Real Housewives of Atlanta: Auto-tune, acting & other annoyances

Lesbian tourist Kim Zolciak and DJ Tracy Young in the studioBy Brigette Flood and Sandy M. Tyler

This week, Kim returns to vocal coach Jan Smith’s studio at Kandi’s insistence to work on The Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing. Kim is incredibly nervous about having to face the one person we’ve ever seen speak the truth to her and even brings ex-love Tracy Young to town for moral support. (More on this later.)

As much as we relish any opportunity to laugh at Kim Zolciak behind the mic, we have to admit that Jan Smith made Kim better and more confident. Jan Smith, we are in awe. Sure you’ve worked with artists including Usher, Rob Thomas, India.Arie and Justin Bieber, but we thought Kim’s vocal “talents” would always be gong-worthy. You are an incredible professional. The audience thanks you for the bit of inspiration you bring and hopefully, so does Kim.

Later, Jan reappears at Kandi’s studio during a Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing recording session. It’s just in the nick time, as Jan needs to literally help Kim through her performance on the song line by line. As the camera cuts to a moon suitable for dogs to howl at, we have to wonder how this is all going to work when Kim goes on tour as Kandi’s opening act.

RHOA Episode 10 QuoteShereé goes to see her acting coach and can’t seem to muster up much enthusiasm for some of the opportunities she’s being offered, including the chance to be in a play called Child Support Man. With a two-week commitment and no pay, Shereé doesn’t see what there is to be excited about. Shereé was probably figuring that if the other housewives could profit from their association with the show, she should too, and  “paying dues” are for women who don’t have “grown-ass” bills.

Shereé later goes to The People Store, one of Atlanta’s most successful talent agencies, to audition for representation. She’s nervous, and it only gets worse when she has to read lines for a room full of agents. Even for a more experienced actor, the situation would be nerve-wracking, and no one seems impressed with an actress who is best known for her “reality show” work.  However, People Store does confirm that they are now representing Shereé, and she even booked a part in a movie filmed in the area. Maybe there’s more to her performances than we realize.

This week, we see a softer side of Phaedra, and she seems genuinely grateful to have such a hands-on dad in Apollo who has accepted the role as the primary caretaker for their infant son. Since gifts are Phaedra’s “love language,” she presents her husband with a great photo of Apollo and Ayden sleeping together as well as a limited edition Rolex. Phaedra even seems to appreciate that Apollo’s love language is spending time caring for the people around him, which is her first genuine moment of the season. When Spark St. Jude, the legend behind Phaedra’s earlier pickle eating photo shoot, arrives to take a family photo, Ayden poops on his Mom’s hand, which is the closest she’s come to changing his diaper in the three weeks since he was born. Luckily, Apollo is all too happy to save the day as well as shed his shirt for a series of photos, and for that, we are all grateful.

NeNe is having a rough time of it since her big blow-up with Gregg after he spilled the details of their crumbling marriage on the radio, and she’s leaning on Cynthia for regular emotional support. This annoys fiancé Peter Thomas who could use some support of his own. We learn that his restaurant, now closed, is in trouble, and he’s stressed out. One strong personality coming up against another is always a bad situation with the Atlanta Housewives, and Peter’s developing conflict with NeNe does not bode well. As we all know, in a battle of the housewives, or househusbands, NeNe usually wins.

Sheree and Cynthia grill TracyLater all of the ladies, sans Phaedra, meet up at the FastLife drag race event being presented by Kandi’s manager. Kandi and Shereé have agreed to race against each other in a 12-second, 1/8 of a mile race that winds up being just as anti-climatic as it sounds. What’s more interesting to all involved is when Kim rolls up in her Bentley with her children and lesbian lover Tracy Young in tow, and the other housewives waste no time quizzing Tracy on the current status of her relationship with Kim.

So now – in addition to channeling Britney on her worst day, Barbie in her worst outfit and the worst Cher impersonator in a wig from Claire’s – Kim seems to be channeling her best (worst?) Ann Heche. Tracy could not have seemed more uncomfortable talking to the other housewives, but we were most struck with Kim’s obvious embarrassment at any speculation about their physical relationship. Kim has done a lot of things over these last three seasons to be embarrassed about, and sleeping with a woman isn’t one of them.

The battle over Prop 8 heats up again in California today, and Kim posed for the NoH8 Campaign back in 2009, topless no less. We guess her support of the gay community in that instance was less about pride and more about being a media . . . uh . . . whore. Tracy was right to sell the pictures of Kim without her wig to Star Magazine. (You can “click them keys” and Google her for yourself.) It’s time to strip away all of the artifice and the auto-tune and see Kim for what she really is. Wonder if Kroy Biermann is taking notes?

