. Thanks for not putting others down and writing only positive about who you like. I think it shows integrity and morals which in these days are few and far between.

    Will Wold

  93. joan says:

    You can talk your Mom up all you want and that’s good for you to stick up for her but don’t get on your soap box about…..how much integrity your MOM has when she stabbed Gigi in the back……. she agreed to vote for Alai and she didn’t, that had nothing to do with sticking up for Mj ..She wasn’t voting for Alai to win the show they just both agreed to vote for each others daughters and your MOM did not keep her Word to me that’s not saying alot about your Mom. Her and Gigi were friends or Gigi believed they were.I myself don’t think your Mom ever considered Gigi as a friend she just used her till she served her purpose then she turned on her faster than a dog on a cat and she is also turning your sister on Alai to me that’s just plain ugly….I think she saw how good Alai did and she was so jealous and also scared that it might be the end for her and MJ.

  94. joan says:

    Shannon, you are so welcome…you show what a great Mother is….. you stand by your child but you don’t have to put the others down to build her up and that says a lot. You are teaching her values as she goes after her dreams. I wish you and your Family all the Luck,Health and Happiness in the world. Tell McKenzie I think she’s great!!

  95. willwold says:

    Joan,

    When in the show did you see or hear my mom turn my sister on Alai? The preview shows Gigi saying that but that is all. Then the radio show shows a little portion (that’s why it is called a preview) of what took place. Even in those two things when did it ever show my mom turning Mary Jo against Alai? You really need to quit making !$) umptions until you know. When the cameras show that my mom tried to turn Mary jo against Alai then I can see your post but until then I can’t understand why someone would take the time to post about something that they clearly have not seen or heard someone do.

    Just two more days until the next episode and we shall see or better yet you will see that my mom would NEVER do such a thing!!!!!! The one thing I know for sure about my mom is that no matter how they edit this she will NEVER EVER try and turn a child against another. I for one am not worried at all!! I will post again after the next episode and I will be able to post that mom NEVER did that!!!!

  96. joan says:

    willwold,
    We will see on Thursday and if she didn’t then I will be the first to say I was wrong..but just about that…..I hope you are right becase that’s about as low as a person can go in my book..I still stand by everything else I wrote…. your Mom is not coming across as a nice person and she put herself out there to be judged.She needs to do a complete 360 to have any likeability because right now she’s not liked very well except in her family. What I disagree with is what your Mom is showing your sister, she should be leading by example and right now it’s not a very good one.

  97. Ce Ce says:

    willwold,
    I admire the way you love your Mother. She is obviously a very loving Mom. Afterall, you know her a lot better than we do. It is no secrete that we only see what the producers want to show. I am sure there is a lot more to everyone in the house than is aired. Reality TV is very selective in what they show. It makes for a better show to only air negative things. We all lknow that. It would be very stressful to have cameras on you 24 hours a day. As far as Mary Jo, she is a very beautiful child as all the others in the house are. Who of us didn’t have a some trouble raising a preteen. They are coming into their own and it is very difficult for them. It is unreal to me that people would write such negative things about innocent children. Every child is special. That is the way God made them. I am truly sorry that the blogs are putting you in a position that you have to defend your Mother.

  98. Doreen says:

    Just to be fair… yes there is editing… yes there are cameras around (not sure how much of the day)…yes there is a competition going on…yes the moms want their kids to do well and to perform their challenges well…yes they are all sharing a house together with no other “real life” distractions to get their minds off the situation and no one to vent to. That makes for a very stressful and pressure cooker situation. Normally you can get away from a situation, vent to a relative or friend, regroup and move on. Think about it.

  99. Isiah says:

    I really love this show but overall I think that Cheyenne will take the whole thing home I mean McKenzie so adorable I think she will get really far but Cheyenne is just amazing! the thing she does just blows me away! She is a great actress maybe pretty soon we will work together!

