Love to Interrupt
After months of looking for
female model material, the reality cameras turn their sights
to the Y-factor, as Bravo stages a search for the next big
thing in the world of male models.
Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host: Carmen Electra
EP: Denise Cramsey, Robert Horowitz, Stuart Krasnow
Airs: Tuesdays at 8:00pm ET on Bravo
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"The Hunt Begins" - October
So I was talking to Chico about who would cover the
show, and he said that he would get one of the female
recappers to do it. Only one problem...
We don't have any female recappers (C-Note: Not anymore,
unless someone can get up with either Jennifer "Bachelor
4" Campbell or Rebecca "Performing As" Golden).
So Chico gives it to me, Thanks, Chico (C-Note: Hey,
you're the one with Bravo...).
Well, it can't possibly be worse than The Benefactor, so
I guess I'll take it. Besides, it's got Carmen Electra,
and that's not bad.
We start with the obligatory spiel with Bravo searching
everywhere for America's next top male model. They took
the top 30 finalists for their first photo shoot. After
the shoot, they cut ten down and we are down to our
final 20. One of these 20 will be the next top model....
well.... make that one of these next 19, as a spy,
planted by IMG (the group that also is offering a
contract to the female version), is acting as one of the
contestants to help with the cutting. Espionage, baby.
We start with the final 20, as Hunter Daniel (20;
DeQueen, AR; lifeguard) shows us his armpits and tells
us that he has always wanted to be a model. Paul
Rodriguez (23; Cape Town, South Africa; Engineering
Student) lost 6 waist sizes in 5 months and says that he
is driven by the competition. Maurice Townsell
(23; Reno, NV; Air Filtration Systems Salesman) is a
bald African-American who likes it when everyone tells
him that he's beautiful. Ooook. Brett Depue (31;
Las Vegas; Real Estate Agent) a tall, blonde Malibu-type
with parted out blonde hair, is from the other side of
the spectrum, happily married with 4 kids and has lots
of life experiences. Sean Russell (23; Madison, CT;
Marketing Student) is glad that he's beautiful, because
people open doors and do favors for the more beautiful
people. You don't think these guys are full of
themselves, do you? Naaaaaah...
Casey Weeks isn't (25; Huffman, TX; Steakhouse
Host), because he feels threatened by everybody and his
strategy is to roll with the punches. Kevin Peake
(22; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Club Promoter) wants to learn
as much as he can. Jason Pruitt (24; Vidalia, GA;
Marketing Research) is a good old fashioned Southern boy
who has a lot to learn about the industry. Ron Brown
(19; Florence, SC; Retail Sales) is African-American,
openly gay (with a self proclaimed fashion sense) and
sticks his hair up in the front in a cross between
Johnny Suede and Don King. On the other side of that
coin is Seth Whalen (23; Baltimore; Aspiring
Clothing Designer), who is a virgin, loves Jesus, and is
as far of a Bible lover as you can get. How much do you
want to bet that Sean and Ron wind up as roommates?
Jon Jonsson (22; Carmel, CA; Astrophysics
Student) is happy - but he wants to go for it, and hence
gives up classes to try to win. Micah LaCerte
(25; Olathe, KS; Personal Trainer), wants to win this
very badly, but he's not going to go down on some guy to
do it. I'm sure Ron must be crushed by this. Blake
Peyrot (21; Los Angeles; Student) says that he is
his biggest competition, but he has been slacking out on
the weights, and one look at the beanpole-like body
tells me that he's the first to go. John Stallings
(24; Sandy, UT; Retail Sales Clerk) says that it's his
dream to win this, while Kevin Osborn (25; Long
Island, NY; Construction Worker) likes himself to the
Tate Arnett (23; Dodge City, KS;, Fitness
Consultant) is doing this for his girlfriend and son.
Brian Bertie (25; Moorpark, CA; Waiter) says that
his body is evenly proportioned, and that he is going to
win this competition using brain and brawns (and ego,
to, apparently). Rob Williams (25; Arlington, TX;
Law Student) is balding on top of his crew cut, but a
psychic told him that he would do very well, so he is
confident about his chances. Casey Ward (20;
Prescott, AR; Personal Trainer) is an All-American who's
competitive at everything he does - but he says that the
competition is strong here. Finally, Matthew Lantner
(21; Atlanta; Batboy) is just a normal guy - who just
happens to be a batboy for the Atlanta Braves.
After the group picture, all of the guys meet at the
Standard Hotel, as Justin says he can get used to the
star treatment. They get to see their sleeping quarters,
including a big foot in the middle of the room. Maybe
that's the signature that someone's getting the boot...
The next morning, the guys are driven to the middle of a
grassy field where their cars that are carrying them
mysteriously stop in front of Perris Skydiving. They all
thing that they will be doing some flying when a guy in
sunglasses, an orange shirt and jeans walks over to
them. The guys think he looks like Derek Zoolander, but
it's really Bruce Hulse, who's been a successful male
model for 25 years. He talks about his experiences and
then tells them that he has made a lot of money in his
business. He gets scoffed at by Matthew, but what comes
out of Bruce's mouth next isn't funny - 4 of them are
being eliminated right now.
