Winning pageants is serious business -- at least it is to some of the eager tykes and overeager stage moms who've made appearances on "Toddlers & Tiaras." But few of the past participants have been quite as no-nonsense about princess perfection as one coach is on the next episode of the show.
In an exclusive sneak peek TLC provided to The Clicker, 9-year-old Faithlyn introduces the world to Nikki, the pageant coach from hell.
"I like my routines to be perfect," Faithlyn explained. "Because if they're not, Nikki will get a little rude."
And when she says, "a little rude," Faithlyn is seriously underselling Nikki's style.
The moment the coach entered the room, her over-the-top nitpicking began. Faithlyn's eye contact was too fast, too jittery, and according to Nikki, the kid's arm moments made her look "like a dead bird."
That's all just part of the critical coach's style.
"I don't care if your music stops, I don't care if your head falls off, I don't care if your pants fall down, get your (expletive) together and do your routine," Nikki said directly to the camera. "I don't think that's a lot to ask."
But before anyone goes thinking that Nikki is a bully when it comes to dealing with her pageant hopeful, rest assured, she's that way with everyone.
"I hate the way face makeup looks on her." "More mascara on the top and bottom." "It just doesn't look right!" Those were just a few of the words of encouragement Nikki offered on the beleaguered makeup artist who attempted to get Faithlyn ready for the Carolina Queens pageant in Columbia, S.C.
When the makeup artist dared to mention that she didn't care for the resulting effect, she soon learned her take wasn't wanted.
"Well, this is how I want my girl!" Nikki shot back with an intense look in her eyes. "So, needless to say, you are going to do this girl like that. I'm not paying you to do it how you want."
See what else Nikki has to say when "Toddlers & Tiaras" airs Wednesday night at 9 p.m. on TLC.
Jenelle of "Teen Mom 2," Honey Boo Boo, and Conda Britt of "Biggest Loser."
By Anna Chan and Ree Hines, TODAY
Sometimes you just can't script the bizarre things that happen on television. And thanks to reality TV programming -- whether the shows focus on lifestyle or competitions -- the "Oh no they didn't!" moments are seemingly endless. That was certainly the case this year, especially with TLC's introduction to Honey Boo Boo and her clan.
Though the little tyke and her family generated plenty of talk, they weren't the only ones who left viewers laughing, scratching their heads or fuming.
'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' Nothing could have fully prepared reality TV audiences for the reality of Honey Boo Boo and her family. But ready or not, when the show premiered in August, it was time to redneckognize the fact the bunch wasn't going away any time soon. For some, the fun-loving family's mere prime-time presence made for one great big jaw-dropper. But for those who watched all of the roadkill-munching and mud-flopping action, there was one simple moment that topped them all: When Mama June taught us all to make "sketti." The ingredients? Topping the pasta and meat is a mixture of a massive glob of butter(-like spread) and ketchup -- microwaved to perfection.
'Teen Mom 2' Amber who? Original "Teen Mom" Amber Portwood made her share of big mistakes prior to putting herself in jail, but rather than that being the end of law-breaking tales for MTV's franchise, "Teen Mom 2's" Jenelle Evans is following in Amber's footsteps and making truly unbelievable decisions when it comes to time behind bars. Some might say she's been even more frustrating to watch than Amber. Case in point? On the Nov. 26 episode, after learning that her probation officer is offering her a 16-day jail sentence instead of a 45-day sentence for violating probation, Jenelle tells her attorney that she can't start serving the day she is supposed to. Her excuse? No, not life-saving surgery. Not child-care issues. What, then? Second row seats for a Ke$ha concert. We kid you not. Jenelle even got "all these feathers" in her hair just to go see her "idol"! (Check out the young mom's 2009 "Tik Tok" video.)