  100. willwold says:

    Joan,

    In the show my mother did not say anything about any of the mom’s when Mary jo was present with the exception of “I don’t trust Gigi”. Yet Gigi talked with Alai about everything. Might I say that Alai’s response was amazing and I commend her for that. You write that my mom set a bad example for Mary but when in the program did you see that? I went back and watched it again and at no time was MaryJo present in any arguement or the voting etc. Yet, in your earlier post you support Gigi and condemn my mom. Seems that quite psooibly you are interpreting what you want out of the show. Yes, the show is edited but you can’t edit what is not there. You can lead people to believe things that are not what really happened but in watching a reality show I watch to see what did take place not the conclusion I am lead to believe.

    I would beg to differ about just my family supporting my mom. I posted an article earlier on this b log written by someone we do not know. My sister has a youtube channel with over 75,000 view on hervideos. She gets about 20 messages a day that are monitored. In those messages my mother gets so much support from some great people not family.

    Cece,
    Your post was awesome and I appreciate it so much. My buddies and I were reading it and they said the same!! How true your words are.

    Doreen,
    Your post is awesome as well. It’s great not to read posts that are hurtful but constructive!! My sincere gratitude to you as well.

    Will Wold

  101. McKenzie says:

    Ms. Joan,
    My mom let me read your message, and I want to thank you for what you said about me and for supporting us. I hope you like the show and keep on rooting for me.

    Love,
    McKenzie

  102. Pr0m0m says:

    Hello all I’ve got a few questions and since I’ve noticed some Moms from the show posting I thought this would be the place to ask

    1.Where are the Dads? I have a daughter who is a seriuos violinist has studied for almost 9 years since the age of 3. While she is exceptional I’d have to break our family apart to give her the opportunity to take it to the highest level. My husband and I just aren’t willing to do this. our marriage and family comes first. How do you balance such a choice for a child?

    2.I remember seeing an episode of Baby Story where Danny’s son is born. On that episode his older daughter was acting did he menton that to the Moms in the house?

    3. For Helene if you don’t mind my asking what is Cheyene’s ethnicity. She favors my daughter. My daughter is 1/2 African American and half East Indian my hubby is from India) ( she is my personal favorite)

    4.Are any of the children Homeschooled? In the violin world this happens frequently so the children have time to practice

    Lastly I want to send out positive vibes to all the kids. Putting all your “stuff” out there on National TV is quite brave of you. I wish you all success, but never at the expense of happiness.

  103. shannonk says:

    Pr0m0m,
    The very day McKenzie audition for the show I started praying. Everyday I would tell God, “If my family can’t handle this, please don’t let her make it”. Well, she was singing in Branson when we got the news. It wasn’t until that point VH1 informed me that it would only be me and McKenzie. I told them that I just couldn’t do it. They said give it some thought and call us back in a couple of days. I literally cried for two days. You have to understand, my husband and I have a great marriage. Prior to this we had only been apart for one night when he went to our hunting camp before me. Also, my little boy who turned 5 while we were there had never been without me. In my mind I just couldn’t leave. However, there are two things that made me decide to do it. First, my husband reminded me what I had asked God everyday and my response was “Yes, but I didn”t know you and Brody would not be able to come.” He looked at me and smiled then said “Shannon, God knew we wouldn’t be able to come. He knows everyting and she made it anyway. So, undoubtly we can handle it”. Then, my dad and I were discussing it and I told him “Daddy, I feel like I am sacraficing one child for the other” and he said, “If you don’t do it, you are still sacraficing for one child fior the other.” Then he proceeded “Shannon, you nor Brian have ever pushed McKenzie to do any of this and this is a chance of a lifetime for her. Yall have to do this for her. She deserves it. Plus, if you don’t, you’ll always wonder what if.” So, we did. It was extremely, extremely difficult. While I was there, I even told the producers “This is not reality TV for us because if it were, my husband and my little boy would be with us.”
    After the show is over, I”ll give you an update on McKenzie and tell you how my husband and I are going to handle things in the future.
    About your second question. I don’t recall Danny saying anything about his daughter acting. But, I had to say so focused on McKenzie and trying to stay sane that I may have just missed it.
    McKenzie is not homeschooled. She attendes a private school that is very difficult and makes straight A’s. Actually, when we were in LA, she missed the first month of school so, she had an onset tutor. Since we didn’t have her school’s work, the tutor just put her on the national 4th grade level. After their first session she came and said to me “I don’t know what school you have her in, but I have her doing 7th grade Math, Reading, Spelling, and Vocabulary,” With that said, she knows if she chooses the life of entertaining that is O.K. with me and her dad. However, she will graduate from college even if she does it when she is 30 years old.
    I totally agree with you about the happiness thing. I always tell McKenzie, when you no longer enjoy it, it’s time to stop. Happiness doesn’t come from someone or something, it comes from within.
    Hope you enjoy the show and best wishes to your daughter.

