Taquita & Kaui

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Making the Band also-rans take on Vegas.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The strength of the girls' friendship is highlighted throughout the show. Taquita is African-American; Kaui is from Hawaii. While some of the excesses of Las Vegas are visible, the focus is primarily on the women's efforts to build a successful entertainment career.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some of the performance costumes are revealing, and some of the choreography is sexual in a way typical of Las Vegas entertainment. Both women make it clear that they don't want to perform nude.

Language

Mostly fairly mild: "damn," "hell," etc. Occasional strong curse words are bleeped out.

Consumerism

The various hotels and attractions on the Vegas strip are prominently featured. Southwest Airlines' logo is sometimes visible. Music from a variety of contemporary pop artists is featured.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Visible drinking and smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this MTV reality show follows two former Making the Band contestants who are now trying to start careers as Las Vegas entertainers. They're very good friends who support each other as they struggle to succeed, which is a nice change from a lot of conflict-driven reality series. Due to the show's Vegas setting, some scenes feature sexualized entertainment originally intended for an adult audience (no nudity, though).

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What's the story?

MTV's TAQUITA AND KAUI is a reality show about two reality-show veterans looking for fame and fortune in Las Vegas. Taquita and Kaui became best friends while competing in the third season of Making the Band. While both women were promising performers, they failed to win the competition -- but they maintained their friendship and reunited in Las Vegas a year and a half later to pursue singing and dancing careers on the Strip. They quickly discover that getting their big break isn't going to be easy -- they must prove themselves to their new manager and be willing to take jobs in order to support themselves, even if those jobs don't necessarily showcase their true talents (both refuse to perform nude, however).

Is it any good?

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The series, like most other reality shows, features some fun moments, as well as a few tense backstage situations. Unfortunately -- and also like many other reality series -- some of those scenes appear a bit contrived. It also seems like some of the women's jobs have been pre-arranged to increase the series' entertainment value.

What doesn't appear artificial is Taquita and Kaui's strong friendship. Being surrounded by the luxury and excess of Las Vegas without the money to actually partake in it would get most people down. But Taquita and Kaui show viewers that hoarding food from all-you-can-eat buffets and living in cheap motels is part of the fun of seeking fame and fortune -- when you're sharing it with a friend.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the trend of building new reality shows around people who previously appeared in earlier series. What advantage do shows with established personalities have? Do you think they're more likely to succeed? Would you rather watch familiar faces or meet new people each time? Families can also discuss the hard work that goes into succeeding as a Las Vegas entertainer. What kinds of sacrifices do these singers and dancers make in order to succeed? Are their lives as glamorous as the shows they perform in?

TV details

Cast:Kaui, Taquita
Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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