To wrap up our look back at 2010, here’s a brief list of the most satisfying posts that ran on this blog this year. You can probably imagine that working at VH1 puts a person in touch with extreme personalities on a regular basis. Though that is amusing enough to get you through your day, it’s always nice when content you’re proud of as a blogger comes with it. Below are six such instances…
Having on-air personalities generate content themselves tends to be a logistical nightmare (people who can competently get posts in regularly and on time like Dawn Neufeld and Royce Reed seem more like the exception than the rule), and so it was with great relief that we were able to get almost all of the girls from the first season of You’re Cut Off! to send us updates on their financial situations and reflections of their time on the show. In the absence of the reunion show (which was, frankly, a missed opportunity), I’m confident that this was the next best thing.
I got to rap with Pepa (to my favorite Salt-N-Pepa song, “Expression,” no less!). Twenty years later, I could proudly tick at least one entry off my list of unrealized childhood dreams.
I got to talk about TLC with Chilli. That’s another one to tick off my list of childhood dreams (for most of the ’90s, TLC was literally my favorite group on the planet). I don’t think I’ve ever felt more comfortable with an interview subject. I felt like I’d known her for years, and in a significant way, I had.
They don’t make ‘em like Saaphyri anymore! This was, hands-down, the most entertaining hour I spent on the phone all year. Saaphyri told me her story from her arrest to her release from prison, both fearlessly and with heaping doses of humor. From the barter system to sleeping arrangements to rubbing elbows with murderers to taking a crap to rampant lesbianism, Saaphyri gave as clear a picture of her 18 months locked up as my questions allowed. If she ever publishes the book she says she’s writing, the world is in for a treat because homegirl can tell a story.
Piggybacking on the entertaining Rock of Love Girls: Where Are They Now? special that ran before the premiere of Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It, I interviewed nine of my all-time favorite women who appeared on Rock of Love (still my favorite show in VH1 history) in much greater detail than permitted by the constraints of a one-hour special. On topics like Bret, reality TV and how they’re earning a living now, these women were just as funny and off-beat as they were a few years ago on air. It gives more credence to my belief that Rock of Love girls are not made — they’re born.
I’ve been on the sets of at least a dozen reality show reunions at this point, but my time backstage at the RuPaul’s Drag Race 2 reunion was the best of them all. In fact, it was the highlight of my year, period. There was nothing these queens wouldn’t do within the realm of public decency and the constraints of the law (see my Drag Queens Eating Chips spin-off post). The queens, the people at World of Wonder and RuPaul himself were all so kind and open and welcoming. It was truly a special day. If I could sum it up adequately, I wouldn’t have written thousands of words about it. But I did and I’m happy to have a thorough document of a day I’d never forget anyway.
That’s it! I’m happy to say that we’ve already shot some stuff with the Basketball Wives and the girls from You’re Cut Off! Season 2 that should make this list next year. Be excited — it’s that fun. Happy New Year, everybody!