    Sincerely,
    Shannon

  104. Pr0m0m says:

    Thanks for the response Shannon. I’m also not surprised at McKenzies intelligence. She seems so confident and full of life, she will have success in any chosen field because of this (and the support of her family which is so evident). Thank you also for sharing your situation with much detail, I have struggled with this situation with my daughter for years (I have two smaller children 3 and 9 months). I am also an advocate of surrendering all things to God, my Mother (our town Prayer Warrior) is always reminding me of this. We love the show and contrary to all the drama edited for TV the kids look like they are having a blast during their down time! Best wishes to you all!

  105. BMP says:

    CONGRATS TO SHANNON and McKENZIE for making it through another week! Shannon, you have once again shown the viewing audience that you understand that finding the next child star isn’t the ONLY goal of this competition … it’s about learning to navigate the choppy waters of Hollywood without getting devoured by sharks, it’s about being a cohesive parent-child team and helping the child to grow as a performer. Kudos to you AND McKenzie for the growth you have shown throughout the show. In my humble opinion, you guys are already WINNERS for taking this as a learning experience and making the most of it.

    I also commend you for not dragging your child into “grown folks’ bidness,” as my Southern mama calls it. Kids don’t need to be privy to what THIS mom thinks of THAT mom or her child. The conflict between Gigi and Pam made me sad for their girls, who seemed to really like each other and didn’t deserve to have their friendship sullied by the tension between their moms. I also commend Alai and Mary Jo for rising above the conflict … despite one tense moment during the radio interview, from what the cameras showed us, they never appeared to turn on each other and it was touching when they hugged after Alai was eliminated. One mother in particular could learn a few things from her child. I won’t name names because I’m not into badmouthing people I don’t TRULY know, but as an earlier post said, “Yes, the show is edited, but you can’t edit what is not there.” From what I saw, this particular mom was a consistently divisive element in the house, and her daughter handled the situation with grace and wisdom beyond her years.

    To those who have described Mary Jo as a brat: Have you ever MET a 12-year-old girl?! (LOL) Admittedly, I initially felt that way, too, but I decided to be fair and keep in mind that she is a tween-ager … and I’m glad I did because Mary Jo has also shown that she can be funny and sweet – it was she who initiated the no-hard-feelings hug with Alai. That’s not something a true “brat” would do. Plus, she ROCKED the talk show host audition!

    The truth of the matter is that sometimes pre-adolescents ARE bratty … it’s part of growing up, grappling with hormones gone wild, figuring out who they are in this world. Of COURSE, the camera’s going to show more of a kid’s “bratty” moments because it makes for good ratings, but it also caused an unfair bias against Mary Jo; I’m sure she wasn’t the ONLY child who had moments of brattiness. They ARE kids, after all. In Mary Jo’s defense, I will also say that she and McKenzie have shown the most growth of all the children. Yes, Cheyenne IS immensely talented, but I haven’t seen the changes in her that I’ve seen in Mary Jo and McKenzie, both of whom have definitely “upped” their games. I think they both would be great on Nickelodeon or The Disney Channel!

