Omarosa dating show contestants
To get on Hell’s Kitchen, Ralph Pagano did his first round of casting at Twins Talent, a New York-based casting agency, filming a two-minute piece about why he’d be well suited for the show.
As a tough-talking, wise-cracking New York Italian who wore gaudy clothes and happened to be a professional chef, Pagano knew he filled a certain niche.
From a competition standpoint, this has some merit, since it’s important that contestants have no information about each other before meeting on the show.
But the isolation and uncertainty are also a taste of what’s to come; reality is being manufactured for them and their lives are no longer under their own control.
I told Omarosa that I was interested in how reality television chooses its contestants.
What is the process people go through to get on a show?
Omarosa passed me going the other direction, almost skipping down the steps, oblivious to my existence. “No,” she mocked, “I am not the producer.” By the time I found the producer, my boiling anger was intensified by several degrees; Omarosa had helped catalyze an emotional reaction that made for combustible drama.
Five months later, The Apprentice was a ratings hit and Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth (known, like Cher, Beck, Prince, and Madonna, by her first name) was a reality TV phenomenon, a person who transcended individual personality to become that holy grail of entertainment—a break-out character.