The inaugural Reality Rocks Expo is bringing fans the ultimate opportunity to interact with some of their favorite stars from building with the stars of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to pitching the stars of Shark Tank and a reunion of Rockstar Supernova, Q&As with cast members of Big Brother and performances by past contestants of American Idol, when the ultimate reality TV experience, about the fans, for the fans and by the fans, comes to the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 9-10, 2011. These stars join what is already a star-studded cast of reality TV favorites that includes previously announced Nick Cannon, Adrianne Curry, Christopher Knight, DeAnna Pappas, Audrina Patridge, Eric Roberts, Karina Smirnoff, and previous contestants and cast members from American Idol, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Project Runway, The Real World, Survivor, The Amazing Race, So You Think You Can Dance, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and top shows from Food Network, Cooking Channel and Bravo. The Reality Rocks Expo will feature two jam-packed days filled with previews of brand-new television shows, meet & greets with fan-favorite reality TV stars and insightful panel discussions, as well as a special VIP Awards program for the Reality Rocks Fan Awards honoring fans’ favorite talent and programs. For an updated list of scheduled events and to purchase tickets starting at $35 for a one-day pass or $65 for a two-day pass to the Reality Rocks Expo, visit www.realityrocks.net.
Throughout the weekend, the stars and producers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will interact with fans in once-in-a-lifetime pay it forward projects. Just like the charitable builds that brings joyous tears to the eyes of millions of Americans nation-wide, the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition stars will work hand-in-hand with fans at the expo to build a very special project that will then be donated to a charity at the end of the weekend. As part of the interactive, weekend-long build, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition stars Jillian Harris, Michael Moloney and Xzibit will meet & greet fans on Saturday and Paul Dimeo, Eduardo Xol will meet and greet fans on Sunday. The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its 8th season on Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America.
On Saturday, April 9th, a special one-time only event, moderated by KTLA’s Sam Rubin, will feature the savvy businessmen Daymond John, founder/CEO of FUBU and Mark Cuban, founder HDNet/owner of Dallas Mavericks as they challenge the best & brightest Reality Rocks attendees to jump into the shark tank. Fans are invited to “pitch” their concept live in 140 characters or less and present their original business idea in the form of a “Twitter Pitch.” At “The Big Twittch: Social Media, the Tipping Point to Growing Your Brand,” the stars of the hit ABC Reality show Shark Tank, will choose a few lucky fans to present their novel idea in a public forum and will gain immediate feedback from the hit show’s most approachable stars while hundreds of fans in the audience learn how using social media strategically can make or break their business. The panel will delineate the importance of new media in today’s world and the value of quick and concise pitches while offering direct, exclusive access to the stars of one of TV’s most exciting reality shows. Auditions through @RealityRocks on Twitter #SharkTank and via www.facebook.com/RealityRocks
Sunday, April 10th, will feature a casting call for the next groundbreaking reality series Majors & Minors, presented by The Boardwalk Entertainment Group, Sony Music’s RCA/Jive Label Group and BMI. This new series, featuring Leona Lewis, Jordin Sparks, Sean Kingston and Ryan Tedder (of One Republic), follows a group of talented young performers as they are mentored by the biggest and most established artists in the music industry. While no one is ever voted off, one lucky “star-in-the-making’ will claim the final prize of a recording deal with the RCA/Jive label group and an opportunity to be featured in a cross-country concert tour. Majors & Minors will be televised this fall on The Hub television network.
The weekend will also feature performances throughout both days by American Idol alumni including Season 9 finalists Didi Benami, Michael Lynche and Paige Miles on Saturday and Andrew Garcia (Season 9), Mikalah Gordon (Season 4), Michael Johns (Season 7), and Blake Lewis (Season 6 Runner Up) on Sunday. Other exciting events include a Big Brother panel featuring past contestants including Season 8 winner “Evel” Dick Donato, Season 11 contestants Michele Noonan, and Lydia Travera, and Season 12 contestants Kristen Bitting, Lane Elenburg, Ragan Fox, Matt Hoffman, Hayden Moss, Rachel Reilly, Chima Simone, and Brendon Villegas and Saboteur Annie Whittington. Saturday, Master Matchmaker Steve Ward, host and Executive Producer of VH1‘s Tough Love series, will dish with Real Housewives of Orange County stars Jim and Alexis Bellino and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Sheree Whitfield about love and dating on reality TV. Additionally, Ray J (For the Love of Ray J) and La La Vazquez (La La’s Full Court Love) will be on hand to give fans a chance to step into their shoes and get a first hand experience of what it’s like to be the “star” of their very own reality TV show with a “Blow Your ’51 Minds’ Experience,” moderated by Cris Abrego, 51 Minds Co-founder and executive producer of shows like Flavor of Love, For the Love of Ray J, Real Chance of Love, Rock of Love, The Surreal Life on Sunday.
On Sunday, April 10th, the Expo will close with a very special Rock Star reunion performance. Rock Star was a much beloved music competition franchise executive produced by Mark Burnett. It aired on CBS in the United States, as well as on networks all around the world. The first season chose a new lead singer for global icons INXS, the second for a new hard rock super group called Supernova, whose cast members will be on hand for a jam featuring Juke Kartel, a band lead by Supernova contestant Toby Rand. With a dedicated introduction by Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo! Music managing editor and Rock Star fan, special guests will include Dilana Robichaux (runner up Rock Star: Supernova) and Dana Andrews of Rock Star: Supernova and and other surprise artists.
With over 400 reality shows broadcast into houses across America in the last year, Reality Rocks Expo™ offers a forum for fans to deliver their fiercest devotion yet. More than just a popularity contest, fans themselves are encouraged to participate and voice their opinions on their favorite shows through their fan pages on www.realityrocks.net. The second round of voting is now up for the Reality Rocks Fan Awards at www.realityrocks.net and features nominees from Dog the Bounty Hunter to Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars, Cake Boss, Teen Mom, Chopped, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Iron Chef and Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.
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