by Kevin Allman
As if the oil disaster and The Real World disaster weren't enough reality TV for most of us in New Orleans, we found out this week about two other reality-TV phenomena heading our way ... and they have to do with food and music, our specialities. New Orleans, get ready for American Idol and Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.
New Orleans is one of the top ten most visited cities in the United States, and the city's annual Mardi Gras festival draws in a large crowd. Known as "America's Most Interesting City," New Orleans is a good location for American Idol auditions because it's the birthplace of jazz music.
So: If you're a failing New Orleans or Baton Rouge restaurateur, click over here and invite Gordon Ramsay in your life. Note that the application is 14 pages, single-spaced, and includes questions like "Is there anything about your life that you would NOT want to be made public on TV?" and "Have you participated in any type of 12-step program or support group? If so, which one(s)?".
No word on whether they'll be asking the same things of the American Idol contestants ....