Many have tried and failed to launch a music career. But that hasn’t stopped these reality stars from grabbing a mike and trying to take the pop charts by storm.
1. Paris Hilton
It may have been cringe-worthy but Paris Hilton’s first attempt at pop stardom wasn’t a total disaster. Not only did her debut single Stars Are Blind reach the top five in four countries – Canada, Ireland, Turkey and the U.K. – the catchy tune impressed some critics. Her music career has gone downhill ever since but even The Guardian had to admit that Hilton’s debut single was “so plasticky, it’s perversely enjoyable.”
2. Kim Kardashian
“The worst singer in the reality TV universe.” That’s what New York Daily News writer Jim Farber had to say about Kim Kardashian’s 2011 pop song, Jam (Turn It Up). He also said that it was a “dead-brained piece of generic dance music, without a single distinguishing feature."
3. Melissa Gorga
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga is relentless in her pursuit of a pop career. Her attempts have been largely panned by critics, including Entertainment Weekly, which asked readers in 2011: “Is Melissa Georga’s ‘On Display’ the worst Real Housewives song yet?” EW writer Grady Smith said: “On Display attempts to tell off her off her critics while explaining to them that Gorga is, in fact, famous.”
4. Kim Zolciak
“We’re totally OK with never hearing this song again.” So said Complex.com about Kim Zolciak’s single Tardy for the Party.
5. Kenya Moore
The only thing more cringe-worthy than Kenya Moore’s dance track Gone With the Wind Fabulous is the Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s low-budget music video. It’s pull-your-turtleneck-over-your-head-and-sink-into-the-floor embarrassingly bad. Highlights include Moore’s failed attempt at parodying Beyoncé’s Single Ladies video and the barely-dressed middle-age woman who turns up in church baring a cleavage and breasts that touch her navel.
6. Danielle Staub
A-list pop stars like Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga perform their songs on shows like Good Morning America and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Not so RHONJ’s Danielle Staub who sang her pop song Real Close – off-key –on tabloid daytime talk show, Maury back in 2010.
7. Farrah Abraham
She’s only 22 but in her short lifetime former Teen Mom has ticked teenage motherhood, reality TV star and porn actress off her bucket list. A music career was bound to be next. So far her songs have been met with cynicism and criticism from the likes of Jezebel, which dubbed her 2012 song Finally Getting Up From Rock Bottom “the most horrible combination of sounds to ever be assembled in the history of audio recording.”
8. The Situation
With lyrics like “she’s sniffing on my $85 cologne” and “they want to ménage three me up” how could Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino’s self-titled rap record not be a hit? Unsurprisingly Jersey Shore fans didn’t rush to buy the track that even featured genuine hip-hop artist Fatman Scoop.
9. Tila Tequila
This pint-sized reality star has released quite a few singles with titles that range from I F**ked the DJ and Stripper Friends to Paralyze and I Love U. Not only have some of her singles failed to chart, Tequila was pelted with rocks and bottles during a 2010 performance at the Gathering of the Juggalos music festival.
10. Kevin Federline
Being married to one of the biggest pop stars on the planet doesn’t make automatically make you a rap star. And in 2006, while Kevin Federline was still Mr. Britney Spears he released his debut single PopoZão. K-Fed may have been asking girls to “bring that Brazil booty on the floor” but People magazine’s Chuck Arnold was begging him to “stick to being a stay-at-home dad and let Spears bring home the bacon.”
11. Simon Van Kempen
So many of Bravo’s reality stars have held the title of the “worst Real Housewives single” that it’s hard to keep count. But in 2011 Gawker.com bestowed that crown upon Simon van Kempen, husband of Real Housewives of New York City’s Alex McCord. The website lambasted I Am Real saying it was an “astronomically bad creation,” “an abysmally bad song” and, after listening to it, the reviewer said he had to “clean the blood off my headphones.”
12. Heidi Montag
She said that, as an album, it was as good as Michael Jackson’s Thriller. But music fans didn’t agree and The Hills star Heidi Montag never recouped the $2 million she spent making her album Superficial. It sold just over 1,000 copies in the first week of its 2010 release and even Montag later conceded it was a commercial flop.
13. Angelina Pivarnick
‘I’m Hot’ is what Angelina Pivarnick declared in her 2010 single and attempt at pop stardom. But the Jersey Shore’s tone-deaf attempt at music glory failed miserably and Gawker.com declared the track a “terribly-written song performed by a trashy reality star.
14. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
Real Housewives of New York City fan and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper couldn’t resist commenting on Countess LuAnn de Lesseps’ 2011 song, Chic C’est La Vie. The silver fox cattily said: “Despite the fact that she can’t really sing, she has released a song. And I use the term ‘song’ loosely.” A saucer of milk for Mr. Cooper, please.
15. Michaele Salahi
According to her song Bump It, “rhythm is the base that will make the crowd jump.” But, unfortunately, Michaele Salahi’s vocals were not good enough for the public to rush to iTunes to download her record. The former Real Housewives of Washington D.C. didn’t cause a ripple on the dance charts and few reviewers even summoned up the energy to give it their attention.