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The Fall of Jericho

by Zach Oat August 14, 2008 11:41 am
The Fall of Jericho

Once upon a time, Chris Jericho was a respected and charismatic wrestling Superstar. From ECW to WCW to WWE, he only gained in popularity, earning such nicknames as Lionheart, Sexy Beast and the Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla. ...Then he took that last nickname a little too seriously and started heavily hyping his own unfortunately-named heavy-metal band, Fozzy, with such songs as "To Kill a Stranger" and "Whitechapel 1888." (To this day, I'm still not sure if they're trying to be funny.) The debatable popularity of Fozzy, who had performed in front of "thousands" and sold "hundreds of thousands" of records, led to Jericho being the first celebrity eliminated on Celebrity Duets, after singing with Peter Frampton. And with an impressive record like that, you know it couldn't be long before he was asked to host his own music-competition TV show. (Hey, it worked for Billy Ray Cyrus.)

Fuse TV, which is attempting to emulate the "success" of MTV by cutting back on music videos and adding reality programming, has announced that Jericho will be the host of Shame 2 Fame, which will pit ten female singers against each other to win a recording contract. The twist? Carrying echoes of Bad Girls Club, all of the singers have "addictions, criminal records, emotional problems and bad attitudes," hence the "shame" aspect. (Although emotional problems aren't necessarily anything to be ashamed of, are they?) On top of that, it won't be a straight-up singing competition like American Idol or Nashville Star -- no, there will also be "outlandish, transforming challenges, from performing at a Sweet 16 to being grilled by a publicist about their past." So it sounds like there's a dash of America's Next Top Model and even The Apprentice in there, as well. As the great Muppet Fozzie himself might say, "Wocka wocka wocka."

This might be a huge breakout for Jericho -- after all, not everyone can become a movie superstar like Hulk Hogan or the Rock (for instance: Kane, Kevin Nash and Stone Cold Steve Austin). So if his band wasn't going to catapult him to stardom, why not take a gig that showcases his winning personality, as opposed to the WWE, where he has to regularly alternate being a crowd-winning "face" and a boo-enducing "heel." But the show's success depends on how many people watch it, how well it's put together and how entertaining these women are to watch, both on- and off-stage. If the whole thing bombs, we may be watching a reality show about Chris Jericho next, called Fame 2 Shame. And to think we were once worried about the "Y2J" problem...




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