Special to The Galena Weekly, by Keith DeLoach
In the spring of 2009, people from all walks of life lined up in Houston, L.A., Phoenix, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, and Chicago for a chance to be a contestant on the new reality TV show, “Soul Mate.” Most of them were young, many were college kids, but one woman, interviewed by KSAZ-TV in Phoenix, was 55 years old. When asked why she wanted to become Brienne Cross’s “Soul Mate,” she said quite seriously, “We have this bond.” Then she broke into a lusty rendition of “I Did it My Way.”
She was not chosen for the show.
In fact, the oldest person on “Soul Mate” was twenty-nine-year-old Dawn Peltier, who was also, coincidentally, the first one voted out of the house.
All the contestants had to be talented enough to sing back-up on Brienne Cross’s next record, Marfa Lights, and each of them prepared two songs. While this token portion of the program was gotten over with quickly, the latter part of the show concentrated solely on who would end up as Brienne’s Best Friend Forever. This was the fun part: clubbing at J-Bar, field trips to Caribou Jewelers for Cartier or Audemar Picquet. Or Boogie’s Diner for jeans, followed by booze-fueled dinners at Nobu’s.
According to sources close to the show, there is plenty of footage of the contestants: their performances, the outings and the tasks, as well as the inevitable tensions on the set. But this footage has not been released to the public, and may never be, even after the homicide investigation is completed.
THE SHOP is a work of fiction, a political thriller by M.J. Hawk.
People, places, and events portrayed on whokilledbriennecross.com
and associated Web sites are drawn from THE SHOP.
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