Explaining that sometimes some people get overbooked,
Bruce calls out some names - starting with Kevin P. and
Casey, Kevin O. and John. Those four.... are safe, and
Paulo, Tate, John J., Maurice, Jason, Matt (Mr.
Scoffer), Brett, Blake, Rob, Seth, Ron and... Hunter.
Rob and Hunter are stunned, but gone are Brian (so much
for winning with your head - he didn't have time to use
it), Sean, Micah and Casey. Brian continues to curse out
the camera, claiming that he's not a sucked up twig and
saying other things that I can't reprint here.
Bruce tells the 16 people who are left that it's time to
go skydiving - and the theme is teamwork. He tells them
all that they will be skydiving... in their skivvies, as
he tells everyone to strip to their undies. Why am I
covering this again? (C-Note: Again, no females, no
Bruce then does the manly thing - and then goes after
their physiques. Hunter - too skimpy, Blake - too
pear-shaped, both Johns - looks good, but raggedy
underwear, Casey and Jason - body out or proportion (not
enough going on in the legs), Maurice - looks like a
wrestler, Brett - triathlete body, Paolo and both Kevins
- too muscular on top, Ron - thin boned, Matthew - still
has baby fat, Seth - bowlegged and scrawny.
After fitting everyone in the same underwear, the guys
come out in white boxer-briefs to get on the plane. With
"It's Raining Men" in the background, we get a montage
of the guys coming out of the plane. Fortunately for the
guys, there is an expert connected on top of them as
they were jumping out. Some people enjoyed it more than
others, as in the words of Rob, "The most embarrassing
thing was my jumping out in my underwear with a guy
strapped on my back." Well, that's another way to look
After the skydiving class, Bruce tells them all that
they had better be team players - or they will be
bounced out very early. They also work on isometric
exercises as well as emotional exercises - neither of
which they do very well. Nevertheless, they have all
graduated from Model Boot Camp, so they get a graduation
bag featuring make-up and cosmetics.
The next morning, the guys get a note that tells them to
prepare to dress up. They all go to Armani Exchange
(AIX) to do some shopping as Alex Smith is there to fit
them all up. Some guys have more fashion sense than
others, as Black decides to help Jason. Other people
aren't so lucky and get yelled at by Alex.
John S. notices that 2 women are noticing them. He
doesn't care, but Kevin P. seems to be flirting with
them as he takes off his shirt. The women say they are
like kids in a candy store - and they want all of the
candy. John S. and Kevin P. both wear tacky blazers as
Alex calls them Tweedledee and Tweedle Dum. Kevin plays
Tweedledumber as he goes back to get more stuff - $600
worth of merchandise. Kevin says that AIX wants him to
be a walking Billboard, but the guys say that they don't
want AIX to check their racks to make sure that their
clothes are still there. Kevin P. seems to be earning
his villain stripes...
Speaking of villains, the guys in Kevin P's car make fun
of the women who were watching them - but unbeknownst to
them, the girls get the hotel address. We'll see how
that plays out later...
...but for now, the guys continue to primp up for the
evening. Kevin and John look at their tub as they say
that they can fit 10 women in their. Tate, however,
wants nothing to do with that, as he says that he has a
3 year on-again, off-again girlfriend. If he goes too
far, he won't have to worry about on-again. Meanwhile,
Ron and Hunter, who are underage, are barred from the
ceremonies, which pisses them off as they hope it's not
an elimination challenge. They go back to their hotel
room, thinking that at least they will be up and awake
for the next challenge. Kevin does see the women who
were at AIX earlier on, and h invites them back to his
room. Joining him is.... Tate. Well, I'm sensing that
off-again is going to rear it's ugly head.
12:30 am - and the party is still going on. Kevin P.,
Kevin O. and Tate get busy with the women and dance in
the room, while Rob is concerned that their actions
could be a negative influence on everyone else.
1 am - and the party is over - for most. As the girls
pile out, the women from AIX want a pic of everyone -
shirtless. In the background, two other girls stagger
around and fall to the floor. Nice.
2:30 am - and the party is very over, as it's time to do
a photo shoot. Bruce wakes everyone up for an ambush
shoot. Bruce tells everyone that anyone should be
prepared for anything, and in this case, anything is a
photo shoot with Marissa Miller. Hunter and Rob are as
awake as anyone, while Hunter walks into the bathroom -
and sees 2 girls in the tub. Bruce sees them and tells
them that they can come too. Heh. It's not Kevin O's, as
ironically he is just as mystified.
Bruce asked who's girlfriend is in the bathtub, as he is
impressed that the guys snuck the women in. He also
finds a locked bathroom, and warns them that they have
ten seconds to come out - or they're getting cut. Of
course, they are probably getting cut anyways, but this
is far more entertaining.
So who's in the bathtub? Who's the mole? Who is
eliminated? What's my take? We'll get all of this on the