Exciting news for reality TV fans. This past weekend, Los Angeles played host to the first ever Reality Rocks Expo, an event that brought reality stars, reality fans, and reality producers together for one big reality bonanza of epic proportions. The convention took place on Saturday and Sunday, and while I didn’t get a chance to make it over on the first day (when apparently all the “big” stars were present), I did meander down to the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday to check out the scene.
Pics from the expo after the jump.
The convention center. No teeming masses outside, but that’s okay. I knew this wouldn’t be E3.
A humble banner greets potential conventioneers. A far cry from the ostentatious, four-story high signage that accompanies the more high profile conventions.
Just outside the convention center, a random protest goes strong. My world geography is a bit rusty, and thus I’m unable to recognize the flags these people are waving. Also, their signage is very vague. Poor brand messaging. And quite frankly, the place to effect change is probably not at a reality TV convention.
It’s pretty dead when I walk into the building. On the plus side, my chance to achieve unparalleled fame arrives in the form of a Divorce Court casting notice.
A sign ushers me toward the Rock N’ Blog area. I’m not sure what it is, but it sounds pretty hardcore.
Autographs! This is what I’m talking about!
Ari from The Amazing Race and some gentlemen from Paranormal Files court the masses.
I encounter a lively panel discussion about courtroom TV.
The lady judge from Divorce Court and two others take questions from the crowd.
The aforementioned crowd.
My old buddy Nick from Big Brother 8. He continues to be one of the nicest guys EVAR.
Upstairs from the show floor are various rooms where different panels are taking place. Just my luck that the Big Brother one is just gearing up upon my arrival.
Various recent alums from the show gather on an imposing, gray dais of sorts.
Lane and Hayden from season twelve, Lydia from season eleven.
Matt, Ragan, and in the corner Kristen. Matt and Ragan were both very funny during the panel, and Ragan, as it turns out, loves the Housewives. He nearly flipped out when he heard that Allison DuBois had been in attendance the day prior. Then again, I too was kicking myself for having missed the drunk medium.
My friend Andrea (we were in an alliance together during Big Brother Media Day) moderates the panel. Note Brenchel in the background.
Evel Dick saunters up to his spot on the panel. He’s still got an ego the size of a school bus, and I’m not sure when he last did laundry, but I have to admit that his responses to the ensuing questions were shockingly smart.
Noted and self-proclaimed diva Chima applies makeup just seconds before the panel begins. The panel lasted about ninety minutes, and I have to admit that it was super fun. But I’m also a Big Brother geek.
A photo with my dearest Twitter pal Michelle. I’d like to note that my hair was doing crazy, crazy things that day.
Hey, who’s that strummin’ a gee-tar up there?
Why, it’s Andrew Garcia from season nine of American Idol!
A lone woman tends to her booth.
It’s Kent (nÃ©e Kynt) and Vyxsin! They were very friendly and quite the eyeful. The two of them were making the rounds, inviting people to a viewing party of last night’s Amazing Race at Hooters in Burbank. Sadly, I wasn’t able to make it.
It’s the gang from Pit Boss! And yes, Ronald (Asian guy in the plaid) continues to have the most silky smooth voice of all time.
My new BFF Omarosa gets interviewed by OTRC. We shared a special moment afterwards. Also, we tasked a woman to take a picture of us, but this proved to be a highly difficult challenge for her. The results were blurry and unflattering; so you’ll just have to imagine me and Omarosa smiling / sharing the most tender of embraces.