Top 12 Headlines Of 2012: Reality TV Roundup (#10)
Alana Thompson — aka Honey Boo Boo — visits Access Hollywood Live on October 16, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. --
Chances are in 2012, you were watching just as much reality TV (if not more!) as you were scripted small screen fun, and this year there was no shortage of drama, thrills, excitement and unexpected hits… “redneckognize” that reality TV rocked this year!
As AccessHollywood.com counts down The Top 12 Headlines Of 2012, we continue with 2012’s breakout reality TV star, TLC’s Honey Boo Boo, Alana Thompson, who took the country by storm. With her wild antics, even wilder (but loving) family and catchphrases, the pint-sized star racked up huge ratings and tons of Hollywood fans!
Access was graced with Honey Boo’s presence many times this year, including an impromptu song by the youngster about fellow reality TV star Kim Kardashian, HERE!
But it wasn’t always perfect when Alana visited. Check out Honey Boo Boo getting a little sour with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Access Hollywood Live, HERE!
2012 was also filled with plenty of “Bachelor”/“Bachelorette” love and loss of love.
After getting engaged, “The Bachelorette’s” Emily Maynard and Jef Holm called it quits in October, something Emily called “heartbreaking.”
ABC announced that the next “Bachelor” to search for love will be Sean Lowe, who was previously eliminated by Emily. And, will “Dancing with the Stars” pro Cheryl Burke be the next “Bachelorette”? See what she told Access about possibly handing out roses to would-be suitors, HERE!
“DWTS” crowned two mirrorball champs in 2012, first was Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd, followed by Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, who took home the trophy for the “All-Stars” edition. See what Melissa and Tony had to say to Access after their recent big win, HERE!
But let’s be honest, the “Dancing” is great, but we also love all the skin in the ballroom! Check out some the hottest shirtless men from 2012 and years past, HERE!
Reality TV singing competitions were also huge this year, both for their contestants and judge shakeups (“The Voice,” “American Idol” and “The X Factor” all mixed it up!)
“The Voice” Season 2 winner Jermaine Paul chatted with Access’ Billy Bush earlier this year about his big win and how his family has been his rock during his rocket to stardom. Also, “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips was with AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman the morning after his big win, where he revealed what was in store for his future.
MTV’s “Jersey Shore” will come to a close this year after six seasons — and countless “GTL” sessions. So, what do Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio and Vinny Guadagnino think everyone will be doing 10 years from now? See what they told Access, HERE!
Plus, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi gave birth to her first child, baby Lorenzo, in August, which dramatically changed her life.
“I love Lorenzo so much – he’s perfect, he’s an amazing baby,” the 24-year-old reality mom told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover in October. “I used to care about like, partying, like what’s going on tonight, what am I going to wear, and now it’s like, what is Lorenzo going to wear to bed? He’s so cute, I just wanna cuddle with him.”
Also, scripted and reality TV blurred this year on “Survivor: Philippines,” with the addition of former “The Facts of Life” star Lisa Whelchel – who played Blair Warner on the ‘80s sitcom.
Find out why she told AccessHollywood.com that child/teen stardom didn’t help her when it came to navigating her way through the game, HERE!
Tomorrow, our countdown continues with the #9 headline of 2012, as we look back at the rise of “The Hunger Games.”
And check out our #11 headline — the 2012 Award Show Roundup — HERE!
-- Jesse Spero
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Top 12 Headlines Of 2012: Reality TV Roundup (#10)
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Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars Recap — A New Frontrunner Emerges
Aaron Rodgers: Green Bay Packers Gearing Up To Prank Dancing Champ Donald Driver
Dancing Runner-Up Katherine Jenkins To Tour, Spend More Time In U.S.
Dancing With The Stars Champ Donald Driver Plans To Keep Mirrorball Trophy Next To Super Bowl Trophy
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd Win Dancing With The Stars
Donald Driver Hoping His Freestyle Is Good Enough For Dancing Mirrorball Glory
Dancing With The Stars Finals Recap: Who Busted Out A Stunning Country Freestyle?
