It’s the second season of the reality television show True Beauty. The competitors are vying for the title of “Beautiful” in a similar manner to last season’s. They believe they are just being judged on their physical appearance, but the judges are also assessing their inner beauty by putting them through a series of trials including a hidden camera instead. Cast members included Beth Ostrosky Stern and Carson Kressley, with filming wrapping up in Las Vegas at the end of October 2009. Participants were informed they were participating in a new reality program called Face of Vegas in order to keep them unaware of the show’s genuine concept by ABC executives. In addition, the sole returning judge from the previous season, Vanessa Minnillo, did not engage with any of the candidates until they were eliminated. The major hidden-camera task was faced by all of the competitors in every episode. There were only two participants that faced a second, “final straw,” task in most circumstances. It was announced that the second season will launch on May 31st, 2010, and it did just that.
1: The Theft Challenge
Broadcast for the first time on May 31st, 2010
The participants are given a $200 budget and 20 minutes to design a Vegas-inspired outfit with the help of a phoney stylist recruited by the producers. The stylist allows each player to take one item that costs more than their budget in order to get an advantage in the game. Hidden cameras catch Liz, Michael, Craig, and JD breaking the rules by taking the stylist’s gift. They don their costumes and are led out onto the streets of Las Vegas, where they are placed in glass boxes. Tokens are handed out to onlookers, who may use them to vote for their favourite participant. Amy is a bride, Craig is a cowboy, David is Elvis, Erika is Marilyn Monroe, JD is a drag queen, Liz is a glittery go-go dancer, Michael is a pimp, Michelle is a pinup girl, Regina is Lady Luck, and Taylor is a rocker. By wearing a very provocative and exposing costume, Liz wins the challenge and receives a lot of tokens. In order to avoid elimination, David and JD must each earn one token.
In the past, the participants have previously faced the “last straw.” On their approach inside the shop where they crafted their characteristic appearance, a lady was blocking them because her dog’s leash had been knotted. Her hair was untangled by JD, while David made his way past her, stating he was too busy to assist her. Amy, Craig, and Michelle all walked right by her in following episodes, showing that she was not the only one who felt this way. For the first time, the contestants in last place must confront the panel of judges. JD says that his desire to dress in drag demonstrates how much he wants to win, while David contends that his Elvis attire better suited the Las Vegas theme. David, who had not taken anything, was declared to be safe by the police. The film of JD accepting the additional item out of budget is presented to JD’s replacement.
Liz is the lucky winner!
- Two at the bottom: David and JD
- Removing JD
As of June 7, 2010, it has its first episode.
The participants must perform a magic trick in front of Penn & Teller. Penn & Teller make it clear to the candidates that they must keep the specifics of the magic trick a secret. People magazine reporters (who are aware of the arrangement) visit with each contender and try to persuade them to reveal how they accomplish the trick. As a result of their failures, the reporter is able to figure out Craig, Liz, and Michelle’s plan behind the ruse. They conclude that Amy executed the trick best; as a thank you, she gets included in their live Las Vegas act. The two lowest performers, Michael and Regina, will be the first to be eliminated.
Michael and Regina face the last straw task on their path to elimination. Intoxicated guy (really an actor) trying to drive away from the hotel is seen by each competitor in turn. Regina halts the driver’s progress as Michael remains silent. When everything is said and done, it’s Michael who loses. We saw him in the first episode breaching the rules, making nasty comments about Liz and failing to intervene when an obviously inebriated guy was going to drive.
Amy was the winner.
- Michael and Regina, in last place.
- Michael was the last person standing.
3.Grace In The Face Of Danger!
Original airdate: June 14th, 2010
Passersby were asked questions about Las Vegas by the candidates in “man on the street” interviews. Some of the interview questions were challenging, so the participants received them in an envelope and were asked not to open them until they were ready to begin answering them. Amy, Erika, Liz, Michelle, and Regina all had a look inside their envelopes during the lengthy elevator journey they were each given. According to the judges, every woman cheated, but no males were involved.
Ordinary individuals who had no idea about the competition were asked to rate each contestant’s performance in front of a focus group. For their next task, the candidates had to respond to the focus group’s criticisms in front of a second concealed camera. They received points for how well they responded. As a result of their outbursts, Taylor and Regina were judged to have failed. The focus group gave Craig the highest marks, with Taylor and Liz receiving the lowest.
In the end, Liz and Taylor were both rescued because another contender had broken the rules of the tournament, so they were sent back to their apartment. However, the judges made it clear that Liz would have been removed had the other candidate not broken the rules. Because Regina had used her mobile phone to communicate with persons outside of the production, she was therefore disqualified.
The winner was Craig.
- Liz and Taylor, at the bottom of the list (both saved)
- Regina was disqualified.
4. Finding The Ring
This episode was first broadcast on the 21st of June, 2010.
It was revealed to the remaining candidates that neither Liz nor Taylor had been booted from the competition yet. Afterwards, they took part in a competition where they had to design an advertisement for the Planet Hollywood buffet using just food as a disguise. All of the food items were given out at random: Liz made sweets, Craig ate crabs, Taylor had sushi, Michelle had veggies and David had fruit. Before meeting with a food stylist, each participant met Emily (the stylist’s helper, who was really an actor), who claimed to have misplaced her engagement ring during their time waiting for their turn. Amy, Erika, Taylor, and Michelle assisted Emily in her search for the ring among the garbage, but Craig, Liz, and David were unable to assist. It was decided by Beth and Carson that Erika was the winner of the buffet ad competition.
