Tonight on VH1 we’re seeing the premier of a new season of Couple’s Therapy. One of the couples is “Evel” Dick Donato from Big Brother and his girlfriend. I’m appalled at the thought of him being considered a celebrity, but then I think 2 seasons back on Couples Therapy when Dustin and Heather from Las Vegas were there. I was a fan of them, and had no problem watching them on Couple’s Therapy, but because I’m not a fan of Dick’s I feel that he’s unworthy of being on the show.
Of course, it is just another reality show, so it seems appropriate that his claim to fame could be from reality TV.
This thought made we question whether of not Real World alum should be considered celebrities. Occasionally TMZ will cover stories that feature Real World alum (usually arrests, such as Puck or Dustin’s). I even remember seeing Coral in a magazine back in 2004 just because of her outfit. Diem has been featured in magazines as well, notably for her appearances in People during her second battle with cancer.
It seems that some people have actually used their appearance on The Real World to gain access to a larger audience. On the other hand, there are people the fade into oblivion. For some, it’s because they want to be forgotten. For others, it’s because people no longer care. Still, this doesn’t stop people from auditioning for The Real World as a stepping stone in their careers.
Then there are people like Johnny Bananas, CT, Paula, and even Coral. There only claim to fame is The Real World and The Challenges, but I bet they get noticed all the time. Johnny even claims that he has spent his career making “Johnny Bananas a household name.” While they certainly are among the most recognizable in the franchise, they’re probably not really household names.
What do you think? Does being on The Real World turn you into a star?