As if celebrities in Hollywood didn't have enough competition for the spotlight, now they have to compete with people across the pond as well. Eccentric celebrities of all kinds roam around on both sides of the Atlantic. On this week's episode of The Brit List, Asha Leo and guest host Dominic Monaghan, of Lost and The Lord of the Rings fame, compared wacky behavior to see whose celebrities would reign supreme.
The Brit List hosted by Asha Leo airs on BBC America Fridays at 11:00 pm ET.
Lady Gaga is More Mental
From crazy wardrobes to outrageous rockers, the first part of the show pitted Brits such as Keith Moon, Elton John and M.I.A. against Americans Jim Morrison and Lady Gaga among others. The format of this show is to pick 20 categories and pit an artist from each country against one another. Most of the early rounds went to the Yanks, with the exception of Keith Moon of The Who, who blew up a drum set on television.
I highly disagreed with the most outrageous wardrobe winner - Lady Gaga. I feel like she would be nobody if it weren't for people like Elton, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury who paved the way for her sad, little meat dress. I am not sure why the Foo Fighters won the most outrageous concert rider category. Their rider seems more tongue-in-cheek. Making people agree with statements such as, "Men should not wear turtlenecks," seems to be in line with their humor. M.I.A. demands different types of cheese and dried blueberries. I think that is more outrageous.
Part two brought such categories as most outrageous loon (Woody Harrelson beat out Russell Brand), reality stars (Snooki vs. Sophie from Jersey Shore and Geordie Shore - Snooki wins) and animal lover (Kristen Bell's sloth obsession versus Dominic Monaghan's insect love). Most of the contenders in the second part of the show were pretty evenly matched, except for the reality stars. After all, Geordie Shore is the MTV U.K. version of Jersey Shore, and Sophie clearly modeled herself after Snooki (though why anyone would is beyond me).
On a side note, I think that MTV should air episodes of Geordie Shore. I absolutely adore Made in Chelsea, which is a rip off of The Hills. I'd love to see what sort of seaside shenanigans those Geordies get into. I'm sure that none of the men are as repulsive as The Situation. While Kristen Bell's sloth meltdown was entertaining, Dominic hosts his own bug show. Creepy crawlies are not my cup of tea, but more power to you.
Comparing Paris Hilton to Oscar Wilde
As the list went on, the face-offs became more tough to call. Pete Townsend versus Jimi Hendrix - that would be a tie in my opinion, but the show picked Jimi. At this point in the show, the Yanks were winning quite a few categories. I am not sure if this is because the show airs on BBC America, or if the writers really feel this way. Anyway, one category pitted Pamela Anderson against Katie Price for body makeover. I would like to go on record and say that Pam Anderson is Canadian, and as such, should be excluded from the list, but c'est la vie.
Other notables on the special included Sacha Baron Cohen (who is a complete genius in my opinion), John Stewart vs. Ricky Gervais (whom I also love and won the face off) and David Bowie. All in all, the show was fun to watch. Being American, of course I was rooting for my countrymen, but I do have to hand it to the Brits - there are some crazy and outrageous celebrities over there. Whichever country you come from, it's always good to have a sense of humor about yourself, and this show is a fun way to poke fun at your culture. The number one face-off was most outrageous of all, and that honor went to Ozzy Osbourne. Any fan of The Osbournes on MTV would completely agree. Well done.