  106. nrsnan says:

    wow…talk about drama! I don’t remember how I first stumbled onto this show, but to the producers credit, I got hooked!

    a couple of comments for what it’s worth. Poster ” mother of color” stated that we raise our children differently…….ie: african american vs caucasian…..I trully do not understand that comment nor do I agree..kids are kids…irregardless of the color of their skin…their needs are the same..they need love, support, direction, to be taught right from wrong, to make good choices in life..what the heck does skin color have to do with that?

    now to the show…I have to admit that I thought that Cheyenne had it in the bag as they say to win this contest from the first time I watched…she is no doubt talented, but after watching the last two episodes, I am not so sure she will win. Helene, I am sure that Hollywood is a tough place but is it really necessary to be cold hearted and calculated to make it there? I hate that Cheyenne seems to be learning that from you.

    MacKenzie..I have loved her from the start..even through all the comments from Marki and Danny about her being over the top… she still came across as confident and comfortable in who she is and what she was doing. I think she just may be the next winner! If this is about the best team…Shannon comes across as a good team mate/mother to MacKenzie

    MaryJo…another child that I believe has a chance ….the only thing I see or feel as I watch her is that I think she is relying on her looks to get her where she wants to go and that is just not enough to sustain an actor in my opinion…hard work and dedication to the art is necessary…I just don’t see her putting in that effort I am sorry to say.. Pam, you have spent a small fortune on your kids and that is great…the best gift you could give her now would be a different manager,…I don’t think you have the talent to manage your child from a business standpoint or an acting coach…she might have a chance if you allow that change and stand back and just be a supportive mom.

    Gigi…..alai is definitely a great kid….but I have not really seen any talent there I am sorry to say….and I don’t think you have what it takes to bring out the best in her…

    It’ll be interesting to see how this show ends

  107. marmitchbaby says:

    Boy–who would want to be a child star after the behavior of these parents? Every time someone gets eliminated it is because of the parents, not the kids! Why aren’t these kids swimming and playing on the swings? AND why are they sitting around talking badly about each other while stuffing their mouths with all of the sugar provided to them???? Why can’t they be KIDS?????? My daughter wants desperately to be an actress, but we’ll stick with local theater. MOMS–you are losing focus–any time you put someone down and you allow your daughters to do it too, you are showing how shallow and irresponsible you are–yeah, you too, Shannon–My vote is for Mackenzie, but good luck to everyone!

  108. Nell says:

    Who is/was the 10th team…I count only 9

  109. Taylor says:

    Shannon, Keep up the great work! It is great to see that so many other people also recognize the great job you and Mackenzie are doing! Can’t wait to see Mackenzie in a role!

  110. bert says:

    Mackenzie is still very fake and shirley temple to me. and poor Ali. With a mother like that the poor girl is headed for a nervous breakdown or an insane asylum. In my opinion Haley was the child with the most natural talent. Too bad she is gone. Either way, that’s the kid who will make it big in Hollywood.

  111. bert says:

    So sorry but Mary Jo’s brattiness is excessive. I have two daughters. Neither one of them was as snobby or disrespectful as this child, tween whatever you wanna call her. how bout demon sead..

  112. jwhite says:

    I am not sure how to say this… but GiGi’s unbalanced behavior is down right disturbing. I am not one to blog on TV show websites but her inability to control her emotions, the way she mocks others, and her temper all in one show… were all more than I could bear without responding.

    It was alarming to me that during the recent radio show episode her rantings and ravings were so out of control that her own daughter was trying to get her to calm down. She needs to get her emotions under control before she tries to drive the career of her decent daughter. If she keeps taking the attack dog approach she will finish her daughter’s career before it has a chance to begin.

    All I can say is I hope she watches these episodes and looks inward to root out the ugliness she displayed for all of TV watching America.

