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Reality Stars Not Actually Stars: Nobody Attends Reality Rocks Expo

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 11th 2011 5:15PM
Vyxsin, Kent, The Amazing RaceThis weekend, the Los Angeles Convention Center played host to the Reality Rocks Expo, a sort of Comic-Con for reality TV fans. The convention promised intimate access to such luminaries as the goths with the pink hair from 'The Amazing Race' (Kent and Vyxsin), Judge Lynn Toler from 'Divorce Court,' and early 'American Idol' castoffs.

Though our friend Andy Dehnart at Reality Blurred reports that the staff projected an audience of 15,000 attendees, come convention weekend, nobody actually showed up. Seriously -- check out these photos of the event from B-Side blog, featuring crowds as large as 12 amassing to watch former 'Idol' finalist Andrew Garcia, empty autograph lines for 'Paranormal Files' hosts, and a 'Big Brother' panel with the same amount of panelists as audience members.

Even The Los Angeles Times, which co-sponsored the event, posted two devastating recaps on its Showtracker blog. Events featured "embarrassingly small audiences," and the lone high point from Saturday's write-up was that "the food lines were short."

So, what can we learn from this debacle?

The stars of reality shows are not actually stars. Bringing F-list celebrities together under one roof does not up the star wattage; it just makes it sadder.

Besides, would you want to be caught in public at a reality TV fan convention? We're all OK watching these shows in the privacy of our own homes and even having shameful morning-after conversations with co-workers. But paying money to see these people up close and personal? No thanks.

One time Heather from 'Rock of Love' appeared at a tattoo parlor near my house, and as much as I love her, I didn't care. It seems the thousands of fans projected to attend Reality Rocks didn't care either.

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Biggest draw was open casting call and a panel on pitching a tv show. That's about it and it was a another reality company who threw together the "pitch a show panel" and scrambled to make a second one happen - not reality rocks.. Sorry need to give credit where credit is due

April 11 2011 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joan

Well, DUH! Of course they're not stars. At best you can call them celebrities. Reality shows are a huge was of TV air time and all the show is how badly our viewing tastes have deteriorated.

April 11 2011 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
A Week WithMy Father

Our take on Reality Rocks - we sent Executive producer and Creator of "A Week With My Father" to the event on Saturday, to pitch the show to several well-known producers and executives. Saturday was a bit chaotic, as the ticket fr the pitch event wasn't included in the souvenir program, but Amy the Director of Reality Rocks was able to schedule another pitching event with the same executives. Giant Kudos to her for sound business acumen and customer service.

Unfortunately I have to agree with the writer of this blog, as many of the celebs were not "cream of the crop" in Reality TV stars. The biggest stars we came across were Nick Cannon, Mark Cuban, Daymond John (Shark Tank). Some bigger stars like Ty Pennington from Extreme Makeover Home Edition didn't attend until Sunday. Having known it was a charity event, we might have been able to send Giacomo back!

Difficulties in coordination of events, and perhaps lack of advertising may have doomed the event. Since this was the first event of its kind, perhaps it came a bit too late given the mercurial popularity of Reality TV? We certainly hope that the next event is better attended!

http://www.aweekwithmyfather.com

April 11 2011 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John W

Now if only the tv ratings would match, if only so we could cancel every reality show on tv.

April 11 2011 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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