Finally, a couple of actors dressed as vacationers invited the finalists to pose for a picture with them on their last night in Vegas. David agreed to assist them, however Craig was unable to help. Beth and Carson also analysed David and Craig’s earlier actions, and it was revealed that Craig had neglected to assist the lady tangled with her dog during The Stealing Challenge as did David. Since the judges felt David’s demeanour was too competitive, they removed him.
Congratulations to our winner, Erika!
- David and Craig are at the bottom of the list.
- David was omitted from consideration.
5. Score Adjustment!
Broadcast for the first time on the 28th of June, 2010
To prepare for the following elimination, the participants were given one night to read a Las Vegas visitor information book; evaluations submitted by tourists would be the foundation for the next elimination. While exiting the van, an actor (really a visitor) expressed her dissatisfaction with the trip by handing over her feedback card. The manager of the tour business, an actor, then volunteered to modify the card’s scores. A concealed camera challenge that only Liz failed. She and Michelle finished last, with Taylor coming out on top.
Another actor (in reality, the “janitor” from the finale scene), an overweight and sweaty guy, would mistake the candidate for a star. Liz seemed aloof, but Michelle was polite. It was pointed out to the judges that Liz and Michelle had a poor attitude towards their other candidates and had repeatedly failed hidden camera tasks. During the Stealing Challenge, it was revealed that Michelle did not assist the lady with a dog. Immediately after seeing the hidden camera video of herself, Liz left the judgement room without continuing the debate with the judges.
Taylor is the lucky winner.
- Next to last: Liz and Michelle
- Liz was the last person standing.
6. Bride In A Bad Situation
First broadcast on July 5, 2010.
Real couples getting married would choose two of the participants as their bridesmaids and groomsmen at the Little White Wedding Chapel, where the competitors were taken. To determine the winner and runner-up, the participants who were selected by three couples or more were picked. While the participants were dressing, they came upon a bride and her mother, both professional actors. The “momzilla” scolded her overweight daughter for not fitting into any of the outfits, and she became obviously distraught as a result. In contrast to Amy, Michelle, and Taylor, Craig and Erika spoke words of support to the newlyweds. First to be chosen by three couples in the challenge, Taylor was quickly followed by Craig as the next competitor to be picked. It was Amy and Michelle’s turn to be in the bottom two after Erika’s third wedding was chosen, with one and two weddings each.
That’s when everything really started to go apart. It was really an actress who handed each candidate a flower arrangement to utilise during the competition and then promised to encourage her friend, one of the brides participating in the challenge, to vote for the participant. Amy informs the florist that she prefers to see all of the couples and let them make the final decision, thereby avoiding a confrontation with the vendor. As a result, the florist deems Michelle to have failed. However, the judges indicated during deliberation that Michelle was the only participant who didn’t make it through the first round. In the end, Michelle was voted out.
Taylor is the lucky winner.
- Second to last: Michelle and Amy.
- Michelle was the last contestant standing.
7. Give Up Smoking
First broadcast on July 12th, 2010
Following their training as blackjack dealers, the hopefuls were rated by a pit manager on their looks, dealing abilities, and level of client satisfaction. An actress playing a pregnant lady (really a nonpregnant actor) was seen smoking and drinking beer with her girlfriend on an elevator trip to the training facility. Neither Taylor nor Erika were able to persuade the lady to change her ways. Craig and Amy failed because they said nothing. After that, a pit boss berated one of the two blackjack dealers who was training the trainees while a hidden camera was rolling. This was a second hidden camera challenge, and everyone involved, including the trainees and the pit boss, were actors. Only Craig failed in this task, since he didn’t stand up for the trainer. There was a real Planet Hollywood pit manager judging the blackjack challenge and he picked Erika as the winner, and Craig and Amy were demoted to the bottom two spots as a result.
There was a last stumbling block for the competitors as they made their way to the final judgement. When she was holding a baby in her arms, an actor pretended to be a mother and tripped over some baggage. In contrast, Amy was unable to find it, and Craig did. There were some concerns raised by the panel concerning Amy’s lack of self-assurance and her comments about Liz behind Liz’s back. Amy was the last one standing.
Congratulations to our winner, Erika!
- Next to last: Amy and Craig
- Abandoned by Judges
8. Final Exam
As of July 19, 2010, it has its first episode.
After arriving at the hangar, the participants were informed that Steve-O and his spiritual adviser, Guy Friendly, were expecting them to have a nice time in Las Vegas, but that they were also expected to show them some respect. They were told at 6 a.m. that they would be required to engage in their next assignment, making a commercial for Las Vegas without the option to sleep, after spending the night out with the duo. Only Erika objected, but it wasn’t a hidden-camera task. The judges wanted to observe how the participants would respond to this circumstance. As time went on, Beth and Carson notified the remaining competitors that they would not be able to remove anybody until the final judgement to decide on the overall champion.
To reward them for their efforts, candidates were given access to the judges’ “spy room” by Beth and Carson. There, Vanessa Minnillo appeared on a video screen and explained what was really going on. They were then given a video of themselves behaving in a poor way. The participants met the judges for the first time during the final judgement. After the judges inquired about particular parts of their conduct, the participants argued their points. At one point, Erika was questioned about whether or not some elements of her conduct were genuine. Her answer centered on her own growth and the realization that she, too, had greatness inside her. In response to the judges’ question, Craig stated that he had “lost the point” when it came to loving others as much as he loves himself. He also returned the vest he had taken in the first episode. Upon hearing of Taylor’s outburst, and after hearing his desire to serve as an example for others, he apologized. Announcing Craig’s third-place result, the judges said, “Well done.” The “True Beauty” was discovered to be Taylor, and Erika was demoted to second place.
Taylor is the lucky winner.
- Erika comes in second.
- Craig, in third place
It’s the second season of True Beauty. The contenders are vying for the title of “Beautiful” in a similar manner to last season’s show.
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