August 13, 2012 08:15 PM by Lisa Princ
Tonight on NBC, we watched the premiere of their new military style competition, Stars Earn Stripes. But, was the new series a hit, or was it as bad as Jack Osbourne predicted it to be? Let’s just say we have a new found appreciation for what our miliary actually does!
Stars Earn Stripes premiered tonight on NBC, and one thing that this show did not lack (like most other reality shows) was the action! While the show definitely gave us a new found appreciation for what our military men and women do, the verdict is still out on whether or not it was a bit contrived, or completely real.
The series put each celebrity contestant (Laila Ali, Dean Cain, Terry Crews, Nick Lachey, Todd Palin, Dolvett Quince, Picabo Street, Eve Torres) with a real life military hero, ranging from a US Marine, to a police officer, to a Navy seal, etc. The special operatives then trained their celebrity partner, which seemed to make it look too easy. I mean, don’t these guys actually train for years?
In any event, the pairs were taken to a remote location, where General Wesley Clark would send them on a mission. After each successful mission, the stars would earn a stripe, aka getting some money for their charity, with the winner of the entire show ending up with the $100k prize for charity.
This week’s mission consisted of swimming in full gear, shooting targets, crawling in mud, and blowing up a building. Sounds exciting, right? For the most part it was as the teams of four raced to get it done the quickest, because the slowest time would end up with two celebrities battling it out to stay or go home.
Oddly enough, we watched Nick Lachey and Eve Torres, along with their operatives end up with the best time. I mean, come on, who knew Nick Lackey had it in him? Even Eve stated beforehand that she felt Nick would be the weak link on their team, but he proved them all wrong! So, no worries ladies, you have another week to drool over Nick.
The worst part? No, not the fact that Todd Palin is competing, but that two of the competitors almost drowned! Although in Todd’s defense, he did prove tonight what a real tough guy he could be, and is probably the only member of the Palin family that is not utterly annoying! When Dolvett Quince had to be rescued almost immediately upon hitting the water (yes, sorry to say my fellow Biggest Loser fans) and was removed from the mission, Todd Palin stepped it up and pulled the team through – he had to be the fastest celebrity in the mud!
Luckily, Dolvett was not the only celeb who almost drowned. Former NFL player, Terry Crews suffered the same fate when he hit the water. Seriously? What is it with these big tough guys being unable to swim? Since both Terry and Dolvett could not complete their missions tonight, these two were pitted against one another in one final battle to see who would be sent packing. Despite an early lead, Dolvett could not complete his final sniper task quicker than Terry, leaving Dolvett as the celebrity going home tonight.
Dolvett Quince did not leave empty handed though – he did receive a donation for his charity, and left us with one of the funnier moments of the show, when the rest of the clan deemed him and his operative “the clean team” aka two Mr. Clean look-a-likes! Oh, and we are sure that Dolvett is never going to live with this one down with Bob Harper!
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