Dancing With The Stars Alum Shannon Elizabeth Reveals Her Pick For Season 14 Champ
Len Goodman Weighs In On Dancing Finalists: All Three Are ‘Fabulous’
Dancing With The Stars Final 3 Weigh In On Winning The Mirrorball
Dancing With The Stars Elimination Surprise: Which Couple Didn’t Make The Finals?
Dancing With The Stars Contestant Katherine Jenkins Suffers Injury During Semifinals
Roshon Fegan: Dancing With The Stars Taught Me That I Can ‘Keep Up With The Big Guys’
‘Dancing With The Stars’: Leaderboard Shakeup As Competitor ‘Vamps’ It Up
‘Dancing’ Champ J.R. Martinez On Season 14’s Standouts
One Celeb Stands Out After Two Rounds Of Competition On ‘Dancing’
William Levy Bounces Back, Overcomes Injury To Impress On ‘Dancing With The Stars’
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Rising Stars Katherine Jenkins, William Levy Shake Up The Ballroom On ‘Dancing’
Donald Driver Talks Football Injuries Versus ‘Dancing’ Damage; Talks Hines Wards’ Retirement
Guys Choice Awards 2012: Aaron Rodgers ‘So Proud’ Of Donald Driver Winning Dancing
Backstage at Spike TV’s 6th Annual Guys Choice Awards, NFL star Aaron Rodgers talks with Access about why it’s important to come out and support the troops. Plus, he tells Access how proud he is of teammate Donald Driver for winning “Dancing with the Stars.” So, would he ever do “Dancing”?
Donald Driver Crowned Dancing Champion
Donald Driver and his “Dancing” partner, Peta Murgatroyd, tell Access they still can’t believe they were crowned “Dancing with the Stars” Season 14 champions. So, where will they put their mirrorball trophies?
Donald Driver Brings Down The House On Dancing Finals
Donald Driver and his “Dancing” partner, Peta Murgatroyd, chat with Access about their insane freestyle dance, but why did they decide to go country? Also, were they nervous about doing the complicated lifts during their routine?
Donald Driver All Smiles For The Dancing Finals
Donald Driver and his “Dancing” partner, Peta Murgatroyd, tell Access how their dances are coming along for the “Dancing with the Stars” finale. Also, Peta talks about how “amazing” and “daunting” it feels to be in her first finals.
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd: Can They Get A Perfect Dancing Score?
Donald Driver and his “Dancing” partner, Peta Murgatroyd, have made it to the Final Four of “Dancing with the Stars,” but they have yet to receive a perfect score ¿ so, do either of them think it’s still to come? Also, Peta tells Access how great it is to work with Donald. Plus, if he wins the mirrorball trophy, where will he put it?
Dancing With The Stars: Meet The Final Four!
British classical singer Katherine Jenkins, TV personality Maria Menounos, NFL star Donald Driver and actor William Levy are safe from elimination and make to the Final Four on “Dancing with the Stars.” They all tell Access how nervous they felt during elimination night.
Donald Driver Takes The Lead On ‘Dancing With The Stars’
NFL star Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd chat with Access about their high scores on “Dancing with the Stars.” Also, they talk about their decision for Donald to go shirtless tonight. Plus, the athlete shows off some of his tattoos.
How Much Pressure Is Donald Driver Putting On Himself To Win The ‘Dancing’ Mirrorball Trophy?
Donald Driver and pro-dance partner Peta Murgatroyd chat with Access about the success of their first “Dancing with the Stars” performance. Is it causing Donald to put extra pressure on himself to win the competition? Plus, is training for “Dancing with the Stars” any different than training for football?
Donald Driver Talks Going From Homeless To Superstardom
Donald Driver chats with Access at his “Dancing with the Stars” rehearsal about being homeless during his childhood. How was he affected by it? Plus, what do Donald’s siblings think about what he’s now doing? And, why did he decide to compete on “Dancing”?
Donald Driver Reacts To Hines Ward Retiring & Tim Tebow Going To The NY Jets
Donald Driver chats with Access at his “Dancing with the Stars” rehearsal about Hines Ward announcing his retirement. How will that affect the NFL? Plus, what does he think about Tim Tebow going to the New York Jets? Was it a good move? Lastly, should Donald win “Dancing” this season, does he already have a place picked out for the mirrorball trophy?
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