I tuned in to see the first episode of The Ridges last night, not really expecting too much. I was right not to have high expectations. While slightly amusing in places, I generally just found myself rolling my eyes a lot.
Jaime describes herself as a princess, and princess she is. I think she would fit in quite nicely on Keeping Up With The Kardashians; she just needs to work on the Kardashian “Thank-yewww”. She went off to help with renovating the new house (which Sally bought without Jaime’s approval…odd, considering how close they are, supposedly)…but had to make sure the kink in the back of her hair was straightened properly first (because you never know which famous ex-boyfriend may drop in to visit, right?) Jaime is also a bit of a germ-phobe and carries Purell around with her at all times. At one point Sally said to her, “You know Purell is only 99.9% effective, right? “Yes”, said Jaime. The other 1% is why we wash our hands. Um…someone could do with a maths lesson.
Then they freaked out over a little mouse running through the kitchen (which, to be fair, would cause a lot of people some alarm). “Take my bag, mum!” yelled Jaime. “It’s quite heavy – it has my iPad in it”. Sigh.
The whole thing felt like a bit of a “Look how well-off we are” brag fest. Driving around in their flash cars, dining at flash restaurants, dropping that they have iPads in their bags…generally, Kiwis aren’t too fond of people flashing their wealth around, so I think that may put quite a few people off this show.
Sally, however, was more likeable that I expected. I thought I would find her irritating, but she was quite down-to-earth some of the time.
In all, though, I don’t really think these two have a lifestyle that would warrant a whole TV series of following them around. Verdict: So-so…and that’s being quite kind. It may appeal to some who like to see how New Zealand’s ‘celebrities’ spend their days, but I don’t think I’ll be watching it again.