  113. Michelle says:

    This is a message for Pam: I notice that when all of the other mom’s are disrespecting each other in some manner or another you have been very tight lipped. I don’t know how many other people have really noticed that and paid attention, but I must say that I have a very sincere respect for you on that level. At one time you said something that came back to bite you when you realized that, strategically, it was better to vote the way you did (Episode 6). It’s easy for those watching to think how they would have handled themselves in your situation, but it’s another to be in the moment. My appreciation for you comes from the fact that since that moment, I have not seen you say anything negative about anyone; not a mom or child. But, better than that, I’ve also not see you agree with anyone else’s negative comments – even when they ask you flat out “isn’t that right?” GiGi mentioned that you were from Celebration, FL (well, not really “mentioned” but you were there…you know how it was said!) I am from Jacksonville, FL and recently had surgery at Florida Hospital in Celebration. I am proud to be a neighbor, so-to-speak, of yours.

    Since the show isn’t over yet for us, I don’t know yet how it ends, but regardless of how it ends, Mary Jo is lucky to have you. She is talented and has a great future…no matter what Danny Bonaduce thinks! If you and I were to meet I know we would become great friends. I’ve been in a similar real life situation in the past wherein I was faced with having to face, on a daily basis, someone with a volatile, angry disposition as with GiGi. Congratulations to both you and Mary Jo to survive the show. I’m sure you both grew tremendously as individuals after such an experience. My best to you both!

  114. Lauren says:

    I would just like to say good luck to the three remaining teams but I agree with shannon when she said its hollywood plp! WAKE UP of course someone has to be the villian and that villian is gigi i doubt that alai would be such a good kid if her mother was like that all the time!

  115. Jo says:

    Shannon, a backstabber?? She said in front of everyone what she had to say. I’m not a genious, but I do have a college degree, and I don’t think a backstabber would say it to your face. How can anyone get on TV and put a child down. To think that it is alright for a Mother to teach her child to make fun of another child is unreal. If the judges of the show watch it before the final outcome, you ruined your daughters chances of winning, and that is a shame, because Cheyenne is very talented. I hope none of the children involved with the show watch it. It would be very upsetting for them to see the way grownups talk trash about them. God never sleeps. Mckenzie is a beautiful, talented and sweet little girl. It is perfectly alright to be religious. I have watched the show from the beginning. I never heard Shannon say anything vicious. You can tell she loves all the children on the show. From the impression she has left on me, I dont think all your ugly comments will bother her at all. but it bothers the vievers. She will probably pray for your soul. As far as having a rich husband to buy fake boobs. Maybe you should have caught one to buy you a loving heart. Time will tell, but I am putting my money on McKenzie.

  116. chloe says:

    I love this show but I cannot believe all the negative comments about the children. I believe God made us all special and different in his own special way. We cannot judge how the kids and the parents react because is is so edited. I was once in a flight attendant training and you would not believe how bad we acted towards each other. Once the training was over and we started working, our behavior was so different! BFF we all are now ! I can only imagine how I would have been portrayed if our training would have been recorded! I am certain that the mom will have a special bond once the show is over. As for the children (will fold, Shannon’s niece, etc,) you have to understand that your beloved one decided to put themselves under the spotlight. This brings public scrutiny and analysis. It may be good or nasty, but anonymously or not, we have the right to give our comments. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Don’t take it personally. We have the right to comment the show in a negative or positive way. Good luck to all the remaining kids…

  117. Kristen says:

    I think this show is so beyond ridiculous and I think it’s disgusting that you can put your children on television and exploit them like that, basically they’re prostituting their childrn and I think it’s disgusting the way they push their kids. Living through your children does not make you a good mother or any cooler. What is wrong with this country that we have shows like this on tv, and how can we watch this crap? Instead of worrying who the next Britney Spears, or Lindsay Lohan is, why aren’t we worrying about their education, or teaching them to be strong young women.

  118. Lauren says:

    and shannon did you REALLY win Miss Louisiana 1993 because i googled it and it had no record of a shannon

  119. bambi says:

    Alai’s mom allowed her anger to get inthe way of her daughters career. I hope MaKenzie wins because she and her mother seem to have the most growth. The other two kids are going to need therapy.

