An Idol's Baby Daddy is Revealed, The Bad Girls Return, and a Bachelorette is Single No More

Your Reality TV fix for Monday, August 1, 2011

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What’s the latest in the world of reality TV today? From Fantasia Barrino’s bombshell pregnancy to the season finale of The Bachelorette, here’s your “Reality Bytes” for Monday, August 1, 2011.

Fantasia Barrino Confirms Pregnancy, But.... After announcing her pregnancy onstage at a charity concert in Jacksonville, Florida a la Lauryn Hill, RadarOnline confirms that American Idol alum Fantasia Barrino’s baby daddy is none other than Antwaun Cook. Yes, the same Antwaun Cook whose name Barrino had tattooed on her collarbone and allegedly began dating while he was married; an affair that ultimately led to the troubled star’s 2010 suicide attempt, a court case, and a secret abortion.

Fantasia, already mom to nine-year-old daughter Zion, tells fans that she’s happy that she doesn’t have to hide her baby from “none of y’all,” but with word that Cook is still married to his estranged wife, Paula, and their legal battle ongoing, there may be at least one person she needs to be hiding from.

reality_bytes_kim_kardashian.jpgA Very Scary Shower. In other baby news, former Spice Girl and host of Dance Your Ass Off, Melanie Brown (aka Mel B, aka Scary Spice, aka - wait, I think that’s it) celebrated the upcoming arrival of her third child with a star-studded baby shower held at her L.A. home this weekend.

Guests including Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Hank Baskett (yum!), and Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke noshed on Pink’s Hot Dogs, tuna tartare, and sipped Moet Ice as DJ Lindsay Luv spun some of Brown’s fave songs on the turntables. And the kids? Held up in a sweaty, bouncy house/movie theater where they were watched by private nannies hired by the mum-to-be.

Guess Who’s Broke as a Joke? Their 15 minutes have officially ended, and after the countless staged photo ops and manufactured on-again/off-again drama, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have found themselves right where everyone thought they’d be - in the poor house. The couple admits that it was all for the sake of entertainment (duh!) and claims that most of their money was spent on Heidi’s addiction to plastic surgery, and suits for Spencer’s addiction to... well, Spencer.

They’re Baaack! Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the baddest b*tch of them all? Find out when a new season of the Bad Girls Club premieres tonight at 9|8c on Oxygen. But you can get your sneak peek of all the drama to come right here. SPOILER ALERT: Expect catfights; lots and lots of catfights. New Orleans, you’ve been warned!



Let’s Try this Again. The Real Housewives of New York City return for round two of their Reunion Special, and we may even get to hear a complete sentence this time! Watch as the ladies relive some of the most controversial moments of the season - like Ramona Singer's pinot problem - and see who gets the last word. My money’s on Ramona. Sorry, Andy. The RHONYC Reunion Part 2 airs tonight at 10|9c.



It All Comes Down to This. Ashley Hebert tells People that she’s “so happy, so in love,” and that she’s found “a great man,” but which man did she choose - J.P. or Ben? Find out in tonight’s season finale of The Bachelorette airing at 8|7c on ABC. Then, stick around for "After the Final Rose" at 10|9c.

A busy TiVo night!

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Shayla C. Perry is a freelance journalist based in New York. In addition to interviewing some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, and covering the latest in celebrity news & gossip, her forte (read: obsession) is examining the sensationalism, gall, and sheer genius of reality TV.

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