Reality Check

The Baltimore Sun

I think we all thought Bravo's Hey Paula, which follows Paula Abdul as she bumbles her way through life, was going to be the train wreck of the summer. But no. Sunday's premiere of VH1's Rock of Love wins the prize based on its first 1 1/2 hours.

Twenty-five women vie to become the lady love of Poison lead singer Bret Michaels, and this is a needy, catty and largely raunchy bunch. In the premiere, Michaels basically got manhandled (so to speak) by the women, who tried to get his attention in a variety of ways, including getting trashed, sticking their tongues down his throat, going topless in a photo shoot, showing off their drumming skills, and, in the case of one particularly annoying contestant, screeching endlessly.

It was awful. But I couldn't turn it off.

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