Emblem3 on Reality TV: “They Make Me Look Like an Idiot”

Oh gosh! Those boys of Emblem3 sure are chatty! They explain to The Hollywood Reporter how fake reality TV is, and by the way…they suck at it!

Drew Chadwick of Emblem3, for instance, can’t believe “how fake reality TV is.”

“I suck at it,” he said. “I hope I never have to do it again.”

“[They told us to] start talking while we were out there about how this competition compares to catching that big wave,” Chadwick laughed. “Please. Can you get any more cliché? Seriously. The worst part is, I say something inspiring and they won’t use it, but I’ll say something like ‘Carly sucks’ and they’ll use that. They make me look like an idiot.”

Wesley Stromberg chafes at being edited all the time:

“It sucks because I care about how my image is being portrayed, not only physically, but who I am,” he said. “They just use the dumbest most simplest things from everything, but that is a reflection of the people watching the show. Dude, they are not very bright. I’m being real, man.”

Wesley finally admits he’s got some deep Hollywood connections:

“I’d do a movie… that’d be sick. My uncle Robert Stromberg, he is like literally one of the biggest directors on the entire planet, he’s going to find parts for us.” Keaton: “Honestly, I would want to be on HBO. Like a show like Entourage… Just so real… We would kill where we could be ourselves.” Drew: “If we had a reality show about our lives and living in Cali and the whole experience of breaking a band, it would be the dopest show ever…I have a whole philosophy about breaking a band that has the whole package, like us.”

Well. Mkay. Read more quotes from the Top 4 at The Hollywood Reporter

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    I won’t be surprised if they do end up with their own reality show; viewers love to watch train-wreck characters.  If “Honey Boo2″ came make it big, I don’t see why they can’t ;)

  • KatMyers

    Very bright, humble and politically astute dudes.  And their ideas on a reality show – so rad and revolutionary!!  I just have no words for how impressed I am ….

  • justmefornow

    These three idiots are the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Axxxel

    Reality bites.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    This sounds almost … purposeful. Maybe they’ll be the “anti-One Direction” type group that Simon will pimp out, for the “edgier” teen. Heh. 

  • b_james

    Just when I thought they couldn’t get any worse.

    And hey, here’s a thought.  Maybe don’t say things like “Carly sucks” when a camera is in your face, and you won’t be portrayed like an “idiot”.  And if they think it’s those lines that are the only things making them look like d-bags, they need a reality check. 

  • KatMyers

    Nah … they were just trying to prove they din’t need reality tv editing to showcase who they really are.

    Can Simon really be OK with their “unscripted, unedited” interviews?

    SMH

  • SullyD

    I can’t with Wesley people calling people/anyone “dumb”. He’s just as articulated as Paula Abdul after taking her medicine.

  • Axxxel

    Yeah, but even if they talk in a “political correct” way, their interviews will sometimes still be reported in a certain edited way…

    This reminds me of an interview with Chris Colfer (Glee) – I think-  He jokingly said that even if he would rescue someone out of a fire, the reporters would still talk  about his highschool experience of being bullied… 

  • KatMyers

    “They just use the dumbest most simplest things from everything, but that is a reflection of the people watching the show. Dude, they are not very bright. I’m being real, man.”

    Would love to know what he really said that could be twisted into the above quote.  Telling the viewing public they are not very bright is very astute indeed.  Maybe they’re right though … I mean they can’t sing worth $hit and they aren’t even all that cute yet they get plenty of votes…

    To each his own.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Can these douchnozzles go back to obscurity or wherever they came from?  They would totally be the types to think a show like Entourage is “real”.  For some reason I find that the most laughable part of all of their quotes.  Entourage is pure fantasy to most in showbiz boys. 

    I realize they are young, but they are old enough to know that reality television isn’t entirely real.  If you want the good from the show, like the exposure to millions and all that jazz, then you also have to take the downside and work with it instead of whining like little babies.

  • Listening

     “It sucks because I care about how my image is being portrayed, not only
    physically, but who I am,” he said. “They just use the dumbest most
    simplest things from everything, but that is a reflection of the people
    watching the show. Dude, they are not very bright. I’m being real, man.”