6 Comments
  1. I wish I had the opportunity that Kim had to open for Khandi, I’m not a professional singer but I have sang in a local band for 6+ years and I’ve been singing since I was since I was 12 yrs old, which is over 30 yrs. If I had the opportunity Kim had…I would be use it wisely. I would LOVE the opportunity that Kim had, I would not waste it like she’s doing. She cannot sing and she has NO stage presence, I wish I had HALF of the opportunity Kim had with a vocal coach, studio time, song writer and producers that she had. If given the opportunity, I’d be OFF THE CHAIN! AT LEAST I CAN SING! I LOVE THE SHOW BUT IT’S FRUSTRATING WATCHING KIM WASTE HER BLESSING!

  2. I DON;T UNDERSTAND WHY THESE BLOGPEOPLE ARE BLAMING NE NE FOR THE PROBLEMS. SHE IS A TREMENDOUS LADY AND BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED AND DESERVES TO BE SHOWN RESPECT. I KNOW I WOULD TREAT HER PROPERLY. I HOPE NEXT YEAR SHE GETS HER OWN SHOW AND THAT SHOW IS 2 HOURS LONG WITH NO COMMERCIALS OR MAYBE ONLY ONE COMMERCIAL FOR SHAKEWEIGHT OR LOSEWEIGHT SMOOTHIES CAUSE THEY ARE REALLY GOOD AND THE SHOW SHOULD BE ON 4 DAYS A WEEK MONDAY TUESDAY THURSDAY AND SUNDAY. THOSE ARE THE BEST DAYS FOR ME TO WATCH 2 HOUR SHOWS. I STILL DON;T HAVE MY TAPE BACK FROM GILL LEEDLEWATER, SO I FREAKED OUT AND HAD TO START A NEW ONE BUT IT SUCKED CAUSE I HAD TO TAPE OVER SOME OF MY OLD PRICE IS RIGHT EPISODES WITH BOB BARKER AND I DIDN;T WANT TO DO THAT CAUSE HE DOESN;T DO THAT SHOW ANYMORE AND I DON;T LIKE THE NEW GUY AND THIS ONE TIME I GUESSED THE FINAL SHOWCASE PRICE EXACTLY AND I WOULD HAVE WON BOTH BUT I WASN;T ON THE SHOW SO I DIDN;T WIN ANYTHING.

  3. MRPRETZEL once agian you write about something you know NOTHING about. Gregg is a great man and only wanted to help now she uses her super celebrity status to spread bad rumors about him and all he wanted was to be good to her. You say you want to treat her right but if you had the chance then you would see that she is already getting what she deserves and you would understand. I can tell you things about her that will make you understand, but won”t do it on here because of the watchers. I’m sure you understand, and my offer for baklava still stands if you want to know the real truth.

  4. WILLIAM (IF THAT IS YOUR REAL NAME I DON;T THINK IT IS IT SOUNDS FAKE)YOU ARE A BAD PERSON IF YOU CAN;T SEE THAT NE NE IS A SPECIAL LADY. THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE GREGG AND HIS LIES AND HE EVEN SAID THEM ON THE RADIO AT V103 WITH FRANK SKI AND WANDA AND THEY BELIEVED HIM WHICH WAS THE WRONG THING TO DO. HOW YOU YOU LIKE IT IF SOMEONE WENT ON V103 AND SPREAD LIES ABOUT YOU? I DON;T THINK YOU WOULD. I MIGHT HAVE TO WRITE A LETTER TO FRANK SKI OR MAYBE THE FCC TO SEE IF THERE IS ANYTHING I CAN DO TO STOP THIS. I DO LIKE BAKLAVA BUT THEY TOLD US NOT TO EAT STRANGE ETHNIC FOODS FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE BAD AND I THINK YOU ARE ONE OF THE BAD PEOPLE.

  5. After this episode, I have decided to film my own movie. Sheree will play the lead, as an about to be fired office worker. The only way to save her job will be to enter into a Three’s Company-style screwball relationship with two men in her office. Many situations where one party doesn’t understand what is going on will be written into the script. Hilarity will ensue. I would like MRPRETSELS and William Tuchenbottom Esq. to audition for the dual male leads. The roles will be nothing like Jack Tripper and Larry Dallas, more like Ralph Furley and Stanley Roper. It will be epic. I will post my contact information here shortly, I have to go answer the door, I think my roof inspectors are here.

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