'Toddlers & Tiaras' It seems safe to say that most moms (and dads, for that matter) don't ever want to see their precious little kids puffing on cigarettes. But then again, most moms aren't trying to win a costumed beauty pageant at any cost. Destiny's mom, however, was. "Toddlers & Tiaras" viewers must have been as shocked as the pageant judges were when they heard Lisa Christian tell her tyke, "Don't forget to smoke!" before the wee one took the stage with a prop cigarette to portray Sandy from "Grease." One judge spoke for everyone when she said of Lisa, "What is she thinking?!" And that was nothing compared to what prosecutor-turned-talk-host Nancy Grace had to say when she booked Lisa on her show.
'The Biggest Loser' There was no shortage of gasp-worthy moments on "Biggest Loser" this year. In fact, most of those moments centered on outspoken and outrageous contestant Conda Britt. But the participant some viewers (and fellow contestants) called a bully only played a bit part in real the shocker of the season -- the walkout. Yes, the people who were lucky enough to have landed a coveted spot on the weight-loss ranch decided that the reality show just wasn't "fair" (due to an all-too-common twist in the game) and threatened to walk right off the show if things continued as planned. Even more surprising? Two "Losers" actually made good on that threat and threw away their chances to make it to the finals and compete for the $250,000 grand prize or any other prize -- or even the right to just step up on the scales on finale night.
'Project Runway' There's usually some griping when "Project Runway" asks its designers to create fab looks for non-model-sized women, but that moaning is generally directed at the task. Not so in season 10. Designer Ven Budhu made his frustration known by making jabs at his size 10 model, Terri Herlihy, who was there because her friend submitted her for a glam makeover. After what seemed like endless comments about her size, Terri was fighting back tears, and angry viewers took to social media to blast the designer hopeful for his behavior. After the show aired, Terri told The Clicker just how horrible the experience was, calling it "adult bullying at its best." The show's mentor, Tim Gunn, was also appalled by Ven. The fashion guru said that the editing was "especially kind" to the designer, adding, "He was especially atrocious."
'Dancing With the Stars' Boo! Hiss! Those aren't exactly the sounds one expects to hear in the glam and glitz-filled ballroom of "Dancing With the Stars," but for a couple of brief moments in the show's 14th season, that's just what an angry audience delivered all the same. It first happened when head judge Len Goodman and the gang decided to follow up a round of big praise with a round of tiny scores for an excellent team paso doble performance. The in-house crowd let the esteemed panel know just what they thought of that call, as they did again when the judges failed to give Melissa Gilbert and ballroom bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy their fair due later in the show.
Destiny channeled Sandy from "Grease" -- complete with cigarette -- on "Toddlers & Tiaras."
By Ree Hines, TODAY contributor
"Don't forget to smoke!" It's not exactly a phrase one expects to hear at any beauty pageant -- especially one in which some of the contestants aren't even old enough for kindergarten yet. But that's just what one mom encouraged her 4-year-old to do as the little one took the stage on Wednesday night's "Toddlers & Tiaras."
Destiny had hoped to wow the judges with her costume -- she was dressed in Sandy's "bad girl" getup from "Grease" -- but the wow-factor had nothing to do with what she had on.
"Destiny has a cigarette!" a judge exclaimed. "What is (her mom, Lisa) thinking?!"
Lisa was likely thinking it was just another way to get extra attention for her so-called "feisty little diva," but no one seemed amused by the sight of a tot puffing on a fake cigarette.
"I think I like pageants so well, because when I was younger, growing up, I didn't get to do anything like that," Lisa explained earlier in the episode. "So I think I'm living my dreams through my little girl."
As for Destiny, she confessed she likes pageants "because (her) mom says so."
In the end, the tyke's inappropriate stage prop didn't do much to hurt her chances in the competition. Sure, the judges shaved off a few points for pretending to smoke on the stage, but Destiny still won Personality Supreme -- a title she's nabbed at least once before at the World Chicken Festival, if her engraved trophy collection is anything to go by.
What do you think of a 4-year-old using a prop cigarette? Is it OK as long as it's part of her "Grease" character, or is completely inappropriate regardless of the costume? Tell us your thoughts on our Facebook page.