    Umm i’m not so intelligent and all being that I watch reality tv but I do believe Wesley Stromberg called the audience dumb w/ that quote. Just when i’m thinking he’s got a bit of intelligence at the beginning of the quote by saying he wants to be portrayed accurately. That their image both physically and who they are is important to him. But then he tacks on to the statement that the editing is stupid b/c the viewers are stupid. Nice and yes sir after that flattering comment  i’ll gladly fork over money for your song, NOT.

    I get it that maybe they have their deep moments but actually possessing moments of introspection etc doesn’t change your other actions. You’re saying these stupid comments, you’re making stupid gestures on stage, you’re constantly ripping off your shirt, you’re singing poorly vocally and then turning around thinking you delivered a masterpiece and everyone else is beneath you. You didn’t NOT do that b/c 2 hours ago or what not you had an in depth conversation w/ a producer that wasn’t aired. You actually are doing and saying what we watched.

  • http://www.randrambles.com Rand

    Every time I read the name Emblem 3 in an article I dislike them a little… more.

  • kcostell

    Emblem 3 don’t really deserve to be in the final, but I wouldn’t mind seeing them advance over Fifth Harmony just for another week’s worth of train wreck interviews.  

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    I have read many other contestants from AI, stating that the way they were portrayed is not who and what they are.  Could they have articulated it better sure.

    IMO reality TV does manipulated artists for mass consumption.  IMO when they want you off they show you in a bad light.  (Jason Castro’s yawning for one).

    But that is just how I see it.

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    Their interviews are so much more entertaining than their “singing.” Why are they even on the show? They should just be movie stars! 

  • chillj

    The producers and audience probably aren’t too bright, just as these guys say, but that suggests they will fit right in.  Rocket scientists, these dudes are not.

  • girlygirltoo

    Calling the show’s viewers dumb is pretty dumb,  kid. Way to lose potential fans.

  • chillj

    Many of us see it that way.  The problem with editing is that although we know it is happening, we disregard it to “get into” the show.  The producers know we know, but they keep on doing it anyway, because it still works.

  • girlygirltoo

    Also, while I get that the producers do manipulate things, it is still hard to make someone look like an idiot if they don’t do or say something that can be twisted to make the person seem ridiculous, j/s

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Of course reality television manipulates things/people to tell certain stories.  But the issue is twofold.  In the first, reality television is not even remotely a new phenomenon anymore so I don’t really buy it when all these so-called rubes come in and pretend to not know a thing about how the reality tv game is played.  I’m sure it’s different being on reality television as opposed to simply watching, but do your research folks.  Besides, don’t these kids have major industry connections?  If anybody should know how the industry works it is these kids. 

    Second, I would like to think most acts that try out, or at least get through to the later rounds on these shows, are mature enough to realize that usually the good for them (the exposure to millions) outweighs the bad (most of the other crap).  Using your example, Idol portrayed Jason to be a certain way.  Was it entirely who he was?  Not at all.  But difference is he was mature enough to not complain about it, nor insult the intelligence of the viewers of the show in question, and used his popularity/appearance to carve out a niche career for himself.  I’d imagine if you asked him he would likely be first to admit that Idol did far more good for his career than bad and it was probably worth it to put up with his stoner edit.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     Nope, to be movie stars they would actually need some talent. They just should be gone. Forever!

  • fantoo1

    They are just the gift that keeps on giving!

  • geekygirl

    Lol!  Their douchebag needle was almost on green for me, they have now shot it up into the red zone again! 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Oh, you would be surprised just how much you don’t know about how manipulated reality TV is.  I live here in LA and once got to witness it first hand once.  My hairdresser’s salon was a part of show.  I came to get my hair done and they were in the middle of shooting an episode.  At first everyone behaved normally.  Then the director stopped everyone and said they were too boring and asked them to say more crazy, inflammatory stuff.  And of course they all went along with it. Then they shot a good bye scene 3 different ways.  Not one iota of it was real.

