It's difficult to categorize the latest reality series called "I Want to Be a Hilton". Which premiered on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 9 pm on NBC in this year of our Lord.
The concept of the show is to have fourteen Hilton wannabes compete in the world of the super rich with a contestant eliminated each week until a winner emerges. The winner gets a "trust fund" of $200,000 and some other goodies. It wasn't clear if the winner would gain entry to the world of the Hiltons but one could safely assume that is also the goal.
Thus it is the job of Kathy Hilton to "teach" the low-life contestants how to act in high society.
It becomes a chore not to editorialize over the show's premise because the show's premise says more about the contestants and show than the actual reality series.
The first episode dwelt on such important social issues as eating snails, properly tasting, choosing and holding a glass of wine and how to make a proper toast.
As for the contestants, there are fourteen of them. The are all most ordinary people from all walks of life...
No wait, they are not all that ordinary when one thinks about it. For while there's nobility in striving for the contest prize, these people really have dreams of becoming a Hilton.
That fact right there speaks volumes.
The first contender eliminated was a man named Alain.
34, Los Angeles, CA
"In order to impress Kathy Hilton you have to know about fashion and cosmetics. I use so much product!"
Alain, 34, hails from Romania. He currently works at Bloomingdale's as a fragrance manager and one day hopes to open his own cosmetic shop. Alain remains close to his family as they all reside in the same apartment building. He travels to Las Vegas often because of the shopping, shows and gambling. If not in Las Vegas, Alain can be found running on the beaches in LA or at the gym.
It wasn't exactly clear what culture "crime" Alain committed during the premiere show that had Kathy Hilton send him packing, at least to this viewer. Another contestant, Latricia, seemed much rougher around the edges and it was Latricia who made a big faux pas during the first "challenge"
31, Inglewood, CA
Motor Vehicles Clerk