Alana, aka Honey Boo Boo, and the rest of her family made plenty of memorable remarks on the premiere of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
By Allison Corneau, Us Weekly
You betta redneckognize! Six-year-old beauty queen Alana Thompson is no stranger to fans of TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras," and on Wednesday, the beauty pageant show's breakout star got her moment to shine with the premiere of her spinoff "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
Ditching the Go-Go juice for Mountain Dew and sweets, Thompson introduced TV fans to her family -- sisters Lauryn, 12, (nicknamed Pumpkin), Jessica, 15 (Chubbs) and pregnant Anna, 17 (Chickadee), dad Mike (Sugar Bear) and mom June (Momma) -- as they competed in the so-called Redneck Games.
Here, Us Weekly recaps the top five craziest quotes from Thompson and her McIntyre, Ga.-based family.
1. "It's all about Southern pride, similar to the Olympics, but with a lot of missing teeth and a lot of butt crack showing." - Momma, on the Redneck Games, which feature events including Bobbin' for Pig Feet and the Mudpit Belly Flop.
2. "My mother has told me in the past that if you fart 12-15 times a day, you could lose a lot of weight, so I think I'm gonna lose a lot of weight." - Chubbs, who attempted to slim down on the show's premiere
Bella makes her “Toddlers & Tiaras” debut on the next episode of the pageant-centric reality TV show, and in an exclusive sneak peek, her mom shares some unexpected information about the little girl she calls a “loose cannon.”
“She’s been kicked out of four day cares for biting before,” mom Juliet said with a smile. “If she doesn’t get her way, she finds a way to get it -- and usually she bites.”
To illustrate that point, Bella is then shown attempting to pull a toothy shark toy away from someone off-screen using only her chompers. But mom doesn’t seem to be too concerned about Bella’s pup-with-a-chew-toy approach to life. After all, the tot’s a big winner when it comes to competitions.
“Bella’s done over probably 30-40 pageants,” Juliet explained. “She’s only lost once in the last year, and that’s because she had an ear infection, and her eardrum burst on stage.”
Ouch! At least it wasn’t due to biting the competition.
As for the secret to Bella’s success, Mom chalks it up to “personality -- so much personality.”
If the above clip is anything to go by, Dad knows all about Bella’s personality. In one scene, she giggles as she smacks him in the face with a tiara, while mom warns, “Let’s not injure Daddy!” In another scene, Bella gives him more grief, leading Juliet to ask, “Is this ‘Daddy Abuse Day’?”
See how Bella performs in her next pageant -- and see if Daddy escapes without a bite -- when “Toddlers & Tiaras” airs Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.
Kalia wants to see the money on the next "Toddlers & Tiaras."
By Ree Hines, TODAY contributor
Candy doesn’t grow on trees, and that’s a fact pageant princess Kailia knows all too well. Good thing the oh-so-energetic 5-year-old has a plan for securing the sweet stuff, which she reveals in the mid-season return of “Toddlers & Tiaras.”
In an exclusive sneak peek TLC provided to TODAY.com, Kailia’s dad took a break from allowing the tot to drive his pickup truck (with a little help), and asked her to share her favorite part of pageant life.
“Um, winning,” she said without even thinking it over. “‘Cause I like to win moneeey!”
Six-year-old "Toddlers & Tiaras" star Alana better stock up on her Go-Go Juice, because the outrageous little pageant queen might need some extra energy now that she's getting her very own TLC show.
The network announced that Alana's new program, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," will have a six-episode run that kicks off in August. According to the press release, the show won't just be taking a look at the little gal's beauty pageant endeavors, but will dive into her everyday life with her family. In other words, prepare to see some muddy four-wheeling in rural Georgia and gathering of road kill for meals. (Yes, really. It's in the press release.)
Alana found reality TV notoriety when she appeared on "Toddlers & Tiaras" in January and declared, "Those other girls must be crazy if they think they're gonna beat me honey boo boo child!" And of course, who can forget the over-the-top, wild "dancing" and her special beverage of "energy drink and caffeine drink" now known as Go-Go Juice?