    I used to think they just manipulated stuff through careful editing.  But, no, they just flat out make sh!t up on the spot.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Actually, it’s quite funny that the interviews they’re doing show they are much worse than the way they were portrayed by the TV edition. They’re like 3 Mitt Romneys who try to be likable and end up embarrassingly worse.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    So…would they be the None Direction? he 

    This name could be an envision of their post-show career too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chihchung-Jj-Yu/666227760 Chihchung Jj Yu

    Robert Stromberg has one movie under his credit on IMDB and “he is like literally one of the biggest directors on the entire planet”? Those boys need a reality check.

  • kay121

    uhhhhh. are they not remotely aware about how they sound? 

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I worked in television and editing for a good decade, so I’m not doubting all of that.  Stuff is made up, though not all reality shows operate under the same codes of conduct.  But considering these are kids with industry connections and kids that come off like bigger douchebags in their actual interviews than on the show, it almost feels like the show is doing them a favor.  I can’t abide by people that blame the editing when they chose to put themselves on reality tv for the fame/exposure/money in the first place and don’t do their research about what that entails.  The show can only edit what these tools choose to give them.  That excuse only worked back when reality television was a novelty.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3XJE5GRAUMYR7Y5RYZUW7SC4U md

    Not a bad first gig though:

    “Disney has tapped Robert Stromberg to make his feature directorial debut on Maleficent, the Linda Woolverton-scripted revisionist take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that is being constructed as a star vehicle for Angelina Jolie to play the villainess”

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Once again. Leave the harsh judgement of personalities to people who have actually met them in person. I have a hard time believing in anything reported by the media these days. Otherwise stick to judging their music. Just my opinion. 

  • Montavilla

    This sounds almost … purposeful. Maybe they’ll be the “anti-One Direction” type group that Simon will pimp out, for the “edgier” teen. Heh.

    I would agree with you, except:  “I’m a Believer.”

    Once you sing a Monkees song on a TV reality singing competition, you have no edge.  Unless you bite the head off of a chicken while you’re singing it.  Complaining about how dumb your fans are two weeks later isn’t really going to cut it as far as edge goes.

    But hey, if Simon Cowell can mange to turn them into the Rolling Stones of boy bands, more power to him.  :) 

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Its funny thought reading through the entire interview. Doesn’t seem like any of the contestants like reality tv. 

  • Montavilla

    Not a bad first gig though:”Disney has tapped Robert Stromberg to make his feature directorial debut on Maleficent, the Linda Woolverton-scripted revisionist take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that is being constructed as a star vehicle for Angelina Jolie to play the villainess”

    Nope, not bad at all.  Plus, he’s got 93 credits for visual effects and his photo shows him holding an Oscar.  I’d say that, yes, Robert Stromberg is very well connected in the movie industry — and very good at what he does.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     I’m not debating whether they’re getting a decent edit.  Because I think they are.  I’m just saying that even the most jaded person really doesn’t know the extent of how bad/fake reality TV can be before they are actually in the middle of it.  I considered myself pretty jaded but even I was surprised at how far they went.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Yeah, this is the most openly disdainful crop of talent show contestants I’ve ever seen.  Most BS their way though the show while their on and talk shit later.  This crop have been mouthing off from day 1.

  • blackberryharvest

    I have noticed that too, most of them act like they are too good for the show or something. People like that bug me-they signed up for it.

  • mjsbigblog

     Ha ha…my salon was featured on Tabitha. Just about everything was totally fabricated. Especially the way the stylists were depicted..

  • Oldhag

    If they are trying to be the opposite of One Direction, who during their tenure on X Factor were goofy, but sweet and gracious, they are doing an excellent job. These guys have the jerk factor down to a fine art, guess they are going for more of The Wanted jacka$s image. 

  • jobeob987

    OMG, that one dude insults the audience he expects to vote for them? And their sheer arrogance!   LOL, I love these guys for the first time!  They just don’t know when to shut up.  I’m sure Simon loves it too … not!

  • jobeob987

    “They’re like 3 Mitt Romneys who try to be likable and end up embarrassingly worse.”

    LOL, too true!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chihchung-Jj-Yu/666227760 Chihchung Jj Yu

    Yes, not a bad first gig, but “biggest director on the entire planet”? You’d think he’s related to Spielberg or Cameron.

  • http://twitter.com/Thuisyeb kelly k?powski ?

    Yall are just gettin all butthurt cause Wes called you all dumb hahaha.
    You don’t know what goes on, so shut up.