  120. pamglover says:

    Michelle,

    Thank you for your very kind post. I appreciate your support. No doubt that was a very hard situation to be in and all you can do is your best. That’s what we expect from our children and we should try as well.
    It is again so very thoughtful of you to take the time to post and be so uplifting!!
    Sincerely,
    Pam Glover

  121. berta says:

    William, get a grip on yourself boyfriend. All of America finds the kids and the mothers on this show disturbing. Ranting about how wonderful your mother is isn’t going to change our minds. Also, your sisters behavior is not acceptable. Not all 12 year olds act like that.

  122. Evelyn says:

    Mary Jo is a ++^#* she should not be in that show and her mom is a ++^#* and stupid i hate them

  123. holdthemayo says:

    Evelyn, I can’t keep myself from writing to you, and saying please stop. Shame on you for writing a post to one of kids that is so hateful.
    The moms accepted their roles -whether they knew completely what they were getting into or not – and the moms are adults.
    But PLEASE lay off the kids!
    It is not interesting, informative, or entertaining to call the mothers names, and it is NOT cool to call the kids names.

    As the audience of this show gets more and more involved with the kids and moms, it is harder to stay unemotional about your favorite, or about the ones that just “push all of your buttons”
    BUT AGAIN
    lay off the kids! Thanks.

  124. jooooohoo says:

    OMG!!!! I LOVE Mckenzie && Shannon. SHES THE NEXT CHILD STAR. obvo shes gonna win. anyway, wtf is up with Gigi she is sooooooo fxin annoying!!!!!! she cant keep her mouth shut for a second…i feel bad for allai having to deal with herr.

  125. Vei says:

    I am so sick of Gigi. She is the epitomy of an angry “Black Woman”. I feel so sorry for that child. What kind of example is she setting for her Alai? Is it OK to be hostile, and angry and agressive when things don’t go your way? That is all she displays is ANGER. I hope the Pastor of her Church watches the show so he can see her cussing like a sailor Please pray for the mental well being of Alai. Her mother is overbearing, and very hostile. It is frighten to think of how she treats Alai when the camera’s are not there? She is definately bordering on being abusive.

  126. dijah says:

    Alai &Gigi are the best on the show and sound win 4 good

  127. joan says:

    Shannon & McKenzie
    I am so Happy and proud of you two. Shannon you stayed true to yourself and kept your daughter out of all the drama that went on in the house and I admire you for that. I have two daughters and I feel we are on the same page as far as how your outlook is in parenting. My oldest is married and they own 3 businesses and they’re trying to get pregnant and my baby is a Pediatrician at Hershey Medical Center. McKenzie you were my favorite from the beginning, I knew you would make it all the way….stay true to yourself baby girl and always listen to Momma. I see a bright future for her Shannon and I know you will guide her down the right paths. I just sad because I won’t get to see you guys anymore. So Good Luck in all you do and know you’re family will always be in my prayers.

  128. c1ickhere says:

    Thank God that Rocky got booted out early. Rocky acts like a prostitute and cant control what she says. Rocky tried to upstage her own daughter for fame and that makes her a terrible mother.

  129. Roland says:

    I recently saw a presentation on VH1 about some fat, overweight mothers exploiting their 6-year-old daughters in “beauty pageants.” These obese sows actually got more out of their daughters winning a contest than their daughters. These has-beens live vicariously through their daughters, and actually believe that they are somehow contributing to their daughter’s self esteem.

    These pageants take place primarily in the Bible belt, and are attended by men as well as women. One can only think that there is a prurient interest by the men in these exploited children. The mothers paint their faces like an adult, and have their little girls wear sensual adult style clothing and swim suits. The MC was male, and one wonders if any of the men attending this event were not in fact closet pedophiles or outright child molesters.

    Even if this were a totally female undertaking, one would wonder why any mother would exploit their children in this way unless they saw dollar signs at the end of the road. The comments of the little girls seem to indicate that they are more obsessed with their appearance than they are with their intelligence. What are these mothers thinking? One look at the mothers and you realize that they couldn’t win a beauty contest against a wild boar, so they do it through their daughters. Have they forgotten Jon Benet Ramsey? These people need to be on Jerry Springer!