Whether you agree with her victory or not, you have to give it up for Saaphyri’s determination and unique spirit. Like the most memorable Celebreality characters (such as New York), Saaphyri has her own distinct way of communicating — the stuff that comes out of her mouth is all hers. She blessed us exclusively with her unique insight, unflinching honesty and quirky sense of humor. After the jump, Saaphyri talks about winning Charm School, her plans for the $50,000, her thoughts on Shay and Larissa, her gigantic boobs and the drag queen who helped her become the woman she is today. The fierceness starts as soon as you click:
Every week we round up selections from the funniest, most obscene and brutal film criticism out there so that you don’t waste your cash at the theaters and laugh a little at Hollywood’s expense. This week: The over-long eardrum-shattering special-effects bonanza otherwise known as Transformers.
"A 17-year-old of my acquaintance assures me the fight will give ‘nerdgasms’ to diehard Transformers fans. The younger ones, at any rate. Older viewers may hope their popcorn cup will magically transform into a container of Advil." – The Toronto Star
"To call [director] Michael Bay a hack is sort of like saying Woody Allen is neurotic or Jack Nicholson doesn’t give a f*ck. It’s such a well-worn Hollywood truism, it doesn’t necessarily need repeating." – The New York Post
"[Transformers is] part car commercial, part military recruitment ad, a bumper-to-bumper pileup of big cars, big guns and, as befits its recently weaned target demographic, big breasts." – The New York Times
It’s a big week for Kelly Rowland, who’s album, Ms Kelly, drops tomorrow. The other big event this week? The Charm School finale. That’s right: Stars — they’re just like us. They watch Charm School. "I’m obsessed with that show. I haven’t seen it in three weeks and I really need to get up to speed with what’s going on. I need to know what happened! I need to know what happened to Boots!" Find out what else Miss Rowland had to say when she checked in with us.
Uber-producer Timbaland is throwing in the towel. In a recent interview with Gigwise, Tim (real name Timothy Mosley) bemoaned the state of the music industry, stating: “Music is boring right now. I’m too innovative for the world.” Tim then goes on to explain how he’ll “de-crown” himself and let some of the up-and-comers have a shot. “They won’t be able to be me,” Tim explains. “There’s only one Timbaland.” We here at VH1.com put Tim’s retirement party sometime after he finishes touring with Justin Timberlake, produces Madonna’s album, and quits writing all those songs with Simon LeBon for the new Duran Duran record. Which is pretty much never. We’re also elevating Tim to orange on our “Egomanic Alert” guide, for referring to himself in the third person.
Brit’s Mom: Come To Our Cookout!
She wants her crew-cut daughter to come to the family bash in Louisiana on the Fourth of July. Will the singer make an appearance? [People]
Imus Heading Back To Radio?
The I-man might be back quicker than you think. Rumors are floating that his return to WFAN is just around the corner. Buy or sell? [Post Chronicle]
Spice Girls Bickering Already?
Two days after announcing their tour, there are already rumors of behind-the-scenes cat fights. Will the girls ever make it to the stage? [TMZ]
Clifford Harris, the man best known heretofore as T.I., has been flapping his gums about his new album T.I. vs. T.I.P. (out Tuesday) for almost a year, but it’s just now that he’s really spelling out the record’s complicated concept. He’s given his most succinct words on the subject to the New York Daily News, and yet, what he’s talking about is still anyone’s guess. Try, just try, to wrap your head around this:
"I think T.I.P. thinks T.I. is a little too concerned with fame and stardom. And T.I. thinks T.I.P. is too concerned with the way we used to live rather than the way we need to live right now. Both of these individuals reside within Clifford Harris. He just pretty much sits back and watches the show."
Which is to say: nonsense! The only difference between T.I. and some homeless schizophrenic man feeding pigeons on a park bench, ranting about the voices in his head is that T.I. is being paid to talk about his crazy. The homeless man gives it for free. After listening to T.I.’s album, it’s clear that the homeless man offers the better bargain. [New York Daily News]
In the first episode of Charm School, Saaphyri wondered, "Where is that money?" And now she has an answer:
In her bank account. Boo ya!
"To be in a place where I can be a part of changing someone’s life," said Mo’Nique, "God, thank you, how blessed I am." Did Charm School’s principal really change the lives of these girls, who showed up on the first day of class scantily clad and ready to talk trash and fight? Also, did Saaphyri deserve to take home the $50,000? Weigh in now, and check back soon for our official recap!
Wow. This is a show that got off the ground real quick. So far we’ve seen energetic romps by the ever-dapper Duran Duran, a poignant man + guitar set by James Morrison, some Lily Allen bounce and Fergie footwork, and a big blast of power pop by our You Oughta Know band, the Feeling. "The sun is shining on Wembley today," they announced before launching into one of their power pop gems. Now Pharrell is kicking it (with a little dirty talk).
No surprise that the impact of American Idol stretches "over the pond." Simon LeBon isn’t the only Simon at the show. Mr. Cowell (with Randy and Ryan teasing him along) had some fun introducing Nelly Furtado – who was pretty damn hot.
From the "I’m Like A Bird" singer to "Swan Lake." Hey, there aren’t many events that unite N.E.R.D. and ballet dancers. Diana would have made a heck of mixed tape. Maybe Kanye will use one of the orchestra’s big old kettle drums on his next disc. Think Fergie made the entire viewing audience "rock rock"? She sure was rubbing herself enough.
Joss Stone and her band know how to throw some funk around. In her hands the Bowie cover seems right. Didn’t know Princess Diana was a big Supertramp fan. Wembley’s got its first sing-along of the day.
Didn’t see any ladies undies hitting the stage while Tom Jones was on. What’s up with that? Has the Welshman lost his mojo? Guess Joss revitalized it a bit, though. How did Joe Perry do on guitar?
That old softie Rod Stewart went right for the heart with "Maggie May" and "Sailing." And who would have predicted that Kanye and Andrew Lloyd Webber would both get their string sections on? Anyone got comments on Mr. West’s shades? Anyone predicting how Diddy is going to sound?
Our answer to that last question is: pretty damned good.
Which artists or performances have impressed you so far? Chat it up in the "Comments" section and check out some concert pics after the jump.
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