Guilty Pleasures Reality TV Showdown: 'A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila' vs. 'Temptation Island'
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Quarterfinals, Relationships: A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila vs. Temptation Island
A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
Proving that love famewhoring knows no boundaries — not race, not gender, not even sexual orientation — “bisexual” “model”/”singer” Tila Tequila courted himbos and she-beasts alike during the two seasons of drunken, skin-baring, profanity-spewing, camera-baiting debauchery that defined her MTV dating series. Perhaps the only thing right about A Shot at Love was its name: It certainly helped to have a shot (of tequila, vodka, Jagermeister, whatever) to swallow your pride before tuning in. And who didn’t feel like they needed a shot of penicillin at the end of every gratifyingly awful episode? (Bonus International shame: A Shot at Love spawned a spinoff series, That’s Amore, starring soul-crushing Italian stereotype Domenico Nesci.) —Michael Slezak
Back in 2001 — before our innocence disappeared forever with the sight of a woman named “Somethin” pooping on the floor on Flavor of Love — fans of tawdry, feel-bad entertainment journeyed to Fox’s Temptation Island, where (in season 1) four on-the-brink-of-collapse couples had their hormones and fidelity tested by 26 on-the-prowl singles and a tremendous amount of alcohol. (Temptee Andy described the experience as being akin to the Pepsi Challenge, only with women instead of soft drinks. Refreshing!) We can’t remember whether redheaded Mandy and shaved-headed Billy survived the “journey,” but we sure had shame-inducing fun watching a can’t-turn-away collision of yelling, crying, kissing, and stripping. Good times. (For the uninitiated, watch the series premiere here.) — Michael Slezak