She might have two beautiful daughters, but as far as pageant mom Kelly is concerned, there's only one winner between them -- and she isn't shy about saying it. In fact, while some parents resist picking favorites between their kids at all, Kelly shares her personal preference with the world on the next episode of "Toddlers & Tiaras."
According to Kelly, her girls, 4-year-old fraternal twins Giavanna and Alycesaundra, couldn't be more different. Oh, sure, they look just alike and both compete in pageants, but it ends there.
"Alycesaundra is a fireball!" the mother can be heard to boast in an exclusive sneak peek for the upcoming episode. "She's got tons of personality. And Giavanna is ... um, I guess ... it's not her personality. I'm just a realist. I've got one kid that's a brat, and one kid that's great."
No doubt one day they'll have plenty to say about mom too. Until then, the little ones prepare for their next pageant, and even there, it seems Kelly's giving her favorite an edge.
"Alycesaundra's routine is with a (tutu-and-tiara-clad) baby sheep named Butterball," she explained. Meanwhile, the "brat" will parade around with an actual butterball. "Giavanna's routine is with Tom the turkey."
Although Kelly believes she and girls (or at least Alycesaundra) have the win in the bag, she also thinks she has it harder than other pageant moms.
"You know, I hear the moms that complain about having one pageant kid," she sneered. "I'm like, 'Shut up, you hag! Try it with two.'"
"Toddlers & Tiaras" airs Wednesday nights at 10p.m. ET on TLC.
With all the stiff competition in the pageant world, the stars of "Toddlers & Tiaras" have to get creative to stand out in the glitzy mix.
What makes for a memorable tot-routine? In the past, some kids have channeled their inner-adults, such as Dolly Parton or a "Pretty Woman." But on the next episode of the show, one tyke decides to just shake what her mother gave her.
In an exclusive sneak peek, 5-year-old Trinity donned her ruffled, pink-princess finery and proceeded to put on a "booty" routine.
"C'mon, girl! Shake it!" Trinity's mom cheered.
She did. But lest anyone fear the pageant judges might have taken issue with the not-so-kid-friendly choreography, rest assured they did not.
"Trinity's booty pop? I thought was awesome," judge Charlotte Booth insisted. "She was on that stage, and that was her. That was something she would have done at home, (in front of) the mirror. And you could tell she was excited to do it."
See how Trinity fared compared to her competition when "Toddlers & Tiaras" airs Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.
Dolled-up little princesses are a rather common sight on "Toddlers & Tiaras," but Wednesday's new episode is offering something different -- a girl who doesn't mind getting dirty, and wants to grow up to be an exterminator.
In a sneak peek, 5-year-old Bridgett of Elkville, Ill., happily digs around in her muddy backyard for her prey and leaves her tiaras in her room.
"I like to kill the worms. I like to kill grasshoppers. I like to kill bees," she tells the cameras. But that's not all.
"I like to kill Justin Bieber," the non-Belieber admits.
Whoa! Clearly, the gal has different likes than many other young ladies her age.
SamiJo of "Toddlers & Tiaras" has a new man in her corner, mom's new boyfriend, HG.
By Anna Chan, TODAY
No one's going to stop mom Tricia from entering her little princess, SamiJo, in beauty pageants. Not even her husband!
When "Toddlers & Tiaras" viewers first met Tricia in January 2011, she made it clear why she wanted to have a little girl. "I decided to put SamiJo in pageants ‘cause that was the whole reason I wanted to have a daughter," Tricia revealed on the episode.
But Dad wasn't quite so on board with the whole pageant thing, and a lot of it had to do with how much they cost. "I think pageants are a waste of money," the turtle farmer had explained to TLC's cameras after telling his wife that he thinks they spent close to $100,000 on the beauty contests.
Money concerns? They're not getting in Tricia's way anymore.
"I am now divorced," Tricia, who now works at a "world famous wing place," reveals in an exclusive sneak peek TLC shared with us of Wednesday's new episode.