Rock of Love: Season 1
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He's toured all over the world, sold 25 million records and hung out with some of the hottest women on the planet. Now Bret Michaels is looking for that special girl who can compete with his one true love, the insatiable bitch goddess known as Rock & Roll. But what happens when 25 sexy ladies battle each other for an all-access pass to this superstar s heart? From the out-of-control premiere episode to the shocking finale, re-live all the name calling, dirty talking, face sucking, backstabbing, partying, puking, tattooing and other acts of passion in this unforgettable first season of the 'CelebReality' phenomenon that rocked your world!
"IT S LIKE A BACKSTAGE PASS TO THE WILDEST LATE- 80s POISON AFTER-PARTY! You Feel Ashamed For Watching It, And Even More So For Liking It!"
Dalton Ross, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Flush with the runaway success of Flavor of Love
, in which a platoon of women try to win the heart of Public Enemy's manic hype man Flavor Flav, VH1 apply the same reality show/spectacle formula to another chart topper gone south of the pop culture radar: Poison singer Bret Michaels. The result, dubbed Rock of Love
, essentially follows the same format as Flav's show: The allegedly lovelorn Michaels cohabitates in a fantasy playground house with a cross-section of wild and wanton women, each of whom are put through salacious challenges (the most appalling of which is a bout of improvised phone sex, with Michaels' ardor measured by a sort of blood pressure cuff attached to his manhood) in order to win the right to call him their man. There's no point tuning in to Rock of Love
if you're easily offended or find reality shows debased entertainment; the consistent leering tone and barnyard behavior of some of the contestants will simply confirm your opinion that shows like these contribute to the decline of Western civilization. All others may be surprised to note that despite his inability to conclude a sentence without using the word "awesome" (and his curious bandana-dependent hairstyle), Michaels makes for an ingratiating star; he's wholly aware that he's in the center ring of this circus, and his comments occasionally display a dry and even self-deprecating wit. The show also has a terrific "villainess" in Lacey Connor, who understands that she's playing a game and gleefully wreaks psychological terror on her opponents by (gasp!) strategizing her next moves. Having said that, no one should mistake Rock of Love
for clever or even partially thought-out entertainment, but the presence of Michaels and Connor do set the show a step or two above the out-and-out sideshow that is Flavor of Love
. All 13 episodes (including the reunion show) are included in this three-disc set, which also includes several extended and deleted scenes. Those seeking the real raunch that was trimmed for broadcast will find a more graphic version of the phone sex competition and several scenes featuring the contestants in their birthday suits; given the tone of the entire series, it seems odd that the bare flesh in this set would remain pixilated. -- Paul Gaita